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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas By Chris Crews Staff Writer Comal County Judge Danny Scheel lifted the county-wide bum ban on Friday after an overnight rain offered some abatement for dry conditions. Scheel said the combination of rain in the western part of the county and the needs of residents to clean debris from last October^ flood compelled him to lift the ban for the next week. A brush fire that began on Feb. 28 near Fischer scorched 2,500 acres during a four-day period. TIK county instituted the burn ban on March I. Officials with the National Weather Service said New Braunfels received just more than a half-inch of rain overnight and Bulverde reported about six-tenths of an inch. The greater San Antonio area remained well behind the yearly average for rainfall. The average rainfall for this point in the year is 1.52 inches. Areas of Comal county have received between 1/2 to I inch of rain. County residents had been anxious to get burning again. Scheel said he and the commissioners had heard from a number of citizens requesting a lift of the ban or exceptions to the ban. Comal County Sheriff’s Office receptionist Beatrice Urbina said she had received about 30 calls in a one hour period Friday morning from county residents asking if the bum ban had been lifted. County residents wishing to conduct a controlled bum should contact the sheriff’s office dispatch at 620-3400 and register their bum. The commissioner’s court will consider reinstating the buro ban at its regular meeting at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday in the courthouse annex. Evergreen Villas meet neighbors’ opposition By Btu. O’Connell Staff Writer A group of local developers intent on providing affordable housing in New Braunfels might have hit a roadblock for the second consecutive year. Some homeowners on the city’s southwest side said recently they didn’t want Evergreen Villas near their neighborhood. Designed by Amistad Affordable Housing, Inc., as an 80-unit apartment complex for moderate income tenants, Evergreen Villas was the latest attempt at building low-cost housing in New Braunfels. New Braunfels City Council will conduct a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave., before considering whether to grant a special use permit authorizing the project. A similar proposal failed in 1998 after residents who lived near the H-E-B supermarket complained at a public hearing conducted by a state housing agency. Some residents were See VILLAS/8A What’s Up ■what Evergreen Villas, an affordable housing apartment complex. ■ LOCATION: South Water Lane off Interstate 35, directly behind the Department of Public Safety office. ■ COST: Developers estimated it would cost about $4.4 million to build the 80-unit complex. SCHEEL A mmrnmm NEW<ritil!iHFELS 2033 2 HO0 9 10/22/99    73 so - uh: s r n 1 c ropu bl i sh :i: mg 262Y E YANDELL DR EL POSO, TX 79903-Herald-Zeitung Local athletes hit the track, the court and the field this weekend. Get the latest on local sports./ 1B Weather These mostly sunny days are expected to give way to mostly overcast weather and chances of drizzle and light rain. See page 2A. Index rvuvy.................... Business........... .................10A Classified............ ...............6-16C Crossword........... .....................2C Forum.................. .....................6A Local.................... .....................4A Movies................. .....................2C Obituaries............ .....................3A Sports.................. ..................1-4B Today................... .....................2A Television............ ROUN CORNETTAterild-ZeJtung Stacy Smith with the band 291 belts out a Christian song Friday night at the youth rally. Below, Gloria Velasquez, left, and Donna Smith raise their hands to Jesus as the band plays. By Bill O’Connell Staff WriterVol. 148, No. 87    52    pages    in    4    sections    March    21,    1999    ^oma^    County    since    1852    $1.00 County judge lifts burn ban ► Oscar picks Herald-Zeitung movie critic Roy Hargrove isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it, so he is giving us his picks on tonight’s Academy Awards ceremony./1B Friday night was a little different for Alicia Rollo, a 15-year-old freshman at New Braunfels High School. Rather than start her weekend at a shopping mall, movie theater or other typical teen hangout, Rollo accepted a friend’s invitation to a Christian youth rally on the city's west side. “I think it’s cool that they could come out here and do this,” Rollo said Friday night at the “Point of No Return, Tearing Down the Walls” rally on Hidalgo Avenue. Rollo and a few hundred other young people from around the city spent the evening listening to Christian music, hearing testimonials and watching dramatic sketches. About 15 different area churches organized Friday's rally. Donations and volunteer workers made the event possible, organizers said. Vanessa Lara, Rollo’s friend and classmate, first started going to a local church when she was 7. Now 14, Lara said was glad she decided to attend Friday’s rally. “It makes me want to get to know God more,” she said. Youth rally coordinator Steve Shearer said Friday’s event was a First for New Braunfels. “It’s the first time we’ve ever seen churches of all denominations come together,” Shearer said. “It’s an answer to prayer.” Rollo and Lam were just a few of the many local youth that went to the rally despite scattered rain and See RALLY/5A ^ Winning ways Inside Herald-Zeitung names sheriff citizen of year From STAFF REPORTS This past year was a busy one for Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder. A dog attack on a Canyon Lake woman brought the issue of animal control to the forefront of county business. Rowdy river tourists drew residents’ complaints, and county officials again were called upon to address a controversial yet important issue. In October, the devastating flood called HOLDER for leadership on the part of many law enforcement officials. In each of these situations, Holder played an important role in getting the job done. “Sheriff Holder worked behind the scenes with many officials throughout the Special Section — Inside Editorial — Page 6A area to address some of this county’s most pressing issues, and his leadership in finding solutions to this county's problems deserves recognition,” Herald-Zeitung managing editor Margaret Edmonson said. Inside todays edition is the last installment of the 1999 Horizons, Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year. Earlier this week, the Herald-Zeitung and guests honored Holder and this yearns unsung heroes — Maurice and Judy Davis, George Guidroz, Richard Rhoads, Tony Camareno, Daft Wells, Larry and Carol Phelps, Dr. John Flanagan, Wes Meyer and Kathy Fischer—with a reception at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Each unsung hero was presented with a plaque by editor and publisher Doug Toney and circulation manager Joe Hayden. Artist Clinton Baermann has his fingers crossed for tonight’s dedication of the outdoor mural at San Antonio Street and Casted Avenue. See details inside./ 9A Teen spirit Local churches sponsor youth rally for God ► Dedication ;