New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
24 pages in three sections ■ Friday, July 25,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Ashley Wit Iii
Vol. 145, No. 182
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Birthday wlstias from Ilia Herald Ta Hung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: The Ktapbery, Miry Lewis, DaneeO Norris (Saturday), Bryan Mark Evans (SaturdayX Damon Drake Toto (I year Saturday), Rocky Rust, Kara Cream) (Saturday), Ashley Witten, Rayanne Timmerman (17 yean), Forrest Weis (5 yean Saturday), Claude Wireman (83 years), Jeff Hand (Saturday), Haley Pfimustid (3 years), Bertie Dailey, Tammy Brame and Elvis Strong.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Joyce and Denah Behringer.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Cornel River — 307 cfs, down 6 from Thursday
Edwards Aquilsr Farther Canyon We*--825.96 teat above see aval. down .16 from Thursday
Canyon Dam dtochargs — 5,113 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — unavailable Canyon Lake level — 91991 feet above si level. (Above conservation pool)
NSU reports pumping A017 miion gallon of surface waler Thuiadey and 3.741 mMon Qalona of we! water were
wMtiwf in siovw
IMgM — Mostly fair skies. Low in the mid 70s light southeast wind.
. Saturday — Some early morning cloudiness becoming partly cloudy with isolated afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. High in the upper 90s. Southeast wind near 10 mph
Ixtandad forecast — Sunday, partly cloudy with isolated mainly afternoon showers or thunderstorms south central. High in the 90s. Monday and Tuesday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms mostly south central. Low in the 70s. High in the 90s, near IOO Edwards Plateau.
County boat ramps ars open
The county road department opened all the county operated boat ramps on Canyon Lake, and the ramps should remain open. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer ramps will remain closed because of high water. Park ing around the county ramps is limited.
BThe Gruene Bridge will be closed through the weekend.
■Streets to be closed from p.m. until about 6 p.m. Satur day and Sunday will include Union Avenue from Garden Street to Mather Street and Garden Street from Coma Avenue to the Tube exit B All Interstate 35 exits from Solms Road to Farm-to-mar ket 2252/482 near Schertz wil be closed.
Company, local leaders discuss tourism train idea
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael bemail
Ray W. Poet, superintendent of the New Braunfels Historic Railroed and Modeling Society’s train inturn In downtown New Braunfels, checks out the bol lor of the steam engine that alts behind the museum The museum ie the proposed she in a plan to ofter an Amtrak train rids from San Antonio to Now Braunfels.
By ABE LEVY
Thane’s something about a train ride that makes brisket tanto better.
Riding on an Amtrak tram from San Marcos to Dallas with her family this past Spring. Cathy Talcott enjoyed a leisurely plate of bosket that left a familiar taste in her mouth.
Come to find out, the memorable rneat was from New Braunfels Smokehouse, a local restaurant on Texas 46 and Business Interstate 35.
“It was an overnight tnp and it was so delightful," the councilwoman for District 5 said. “We had a choice of fish, meal or salad. I chose the meat. It was a delicious meal, especially knowing where it came from.”
lf local business leaders and city officials have their way, that brisket could be served to tourists who make their way to New Braunfels from San Antonio on an Amtrak train.
Amtrak officials contacted Talcott and met with her, other community leaders and downtown business owners Tuesday in New Braunfels to discuss a proposal to ere-
Is that the New Braunfels choo-choo?
B Amen* oflkialg met with NewPiaunfoia city councilwoman Cathy Talcott, community leaders and downtown business owners Tuesday to discuss a one-day train ride from San Antonio to downtown New Braunfels.
■ Those who wish to voice their opinion about the project can write to Joy Smith, product line manager for Texas Eagle, at National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak Intercity, 210 South Canal #450, Chicago, IN., 60606. The telephone number to cal ie 312-665-3725, and the fax number is 312-666-2060. Ambak’s World Wide Web page cm be found at www.amtrak.oom.
ate a one-day train route from San Antonio to downtown New Braunfels, using a Texas Eagle tram.
The tram would leave at IO un. from San Antonio and after about a one-and-a-haJf-hour ride, would stop at the downtown train museum that is operated by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modeling Society and is next to Brauntex Theatre
The tram would include two coaches and one lounge for a total capacity of 144 seais.
Amtrak officials confirmed this morning that they were exploring the idea but that the status of the Texas Eagle w as a factor to address before moving forward.
The state of Texas gave Amtrak a $5.5 Turn to Amtrak, Page 2A
NBISD hopefuls address district’s reputation
By DENISE DZIUK
Five of the nine candidates for seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees faced off in a candidate forum Thursday night.
In the Aug. 9 election, Henry Garza will challenge incumbent Sylvia Sanchez for the District I seat. Bill Biggadike and Deanna Villarreal will vie for the remaining term of the District 4 seat, vacated in Apnl when then-board president Jaime Padilla resigned.
