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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas f/f/4 X ABC $Good Day Continued cloudiness Thursday with a high near 70 degrees and a low near 58 are forecast for the New Braunfels area. Today’s high should be near 60. For forecasts, see Page 2. In ald#: CLASSIFIED................ ......13-15 COMICS....................... .............6 CROSSWORD............. .............3 DEAR ABBY............... .............7 EDUCATION............. .............5 ENTERTAINMENT? HOROSCOPE.............. .............6 KALEIDOSCOPES-® OP880NS4 SPORTS....................... ......10-12 TV LISTINGS............... .............6 WEATHER................................ 2 German choir won’t risk trip By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*w« Editor The threat of terrorism connected to lite Middle East conflict is causing the cancellation of a well-known German choir that had planned to perform in New Braunfels next month? “It’s not happy news,” said David Schoenvogel, community events director for the German-American Society that was sponsoring the local event. “This is about their fifth year that they had planned to be back.” The group cited the threat of terrorism and the insecure feeling in the nation because of the Middle East SM CHOIR, Page 2 Lt. John Wommack, loft, Cheryl Scott, Fred O'Neal and Wilton War-necke iron out details of the pro-support troop rally slated for Saturday. More than 30 people attended the planning session Tuesday at the VFW Hall on Peace Street. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)Troop support rally may signal war’s end By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N#w» Editor Saturday’s pro-support troop rally in New Braunfels could be a peace rally, according to events in the Middle East. “We may be celebrating the end by Saturday,” said Cheryl Semi, chairman of the rally. Whatever happens in the Middle East, a rally will take off in patriotic form. The volunteer rally planning committee met Tuesday night to iron out final details. The public is invited to Nan gathering on Main Plaza around 9:30 arn, to listen to patriotic music. Ceremonies will begin at 10:13 and local and state dignitaries have been invited to speak. Area church choirs and high school bands also will perform. At 11:30 the public is invited to march to Landa Park for a number of activities. Some of the activities planned for the park include: 8m RALLY, Page 2 Stammtisch Happy birthday The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung would like to wish “Happy Birthday” today to Jenny Belt LyBrand, Diana Lynn Williams, Laverne Bowen, Robert Janca, Brian Knight, Clayton Saur and Suzanne Baker. Do you know of a birthday or wedding anniversary? Call our receptionist at 625-9144 the day before — we’d love to share in the greetings. Cookie sale ending The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale ends tomorrow, so find a Girl Scout quick for that last fix. The cookies freeze well, so stock up. There arc six varieties of everyone’s favorite treat on the menu again this year — Thin Mint, Caramel Delites, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich and Lemon Pastry Creme, along with Golden Yangles, a snack cracker. At $2.50 per box, the cookies and crackers are an easy way to support the Girl Scout program. In addition to providing personal opportunities for growth, an introduction to business and sales rewards and incentives for the participating girls, the annua! Cookie Sale generates more than 50 percent of the supporting revenue for New Braunfels Girls Scouts. Such things as anti-drug programs, horseback riding, arts and crafts, alternative programs for “at-risk” girls and scholarships for Girl Scout Camp all arc funded directly by cookie and cracker purchases. For more information about the cookie sales, call the Pro-duct Sales Coordinator at 629-1951. Conservation Society The Conservation Society will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Forke Store. April Coldsmith, director of the New Braunfels Downtown Project, will give a slide presenttion on the downtown master plan, including an update on the Downtown Project. The Comal County Historical Commission will be special guests at the meeting. World Day of Prayer A World Day of Prayer Service is planned for 7:30 p.m Friday at Bulverde United Methodist Church, U.S. 281 at the Cibolo, south of FM 1863. Members of various churches will be presenting the program and child care will be available by reservation, Call 438-7167. The day will include a Prayer for Peace as well as prayers for all the men and women in Saudi Arabia. Take a list of names with you. Pancake Supper It’s time for First United Methodist Church to host the annual Pancake Supper. This year, it’s March 4 in Wesley Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and a beverage is $3.25 for adults and $1.50 for children. Wesley Hall is accessible rn s.; Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer holds up evidence retrieved from a New Braunfels woman arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana cigarettes into the Comal County Jail. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) Jail visit nets drug charge By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N«ws Editor A New Braunfels woman, allegedly attempting to smuggle two marijuana cigarettes into the Comal County Jail Tuesday, remains behind bars today. Sarah Rene Vasquez, 18, of the 190 block of North Peace Street, was charged with possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and released from jail after posting a $300 bond Friday. She was arrested this morning at her residence and charged with attempting to introduce contraband into a jail area, a third degree felony. After an investigation, Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer released the information this morning on her first arrest Friday at the jail and the second arrest this morning. “She was apprehended while in the visitation room awaiting visitation with an inmate (Friday),” Bremer said. “She had two marijuana cigarettes that were inside of a blue balloon. And what she intended to do was put it in her mouth, kiss her sweet thing and pass it to him." Bremer said authorities received an anonymous tip that Vasquez was going to attempt to smuggle in the marijuana cigarettes. “She never got them to him,” he said. Since being elected, Bremer has struggled with finding ways to eliminate contraband being smuggled into the jail. The key to eliminating the contraband, he says, is eliminating contact visitation. “That’s the secret," Bremer said. “Thai’s about 90 percent of it, but there are some other things.” Revenue remains big issue By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor With the lottery issue dead for now. State Rep. Edmund Kuempel says lawmakers will have to get to work looking for additional sources of revenue. “I definitely believe the current level of spending will probably be about VA to 4 'A billion dollars short and if we’re going with current level spending we’re going to have to generate some new KuemP«l revenues," said Kuempel, who represents District 46 including Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall counties. Kuempel, R-Seguin, said he believes lawmakers will again look at a franchise tax, possibly broaden the state sales tax and may move some payrolls from one fiscal year to another. Starting a state lottery requires a constitutional amendment, achieved only by a popular vote. Two-thirds of the House must approve placement of an amendment issue on the ballot, where it goes to voters for ratification or rejection. But the House fell IO votes short of the number needed to place the amendment before the voters. The vote was 90-56. Kuempel voted for placing the issue before the voters. “I always said that I thought it would be real, real close,” Kuempel said. “The will of the house was made known and there were enough of them that did not want to put it on the ballot and by God they won. We’ll live to look at that battle some other day I’m sure.” Kuempel said he believes the issue will surface again in the 1993 or 1995 legislative sessions. NEU struggling with budgetary issues By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer Members of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees Thursday are expected to approve an amended budget to offset unexpected expenditures last year. Utilities had “extraordinary expenses” in attorney fees related to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s rate increase and other payments, said NBU General Manager Bob Sohn. The 29-percent water rate increase, approved by city council last month, did not meet needed revenue for expenditures, he said. As a result. Utilities could not gain enough revenue to make up those additional expenses, making it necessary to cut several projects, he said. NBU’s director of administrative and financial services, Jeff Thompson, said the water rate increase is divided into two incremental segments of a 15-percent increase in April and 14 percent in October. “By the time that hits, we’ll be in a better position,” he said. The Surface Water Treatment Plant caused another $200,000 loss because it was not projected in the 1990-91 budget. Members of the Edwards Under ground Water District agreed lo fund it for the first five years. Now their contract states it will not pay for expenses until the plant is operating. “Meanwhile we need to fund that project,” he said. Utilities suffered “a considerable setback” with water and sewage revenue which fell short of the 1991 projection, but electric revenue increased, offsetting those losses, Thompson said. To help offset these expenditures. Utilities officials cut $261,000 in the nuts and bolts of general operating expenses and $600,000 in capital projects. “We are only buying items deemed to be absolutely essential to maintain service as it is today," Thompson said. Sohn said NBU charges customers on a cost-needed basis because Utilities is a non-profit agency. Each year, department heads give a detailed account of items puchased and how much they cost as well as a list of requested items for that year, he said. Officials calculate how much priority items such as operating expenses and fuel supplies will cost and then put them into needed expenditures, he said. Depreciation costs and bond projects also are calculated into the budget. After these expenditures are tallied, officials separate electric, sewer and water costs and charge the customers accordingly, he said. The budget is listed according to priority items starting with operating and maintenance expenses in order to determine which to cut first. Then, a preliminary draft is sent to the board of trustees who approve it for implementation. lf NBU officials want to amend the budget, they need approval from the board of trustees. “It’s not a general road map. It’s a document we live by,” Sohn said. SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Gross National Product declines in final quarter of 1990. See Page 13 Frazier Elementary School parents sit in for the pupils. See Page 3 Canyon soccer team knocks New Braunfels out of first place. Seepage IO New Braunfels \o/^t JEST AVAILABLE _    VIOO’ Vol. 139, No. 74 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 ednesday Feb. 27, 1991 25 Cents One Sections, IS Pages ;