New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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NEWsd^jiiNFELSHerald-ZeitungVol. 148, No. 141 20 pages in 2 sections June 4, 1999 p RIDAY SCrV'n8 Com#l County sincc 1852 50 ccntsCity gets no bids for library
By Peri Stone Staff Writer
The fate of Dittlinger Memorial Library remains uncertain.
The City of New Braunfels received no bids by Tuesday’s deadline for the purchase or lease of die building at 373 Magazine Ave., which is scheduled to be replaced by a new facility at 700 Common St. in late summer.
Work on the exterior of die new New Braunfels Public Library is near completion, and the focus of the project will turn to die library* interior, library director Vickie Hocker said Meanwhile, the city must decide what do with the old Dittlinger Memorial Library.
At a city council meeting in April, several people expressed interest in using die building, although none came through with a bid
“Well have to check with council and see if they want to extend the deadline (for bidsX” city manager Mike Shantis said. “Or if they want to find another way the city can use it”
Shantis suggested the building could be used as a recreational or educational facility for youth.
“We don’t want it to sit vacant” he said.
Council could decide to actively seek out bids.
“We haven’t tried to market (the library) per se,” he said.
The fair market value of die property has been established at $570,000, Shantis said The 11,000-square-foot structure sits on slighUy more than one acre in a mostly residential neighborhood.
The Sophienburg Museum is a next-door neighbor to the library — they even share a parking lot. The museum's board expressed some prior interest in the building but did not submit a bid.
“We were interested in it but we don’t know at this time if we can raise that much money in such a short time,” director Michelle Oatman said
Scott Dunbar, president general of the Sons of the Republic of Texas told councilmembers in April that his group was interested in finding a facility to archive documents and store them in a place where scholars could study diem.
New Braunfels resident Tom Green told council the New Braunfels ( Rapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas would like to bring the national headquarters to New Braunfels and house it m the old library
The headquarters would serve as a meeting place as well as a place to store the collection of old Spanish/Texas documents, currently in boxes at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Green said Neither Dunbar nor Green could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
New Braunfels City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
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By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Communities in Schools of Comal County provided “an open door of opportunities” during the past school year, said Maggie McDade, a New Braunfels High School student.
McDade was not alone.
Ninety-nine percent of Communities in Schools students in Comal County stayed in school this year, while IOO percent of eligible CIS students graduated from high school.
“My first year with CIS was exciting. I had the opportunity to interact with young children through the Helping Hands program at the Head Start Center,” McDade said. “And through my Lunch Bunch group, I learned to communicate better with teachers, students, and my family”
State legislators, local educators, and community members gathered at Canyon Middle School Thursday for the fourth annual CIS luncheon to applaud the efforts of CIS staff for another successful year educating Comal County youth.About It
■ Communities in Schools started in three schools serving 300 students.
■ CIS now serves more than 1,000 on 19 campuses.
■ CIS recently received a $60,000 Kronkosky Foundation grant to expand services to two more campuses.
“We started six years ago in three schools with 300 students,” said Ray Schoch, president of CIS board of directors. “Now, we serve more than 1,000 students in 19 campuses.”
Communities in Schools, the nation* largest stay-in-school network for at-risk students, served 8,508 students at 19 program sites during the 1998-99 school year and 1,823 students received ongoing case-man-aged services.
The organization recently was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Kronkosky
Gramm: Y2K won’t affect banks
By Chris Crews
U. S. Senator Phil Gramm stopped in New Braunfels Thursday afternoon long enough to tell local residents the Y2K bug should have no effect their banking habits.
Gramm, the senior senator from Texas, told a crowd of about 50 people gathered at the local Bank of America that there was no need to be concerned about credit cards working, businesses accepting personal checks or a total break down of the financial and banking systems that
“You can worry about a lot of things but don V worry about your money in the bank”
Phil Gramm U.S. senator
some had predicted for the approaching millennium.
“You can worry about a lot of things but don’t worry about your money in the bank,” Gramm said.
Gramm led a team of state and feder
al banking officials making stops throughout the state to brief the public on the status of the banking industry and the problems facing computer users when the calendar changes from 1999 to 2000.
Gramm, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, referred back to his days as an economics professor at Texas A&M in the mid 1960s to explain the source of the Y2K problem.
Gramm said the super-computers of the day that filled a large room had less memory space than today’s desktop per-See GRAMM/5A
New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas introduces Sen. Jeff Wentworth, Rep. Edmund Kuempei and Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos during the Communities in Schools luncheon Thursday at Canyon Middle School.
State lawmakers join NB in congratulating Communities in Schools
Maggie McDade, a Communities in Schools student from New Braunfels High School, gets some words of advice from Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos Thursday.
Charitable Foundation to expand its services to two more school campuses.
Chris Douglas, director of Communities in Schools of Comal County, said the goal of CIS was to make sure every child in Comal County had an adult to trust and talk to about their problems.
“By making a commitment to work together, we can make a difference in Comal County,” Douglas said. “Adolescents need someone to listen to them and talk to them during a time of need. Everyone would like to think what happened in Littleton, Colo couldn’t happen here. But, there* a possibility it could
Rep. Edmund Kuempei (R-Seguin), Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) and Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin) spoke about the role of CIS in the community and highlighted the results of the 76th State Legislative session.
“There* no doubt in my mind that education was at the forefront of this past session,” Kuempei said. “Seventy-five percent of the budget is going into education.”
The legislature approved a $3.8 billion school funding bill, Senate Bill 4, this past Sunday.
Gov. Bush signs $506 million tax
HOUSTON (AP) — Gov. George W. Bush used a Houston department store as the site Thursday to sign a $506 million tax relief bill that includes a three-day moratorium each August on state sales taxes for some clothing and shoe purchases.
The 40-page bill, approved four days ago by the Legislature, is a key part of an overall $1.85 billion tax break Bush likely will tout when he leaves BUSH Texas next
week for “exploratory” visits to Iowa and New Hampshire. The trip is viewed as a prelude to an anticipated bid for the 2000 Republican nomination for president in a race where polls show Bush already is the front-runner.
“This package of tax cuts will save Texans money at the cash register and encourage new business and job growth all over Texas,” Bush said while surrounded by displays of “Back to School” clothing in the young men* department at the downtown Houston Foley* store.
“I believe in good economic times, the state ought to meet the basic needs of Texas, we ought to fund our priorities ... and return money back to the hands of those who pay the taxes.”
Foley* was among the Texas businesses from around the state whose representatives had registered at Senate hearings in favor of the bill authored by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston.
The bill, passed Sunday as the Legislature was wrapping up this year* session, came after two days of closed-door negotiations and included the sales tax holiday for buying clothing and franchise tax breaks for small businesses.
Consumers are expected to see about $277 million worth of tax cuts under the measure, with about another $229 million in reductions for businesses.
Among other tax breaks is elimination of sales taxes on over-the-counter medicines starting next April and on the sales taxes on the first $25 of monthly Internet access fees beginning in October.
Consumers for three days each August, beginning with die first Friday of the month, won’t have to pay the 6.25 percent state sales tax on some clothing and shoes. The timing — this year it* Aug. 6-8 — is meant to coincide with the advent of the new school year.
U. S. Sen.Phil Gramm greets county commissioner Jay Minikin at a reception at the Bank of America in New Braunfels Thursday afternoon.