New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Little League All Star team selected. See Sports, Page 5.
10 pages in dne section ■ Tuesday, June 4,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years I Home of HOWARD AND BETTY EICKENHORST
Vol. 144, No. 146
By ABE LEVY
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mark Allen Brown (30 years), Blanca Villarreal, Juan Tristan, Antonio Tristan Jr., and TilHe Moreno.
Happy anniversary wishes to Howard 'Ike' and Betty Eicken-horst (49 years), and Lorenzo and Dora Herrera (28 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Oak —0 Hack.—0
Pecan —0 Elm—0
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of
air. Readings taken yesterday. Information
provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —141 cubic feet per second, down 9 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.49 feet above sea level, up .05 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 82 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 44 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.76 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
Starlight Gala tickets on sale
Reservations are now being accepted for the fourth annual American Cancer Society Starlight Gala. "A Night in Casablanca* is the theme for this year's Gala, which will feature casino gaming, a gourmet buffet catered by Word of Mouth Catering from Austin, and dancing to the music of the Fairmonts. A silent auction will add to the evening and the winner of a year's lease of a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe will be annunced. Ticket prices start at $100 per couple. The gala will be June 15 at the Civic Center. For mote information, call 629-6153 or 606-4115.
Folk dancers to hold garage sale
The New Braunfels German Folk Dancers will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1018 Harriet Drive in Canyon Lake Village West. For information, call 899-7042 or 899-3672.
Class of ’86 to gather
New Braunfels High School Class of 1986 wil meet Friday night at the Watering Hole; from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Landa Park, and from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Tree Tops.
Iglesia Bethel to hold rummage sale
The annual rummage sale to benefit Iglesia Bethel will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 385 Grape St.
Newcomers Club to
The Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Senior Center, 655 Landa St. Coffee and donuts at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m. Cloggin Meisters and the Hill Country Dancers will provide entertainment.
Bob Peterson of the American Cancer Society will give a presentation.
Mission Valley Lunch
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
To declare a message of racial acceptance and unity, New Braunfels' religious leaders led about 700 area residents in a rally Sunday evening. The rally was abruptly ended by a rain and lightning storm near the end of the service.
The rally began at 7:30 p.m. and included impassioned speeches horn area pastors and priests and worship songs in both English and Spanish, all advocating a spirit of racial tolerance in the community in light of a Ku KJux Klan rally the day before.
“I hope we realize... that Christ has forever bound us not only to one another but also to every man, woman and child on this Earth,” said Eugene O’Callaghan, monsignor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. ‘‘This evening we celebrate unity and solidarity. Today and every day die heart of New Braunfels beats and throbs with love and affection ... because we believe that all men are created equal.”
The crowd was made up of about 70 percent Anglo-Americans, about 30 percent Hispanics and a handful of African Americans, who said the event shows the community’s commitment to racial unity.
“There’s just a feeling of fellowship here, people with like thoughts arui like spirit,” said Bill James, 62, who is African-American and retired in Seguin IO years ago.
Security, which included about IO police officers, was less severe than Saturday when roughly five members of the Ku Klux Klan held a recruitment rally for the first time in New Braunfels on the steps of the Comal County Courthouse.
“There’s not the tension (of Saturday night). I can recognize about 75 percent of the crowd,” said Lt. John Wom-mack of the New Braunfels Police Department “There’s no barricaded
‘There’s just a feeling of fellowship here, people with like thoughts and Ilka spirit.’
— Bill James
lines. This is what our normal functions are on the plaza.”
Fen* the Sunday event police blocked off San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue around the Main Plaza where rally attendees placed lawn chairs around die Gazebo in recreational fashion.
Children played on the moist grass, while their fathers and mothers smiled and greeted neighborhood friends as if it were a Sunday morning church
“I’m coming as a voice against what happened here yesterday,” said 69-year-old David Meckel, a lifetime native of New Braunfels, who was waving an American Flag. “It was situation that we don’t believe in. People of hate came to New Braunfels and tried to stir up something they thought might benefit their cause. But with a showing like today, we have come to override that.”
The rain, which began at about 8:45 p.rn..scattered the crowd, which searched for any available shelter around the plaza.The service was near the end, with just one song remaining.
“(The rain) feels good. We had a showing of everybody together,” said Teo Rodriguez, 56, a lifetime native of New Braunfels, who is Hispanic and a pharmacist technician at McKenna Hospital. “I think (the rain) was a double blessing and as a matter of fact, I think the unity brought the rain.” Rodriguez was joined by about other ralliers who huddled under Lucky’s Liquor Store overhang to escape the downpour.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
A crowd of about 700 people Joined local reHgious leaden in a Unity Rally on plaza Sunday, a day after the Ku Klux Klan brought a different meeeage to the plaza.
Grass carp ready for release into lake
Officials hope they’re hungry
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Five thousand grass carp have been invited to dinner at Lake Dunlap, and their hosts hope the fish enjoy the hydrilla on the menu so much they'll stay.
Texas Paries and Wildlife Department will stock the carp Wednesday morning.
The stocking will take place at IO a.m. at the public access ramp located under 1H-35. Officials from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and representatives from the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association will be present to witness the release of 5,000 12-inch sterile grass carp into Lake Dunlap.
Debbie Magin, GBRA regional laboratory director, said she hopes the carp will be able to contain the growth of the hydrilla, a non-native aquatic plant, which has begun to clog Lake Dunlap and Lake McQueeney.
