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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday’s Games Today’s Games Eastern Conference Pacers    85 76ers    82 Indiana leads series 2-0 Western Conference Spurs    79 Lakers    76 San Antonio leads series 2-0 Eastern Conference Knicks at Hawks, 7 p.m. TV: TNT (cable channel 36) New York leads series 1-0 Western Conference Trail Blazers at Jazz, 9:30 p.m. TV: TNT (cable channel 36) Utah leads series 1-0 More on the Spurs-Lakers series — Page 10 N EW (tiaUjtisNFELS 2 0332 IOO q 10/22/09 TI CHOPU BL I SHIN' 1^1 JC, VV fmHUmNr    so-wlut    IIH;    -    - -  2627    E WH HI ll HERALD-ZeI I UNG Vol. 148, No. 130    16    pages    in    I    section    May    20,    1999 Thursday — Comal County since 1852 50 cents ‘Phantom Menace’ a hit with fans Area residents like film despite poor reviews By Heather Tooo Staff Writer The verdict is in. After a 16-year hiatus, George Lucas still has “the Force” to drive moviegoers to the box office. Area residents got the first peek at Lucas* much-awaited prequel, “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday. Marketplace Cinema 12,651 North Business 35, started showing one of the most hyped science fiction movies in history at midnight on two screens. Both showings sold out May 12 — the first day tickets went on sale. “It was wonderful. I loved it,” Erie Watson said. At 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Watson, along with his friend Chris Sioman, walked out from their second viewing of the newest Star Wars flick — the first of three prequels to the original films. Watson and Sioman attended the “Phantom Menace” premiere at midnight — and they planned to return for a third viewing Wednesday night. “It was a beautiful, fun film,” Watson said. “I give it two thumbs up.” In response to a wave of critics’ reviews denouncing the film as a “big disappointment,” Sioman said, “They’re dumb.” “It’s different than the other Star Wars films. It is its own movie,” he said. See FANS/5 Travis LaFaitte, 11, and his mother, Mary Jo, dressed up for the New Braunfels premiere of “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” early Wednesday at Marketplace Cinema 12,651 Business 35 North. ROBIN CORNETT/ Herald-Zetlung Destined to Rangers’ Atzenhoffer learned craft at age 9 By Peter Brown Sports Editor Some people choose their own destiny. Some have it thrust upon them. For Smithson Valley pitcher Rachel Atzenhoffer, destiny just popped out of her mouth one day when she was 9 years old. “I don't know what it was,” she said. “One day I just said, ‘Hey, I want to pitch.’” That sentence sent Atzenhoffer on a long and winding path that will head for Austin on Friday, when Smithson Valley’s softball team takes on Weatherford in the Class 4A University Interscholastic League state semifinals. A win would put the Rangers in Saturday’s championship game, a step further than any Smithson Valley team has been in any sport. When she expressed her interest in pitching, Atzenhoffer began working with Javier Veils, who coaches softball at Klein Oak High School in Houston. Atzenhoffer said when she began to realize the work it took to learn to pitch, she almost gave it up. “I liked it at first, but after all the practice I was wondering why I was doing it,” she said. “I had some second thoughts, but I stuck with it.” After playing her freshman and sophomore seasons at Houston Cypress-Fairbanks High School, the Atzenhoffers moved to Comal County, much to the pleasure of Ranger softball fans. Atzenhoffer was 17-6 in 1998 with 288 strikeouts. To date, she is 22-1 with 291 strikeouts. She threw a perfect game on April I against Bastrop and a no-hitter eight days later against Lockhart. In the Region 1V4A finals this past Friday, she was perfect through 6 2/3 innings, striking out a career-high 19 batters. “Every team there (at the state tournament) has a good pitcher. I’ve seen some of them and they are very, very good pitchers,” SVHS coach Wayne Daigle said. “But I wouldn’t trade for any one of them over who we’ve got at old Smithson Valley. Not after last Friday, no sir.” “I can tell when she’s on,” senior catcher Cami Cunningham said. She puts the ball right where I call it and I don’t have to move.” See ATZENHOFFER/5House committee stalls on SB 1772 ROBIN CORNETT^erald-Zeitung Smithson Valley senior Rachel Atzenhoffer decided to be a pitcher at age 9. “I don’t know what it was. One day I just said, Hey, I want to pitch,”1 she said. UIL Softball Tournament Cl— 4A Pairings Friday’s Semifinal Games Magnolia (32-3) vs. Waco Midway (26-6), 1 p.m. Weatherford (34-2-2) vs. Smithson Valley (32-5), 3 p.m. Radio: KNBT (92.1 FM), KQNB (1420 AM) Saturday’s Championship Game Magnolia-Waco