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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Opinion.... Sports Day......................... Marketplace............................4-12B Dear Abby...............................10A llrthday wishes from the Hersld-Zeftung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Heather Williams, Erie Wittry, John White (Monday), Angela Witting (Monday), Tiffany Criss 16 years Monday), Cathy Steward (16 years Monday), Jacob Lain (9 years Monday), Scott Clark, Paul Volkmann, Diane Krafka (50 years), Patricia Zinkgraf, Oralia Valadez (Monday), Joyce Abel, Sheila Jackson (40 years belated), Krystal Luna (12 years Monday), Tara Schacht (2 years Misted), Victor Caballero, Priscilla Ann Dominguez (24 rears belated), Austin and Barrett Sacco (11 years twins), Elizabeth Martinez Saturday). Happy anniversary wishes to: Bemiece and Louis Berger (46 fears), Beth and Craig Hill, feather and Steven Tyler (6 fears), Nancy and Michael Hinson (18 years Monday), Hugo and Vivian Nowotny (50 fears Saturday), Ramon and Sofia Camareno Sr. (33 years) and Arthur and Dorothy Rust (44 years on June 13). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. What’s lip ■ One-fourth of the county’s population is 18 or younger. ■ Comal ISD has grown by more than 50 percent since 1990. ■ Comal County recorded 900 births through June 11 this year. The wonder years Comal officials w By ABE LEVY Staff Writer oePgpUP Weather looks good today, Monday Beautiful weather is expected for today and Monday. The forecast for today and Monday calls for mostly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, lows in the mid 70s, highs in the low 90s and a south wind of 10 mph. Canyon release cut for tree removal The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adjusted the release rate at Canyon Dam to 200 cubic feet per second of water Friday to allow Comal County officials to remove a fallen tree on the Guadalupe River inside New Braunfels. The rate originally was planned at 4,000 cfs. After the removal of the tree, the release was set at 600 cfs Saturday and was to continue until 6 p.m. today when it would increase to 2,300 cfs, officials said Corps officials said they would reassess the release rate Monday. Help fight cancer, maybe win a car The American Cancer Society still has raffle tickets for sale for a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu donated by Don Maxwell Chevrolet. The winning ticket will be drawn during the ACS’s Starlight in Red, White and Blue gala June 20 at New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets may be purchased from local businesses, ACS board members and gala volunteers. Tickets cost $10 each or $25 for three. Call 606-4115. Filing continues for NBI8D election Elections for four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will be conducted Aug 9, and the filing period is here. The election will fill the District 1 and two at-large seats. The District 4 seat also will be up for election to find someone to fill the seat for the remaining year on the term. Jaime Padilla resigned in April from the District 4 seat with one year remaining on his term. Sylvia Sanchez currently fills the District 1 seat. Leo Chafin and Bette Spain hold the two at-large seats. Filing ends 5 p.m. June 25. To file for a place on the ballot, go to the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. A snake caused a power outage early Saturday morning in New Braunfels. The outage affected several hundred customers who receive power from Comal Substation, New Braunfels Utilities officials said. The snake got into an insulator of a transformer between 2 and 3 a.m., causing the unit to short out. Work crews spent about 30 minutes switching the load to the city’s other two substations. Another outage occurred midday Saturday that affected several businesses at Courtyard Shopping Center at Seguin Avenue and Interstate 35. A faulty cable line in the ground took work crews at least three hours to find, remove from inside the conduit and then replace with a new one. Accidents lead to 1-35 traffic woes Saturday afternoon From staff reports New Braunfels rn mmQ0~Wr..b » Herald-Z^i i -WEST NICKL) YANDELL DE 24 pages in two sections ■ Sunday, June 15,1997 Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Haathar Williams Vol. 145, No. 153 Snake causes power outage From staff reports Several car accidents kept traffic stacked along a stretch of Interstate 35 from Schertz to Farm-to-Market 306 Saturday. From about noon to 4 p.m. several minor accidents occurred between Schertz and New Braunfels. New Braunfels police assisted Schertz police in redirecting traffic to 1-35 access roads after two minor accidents in southeast Comal County. As a result of the backup, two multi-car accidents occurred closer to town, one at about 2:30 at Solms Road involving three cars and one at Guadalupe Bridge involving four cars 30 minutes later, police said. No injuries were reported from the accidents, police said. Dealing with the growth in the number of youth has been a challenge for Comal County sheriffs deputy Eddie Tijerina. Tijerina provides on-campus security for Smithson Valley middle and high schools. With school out and summer in full swing, he said he was concerned about whether students he knew would find positive activities to fill their time instead of other troublesome paths. “Out west (in the county), we have nothing for them to do. No movie theaters, no arcades. Nothing for them to do that they have in town,” he said. “If there were things like that for them to do, it would be great.” Providing activities is one aspect local law enforcement see as a way to keep the area's youth from criminal activity. No serious problem exists at this time, local officials said, but with the county population increasing by almost 30 percent in the past five years, they plan to address future needs. It’s become more important recently