New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wlthas from tho Horald-ZoKung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Nkcolette Tanner Krause (5 years!), Roy-lene Reeves, Joe Pina, Jennifer Lee Carbajal, Kyla Beal, Monica Savage, David Ramona, Bailey Smith, Juan Saldez, Jesse Fernando.
Bridal Showcaso oat for Jan. 4
The New Braunfels Bridal Association will host its 14th annual Bridal Showcase at the New Braunfels Civic Center,
380 S. Seguin Ave. today.
Admission is $3. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone planning a wedding or are helping someone else who is, this will provide an excellent opportunity to gather information and guidance.
Tima capsula planned for tesqulcent annie!
As New Braunfels' 150th anniversary approaches, members of the community are encouraged to begin selecting items to be included in a time capsule, which will be buried in comemoration of the Sesquicentennial year.
Submissions must be of paper origin, ie .. photographs, letters, documents. Submissions must either fit in a 9X12 Or #10 envelope. Costs for submitting envelopes for inclusion in the time capsule are $10 and $5, respectively.
Deadline is Sept. 1,1995.
Submissions and payments can be made at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office, 390 S. Seguin. The capsule will be buried at the civic center for 50 years.
Spring gardening workshop act
A spring gardening workshop is set for Thursday, Jan. 5 at the Comal County Extension Meeting Room. Dr. Jerry Parsons will present the workshop, beginning at 6 p.m., discussing planting dates, varieties, weed and insect control, irrigation and harvest.
For more information, call 620-3440.
Muslo Study Club plana dan. 18 meeting
. The New Braunfels Music | Study Club will host the Jan.
12 meeting at the Seele Parish House at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a Founders’
| Day observance and the second part of the study book, Clara Schumann, The Artist, The Woman, presented by Robbie Bore hers.
Featured violin soloist will be Clive Amor. In addition to .(he violin, there will be flute an J piano performance by Susan Deschner and Barbara Houde, respectively. The public is invited.
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connection with shooting
By 8U8AN FLYNT ENGLAND
Shooting victim Johnny Moreno was accompanied by two others when he robbed the business/residence in the 800 block of IH-”35W, New Braunfels Police Detective Kevin Stevens said today. They were inside the building, along with the owner, when the owner of the residence fired several rounds from a gun late Saturday night Police would not reveal what type of gun was used in the shooting.
Moreno died from gunshot wounds at the scene after an apparent break in attempt 'The two suspects have given signed confessions to police for the robbery," Stevens said. Arrest warrants were being drawn up this morning.
The name and exact location of the business and the name of its owner are still withheld by police.
NBISD eyes beginning of construction projects
By CRAIG HAMMETT
New Braunfels Independent School District personnel are gearing up for the spring semester, with plans to start the process of building and renovation work on several campuses.
District voters approved a SI5 million bond package in December which calls for construction at almost every NBISD campus.
Superintendent Charles Birdberry told the school board Tuesday night they will need to decide how many architects to hire for various projects. He suggested no more than five architects for projects which he thinks can be divided into groups.
"We need to move,” said Birdberry, adding work on additional classrooms at the high school, Memorial Elementary, and Carl Schurz needed to begin. “...Obviously, classroom needs are the greatest.”
Bids could go out as early as April with work hopefully starting by May, he said.
Bradbcrry said some projects might be com-
Renovation work could begin as early as May, officials say
bined for architects, such as work at Carl Schurz and Memorial, Seele and Lone Star, the new elementary, central kitchen and various work at the high school which includes second-story classrooms and a new library.
Architects could design the same work for additions or renovations at some campuses because it would require the same type of work. From there, other projects could be broken down to several contractors at the different sites.
“We might want to bid on separate contractors" said Bradberry of projects such as Carl Schurz and Memorial which are similar.
Some projects require new buildings, others such as Seele and Lone Star require much renovation.
“We can negotiate on new projects,” he said. “The renovation gets pretty dam expensive.”
By combining projects for architects, the fees can be negotiated lower. Construction at the high school, which requires several different projects, could take two and a half years, said Bradberry. More than $4 million worth of work is slated for the NBHS campus. Included on the list is a $1.19 million library which would stand in front of the school, a second-floor classroom addition and elevator estimated at $1.143 million and new metal roof. A new PE dressing facility is also planned there and a new science lab, converted from the existing library.
The school board will hear proposals from architects in the coming weeks and choose the types of packages they wish to accept.
A Fish Tale
Friends take practical joke to hysterical heights
By BUBAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It was a fish story from the word go,4fiAnn Reininger gave her friend Sandy Schlameus a teapot — shaped like a trout. Lift the fin to open the top; tip it over and tea pours out the little trout mouth.
Sandy and all her other friends were so bowled over by the bizarre gift that she decided to reciprocate. With a mailbox in the shape of a trout.
