New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Brandon Kuonotlor, CMI (Corpl, Roland Eephton, (Cathar* (no Johnson, Justin Watson, Erica Martinos (belated, four years old), Oralla Martinss (22 years, Monday), Regina Mills, and Michael Young (belated).
Happy 12th anniversary to Michael and Luey Qodi, and happy annivorsanf to Deborah and Bruce Comevin.
Leadership New Braunfels class to graduate
Tickets are still available for the Leadership New Braunfels class of ’96 graduation dinner and ceremony on Thursday, May 16. The event, which begins with a social at 6 p.m., will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Dr. W.C. Newberry, from Southwest Texas State University, will be the featured speaker at the brief ceremony.
Leadership New Braunfels is a program of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and has been in existence for the past four years. Applications for the class of '97 will be available in June.
Young Life happening
All high school students are invited to attend a Young Life happening at Tree Tops Monday, at 7:30 p.m.
Project Graduation meeting Tuesday
The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of CHS.
Plans will be finalized for the celebration to be held after graduation May 23. For information, call Luanne Schuetze at 651-9505.
I Need A Vacation’
The public is invited to the spring musical presented by Bill Brown Elementary School, music and theater departments, under the direction of Sherry Smith and Denise Stout.
The show,‘I Need A Vacation’ will be performed at 7 p.m., May 14. Admission is free.
La Loch# League to
La Leche League of New Braunfels meets Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a m. in the meeting room of NBNB Center North, 1000 N. Walnut. For more information, call Dana at 625-1240 or Mary at 609-2889.
Aggie Moms to hold pionic
Comal County Aggie Moms will hold their annual picnic to honor all students planning to attend Texas A&M in the fall. The picnic will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Landa Park Pavilion #16. Bring a covered dish. Meat and drinks furnished. For information, call 625-2637.
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Vol. 144, No. 130
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Tbs New Braunfels Unicorns girls track team celebrates after winning the Class 4A stats track mast at Memorial Stadium In Austin Friday. For the most complete coverage of local athletes at the stats meet, ess Page 1B.
It’s Better To Give
Story of Dallas man moves students to help
By DENISE DZIUK
The students at OakRun School were so moved by the story of a man raising his nieces and nephews they decided to take steps to help him. Next week, they will mail the man a check horn funds they raised during their lunch periods.
OakRun art teacher Jamie Dodson brought in a newspaper clipping of a 26-year-old pharmaceutical student. The student’s mother had been can rig for his five nieces and nephews, and when she died, he quit school and moved home to a little two-bedroom apartment to care for the youngsters.
“He didn’t want the family to be split up,” said Dodson. “He was the only filmily the kids had left.”
Dodson said she shared the article with
•I thought tho guy was an incredible role model for tho kids.’
— Jamie Dodson
her six fine arts classes to show them how fortunate they are and that they should be thankful. She said she also felt the man was a good example for the students.
“I thought the guy was an incredible role model for the kids In today’s age, you just don’t see that kind of heroism often” she said.
Dodson asked the students if they thought there was anything they could do for the family. The students voted to have a bake sale. Dodson said all the students in the school got involved, and even when there
City won’t tighten water rules just yet
By DENISE DZIUK
As the aquifer and spring flow levels continue to drop, the city of San Antonio is looking to enforce the next stage in its water management plan. However, the city of New Braunfels does not plan to tighten its restrictions at this time.
As of May 8, spring flow at the Comal Springs was 184 cubic feet per second and the San Marcos Springs was 95 cfs. Stage III of the Edwards Underground Water District Demand Management Plan, which calls for 20 percent mandatory reductions, will go into effect when the Comal Springs fall to 175 cfs. On Friday, the aquifer level at J-17 was 642.2 feet, just two feet above the level that triggers stage IU conservation measures for the city of San Antonio. However, the city of New Braunfels will remain under the year-round water restrictions it is currently under.
“We’re sticking with what we have right now, and we’re urging residents to stick to the conservation measures,” said Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson.
Ferguson said the city is receiving numerous calls complaining about water wasters. He said the city is going out and warning these users. However, he said, if the conditions continue, enforcement could become stricter. He said violators will then be cited rather warned. Under the city ordinance, each day’s activity would constitute a separate misdemeanor violation, punish-
Current water use rules listed on Page 3A
able by a fine of $50 to $500.
“If the situation continues without much rain, we can look to stricter enforcement,” said Ferguson.
The city will enact the next stage of water conservation when the average daily usage exceeds 8 million gallons per day and the J-17 well drops to 630 feet. Die city manager and mayor will determine what additional water-saving steps will be implemented at that time.