Candidates losing many campaign signs
By DENISE DZIUK
Incumbent Bette Spam will face challengers Yolanda Longona, Stacie Ricked Don Bedford and Frank Panebianco for the two at-large seats.
The local branch of the League of Women Voters conducted the forum. Panebianco and Bedford were unable to attend because both were out of town. Spain missed the forum because of a death in the family. Longoria also was unable to attend.
The other five candidates fielded more than a dozen quesnona from the audience.
Turn to NBISD, Page3A
Candidates in the race for a seat on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees are going through a lot of campaign signs, thanks to the work of vandals.
Nine candidates have filed for four seats cm the board. In District I, Henry Sanchez is challenging incumbent Sylvia Sanchez. Bill Biggadike and Deanna Villarreal are facing off in District 4, which became vacant in April when then-board president Jaime Padilla resigned with a year remaining on his term. In the race for two at-large seats, incumbent Bette Spain is being challenged by Stacie Rickel, Yolanda Longoria, Don Bedford and Frank Panebianco.
During the past weekend, campaign signs promoting Panebianco were vandalized, with expletives spray painted on one of them.
Neither the New Braunfels Police Department nor the municipal court officials said they had record as of Thursday of anyone being cited for criminal mischief or vandalism related to campaign signs.
Of the nine candidates, Garza and Villarreal said they were not aware of problems with their signs being vandalized.
“I feel very, very comfortable with my campaign and the way my opponent, the incumbent, is running her campaign,” Garza said.
Villarreal said only one sign had been “beaten up,” but she did not have many signs out.
Sanchez said she was not aware of any problems w ith her signs. She said she noticed several knocked down, but that was not unusual. She added that the signs could fall depending on how they were installed.
Although other races have not been as fortunate, several candidates said they did not see it as unusual. Biggadike said he ran for city council several years ago and had signs painted on dunng that race.
“It’s happened in other races,” he said. “I’ve had it happen to me personally.”
Other campaigns echoed the same sentiment.
“That’s nothing new,” said Bedford's campaign manager Jim Rice. “It happens every year.”
Villarreal said that it actually was worse in previous years, and the summon had improved
But, the fact that it was still happening was a shame, said the candidates.
Spain commented. “I
Turnout in the election of four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees looks as though it may be higher than last year’s election.
Last year, a total of 1,544 people voted to fill two seats. This year, 657 people have already voted in the first four days of early voting in the Aug. 9 election to fill four seats on the board
Early voting in the NBISD election continues through Aug. 5 at the education center, 430 W. Mill St., and at the Comal County Courthouse annex. 150 N. Seguin Ave.
In the special election for a proposal to increase homestead exemptions, 158 individuals voted Thursday for a total of 684. Early voting for the constitutional amendment election, which is open to any registered voter rn the county, also runs through Aug. 5 in the courthouse annex.
deplore vandalism. I am honored to have the support of family, friends and district patrons, and no one needs to raise an eyebrow about their character. It is past time to stop all divisive actions and all divisive comments.”
Although they are all affected by w hat several of the candidates call “malicious,” most of them say it is probably the w ork of teens.
“I hate to blame it on kids, but who’s been putting graffiti out there .T” asked Longona.
Biggadike said, “I think it’s just kids being malicious. I can’t see any adults being involved in it.”
Rickel said she did not know who had been vandalizing the signs, and she did not want to speculate on who it might be.
“I’ve got mixed feelings because signs are a part of the campaign, but I have to ask myself if (the signs) are worth the time and money,” said Rickel, who said she has had signs tom down, moved and taken.
“I think it distracts from everyone,” said Garza. “It just belittles everyone in the race.”
Sheriff’s department heads pare down budgets for ’97-98
By ABE LEVY
The latest mobile phone bills for the top three Comal County Sheriffs Office administrators show the sign of the times.
Speaking before the Commissioners Court Wednesday afternoon. Deputy Chief Richard Bennie said he spent $8 last month, Sheriff Bob Holder spent $3 and Chief Jail Administrator Jim Middleton got the blue ribbon with a $0 bill for the month.
The frugality has extended to the entire department, Bennie said.
While last year the Sheriffs Office spent $6,700 on mobile phone service, the depart
ment is on track to spend only $4,000 this year, Bennie said.
“We have them for emergencies, but as tar as when I’m leaving the courthouse, I just come back. I don’t use the phone to call the office. This is an attempt to save money,” Bennie said. “Where we see waste we eliminate it.”
Beanie, Holder and Middleton presented their budgets to the Comal County Commissioners Court and told them they streamlined each line item in an attempt to cut costs.
The commissioners now have until Aug. 21 to propose a tax rate to pay for county wide department requests and then as early as Sept Turn to Budget, Page 3A
Cera Anderson, 4, teere apert toms bread for a true duck dinner at Lands Park Wednesday evening.
HeraJd-Zartung photo by Michael OamailTim Judkins: Who is allowed to take Communion? — Page 6A