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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYUnicorns and Cougars square off on soccer field tonight. See Sports, Page 5, 50 CENTS Inside Editorial.............................. .............4 Sports................................. .............5 Comics............................... .............8 Market Place..................... 10-15 I Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sharon Suchy, Sharon Anderson, Linda Dominguez, Barry Schumann, Lonie Schmidt, Armando I lamirez, Shana Austin, Edwin Inurn, Deborah Lain and Audrey Williams. Pollen Count Mold — 900 Elm — 49 Cedar — 58 Ashe — 148 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 262 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.52 feet above sea level, down .05. 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 Wanted 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 moot 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. Flag retirement ceremony The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 35, is planning a flag retirement ceremony, lf you have an American flag that has gotten tattered, torn, shredded or bleached out and is no longer suitable to be displayed, call 629-1252, Flags will be picked up and retired properly in an upcoming ceremony. Krueger takes Botswana post The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert Krueger of Texas, currently U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, as Ambassador to Botswana. Before being appointed to his present positions as Ambassador to Burundi, Ambassador Krueger served in a vanety of positions in public and private life: as U.S. Senator from Texas, Congressman from the 21st District of Texas, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Mexican Affairs, Texas Railroad Commissioner (a position regulating the energy and transportation industries in Texas), Chairman of the Board of C omal Hosiery Mills, and Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. Ambassador Krueger’s outstanding performance in Burundi provided ample evidence of his dynamism and integrity that will serve him well in his new post. When speaking to a group of African heads of state at an Africare dinner in Oct. 1995, President Clinton demonstrated his confidence in Ambassador Krueger's abilities when he said, “Our symbols need to be people like Ambassador Krueger, who risked his life to try to keep people alive in Burundi.” The process leading to announcement of Ambassador Krueger’s successor in Burundi is at an advanced stage, and an announcement is expected soon. Ambassador Krueger was bom on Sept. 19, 1935, in New Braunfels. He was educated in the New Braunfels public school system, and holds the following degrees: Southern Methodist University, B.A.: Duke University, M.A.; Oxford University, M. Litt. Ph.D.; University of St. Thomas, D. Litt. His foreign languages are French, Spanish and German. He and his wife Kathleen have three children: Manana, 7; Sarah, 6; and Chnstian, three months. Lake area hit by rash of burglaries By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer It was a heartbreaking Valentine’s Day for Canyon Lake businesses burglanzed dunng the early morning hours on Wednesday. Eight Sattler and Starkville businesses, including the U.S. Post Office in Sattler, were broken into. Two had attempted burglaries in which nothing was taken from them and the rest had cash stolen. Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz of the Comal County Sheriffs Department said investigators are looking at two possible suspects. “We have two people which two of our officers stopped in Startzville under suspicious circumstances,” Hoherz said. The burglaries and attempted burglaries are still under investigation, Hoherz said. Businesses which were broken into were: 0 Dave’s Bargain Bam, 1885 EM 2673 in Sattler, attempted burglary. 0 E-T Lube Shop, 8328 PM 2673 in Startzville, $20.00 worth of dimes and quarters and one can of Pepsi were stolen. 0 Carpenter Hardware, 7719 FM 2673, Startzville, attempted burglary. ° Hill Country Nursery, 1398 FM 2673, Sattler, four dollars in quarters stolen. ° Greenhouse Nursery, 8374 FM 2673, Startzv ille. currency and change stolen. ° Canyon Lake Pest Control, Sattler, $50 stolen. ° Short Stop. Sattler, attempted burglary.. ° Dove Plumbing, 1837 FM 2673, Sattler. cash and coins stolen. In October, IO Sattler businesses were burglanzed. Cash was stolen in all of those burglaries. Hoherz said Sheriff s Department investigators are looking into the possibility that the burglaries in Sattler on Wednesday could be linked to the burglaries that occurred in October. “Yes, we think there could be a possibility of that,” Hoherz said. “We think there could be a connection. We have people working on that at this time.” City opts to let NBU issue bonds without an election By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The city council hashed out the question of whether to let New' Braunfels Utilities issue about $3.3 million dollars in bonds for over two hours last night. A main sticking point was whether or not to put the bond issue on the May 4 ballot — which is an option the city council has. “We have the authority to put this before the electorate,” said Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. “I believe every time we issue bonds it should go before the voters.” DiFonzo said most bond issues have taken place without an election. The city council finally voted last night to allow the bond issue, with Fraser and Councilman Tim Walker dissenting. Voting in favor of the measure were Mayor Pro-Tem Bowers and council members Jan Kennady, Brenda Freeman and Ray Schoch. Councilman Juan Luis Martinez could not attend the special meeting. Several citizens voiced their disapproval, but less than IO people showed up to view the proceedings. “I’m a taxpayer,” said C heryl Scott, who came to watch and to speak her opinion. "I’d like a vote on how' much my bonds are going to be and how my money’s being spent.” "Put it out to the voters,” said Jim Hendricks. 