'Somebody should have modo
dinner out of that live base on her porch. It wee a really big one.1
- Sandy Schlameus
That gift was truly appreciated by friend JoAnn, who actually does fish for recreation.
“JoAim’s the true fisher-woman, not I,” said
The fish jokes escalated to the point of a live bus on ————
the front porch, a Christmas wreath complete with fish-shaped lights, and, yes, a school of live minnows in the commode — yes, Sandy did rescue the minnows and put them in a fishbowl.
"Somebody should have made dinner out of that live bus on her porch," Schlameus Mid. "It was a really big one."
Sandy and her friends are so immersed in fish mania that they now have a version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” complete with fish-story words. Now, the two even have a frill trout costume.
County cannot impose sales tax, county judge says
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The county cannot impose a sales tax increase to reduce property taxes, according to County Judge Carter Casteel.
Mayor Paul Fraser has suggested discussing the possibility of raising a city sales tax to lower property taxes.
Casteel said the county did just that, in 1987, initiating a half-cent county sales tax consumers in the county currently pay. Raising the tax from a county standpoint would not be possible, Casteel found.
“We could not pass an addition to the half-cent for property tax reduction,” she said.
She contacted the State Comptroller’s office to see if the county might increase that sales tax. But under Article 5190.6 of the Development Cor
poration Act (1979), the county could not raise the sales tax to reduce the property taxes.
She did say the county could raise the sales tax but only for something like a hospital district, emergency services district, or crime control in populations of more than 130,000.
“They (the city) can use theirs for economic development,” Casteel said her research revealed. She also said she notified the city of her finding.
Casteel also reported that initiating a county sales tax helped the county decrease its property rate by eight cents.
For the fiscal year 1995, the county raised nearly $2 million from its sales taxes, about 14 percent of the county’s total revenue.
Property taxes still account for the majonty. bonging in roughly half of all income.
Stamp price hike is first in four years, local postal official says
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Hemld-Zeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL JoAnn Reininger (left) end Bendy 8ehlameue (right) heve taken their fish jokee to the extreme*.
As of Jan. I, new postal rates have raised the pnce of stamps three cents, from .29 to .32.
Although some customers may not think this an unusual occurrence, the officer in charge at the local post office, Ed Petter, said the U S. Postal Service doesn't raise the rates as often as people might think.
“We have gone almost four years without raising the rates,” said Petter.
The stamps hit .29 cents in February of 1994. The new rates raise the pnce to .32 cents up to 12 ounces when pri-onty rates take over. New rates took effect one minute after midnight Sunday, Jun. I.
"lf you mailed something after 9 p.m. Saturday, you would have postage due," he said.
A book of 20 standard stamps will now cost $6.40. For those people who are stranded with several .29 cent stamps, Petter said the post office will sell .03 cent stamps.
Arctic cold front, frozen precipitation sweeps through state
By JIAN FAGEL Associated Press Writer
LUBBOCK, Taxes (AP) — An arctic front solidified its bone-chilling grssp on Texss todsy with s push toward the coast arid broad predictions for snow.
The National Wsathsr Service warned motorists to use caution on slick roads and pet owners to protect their animals from the extreme cold.
Texas1 first big storm this winter
arrived late Monday with sleet and as much as 8 inches of snow east of Abilene.
Slush clogged some roads Tuesday and made driving treacherous.
“It's really slick out there,” said Hemphill County dispatcher Pam Trimble, who was advising callers not to get out around icy Canadian, in the eastern Texas Panhandle, where 2 inches fell.
And more flumes are likely.
Forecasters called for chances of
snow today, tonight and Thursday from the Panhandle to the South Plains, Concho Valley, Permian Basin and North Texas.
Temperatures were expected to reach the freezing mark by Thursday morning north of a line from Columbus to Houston to Liberty.
Abilene on Tuesday reported its heaviest snowfall in IO years —> 5 inches that started as sleet. The NWS recorded up to 8 inches of snow near Clyde and Baird, about 20 miles east of
Thunder accompanied the thick precipitation, said NWS forecaster Dave Drummond.
“What surprised me was the depth of the cold,” Drummond said.
Temperatures dipped Tuesday to 15 degrees rn Perryton, 17 degrees in Dalhart and 19 degrees in Amarillo.
Ken Schneider, a forecaster for the weather service, Mid highs in Amarillo earlier this week were in the mid-40s.
He predicted snow accumulations of 3-5 inches in Amarillo.
"It’s just going to remain very cold,” Schneider said.
Meteorologists blamed the storm on a combination of cold Canadian air and an upper-air disturbance.
Snowfall totals included Ll inches in Midland and 1-2 inches along the Red River, from Gainesville east to TexarkanaThe Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!