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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New ELS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5 can water today after 7 p.m. Well users cannot water today. For information, call 608-8925Herald-Zi...... ■ '    .    .......    '.::K.r. WEST MiCROPuklSMINcf ?8° ■ t r'CiNTjfS.L I I 7 •> .... . • ... Vol. 149, No. 156 44 pages in 4 sections June 25, 2000 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside ► Sports Nearly 500 swimmers have gathered at Landa Park this weekend for the Schlitterbahn Unclassified 2000. /1B ► Business Escalating gas prices have resulted in more and more gas thefts, according to service station and convenience store operators across the country. It’s just one more way the increased prices have cut into profits, they say./5B ► Movie review \ ),-.viHIW !}°i This new flick tells a story of pulling together, perseverance and being faithful to what you believe in. Clay chickens were never so complex./4C ► The art of yoga Learn all about the healing powers of Kundalini yoga and how it can change your life./IC Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5-6B Classified................................1-12D Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies....................... 2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week Key cod* 77 E!iZEz:; mmm ?Appraisal appeals likely to be up — but not way up About 1,200 appeals logged so far By Ron Maloney Staff Writer • Things are busy around the offices of the Comal Appraisal District, where the Appraisal Review Board is likely to hear a few more appeals than last year, but things are pretty much business as usual. “It’s a little busier than last year, I suppose, but we’re right on track,” chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers said. In early May, about 39,000 property owners in the Comal Appraisal District, comprised of Comal and small parts of neighboring counties served by the two local school districts, received notices that the appraised value of their property had been increased. The affected proper ties represented a little more than half of the appraised value of the district, certified in July 1999 at about $3.5 billion. Preliminary estimates suggest the value of the district this year could be about $4.1 billion, an increase of about 15 percent. “The numbers have been up every year since 1993. We’re definitely in an appreciating market,” Rodgers said. Just as last year, each notice of appraised valuation mailed by the CAD in May included a form on which a property owner could request either an informal hearing See APPEALS/8A Historic dance hall prepares to shut down K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Cibolo Creek Country Club, 8640 E. Evans Road near Retama Park, closes its doors Friday. By Erin Magruder Staff Writer A stuffed marlin wrapped in electric, multi-colored lights hangs somehow fittingly above the old South Texas dance hall stage that for more than 10 years has rocked with the live music of local favorites like Joe Ely, Tem Hendrix, Two Tons of Steel and Ray Wylie Hubbard. And sadly, when Cibolo Creek Country Club closes its doors Friday with a 9:30 p.m. farewell performance by George DeVore, area music lovers will lose a gem of a live music venue with a history that dates back to the early 1900s. Nestled in a remote location off Interstate 35 near Retama Park, Cibolo Creek Country Club puts on none of the airs that its name might imply. The laid-back heart of the joint, formerly a general store, feels breezy and comfortable even on a sticky summer evening. Patrons can get cozy on couches or sit at tables surrounding the long bar and adjacent fireplace. The walls are crowded with photographs of performers who have graced the stage, and the ceiling is dotted with dollar bills — a tradition locals say was started several years ago by a customer with a whim. Outside are picnic tables and a sand volleyball court, which often doubles as a large sandbox for children. It’s hard to imagine why the stage at the historic dancehall will soon fall silent — but manager Denny See DANCE HALL/8A Herald-Zeitung wins TPA awards From Staff Reports Arlington —The Herald-Zeitung recently captured several awards including first place for page design and sports coverage in the Texas Press Association 2000 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced this past weekend during a Texas Press Association convention. The Herald-Zeitung won third place in the overall Sweepstakes, where it competed against Texas daily newspapers with a circulation of 7,000 to 99,999. The Herald-Zeitung placed behind the first place Galveston County Daily News and The Beaumont Enterprise, which was awarded second place. The Odessa American placed fourth in the Sweepstakes category. TPA praised the Herald-Zeitung for its “outstanding entry” for page design, with good pre-press and press work on all pages entered. TPA also commended the newspaper for its well-balanced and easily scanned copy. Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher Doug Toney was awarded fourth place for column writing, and Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson garnered fourth place for editorial writing. Herald-Zeitung Features Editor Betty Taylor and Reporter Heather Todd both placed fourth in the feature stories category. Taylor was recognized for a story about Pokemon, and Todd was recognized for her first story in a series about a local man living with AIDS. Saengerfest rockin’ and rollin’ By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Things are starting to happen for Bob Saulle and Saengerhalle. And this weekend, they’re happening for the Guadalupe and Comal county women’s shelters, too. Bob, his wife, Shirley, and Corbie Jones of the Muskiest Association are celebrating a weekend of music that runs the spectrum and gamut of Americana — hoping to share “the best-kept secret in Texas” with New Braunfels and about 4,000 of their friends. That’s how many folks are hoped to take part in Saengerfest before this weekend is over. Proceeds of the festival, which features nearly 30 music acts, will benefit the women’s shelters. ■ Today’s scheduled Friday afternoon, Saengerhalle was a busy place as “The Groobies” were loading in their gear. Bob Saulle was working the bar, dealing with vendors, answering questions for the road crew and schlepping sodas for the house sound crew. “We’re excited,” Bob said, between cracking open beers and answering a question about the air conditioning. “This is the first of what we plan will be a number of events, some of them annuals.” The Saulles have owned Saengerhalle for nearly four years, but up until about six months ago, used the historic, tum-of-the-century dance hall only for weddings Now, he’s installed 90 tons of air conditioning, See FEST/8A City council to explore sales tax use If public agrees, funds could be spent on sports venues By Heather Todd Staff Writer Most New Braunfels voters didn’t want to raise their property taxes to fund a sports complex in May — but they could have a chance to decide if the city should use sales tax revenue for similar projects. At Monday’s meeting, city council will discuss expanding the uses of 4A and 4B sales tax revenue, money currently spent on economic development, street and drainage and other infrastructure projects. Currently, the city can’t legally spend the money on sports venues. For that to change, the issue must go to the voting public, who previously agreed to levy a 1.5 percent sales tax to divvy up between the general fund, the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation (4A board) and the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation (4B board). District 3 councilwoman Debbie Flume, a vocal supporter of the two defeated sports-related bond propositions, put the issue on council’s agenda. “(The 4B funds) could be used as an alternative to possibly getting something done in the future. And, the burden wouldn’t be on the taxpayers,” Flume said. “Anyone who feels like they have a project they’d like to do could come and bring it before the (4B) board,” she said. “I just want to see if voters want it on there as an option for using it down the road.” But in May, Prop. 5 for $2.63 million-worth of athletic fields was voted down by 62 percent of the voters. Prop. 6, $7.26 million for an activity center, also was defeated — by 69.92 percent of the voters. Mayor Stoney Williams said he was unsure why the propositions were defeated. “I don’t know if they were scared about the impact on the taxes or if they just don’t think we need it,” he said. Williams said he would support letting voters decide whether or not to spend sales tax revenue on sports venues. See COUNCILS FLUME: “I just want to see if voters want it on there as an option for using it down the road.” What’s Up ■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council ■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday ■ WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. Enterprise zone public hearing/5A New trash ordinance^ Other action items/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitiiRg Saengerfest organizers and beneficiaries kick off the three-day event benefiting Comal and Guadalupe county women’s shel- I tors Friday with a buffet and music by The Groobies.      - T ;