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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels Ze to-MES^MlCROPUBUXSHIHB 2627 ti YAHt'f-LL VX 79 90 c*Mira .ss . vfxn--. as- .V ...o    s.-;    .Unemployment risesBut region is leading state in job growth By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung Unemployment in Comal County rose I percent between December and January, according to figures released this week by the Texas Employment Commission. Despite the recent increase, the San Antonio metropolitan area, which includes Comal County, surpassed Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston to lead the state in job growth in 1992. Comal County contributed to the success of the area by increasing the number of jobs by 645, according to Alfred See JOBB, page 2 Pregnant woman found dead By GARY P. CARROLL and GREG MEFFORD Herald-Zeltung CANYON LAKE — Comal County law enforcement officials are tiying to determine the identity of a pregnant woman whose nude body was found here Thursday. The dark-haired woman, estimated to be approximately 19 to 25 years of age, was discovered at about 11:05 a.m. on north Cranes Mill Road, according to Detective Sergeant David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Department A county road crew dumping brush in the area found the body "laying up about 50 or 75 feet from the roadway, Ott said. The woman was tied up and a rope was found around her neck, Ott said. The body was transported by Zoeller Funeral Home to the Travis County Medical Examiners office for an autopsy. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly* Smith said Friday the autopsy report revealed the cause of death as strangulation, but that the woman was tied up after her death. Smith also said the autopsy revealed that the woman was three months pregnant. Officials arent certain how long the body had been at the site because of recent rains, but Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz said investigators dont believe the homicide occurred at the scene. "It looked like overnight, but it probably had been within 48 hours," Ott said. Ott said officials had no suspects in the case Thursday afternoon. “At this point, we are still looking for the identity,” Ott said. Hoherz said officials were alerting other law enforcement departments of the details of the case. “We’ve got an all-points teletype out to all departments to see if they’ve got a missing person. And we’re taking fingerprints to see if (jhe’s been handled before,” Hoherz said. A special request will be made to the FBI for assistance in speeding up the identification process, Hoherz said. “We don’t have a lot to go,” Hoherz said.Trustees give Sohn top marks By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees gave General Manager Bob Sohn top marks Thursday, saying Sohn is a longterm visionary who saved ratepayers millions of dollars. NBU Board Vice President Robert Orr said Sohn’s leadership has been greatly appreciated over the past year. The unanimous agreement of the board was that NBU is very well led,” Orr said. Sohn’s review came at the em! of the board’s monthly meeting, when it convenes to review the financial activity of the previous month. According to reports from the general manager and NBU staff, the utility has been operating consistent with its budget. During the meeting, the board approved a contract between itself and Newlfs Tennis Ranch outlining the procedures for a sewer connection to be made from the city to the tennis facility. Newk’s is under consideration for annexation by the city of New Braunfels, as is T Bar M Tennis Ranch, which would make the city responsible for providing the utility service to the areas, officials said. According to attorney John Dierksen, T Bar M has not yet signed their sewer connection agreement, due to a lack of legal counsel and some questions regarding the agreement. Dierksen did say the agreement between Newk’s and NBU had been preliminarily approved by the state. *T Bar M has finally retained legal counsel,’’Dierksen said. “We had seriously been tiying to get this thing ready for today, but it just didn’t work out.” The NBU board may call a special session to approve the T Bar M agreement if the details between NBU and T Bar M are worked obt. Both agreements could appear on the city council agenda March 8. Board Trustee O.A. “Skip” Stratemann made a point to let See NBU, page 2 Bracken firefighters tackle a structure fire on Sierra Drive near Highway 1863 Thursday afternoon. The structure — a service shed — caught fire during an automotive repair accident. Firefighters contained the fire, protecting the nearby house of the owner. The shed was totally destroyed. Photo by John Huseth. Sex ed meeting attracts hundreds By ROSE MARIE EASH Horald-Zoitung An estimated 500 parents, teachers and patrons of the Comal Independent School District showed up last night at a meeting to discuss pending sex education legislation. The message was very dear,” said Sen. Jeff Wentworth. Wentworth said speakers at last night’s meeting, called by CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers, made it clear they preferred to maintain CISD’s “sex respect” program and leave the majority of sex education to parents. Rogers called