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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYUnicorn softball scores comeback victory over Seguin. See Page 5. 50 CENTS New Braunfels •Salute to the dough boy 10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, February 15,1996 TT____14 Hfil SllCl MOI*    TSHXHf' 410    "MICRO* J A S0:f|\^„,ELU BR Al    . Ty. 799°-' £1. P*s0, Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than , ^ years ■ Home of KENNE RIDER 1.78 Vol. 144, No. 68 Inside Editorial............................... ............4 Sports.................................. 5 Comics................................ .............7 Market Place...................... 8-10 I Stammtisch Birthday wishes from {the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-I Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Becky Lombardo, Kenne Rider, Teresa Urias, Joe Sosa, Josh | Vela, Jonie Schmidt and Teresa I Martinez (belated). Happy fifth anniversary to Kenne and Richard Rider. Pollen Count Mold — 977 Hackberry — Trace Cedar— 460 Ashe —Trace (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River—266 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.57 feet above sea level, down .04. Mid-Texas Symphony concert Sunday The Mid-Texas Symphony will feature the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus for the second time this season, when it presents its fourth concert of the year on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets for the concert are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and college students, and $3 for students through high school. They are available at Accents, and at the Chamber of Commerce. They will also be for sale at the door. Canyon High School Project Graduation to meet The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will take place Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of CHS. For more information, call Luanne Schuetze at 651-9505 HOPE to hold workshop The Hispanic Organization for Public Education is sponsoring a workshop Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the NBNB Building, 1000 N. Walnut. The topic will be: Everything You Wated To Know About The Gifted and Talented Program. Speaker will be Marilyn McFarland, gifted and talented consultant, Region XIII. Also available to answer questions. will be local school district officials For information, call Sylvia at 625-9213 ADD group to meet New Braunfels Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder support group has changed its meeting date to the third Monday of the month The group will meet Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p m. at Oakwood Baptist Church, Loop 337. Guest speaker will be Dr. Caroline Batenburg, local child psychiatrist. For information, call Karen Owens at 629-2033 The winning numbers Lotto Texas 10,18, 23,33, 34,49 Est. $8 million jackpot Lottery Supreme Court to rule on pumping limits By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Whistle while you work Or play the bagpipes, if you’ve got them. Colin Smith, owner of Acorn Interlocking Paving of San Antonio, practices his bagpipe playing during a break from the sidewalk renovation project on Seguin Street yesterday. He plays with the group Clan Destine in San Antonio. His assistant, Paul Cadena, works in the background. New event planned at Canyon Lake By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Activities, fun and food will be had by all when the inaugural “Lakefest 96” starts up in May. “This will be our first year for this event,” Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary Wanda Truchsess said. “We are going to try and make this into an annual event.” “Lakefest 96" will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Canyon Lake Dam. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Comal County Habitat for Humanity and Comal County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Department. The festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. with a parade featuring MHMR children. At 9 a.m., a 5-K run/walk for children and adults will be run across the dam. For more information about the run, call Susan Phillips at (2IO) 609-5030. The Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club will host a golf tournament at 11 a.m. The Dam Red Bam will be cooking crawfish all day, and have horseshoes, skeet shooting and arts and crafts. For more information about the tournament, call Mark Clark at (210) 609-0978 or 606-2060. At 8 p.m., the Dam Red Bam will host a dance which will feature live music. The Lakefest will conclude with a tennis tournament at T-Bar-M Tennis Ranch on Saturday, May 18. For information about the tournament, call Leland Cox at (210) 629-7525. The issue of whether or not limiting pumping violates property rights will once again go into court. However, this will be the last time. The Texas Supreme Court has set the date for oral arguments in the suit involving the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The EAA, which would have had the power to enforce pumping limits, broker water, and license wells, was supposed to take over regulation of the Edwards Aquifer on Aug. 28, replacing the Edwards Underground Water District. However, the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District challenged the law creating the authority, saying it is unconstitutional. After a week of testimony, District Judge Mickey Pennington ordered a permanent injunction against the Edwards Aquifer Authority, saying the attempt to limit pumping violates property rights and is unconstitutional. The EAA appealed the ruling, and the state supreme court has set a date for oral arguments, said attorney Steve Rogers, who is representing the EAA. Rogers said oral arguments will be heard on March 20 at 9 a m. He said there is no way to tell how long the arguments could take, but it could be two hours. “We’ve asked for an hour for each side, which means two hours total. Normally they allow 20 minutes per ‘I think they understand the need for them to make a judgment quickly.’ — Steve Rogers, EAA attorney side,” said Rogers. ‘‘It could be anywhere in between.” Rogers said a decision will not be handed down right away. However, he said he does not expect a long wait either. He said the case was put on an “accelerated timetable” because the court realized the importance of getting the issue settled quickly. Hopefully a ruling will be made within 60 days, but it could conceivably be longer, he said. “There will be a time lapse, but I think a judgment will be made fairly soon after the arguments,” said Rogers. “I think they understand the need for them to make a judgment quickly.” Rogers said this is basically the last chance for either side. He said the party on the losing side of the court’s ruling could file a motion for a rehearing. However, those are rarely granted, he said. He went on to say that since the case does not contain any federal issues, the state supreme court is the highest court that can hear the case. “This is the court of last resort,” said Rogers. “The Texas Supreme Court is the final arbiter.” County GOF hopefuls make their pitches at forum By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Candidates for both shenffand county commissioner made their cases before Republican voters at a forum held at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Wednesday night. The forum was sponsored by the Canyon Lake Republican Women’s Club, Republican Business Women of Comal County and the Comal County Republican Men’s Club. Voters heard from sheriffs candidates Jack Bremer, Bob Holder and Max Wommack Jr. Precinct #1 County Commissioner candidates Jack Dawson, Douglas Kirk, Marian Whitson and Glenn Jackson. All four candidates are running for the seat by vacated by Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans. Bremer, the incumbent, stressed his record as sheriff' and said he would continue to improve on that record if he is re-elected. “Since I became sheriff, the crime rate in Comal County has gone down by 12 percent,” Bremer said. “Our department has cleared 90 percent of the violent crimes committed in Comal County. I am convinced that the (Guadalupe) river is a safer place since we have implemented our WET team in cooperation with WORD, the constables, Texas Parks and Wildlife (Department) and the Corps of Engineers. We have made the river better for both tourists and citizens.” Holder, who was a 28-year Texas Department of Public Safety officer, said he wants to make shenffs deputies more visible in the county to thwart crimes targeting homes and businesses. “I know how to identify problems and I know what it takes to solve them,” Holder said. “We need to make our deputies more visible in the subdivisions and businesses within the county” Wommack, who is the police chief of Manon, echoed Holder’s sentiments in making deputies visible in the county “I want to serve the people by having an open door policy,” Wommack said. “I know what is needed in terms of law enforcement in Comal County. I want to make our deputies more visible in the county and have our children form a bond of trust with them.” When it came time for the county commissioners candidates to speak, Dawson emphasized his belief in a county government which would encourage people to save for the future. “I want a stable, local conservative government which will allow people to earn, work, grow and save," Dawson said. “I am concerned about our rapid growth rate, rising property taxes and I am concerned about protecting our environment and precious water resources.” Kirk, a former Comal Independent School Distnct board member, stressed his service on the board and said that he stood “for accountability and openness” in government. “I have always worked for cost effective solutions and have sought information before I made decisions,” Kirk said. Jackson said he wants to give the voters a government that will serve their needs. “I want to give you good government and I promise to protect the interests of the taxpaying citizens of Comal County,” Jackson said. The one issue Whitson said she is very concerned about is regulations concerning wells and septic tanks in new subdivisions in the county, especially since there is more growth coming into the county. “I believe we need more stringent guidelines for wells and septic tanks,” Whitson said. County attorney candidates Bill Reimer and Stephanie Smith-Bums, state senate candidate Randy Staudt, State Representative Edmund Kuempel and state representative candidate Harold Bratcher were also present at the forum. Federal grant brings more protection to Garden Ridge By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint GI GARDEN RIDGE — A recently awarded COPS grant will mean more police protection for the citizens of Garden Ridge, Police Chief Tom Curd said. “This is a real positive move for the city,” Curd said. “We are really excited about it. We have been one man short and we have gone three nights a week with 24 hour protection, but now this grant will permit us to go seven days a week, ” he added The COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Curd said the city applied for the grant in July and received a letter Jan. 19 informing the city that it had received the grant. Garden Ridge received a three-year, $52,598 grant, which covers the salary of one full-time officer. The city used the funds to upgrade the status of part-time officer Kelly Copelin to full-time. ‘‘To my knowledge, this is the first time the city has received a law enforcement grant of this kind,” Curd said. With Copelin’s status being upgraded to fulltime, the Garden Ridge Police Department now has five full-time and three part-time officers. • NBISD plans to bring policies into line with new state law By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Famous bus Country music star George Strait's tour bus was spottsd getting cleaned at the Landa Car Wash yesterday, but there was no sign of George. Ron White cleans the windshield. The Texas Education Code has been essentially rewritten, and districts have been left to adopt the new procedures and incorporate them into their own policies. New Braunfels Independent School Dis-rict will address a third of these changes tomorrow when Policy Update #50 is voted on. Flo Pacharzina, NBISD Director of Personnel Services, said the Texas Legislature replaced the Texas Education Code with Senate Bill I. She said the policy update currently under consideration represents the first ut three localized ujxiales that will fully incorporate Senate Bill I into local policy manuals. "The Texas Education Code was massive, and they simplified it,” said Pacharzina. ‘‘They rewrote the entire education code, so we’re having to redo our policy manuals because they’re now obsolete.” Pacharzina said one big change is in the area of contract employees. She said the distnct has had a policy regarding employment all along. However, she said the district will now be required to supply employees with the policy. She said an additional change is in the planning and decision-making section. The policy mandates who is to serve on committees at the distnct and campus levels. Pacharzina said an additional change in state policy is related to goals and objectives. The state policy now says “parents will be ‘full partners’ in education,” and campuses will be “safe and disciplined.” However, Pacharzina said this is nothing new for NBISD. "It doesn’t have a major impact on New Braunfels because it’s something we’ve always adhered to," she said. “It’s just kind of moving things around in our policy" karen Simpson, Executive Director of Education Services, said the incorporation of the policy into existing distnct policies will not result in much change. She said this is because the distnct was prepared for the changes. “We had this when we wrote (the conduct code), thank goodness,” she said. “We had a copy of the actual Senate Bill I, and just didn’t have it in policy form yet.” Pacharzina said Policy Update 50 will be presented to the board at its next board meeting. The board will then vote on adopting the policies.Buchanan giving Republican rivals fits. See Opinion, Page 4. ;