New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
in Stage III
of water plan
Checking it out
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
New Braunfels police officers arc patrolling the city for water conservation violations now that Stage III of the water conservation plan has been implemented.
The Edwards Aquifer rose to 621.02 feet above mean sea level Saturday, but City Manager Paul Grohman said the city will stay in Stage III until there is a significant increase.
“We anticipate the level going back tomorrow,” Grohman said. He added that farmers are not irrigating as much
now which is having a positive effect on the aquifer.
NBPD officials said they will assume the city is still under mandatory conservation until they receive word of a change from Grohman or Mayor Doug Miller.
Stage III went into effect Thursday when the level of the Edwards Aquifer at the Panther Canyon test well dipped below 621 feet above mean sea level. A major feature of Stage III is controlled outside watering. According to the city ordinance
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Water saving hints offered
lf these birds were looking to take a bath in Comal Springs Saturday, they were looking in the wrong place. The drop in the Edwards Aquifer has caused lower flows from Comal Springs. Areas of the Com
al River in Landa Park are extremely low because of the decreased flow However, the good news is that a chance of rain is included in the forecast today. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Water conservation is no longer something New Braunfels residents can volunteer to do. Now that the aquifer has dipped below 621 feet above mean sea level, the mark designated by city ordinance for mandatory conservation, residents must be aware of the amount of water they use.
Hot weather and little rainfall have been blamed for the declining levels of the Edwards Aquifer. While there is little residents can do about the
weather or the heat, there is much they can do about the amount of water they use.
The following conservation tips have been provided by New Braunfels Utilities and Edwards Underground Water District.
• Limit showers to five minutes. Every minute saved in the shower saves 5 to IO gallons of water. When
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Switch ignites fire in wall
Firefighters from New Braunfels Fire Department raced to a residence Saturday afternoon when an unused exhaust fan switch shorted out and ignited.
Hildy Slocum, 992 Rosemary, noticed smoke coming from the exhaust fan in her bathroom around 4:30 p.m. and called the fire department. Two engines were dispatched to the residence.
According to NBFD Lt. Herb Syring, power was going through the exhaust fan and shorted out die switch.
“The only damage was to the unit (the fan),” Syring said.
Slocum said the fan had not been used in two years, and she did not think it would still work.
“I haven’t used it in two years,” she said. “I was just standing here and smoke started pouring out of the wall.”
Absentee voting to start on tax consolidation issue
Absentee voting by personal appearance begins Monday, July 24, for the Aug. 12 election concerning consolidation of local taxing entities.
Voters should bring their voter’s registration card to the County Clerk’s office in Room 104 in the Comal County Courthouse between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Absentee voting by personal appearance runs through Aug. 8, four days before the election. The last day officials can receive applications for absentee ballots to be voted by mail is Aug. 4.
The only issue on the county-wide ticket is the proposed consolidation, lf local residents say ‘‘yes” to consolidation, County Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan will assess and collect taxes for Coma! Independent School District, New Braunfels ISD, City of New Braunfels, Comal County and other smaller taxing entities.
The election was called after a petition drive headed by County Commissioners Neil Craigmile and Clyde Jacobs gathered the required number of signatures.
Germen recently staled because NBISD and the City of New Braunfels have a different tax year from the
other entities, tax assessing and collecting for those two entities will not becost effective.
NBISD’s tax year was secured by the 71st Legislature which passed a bi!! allowing the school district to maintain its fiscal year from July I to June 30.
Absentee voters in District No. 2 and District No. 4 of New Braunfels Independent School District can vote for their respective school board trustees in the Central Administration office in the Education Center at 430 W. Mill. District No. 2 Trustee Jean Ward and District No. 4 Trustee Bob Clarke are running unopposed.
Authorities in three states look for shooting suspect
County officials continue search
Comal County Sheriff’s Department officials continued their search Saturday for a young woman who presumedly drowned July 15 in Canyon Lake.
Avrora Elys, 22, of San Antonio disappeared between 8:30 and 9 p.m. July 15 while swimming with friends near the north shore of Canyon Lake.
The three women were on a boat near Lake Canyon Yacht CLub when they decided to go swimming. Their boat started to drift away and the women attempted to swim to it. Elys went under and never resurfaced.
Detective Sgt. Dermis Kocpp guessed that Elys became exhausted and was not able to swim to the boat.
The lives of three other people
have been claimed so far this year by the lake. Ray Henry Dykes, 29, was riding a personal water craft when he went down near Comal Park on April 6 Officials still have not recovered his body.
Richard Kcoughan, 65, drowned May 18 at Canyon Springs resort while he and his wife were trying to put his boat on a trailer. After the boat slipped, he went after it and drowned. His body was recovered by officials days later.
Rudy Garcia, 59, drowned IO days later when his 11 -year-old son fell from a ski board being pulled by Garcia’s boat. Garcia went under when he attempted to swim to the boy who was uninjured. His body was picked up and brought to shore by persons passing by in a boat.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man suspected of killing one woman and wounding two others during an apparent robbery attempt at an Ardmore flower shop also is wanted for questioning about three murders in Kansas and Texas, authorities said Saturday.