Magin said the carp may eat enough hydrilla to eliminate or reduce the need for continued herbicide treatments for the lakes.
In March, the aquatic herbicide Sonar was applied on hydrilla infested portions of Lake McQueeney around Treasure Island. A few weeks ago, another herbicide Aquathol K was sprayed on about IOO acres of Lake Dunlap and about 75 acres of Lake McQueeney.
On Saturday, 5,000 more carp will be released into Lake McQueeney at the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge on FM 725 at 11 a.m.
The mission of the carp, Magin said, is to find those hydrilla plants which could not be treated during the spraying and to contain those plants which have already been treated.
“Hopefully, they will reach the areas of some of the plants we were not able to treat such as the quarter mile intake (area) of the Clear Springs Surface Water Plant,” Magin said.
Magin said the study that was initiated to determine if the 125 carp that were placed in each of the five hydroelectric lakes last August would go downstream and escape in case of a flood is still ongoing.
But because of the recent lack of rainfall there have been no high releases from each lake.
“There is the possibility because of a flood and high water release that we could lose the carp,” Magin said. “We don’t know if they will stay in the reservoir or move downstream until we have releases (of flood water) and complete the study.”
The carp stockings were made possible through Friends of Lake McQueeney, Preserve Lake Dunlap Association, GBRA, Comal and Guadalupe County Commissioners Courts, New Braunfels Utilities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Aquatic Weed Control Program. Labor and equipment for the hydrilla treatment program was provided by TP&WD.
Heavy rains bring temporary relief from drought
By ABE :LEVY
A raging thunderstorm blanketed the county with up to 1.74 inches of rain Sunday night, adding a welcomed chapter of relief to the area and recharging the Edwards Aquifer by three feet at the J-17 well in San Antonio.
Officials from the National Weather Service said the rain lasted from 8 to 11 p.m. and brought .53 inches of rain in Greene.
Comal Springs went up one cubic foot per second Monday to 137 cfs and the J-17 well went up to 636.4 feet.
The wetting will not have a significant long-term effect upon the drought unless more rain arrives, Edwards Underground Water District officials said.
According to the Texas Agriculture Extension Service, one inch of rainfall equals 27,154 gallons of water over a one-acre area.
The storm was triggered by a stationary cold front that interacted with an upper level system, along with afternoon heating, weather service officials said. The storm
developed east of New Braunfels and moved west, causing winds to blow up to 72 miles per hour.
The heaviest rain came down at the Guadalupe and Comal county line.
A few sprinkles this morning produced a trace of rain in Greene, weather service officials said.
The forecast for this afternoon and evening calls for a 30 percent chance of rain with the probability of rain decreasing into the rest of the week as a high pressure system moves over the region, reducing moisture and stabilizing the atmosphere.
The rainstorm crashed a Unity Rally at the Main Plaza Sunday night, sending attendees to find shelter until they could find their vehicles.
Herald-Zeitung adds Banta-Scott to management team
Debbie Banta-Scott was named advertising director of the Herald-Zeitung last week by Editor and Publisher Doug Toney.
Banta-Scott joins the H-Z team after serving the last two years as director of advertising at the Seguin Gazctte-Enteiprise. Previously, she had worked as classified advertising director for three years at the Gazette-Enterprise.
She’s also quite familiar with New Braunfels and the surrounding area.
“Coming to the Herald-Zeitung is like
coming home for me,” Banta-Scott said. “I grew up in Comal County, graduated from Canyon High School in 1975, and my parents still live here. This community has been a part of my life for many years,
and I care what happens here.”
She said she will also care just as deeply for the business community.
“New Braunfels is blessed with a strong business community, and I look forward to becoming an active part of that community,” she said. “Together, I believe we can make the business climate in New Braunfels even brighter.”
Banta-Scott can be reached by calling the //-Z office at 625-9144.
NBISD school board ready to set maximum tax rate
By DENISE DZIUK
The budgeting process is underway in the New Braunfels Independent School District, and although work is still being done to form the preliminary 1996-97 budget, the board of trustees will vote on a maximum tax rate at tonight's meeting.
Lonnie Curtis, Assistant Superintendent for Finance, said the district staff if still working on the preliminary budget. He
said he hopes to have a version ready to be presented to the board members toward the end of the week. However, the board will set the maximum tax rate tonight.
With last year’s rate of $1.50 per $100 of value, an individual with a taxable value of $45,000 paid $675.00 in school taxes. The amount of taxes an individual pays in NBISD is based on last year’s tax rolls.
The Comal Appraisal District has determined the effective tax
rate for NBISD would be $1.38595. Curtis said this means “$1.38595 would bring in the same amount of money as it did last year using $1.50.”
However, the rate must adjusted to figure in a projected 5 percent increase in student enrollment for the upcoming year. Curtis said the CAD allows a maximum of 33.662 cents for debt services, and he believes 31 cents is adequate. He also added that the district is proposing a maintenance and operations tax rate of
$1.14, which would bring the total maximum tax rate to $1.455. He said this is below the amount that would allow a rollback election.
“That does not put us in the position for any possible rollback,” said Curtis. “It’s always in the your best interest to stay below the rollback.”
If the board approves the rate of $1,455, it cannot exceed it when figuring the budget. Curtis said he feels comfortable approving the rate now.
Comal County should institute a fireworks ban. See Opinion, Page 4.