Midway winner vs. Weatherford-Smithson Valley winner, 4 p.m. AM games at Pleasant Valley Sportspiex, Austin How to get there: Take Interstate 35 north to Austin, exit Riverside Drive Turn right 1 1/2 miles, then turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road for 1/2 mile. The Pleasant Valley Sportspiex is on the right. Tickets: An all-tournament pass ts available for $14. Admission for each of four sessions (2A, 3A, 4A, 5A) is $8 for adults and $5 for students. AH tickets must be purchased at the gate. Bill needs hearing to reach the floor By Peri Stone Staff Writer AUSTIN — A House committee took no action Wednesday on a bill that would allow New Braunfels to use a portion of its bed tax revenue for river cleanup. A committee aide said Senate Bill 1772 needed to receive a hearing today to pass through the Ways and Means Committee in time to reach the House floor. Saturday is the last day to turn in committee reports. The Legislature adjourns on May 31. % MEEK WATSON To find out if the committee will hear the bill again today, call (512)463-0822. Three New Braunfels residents went on record in favor of the bill at the hearing and more than IO representing New Braunfels and other cities went on record against it. Committee chair Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, said of the 99 percent of feedback he had received had been negative. New Braunfels City Council member Juliet Watson told committee members there was support for the bill. City council approved the bill, See SB 1772/3 Safe School task force identifies security needs By Heather Tooo Staff Writer Cracking down on pranksters and strengthening parental involvement and communication tops the list of security needs at local school campuses. Members of the New Braunfels Independent School District Safe School task force, comprised of school administrators, teachers, parents and law enforcement representatives, met Wednesday night to discuss security needs at school campuses in the 1999-2000 school year. Task force members and parents attending the meeting discussed suggestions made at a recent informational session and compiled a list of possible recommendations, including: • Installing a communications system in every classroom; • Video cameras to monitor the inside and outside of school campuses; • Motion-activated lighting on school grounds; • Encouraging parent volunteers to help monitor school hallways and parking lots; • Pushing legislation that would increase penalties for juveniles who commit school offenses; • Increased communication between school officials and parents, including follow-up letters rn the case of a school incident; and • Cooperation with local law enforcement to use bomb search dogs at local campuses. See NEEDS/5 Johnson named small business person of year By Peri StoneStaff Writer Local businesswoman Carol Johnson loves her job, and if an award she received Wednesday is any indication, she’s good at it, too. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., recognized Johnson, owner of Johnson Furniture, 283 S. Seguin Ave., as New Braunfels’ 1999 Small Business Person of the Year. She is the 10th recipient of the award. Johnson has owned the store since 1989, when she bought it from her parents. In January 1989, she started lnnerworks, an interior design company. When chamber officials marched into her store Wednesday, Johnson shook her head, laughing. “I can’t believe y’all,” she said. “Thank you.” Johnson received a plaque, a badge to wear and a banner to display. “A small business isn’t successful without serving the community and the community serving back,” she said. “It’s a w in-w in situation.” Chamber vice president Bonnie Tetrault said Johnson was chosen because of her community involvement and the “obvious growth” of the store. The chamber board chose Johnson from a list of three names submitted by a screening committee made up of chairs from all the small business council committees. The screening committee received about 25 nominations from the community and narrowed them to three. Nominees had to be chamber members and to have owned their businesses for at least three years.Inside Abby..................... Classifieds........... ................7 ..........12-16 Comics................ ......... 8 Crossword........... .................7 Forum.................. ................6 Local/Metro.......... .......4 Movies................ .................7 Obituaries............ .................3 Sports.................. ..........10-12 Today .................2 Television .................8 Key code 76 ROBIN CORNETT /Herald-Zertung Carol Johnson of Johnson Furniture is named the chamber’s 1999 small business person of the year on Wednesday. ;