New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 74
Birthday wishes from the Heraid-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Caitlyn Cmmrine, Robert Flu-grath and Burton Speckman. Happy 59th anniversary to Carl and Martha La vin, and happy 47th to Collen and Willimae Schneider.
Mold —920 Elm —14 Cedar —76 Ash —49 Mulberry — 8
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 242 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.22 feet above sea level, down .05.
Students to wash cars Saturday
The Junior Class of New Braunfels High School will hold a car wash Saturday,
Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jack in the Box and at Oakwood Tire Service on Walnut from noon to 5 p.m.
Donations are appreciated. All proceeds will go to benefit Queen of Hearts activities at NBHS.
Last singles dance tonight
The Comal County Senior Citizens Center will hold its last singles dance tonight. Dance to smooth ’in the mood1 music of the 40s and 50s. For more information, call 629-4547.
Head Start to hold garage sale
Comal County Head Start, 1023 West Bridge St. will have a garage sale and raffle this Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No early birds please. Garage sale donations are being accepted up until Friday. Great prizes — too many to list. All proceeds go to the children.
Democrats to meet Tuesday
The Comal County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Feb.
27, at 7 p.m. at Comal Bowl.
Help the Community Band get to Germany
Spaghetti and Sousa will be on the program when members of the Comal Community Band perform at a fund-raiser supper and concert Feb. 29 at the Oak Run School.
A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the band will perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person, with proceeds going to help the band travel to Germany this summer. The New Braunfels High School Jazz Band will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For information, call Ken McGuire at 625-7728.
Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425. located at Startzville, across Highway 2673 from St. Andrew Lutheran Church, invites everyone to a Washington’s Birthday Patriotic Program Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the lodge. For more information, call Bud Wright, worshipful master of the lodge, at 964-3154.
Factory Stores, CMNB write fairy tale ending
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
If the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is a damsel in distress — then the New Braunfels Factory Stores is the knight in shining armor.
“We’re negotiating a lease agreement that came to us like a gift out of the heavens,” said CMNB President Howard Schneider. He spoke at a lunch “brainstorming” meeting yesterday.
“They approached us,” Schneider said.
Not only did the Factory Stores and its parent company Charter Oak offer the CMNB a new home — that home will be rent free, said CMNB Director Susan Williams.
Williams confirmed late yesterday afternoon that the Factory Stores and CMNB had reached a lease agreement. “We’ll be responsible for paying utilities and maintaining the interior,” she said.
Retailer provides space for ousted museum
Having CMNB could help draw customers to the Factory Stores, as well as add to the mail’s image in the community, Williams said. “We feel it’s mutually beneficial,” said Melissa Krause, Factory Stores regional marketing manager. “And we’ve always tried strong and hard to support our local community. I think with both of us working together, we can help the community move ahead substantially”
“I’m thrilled to death that the Factory Stores have come through,” said Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr.
The CMNB moving date is still up in the air. The Courtyard Shopping Center’s new owner had originally told the CMNB it would have to vacate May I, Williams said, but the museum is still trying to negotiate a later mov
“Not to be negative about the new owners,” Williams said. “They’re making improvements to the center, and that’s a positive thing for New Braunfels.”
There was never a thought that the Children’s Museum would close, Williams said —just where it would be located. “My goal is to move the museum with the least possible interruption in service,” she said.
“We’re overwhelmed and gratified with the response from the community,” Schneider said. But the Children’s Museum still needs all the help it can get to accomplish its move, Williams said.
The new space will be a little smaller than the CMNB’s current home. “Somewhere we’re looking for a ware
house and work space,” Williams said, “it doesn’t need to be prime real
An electrician has already donated services to make needed electrical changes in the new location, Williams said. “We’re going to need moving trucks — we need help packing, moving, maybe boxes.”
The CMNB is also looking for someone with interior design background to give some time — “somebody to just come and look at that space and tell us how we can best use it,” she said.
The exterior sign conforming to Factory Stores design standards will cost up to $3,000, Williams said. Cash donations will be needed.
“Anything you can do will be appreciated by our children and grandchil
dren,” said board member Gary Steel.
The CMNB’s activities will continue on schedule, Schneider said. Coming up in March is the communitywide garage sale.
Among the CMNB’s programs are once-a-month “Free Tuesdays,” teen parenting, career studies, local Spanish clubs experiencing Mexican culture, student employees (including a teen parent), Girl Scout camp-ins drawing scouts statewide, and Girls & Science which encourages girls to stay in science fields.
CMNB supporters still dream of a permanent home in New Braunfels’ historic district, Schneider said. “We look at this as a three-to- five-year project,” he said.
“The LCRA is looking at not tearing that old building down,” Williams said. “We’ll keep an eye on that — we’d love to be in Landa Park.”
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Wentworth explains bill that would allow local governments to consolidate
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Two men were airlifted to University Hospital yesterday after they were involved in a one-car accident at Pegg Ranch Road and FM 2673 near Canyon Lake. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle at 12:15 p.m. and knocked over several posts and sideswiped a tree. The cause of the accident, the names of men, and their conditions were not available at press time.
Post Office cusotmers can now say ‘charge it’
By DENISE DZIUK
Conducting the majority of money transactions at the New Braunfels Post Office just got easier. As of two weeks ago, the post office now takes credit and debit cards.
“We’re listening to our customers,” said New Braunfels Officer in Charge Hardy Hobbs. “Many customers prefer the convenience of credit and debit cards. Now they will be able to use their cards at the post office.”
