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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-8B Comics...............................9A Crossword........................9A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................7-8A Today.................................2A Television................................9A Key Code 76New finals '    1    *    ?    9    9    0    3    3    7    2    4 Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending in 5 can water today atter 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 4 or 5 can water today after 8 o.m. For information, call 608-Herald-Zeitung    „   „ ,          „    ;■    . Sunny day West Sanders enjoys a carefree day at Schlitterhahn Waterpark through the Sunshine Kids Foundation on Wednesday. The group takes children diagnosed with cancer on a trip without doctors. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung Vol. 149 No. 148    18    pages    in    2    sections    June    14,    2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 centsLanda Park golfers looking at 5 percent, five-year fee hike By Heather Todd Staff Writer Golfers at Landa Park Municipal Golf Course will pay 5 percent more to tee off next year after New Braunfels City Council approved a five-year plan Monday to bring more revenue into the city’s general fund. Council approved a 5 percent fee hike every year for the next five years in a 4-3 vote Monday night, despite some concerns from council members that the city should wait until the end of the fiscal year to eval uate current revenue. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson, District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick and District 3 councilwoman Debbie Flume voted against the fee changes. Watson said it wasn’t necessary to raise fees this year because the golf course brought in enough revenue for the city. “It’s not in the red. It’s always paid for itself, and it made money this year,” she said. Mayor Stoney Williams said the golf course was being played at “saturated” lev-New golf fee rate structure./3A els because of annual pass players, but the city was not reaping the financial benefits. “We can make a ton of money on the golf course and put it back into the golf course. I don’t understand the negativism to this,” he said. Starting July I, green fees for players 18 years or older will be $12.50 for weekdays, $8 for weekdays after 5 p.m., $15.75 for weekends and holidays and $8 for weekends and holidays after 5 p.m. Annual golf course fees will increase to $420, senior annual course fees to $393.75 and junior annual fees to $78.75. A golf passbook will increase to $288.75. The nine-hole fee will cost $9. Golf cart rentals for 18 holes will cost $19 and for nine holes it will cost $9.50. Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board member Ned Lynch said the 5 percent increase would help the golf course stay even with a projected 4 percent increase in expenditures over the next five years. But Landa Park Golf Course Advisory board member Dennis Wiesner wrote a letter to council saying the immediate price hike might not be necessary because the golf course would bring in more than expected this year. Wiesner said based upon revenues as of May 26, the golf course should bring in about $185,000 to the general fund, which would exceed revenue expectations. But, Chet Lewis, the city’s chief financial officer, said Wiesner’s projections wereSee GOLF/3A Search for drowned man ends Valor, hope and reverence Flag Day to be observed today at K of C Hall Ex: Cooper threatened to kill her, family By Heather Todd Staff Writer The ex-wife of 26-year old San Marcos resident Johnnie Lee Cooper Jr. testified Tuesday he threatened to kill her, her father and their daughter before he kidnapped her at gunpoint from her home. A six-man, six-woman jury heard opening arguments and testimony from witnesses for the prosecution Tuesday in Cooper’s aggravated kidnapping trial, with District Judge Gary Steel presiding. Comal County assistant district attor- . ney Ed Jendrzey said Cooper is accused of kidnapping his ex-wife around midnight Jan. 31 and taking her from her residence in New Braunfels to a relative s home near Waco. Aggravated kidnapping is a first-degree felony. If convicted, Cooper could face life or up to 99 years in prison. Cooper was arrested by New Braunfels Police Department officers Feb. I. A Comal County grand jury indicted Cooper on the aggravated kidnapping charge March I. Cooper also was indicted on a second charge of aggravated kidnapping for allegedly forcing the couple’s young daughter to travel with him. Jendrzey said that charge had been dismissed but prosecutors planned to present another indictment to a grand jury. Laura Cooper testified her ex-husband entered her home around midnight Jan. 31 without her consent and was