New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
► New again
Ron and Lit Mitchell are turning old wood into new furniture. See
Lifestyle to find out how
something old can be new again with some creativity and ingenuity. / IC
Smithson Valley Rangers girls’ softball team continued its
winning ways Friday against Hays. For a look at how other local teams fared, see Sports inside./1B
► All the richer
National sensation Sixpence None the Richer, which has ties to New Braunfels, is celebrating its Grammy nomination and growing success./ 5A
Last night’s showers likely will be followed with more rain this afternoon. Expect the wet weather to continue into Monday. See Page 2A for the extended forecast.
Downed pilot rescued in Yugoslavia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pilot of an American F-l 17A stealth fighter was rescued hours after his plane went down in Yugoslavia on Saturday, the Pentagon said. The crash and dramatic rescue marked the most harrowing moment thus far of the 4-day military action against Serbian forces.
“(The pilot) and the combat rescue team that picked him up are all safe,” Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said at a hastily called news conference.
A defense official said the pilot was in good condition.
Bacon said he could not provide details
of the rescue and could not say whether the plane was shot down or malfunctioned.
Serb officials claimed the shot down the jet.
In a statement, President Clinton said he was “tremendously proud of the skills of the pilot and the courageous individuals who participated in the recovery.” He added that despite the risk, the NATO operation will “go forward as planned”
First word that the plane was down came from Serb television, which showed vivid footage of a burning fighter. A few hours later, a senior officer at Hollomon Air Force Base in New Mexico, where the stealth fighters are permanently based, confirmed a plane from his squadron was down.
The Air Force has 54 F-l 17s, which cost $45 million each.
The downing of the U.S. plane came several hours after President Clinton and allied leaders agreed to step up air strikes near Belgrade.
“Serb troops have continued attacks on
Perry proposes new college commission for Texas
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Lt. Governor Rick Perry announced Friday he intended to work with Speaker of the House Pete Laney to form a special commission to study Texas colleges and universities in the 21st century.
“We must think outside the box when it comes to the mission for higher ed — how Texas organizes and delivers the highest quality education at affordable prices to any Texan that wants it,” Perry told about 500 attendees of the 33rd Annual Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels.
Attendees of the legislative conference also heard panel discussions on ethics in government, municipal annexation and spending the state's budget surplus. Panelists included Max Sherman of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and Albert Hawkins, the governor’s office budget director.
Perry said Texas colleges and universities needed to remain “affordable and accessible” while catering to the needs of a new millennium.
A new commission could examine the viability of computerized “virtual universities” and night and weekend classes for Texans who worked, had children or resided in a rural area, he said.
Under Perry’s proposal, strengthening the relationship between higher education and the high-tech and business
Lt. Governor Rick Perry explains his ptaftr to form a special commission to study Texas colleges and universities at the 33rd annual Texas Legislative Conference Friday.
communities could be another purpose of the new commission.
Also, the state should be able to improve funding and curricula for community colleges for them to achieve their potential of preparing the skilled workforce that was needed now and in the future, he said.
“Texas colleges are responsible for much of the prosperity Texas has enjoyed in the past IOO years. I want to help them achieve even more in the next IOO,” Perry said.
Perry said this commission would be charged with executing the first comprehensive study of higher education in the state since 1985.
Regarding the current leg-
State Senator Jeff Wentworth, third from right, sits next to State Representative Edmund Kuempel while listening to Lt. Governor Rick Perry Friday.
islative session, Perry said $2.5 billion and provided a
lawmakers were hard at work to improve public education in the state.
A bill introduced in the Senate this week increased state education funding by
$1.5 billion in property tax relief, the largest tax cut in the history of the legislature, Perry said.
Included in the bill was a $1 billion teacher pay raise.
unarmed men, women and children that is all the more reason for us to stay the course,” Clinton said in his weekly radio broadcast earlier Saturday.
Even before the air strikes were launched earlier in the week, Clinton and senior defense officials had raised the possibility that planes could be shot down and pilots could be lost.
Because of the risks, the Pentagon has sent numerous search-and-rescue teams to the region, including the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Marines from the unit rescued Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady in Bosnia in 1995.
Storm dumps rain in Comal
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
What had been a dry year became a little wetter Saturday night as a line of severe thunderstorms swept through
Comal County and Central Texas Saturday night.
The National Weather Service said the main thrust of the storm passed through New Braunfels headed eastward about 9:30 p.m., depositing .62 inch of rain at the airport reporting station.
A NWS spokesman said residual showers should play out until about midnight with the chance of more showers as daybreak approached.
Lightning and gusty winds accompanied the storm that left low lying areas and some city streets in a foot of water or more. The NWS said a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the county but the storm pushed through quickly, moving at a rate of 30 to 40 miles per hour.
The New Braunfels police reported a few minor accident^ attributed to the storm, but no emergency res?ue operations were necessary. One^Sw Braunfels police officer reported three or four plastic swimming pools from the Kmart store had blown into the roadway on Texas 46.
The Comal County Sheriff’s Office reported no accidents or emergency operations related to the weather.
Since rainfall in the greater San Antonio area was about three inches below normal, last night’s rainfall was welcomed by many in the area.
A NWS spokesman said more severe thunderstorms might come through the area Sunday afternoon and continue into the evening.
Key cod* 77Herald-Zeitung launches web site
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung officially launched its web site, www.herald-zeitung.com, today.
The web page was designed by Greg Mef-ford, online editor of the Galveston County Daily News, with input from the Herald-Zeitung staff.
“The web site is another branch of our publishing operations,” managing editor Margaret Edmonson said. “It also gives us another way to serve our readers and advertisers, who deserve every service that we can provide.”See WEB SITE/5A
Grog Mefford, on-line editor for the Galveston County Daily News, trains advertising director Shelly Eof! and composing room forewoman Cindy Kissel on the new Herald-Zeitung web page, which officially was launched today.
H-Z wins IO state honors
SAN ANTONIO - The Herald-Zeitung news staff won IO awards this weekend in The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ competition for best journalism in 1998, including the prestigious Community Service Award.
The Herald-Zeitung newsroom won first place in Division A for Community Service for its coverage of the controversy surrounding the debate of an alcohol ban on the Guadalupe River.
The newsroom also won first place in the category of Team Effort
for its coverage of Oct. 17 flood and the aftermath.
Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson also won first place and honorable mention in the Page One design competition.
“In the two categories that traditionally recognize the work of an entire newsroom, Margaret and her staff won both categories,” said Doug Toney, editor and publisher of the Herald-Zeitung. “It was a difficult year, and the newsroom faced some unique challenges with theSee H-Z/5A>iyNEwAbhbiFELs
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