New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 186 42 pages in 4 sections
July 30, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
$1.00Inside Sales tax taking holiday next weekend
► Gala fashions
What will they wear to the Starlight Gala on Aug. 4? Find out what’s hot locally for formal evening wear in Lifestyle/1 C
► Preseason play
The Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers today./1 B
► Coming Thursday
Key code 77
Chance of rain across the state
Scattered showers moving out of Oklahoma provided some much-needed relief to patches of sun-parched Texas land early Saturday.
Thunderstorms had broken out near Wichita Falls and other pails of North Texas early Saturday. Elsewhere in the region skies were partly cloudy, forecasters said.
In South Texas, skies were mostly clear except for a few clouds over Hill Country.
At 4 a.m. temperatures ranged from 84 at Del Rio to 73 at New Braunfels and San Marcos. The forecast calls for a slight chance for thunderstorms out of the south.
By Heather Todd
Getting the kids ready for school next year does not have to put a strain on your pocketbook.
Beginning Aug. 4, parents once again can take advantage of a three-day “holiday” from local and state sales tax on back-
■ What’s taxed, what’s not on sales tax holiday/5A
to-school clothes and footwear.
Senate Bill 441, which the State Legislature passed and Governor George W. Bush signed this past year, gives Texas families 72 hours of tax-free shopping on
Aug. 4, 5 and 6.
Children’s and adult clothing and footwear costing less than $100 will be exempt from state and local sales taxes.
In other words, a pair of Levis marked at $29.99, will cost you exactly $29.99.
The holiday could save shoppers about $8 on every $ I OO they spend.
And shoppers also will have no limit on
how much they can purchase.
Sales tax is not due if a customer buys six shirts each priced under $ I OO.
But, the full tax is due on a shirt if it is sold for $110; the first $99.99 cannot be exempted.
Clothing and footwear used primarily for athletic activities or for protective wear See SALES TAX/5A
Despite bars and concrete, 'Texas’ death row inmates make lifetime commitments to proxy waves
Til death do us part
This gurney inside the Texas death chamber is where death row inmates are strapped before receiving their lethal injections. Some inmates are finding solace in their final days by getting married to proxy wives.
By Fred Blevens Staff Writer
Domingo Cantu Jr. was spending 23 hours each day in a 60-square-foot cube in Polk County. His bedroom, living room, sink and toilet were accented only by one small window.
He had one hour each day to exercise outside alone.
No cable, no telephone, no computer and no otherwise meaningful contact w itll the outside world.
Brigitte Cantu was living much more comfortably, analyzing chemicals in water samples and going about life normally as a single
mother in Munich, Germany.
By Texas civil statutes, they were husband and wife, married after Domingo was sentenced to death and Brigitte fell in love with him through an expanding global network of people w ho say they are concerned about state-sponsored
CANTU: Married German woman before he was executed
Matched execution wardrobe with his wife, father
executions and some who might be capitalizing on those emotions.
Death row marriages are nothing new, but inmates awaiting execution especially those in Texas — have become martyrs for women living in countries where capital
National Night Out on horizon
From staff reports
Hundreds of people in neighborhoods throughout New' Braunfels and Comal County will be partying in the streets Tuesday night.
And police and sheriff ’s deputies who stop by to visit w ill not close them down; they will be guests.
The 17th annual National Night Out Against Crime w ill be a two-day event this week.
It begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday with a “community party” and open house at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center, 1488 S. Seguin Ave. The open house will include displays, activities and information on law' enforcement and crime prevention programs offered by the New Braunfels Police Department and die Comal County Sheriffs Office.
Then on Tuesday, the city of New Braunfels expects to have close to 65 neighborhood block parties in and around the city. Another 13 or so block parties around the county will kick off at about 6:30 and run to 9:30 p.m.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the New Braunfels city manager, said close to 60 parties have registered to participate in New Braunfels’ best block party competition.
“This should be a record year for (National Night Out) parties,” Ferguson said.
While it is too late to arrange street closures for parties, it is not too late to schedule a party. Call New Braunfels' safe city commission at 608-21 OO, ext. 218, to register.
In Comal County, 13 subdivisions from every comer of the county will be throw ing block parties for National Night Out in the second year the county has participated in an organized fashion.
Participants include Rim Rock Ranch, River Oaks, Canyon Springs, Royal Forrest, Mission Valley Estates, Lake of the Hills, Northcliffe and others, said Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Ko I be.
“This is just going to continue to grow,” said Kolbe, w ho is in charge of crime prevention for the sheriff’s department. “In speaking with people in the coordinating of these events, there’s a lot of enthusiasm. There’s a grow ing sense of community commitment out there.”
Ferguson asked motorists to use caution Tuesday night. Some neighborhood streets w ill be blocked oft'for parties, but other parties will be held in driveways, cul-de-sacs, yards and by pools.
Barricades will be placed at or near the follow ing locations for National Night Out parties Tuesday in New Braunfels:
• 300 block of Raven Ridge
• 1600 block of Dustin Cade
• Rolling Valley Drive at Devin Drive
• 1500 1600 block of Allison Drive
• 300 block of Paisano Street
See NIGHT OUT/5A
School bus drivers needed
By Heather Todd
Local school districts once again are racing the clock to fill many school bus driver seats left vacant by a booming job market.
Banners declaring “Bus Drivers Needed” can be found on buses and in front of schools across Comal County, spelling out the bus driver shortage problem facing districts.
Campuses in Comal Independent School District w ill open Aug. 14 for the new school year, and transportation director Ken Franklin said the district still was short four or five drivers. “We’re trying to hire regular pool and sub drivers,” he said.
Pool drivers are regular employees w ho report everyday and are on-call while sub drivers are used to substitute as needed, he said.
The district transports more than 6,000 students, or 60 percent of the student population, across a roughly 600 square mile area and added several more routes in the western part of the district.
“That’s where the biggest growth is,” he said.
And, the department added one more route in town.
District stall'cut eight buses out of the proposed 2000-2001 budget, although the transportation department expects to get eight bus-
K. JESSIE SLATEN Herald-Zeitung
Comal ISD parked this bus in plain view to advertise for bus drivers for the coming school year. NBISD also is looking for drivers.
Get ready to hit the aisles with our special Back To School section. It’s jam-packed with school supply lists, school fashion do’s and don’ts, dress codes, school policies and more — just in time for the sales tax holiday weekend Aug. 4-6./Thursday