New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns clinch share of district soccer title
The New Braunfels Unicorns defeated Kerrville Tivy 4-0 on Tucsday to cl inch a share of the District 26 soccer title. Either Smithson Valley or San Marcos will earn the final playoff berth in Thursday’s season finale. _ _
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Fill Easter activities with family traditions
Children remember such family activities as helping prepare a holiday dinner and these easy recipes and fun play clay projects will make the day one to remember.
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Local churches plan Easter week services
Area churches and organizations arc planning sev-era^ acfiv*fies ihis week, including outdoor services, scrviccs on horseback and Easter Egg hunts, in cclcb-K ration of Easter.
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Vol. 137, No 93
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Wednesday
March 22, 1989
25 CentsTwo Sections, 22 Pages
Officials angered by consolidation
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Sounds of concern and anger rang through Comal County Monday as word reached school and city officals that two county commissioners want to centralize tax collections at the county.
“We think the two school districts and the city simply are going to oppose it very strongly,” said Charles Bradberry, New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent. “They are trying to take over control
of our public schools and we just aren’t going to allow it.”
Comal County commissioners Neil Craigmile, Precinct 2, and Clyde Jacobs, Precinct 4, announced in a Monday press conference they will stan circulating a petition April I to gather 3,000 signatures needed to call an August election to consolidate tax assessing and collecting.
The Texas State Property Tax Code states qualified voters can submit a petition — within 30 days of its inception — to the chief appraiser requiring
an election to determine whether the appraisal district, the county assessor-collector, or a specified taxing unit of the district will assess and/or collect taxes on property appraised by the district for all taxing units.
Comal Independent School District assesses and collects its taxes. Comal County collects and assesses taxes for Edwards Underground Water District, York Creek Improvement District, City of Garden Ridge, Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District and arca fire districts. New Braunfels
Independent School District collects for itself and the City of New Braunfels.
“I believe in local control,” said Carter Casteel, CISD school board president Tuesday. “In my mind the fair thing to do for the taxpayer is for the taxing entities to get together and work this out and not for one of the players to force it down somebody else’s throat without considering the impact.”
CISD board of trustees looked at the feasibility of consolidating last
year, but “it was really unclear as to whether or not there would indeed be a great savings,” she said. “We studied it. It was not very clearcut as to what we should do. So we stayed with our own tax office.”
New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman and Bradberry said if the commissioners are interested in saving money they should ask the taxing entities who could assess and collect taxes at the lowest cost.
“But they are not interested in doing that,” Bradberry said. “They arceffort
interested simply in having the control of the tax dollars in the county.
“The biggest point of concern that I have is that two people are trying to force other entities to work with them and not trying to work together,” Bradberry said.
Jacobs and Craigmile said Monday they are interested in consolidating taxes to save money and to put the duties under an elected official — county tax collector-assessor.
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Spring has returned after a couple of cold days. The sunshine will break through today and the temperature will reach 62 degrees. Overnight, the temperature reading will drop to 41. Afternoon highs will continue to warm into the 70s throughout the week and will reach 83 degrees on Easter Sunday.
files in CISD race
A fourth candidate has entered the Comal Independent School District board of trustees race today, the final day to file. Two New Braunfels City Council members remain unchallenged.
Daniel G. Mitchell, 1120 Ottawa Way in San Antonio, will face William S. “Bill” Smith, CISD board president Carter Casteel, and Martin Allen in the May belection which will decide who will serve on two scats on the board. Incumbent Don Tyler will not seek re-election.
Trustees arc elected at-large and the two candidates with the highest number of votes will win.
Mitchell was unavailable for comment this morning Smith, of Bulverde, has been a teacher in the San Antonio ISD for 18 years. Casteel is a
New Braunfels lawyer and Allen is District Court Administrator in Comal County.
Meanwhile, District I Council Member Ramon Chapa Jr. and District 2 Council Member Loraine Kraft are seeking election to their second three-year terms on New Braunfels City Council.
As of prcsstime today, they were unopposed.
District I encompasses the West End area of New Braunfels and the section of Solms that is within the New Braunfels city limits. District 2 includes downtown New Braunfels and parts of town east of Interstate 35 and north of the Guadalupe River.
Filing ends at 5 p.m. today for spots
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New Braunfels’ Travis Thrift maneuvers through two Kerrville Tivy defenders in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory for the Unicorns. With the win, New Braunfels clinched at least a share of the District 26 soccer title. Either Smithson Valley or San Marcos will
claim the final playoff spot, with the Rangers having the chance to tie New Braunfels for the championship with a victory over San Marcos on Thursday. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Classroom additions to elementar, high schools
Construction ahead of schedule
Construction on a new elementary school and addition to New Braunfels High School is going well.