0 0 ‘I’m a taxpayer. I’d like a vote on how much my bonds are going to be and how my money’s being spent.’ — Cheryl Scott “Put it out to us; let us know what’s going on.” The city council has been studying whether NBU should issue bonds in open meetings for at least a year off and on, Kennady said. NBU had been looking at the question for even longer, said NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo. “Our meetings are open, too, but who comes?” she said. The public still has a chance to come forward and change the city council’s mind — to put the bond issue on the May 4 ballot — under the rules NBU and city council have to follow. NBU must first publish a "notice of intent” in the newspaper in the form of a paid ad. They will try to get the ad in this Sunday’s paper, DiFonzo said. Seven days later another notice of intent w ill be published. The law says that dunng that time cit izens can come forward with a petition asking that the bond issue go on the ballot. According to the law', citizens have 14 days, and IO percent of registered voters would have to sign the petition, but in reality there’s more time. March 11 is the last day NBU can get the bond process started before it would have to wait until Nov. to issue bonds again. “lf we were setting a precedent. I would have reservations," Kennady said. “If we present it to the public and they come in gangs, we can re-look at it.” The IO percent figure could be arbitrary, Bowers said. “I think if 500 people called us. I’d take a hard look at it,” Schoch said. C oncerned voters should watch the newspaper for the notice of intent, then make their opinions know n to the city council as soon as possible. “It won’t take IO percent to make me reconsider,” Walker said. The city council also took their second of three votes on NBU’s proposed rate increase. Water rates would increase a total of 10.75 percent and sewer rates 8.25 percent over the next year. The increases would occur in two steps, first in Apnl, then in October. The second reading on the rate increases passed with Fraser the only dissenting vote. A few citizens asked why electric rates couldn’t decrease if w ater and sewer rates increased. The revenues from w ater and sewer are just a small fraction of the amount of money electric brings in, said Jeff Thompson, NBU assistant general manager for administration and finance. “lf we were looking at bringing water and sewer up to where they should be — to break even — they would need to increase at least 25 percent.” Even a huge hypothetical increase in water and sew er would only equal a tiny fraction of the electric revenues. Thompson said. With the proposed increases, an equivalent dollar amount refund in electric would likely be less than I percent. “It is feasible, but it would be negligible,” Thompson said. The other question, DiFonzo said, is that although w ater, sew cr and electric are under the same umbrella, they are subject to different market forces The reason NBU is trying to bring water and sewer up to a point where they break even is that the electricity market is changing. Increased competition could make NBU lose some of its large industrial electric customers in the future, she said. Those large customers not only subsidize w ater and sewer serv ice, they subsidize residential electric rates as well NBU Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. The board meets the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Market Plaza New Braunfels Herald 410    HOI6 10/22/99    178 s 0 - W E ST MI CR 0 F* U BLISH IN G 2627 E YANDELL. DR EL. PASO, TX 79903- 16 pages in one section ■ Friday, February 16, 1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of SHARON SUCHY Vol. 144, No. 69 Two killed in head-on collision Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Emergency workers desperately try to free James Ellen Herron from the wreckage yesterday. By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Schertz Police Department is still investigating the cause of a headon collision on IH-35 Thursday morning, which killed two sisters and left a third sister to be airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center. According to Schertz Police Chief Norman Agee, the driver of a white 1993 Pontiac Grand Am, Rosie Lee Tate, 29, was driv ing northbound on IH-35 near the 178 exit when another vehicle tried to cut in front of her. Agee, in the police report, stated Tate tried to avoid the vehicle but that she overcorrected, went over the median and collided with a southbound 1994 International semi-trailer driven by Henry R. Engleman, 59, of Uvalde. Schertz Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene at 11:38 a.m. Two of Tate’s sisters, Lillian Guzman, 30. and James Ellen Herron, 22, were passengers in the car. Tate and Guzman were pronounced dead at the scene. Herron was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition this morning. All three sisters were from Schertz. The police report stated that Engleman was shaken up with minor injuries and that he did not need to be taken to the hospital. The 1994 International semi-trail-er is owned by Fleet Line Inc. of Lancaster, Texas. Schertz Police would not release the name of the driver of the third vehicle, w ho they believe caused Tate to go over the median, until the investigation is completed. Firefighters use the jaws of life to pry open the car door. Two women were killed in the accident on IH-35 in Schertz yesterday, and another woman was hospitalized. Ron Paul is still a Libertarian at heart. See Opinion, Page 4. ;