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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New (Braunfels ,    f , I C's /' " ' /’ iii! i n 3 "i 2 i t 0 0 y Lu 7    *■' J .... *    '    _  .v. r r-p'TPt i HI I LiH I Nu; SO "UHL ST MICRO! UBL. a . 'IIN BBLHerald-Zeitung Vol. 149, No. 72 44 pages in 5 sections February 27, 2000 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside MR ► State contender Smithson Valley High School senior Renee Clark returns from the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet with fourth place honors. She finished 10 points away from third place./1B ► Watercolor month New Braunfels Art League celebrates the third annual March is Watercolor Month in New Braunfels by placing art in businesses and offering demonstrations. /IC ► On track See the NBHS Invitational Track meet results./! B Officials eye dams to prevent flooding By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Comal County is leading the pack in its efforts to prevent the devastation of the October 1998 flood from happening again. Comal County Judge Danny Scheel and county engineer Tom Homseth gained regional support for county flood control projects Friday when they met with the Corps of Engineers, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and city and county officials at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. The group provided input into a $500,000 Corps of Engineers Reconnaissance Study that will look at the feasibility of selected watershed projects on the Guadalupe and San Antonio River basins. Homseth presented the preliminary results of a study identifying five potential dam sites that would have a significant impact on flooding in the county and also benefit downstream communities. If the Corps includes the county project in its study, it could lead to federal funding for the construction of the flood dams — which are estimated to cost between $20 and $30 million. The county-commissioned study indicated the dams — four on the Guadalupe River and one on a tributary to the Dry Comal Creek — would reduce water flow at the confluence of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers by 40 percent. The engineering analysis also predicted the dams could contain a flood of the same magnitude as the 1998 flood — which some predicted to be off the charts — to the 100-year flood plain, Homseth said. “If we can keep it down to a 100-year flood, even in an extreme event, then everybody wins,” Homseth said. See DAM S/5 A ERIN MAGRUDER/Herald-Zeitung County Engineer Tom Hornseth (left) and GBRA General Manager Bill West (right) discuss five potential dam sites in Comal County. Kendrick files for District 4 council seat By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer A retired architect who ran for mayor this past year filed Friday for the District 4 New Braunfels City Council seat, currently represented by Jan Kotylo. Robert Kendrick, 61, is die second person to file for the open spot. His campaign treasurer is wife Betty Kendrick. Dave Pryor, 35, a selfemployed life insurance agent, filed for the seat Wednesday. His campaign treasurer is Jay Rogers, owner See KENDRICKS KENDRICK Searching for clues Communications group organizes mock hunt for missing children ERIN MAGRUDER/Herald-Zeitung The Comal County Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team mans the control center Saturday afternoon as volunteers comb 1,200 acres in Saturday’s mock search training exercise. By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer Eight-year-old Jessica Williams and her three-year-old brother Mikel Williams have been missing since Friday evening when they were allegedly abducted from a Comal County residence by their non-custodial father and another man who is a suspected child molester. The two men were last seen about 6:30 p.m. Friday in a vehicle entering the Demi John Ranch offFarm-to-Market Road 311 in the Bulverde area. The above description w as part of a fictional scenario given to more than I OO area search and rescue volunteers Saturday morning who participated in a mock search organized by the Comal County Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team and the Heidi Search Center for Missing Children in San Antonio. Volunteers gathered about IO a m. at the Demi John Ranch, off Rebecca Creek Road in Bulverde, to begin scouring about 1,200 acres of terrain by air, horseback and on foot for any traces of the two young victims in the simulated abduction. By 10:30 a.m., the first grisly clue had been found. A tiny, white sock was retrieved by a ground search team and carefully preserved in a plastic evidence bag. Before the day’s end, bloodhound teams and cadaver dogs would help volunteers locate the bodies of two murdered children. See CLUES/5 A Burn Ban The ban on outdoor burning has been lifted until 6 p.m. today. Residents planning to burn are reminded to do so with extreme caution because of the dry conditions. Residents are required to call the Comal County Sheriff’s Office at 620-3408 and provide dispatchers with the location of the burn.Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................4B-6B Classified................................1-1    OD Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................T4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV Key code 77........... Real estate appraiser seeks District 3 position By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer A residential real estate appraiser filed Friday for the District 3 New Braunfels City Council seat, currently represented by Randy Vanstory. Gale O’Hara Pospisil, 54, was the first to file for the position. Tobin Hoffman is her campaign treasurer. Vanstory said he would not seek re-election in order to devote more time to his business. Pospisil said she looked forward to serving her neighbors and friends in District 3, which is split by North Walnut Avenue and bordered by Landa Street to the south, the city limits outside Loop 337 to the west and north and California POSPISIL Boulevard to the east. The district also includes areas west of Loop 337 within the city limits, including the Timber Hollow area. Pospisil moved to New Braunfels in 1983 when she married Vladimir Pospisil, who already was a resident. The couple has six children — who are scattered from Anchorage, Alaska, to Dripping Springs — and four grandchildren. In 1985, after 11 years as a sales representative for the Process Control Division of Honeywell, Inc., she earned her real estate license. She started a family business, Pospisil Appraisal Service, in downtown New Braunfels in 1987. Pospisil is a state-certified residential real estate appraiser and a See APPRAISERS Primary early voting begins By Heather Todd Staff Writer Comal County residents can cast their ballots starting Monday for local, state and presidential candidates running in the March 14 primaries. Early voting for both Democratic and Republican primary races begins Monday and goes through March IO from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 - N. Seguin See sample Ave., on the    ballots/ 8A first floor in room 101. Comal County residents also can participate in early voting at temporary early voting polling locations: • March 4 — H-E-B, 651 S. Walnut Ave., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • March 6 — Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Farm-to-Market 2673 in Sattler, IO a.m. to 7 p.m. • March 7 — Bulverde Community Center, 1747 E. Ammann Road in Bulverde, noon to 7 p.m. • March 8 — Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, 9357 Schoenthal Road in Garden Ridge, noon to 7 p.m. Applications for early voting by mail will be accepted at the Comal Comity Clerk’s office until March 7. Applications must be mailed aller Feb. 25. Included should be name, registered address, address to which the ballot should be mailed, reason — i.e. 65 or older, See VOTING/5A ;