Carter County, Okla., District Attorney Gary Henry said in a telephone interview that authorities are seeking Michael Frank Green, 37, for questioning in the death of Gwen Miller, and the woundings of Joann Bean and Mary Manning.
‘‘Due to the similarities in the crimes police are considering that they are possibly connected,” Henry said.
Texas authorities searched late Saturday for Green, who is a suspect in a killing in Pampa, Texas, and the murder of two convenience store
clerks in Garden City, Kan., Henry said.
‘‘As to any concrete suspect, other than the fact they all occurred in relatively close proximity, within a day’s drive and occurred on three successive days and the manner of the killing and the fact the weapon used appears similiar, yes, police are looking for him.”
All four victims were killed with a bullet in the back of the head, according to Les Weaver, a Texas highway patrol dispatcher.
Kansas authorities refused to release the name of the person they were seeking for questioning, but said they thought the killings were related.
A warrant for the man was issued in Finney County, Kan., District Court for theft of services, a news release said. The theft investigation is not related to the murder investigation.
‘‘There is physical evidence linking
all of the murders," Garden City police Capt. Ron Reardon said. ‘‘I can’t say much more than that, but the evidence points that way.”
The murders started Wednesday in Garden City, when Barbara Kochen-dorfer, 27, and Mary Rains, 28, were abducted from separate convenience stores on opposite sides of Garden City, in western Kansas. Their bodies were found hours later.
On Thursday, Edley Perry Spurrier was found dead in the photo processing shop he ran in Pampa, 55 miles northeast of Amarillo.
Dr. Scott Malowney, the Ardmore medical examiner, said the flower shop shootings were ‘‘almost ritualistic” and “more like an assassination than a shooting, almost.”
Police speculated the Ardmore shootings may have occurred during a
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Study puts CAD near top in state
A recent statewide study of appraisal districts could possibly place the Comal Appraisal District within the top five or six in performance, said CAD Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes.
Rhodes announced the results of the state study this week during the CAD board of directors meeting.
“We’re very pleased with the results,” he said. “Up until 1987, the appraisal district’s performance is measured by the state, and we were always lower than the statewide average of all appraisal disricts’ performance. In 1988, we feel like we have crossed a significant barrier. Not only did we improve past the state level,
but at a time when all the rest of the average of the slate declined, we increased 39 percent in equity."
Rhodes also said the local appraisal district increased 6.1 percent in ratio.
He announced the value ratio or the appraised value of the district was at 98 percent while the statewide average was 96 percent in 1988.
Die coefficient of dispersion or the measure of equity was at 12.11 percent for the local district. The statewide average was 16.91 percent.
“We didn’t just walk by them,” Rhodes said. “We flew by them."
Rhodes said he had no one else to thank but his staff for its hard work.
July 23, 1989
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There is a possibility for some relief in the forecast this weekend. There is a chance of rain for today and tonight and an increasing chance for Monday. Highs will remain in the mid 90s with lows in the low 70s.
New Braunfels Children’s Museum is planning a teen dance, “Monday Mix,” July 24 from 8:30 to midnight at Grucne Hall. Teens 18 and under are invited to the chaperoned dance at the hall. Admission is S3 and no alcohol will be served. D.J. Musical Image will provide the music and plans are set for a dance contest.
“We hope they will have a real good time,” said Children’s Museum Director Carolyn Burrow. lf the dance is a success, more Monday Mixes could be planned. Proceeds will benefit the museum....
The folks at the museum also are beginning work on the “Where in the World?” geography-based exhibit set to open in September and is gathering information about various countries. If anyone has ever lived in or traveled to, or knows someone who has, these countries, Carolyn Burrow would like to borrow (or keep, if you prefer) artwork, costumes, games, records, and anything else. Here arc the countries they need information about — China, India, France, Brazil, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and, in the United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the American Indian cultures.
The museum is in Courtyard shopping center and the phone number is 620-0939 if you have any items of interest for the exhibit. By the way, this is the exhibit the museum received the Texas Department of Humanities grant for $10,(KXI to construct.
“We have received a lot of support from the community, but this is the first major thing that we’ve received,” Burrow said. A grant stipulation requires the community to raise $6,000 in order to receive a $3,000-portion of the grant, she said. Persons who would like to make a donation are asked to drop by the museum to sign a form that shows you have done so.
Meanwhile, the Children’s Museum’s Discovery Series continues for the next two weeks with a Cooking Class Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a m. The series is for children between 5 and 15 years old who may learn about cooking part of the morning and also participate in classes on computers, stencilling, stained glass, drawing, etc. Call the museum at 620-0939 (leave a message if no one is there) to let them know you will bring your child Tuesday morning at 9 a m. to register for the two-day class....
The Alamo Area Council of Governments has initiated a Regional Tourism Task FOrce directed toward development of toursim throughout Comal, Atascosa, Bandera Bexar, Frio, Guadalupe, Kames, Kerr, Medina and Wilson Counties.
This tourism task force seeks to develop tourism through three primary avenues: the identification of all possible tourist attractions and/or resources; the promotion of
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