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14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, June 12,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Marsha Kiesling
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Vol. 145, No. 151
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Diane Watson, Manila Kiesling, Lori Hill, Eddie DeVol (18 years), Dustin Crews (17 years), Gabble Rosales, Kimberley Weaver (12 years), Linda Connelly, Inez Howell, Darrel Schneider and Lonie Eicken-horst
Happy anniversary wishes go to Sue said Maurice Bankston and Roman and Lillian Lehmann (41 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 625.47 feet above sea level, up .03
from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge — 157 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1.861 cfs Canyon Lake level — 913.51 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 5.105 mdNon gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 1.409 mMion gallons of well water were used.
11% looking mom like summer
Summer weather is upon us. A slight chance of rain is in the forecast for today otherwise get ready for temperatures to reach the low 90s with partly cloudy skies and a south wind 10 to 15 mph.
For tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies and lows in the mid 70s with a south wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday will be hot with highs reaching the mid 90s and a south wind up to 15 mph.
This weekend’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a slight chance of rain, highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s.
Cttinns invited to Tx DOT mooting
Citizens interested in commenting on speed limits on Texas highways are invited to a public meeting today at 7 p.m. at the Texas Department of Transportation District Office, NW Loop 410 at Callaghan Road in San Antonio. A large contingent of Comal County residents and elected officials are expected to attend and present safety concerns regarding U S 281
Written comments may be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 29928, San Antonio, Texas, 78284-3601.
Don’t forget Father’s Day
Although he probably deserves to be honored all year long, there is one day set aside dedicated solely to the men in our lives called our fathers. Father's Day Sunday, so if you better start looking for that perfect gift that says “Thank You" and “I Love You,” whether its a tie, golf clubs or a screw driver.
Watch for those 1-35 southbound exits
The only exits open for Interstate 35 southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael DamaH
Bart and Christi Butlar take a relaxing float down the Comal River Wednesday afternoon. Heavy rains have not affected the flow of the Comal River because It depends on the flow from springs.
YMCA appoints director
By CHRIS CREWS
The presence of the YMCA in New Braunfels moved closer to being a reality Tuesday when Ginny Eanes was chosen from a field of six candidates as the first director of the local YMCA branch.
“We were really impressed with her skills working with children and her ability to work with the public” said Jane MacDonald, a YMCA board member involved in selecting the new director. “She
is going to be a great
ambassador for the
YMCA and New Braunfels.”
Joe Bueno, executive director of the Northeast San Antonio YMCA, said the hiring of Eanes was a big step for die local branch. “We now have someone who
can nurture it, bring it along and help it grow,” Bueno said.
Eanes said she was anxious to begin her directorial duties.
“Our first goal is to establish the after-school program and that die YMCA is here to help the kids of the community,” Eanes said.
Eanes, an Austin native, has lived in New Braunfels for 25 years with her husband, Bill. The Eanes have two children, Greg, 29, of Houston, and Jason, 27, who lives in New Braunfels with his wife, Kim.
Washing machine fire
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnel!
New Braunfels firefighters put out a small fire at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at 1006 Wallahalla St that caused a chair and towel inside a washer to smolder, officials said. No injuries were reported to the sole occupant, an elderly woman who called in the incident
By DENISE DZIUK
On your tax bill
Lawmen, seniors join forces against crime
SALT meeting Friday morning
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By ABE LEVY
At 55 years, Mac Campbell barely made the age of eligibility to join the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, but he’s already concerned about falling prey to crime targeted at seniors.
Moving to McQueeney from Houston five years ago, the Scottish-bom native said vigilance had become more of a priority as he entered the golden years of life.
“If a young person approached me in my younger years I would’ve popped him, but I couldn’t today,’’ he said ‘Come nightfall, I only go to places I know where I’m familiar with. If I go anywhere new, I keep my eyes open.”
He said that awareness was critical to protecting his quality of life as a senior.
To help prevent the victimization of area seniors, local law enforcement offi-
A proposed group designed to reduce senior crime in the area plans to conduct its third meeting at 9:30 a m., Friday at the Comal County Sheriffs Office, 3005 W. San Antonio St. For more information, call the New Braunfels Police Department at 608-2179 or the sheriffs office at 620-3400.
eials and community leaders are gathering support to form an anti-cnme awareness group.
The proposed group would be known as Seniors And Law Enforcement Together, or SALT. SALT’s membership would be made up of mainly seniors, organizers said.
A Triad would be formed through the effort as representatives from the local police department, sheriff s office and seniors committed to enhancing senior crime prevention.
Triads exist on the local, state and national level. They are endorsed by seniors groups and national police organizations who unite to form a cooperative effort.
The idea is simple: Seniors listen to other seniors and know best what law enforcement issues they face.
For Campbell, a lack of respect for the elderly in today’s society made seniors a vulnerable target for crime. Parents, he said, had not instilled discipline in today’s children, and no respect was cultivated.
