New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday with** from tho HonpM-Zettung!
The Mew Braunfels Herald-Zeitun^i extends the following birthday wishes to: Gwen Vilklnson, Sandra Still, Casey Maguslah, Jessica Sample (14 years old), Christopher Mor-)hew (8 years old), Carl Terry Monday), kJus Gipson (Monday), Ryan Hopkins (12 years old Monday), Betsy Cunningham, Jeanne Juarez (Monday), Rhonda Schmidt (Monday), reno Schwarz (Monday), Erie Young (Monday), Lloyd West-ervelt (76 years old), Candice Lehr (20 years old Monday), Sarah Petta (5 years old), Mike Smetanka (65 years old), Kelly Rotzler (9 years old Monday), Joseph Luna (3 years old), Gilbert Guerrero III (17 years old Saturday), Rudy Guerrero Jr, Mary Alice Martinez (Monday); Cindy Cantu Riley (Monday). Tanya Castilleja (Saturday), Fran Franey.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Jim and Janet Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cook (23 years), Mr. and Mrs. Jay Bueche (8 fears Monday), Archie and Liz Culpepper (43 years Saturday), James and Nancy Foster, (22 years Saturday), Mr. and Mrs. David Camareno (25 years Monday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
WIP hopefuls should fie now or hold ponce
Wednesday is the last day for individuals to make up their minds whether or not to file for the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees.
Two at-large seats, the District 1 seat and the remaining year on the District 4 seat are up for election.
Anyone still wishing to file has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to complete the paperwork at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. To be eligible to file, the potential candidate must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the trustee district ta six months prior to the last date on vdiich the candidate could file for a place on the ballot.
Early voting for the seats will begin in July.
Fhrst the good news about closures on Interstate 38
Work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz. That was the good news. The not-so-good news is that the only exits for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farrrvto-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received approval to deviate from the plan of regulation for water releases from Canyon Dam. The following rate releases apply unless rainfalls in the area or inflow rates dictate otherwise and could impact downstream control limits:
909 to 910 msl- release IOO cubic feet of water per second (cfs) more than requested by Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, but not more than 350 cfs.
910 to 910.5 msl — release 700 cfs daily.
910.5 to 911 msl — release 1,500 cfs during the week and reduce rate to 700 cfs on the weekends.
911 msl and above — normal flood releases according to the plan of regulation.
Foi[ current information concerning flow rates on the Guadalupe River, contact the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at 1-800572-2626.
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Numerous road closures prevented Herald-Zeitung delivery personnel from getting some newspapers to their destinations on time today.
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•na Ntw Braunfels ciao evacuate sever-al families from their home near York Creek and Old Bastrop Roads in southeast Comal County Saturday evening. Unexpected thunderstorms that developed over Comal, Bexar, Guadalupe Counties sent many residents running for high ground. There is a 50 percent chance of rain today.
A mini-van is submerged In a creak near Engel Road Saturday afternoon after its driver was swept off the road into a drainage ditch. The mini-van quickly filled with water. The person was rescued within minutes by the Guadalupe County Volunteer Fire Department.
Flash flooding closed roads through Comal and surrounding counties Saturday night, stranding motorists and stretching law enforcement manpower to the limit. However, no injuries were reported in Comal County by press time.
Comal County Sheriffs officers rescued residents from the roof of a Caney Creek Road home, said Comal County Sheriffs Office dispatcher Denise Reeder.
“Our wet team is out there along with New Braunfels EMS,” Reeder said.
“Numerous, numerous roads have been closed, but the vehicle accidents have been minor,” she said.
The National Weather Service initially issued a flash flood warning through 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We reissued it just because of all the rain, effective until 12:30 a.m.,” said meteorologist David Schumacher.
Saturday’s rainfall had accumulated to more than four inches at die New Braunfels Airport, Schumacher said.
“Someone called in and reported that out 46 just past Clear Springs they had I 3/4 inches in an hour,” he said.
At IO p.m., the Army Corps of Engineers reported the Canyon Dam outflow to be 11,000 cubic feet per second.
Rain is likely to continue pelting the area before it quits, Schumacher said.
“That upper low that is causing this is not forecast to move on out,” he said. “We’ll probably continue with a pretty good chance through tomorrow.” Skies are expected to clear by mid-week, Schumacher said.
HIGH WATER FORCED ROAD CLOSINGS THROUGHOUT COMAL AND GUADALUPE COUNTIES
Engel and Schmucks
Live Oak Street
Farm-to-Market 2438 and
Lower Seguin at Cibolo
Huaco Springs Road
Old Seguin Luling at Mill
Old Bastrop Road
Fischer Store Road
York Creek Crossing
Cypress Cove Road
Source: Comal County Sheriff's Office, Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office
Budget, immigration top Smith’s list
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfels residents had a chance Saturday to hear and question Congressman Lamar Smith during a town hall meeting at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center.
Smith, R-San Antonio, represents part of New Braunfels and all of Comal County in the 21 st Congressional District. He talked about a variety of issues from a balanced budget, immigration and Social Security to family values.
The federal budget was high on Smith’s priority list.
“It will be the first time in 29 years we will have a balanced budget,” Smith said of the current federal budget plan if it should pass Congress and
be signed by the President. “When we reduce the deficit from $2 to $3 billion that reduces interests rates across the board.”
Lower interest rates mean families can finance purchases such as new homes, Smith said.
The five-term congressman said taxes for Americans will be reduced in the budget.
“Four years ago, we had the largest tax increase ever,” Smith said referring to President Clinton’s deficit reduction package in 1993. “We are trying to make up for the sins of others.”
Smith said families who have a child under 17 years of age will get a $500 per child tax credit. People who own stocks and bonds will see a reduction in their capital gains taxes. Over the next IO years the estate tax exemp
tion will be raised from $600,000 to $ I million, Smith said.
“Altogether we are moving in the right direction to where we want to go,” he said. “It is a good first step in balancing the budget and reducing taxes and reducing interest rates.”
The Congress and the President share the goal of balancing the budget in five years, Smith said.
The congressman promised more immigration reforms. Smith said he wanted to reduce substantially the number of illegals crossing the nation’s borders.
Smith is the chairman of the House subcommittee on immigration. He said Texas leads in the number of illegal aliens who are federal prisoners. Smith
Turn to Smith, Page 2A
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Ramon and Bertha Chapa try a few new steps at the Starlight in Rad, Whit# and Blue Gala to benefit tho Comal County unit of the American Cancer Society.President’s time could be better spent than on creating race debate. See Page 4A