Ferguson said the area is in dire need of rain, and if there is none, a decision on what to do next could have to be made “in a few weeks rather than months.”
He also added that the city is encouraging residents to “adhere to the ordinance and limit water waste” and the city, in connection with NBU, will continue careful monitoring of the situation.
New council to consider property tax reduction
By ABE LEVY
was no more food left students continued to donate money. Dodson said contributions were also collected. She said the students got this money by skipping soda or dessert at lunch and by asking their parents to contribute. Some of the students even donated items such as hair bows.
“I think they saw how fortunate they arc,” she said. “It just became something they were really excited and proud of. They felt accomplished to be able to help.”
The students will send the family a check for the $262.64 they were able to raise, as well as the items they collected. Enclosed with the check will be drawings, cards, and letters from the students.
“These kids are great, lf they can help someone, all you have to do is ask and they’ll do it. I think they learned a lot from this,” said Dodson.
Reshuffled by single-member districting and a mayor elected at large, the New Braunfels City Council will consider next year’s budget and the use of hotel occupancy tax money at tomorrow’s regular meeting.
Jan Kennady will take the helm as mayor, with Cathy Talcott representing the council seat for District 5 and Juliet Watson for District 6.
The 1996-97 city budget, which has been reviewed since February at numerous public workshops, will be considered for file first of three readings that are needed for final approval.
The proposed budget calls for total expenditures of $14.48 million and $12.88 million of total revenue. The difference would be taken out of the fund balance.
One fourth of the revenue from the half-cent sales tax increase, implemented Oct. I, 1995, went into the general fund to help offset the tax burden for property owners.
The proposed budget calls for about $430,000 more in spending than the amended budget for this fiscal year. The increases are langley due to purchase requests for new golf carts, a garbage murk, a fire truck and December’s pay increase for all city employees.
Council member Brenda Freeman said she is concerned the property tax rate, which in the proposed budget is at 28 cents, is too low to maintain enough reserve for emergency situations.
“Money is a lot tighter than it has been in the past. (The proposed rate) is going to put a big hit on what we retain for reserves,” Freeman said. “As a property owner, I’d like to see it as low as possible, but I don’t want to see us put in jeopardy. I don’t want us to cut too much, too fast.”
Freeman added that the half-cent sales tax hike helped offset file property tax burden, but dropping from a 35-cent-rate last year to 28 cents may be moving too quickly.
Council will also discuss the wording of a request for proposals, seeking contracts with tourism agencies. The contracts would be funded from a portion of the hotel tax revenue.
At issue is whether the council will decide to contract with more than one agency to promote tourism. The move marks the first time the council has considered contracting with more than one tourism agency besides the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor-elect Jan Kennady said that although the chamber has done a good job, she is open to looking at all proposals if the council decides to issue them.
“It is my opinion that (the chamber is) doing a very good job. But that’s not to say I won’t look at every proposal. It’s an open field,” Kennady said.
Officials from both the chamber and the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County have indicated they would bid for hotel tax contracts, if a proposal were issued.
Photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Running off the toddlers
Madaiyn Lock roaches tor hor brother Jacob at the finish line of the 1996 McKenna Memorial Hospital Toddler Run. For more pictures, aaa Fags 6A.
Cut cable blamed for phone outage
A severed fiber-optic cable near Schertz caused New Braunfels residents to go without long-distance service from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.
A backhoe from a construction crew south of Bussey’s Flea Market, 18738 Interstate 35, cut the line, which was fixed by a crew from the San Antonio office of Southwestern Bell, said John Albracht, installation/repair supervisor for the New Braunfels Bell office.
Albracht said residents overloaded the lines in New Braunfels when they discovered their long-distance service was cut. The overload caused a delayed dial tone for local service.
Emergency 911 service for New Braunfels was rerouted around the severed line. County and city officials used cellular communications to quickly restore the 911 service.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.
No sign of survivors in Florida jetliner crash
MIAMI (AP) — A jetliner with at least 90 people on board crashed Saturday shortly after taking off from Miami International Airport, die Federal Aviation Administration said. There was no sign of survivors.
The DC-9 was headed to Atlanta and was about 30 miles outside the airport when it experienced problems in the cockpit, FAA spokesman Anthony Willett said.
Reports indicate that it was smoke, Willett said. The
aircraft was believed to be turning around to return to the airport when radar contact was lost “We believe dial the aircraft is down somewhere in die vicinity of the Florida Everglades,” he said.
He said die accident occurred about 15 miles west of Opa Locka, Fla. Investigators from the National Trans-potation Safety Board were en route to the site. Between 90 and 112 people were on board Flight 592.
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