New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Tracksters put New Braunfels on the map. See Sports Day, Page 1BInside
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ken Lain, Randy Cole, Jimmy Leaverton, Rosalie Zamar-ripa (three years), Loriann Silva. Happy anniversary to Gary and Marion Gaston.
Car registrations just got more expensive
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County residents registering their vehicles next year will notice a S2.50 increase, which is expected to generate thousands of extra dollars for the maintenance of county roads.
Comal County Tax Assessor and Collector Gloria Clennan said the fee is being increased from $7.50 to SIO, which is the maximum that can be charged. Most counties in the state are already charging the maximum rate, and Comal was among the nine counties still charging $7.50, she said.
“Most counties are already charging the $10, and I’m sure the rest will soon change their fees also,” said Clennan.
Hie higher fee, which will be reflected on the 1996 bills, is expected to generate between $130,000-150,000 in additional funds.
Of these funds, three percent is sent to the Texas Department of Transportation. The remaining 97 percent is kept in the county, and is designated for the sole use of maintaining the county’s roads and bridges, Clennan said.
“It’s a good tax, I think. Everyone
‘Most counties are already charging the $10, and I’m sure the rest will soon change their fees also.’— Gloria Clennan
has to pay it and 97 percent is reserved for the county’s use and can’t be used for anything but the roads and bridges. Any time you can keep 97 percent of a
tax in the county, it has to be somewhat of a good tax," said Clennan. “And we really do have good roads.”
The county commissioners had until September I to set a fee,. However, the $10 fee was passed at Thursday’s Commissioners Court meeting. Clennan said she recommended the increase, but would have been satisfied with whatever fee the county set.
“It was their call. I was just telling them how much they are allowed to charge,” she said.
In other court business, the attempt to purchase IO Eagle Precinct Voting Machines moved a little closer to real
The county’s purchasing agent informed the court that the agreement with several other counties did qualify as a sole source, which means the county does not need to get bids.
The price for the machines has not been finalized.
However, the funds to pay for them will come from the records preservation fund already established in the county’s budget.
The Commissioners Court also passed a resolution supporting efforts to pass a Constitutional amendment to ban burning the United States flag.
Riv«r and aquifer Information
Comal River -290 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.48 feet above sea level, down .07.
Guadalupe River — 385 cfs
Cancer support group to moot
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. July 27, in the North building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
Dr. Sylvia Schell will speak on Radiation: Part ll. For information, call the ACS information line at 629-5717 or Marian Hicks at 629-1763.
Woman’s Cantor nasds diapers and rn crib
The Comal County Women's Center, 1547 Common Street, is in immediate need of large diapers (size 23-35 pounds), and a baby crib in usable condition.
Call 620-7520 if you can help.
Friends of tho Library thanks helpers
The Friends of the Library want to thank all of the people who have contributed books, records, puzzles, etc. for the big annual sale at the Civic Center.
There is already a wonderful selection of new and used books, both hardback and paperback, and also a tremendous collection of popular and classical records.
Keep up the contributions, New Braunfels. We look forward to seeing you all at the sale in October.
Musical Journey with Edda Buchner
The Musical Journey with Edda Buchner on AM 1420 KGNB plans a Sesquicentennial radio program for Texas and Germany, lf your ancestors came from the German state of Hessia Chessen please call Edda at 651-6314 or leave your name and phone at KGNB 625-7311.
Pitch in for th# Woman's Cantar
Sundance Golf Course is hosting a golf contest to benefit the Comal County Women’s Center. Every Saturday in July from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. golfers who successfully pitch their ball into a barrel at 85 yards will qualify for a drawing for a weekend vacation at a luxury resort at the beach.
Chances are $5 for five balls and all contestants will qualify for drawings for door prizes. Come out to Sundance Golf Course and 'Pitch in for the Women’s Center.'
For more information, call Sundance at 629-3817.
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River flow likely to drop after one more weekend
By DENISE DZIUK
Blood Sucking Turkey Chili and more on tap at KISS chili cook-off
Vol. 143, No. 180
With the summer temperatures continuing to hover near the century marie, many people will be looking for a place to cool off this week, and the rivers may be the ideal place. Many campgrounds are already beginning to fill up with weekend tourists.
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides, said this weekend will simply be “another great day in paradise.”
The release rate this week will remain around 400 cubic feet per second. However, Rivers said the river will actually be running faster than that due to several springs that are still running. He said the actual river rate should be around 440-450 cfs in some sections.