Customers will now to able to use Amen-can Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA for all purchases at postal retail windows except on money orders, passport applications, and collect on delivery (C.O.D.) Deb
it and ITM cards, including Interlink, Maestro and Pulse, will be accepted on all purchases except passport applications.
“A lot of people will use it to send packages or buy stamps. You can use them for just about anything you want at the post office, with a few exceptions,” said Hobbs.
Hobbs said the United States Post Office conducted surveys in a lot of die larger towns. The results showed an overwhelming interest in it. By 1997, the ease of payment by credit and debit card will be available at all post offices nationwide. When this is complete, the postal service will be the largest retail operation in the world accepting credit and debit cards.
“What the post office did was conduct a nationwide survey, and they found over
whelmingly that this is what they wanted," said Hobbs. “It was decided to give customers what they wanted.”
Hobbs said the New Braunfels Post Office has been taking the cards for several weeks. He said over that time, there have not been any problems with the system, and service has not been slowed any.
He said dedicated lines have helped reduce the amount of time spent waiting on approval, which prevents a slow down in service. Hobbs said the response from customers has already been positive and it is expected to continue to grow in popularity.
“It’s something that as people become more aware of it, they’ll start to take advantage of it more,” he said.
Senator Jeff Wentworth was on hand at Thursday’s County Commissioners Court to tell county and city officials about a local option bill for consolidation of city and county governments.
“We were unclear (on the bill), so I thought we would go to the source,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Wentworth said the state constitution created specific' governmental offices. He said if a county wants to get nd of an office, such as a constable office or county treasurer, the issue must go on a ballot for the entire state to consider as a consntutional amendment. He said this does not make sense, and more power needs to be given to local governments.
“This is a completely permissive bill,” said Wentworth. “This bill is designed solely to transfer power from Austin back to local governments.”
Wentworth told those present this is not a new idea. He said a resolution similar to the bill he is currently proposing was adopted by the Senate. However, he said the House of Representatives ran out of time before it could be addressed in that chamber.
Wentworth said he is proposing two resolutions. The first is a resolution for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio only. The second resolution to amend the constitution would include Bexar and other interested counties. If the amendment is approved, the local government could establish a charter commission. This commission would have two years to draft a charter. The charter would then be voted on by the citizens. In order for a change to occur, a majority in the county and the city would have to approve it. Wentworth said this charter could include changing all the offices, or none of them, and that is up to the constituents.
“You do whatever you want. You can do all of them, or none of them. I’m not going to give local government power if they don’t want it,” he said.
County Commissioner Danny Scheel and Mayor Paul E. Fraser, Jr. questioned what kind of zoning authority this would give the county. Wentworth said the resolunon would not pass the legislature if it included zoning because of lobbyist efforts. Casteel said most county residents only appear to want zoning when there is an objecnon to a specific project, and not always.
“I’m not sure if you give us that local option that Comal County citizenry would actually want that,” she said.
Wentworth said a public hearing will be held on March 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the San Antonio City Council Chambers. Wentworth said the sole purpose of hearing will be to gather testimony from the public in reference to it.
State urges caution as rabies epidemics sweep through Texas
By DENISE DZIUK
Two rabies epidemics have been spreading in Texas since 1990, and the Texas Department of Health is urging both residents and veterinarians to exercise caution to prevent making the situation worse.
Jane Mahlow, a veterinarian with the Texas Department of Health, said that since 1990, two epidemics of rabies have been present in Texas. One is in South Texas. This out break is most common among canines and coyotes.
The second epidemic, the gray fox epidemic, is in West Texas. Mahlow said Comal County falls right between the two, and both have been spreading ever closer to the county line.
These outbreaks have resulted in approximately
1,500 confirmed cases of rabies in animals and two human deaths. Mahlow said, as a result of the epidemics, as well at the threat such a large rural area creates, changes were made to the Rabies Control Act.
“Because of these epidemics, we wanted to tighten up on control to make sure they didn’t get out of hand,” said Mahlow. “We also have to realize we have all the makings for a large epidemic with a lot of wild animals and a large population.”
Mahlow said one of the changes is what kind of vaccine cats and dogs are given. She said veterinarians have been giving vaccines that are good for one year. However, people often go longer than a year beleve bringing their animals back in. The veterinarians will now give a vaccine good for three years. However, she said animals still
‘(Comal County) is in the hot seat. We need to urge people to get their pets vaccinated.’
— Jane Mahlow, TDH vetennanan
need to be brought in annually, and the difference in cost is minimal.
“You should still go back yearly. This is just double protection,” she said.
The second change is in the wording in the rule stating when dogs and cats must be vaccinated. She said it still must be done at three months, the change just clarifies this. The third change is in requirements veterinarians must follow for quarantine procedures when animals bite.
Mahlow said people are also reminded that transporting an animal at high nsk for rabies, even if it is only a block, is prohibited These animals include coyotes, foxes, bats, skunks, raccoons, and non-vaccinated dogs and cats She said there are some exceptions, but the average citizen is prohibited from transporting the animal. She said it is a Class C misdemeanor if it is a dog or cat, and a Class A if it is a wild animal.
“(Comal County) is in the hot seat,” she said. “We need to urge people to get their pets vaccinated. We need to urge people to just stay away from wild animals.”
She said an infected wild animal often becomes docile, and this is just the type of animal a person may approach. However, she said people should “just leave all wild animals alone, because you don’t know for sure.”Catfish farm shows the need for pumping limits. See Opinion, Page 4.