New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Horrid Zartung photo by Michael Darnel)
Rick Nalto dots not mn pay attention to Ona of Ma horse* trying to taka a Ml* out of Ma aMrt Saturday at th* start of tho Austin Founders Trail Ride. Mora than 400 riders camped their horses at the Comal County Fair Grounds and started their trip to the AustirvTravls County Livestock Show and Rodeo.
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Birthday withal from th# Harald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Andrew Ttmmermann (7 years old, Monday), Bob Coker (belated, laturday), Kathy Kovack Monday), Gregory Porter Monday), Sue Taylor (Monday), Ashley Bevil (8 years old, Monday), Frank V. Gomez, Jenna Mathis (11 years old), i^hoy Baxter, Glenn Mack Sr., Cy Chape, Connie Wenzel.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Hew look for Sunday Harald-Zaitung
Flipping through the pages of today’s Herald-Zeitung, you may notice a few changes.
Comics have been moved to Montage Also, Dear Abby will appear each Sunday on the People page (Alo of today’s edition), which will also include items formerly found on Sunday under the Personals listings.
Cantar Soclaty Starlight gala on tap
Planning for the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala kicks off from 11:30 a m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant with appetizers and drinks provided.
Put on your volunteer hat and join in the fun.
The Starlight Gala is the only local AMC fund-raiser each year benefiting Comal County cancer victims and their families.
Call Gala Chairman Kathy McLeod at 606-4115 for more details.
Texas Summer Nights musical showcase and food bank benefit will be from 2 p.m. to 10 p m. today at Gruene Hall. Cover charge is $6 with two cans of food.
For Kids’ Sate
Family Outreach is conducting a For Kids’ Sake seminar Monday. Preregistration is required. Call 620-1299 for information. The seminars help parents ease the adjustment to divorce for their children.
Attention Dofleftt Disorder mooting
New Braunfels Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder will begin meetings at 7 p m. Monday at Oakwood Baptist Church. Call 629-2033 for information.
Special education support mooting
The Special Education Parent Support Meeting of the Schertz-Cibolo-Uni versal City/Marion Cooperative will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Dobie Intermediate School Library. “How to Get What Your Child Needs at an ARD" will be presented Call (210) 945-6015 for information.
The New Braunfels Toastmasters Club will offer an eight-session Speechcraft course from 7 to 9 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, and from 8 a rn to 1 p.m. April 5. The sessions will be held at the Senior Citizens Center. The cost is $25 Call 625 6680 daytime or 625-2217 evenings for information.
Quods Coma Gordon dub mooting
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet at 2 p m. Tuesday at the home of Frances Tays
Lila Schoenfeld of Four Sea sons Garden Club will speak on "The Joy of Feathered Friends."
Members are to bring a horti culture specimen..See Page 3A
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Vol 145, No 83
L€RA seeks deal to break lease on power plant land
By ABE LEVY
Power plant time line 12A
Officials from the Lower Colorado River Authority said Saturday the schedule for the local community to provide input into the future of the Comal Power Plant was the subject of talks with City of New Braunfels representatives this past week.
LCRA officials are negotiating an interlocal agreement with the city in an effort to terminate a lease for almost 18
acres of land around the building that is designated for Landa Park expansion.
The proposed agreement was announced in September and was designed to relieve the city of responsibility for its environmental condition but still allow New Braunfels first priority on the eventual use of the land.
During a Tuesday meeting. LCRA officials presented a draft agreement
that city officials said was too vague and did not define the specific extent of the city’s involvement in the process for determining the future use of the building.
Mayor Jan Kennady and City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said they met with LCRA officials who were expected to revise their draft agreement to include a specific time frame for public hearings and clearer plans to issue a
Turn to LCRA, Page 2A
HerakJ-Z«ituna photo by Michael Darnel!
Candy Lapaglla and Ken Rahler of the Comal Power Plant Restoration Association Inc. get suited up for a tour Saturday of the old LCRA plant on Landa Street next to Landa Park.
Have horse, will travel
Few cast ballots in early voting
TraU riders begin 116-mile trek to Austin
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Jim Gandy remembers his years of “roughing if’on trail rides.
“When I first started this, I slept in the back of my truck under the tarp,” Gandy said.
