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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYRangers meet Austin Reagan tonight. See Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels Heral TO moo' u cr nit 6< / c, PfV30 -. Q f • U V 10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday. February 18.1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Vol 145. No. 69 Inside Editorial  ............................4 Sports......................................6 Comics.........................................5 Market Race.............................7-10 Dear Abby......................................2 Birthday wlshas from the Herald-Zettung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gladys McCurley, Barlow Marcy, Jennifer Brietzke, Usa Happy anniversary wishes go to: John and Debbie Williams 19 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144. Pollan Count Mold-1280 Mountain Cedar 14 (Polan measured m parts par cubic mater of ak. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel) liver Information Comal River —219 cube feet per second, down 3 from Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 62375 feet above sea level, same Canyon Dam discharge —150 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —173 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.25 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels UtMtioe NBL) reports pumpng 5.709 mien gallons of surface water Monday, and 974.000 galore of we! waler were used vommumvy Twill The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations All items are welcomed. Bring donations to 132 Caddeil Lane or contact Pete at 625-3439 for pickups on Tuesday and Wednesday Thrift shop hours are 9 a m to noon and 1 to 4 p m Muaaum citywide garage calc on tap The Children s Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual Citywide Garage Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2 at the Civic Center. Booth rental $26 for one; $20 for each additional. Admission $1 for adults; maximum $2 per family. Accepting donations now Call 620-0939 for information Outstanding CISD graduate sought Comal Independent School District is accepting nominations for The CISD Outstanding Graduate for Notable Achievement Award. To be eligible, nominees must have graduated from Canyon High School or Smithson Valley High School at least 10 years ago Nomination forms are avaiable at both high schools and the CISD Central Office, or call 625-8081 or 885-7674 Comal County Raadng CouwoM birthday Celebrate the Comal County Reading Council's first birthday at 4:15 p m. Thursday at Memorial Primary Library The program will be “Surfing and Searching Developing Reading Programs Using the World Wide Web Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members Chambar of Commove# mixer slated The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hummel Museum. The mixer is sponsored by Accurate Litho & Printing Co., Clear Springs Catering & Decorating. The Hummel Museum Inc., and Wit ting and Miller Inc The Guada-Coma Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has begun registration far the agency’s upcoming Chemical Dependency Counseling classer Classes are limited, so sign up early For information call 606-9032 Fire claims Canyon Lake house By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — A two alarm house fire near North Park Road kept fire crews from the Canyon Lake and Bulverde fire departments busy Monday. The Canyon Lake firefighters arm ed at the scene shortly after 8:30 arn. The fire occurred at 382 Vip Drive. Rosemary Johnston, who lived in the house, escaped the fire without any serious injuries County Fire Marshal Milton Will-mann said fire crews did all they could to save the house. “It was fairly involved when the fire department arrived.” Willmann said. “They had all of it knocked down good and started to enter the attic. Then they just ran out of water. The tanker had to go back and get more water." Unfortunately, the fire did not let up, Willmann said. “Winds were a continuing factor in the fire spreading,” he said. "Once water supply was re-established we started to protect the fence. It was really bad. There was a lot of fuel for the fire — the wood and the beams." Willmann said the fire was so hot and intense that firefighters could not even use the water from the pool next to the house to fight the fire. He said the fire would have melted the fire truck if firefighters would have tried that approach. Willmann said the cause of the fire was still being investigated. The fire marshal said the fire started on the east side of the house. Parts of the east, south and west sides of the house were the only remnants of the edifice still standing Monday afternoon. Johnston's son. Russel, said his mother got up and smelled something strange. “She woke up this morning and smelled the smoke," Russel Johnston said. "She went outside to see where the fire was. Then she got back inside and called the fire department. They responded really fast. The fire department did everything they could. They did an excellent job.” Herald A two alarm Ara at 382 Vip Drive in Canyon Lake after their house was destroyed Monday morning Zeilung photo by Michael Daman left a family homeless Big debut Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Darnel! Jennifer Hampel bows to the crowd during her debut at the annual Mid-Texas Symphony Debutante Ball at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Her eecort Steven Michael Taylor, left, end her father Dr. Frank Hampel stand proudly beelde her. Twenty-two young women from Comal County made their debut at the bad Saturday night. Tye Preston library welcomes back readers By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SATTLER — After being closed for more than a month to make room for expansion, the Tye Preston Memorial Library opened its doors to patrons Monday who saw a much bigger and less cramped facility. "Heaven, yes. I love it,” assistant librarian Bonnie Hethenngton said. Library patrons gave their approval to the 2,000-square-foot addition which included a meeting room, two resin nuns and made more space for the reference, nonfiction and children's book sections "I love it because we have more room lo expand fur mure books," said Debra Norris. "Befile the expansion, it was crowded It is now open and brighter in here.” Noms