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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas 20332 HO0 9 .10/22/00 so of.:, s r 'n xcrdpubl i sh i k I J V I 3    .'I,'/    I;    VON    I)    LU..    .DLNew(Braunfels PRSC5 . i X I . •';i ::Herald-Zeitung Vol, 149, No. 77    42    pages    in    5    sections    March    5,    2000    OrTMn    att    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    $1.00 ^CrV*ng ^oma* CountY s*nce 1B52 Inside immmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmM► Hopes alive Residents prepared to oppose Walnut plan By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer The Walnut Avenue bond proposition is just too expensive, a group of residents said Saturday. “It’s a colossal waste of money,” Bill Baskerville said. Baskerville and six others met Saturday at the home of Carolyn and Michael Burrow to discuss ways to defeat the $7.5 million bond proposition that will go before voters May 6. The City of New Braunfels has said it will use the $7.5 million to buy up 33 properties on the west side of Walnut and expand the street into four lanes with one continuous turn lane for about seven blocks. The actual bond proposition is more vague and legally gives the city more flexibility. “The issuance of $7,500,000 of general obligation bonds to construct street improvements to Walnut Avenue, including drainage incidental thereto, and the acquisition of land and rights-of-way,” the proposition reads. Baskerville told the group gathered Sat urday that the project would actually cost $15 and $20 million over the 20 years because of interest costs. “Anyone who supports a $20 million boondoggle is liberal minded,” he said. Besides, others said, the pricey project won’t really work. Traffic will continue to be slowed by trains, they said, and less expensive options exist. “Council hasn’t looked at any alternatives,” Don Talley said. The group suggested ideas like one-way routes and right-hand turn lanes, as well as extending Loop 337. Those in favor of the expansion argue Walnut is the only major north-south thoroughfare in town and needs to expand to accommodate existing traffic. The group gathered Saturday — a cross-section of residents living near Walnut and other parts of the city — said they needed to focus on the cost of the project to defeat it. The Burrows and others are passing out pledge cards asking people to commit to a no vote on Proposition 7. The group also discussed putting up signs and passing out fliers. New Braunfels High School Girls’ Soccer looses to Austin Bowie, but retains chance at playoff birth./1B► Road to recovery Local woman donates time to help cancer patients deal with hair loss following chemotherapy treatments. /IC ► Inside Horizons V Ti New Braunfels in the 21st Century Business & Industry “Ct Hkrai.d-Zhitijng Take a deeper look at the businesses and industries of the area in the Herald-Zeitung’s first section of Horizons./lnside today’s Herald-Zeitung Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5B-6B Classified................................1-12D Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-3B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week Key code 77Local schools celebrate Texas Public Schools week By Heather Todd Staff Writer Local parents and grandparents will be treated to goodies and special programs this week during a statewide celebration of the Texas public education system. Students and educators across Texas will kick off'“Measuring up to the New Millennium” Monday in honor of Texas Public Schools Week. The weeklong celebration spotlights the airay of educational opportunities available to the more than 4 million students attending Texas public schools. New Braunfels and Comal inde pendent school districts are inviting parents and patrons to visit classrooms and observe special programs highlighting the daily learning process in local schools. Texas Public Schools Week was established in 1950 by the Masonic Lodges of Texas to recognize contributions made by the state’s free system of education. Each year the event has grown and has become an integral part of the curriculum in Texas classrooms for a full week. CiSD Superintendent Jerry Major saki, “The community is always welcome in our schools. This week is See SCHOOLS/5A Southern party striving for succession By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer The South is under attack, and it’s time to fight back, delegates were told at Saturday’s caucus for the Southern Party of Texas. “We are at war with the forces that are out to destroy our culture,” Jerry Baxley, chairman of the Southern Party of Virginia, said. “There’s no other way to think about it.” Baxley was one of several speakers at the two-day caucus at the Faust Hotel on Friday and Saturday. It was die first statewide caucus for the party, which advocates Texas’ peaceful secession from the U.S., partly because of “attacks” on Southern heritage like the Confederate flag. About 30 people from Texas and other Southern states attended the caucus, but about 300 people are involved with the Texas chapter. Nationally, the Southern Party, formed in August of 1999 in Asheville, N.C., claims 8,000 members. Disillusioned w ith the federal government, Southern Party members seek to form a Confederate States of America, similar to the original confederacy founded in 1861, Texas member Jaye Curtis said. “We are going to tty to re-establish constitutional government w ithout secession,” he said. “But some people feel like the federal government cannot be reformed. And if it cannot, then we need to take our destiny into our own hands. A person cannot say they are in favor of state’s rights without being in favor of secession.” Texas member Patrick Leslie told the group gathered Saturday that the goal in Texas was to launch a ballot access drive during the next two years. “We want to try to get on the ballot in Texas,” he said. “By 2002, we want to start running for county elected positions . . And then we’ll set our sights on the Legislature.” The Southern Party will focus on low taxes, limited government, maximum individual libertySee SOUTHERN/5ACalmer days ahead K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung National Weather Service meteorologist Al Dreumont points out a doppler weather radar map. Dreumont is retiring from the NWS after 38 years of service. Dreumont leaves the National Weather Service after 38 years By Erin Magruder Staff Writer For those with a fear of flying — the thought of spending six hours in a tiny aircraft 10,000 feet above tile Atlantic Ocean battling fierce winds and pelting rain in the throw s of a monster hurricane might sound more like a Stephen King novel than a recreational activity. For local meteorologist Al Dreumont, it was a dream come true. “Once you punch into the eye of the hurricane, it is one huge amphitheater w ith a great wall of black,” Dreumont, 60, said w ith the matter-of-factness of a scientist and the expression of a school boy. “Most of it is calm; You can see all the way down to the ocean.” Friday was Dreumont’s last day on the job at the Austin/San Antonio Weather Forecast Office in New Braunfels, where he has worked since 1994 as the meteorologist-in-charge. Dreumont’s more than 38-year career with the National Weather Service has taken him to international destinations and from coast to coast. He watched his field metamorphose from crude methods of calculation to Doppler radar and geostationary satellites that are the cutting edge of meteorological technology. See DAYS/5 A Making deals Alex Ingrim manages her booth Friday evening at the Kid’s Mart. The Kid’s Mart, presented by The Children’s Museum, allowed children from third through sixth grade to learn about business AMANDA BECK/Herald- Zeitung ;