New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, March 2, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of SARAH ELIZABETH VICTORIA LEAHART
Vol. 143 No. 78
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Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Kevin Valenta, Mary Medina, Grace Juarez, Pauline Diaz, Ashley Williams, Elvia Camareno, Stephanie Mario Martinez, Sarah Victoria Elizabeth Lea-hart.
Tonight, cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the mid 40s Wind becoming southeast near 10 mph Friday, cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the mid 60s Southeast wine 3-10 mph.
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FUMO hosting annual pancake supper
The First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels will be hosting their annual pancake supper on Monday. March 6 from 5 p m to 7 p rn The event will be an ‘all you can eat* affair The church is located at 572 W St.’. Antonio St All proceeds will be donated to local community service agencies and projects
Lonton luncheons to begin Friday
The First United Methodist Church will present the Lenten Community Luncheons from 12 15 p m to 12 45 p m. The luncheons will continue each Friday during Lent The community is invited The luncheons will be held in the Wesley Hall, located in the peck of the church near Mill St Friday's speaker will be Rev Bert Clayton of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church Soloist for the service will be Cathy Talcott Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch Beverages will be provid ed For more information, call 625-4513
Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale
As part of the 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a rn at the New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21 The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and planned by the Founders' Day Religious Activities Committee The city-wide ecumenical event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21, 1845 Internationally known author-pastor Dr Bruce Larson will be the keynote speaker X Tickets are $10 per person and ‘are on sale at the Chamber, Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, St Paul Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church
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Only one filing for two posts recorded at CISD
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Only one person has filed thus far for one of the two open seats on the Comal Independent School Board ballot in May.
Robert Loop of Bulverde has filed for the seat in District No. 6. No person has filed for District No. 7. Filing began Feb. 22.
The CISD went to a single-member
district format last May to avoid any conflict with Voting Rights Act regulations.
Changing from a board full of at-large members to one representing single districts could be confusing for some residents, at least until all singlemember districts are filled with elected officials (by 1996). Lee Heels ran for District I last May in the first round of single-member elections and returned to the board, the only one to
do so thus far. The other two new board members Dan Krueger and Dcr-ald LaRue had not run before
Current board member Douglas Kirk’s seat on the board will be open because his term is up and he does not reside in either of the districts in this election under the redistricting. In fact, no current member of the board resides in District 6.
Board member Norman Gerlich could run for the District 7 seat if he so
chooses but has not filed as yet.
Candidates have until March 22 to file. In order to file, residents need only two main qualifications. They must live in the district for which they are running at least six months and they must be a registered voter.
Jo Schwab of the CISD is coordinating much of the filing.
She said all registered voters in the county are now listed in accordance with both the county and CISD
precincts, so that it would be easy to check which precinct or district the candidate is in.
“Their district number is not on the voter registration card yet but their name is on the voters’ list,” she said.
Candidates must file at the CISD Central Office and can contact Schwab with any questions. Any voter who does not know his or her district or precinct can also call to confirm.
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A rare set of lamb triplets was born recently on the ranch of Lawrence and Eva Pfeiffer near Gruene. They said it was the first set of triplet lambs they have seen in more than 50 years of ranching. Several feed store owners also commented that they had never seen a set of triplets bom to a sheep before.
Dallas Morning News uncovers Southwestern Bell inaccuracies
From staff reports
TTie director of a coalition of businesses and consumer groups fighting for competition in local telephone service said Wednesday that a Dallas Morning News article in today’s edition "effectively shows that Southwestern Bell’s promised SLI billion infrastructure investment in high-tech telephone service is merely an accounting gimmick.’’
The article revealed that while Bell is making a pledge of increased spending of about $1.1 billion, it is simultaneously planning to cut its normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much In other words, capital spending by Bell in Texas would not increase, as promised, but would remain flat.
"In essence, Bell’s spending in Texas remains v irtually the same, despite their own million-dollar advertising campaign to the contrary,” said Bill Magness, director of the Coiiuiiumcation Coalition.
In the Dallas Morning News article, reporter Richard A. Oppel Jr. reported that "Southwestern Bell, the dominant phone company iii Texas, is making state lawmakers this promise: ‘Pass laws letting us make bigger profits, and we’ll invest SII billion in Texas over ami above the normal levels,' according to a proposal by the company’s lobbying group”
The article then reports that papers on file with state regulators "show that Bell is planning to simultaneously cut its
normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much as the new $1.1 billion investment—meaning there would be almost no additional spending by the company."
A Bell spokesman quoted in the article admitted that the documents showed the company’s investment would be nearly flat.
"Any capital spending cuts by Bell would come at a time when state regulators say Texas’ telephone network risks falling behind those of other states because, in part. Bell hasn’t done enough to improve it,” according to the Dallas Morning News story.
