New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYRangers and Cougars take to the court tonight. See Sports, Page 5.
Plaza Bandstand Historic Landmark
8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, January 16, 1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of PATRICK WALKER
Vol. 144, No. 45
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Heralil-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Patrick Walker, Kristofer Kaufman (belated), Carol Czer* wonky (belated), and Leslie Pentecost (belated).
Cedar — 38,400 Mold — 940
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Comal River — 290 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.13 feet above sea level, down .02.
Sewer work on Faust Street and Casten Avenue
The sanitary sewer line will be replaced from the intersection of Faust Street and Gross Avenue, along Faust Street to Casten Avenue - then along Casten Avenue, crossing Nacogdoches Street and ending at the railroad crossing on Casten Avenue New Braunfels Utilities is doing the work to increase the system's capacity.
Excavation will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17 and will take three to four weeks NBU will restrict work to minimize disruption of traffic to area homes and businesses
Chamber Banquet tickets on sale
Tickets for the 77th annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet on Friday. Jan. 26, at the Civic Center, will remain on sale until Friday, Jan 19 The banquet, whose theme is "A Sesquicentennial Finale," will include a drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt. The evening will also include the sealing of the time capsule and the presentation of the Besserung Award. For more information, call 625-2385.
Canyon Music Boosters to meet
The annual spring gardening short course, presented by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, will be held at the Comal County Extension Service office Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. The program is open to the public.
Ladies nine-hole golf group starting
A new nine-hole golf group is starting at Landa Park on Wednesday mornings One Wednesday, the group would tee off at 10:30 a rn., the following Wednesday, tee-off would be at 9 a m. at hole #10. There is a sign-up sheet in the pro shop. For information, call Doris Hammon at 620-1106
Little League registration is Tuesday
All boys and girls ages five to 18 as of July 31, 1996, can sign up for the 1996 New Braunfels Little League Tuesday, Jan 16 and 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Seele Elementary Cafeteria, 540 Howard. Registration fee is $25 for ages 5 to 12, and $35 for ages 13 to 18
A birth certificate and registration fee are required for registration.
Bum ban makes a comeback as dry weather creates dangerous conditions
By DENISE DZIUK
Dry conditions and dead vegetation have caused Comal County to once again implement a burn ban in an attempt to curtail the nsk of fires. The ban went into effect at noon Monday.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said she knew conditions were bad, and fires would soon begin to be a problem. She said she called the fire marshal Monday morning to discuss
the dry conditions with him, and he was trying to call her at the same time.
“I started calling the fire marshal (Monday) morning because I heard they had a lot of problems over the weekend," said Casteel.
Casteel said she heard a meteorologist speaking, and he said the freeze killed everything, there’s no moisture, and it has been windy. Casteel said Comal County has definitely experienced these conditions, and it has cre
ated conditions prone to fires.
"It has really been a problem,” she said. "The tire marshal decided it was necessary, and I agreed with him.”
Comal County Fire Marshal Milton WiItmann said the county has not experienced any large fires, and he w ants to keep it that way. He said there have been large fires in Blanco and Hays counties, and small grass fires in Comal County. He said there are a lot of people burning brush and trash, and he
just wants to make sure those don’t get out of hand.
"We’ve been thinking about it and watching the conditions," said Will-mann. "It’s just so dry out there now that one little spark catches and all the grass starts burning. It gets out of hand.”
Wittmann said people will get one warning, and after that they will get cited. He said a good part of Monday w as spent informing people of the ban
and telling them not to bum.
“We’re encouraging them to not bum, to prevent any large fires. We’ve been fortunate this far, and our firefighters work hard at preventing them," said Willmann.
A previous bum ban was lifted in September, and consideration w as given to implementing another one in October.
How ever, heavy rains made the ban unnecessary at that time.
Surfing the Internet could get cheaper as company looks into local service
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Stumping for the party
House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited San Marcos yesterday to campaign for U.S. Rep. Greg Laughlin, (R - District 14), who switched parties, joining the Republican ranks after the last election. Gingrich criticized President Bill Clinton, saying he has not been willing to compromise on budget issues, and has tried to scare senior citizens by saying the Republicans want to cut Medicare.
By DENISE DZIUK
Many local residents wanting to surf the Internet are having to go through Internet providers in San Antonio, which can mean big phone bills. Local users are being charged access fees, as well as a long distance charge for the call to a provider.