The new 27-classroom elementary school adjacent to Memorial Primary and 13-classroom addition to the high school is expected to be completed before the start of the next school year.
Construction of the elementary school is ahead of sche
dule and should be completed before Aug. I.
“It’s one of the fastest projects I’ve been involved with," said New Braunfels Independent School Superintendent Charles Bradberry about the pace of the elementary school project. “Hie contractors are really moving
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City parks ready for tourist season
By DAVID BUILTA Stat! Writer
City Parks and Recreation Director David Whatley said parks are in the best shape they have ever been in for Easter.
Since Labor Day, more than IOO projects have been completed in the city’s 13 parks. Whether it was as simple as adding a new sign or as major as building a shelter, some work was done in every city park during the winter.
“We’re ready to get going. We’re
always trying to improve our operation,” Whatley said explaining various projects lite parks crews — with the assistance of oilier city departments in many cases — have completed.
Although most improvements address ascetics, traffic changes have been made in Landa Park at the recommendation of a traffic survey by New Braunfels Police Department. Aquatic Circle now is a one-way
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Appeals court upholds conviction of Lucas
Members of Blechschaden from Germany stopped in New Braunfels Tuesday night for a performance sponsored by the German-American Society. The band, which was formed in 1977 in Luneburg, Germany, plays popular contemporary Jazz music and some Big Band sounds. Blechschaden is on tour of
the United States and will play in the Dallas area before heading to New York. Members of the local German-American Society hosted the band members in their homes this week. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today affirmed the conviction of Henry Lee Lucas, who was sentenced to death in the murder-rape of a female hitchhiker whose body was found wearing only a pair of orange socks.
Lucas confessed to killing the woman — whose body was found on Oct. 31, 1979, next to a culvert near Interstate 35 north of Georgetown, near Austin — and to a number of other slayings. He has received life
sentences and other prison terms in other cases.
On appeal, Lucas among oilier claims protested the admissibility of six statements he made to law enforcement officials between June 1983 and February 1984.
Since making the statements, Lucas has said he really only killed his mother in Tecumseh, Mich,, in 1960.
In the opinion affirming the convic-
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Friday’s Easter Egg Hunt planned by Teen Connection has been cancelled. Teen Connection appreciates the community’s continued support.
However, the Egg Hunt at Cypress Bend Park is still on for Saturday from IO to ll am. The Easter Bunny will leave dozens of eggs, many of which will contain special prizes such as a free day at the Recreation Center and free daily swim passes. For more information, call 629-7275 or 620-7529...
Lots of activity this week at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum. Today’s kite-flying fun in the parking lot at Courtyard Shopping Center is still on and will last until dark. Jeremy Ncesham of Kites Etc. in San Antonio is bringing his fancy kites and children also may go inside the museum to make kites during workshops at I and at 2:30 p.m. today. Ncesahm will show youngsters the art of kite-flying. Cost is SI admission to the museum and SI for supplies if the youngster joins a workshop.
Tomorrow, die museum will host weavers Oscar Koppel and Donna Maskc, who will demonstrate the art of weaving. Koppel will bring some cotton bolls and will show how cotton goes from a plant to cloth. Maske will have her loom set up and hand looms will be available for youngsters to make dicir own creations. The weavers will be there from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. jjpd cost is SI for admission to the museum and $1 for supplies. The museum needs lots of donations of yam, beads, wooden embroidery hoops, buttons, leathers and anything else weave-able.
The museum hopes to add a permanent exhibit in May featuring WestPoint Pepperell with demonstrations and activities focusing on cotton, weaving, and textiles.
On Friday, youngsters are invited to have lunch with the Easier Bunny and decorate eggs from IO a.m. to 5 pan.; admission is $1 with $1 for lunch ami $1 for supplies. The Easter Bunny won’t be there for lunch Saturday, but children still may decorate eggs from IO a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Teens arrested Titleclinching
Two 16-year-old Fort Worth boys driving two stolen vehicles caused a major accident and a traffic hazard Tuesday afternoon as they led arca law enforcement officials on a highspeed chase north on Interstate 35.
The driver of a 1984 Pontiac Firebird and his 18-year-old passenger were arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest. The driver and 17- and 18-year-old passengers of a 1986 Chevrolet Cantaro were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
All remain in custody in Hays County.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Tim Jackson first noticed the vehicles at approximately 2 p.m. driving into a rest arca south of New Braunfels at a high rate of speed and then leaving.
Jackson said he then decided to follow the cars,
“I gave them a little bit of room to follow to see how they were driving
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