New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thursday Afternoon, January 21,1993
Serving Comal County/ Home of Gordon Lee Brandenburg
Vol. 141, No. 46 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
Hospice New Braunfels moved from its location on 180 West director, stands by as Jack Gomez and Juan Ozuna load up Mill to 613 North Walnut on Wednesday. Above, Katie Gordon, some furniture for the move. (Photo by John Huseth)
Bradberry: $1 million bond issue may be needed to repair roofs
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Superintendent Charles Bradberry told the New Braunfels Independent School District boardTuesday night that at least a $1 million bond issue may be necessary to repair several school roofs in the district.
MOnce we find out about the school finance bill, we'll need to consider a bond issue," said Bradberry. "We may get some assistance from the state for facilities."
Bradberry said depending on the outcome of the state’s school finance controversy, the
district may face the need for a substantial bond issue. At Seele Elementary water standing on the roof is causing the rubber membrane roof to fail at seams and lap joints over some classrooms, the kitchen and administration offices. The Seele cafeteria roof has reached its expected life span and will soon require replacement.
The roof at Carl Schurz Elementary cafeteria and kitchen is in serious need of replacement already due to its age and water damage. At the New Braunfels Middle
School, the 300 Building roof and breezeway awnings beside the boys gym are expected to fail soon due to weathering.
The bulk of the New Braunfels High School roof has leaks as a result of standing water which are causing separation of joints and flashings. Water is seeping under a brick joint onto the cafeteria floor and other leaks appear to be flashing/joint adhesive problems.
Bradberry also said the board should consider a new type of roof with a longer life
span. Although repair of the New Braunfels High School roof will be the most expensive item — the size of that roof limits construction options. Whatever the board decides to do to repair the roofs, available funds will not cover the costs.
The district operates under a $19 million yearly budget.
In other business:
The board awarded a $85,152 contract to REM to update the leak detection system for underground storage tanks at the NBISD
Transportation Center and for clean-up of the existing fuel in the soil.
The board also accepted a recommendation to reject all bids for some repairs to NBISD's central kitchen because the bids were considered "out of line."
The district’s Exit Level TAAS (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills) scores were presented to the board. The scores were Math - 64, Reading - 79 and Writing - 86 compared to statewide scores of 60, 76, and 83 respectively.
Lafarge appeals to federal court
Pennington confident decision will stand
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Lafarge Corporation Southern Region President Duncan Gage issued a statement Wednesday announcing that it will appeal U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks’ ruling on the constitutionality of the one-half mile siting prohibition.
"Of course, we are disappointed for the families of Comal County that Lafarge has not accepted the decision of the people of the state of Texas and the federal courts," said Paul Pennington, S.A.F.E. (Securing A Future Environment) board member. "However, we are confident that Judge Sparks' very thorough review of federal precedent demonstrating the constitutionality of governments to protect the health and safety of citizens will stand."
Sparks denied the Lafarge Corporation’s request to overturn a state buffer-zone provision, which prohibits the burning of hazardous
waste-derived fuel within one-half mile of residences, on Christmas Day last year. Saying they arc convinced that the prohibition is "arbitrary and capricious” and violates federal policy, Lafarge has flied an appeal which will be heard by the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans.
Gage said Lafarge will suspend activities meant to facilitate permitting to use hazardous waste-derived fuel at the local Balcones Plant pending the outcome of the appeal.
His statement included thanks to Lafarge supporters in the New Braunfels community and a declaration of respect for those opposed who have "sincere feelings against the proposed project."
According to Gage’s statement Lafarge remains convinced that their proposal is safe and necessary for competitive reasons. Lafarge employs 96 in New Braunfels.
It’s never too early to start filling out tax forms
By Gary P. Carroll BtaN Writer
Although the filing deadline for income taxes is still three months away, it is never too early to start figuring out your taxes and filling out the forms.
"Although we usually don't start seeing people until mid-February, it’s never too early to start," said Catherine Grain, of the James Grain Company in New Braunfels • a company that *p«clalizes in bookkeeping and income tax
preparation. Grain said
tin said to get started, you will need a statement of earnings over the past year, and sometimes those can
be late in coming, lf you do not receive a copy of your W-2 or 1099 by February 16, or are worried that you may not, Grein suggests contacting the entity that should have mailed them.
"There could have been a change of address or the person entering the data could have entered it wrong and it could be sitting in a holding tank somewhere in the post office or in the dead letter file," Grein said.