Dennis Hermes, owner of Centex Office Center, is an avid user of the Internet. He said people w anting to get on the Internet have to go through an Internet provider, and there are none that use local New Braunfels telephone numbers. This means people must go through companies iii San Antonio.
Using a provider in San Antonio can be expensive, said Hermes. First, there is a vast range in the pricing. He said some companies charge $15 a month for unlimited access while others may charge $20 a month for 20 hours of access. He added that once people find a provider, they may be hesitant to change companies because their E-Mail address w ill change.
Hermes said the cost of using the Internet could be even more for some users Unless you have a metro number to use, you have to pay the price of a long distance call, said Hermes. And the call lasts the length of time the user is on the Internet, which could be a couple of
'You don’t want to be charged an extra 10 cents a minute while you’re looking.’
— Internet user Dennis Hermes
"People seldom get on and off right aw ay unless they’re just checking E-Mail,” said Hermes. "Most of the time, you're browsing or looking for something, and it takes time to look for things. You don’t w ant to be charged an extra IO cents a minute while you’re looking.”
Hermes said he expects two or three providers to move into town within the next 12 months. He said this w ill help educate users on the various services, as well as reduce the costs some users are paying
Steve Northover, President of C onnect International, said his company is looking at providing services for a large number of rural areas. Fie said New Braunfels is on the list.
However, he said he could not go into any detail at this time for fear of giving too much information to competitors. Attempts to contact an official at World Net were unsuccessful, however, an employee did say "as of right now , I don’t know of any plans ”
Stops OK’d for new city bus service
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The pieces are falling into place — bit by bit the New Braunfels trial bus system is coming together.
Transportation Committee members checked a huge item off the list Friday when they finalized the proposed routes for the first three months ©f the trial. The bus service is scheduled to start March 11.
"This is really a science,” said Karen "K. C." Crandall, Main Street director. "You have to make sure a bus that is making a loop is back at the transfer point at the same time the other bus is.”
Each committee member drove the bus routes and gave input, said
committee member Wes Studdard.
An artist is still working to merge the winning logos, Crandall said. “I know there were a lot of good entries that were reviewed and we’re taking a combination of those entries,” Studdard said.
When the designs are complete, the committee will distribute brochures, complete w ith routes and schedules, he said. Brochures will be distributed at major businesses, organizations and news media to try to reach every resident.
The routes will eventually have names, but for now they are identified with colors.
Crandall said residents need to remember that the routes are not set in stone. ‘‘Every three months, after
checking ridership record, we will look at the routes and revise them,” she said.
“We want to stress that this is a trial period. We’re looking to see where they want the bus to come.” After the first three months, when the routes are revised, new schedule brochures will be printed and distributed, Studdard said.
“We’re formulating a time period daily during the week that phone calls can be received for input from the community,” Crandall said. Customer comment cards will also be available for residents to fill out.
"This is a wonderful way to be able to judge where the greatest ridership needs are,” she said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The city Transportation Committee spent last week testing the routes.
Bus routes will blanket city with service
The buses are scheduled to start rolling in New Braunfels March 11. Transportation Committee members have worked out five routes to try for the first three months.
The “blue" route will run only weekends. All routes converge at the Hummel Museum, where riders can transfer.
The routes will be given names describing their destinations.
Hummel Museum Wursthalle
Fredericksburg & Wood Fredericksburg & Howard Fredericksburg & Kentucky Oaks Mall
Oakwood Tire Sen/ice Senior Center Laurel Heights Tri-County Supply Landa Medical Knights of Columbus Hall Hummel Museum
Hummel Museum Wursthalle
Elizabeth across from the Rec Center
Torrey by Landa Resorts Torrey by Creative Textiles Eden Home
Lakeview & Creative Textiles Austin & Houston McKenna Memorial Hospital Central & North Grant & Commerce Rivercrest Professional Building River Acres Kidney Center Grant & Common Common & Central Common & N. Liberty Hummel Museum
Hummel Museum Amencan Legion Wuest’s Auto Economy El Tejano ll Justice of the Peace Krueger Clinic Lone Star School Southland & Becker Balcones Haus Lack’s Furniture Wuest’s
Bridge Street behind NBISD
Bridge & Santa Clara
Sycamore & Bridge
Chestnut & Bridge
Live Oak & Cross
Live Oak & Highway 81
Courtyard Shopping Center Rosa Parks Drive New Braunfels Factory Stores Garden Street Hummel Museum
Hill Country Inn
New Braunfels Factory Stores
Gruene Country Inn
Hummel MuseumFirst Lady answers a lot of questions, but none about her new book. See Page 4