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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas • "'-tv New Braunfels .(1iri MO 09 10/22/'^ SO-UEST niCROPUBLlSHING 262 7 E YANDELL DK 7 4 T X    f"XHerald-Zeitung   ,     ' ' Vol. 148, No. 180    14    pages    in    I    section    July    29,    1999 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Hello, hedgehog WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Erin Hamilton, 6, watches Milk Shake, an African pygmy hedgehog, run across the floor Wednesday at Treefrog Ed, 125 N. Casten Ave. The center, which opened recently, allows children to interact directly with animals and insects from the tropics. Support continues for Canyon Lake families By Heather Todd Staff Writer The Canyon Lake community is continuing to rally local support for members of the Hollek and Rutherford families. A 3-year-old died and four others were critically injured following a July 8 auto accident. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573 in Sattler planned an auction and barbecue for the families Saturday at 14625 River Road. The event is scheduled from noon to I a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The auction will begin 6 p.m. Benefit WHAT: Auction and barbecue for Hollek and Rutherford families WHEN: noon Saturday WHERE: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573,14625 River Road, Sattler Susan Hudson, a Canyon Lake resident helping to organize the benefit, said proceeds would help with medical expenses. Martha Sanders, the mother of sons who played on Canyon Lake Little League teams with the Holleks, said the community showed genuine concern for the families. “Whenever anybody is in a tough situation, we help each other out. We’re like family, very united,” she said. First State Bank in Canyon Lake had a benefit car wash for the families July 25. Organizers said the benefit exceeded expectations, raising more than $2,000. Anyone interested in donating money can write a check to the Hollek and Rutherford accounts at branches of First State Bank in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake. Joshua Rutherford, the 3-year-old son of Ray and Noretta Rutherford, died July IO from See FAMILIES/3deadline Trustee John Clay said he was disappointed the CHS cafeteria would open later than anticipated. “I feel sorry for the kids at Canyon High School. I want us to make an effort when we start working on the new elementary schools and expansions to get things done on time,” he said. Nieri said construction crews at Goodwin Primary faced a limited amount of time during the summer months for work on the campus. “There’s really only two months of construction when kids aren’t there — the window is not big enough,” he said. An increase in construction pro- See DEADLINE/3 Housing panel to award tax credits Friday Evergreen project competing against 209 applicants By Peri Stone-PALMQUIST Staff Writer AUSTIN — New Braunfels residents and developers will find out Friday whether a proposed low-income housing complex will receive tax credit. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs w ill make the announcement at 1:30 p.m. Friday at 507 Sabine in Austin in the fourth floor board room. Evergreen Townhomes, an 80-unit proposal by Amistad Affordable Housing, Inc., is one of 209 applicants vying for $25 million worth of tax credits statew ide. In 1998, only 56 applicants out of 195 received tax credit in Texas. The applicants sought $114 million in tax credit but received only $27.6 million. TDHCA spokeswoman Heather Tindall advised interested people to come early. “It’ll be packed,” she said. At the public heanng in San Antonio in June, about 45 New Braunfelsers stood to support the proposed Evergreen Townhomes, including New Braunfels District 2 Councilman Larry Alexander, District 4 Councilwoman Jan Kotylo and Pct. 3 Comal County Commissioner Cristina Zamora. Fifteen more residents from New Braunfels also stood in opposition to the project, including a couple who lives near the proposed five-acre site on South Water Lane oft'Interstate 35. People from Del Rio, Victoria, If You Go WHO: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs WHAT: 1999 tax credits will be allocated WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Friday WHERE: 4th floor board room, 507 Sabine, Austin (IM* Mi Seguin, San Angelo, San .Antonio and other cities also attended the heanng to give their input about proposed developments in their communities. A three-person ad-hoc committee listened to comments and will give recommendations to the nine-member board of the TDHCA Friday. Four heanngs were scheduled in Texas through July. The last