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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ANewAL&jfels *^0332 MO 09 10/22/99 SO - WE ST ll IC RO PU BL I SH I MG 2627 E YANDELL BR 7 6 mmT "W"    El    POSO, TX 79903 -Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 67    12    pages    in    I    section    February    23,    1999 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsOther Action New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to: ■ Approve naming Gib Watt as Firefighter of the Year, ■ Approve closing Hidalgo Avenue on March 19 for a religious youth rally sponsored by Holy Family Church. Residents speak for, against Eckerd rezoning By Bill O'Connell Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council stepped into a nearly four-month public debate Monday on a proposal to build a drug store at a busy city intersection. A developer's request for a special use permit came before city planners this past year and finally reached council at Monday's regular meeting. Council heard comments from about a dozen residents during a public hearing but had not voted on the permit by press time. City residents debated for about an hour on a special use permit at South Walnut Avenue and Business 35 to allow a devel oper to build an Eckerd drug store. “I’d like to see something positive come out of this ... and I think Eckerd will do that,” South Sycamore Avenue resident Sandra Nichols said. Other local residents disagreed. “We don't want this in our neighborhood,” said South Sycamore resident Paul Derrich, who said he saw the Eckerd project as the beginning of an encroachment of commercial enterprises. “Whenas it going to stop?” Shelby Estus Realty Group, the developer hired by Eckerd for the project, is asking for rezoning of a 1.66-acre tract currently zoned for residential and commercial to allow the construction of a new 11,200-square-foot store. CISD board races draw four so far By Heather Todd Staff Writer Three new candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for two seats on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees. Positions on the board of trustees for single member districts three and four are for grabs in a May I trustee vote. Four district patrons had filed, as of Monday for a place on the ballot. John Bertelsen, a Canyon Lake resident, filed for a place on the single member district four ballot on Feb. 15. John C. Welch, also a Canyon Lake resident, filed as a candidate for district four on Monday. Doug Nail, the current representative for district four, cannot run for re-election because he recently moved out of his district. Nail ran against Thomas Bruce, a Canyon Lake resident, in 1996. Scott Watson, the current representative for single member district three, said he was still undecided if he was going to run for reelection. Watson ran against Lois Marie Duggan, a Canyon Lake resident, in the 1996 election. Aubrey “Nick” Nichols, a Canyon Lake resident, filed as a candidate for the single member district three race. Nichols was not available for comment Monday. Pat Broaddus, who also filed as single member district three candidate, is a former computer literacy teacher at Smithson Valley Middle School. District 4 race Bertelsen is vice president of Concerned Taxpayers of Comal County, an organization of CISD patrons formed after the district’s failed 1997On The BallotDISTRICT 3 Pat Broaddus Aubrey “Nick” NicholsDISTRICT 4 John Bertelsen John C. WelchPLANNING TO RUN? Interested patrons can file for a place on the ballot Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the central Administration building, 1421 North Business 35. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. March 17. bond election.*• ^ Bertelsen said hewas interested in seeing the districrcon-trol spending costs per student and address a decreasing stu-dent-teacher ratio in the classrooms. “We’ve gone from spending $4,800 per student a year to $5,300 per student in a matter of four or five years. The teacher-student ratio has also gone from 17 to I to 14 to I. I think these are needs that need to be addressed,” he said. Bertelsen, a sales representative, also said he was pushing for implementation of distance learning labs in the schools as a way to address the decreasing student-teacher ratio. Welch, who is a retired employee of IBM, served cm a school board in California for five years. “My major concern is with the district’s loss in revenue because of flood damage and its increased enrollment,” he said. “I’m hoping that my pri- See CISD/3 Mother, daughter find family ties on stage By Heather Tooo Staff Writer New Braunfels performers Darien Nohm and daughter Ellen Swetman turned their passion for music and dance into a family affair. The mother-daughter acting team has been cast in a San Antonio production of the musical “Woman of the Year,” which opens Wednesday at Harlequin Dinner Theatre. Nohm and Swetman are no strangers to working together both on stage and off. Mother and daughter have supported each others artistic talents and performed together in this past year’s Red Stocking Review. However, the three-month production project for “Woman of the Year” has proven to be the strongest family tic. “When we first auditioned for the parts, we were like, ‘What have we gotten into?”’ Swetman said. “We went in and auditioned cold turkey without knowing what was in store.” Nohm said, “You could tell all the other people who were auditioning were very experienced. They had musical scenes all prepared.” Mother and daughter both laugh when remembering their audition songs - “Crazy” by Patsy Cline and “God Bless America.” “We really didn’t think we’d get picked. But when the director called and said we’d been cast, it was a real surprise,” Swetman said. Nohm has performed in “The Mikado,” “Father Says No,” Desperate Ambrose,” See STAGE/3Inside Abby................................5 Business.............................5 Classifieds.....................9-12 Comics...............................7 Crossword..........................5 Forum.................................6 Local...................................4 Obituaries.............................3 Sports..............................8-9 Today.................................2 Television...........................7 Lady Liberty has been salvaged and will return to her place of prominence overlooking the Guadalupe River. The 900-pound replica of the Statue of Liberty had been missing since it was swept away during the Oct 18 flood from its perch on the deck of Bill Mayo’s home on River Road. The statue was found about a mile downstream by Paul Rich and others working on clearing the river channel this past weekend. Mayo said his galvanized metal statue might be missing some of its support structure, but he hoped to restore the statue to its former roost today. “I’m going to look her over pretty good and make sure she’s in good shape,” Mayo said. Hundreds of volunteers combed the Guadalupe River and its banks on Friday and Saturday in the first organized cleanup of the popular recreational river since the October flood. Outfitters said this past weekend’s effort removed most of the flood debris from the river, and some said they would be open for business this weekend. “After many man and backhoe hours, we’ve got the channel clear to float,” Rockin’ R River Rides owner Zero Rivers said. Rivers’ crew cleared the logjam at Common Street Bridge on Friday and removed debris from the section of the river from the Gruene Bridge to Cypress Bend Park on Saturday. Rivers said only three large items remained in the river and those would be removed soon. Comal County and the City of New Braunfels are working with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service to contract with companies to clean the river channel and shoreline. The county and city governments are expected to contribute 25 percent of the funds for the cleanup with NRCS to provide the ROBIN CORNETT/Hecald-Zeitung Dick Carroll, front right, works to dear the Guadalupe River of debris Saturday afternoon. Below: Carroll, who lost his family’s home in the flood, and others removed cement bricks, small household items and many tree limbs out of the Guadalupe below Flockin’ R River Rides. "After many\ man and backhoe hours, we’ve got the channel clear to float" Zero Rivers Rockin’ R River Rides remaining 75 percent. Rivers said the channel was “very clear and very floatable” and the government agencies should concentrate their efforts and financial resources on cleaning the banks. “Most of the remaining debris is 50 feet in the air (in trees) and 50 feet back from the bank,” Rivers said. County Engineer Tom Homseth said he believed a lot of debris was available for contractors to remove from the channel. Contractors from across the country were in town this past week to evaluate the situation and bid on debris removal. Homseth said bids were due to NRCS today and the job could be awarded within five days. The target date to begin work was March I. Back to businessSome outfittersexpect to open this weekend afterriver cleanup By Chris Crews Staff Writer Photo submit!*! Darien Nohm and Ellen Swetman go over their lines in “Woman of the Year." ;