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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels Herald-Zei 11016 10/22/99 s 0 - W I::. S I ll I C R 0 P u D I.. IS H IN G 2627 L YANDELL DR 175 Wednesday, March 31,1993 Serving Comal County • Homa of Qlb Watt IL PASO, TX 79903 50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday Vol. 141, No. 94 L fitti Search for man in river to continue By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung Seguin rescue workers will continue their search for a man reported to have fallen in the Guadalupe River on Tuesday night. The Seguin Fire Department responded to the intersection of the Guadalupe River and Farm to Market Road 1117 at 9:12 p.m. Tuesday following the initial report Fire officials said the man was apparently fishing when he fell from where he was standing into the river. Rescue workers searched the river last night before calling off the operation until this morning. According to Larry Morawi-etz, of the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office and a fire department spokesman, several dams along the Guadalupe, upstream from where the man fell in, could be closed off to lower river levels to help officials in their search. Officials invob *d in the rescue efforts have not identified the man. Water district proposal heard by study group By ROSEMARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung The Canyon Lake Water Study group met Tuesday and heard a presentation by county extension agent Joe Taylor on a proposed underground water district for the western portion of Comal County. MI introduced them to some of the things an underground water district can do," Taylor . said. “And (we) went into some of the problems facing the aquifer in that part of the county — it’s exposed at the surface, it feeds on rain that falls over the top of it." According to Cameron Wiley, who has been heading up the water district project, the Comal County Trinity Aquifer Water Conservation District proposed would provide a management group for the aquifer which could, for example, purchase water from alternative sources. The district would be a taxing entity and be managed by an elected board of directors. The proposed district will be on the May I election ballot. Although Taylor said the group was very concerned about the taxes such a district would mean, they were interested in what they could do to solve some of the water problems facing western Comal County. "The western portion of the oounty has been declared a critical underground water area by the Texas Water Commission," said Taylor. "There’s a limited amount of water and the population is growing very fast there. It will soon begin to affect the aquifer negatively." Laura Nhavene of Mozambique, Africa learns how to ewing a racket from PNI Hendrie. The two worked on Nhavene’s game during the weekend at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. Photo by John Huseth. Teaching life one on one By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung From drop-shots and backhands to lobe, Phil Hendrie teaches youngsters from around the world how to play tennis and deal with victories and losses in tennis — and in life. According to the director of the John Newcombs Tennis Academy, most of the students at the academy are trying to obtain scholarships, while others are trying to take a larger step into the professional ranks. Hendrie said he not only tries to build the kids as tennis players, but as people. "We try to develop sound basics in tennis and in lifestyles," Hendrie said. "We try to teach them how to deal with the proeeuree of playing tennis, dealing with the pressures of tournament play and also how to deal with life in general. "A lot of the times these kids are doing more at their age than most people do in a lifetime, and they have to learn how to deal with it" Hendrie said often the most difficult thing in working with kids in the academy ie working with the students’ parents; and the expectations the parents have of their children. Hendrie said students will often leave the acad emy and may not improve right away, but the students who stick with it and practice the fundamentals teamed at the academy will eventually be successful. "We deal with the kids on a one-on-one basis and we deal with the parents usually by mail or by telephone,” Hendrie said. "When we do talk with the parents they always want to know Why isn’t my kid winning any matches?* We try to tell them that we’re Slinking long-term.” Hendrie tells parents and students that if they continue to develop and work on their hinds ^ mentals, they will eventually improve. Hendrie said he urges parents to participate as much as possible and take an active role in their child’s instruction. Hendrie said dealing with the students in the academy is rewarding and refreshing, and he could not have chosen a better profession. "I love it,” Hendrie said. “Ifs a lot offiin, it’s a lot of exercise and you can see progress every day. You’re really developing kids’ lives — and not just in tennis.” Hendrie came to New Braunfels IO years ago and with the exception of a brief stint working in Florida, he has not left — and he does not intend to leave. Hendrie and his wife Leslie, whom he originally hired as a tennis pro in New Braunfels have three boys ages two months through five years. Hearing slated on high speed rail legislation By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung A public hearing on Senate Bill 787, a bill designed to initiate several restrictions and guidelines on the Texas High-Speed Rail project, is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. in Austin. The bill, if passed, would accelerate the process by which the Texas High-Speed Rail Authority becomes part of the Texas Railroad Commission, establish economic and environmental guidelines for the authority, and mandate a deadline for preferred routing of the rail. Jay Bond, a spokesman for Sen. Jim Turner, D-Crockett, said the bill is an effort by lawmakers to shore up control of the high* speed rail project and address the economic and* environmental issues of the railway. Bond said Turner, author of the bill, was eager to help property owners in Ute area of the proposed high-speed rail feel more at ease about the future of their property values. According to Bond, citizens in the Houston-Dallas-San Antonio high-speed rail corridor, including residents of Comal County, are concerned that the rail is