heanng was July 12 in Austin. The Low-lncome Housing Tax Credit Program, created by the Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986, allows owners and investors in affordable housing to use a tax credit to off set a portion of federal tax liability in exchange for construction of affordable rental housing. Gore welcomes shuttle crew, honors female commander inside By C. Bryson Hull Associated Press Writer HOUSTON — Astronaut Eileen Collins, the first female shuttle commander, was welcomed back from space Wednesday and hailed by Vice President Al Gore as a bigger hero than Amelia Earhart. “She has not only equaled but surpassed Amelia Earhart in the history of flight,” Gore told the crowd, which was filled with a larger-than-usual percentage of women and girls. In February 1995, Collins became the first woman to pilot a shuttle on what was her first Vice president challenges Bush during visit to Houston — Page 4 shuttle mission. She took with her a scarfVvom by Earhart, an early aviation pioneer who vanished over the Pacific in 1937 while attempting to become the first woman to fly around the globe. As Collins’ 3-year-old daughter Bridget, clad in a jumper bearing the Stars and Stripes, sat in front row of the audience, her mother grinned graciously as Gore congratulated her. “Today, Bridget, your mommy stands here as a hero to all girls and boys, women and men, Americans and people all over the world,” Gore lauded. With this mission, the 42-year-old Air Force colonel became the first woman to command a U.S. space flight and the first woman ever to land a spacecraft. The latter record came late Tuesday, when Collins smoothly put Columbia down at Kennedy Space (’enter for just the 12th night landing in 95 shuttle missions. A typically modest and relaxed Collins said nothing of her achievements, instead chews mg to use her time at the microphone to thank the ground crews that supported Columbia and also to plug the space program. “There’s really is a lot of interest out there and we need to tap into it,” Collins said. After the brief ceremony, Collins immediately stepped off the stage to hug her daughter before sign autographs. The last time a president or vice president personally welcomed returning astronauts was in September 1996, when President Clinton greeted Shannon Lucid’s homecoming from a record-setting 188-day stay aboard the Russian space station Mir. Abby............................. Classifieds 5 .10-14 Comics........................ .........9 Crossword................... ....... 5 Forum.......................... .........6 Local/Metro............... .........4 Movies........................ ........5 Obituaries.................... ........3 Sports......................... .....7-8 Today.......................... ........2 Television..................... ........9 Key cod® 76 By Heather Todd Staff Writer With less than a month before school starts, local officials are pushing to get a $1.7 million construction project at Goodwin Primary completed by Aug. 6. Comal Independent School District is hoping the second phase of an overall renovation will be finished in the next two weeks —just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 16. But Canyon High School students will not get to use a new 23,000 square-foot cafeteria at the opening of the 1999-2000 school year. Richard Roll of Reynolds-Schlat-tner-Chetter-Roll, Inc., the district’shas Goodwin, CHS work WAI U/Herald-Zeitung The new cafeteria at Canyon High School — expected to be completed in time for the first day of school on Aug. 16 — won’t be ready until September. Work on the $3.2 million project began in June 1998. CISD sweating Aug. 16 design firm, told board members Tuesday the cafeteria project would not be completed until sometime in September. Work on the $3.2 million project at CHS began in June 1998. Both projects at are part of bond packages passed by district voters in 1994 and 1995. Work on the Goodwin Primary project, which was divided into two phases, began in December 1997. Guillermo Nieri, CISD construc tion supervisor, said phase one, which included work on two wings of classrooms, was completed. But construction crews still were working on five more classrooms, the kitchen and cafeteria. “Those areas are what we’re really concerned about,” said Roy Lin-nartz, director of maintenance. “It’s really critical that the school be finished when school starts.” The renovated classrooms include five pre-kindergarten classrooms behind the cafeteria. The kitchen and cafeteria area need to be ready to serve more than 500 students. Board members voiced some frustration over continued delays in construction work at the two campus sites. ;