Rivers said he floated down the river yesterday and it looked great. He said the overall area looked clean and he was able to go all the way down the river without getting hung up.
“The river looked better than the road I drove back on. It’s going to be a real, real good weekend,” he said.
Tommy Hill, Chief Engineer for the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority, said the current reservoir level is at 909.7 ft. According to the Canyon Reservoir management plan, the GBRA is responsible for releasing water from the ‘conservation pool’ at or below 909 feet mean sea level (msl). Water in the ‘flood pool,’ which is water above 909 msl, is the responsibility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Man could not swim and was not wearing a lifejacket, witnesses say
Submitting your chili for the approval of CASI is no laughing matter, Ingraham said. The rules of competition are stiff. Chili must be made from scratch with raw meat, using “chili grind” only. Commercial chili powders are OK, but no commercial spice mixes. No fillers, such as beans, macaroni or rice are allowed. And the list of rules goes on Chili cooks may be required to remove the lid and eat some chili before turning the entry in — this guards against harmful ingredients being put in the chili by entrants, Ingraham said.
The KISS-off will have water balloons and face painting for kids. The schedule follows:
11 a.m. — sign in noon — sampling starts
1 to 2 p m. — showmanship
2 p.m. — turn in chili 2 to 3:30—judging 4 p.m. — awards
Individuals or businesses can enter the cookoff, as long as they follow the CASI rules, Ingra ham said. Several individual families participate in the event, she said. Each team pays $15 to enter, $14 of which goes directly to KISS.
“It’s the best fund-raiser in terms of percentage that we have,” Ingraham said.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Guadalupe River claimed another victim Wednesday afternoon. Arterruo Escobar, 21, of San Antonio drowned when his tube overturned near the Guadalupe River State Park.
Escobar and a female friend were tubing on the river when their tube overturned at about 4 p.m. and they went under, Comal County Sheriffs Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz said. The woman surfaced but the man never did.
The San Marcos Dive Team recovered the body at 7:15 p.m.
about six feet from where the tube overturned.
Escobar was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart, Hoherz said.
Escobar did not know how to swim, nor was he wearing a life jacket, according to witnesses.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Daniel Rodriguez takes the plunge off the bridge at Prince Solms Park. Jumping from the bridge ie prohibited, but Rodriguez was not hurt in the jump.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
and is released at rates high enough to clear the
Hill said that the GBRA will have to evaluate the reservoir level after the weekend and may have to cut it back. He said it could possibly be within the 200 cfs range by next weekend.
“By next week, we should have a better feel of if we arc going to have to cut back more, and if so, how much,” Hill said.
Hill said that even at the current rate, the river level is still good for tourism. He said there are different types of tourists and someone will always be able to enjoy the river.
“You still get a lot of family oriented recreation with kids because it’s a little safer level,” Hill said.
Rivers said low levels do not really have the big effect on the tubing and rafting everyone says it does. He said you can still go rafting and tubing. The only difference is that you take the tourists to different sections of the river where the level is still good.
“When the Whitewater sections get low, you just change locations...You can always float,” he said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Spurs star makes local appearance
Former Spurs great George Gervin was at the Bear Creek Treatment Center yesterday signing autographs for the kids. Gervin and Johnny Moore will deliver an anti-drug and stay in school message at another local appearance Monday at noon at the New Braunfels High School gym. The basketball clinic will be free and open to the public.
Blood Sucking Turkey Chili, King James and the Misfits Chili, Broken Date Chili — these are a few of the 50-some varieties of chili offered at the Second Annual Chili Kiss-Off in Canyon Lake tomorrow. The cook-off will be held at Fire Station Number I in Canyon City on FM 306, said organizer P.C. “Cricket” Ingraham.
Proceeds from the spicy event benefit Kids in Safe Surroundings. KISS’s ultimate goal is to build a recreation center. The target time for groundbreaking is 1996, Ingraham said.
This is serious chili, Ingraham said. “This is a CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) sanctioned event,” she said. Contestants earn points toward winning the ultimate CASI chili crown.
Watching the chili cooks’ showmanship and sampling their chili doesn’t cost a thing, she said. Each team donates chili for sampling by guests.
Chili teams are graded on showmanship as well as the quality of their chili, Ingraham said. “While the chili is cooking they compete on showmanship,” she said. “Some people do skits, some do dancing, some sing.”‘River pirates’ need to become a thing of the past. See Page *