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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page BA — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, June 15, 2000 ‘Comedy of Errors’ AMANDA BECK/Herald-Zeitung Repercussion Productions performed “Comedy of Errors” for about 350 people Tuesday night at the newly renovated Brauntex Theatre.Approved well rules intended to protect aquifer From Staff Reports BULVERDE — After six months of gathering data and conducting public hearings, the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District adopted IO rules Wednesday night that will bring Comal County one step closer to protecting the fragile Trinity Aquifer. The rules, pertaining to well permitting, construction, registration and spacing, were unanimously approved at the board’s regular 5:45 p.m. meeting at Bulverde City Hall, Suite 236, U.S. 281 and Farm-to-Market Road 1863. The new rules can be read in their entirety on the STGCD website at Among the new regulations passed was mandatory registration with the STGCD for all wells drilled, equipped or completed that are only capable of producing 25,000 gallons or less of groundwater per day or 17.36 gallons or less per minute. In order to minimize the drawdown of the water table and to minimize the chance of a well becoming polluted, the district also adopted well spacing standards for constructing new wells. Standards approved for new wells included the mandate that all water wells intended for domestic industrial, public supply and irrigation use must be placed on a tract of land 150 feet away from property lines and public roadways. Also, wells must be located a minimum horizontal distance of 150 feet away from any concentrated source of pollution like existing or pro posed livestock or poultry yards and septic system absorption fields. STGCD board members said the rules were designed to help ensure all residents would have a safe and reliable source of water in the future. “We have studied hard, discussed things extensively, tried to learn from the neighboring counties who have groundwater conservation districts in place and consulted various experts who are particularly experienced in working with the aquifer in our county,” board member Jill Sondeen said. The new rules for the critical water area are designed to be stricter than the restrictions the state currently has in place, board members said. Residents with questions about the rules can contact STGCD at (210) 846-2032. TRIAL/From 1A«« CO Lf. MIUwifii Miun maim of fxcjuisyji (isms planned to present the case again to a grand jury. On Tuesday, ex-wife Laura Cooper testified that her ex-husband, whom she divorced in January, entered her home about midnight Jan. 31 without her consent and was armed with a 9-mm handgun. Laura Cooper said her ex-hus-band threatened to kill her, her father and their daughter before forcing her and their daughter to travel with him from Comal County to Waco. On the witness stand Wednesday, Johnnie Cooper testified that he and his ex-wife were separated in November 1999, but he continued to have a friendly relationship with her and their daughter until January 2000. He said Laura gave him a key to her house and used it to enter her home because he wanted to talk to her about their relationship. He said he took the 9-mm handgun to defend himself in case he had a a confrontation with his ex-wife’s father, who lived nearby. Cooper also admitted he cut Laura’s phone line because he didn’t want her to call her father. “I told her I wanted to spend time with them and I was going to kill myself,” he said. Cooper said he never threatened to kill Laura, his daughter or Laura’s father. When defense attorney Emil “Butch” Holiner asked Cooper whether he loved his daughter, he said, “With all my heart.” He said Laura willingly traveled with him to Dallas as long as he agreed to bring her back by the following Wednesday and did not take the gun. Cooper said he put the gun in his coat pocket but did not tell Laura he had it. During her time on the stand Tuesday, Laura said Johnnie Cooper would not let her call the police from his relative’s house and would not allow her to leave. With his client on the stand, defense attorney Holiner tried to prove Laura had opportunities to escape. Cooper testified they stopped several times during the trip, includ- JOBS/From 1A of the country is experiencing. Nationwide, the unemployment rate is at a 20-year low, and the predictions are that for employers, things aren’t going to get much better for the next 20 years or so,” Hudson says. What Sonic tries to do is focus on getting new young employees — and then keeping them. “The age group from 16 to 24 represents the bulk of our employees, and we want them to know that Sonic isn’t like other fast food places. We try to make people feel good about themselves when they work with us so they’ll want to stay. Our tagline is, ‘Work at Sonic — it’s a blast!”’ Harold Pope has owned and operated the Sonic franchise on Seguin Avenue in New Braunfels for 28 years. “We feel like we’re different from the other fast food places,” he said. “We have a kind of unique system, and we feel like we’re a fun place to work.” In the summer, he needs more people than in the winter — but not that many more. About 45 folks work at Pope’s Sonic. Ten of them are full-time employees. “We never have all the help we need. We don’t really advertise except for the sign we have here or by word-of-mouth,” he said. Pope said this year was not much different from any other in terms of finding help. “This city has always had a low unemployment rate,” he said. Terri Adams, Schlitterbahn general manager, said she’d have had a lot of sleepless nights this past winter, had she realized then — just before she had to hire some 1,300 workers — that less than 900 were available. But many employees, like John Henry Boatright, come back year after year, just like Adams did when started her career there 22 years ago, selling T-shirts. “The bulk of our hiring is in the spring, but we hire through the summer,” Adams said. “If you enjoy what you do and treat people well, Schlitterbahn’s a fun place to be, and this is a great, fun place to work.” PREPARE TODAY FOR THE UNCERTAINTY OF TOMORROW. Fire. Lightning. Tornadoes. Preparing for the worst can be uncomfortable. But Texans find peace of mind, knowing their property and personal possessions are insured by people they can count on during a crisis. 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