going to be built without any advance warning of where or when. "We feel like if it is going to be built, then we need to at least take care of these items,” Bond said. "We should tighten up the financial accountability, make them stick to the existing right-of-way as much as possible and give our constituents and the constituents of Comal County some idea of where they are likely to build, by the end of the year.” . SB 787 seU Dec. 31, 1993 as the deadline for Texas TOV, the holder of the high-speed rail franchise, to submit preferred routing proposals for the railway. These routes would be reviewed and revised, if necessary, by the THSRA before final approval. Although the ultimately goal is to keep the bullet-train as close to existing right-of-ways as possible, Bond admits that is simply not feasible. Bond said additional land would be necessary to ensure the proper design of the rail, and the Citizens meet to oppose train By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung Citizens Opposing the Super Train, or COST, met Saturday near Geronimo to voice their opposition to the Texas TGV bullet-train. Mrs. Elmer Randow, a COST group member, said the environmental and economic feasibility of the Texas High-Speed Rail Authority's project is not enough to justify the construction of the railway. Citizens at the meeting also voiced concerns over the economic success of the project, and Randow said people in her area are finding it hard to believe the bullet-train will be able to support itself financially. Senate Bill 787 would require solid preferred routing plans to be established by Dec. 31 of this year, which would allow residents of effected areas to determine suitable courses of action. Randow said COST members ere taking action to derail plans for a bullet-train through their area, and intend to impress upon legislators the benefits to the few people who would ride the train would not outweigh the costs to property owners. State Rep. Edmund Kaem* pel, R-Seguin, urged interested citizens to attend the special hearing in Austin on Wednesday. THSRA would acquire those properties either by purchase, or by eminent domain as a last resort. "The goal is to minimise the effects on the citizens of Comal County," Bond said. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, co-author cf SB 787, •aid the goal of the bill ie to provide landowners and prospective land purchasers solid information as to when and where the rail will be built. Crime Stoppers calls for ’93 exceed previous year By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung The New Braunfels Police Department’s Crime Stoppers unit has already received mort telephone calls this year than in all of 1992, according to Libby Reinhart of the New Braunfels Police Crime Division. Last year, Crime Stoppers took 13 phone calls. This year, tbs division has already had 20, ana according to Reinhart they have seen good results. “We (made an arrest in) the Rhoads Interiors case — that came in as a Crime Stoppers call," Reinhart said. "And we’ve gotten a couple of fugitives.” Captain Ray Douglas of th# NBPD Criminal Investigation Division said the rejuvenation of Crime Stopper's activity is th# direct result of the active role of the Crime Steppers Board of Directors and an interest taken by the community in help^ tnj^polic^ sov.%    mss. By, more people should start calling in.” Douglas said a possible reason for slow volume of Crime Stoppers calls in the past could have been that county residents were not well versed in how the system worked. Douglas said the system is completely anonymous and that Reinhart, the Crime Stoppers director, doesn’t know the identity of the sources. ^■isn people see results, they become more enthusiastic about it” Douglas said. "We always Ilks having those calls, and ones ws start paying out some more mon* ■tv of me Douglas said also the Quick $50 program has been helpful in getting people more involved in helping tnt police solve crimes. Any information leading to an arrest will net the source $50. Should the person arrested go on to be convicted of a felony, the source would then be eligible for the Crime Stoppers $1,000 reward for their information, on top of the original $50. Douglas said once more people know how the system works, the benefits will become more and more obvious. "It’s been working well for us for quite a while, and hopefully we can get the word out and get more people involved,” Douglas said. Inside CLASSIFIED............ ....MB COMICS................... ENTERTAINMENT.. .......7A FOOD...................... .......1B LOOKING BACK..... .......SA OBITUARIES........... .......SA OPINION.................. •PORTS.................. WATER WATCH..... ........SA WEATHER............... StammtischBatt withe* The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung sends Birthday wishes to Mercedes Bae Chuz, 8onny Luna, Crystal Marls Salasar, Bustos, Diana Marie Peres, and Alice CasteUqja. Belated Isabel Campos and Eustaeio / Luna, Crystal Maris Salasar, April i, Pete Cardova Sr., Brittany Oaytan Birthday wishes go to Samuel Campos, 9 Luna Sr.Under th* Big Top Tbs Carson and Barnes Circus will ba in Ntw Braunfels today for performances at 6 p.m. and I p.m. at tito Comal County Fairgrounds. Proceeds will bonofit th# Now Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club. Tickets art on solo al both Jim’s Vldoos locations, the Unioom Drivt-ln and KtesUng Radiator Works. Advents ticket piles* ars $7 for adults and 4$ for children. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for children at the gate.Bon* marrow donor* A bone marrow drive for Charles Thornton of Smithson Valley High School will be held 4-7 p.m. today at the Bulverde Community Center. Testing is available at no charge to the first 50 non-minorities. All minorities will bs tested for free. Thoat tested will bs put on tbs National Marrow Donor Program Registry. South Toxaa Blood Bank will ba doing the testing. A blood test will determine a match. Donations ars needed, and payment of the $55 needed for payment or other donations ars welcome. —* More Btemmtieeh on page TA SportsUnicorns win! Tho Now Braunfels Unicom soccer team advanced to tho Region IV tournament Tuesday night wfth a 3-1 victory over San Antonio John Jay. Tho UNooms wiH play Donna Friday al tho Blossom Athletic Conter In San A rnonto in tho regional samlirwt. For a complete game story... Bbs Sports, Pag# SA. mrnmwrv.', /i'V'H...... SBM rn- ... , rn ;