as state projections show that at least a quarter of the county’s population is under 18 years old. “We know that with growth comes a certain amount of other considerations,” New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas said. “That’s going to be a consideration pretty soon. Unfortunately we’re going to have more police officers. That’s growing pains and progress. We’ll have to take it Turn to Youth, Page 3A County youth looking for place to play By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer With a growing number of families moving into Comal County, the need for more facilities and programs for the county’s youth will only grow. Those growing needs are evident in the Canyon Lake and Bulverde areas where the county has developed parks in both communities. Leigh Ann Dees, principal of Mountain Valley Intermediate School in Sattler, said there was always a need in Canyon Lake for more youth activities. “I have seen a lot of changes," said Dees. "There are more and more families (moving) in the community. It is growing; there are a lot of youth out here.” There are two baseball fields at Mountain Valley — not enough for the growing needs of the Canyon Turn to County, Page 12A Is it getting harder and harder to find school supplies in stock when you go shopping in August? It could be because there is an increasingly higher number of students in the area vying for those notebooks and pencils. According to the Texas State Data Center, Comal County's population jumped 28.9 percent from 1990 to 1996, increasing from 51,832 to 66,811 as of Jan. 1,1996. In 1990, 25.6 percent of the county’s population w as younger than 18. The number of children in the county is continuing to grow —just ask the two local school districts. New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Finance Lonnie Curtis said Turn to Schools, Page 12A Appeal in McVeigh death sentence looms; Nichols trial next DENVER (AP) — His sister wept, his mother struggled to hold back tears and his father slumped in his seat. But Timothy McVeigh sat expressionless, his eyes fixed on the judge who read the jury’s decision to sentence him to death for the Oklahoma City bombing. “It’s OK,” McVeigh mouthed to his family as he was led out of the courtroom Friday afternoon. He held up two fingers in a small wave, and made the same gesture to the jurors who had decided he should die. They stared blankly back. The trial was finally over, although appeals are expected to take three years or more. The sentencing decision for murder and conspiracy came two years and 55 Timothy McVeigh Jays atter 168 people were killed and hundreds more injured in the explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Fed eral Building. The deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil shook the nation’s sense of internal security and thrust anti-gov-emment fervor squarely into the spotlight. That the 29-year-old McVeigh, a decorated Gulf War veteran with a boy-next-door look, was the suspect stunned many. While McVeigh’s sentence will be appealed, there is yet another trial to come. McVeigh’s co-defendant, Terry Nichols, is expected to be tried later this year on the same charges. The jury that convicted McVeigh on June 2 deliberated for more than 11 hours over two days before deciding that he should die by injection rather than spend the rest of his life in prison. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch said he will impose the actual sentence this summer, after a July 7 deadline for motions and appeals. In Oklahoma City, the sentence prompted cheers from people gathered along the fence that surrounds the site where the federal building was reduced to rubble the morning of April 19, 1995. “When Timothy McVeigh made the decision to murder, maim and destroy all these people, he gave up the right to be called a human being. Death is obviously what he should have,” said Kathleen Treanor, whose 4-year-old daughter and in-laws were killed in the blast. Other victims were somber. “It’s not going to bring back my wife and lessen my loss,” said Mike Lenz, whose pregnant wife, Carrie, was killed. awm* . .. New Construction in Comal County Slngf family dolling horn* 1992-1997 Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall Kyle Baker plays pool at Bob’s Billiards on Trade Center Drive Saturday afternoon. Schools grapple with expanding student bodies By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Wommacks celebrate Dad’s Day together By ABE LEVY Staff Writer This Father’s Day reminds Max Wommack of the blessings his two sons, John and Max Jr., are to him. A former Comal County Commissioner Court judge and retired agriculture teacher at New Braunfels High School, Wommack said he enjoyed bringing up his two sons to be a part of this community and learn basic family values. “It was very enjoyable,” said Wommack, 81, now of Seguin. “They were both outstanding boys and very respectful to people.” John, a lieutenant with the New Braunfels Police Department, and Max Jr., the chief warrant officer for Comal County Sheriff’s Office, both chose law enforcement careers despite their father’s efforts to persuade them to enter the agricultural field, Wommack said. “I think law enforcement was instilled in them from former sheriff Walter Fellers,” he said. "I think he had more influence than I did, but the best thing to do is let them make their own decisions.” Wommack said he enjoyed going on fishing trips to the Gulf Coast and hunting in Comal County with his two sons. He remembered when they both shot their first deer. “They both had an excited expression on their face. John jumped up and down when he shot his deer,” Wommack said. Turn to Wommacks, Page 3A Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall Max Wommack, in the middle, stands with hie two Jr., left, and John, right Both sons Ini In Comal County.Legislative session leaves CISD in financial pickle. See Page 4A.    | ;