Roughing it was no fun at all on one trail nile to San Antonio six years ago.
“I was sleeping under the tarp in the pickup
when we had a bad rainstorm,*' Gandy said. “My hat got wet and my duster got soaked .”
He can only hope for a much better time during the Lith Annual Austin founders Trail Ride which started Saturday morning at the Comal County Fair Grounds.
Ciandy was one of more than 400 cowboys and cowgirls who loaded up their saddles, trailers and wagons to go on the week-long, 116-mile trail ride taking them from New Braunfels through
Canyon Lake and Wimberley, to Austin.
The trail ride is held in conjunction with the 59th Annual Austin-Travis County Livestock Show and PRC A Rodeo kicking off Thursday.
Under overcast skies and drizzle, the wagon train started on the trail for Sattler, where riders tamped al the VFW Hall No 8571 for the night They were treated to a dance and dinner The trail riders will leave today for Canyon Turn to Riders, Page 2A
By DENISE DZIUK
Ixss than I OO people have cast ballots during early voting for the U.S.
Congressional District 28 race, and anyone still wanting to vote before election day has until Tuesday.
Early voting began Feb. 24 to fill the U. S. Congressional District 28 seat, which became vacant when Congressman frank Tejeda died Jan. 30 after battling cancer. Linnell Hinojosa said roughly 8,(KH) of the county’s registered voters were eligible to vote in the special election.
“That’s just a portion of the total number of voters we have in the county," Hinojosa said.
Hinojosa said that at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, 58 residents had voted, 37 ballots had been mailed out and 59 residents had been turned away because they did not live in District 28. Hinojosa said a light turnout was expected because only one issue was on the ballot and only a portion of the county was eligible to vote in this election.
"I guess we expected a little more than this, hut not much,” Hinojosa said "I urnout is always lighter in a special election.”
Hinojosa said early voting wraps up from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday arid Tuesday. She said the mal I-out hallots could be returned later.
“ I hey have until next Saturday to get them back,” Hinojosa said. “Even though early voting ends, they don’t have to be returned until election day.”
Turn to Voting, Page 2A
N*Bus makes final run on Monday
Vanstory files for Hist* 3 seat
By ABE LEVY
By ABE LEVY
Start scrounging up those spare quarters laying around the house the very last chance to nde the N*Bus is Monday.
The end of the city ’s one-year pilot program to provide public transportation has prompted neither an official press release nor a memorial service.
The New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously in January not to continue the program on a regular basis, making Monday the last day for service.
But, no need to wake up early for pole position at the bus depot. N«Bus
drivers may be surprised to see riders at all for the momentous kist day.
“There were some days when I drove for nine or IO hours without anybody," said N*Bus driver, Joyce McIntyre, whose bus was empty f riday. “I had a kit of time on my hands to do some thinking "
Low ridership and expected startup costs persuaded the City Council to lay the program to rest despite hopes it could signal the need tor a pent tai lei it public bus system.
Council approved the program in October of 1995 and gained valuable information about the community's Turn to N«Bus, Page 2A
Herald Zmlurto photo by Michael Darnell
After Monday, ma familiar eight of th# N*Bua on New Braunfels roadways will simply be a memory
Randy Vanstory, co-owner of Quick Align Brakes and Suspension, filed Friday for the District 3 (Tty Council position that voters will decide on May 3.
Brenda f reeman is the current coun-cil member for District 3 and announced earlier this year she would not seek a second term
Vanstory is the first candidate to file for one of the two council spots on this year’s ballot.
District 4 will be vacated by two-term council member and former mayor Paul Fraser, and has no candidates to date.
Vanstory, 35, who lives on the 300 block of Tanglewood Drive, is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and served on the city’s ethics
committee last year.
Vanstory and his wife, Roxi, moved to New Braunfels in 1987 from Midland.
He has been a member of Oakwood Baptist Church since 1971, serving as an adult Bible study teacher and chairman of the deacon body.
Vanstoiy said his main focus would he establishing partnerships for the city’s future.
“We need to do that in an attitude of cooperation,” he said, “With so many entities in the city, we may lose sight of the fact that we need to work together ”
Turn to Vanstory, Page 2AStill a long way to go in overcoming effects of drought. See Opinion, 4A.