“When I was in school, you helped seniors. The authority figures in life are not there (today)," he said. “They are too afraid of getting sued or losing their jobs to do anything about it.”
Issues facing seniors are what the group’s organizers want to collect so that they can share prevention tips and become more aware of each other’s needs, organizers said.
“(Seniors) want to believe that people are honest, but who better to tell them Turn to SALT, Page 2
Getting blood out of a turnip — that is what the search for money to cover all the needs and requests in the the Comal Independent School District budget could resemble.
CISD administrators Wednesday night told the board of trustees that money in the district was tight, and major cuts would have to be made to prevent the tax rate from reaching the rollback point.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major told the board that if principals were given the same amount of funds to run the individual campuses as last year, and a minimum 5 percent increase was figured in teachers’ salaries, the district still would have to increase the tax rate roughly 2 cents.
However, he said there was a second list of items, including additional staffing, security, utilities, transportation, maintenance and growth supplies and materials that would take the budget even higher.
“To fund the budget we need would take $48.1 million,” he told the board. “We have worked since January to get this thing to work, and we just can’t get it to work.”
However, finding the revenue to support that kind of budget would be difficult.
According to current tax figures, a tax rate of SI.74, a lucent increase, would still leave the district $1.5 million short of funding its budget. Director of Finance Abel Campos said that did not take into account referendums that would be decided on Aug. 9. Voters will decide if homestead exemptions are increased from $5,000 to $ 15,0(H) and if residents older than 65 years can transfer their tax freeze to a new house. He said the appraisal district was running a test for him to see what the impact would be if the measure was passed.
With a $100,000 home, taking the current $5,000 state exemption and the 20 percent local exemption, you would pay the following in taxes:
■ At a rate of $1.64, you would pay $1,230 in taxes.
■ At a rate of $1.66, you would pay $1,245 in taxes.
■ At a rate of $1.74, you would pay $1.305 in taxes.
“That’s why I’m kind of antsy about what the real numbers are will be,” Campos said.
Major told the board that to avoid reaching the rollback tax rate, the distnct would have to dip into the fund balance for the remaining funds. He said that was a business philosophy with which he did not agree.
“It’s bud practice to go into your savings account to balance a budget because next year you’ll have to dip into it again,” he said.
That leaves the district with the option of cutting its expenses. One of the items on the second list was 56 additional staffing positions. The board initially raised the question of whether all the positions were needed. Personnel director Caroline Wemh assured the board that she had already cut the number, and “this list of staff is really cut to the very bare bone.” The board approv ed 25 of the 56 positions, but delayed acting on the remaining ones.
Trustees said all the items on the list were important, and said each item would have to be weighted and possibly cut.
“We just have to look at what’s here and just try to squeeze it,” said trustee John Clay.
The board will approve a budget in August. However, it cannot set a tax rate until after Sept. I.
Dachsund lovers bring pets to New Braunfels
Weekend show set at Civic Center
By CHRIS CREWS
The invasion is upon us! They’re coming from California! They’re coming from Florida! Our deepest fears have become manifest! Yes, the weenie-dogs are here!
To dog breeders and purists, they are dachshunds. But to the great unwashed, these adorable animals are affectionately known as weenie-dogs.
Whatever you choose to call them, breeders from across the country are bringing their animals to New Braun
fels for a weekend competition.
The Dachshund Club of America is hosting its Region III Specialty Dachshund Show in the Civic Center beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.
“We have entries from California, Florida, Oklahoma and Arkansas,” said Carol McLean, secretary for the show. “We’re expecting 65 to 70 animals to be entered.”
She estimated that about half of the dogs entered were coming from out of state.
Judges for the competition are coming from California, Minnesota, Ohio and New Mexico.
Registration for the show has been
Bulverde volunteers clean service center
By DAVID DEKUNDER
closed, McLean said.
The animals will be judged in three varieties — smooth, long-haired and wire-haired.
The dogs also will be divided into two sizes — miniature, weighing less than 11 pounds, and standard. There also will be judging of dachshund puppies each day of the show.
The show will be open to the public from IO a m. to about 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. on Sunday.
There is no admission charge.
BULVERDE — Volunteers were hard at work Tuesday cleaning up the Bulverde/Spnng Branch Community Service Center after it was flooded during Monday’s storm that pounded nearly 5 inches of rain on Bulverde.
The center, on Bulverde Lane across from the Bulverde Air Park, was one of a few buildings in the area that suffered flood damage when Indian Creek overflowed its banks.
Jack Schulz said volunteers were close to reopening the center.
"Right now we are getting everything under control,” Schulz said. "We
have a bunch of volunteers helping
Schulz said the center was scheduled to reopen at IO a.m. today. It sustained 15 to 18 inches of water damage.
The center was founded in June 1995 and provides families who need assistance with food, clothing, handicap assistance equipment, furniture and other household goods.
The Bulverde/Spnng Branch Community Service Center serves western Comal County and is supported by four Bulverde area churches — St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bulverde United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Bulverde.Canyon Lake chamber director returns. See Page 2.