If you are unable to receive an original statement of earnings, Orem said it is acceptable to go ahead and file based upon an estimate of your yearly earnings.
The IRS will be able to figure out
any discrepancies, and will contact should there be one. In other words. do not fail to file.
Grein said that when it comes to actually filling out the forms, its best to do the work yourself, if you are able.
"Why pay a tax preparer to do it when you can do it yourself," Grein said. "But when you start getting in to itemizing deductions such as a schedule A, then it's real advantageous to go to a tax preparer, because they know all of the advantages and rules of itemizing."
Orem said a lot of people pay too much each year because they fail to take advantage of all the options available to them
forced to re-do their taxes because they prepared them incorrectly.
According to Grein. many people lose money because they do not know how to treat items such as business vehicles, medical expenses, rental property, and partnerships.
"A lot of people short-change themselves," Grein said. "The IRS makes a lot of money on that."
An advantage of having your taxes prepared by professionals is that the preparer will hold your records for three years, and if the IRS has a problem or question regarding your tax returns, the preparer will have your records on file and can answer
Also, some are any questions the IRS might have.
New Braunfels Jaycees to host organization's national president Monday
W.B. "Bill" Russell, national president of the Jaycees, will be in New Braunfels Monday for the meeting of the local organization.
The Monday Jaycees meeting will begin at 7
pm. at the Bavarian Village.
lident of the New Braunfels Jaycees, grew up
Russell who, according to Charlie Mott,
in a Jaycee family and joined his hometown Jaycees chapter — in Reek Hill, S.C — in 1983. He served in every local board capacity and, as
president of his local chapter, led that organization to a number one finish in the South Carolina Jaycees Parade. He continued that success as state president, leading the South Carolina Jaycees to a number four finish nationwide.
As a six-year member of the South Carolina Jaycees executive board, Russell has been instrumental, according to Motz, in that organization's consistent placing in the top five in the nation, and his efforts as South Carolina
Management Development vice president earned him the Dennis Hamilton memorial award.
Russell served as one of IO national vice presidents during the 1991-92 year. In June of last year, he was elected the 73rd President of the U.S. Jaycees.
According to Motz, Russell's goal for the national organization is the reinstatement of the Wake Up America program, and getting local chapters involved and educated about local issues.
Mary San Miguel, administrative assistant, Pete Rosales, volunteer, Lupe Torres, rummage coordinator, and Christine Zabala, G E D. instructor, of the Community Service Center, will soon have a new location to accept donated items. (Photo by John Huseth)
Community Service Center set to open temporary headquarters
The Community Service Center will begin moving into temporary office space donated by the Texas Commerce Bank today.
Director Suzie Oarcia says she plans to re-open the Community Service Center at the temporary site Monday, January 25. The organization was planning to move to new facilities on Caddell Lane in a few months when a four-alarm fire consumed their buildings at 202 East South last week.
Staff members will be sorting
through files and records recovered and trying to get offices set up for Monday through the weekend Donations of office equipment and supplies are needed. Anyone wishing to donate materials should call the center at 625-3439 (the same phone number should be operational by this afternoon).
Donations of clothing cannot be taken until the center moves into the new permanent building because there will not be storage space in the temporary quarters.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Oordon Lee Brandenburg, Charlene Scott, Tammy Michelson, Myrtle Nolle and David Oene Supulver.
Comal County Democrats
The Comal County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Finkel's Bar A Grill. Members and guests are invited to have dinner before the meeting. New officers will be presented, and a videotape of Oov. Arm Richard's news conference, naming Bob Krueger as interim U. S. Senator, will be shown.
Annual Style Show
The Order of Eastern Star will have its Annual Style Show on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from members or will be available at the door. Door prises will be given.
The Medical Team, a certified home health agency at 555 Interstate 35W, Suite 220, is offering a free adult CPR class Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 pm. The class is limited to eight students. If
you are interested in learning lifesaving skills, call 629-8181.
Adult Loaming Cantor
The Adult Learning .Center is relocating to 205 S. Casten (The Rutherford Building). The telephone number is 625-3439. If any former students have books, the center would appreciate your returning them. Christine Zavala is the teacher for the GED day classes, which are held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. • 4 p.m. Suzie Oarcia is the English as a Second Language classes, which meet Monday through Thursday from 7 - 9 pm.
AUSTIN (AP) — Here are the results of the Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn Wednesday by the Texas Lottery:
(three, nine, fifteen, thirty, forty-seven and forty-eight).
The estimated Lotto Texas jackpot is $7 million.
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