the meeting to get input from district patrons on pending legislation, which includes recommendations of the Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood Advisory Council for specific instruction on body parts and functions, sexual intercourse, living together without marriage, homosexuality and abortion. The council recommended the curriculum for students from ages 6 to 18. While he felt schools should provide education on AIDS and venereal diseases, Rogers said he did not think schools should instruct “how to put on a condom.” Wentworth, who attended the meeting at the invitation of Rogers, said afterwards that he felt confident the primary right of parents to instruct their children in sex education will be upheld by the Legislature. He said most likely APP AC would be disbanded this year also. APPAC was originally organized to address the problem of teenage pregnancy in Die state. The pending legislation marks APPAC’s second recommendation since 1987. Wentworth said it had nothing further to offer the state on this issue, since the proposal seems likely to fail. Director pitches voters’ league By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung About 75 county residents were present Thursday to hear League of Women Voters state director Evelyn Bonavita describe the league’s benefits and options are for local participation. “Our members ... choose the subjects we study, they determine what consensus is after we study issues,” Bonavita said. “(They) do the voter services... which is what a lot of people know about the league — the voter registration, voters guides, can didate forums, candidate debates.” Bonavita said one of the most important things about LVW was its nonpartisanship. Darlene Hicks, a local organizer, will select and publicize a meeting place for the next gathering, slated for March ll. The San Marcos director who will be acting as an advisor to the Comal County LVW will be at that meeting to help organize the provisional chapter. Anyone interested in more information should contact Hides-at 629-5167. Commissioners hear proposal on metropolitan planning By ROSE MARIE EASH Hsrald-Zsltung Comal County’s proposed participation in the San Antonio Metropolitan Planning Organization dominated a Thursday workshop session of the Comal County Commissioners Court The SAMPO consists of the city of San Antonio and participating surrounding urban areas. The organization is responsible for the distribution of $15.7 million in transportation improvements. It reviews and selects candidate projects from the participating cities for funding. Currently, New Braunfels is not a SAMPO member and competes with 12 other cities or urban areas, such as Kerrville and Canyon Lake, for $2 million in state fUnds for transportation improvements. If New Braunfels chooses to be part of SAMPO, the first opportunity for funds would be in 1997, since selections and final decisions are currently being made through 1996. County Judge Carter Casteel expressed her concern that participation in a group, which consists primarily of San Antonio members, would not be in the best interests of Comal County. During the audience participation portion of the workshop session, Dean Word, own er of a New Braunfels highway construction firm, encouraged commissioners to consider the possible benefits of the SAMPO. Word said he was not favoring either situation, but did fool there may bebenefits to the SAMPO that were not obvious at first look. Also during the workshop session, the See COURT, page 2 Friday, February 26,1993    Solving    Comal    County    •    Home    of    Barbara    Marions    vol.    141,Nazi — Daily so gems, sunday 75 gems Index Stammtisch CLASSIFIED............. .12-16 COMICS........ .......... ........6 ENTERTAINMENT... RELIGION................. AUTOS..................... ______12 OBITUARIES....... ••........... 3 OPINIONS................ SPORTS................... WATER WATCH______ WEATHER................ .........3 Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Race Hodges, Dr. Joe Kuehler, Bryan Beene, Michael Godi, Marietta Ricketts and Louis Roberts III. Saturday birthday wishes to Bob Janes, Bill Courtright, Lyle Hockanadel and Ericks Chelsea Villanueva... Anniversary wishes go to Dennis and Molly Koepp, Kandy and David Mays, Robert and Connie Flores, Raul and Emma Morales, and Jeff and Veronica Molochs. Belated birthday wishes go Robert Flugrath and Allan Foamier. Belated Anniversary wishes to Irma and Raymond Castillcja. Tastes of the Town The theme for the 1993 Tastes of the Town is “An Afternoon at Mardi Gras.” The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Sunday at The Children’s' Museum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Children’s tickets are for the first session only, but for $6 children may spend the evening, 4-8 p.m., at the Pizza and Playtime with pizza provided by Mr. Gatti’s. Call 620-0939 for information. Tickets are available at The Children’s Center. Continued on page 8 On Sunday. eeSeason in review Coming this weekend, a look back at the New Braunfels Unicorns’ school-record 26-7 basketball season; See Insight, page Bl In th# Sunday edition of th# Herald-Zeltung. Fot Home Delivery in New Biaunlels and Comal County — Call 625-9144 J ) ;