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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEi 1UNG Vol 149 No 42 40 pages in 5 sections January 16 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Ryders new flick Winona Ryder takes on a stark project in Girl a story about an otherwise normal girl who finds her self in a psy chiatric hospi tal Roy Hargrove offers his criti cal opin A fighter returns Local AIDS activist and patient Robert Konkel returns home after an extended stay in a San Antonio clinic Konkel 41 must spend more than to treat the dis Prep soccer A number of area soccer teams were in action this weekend at tournaments throughout the region The Canyon girls hosted their own B Saturdays sunshine is expected to spill over into today and Monday as highs creep back into the 70s For the complete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Abby 2C Business 5B6B Classified HOD Crossword 2C Forum 6A 4A Movies 2C Obituaries 3A Sports 14B Today 2A Television Montage Key code 77 Remembering Shelby Jeanette Gorski stands by a wall her daughter Shelby Farnsworth BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A pair of wornout soccer cleats water bottles stuffed animals Cab bage Patch dolls and athletic tro phies these are the daily reminders for friends and family of a young girl full of life and loved by many Alex and Jeanette Gorski have dedicated a room in their house to the memory of their 16year old daughter Shelby Farnsworth On a shelf running around the top of the room are pieces of Shel bys life a life consumed with soccer softball and basketball practices student council meet ings and academics On the walls are pictures of Shelby as a child and with school friends There is a plaque on the wall in Shelbys memory signed by all of her soccer teammates Her blue AMANDA of photos many of which are among the few reminders she has of who was killed in a car accident this past October athletic bag hangs nearby Everywhere are reminders of a 16yearold girl with a beautiful smile an easy laugh and a desire to meet whatever challenges life threw at her Farnsworth and her 15year old boyfriend Fernando Diaz bbth cadets in the Junior Reserve Offi cers Training Corps died Oct 9 when their car collided with a 1999 Ford F250 pickup in front of New Braunfels High School at 2551 North Loop 337 It has been three months since the tragedy but Alex and Jeanette who have four other children said there still was a quietness to their home without Shelby and Fernan do Alex said and Shel by were so full of life You always knew when they were home They woke up the Jeanette said Shelbys passion for life and her ability to touch others inspired the families to set up a scholarship fund in her and Fernandos name For the past two months the families of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz have worked to set up a scholarship fund in their memories I noticed that Shelby was so important to our community and I thought it was just fitting to honor my daughter with a lasting impact on the Jeanette said The community has done so much for us and we wanted to give something Applications for the scholarship should be available at the high school counselors office some time next month Jeanette said Beginning this spring the schol arships will be awarded to three recipients each year The scholarship will go to one See Republican contenders shoot down tax plans Bush on the defensive in final debate before caucuses BY GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press Writer JOHNSTON Iowa George W Bush said Saturday that John McCains taxcut plan would impose a billion increase on working Americans and his GOP rival shot back during debate that Bushs proposal doesnt save one penny for Social Security Bush the frontrunner told McCain who is debating but not campaigning for the Jan 24 Iowa caucuses that his tax plan would impose taxes on employer benefits for workers such as continuing education and transportation Thats a billion tax Bush told McCain during the televised debate the last Republican confronta tion before the caucuses The Texas governor asked McCain what would he tell a single mother who is work ing and going to school and would have to pay taxes on the benefit The first thing I would say to that woman is Ive got a tax cut for you and Governor Bush McCain said He said the Bush tax cut billion over five years wouldnt deal with the future financing of Social Security either which is vital to workers too Gov Bushs plan has not one penny for Social Security not one penny for Medicare and not one penny to pay down the national McCain said He said for Bush to run a campaign ad saying he will pro tect Social Security is all hat and no Thats Bush replied Theyre always cute when theyre McCain said He said Bushs tax plan would give 36 percent of the benefits to the richest 1 percent of Americans Lets not do the Texas twostep McCain said Steve Forbes Bushs closest challenger in Iowa because of McCains bypass strategy also challenged Bush on taxes In Texas George your tax cuts are more apparent than Forbes said Most Texans have never seen those tax See BUSH Canyon Lake Bulverde voters approve more taxes for libraries BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Voters in Bulverde and the Canyon Lake areas okayed new tax ing districts Saturday that will gen erate muchneeded revenue for their rural libraries The districts will provide funding for the Bulverde Community Library and the Tye Preston Memor ial Library at Canyon Lake through a cent raise in the sales tax on purchases within the geographical boundaries of the districts The sales tax does not include groceries or prescription medica tions In the Bulverde election 134 vot ers cast their ballots for the districts and 73 voters were against the sales tax increase At Canyon Lake 387 voters were for the districts and 142 voted against the districts formation Although the outcome of the elec tion was what library supporters had hoped voter turnout was extremely low in both elections Only 209 of registered vot ers cast their ballots in the Bulverde election The Canyon Lake area did not fair much better with 540 of reg istered voters participating The new districts increased sales tax at the Canyon Lake area from cents to cents and sales tax in Bulverde increased from cents to cents The Bulverde Area Rural Library District includes the Spring Branch Honey Creek and Bulverde areas Areas included in the Canyon Lake Community Library District are Startzville Sattler Hancock and Fischer Facing future cuts in county fund ing library supporters have been pushing to create the districts since fall in order to meet the demands of the growing communities they serve In the past Tye Preston library and the Bulverde Community Library have relied heavily on coun ty funding to make ends meet Comal County Judge Danny Scheel encouraged Bulverde and the Canyon Lake area to establish the districts as part of a plan to decrease the amount of county dollars spent on contract services such as those provided by the libraries Because the taxing districts were passed by voters the county will not include funding for the libraries in the 2001 budget Scheel said The Texas Legislature recently passed a law that allowed the libraries to create the districts as an alternative source of revenue In October boards from both libraries obtained the required amount of signatures to call the elec tion Commissioners Court approved the election in November The taxing districts will not begin generating revenue for the libraries until October 2000 said Dora High tower Tye Preston library director Preliminary estimates predicted the sales tax increase would bring in about a year for each library The current operating budget for Tye Preston is a year and the Bulverde Community Librarys budget is about a year Minus county ftinds the libraries have relied on grants donations library fines and volunteer staff members to pare down their bud gets Both libraries plan to use the sales tax revenue to improve the services they provide to their communities Dam diver K JESSIE Diver Moses Garcia comes up for air while working on the dam in Landa Lake near the Comal Power Plant ;