armed with a 9 mm handgun. She said she and Cooper were divorced in January. She also said she and her daughter were forced to travel with Cooper from Comal County toward Dallas before he turned around and went to a relative’s home near Waco. New Braunfels Police officer Michael Cochran testified Tuesday he contacted Laura Cooper’s father Feb. I after he filed a missing person report. Cochran said he discovered Laura Cooper’s phone line had been cut after he See TRIAL/5A By Erin Magruder Staff Writer The search for a 26-year-old Houston area man who presumedly drowned Sunday at Canyon Lake was called off about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after divers spent another morning combing the cold, deep waters near Comal Park. Chilean-born Angel Carrasco last was seen swimming about 2 p.m. Sunday in calm water about IOO yards off a jutting peninsula at the park off Farm-to-Market Road 2673 in Startzville. Carrasco was not wearing a life jacket, and relatives said he was a poor swimmer, officials said. The search for Carrasco resumed early Tuesday morning as the US. Army Corps of Engineers, Comal County Sheriff’s Office deputies and divers from the San Marcos Area Recovery Team scoured both above and beneath the murky water to no avail. Authorities will continue to periodically check the shorelines and water near the peninsula, but it is uncertain whether the body of Carrasco will be recovered, CCSO Captain David Ott said. “The water is really cold at that depth, and there are a lot of big trees on the bottom,” Ott said. “The family might hire divers to continue searching the area.” Two other people have drowned in Canyon Lake since May. From Staff Reports New U.S. and Texas flags fly today over the Knights of Columbus Hall at 111 Landa Street. The Stars and Stripes that until two days ago flew above the pole in front of the K of C Hall will be ceremonially burned along with as many as 200 other flags today at 5:30 p.m. The flag burning — considered the proper way to dispose of faded, torn or tattered flags — will be conducted by the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 1791. Flag Day, while perhaps overshadowed by the Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Memorial Day, is the U.S. holiday devoted entirely to this nation’s most important symbol. “It’s a day in which we should all pledge allegiance, show respect to the flag and take steps to honor it,” says Jack Sanders, who is helping organize today’s ceremony in back of the K of C Hall. “We’d like to invite everybody to join us,” Sanders says. The degrees of the Knights of Columbus are Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The Fourth Degree, Patriotism is the highest of the four degrees of the order of the Knights of Columbus. It is dedicated to the service of church, country and the order. Today’s ceremony, which will follow a Pledge of Allegiance, will be conducted by K of C members wearing the ceremonial regalia of the Fourth Degree, based on the dress uniform of a Naval officer of the late 1800s, including chapeau, See FLAG/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 1791 will conduct a ceremonial burning of old United States flags at 5:30 p.m. today behind the K of C Hall at 111 Landa Street. The public is invited. World War II unit has reunion in NB itary’s most important traditions — wasn’t called for the handful of men who were present and accounted for, as they’re a dwindling group who know one another well, and except for Isbell, traveled great distances to be here. They are Lt. Col. John Gilmore, Denver, unit commander; First Sgt. Joe E. Jolmston, Odessa; and soldiers Robert Smith, Apex, N.C.; Charlie Maughan, Logan, Utah; and Joe Isbell of New Braunfels. The roll was instead a call to order with a prayer, an invocation for comrades missing and dead. Only a dozen or so of the 119-man unit activated in South Carolina in May 1943 are known to live today. The job of the 63rd was to travel with the front line troops and run tactical airfields. They went from Normandy through France, into Belgium (by way of the difficult e Battle of the Bulge in December 1944) and on into Germany. Altogether, they spent two years in Europe. “We were a very specialized bunch of men, one of only IO such outfits,” Johnston said. The unit would take over airfields as the retreating enemy abandoned them and operate them as bases for the U.S. Army air See WWII/3A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer For the five surviving members of the 63rd U.S. Army Air Corps Station Complement Squadron, Saturday morning began with something like a military roll call in reverse. Hosted by Jane and Joe Isbell, the survivors of the World War II unit met in New Braunfels for the 17th more-or-less biennial reunion they’ve had since 1968. But the roll — one of the mil- ISBELL: Oxford, England, WW ll ;