New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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By DAVID DCKUNOSR
OARDEN RIDGE — The proem for hiring a new city secretary and a police chief has been initiated by the Garden Ridge City Council.
In a special meeting Saturday, the council accepted the resignations of City Secretary Chris Boring and Police Chief Thomas Curd.
Boring's last day on the job is Friday. Curd will step down Monday.
Boring is leaving to accept a merchandising job in the San Marcos arca while C urd said he plans to go into private business,
Mayor Jay P. Minikin said the council appointed Garden Ridge police officer Bob Savage, 49, to be interim police chief.
“The council decided to appoint Bob Savage as interim chief of police for a probationary period of 90 days." Minikin said The mayor said the city will
advertise for other possible applicants midway through the 90 day period.
"It doesn’t mean Officer Savage is exempt from ultimately being the council’s decision to replace Chief Curd," Minikin said Savage has been an officer in the Garden Ridge Police Department for less than a year. He was recommended to become interim police chief by Curd Minikin said the city will
immediately advertise for the city secretary position. Hic mayor said he hopes to have the advertisement out this week.
The duties of the city secretary arc to supervise the city's computerized financial accounts.
The qualifications for the city secretary position are five years experience in bookkeeping and accounting and two years in municipal government or extensive experience in related fields
Family programming, profitability reason for channel changes
By ABC LEVY
Tele-Communications Inc. has rearranged its channel lineup for the New Braunfels service area as it had announced by New Year’s Day, adding three new channels in an effort to provide more family programming and re-establish itself financially.
The rearranging has caused some confusion for customers who must re-leam the channels and programs available.
"Certainly there has been some confusion by customers about what changes were made and we are diligently mailing the changes out toPolice Beat
the customers," said Dennis Moore, general manager for the New Braunfcls-Seguin arca.
Moore said the holiday season delayed the mailings but that many customers are finding channels by the symbols in the lower, nght-hand comer of the screen Moore said the channels that were eliminated were: WGN, a Chicago network popular for its sports broadcasts; Intro TV, a sampler channel; and Sneak Preview The new channels include: Animal Planet, similar to the Discovery Channel with nature programming; Cartoon Network, a 24-hour animation channel; and Encore Plcx, a sampler of the eight Encore movie
In addition, the Dmcovcry channel anti WTBS were added to the basic service
TCI officials said the company is no longer offering WGN because it lost many of its sports coverage contracts, including the Chicago Bulls and Cubs.
TCI officials said much of WCiN’s programming will be included in other channels but that the move is to offer more family services.
The realignment of channels will allow TCI to pursue new technologies such as digital compression that combines IO to 15 channels into one cable line, cable officials said.
The shuffling and addition of
channels arc part of an overhaul of the nation’s largest cable company, which eliminated about 2,500 jobs last month in an effort to redeem *aggmg stock prices that fell by about 2K percent this past year
The overhaul resulted in the appointment til Moore as the new general manager for this area.
M oorc was the former general manager for the Corpus Christi service area and is overseeing the New Braunfels service area, which increased its district to include the Kerrville-Fredericksburg service area
Moore said the restructuring already has caused st.xk prices to go up at least three-quarters of a point
New Braunfels Pollee Department
Arrest on charge of criminal mischief, 51 Mission Drive, damage to plastic outdoor security light, value $25.
Arrest on charge of criminal mischief, 15-year-old from New Braunfels, arrested for a Jan. 2 incident in which the arrestee and another suspect allegedly wrote graffiti on a drainage ditch on Old McQueeney Road.
Comal County Sheriff's Office
Arrest on charges of failure to appear, speeding and issuance of a bad check, Melissa Marie, Scma, 23, 151 Water Lane, New Braunfels.
Arrest on charge of assault with . bodily injury, Perry Alan Bowman.
Colleen, Canyon JLak* .
Arrest on charges of assault with bodily injury and criminal trespass, Denise Loren Nichols, 38, 971 Linda Drive, Canyon Lake.
Lawmakers open session with partisanship muted
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas legislature's 1997 session is open and bipartisanship appears to be the word.
Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday said the OOP's historic control of the Senate should make little difference in how Texas' laws are made "Frankly, some of my best friends are Republicans," suid Sen. Judith Zafifinm, I)-1 .aredo, who was elected Senate president pro-tern on a unanimous vote of both Democratic and Republican senators That largely ceremonial post technically the state's third-highest behind the governor and lieutenant governor each session is awarded to a veteran senator Zaffinm's nomination was seconded by several Republicans, and the Democrat said that reflected well on the Senate. "I am not worried (about partisanship) because every member of this wonderful body is
committed, is dedicated, is serious and hard-working," she said.
When the gavel fell at noon, Republicans held 16 of the Senate’s ll seats It’s the first time the CK JI* has controlled a Texas legislative chamber in 125 years. Democrats still hold a majority in the House Throughout the opening day, lawmakers and state leaders insisted that little has changed.
Gov. George W. Bush, a Republican, called Democratic l.t. Gov. Bob Bullock "a great Texan" and "a great friend "
And he congratulated House Speaker Pete Fancy, D-Halc Center, on his re-election as speaker. Ile faced no opposition from the chamber's 68 Republicans
Fancy said while some House Republicans targeted scats held by incumbent Democrats, including his own, in last November's elections, partisanship will be set aside "We have proven we can have legitimate differences without
becoming gridlocked," Fancy said.
Senators voted 30-0 for new rules none of which stripper! Bullock of his powers to make committee appointments ami control the flow of legislation.
Bullock, who has presided over the Senate since 1991, said he expected the bipartisanship lo continue.
"These senators will rise above it There’s only a small group of people, parly activists of both parties, (hat in my opinion would like to sec confrontation," he said "I do not believe I exam give a dam wlictlicr a person’s a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. I bey want to see something done."
Herald Zertunfl photo try Michael Durned
Tho** tree* glistened with Ice near Smithton Valley High School last week after the first lea storm of the eeeeon left many homes in the area without electricity.
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The problems began Jan. 6 when an Arctic storm caused the power outages. On Jan. 7, 30,000 customers lost their powe As the week went on, an additional 10,000 customers were left in the dark. PEC serves 114,000 customers in its service area, which is the most of the Hill Country and parts of Central Texas.
It was the worst power outage in PEC’s 58-year history. The biggest concentration of power failures were in Williamson, Burnet and north Travis counties. Customer service was also affected in Hays, Kendall and Blanco counties.
Cunningham said the problems to the system were caused by below freezing temperatures, which produced ice accumulation on power lines, poles and cross arms Because of the ice accumulation, there was considerable damage to the lines, poles and cross amis.
lite ice caused tree limbs to fall onto power lines and disrupt power service "It was an unprecedented event
created by unique circumstances because the temperature hovered below freezing," Cunningham said. "That is when the temperatures cause the rain lo come down on the trees ami stick ... ami build up on the poles, "lf the temperature would have been four to five degrees tooler we would have not had the problems of this magnitude. We would have had outages, but not of this magnitude " The problems caused PIC employees to work feverishly to get things fixed.
"We had crews working around the clock," ( unningham said **There was no period of inactivity, no matter the hour of the day or how had the weather was We were requiring workers to get a minimum of six hours of sleep because we did not want lo sacrifice the safety of our employee*."
( unningham said 400 people, which included PIT employees, county employees, contract crews and ncighlxirmg utilities, worked to restore (lowerKnytex
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