New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, February 28.1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 146 years ■ Home of limlci Knight Vol 145, No.77
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Birthday wishes from Ilia Harald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitwtft extends birthday wishes to: Becky Stockwell, Roy Thomas, Cathy McCoy, John Boatright, Brandon Hogan, Vlkheile Duncan, Bernice Knight, Domingo Martinez, Bryan Navarro (13 years old), Criwy Hernandez (Saturday), Lupe E Acevedo, Mary Ann Fultner, Brad HUI (16 years old, Saturday), Shirley Wymer, Andrew Warren Garcia (I month old), Victoria Angel Castillo (I year old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Jack and Ursla Ehntan.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —unavailable Mountain Cedar — unavailable
(Rotan measured in parts par cubic malar of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 230 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 623 90 feet above sea level, up 05 Canyon Dam discharge — 968 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 505 cfs Canyon Lake level — 911.39 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool.)
NSU (Sports pumping 4.795 muon gallons of surface water Thursday, and 329,700 gMons of wa! water wens used.
The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations All items are welcomed. Bring donations to 132 Caddeil Lane or contact Pete at 625-3439 for pickups on Tuesday and Wednesday Thrift shop hours are 9 a m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Drug, alcohol ahum counseling claims
The Guada-Coma Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has begun regstrabon for the agency’s upcoming Chemical Dependency Counseling classes Classes are limited, so sign up early For information call 606-9032.
Children's Museum citywide sale
The Children s Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual Citywide Garage Sale from 10 a rn to 4 p m Sunday at the Civic Center. Booth rental is $25 for one and $20 for each additional Admission is $1 for adults, with a maximum of $2 per family. Donations are now being accepted Call 6200939 for information
People's Choice winner on tap Sunday
The winner of the $100 for the People s Choice ballot entries will be announced in the Sun day issue of the Herald-Zeitung Also look for the People'6 Choice winners in a special sec tion in the March 9 edition of the newspaper
MV Bowling Club moots tonight
The Mission Valley Bowling Dub will begin its Junior League at 7 p.m. today at the club Call 629-0028 for information.
Habitat naada Voluntown for horns
Habitat for Humanity of Coma County is building its fourth area house Workers, helpers and gofers are needed
Come to Katy and Hackberry Saturday mornings until Memorial Day, when the home will be dedicated Meals are provided at noonConfusion highlights early voting for Tejeda seat
Only IO area precincts eligible to cast ballots in special election
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County early voting in the U.S. Congressional District 28 race has been light so for, and more people have been turned away from the polls durn have voted.
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, only 19 of
the county’s roughly 8,000 registered voters eligible to participate had voted in the race to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives. The seat became vacant when Rep. Frank Tejeda died Jan. 30, after battling a brain tumor. Gov. George W. Bush set a March IS date to fill the scat. Of those who voted, 37 percent were Hispanic.
“That’s about what we expected,” County Clerk Joy Streater said. "We don’t expect a large turnout for this election. We could be wrong, but we don’t expect one.”
Streater said the light turnout can be attributed to several factors: the fact that there is only one seat up for election and only a portion of the county is eligible to vote in the election. The
fact that only a portion of the county falls in District 28 is causing problems as well.
“It’s accounting for some of the confusion,” Streater said. “We’ve had 22 people come to vote who thought they were in that district and weren’t.”
To determine if you vote in this election, look at the precinct number found on your voter registration card in the box below your gender, lf that number is 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,27,28,29 or 30. the congressional district should be listed as 28. lf you live in one of these IO precincts, you are eligible to vote in this special election.
Early voting for the seat will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Comal County Courthouse Annex until March
Cong. slot, than your are eligible lo vote In the March 15 spacial election.
County election voting Iprednts eight, 13,14,15,16,17,27,28,29 and 30 ara eligible to vote in the special election.
ll. On March 15, four polling places will be open. For the special elections, precincts 8.13 and 27 will be at Lone Star School, precincts 14 and 28 will be at First United Methodist Church,
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Club seeks community support for parti project
By ABE LEVY
HAYMARKET PARK CELEBRATION
Gone are the days when 25-year-old Simon Mendoza tested his pigskin prowess at Haymarket Park in East New Braunfels.
As a young teen-ager, 20 to 30 neighborhood youth would gather each day on the park’s open grass field to play pick-up football games, Mendoza recalls.
A team from the West Side would challenge Mendoza’s buddies from the park area’s East Side in a heated, cross-town rivalry where the winner earned coveted bragging rights for the day, he said.
“As soon as we got off the bus, we’d change and then start playing,” said Mendoza, who still lives in the house where he grew up at 715 Simon St., which overlooks the park's football field.