came to the library to read to her granddaughter, Krudinc Quails 3. Angela Quails Knsttne’s mother, came along and enjoyed the library’s new look "It makes us look like we have a bigger town,’’ Angela said. Noms said tile expanse ut was overdue. "\Ve needed this expansion to keep up with the growth,” she said "We were fixing to get to the point were we couldn’t keep up with all the people ” The library closed Dec 31 as workers tore down the building’s back wall to start construction. Used metal shelves purchased from the San Antonio Public Library system by a locker Foundation gram were installed. New carpeting was laid throughout the library. The children’s area was moved from the front comer to the center of the library Before the expansion, tile children’s area and the work area were cramped together This arrangement made for tight working spaces for library personnel. Hethenngton said she enjoys the much needed work space "We have more room for the (library) volunteers and we have a lunch area," she said “Sometimes we have two to three volunteers a day in the back area It was so cluttered, hut now we have space and it is spread out for everything It is brighter and seems a lot cleaner. That in itself makes it for bnghter working conditions.” Library director Dora Hightower said she likes the office which was built from the added space. "I can go in and do my work and allow volunteers to answer any questions,” Hightower said Hightower said the outside work landscaping, painting and bricks and blocks for the pathway — needs to be done before the library plans to have a grand reopening. Hightower said she is still trying to get herself familiar with (lie new setup. "It will take time for volunteers and patrons to get use to the arrangement,” she said. "I even have to stop ami think, ‘Where did we put that?*” Bul in the long run. Hightower said the addition will benefit the library. funding for the addition was raised through the $100,000 l ye Preston Memorial I ibrary Brick Parade for this fund-raiser, people and businesses contributed money to have their names put on the bricks and blocks used for the walkway to the entrance.' The meeting room has a snack area ami will be used fi»r library Nurd meetings and book reviews. People can reserve the nxrin for other meetings by making arrangements with the library No more free medical care County inmates will now pay to visit the doctor By DENISE DZIUK Stall Writer Inmates of the Comal County Jail can no longer see a doctor at no charge. Instead, they are required to make a copayment from funds that would go to personal purchases, in what a county official is calling an attempt to curt) abuse of the system. Sheri IT Bob Holder told commissioners court Thursday that a plan has been instituted at the jail to charge inmates a co-payment for medication and visits with a doctor. Inmates will be charged $ IO to see a doctor or dentist and $5 for prescribed medication. He said typically there is a line of inmates waiting for a visit each Monday morning, hut last week there was only one person in line. "I think they were using the excuse to get out of their cells," Holder said. "ll indicates that they're not going to Like money out of their personal funds for medical visits.” I {older said the money for the visits will come from the inmates' commissary fund, which is money family members send the inmates to be used for personal purchases Holder said he does not know if there will be a cost-savings to the county, hut said it will keep inmates from abusing the system by seeking treatment for illnesses not requiting a doctor’s care. ‘There’s no reason lur the citizens of this community to pick up the cost of their medical expenses if they have the money to pay for it themselves,’’ said Holder I Ie said that although inmates will he asked ti) pay for medication and medical visits, the payment will not be mandatory He said inmates who are indigent or do not have the funds will continue to get medical attention at no cost. "We’re not going to deny medical attention to anyone,” said Holder "What we don’t want is people abusing medical serv ices.” Second annual Polkafest a toe-tapping success By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Visitors from across the state filled Wursthallc during the weekend to enjoy two days of live polka music and dancing during the second annual Polkafest. John Kaderli, president of the Polka Band Leaders of New Braunfels Inc., said this year’s Polkafest had a larger attendance than last year. He said music lovers (rom New Braunfels were joined by Winier Texans and individuals from as far away as I ubNxrk. Louisiana and Nebraska "We were very pleased with the anendance this year," said Kaderli. "It was a little bigger both days than it was last year " Pearly Sowell, leader of Oma and the Oompahs, said everyone had a great time at the festival and that many did not want to see the event end Sunday night. “I think it went real well and there were a bunch of happy dancers," Sow ell said. "These are avid dancers. Some TIwm are avid dancers. Soma of these people danced from noon until we stopped at 11 pan.’ — Pearly Sowell, Oma and Oompahs leader of these people danced from noon until we stopped at 11 p.m." Kaderli said the Polkafest is a dunce for music lovers to enjoy the German and Czech music prevalent iii New Braunfels He said it is a festival, organized by the local band leaders, that is dedicated to highlighting the talent found in numerous local bands. “In tile early pari of the year, there’s not a lot of events going on," said Kaderli. “We decided we would just put on a festival ourselves.” Sowell said at the end of this year’s festival, visitors were already asking when it would he held next year Kader-h said Polkafest will he held at the same tune next year, and he expects it to draw an even bigger crowd than this year. "We certainly hope (it’s bigger). We’re certainly going to try," said Kaderli. "I think people are going and having fun and then going back and telling their friends about it.” Tor now, Kaderli said the group is recuperating from the busy weekend betiire it tnes to determine actual attendance or hegin to plan next year’s festival. "We were tired when it ended Sunday," Sowell said. "We just getting a little rest right now.” Kudos to Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. Page 4. ;