The Texas Legislature is rewriting the laws that govern how telephone service is regulated in this state. On one side are the monopolistic local telephone companies, such as Southwestern Bell, who want to hold on to as much of their monopoly as possible.
On the other side are the long distance earners, consumer groups, cable operators and newspaper publishers, who want to see local telephone service opened to competition.
"This story shows, once and for all, that Bell believed the Legislature would take them at their word and not check the facts behind their promise,” Magness said. "Bell has some pretty good explaining to do to 181 legislators about why they have been deliberately misleading them for the past two years.”
Five local students named to list of National Merit Finalists
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Comal County can boast five National Ment Finalists this year, part of the prestigious nominations including only a small percent of all high school seniors in the country.
Tillman Cavert and David Dierkson of New Braunfels High, Tim Ousley of Canyon, Wendy Bursch of Smithson Valley and Jennifer Brockmeicr of
Bracken Chnstian School have all been named as finalists.
Part of a group that includes on 14,000 of the nation’s top scholars, each of these students will now have the chance to be selected as one of 6,700 Ment Scholarship winners, totaling more than $26 million.
Colleges and universities often covet these Ment Scholar winners, listing the number they can recruit The award is based on national achievement test
NEU designs plan to attract new jobs here
Impact waiver fee policy passed by board to help attract industry
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Attract new jobs, strengthen the local economy — New Braunfels Utilities wants to help accomplish these goals for New Braunfels.
Last Thursday the NBU Board of Directors unanimously passed an impact fee waiver for some industnes coming to New Braunfels. “The utility is very interested in the diversified businesses that will be attracted here and we were ready tc become involved,” said NBU General Manager Paula Difonzo.
An impact fee waiver works like this. When a new manufacturer comes to town it has to have utilities turned on just like residential customers. The impact fee is a start-up fee, w hieh for a big factory can be a very large sum.
With the fee waiver, a new industry would be exempt from paying part of the start-up fee.
“Our waiver fee is in effect now,” said Difonzo. Bach new industry would have to qualify for the waiver, she said. To qualify an industry must be "a primary manufacturer or serv ice industry so their product is sold outside the community," said Difonzo.
Each company is evaluated with a formula which includes factors such as number of jobs, amount of utilities used, economic investment in the community, etc.
Then each impact fee waiver is approved by the NBU Board of Directors. “The Board would have the final
say,” said Difonzo.
The impact fee waiver makes New Braunfels more competitive with other cities trying to attract new industry. Most cities that we’re aware of that are into industrial development waive the r in.jact fees from the utilities,” S'ud Chamber of Commerce President !. rn Purdum.
Competition among cities for new industry is keen. Some prospective industnes found the cost to start business in New Braunfels was IO to 30 percent higher than that in nearby cities, said City ^Tanager Mike Shands. "W'e’re competing against places like Seguin, w hich offers free land in some cases; they’re oflfenng to finance buildings,” he said.
"I think it is far wiser to forgo some of the up front costs so that the development will come here,” said Shands.
Attracting manufacturers to New Braunfels is vital to the local economy, said Purdum. Pnmary industry provides jobs.
Because it sells goods outside the city, new money comes into the local economy and is spent in local concerns. he said.
But will local rate payers foot the bill for these waivers? Absolutely not, said Difonzo. "We won’t ever put into rates the recovery' of that impact fee," she said. The rates paid by the large indus-tnal customer getting the waiver eventually offsets the initial cost to NBU. "They certainly have not given anything away,” said Shands, "They’ve just delayed getting it.”
Schlitterbahn hosting job fair Saturday
Schlmerbahn Waterpark will hold a job fair from IO a.rn.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at the park’s main entrance building located at 400 N. Liberty in New Braunfels.
Schlmerbahn representatives will provide information and take applications for approximately 1,500 sea
sonal full-time and part-time jobs.
The 65-acre waterpark and resort complex has openings for a wide variety of jobs, including lifeguards, tram drivers, admissions and reservations personnel, food service workers, gift shop clerks, secunty guards, housekeepers, and maintenance.
scores and other activities and is won by less than half of one percent of U.S. Jennifer high school Brockmeier seniors.
Cavert is the son of Tillman and Kathryn Cavert and is considering Colorado State University.
His classmate, Dierksen, is the son of John and Kathy Dierksen and plans to
Wendy Pursch David Dierksen
enroll at the University of Texas at Austin.
Brockmeier is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs William Brockmeier of Bulverde and is considering a liberal arts program iii college.
Ousley is the son of Dr. Stephen and
Tim Ousley Tillman Cavert
Julia Ousley of New Braunfels and plans to attend either Texas A & M or the Air Force Academy.
Pursch is the daughter of William and Victoria Pursch of Bulverde and is considering Trinity UmvenstvCall 625-9144 for subscription,news or advertising information