Today only a handful of children are seen occasionally gathering for recreation at the park, Mendoza said.
Overgrown grass stretches across the park’s field and graffiti covers a rimless basketball goal
Th© Evening Rotary Club is planning a kick-off celebration at Haymarket Park on the corner of Hampe Street and Comal Avenue. The event, designed to collect community input about the park s future, is free and open to the public Activities are scheduled to begin at noon, March 15, and will include
■ A basketball shoot-out with registration beginning in the afternoon on the half hour at 12:30, 1 30 and 2:30 The contest will include three brackets for ages 8 to adults. There is no entry fee and competition is
scheduled for 1 to 3 p rn B Kite contest scheduled from noon to 3 p m. organized by Richard Robertson of Austin, a 35-year veteran of the Zilker Kite Fest. Prizes will be given for the most creative homemade kite and the largest homemade kite All kites must fly to be eligible for the contest ■ Hot-air balloon glow scheduled for 4 to 6 pm
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and asphalt court.
While the park is not the neighborhood Mecca of yesteryear, the I5-membcr Evening Rotary Club hopes to resurrect memories like Mendoza’s and countless other local residents, by initiating a park cleanup and restoration project together with the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation
The City of New Braunfels acquired the 2.15-acre park in 1949. The park includes a small parking lot, two picnic tables, a court for volleyball and basketball, a small playground, an open field and a tiny restroom.
Turn to Park, Page 3A
precincts 15, 29 and 30 at Eagles Hall and precincts 16 and 17 at Frazier Elementary School.
Fifteencandidates running for the seat.
New middle school will have extra students
By DENISE DZIUK
When the new Spring Branch Middle School opens in January, it will temporarily house seventh-grade students until the district can decide whether to redraw attendance lines in the county.
Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major told the board of trustees Thursday that the original plan was to have the school completed during the summer. Ile said when it opened, ll would house seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students, the same as Smithson Valley Middle School. Manx said delays in selling the bonds to fund the project caused the completion date to be moved back .
"We’re hoping we can get in there right after Christmas next year," said Major.
Major said he has met with administrators and parents several times in recent months. From input at those meetings, he said the best approach is to move the SVMS seventh-grade to the new SBMS for the remainder of the 1997-98 school years. Major said this will avoid splitting up classes. teams or groups mid-year.
“Since we’re going to be in the middle of the year, we wanted to keep those grades in tact." Major said. “This will give us time to take a good look at w hat we’re going to do.”
Major said the board would reconsider the issue next fall. After looking at attendance projections, areas of growth and other demographic information, Major said the board will (lave to consider redrawing attendance lines
"This time next year, we’ll have an extremely difficult decision about what we’re going to do," Major said.
Major said change in attendance lines may be necessary to deal with continued growth in (lie distnet. Major said the seventh- and eighth-grade classes at SVMS will each have more than 500 students in the fall, and tile ninth-grade will have about 450 students He said even with the expansions at Smithson Valley High School, the campus w ill still be crowded w ith an expected enrollment of more than 1,600.
Children escape mobile home fire
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald- Zeitung photo by Michael Da/nan
Black heritage celebration
Ida McKnightOTd her dMghter sing a be*u8M gospel song et Thixsdey night’s bleck heritage celebration at the ChNdrane Museum of New Braunfels.
Two small children can count themselves lucky after they escaped a mobile home fire which occurred between Engle and Doeppenschnndt roads Tuesday night.
Marion Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roger Scheffel said the two children, Jay Schumann IU, 2, and his sister, Mary, 3, were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation. Scheffel said the two were treated and released the same night.
Their mother, Rebecca Schumann, 23, was not injured. It was not known
whether she was in the mobile home when the fire started, Scheffel said.
The fire began at approximately IO: IO p.m. in a small trailer park located at 380 Schmucks Road in Guadalupe County.
“The kids were playing with the stove,** Scheffel said. "The fire went up behind the stove and into the ceiling A neighbor put out tile fire with a (garden) hose. When we got there it was still smoldering We ended up taking the ceiling out.”
The damage to the mobile home was minimal, Scheffel said ‘They mainly had smoke damage on the ceiling above the stove,” he said
Guadalupe County Fire Marshal IX>n McFarland said in the wake of recent mobile home fires in the area, mobile home residents need to have the ability to get out of a fire quickly "The biggest thing’ which is equally important to have in all homes’ is to have smoke detectors,’’ McFarland said. ‘To have an early warning system is the most important thing you can do”
Three weeks ago a husband and a wife died in a mobile home fire near Geronimo. Fire officials said the trailer was nix equipped w ith a smoke detector.
Turn to Fire, Page 3ASetting a foundation for enlightenment. Page 4A.