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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY I ala Moore signs scholarship with SWT. Page IO New Braunfels ww |4 Herald 20&32    M009 i /\ SOREST nrnuncn*2/99 B- r- ''4LK0F'UBL PSW rMr* £. YANOEL.L DR 0 EL PASO, TX 79903-Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports......................................10 Comics.........................................11 Market Place...........................12-16 Dear Abby......................................3 StammtischBirthday wishes from the Hsrald-Zettungl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Cheryl Koepp, Amber Duncan, Lorenzo “Yankee” Camarillo, Letida Gonzales, J. R. Landin 40 years old), Diana C. Rodriguez (33 years old), Alia Vodron (belated), Yvonne Moreno. Happy anniversary wishes to: Mr. mid Mrs. Manuel Camareno (35 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold —2,264 Grass —24 River Information Comal River — 270 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.07 feet above sea level, same as Wednesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 713 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,117 nvon Lake level — 910.96 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) The outflow will remain the same throughout the weekend unless heavy rains occur. New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 6.046 milion gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 605.000 million gallons of well water were used. Wnktnd weather looks promising Looks like pleasant weather is on tap for the Memorial Day weekend although rain has a small chance of disrupting outdoor plans. Tonight's forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, lows in the upper 60s and southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Friday also has a 30 percent chance of rain with highs near 80 degrees. The outlook for the weekend calls for temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees and only a chance of rain. Monday’s Memorial Day calls for temperatures to reach 90 degrees and clear skies. All Interstate 35 lanes now open Though construction continues on I-35, all lanes are now open and southbound traffic should flow more smoothly. The road should be free of lane closures for the next three or four months. Just say no to illegal painting With the emergence of summer comes out-of-town painting companies soliciting business to paint residential curbs with street addresses. The only problem is that it is illegal, prohibited by city ordinance, officials said. Several such companies already have been going door-to-door, passing out fliers to paint curbs with residential addresses. ; City officials are urging people not to buy those services : but to post addresses in visible locations on their houses. The reason for the prohibition is to ensure visibility for emergency personnel and to make sure the posting will endure. Mayor hosts brown bag lunch Join Mayor Jan Kennady for a brown bag lunch at noon Friday at the municipal building. Carving a future Herald-Zeitung photo by David DeKunder Paul Sjulson works on Ona of his many woodwork creations he will be displaying at the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville during the Memorial Day weekend. With his artistic talents, Sjulson makes serving trays, lazy Susans and coasters out of many varieties of wood. Wood workers carve a niche at Canyon Lake By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKH — After Tom and Kathy Sayres moved to Canyon Lake from Houston seven years ago they figured they would kick back, relax and enjoy creating designs from wood. The Sayres, who retired from working for oil field service companies in Houston, probably did not figure that they would work as hard in their retirement on carving wood designs as they did on their jobs. Not that the Sayres mind. “In terms of labor hours we probably have worked as many hours as we did when we were working in Houston,” Tom said. “When you work at something you like to do and enjoy you lose track of time.” The Sayres certainly enjoy creating table lamps, floor lamps, treasure chests, lamp bases, pen boxes, mantle clocks, clamshell shaped boxes and perfume applicators from different varieties of wood in the shop beside their home. The couple’s artistry with wood has gained them recognition. They w ill be showing their designs at the Texas State Arts and Crafts Fair in Kerrville Memorial Day weekend from Friday to Monday on the campus of Schreiner College. W hat has turned heads toward the Sayres’ work is their unique way of inlaying designs with turquoise and making it look as if the turquoise grows into the wood. “People will say, did you find the wood like that?”’ Kathy said. “We take that as a compliment because we want to make it look like it grew in there.” The process by which the couple makes the turquoise grow goes like this. First, Kathy carves out a design in the wood with a wood-burning brush. After she completes that process, the turquoise nuggets are inlaid into the design. The last steps are sanding, polishing and coating the wood to make the design come to life. Turn to Carvers, Page 2 16 pages in one section ■ Thursday, May 22,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Cheryl Koepp Vol. 145, No. 136 TxDOT to start 281 overpass in October County group plans to seek lowering of speed limitBy CHRIS CREWSStaff Writer Comal County residents who travel U.S. 281 every day are keenly aware that changes need to be made to improve safety for the highway’s travelers. At least one of those changes is on the way. The Texas Department of Transportation finalized plans Monday for an overpass at U.S. 281 and Farm to Market Road 1863. Construction on the $6 million project is scheduled to begin in late October. “Safety concerns are definitely a major reason for this project,” said Greg Malatek, interim area engineer for TxDOT. Comal County Commissioner Danny Scheel said the overpass would be “a big plus” and that traffic lights approved for installation on Texas 46 at U.S. 281 would improve safety on the highway, but reducing the speed limit would provide the greatest benefit. “We are actively pursuing a 55 mph speed limit from county line to county line on U.S. 281 to better protect our citizens,” Scheel said. He said TxDOT has jurisdiction over speed limits and construction on U.S. 281. The current speed limit is ‘Somebody behind a desk in Austin who has never been out there is setting the speed limHs.’— Danny Scheel Comal County Commissioner 70 mph on all but one half-mile stretch of the highway, Scheel said. “Somebody behind a desk in Austin who has never been out there is setting the speed limits,” Scheel said. “We’re out there every day and see all of the near misses and those that don’t miss — like the car-bus wreck out there last week.” David Otwell, spokesman for TxDOT, said his agency did consider citizen concerns when setting speed limits on state highways. “When the federal government changed the parameters for speed limits, we worked with area engineers to set the speed limits and we are continuing to review and evaluate those decisions,” Otwell said. “But we will not arbitrarily lower speed limits based on the comments of the local citizenry.” Otwell said a meeting to explain the department’s criteria for setting speed limits and to hear citizen comments was scheduled June 12 at the department’s district office in San Antonio. Scheel said an all-out lobbying effort was being organized in an attempt to get the speed limit lowered. County officials, school board members and residents plan to attend the meeting to voice their support for lowering the speed limit. Scheel said he applauded one petition drive aimed at getting overpasses built at every intersection along the highway, but he expressed doubt as to its success. “Those bridges they’re talking about cost around $3 million apiece — with a price tag like that, the bridges are not going to happen,” Scheel said. Bulverde resident Bob Barton agreed that the overpass and a reduced speed limit would help, but he said better enforcement of the existing speed limit would improve safety on the road. “If they would park a patrolman by the road from about 6:30 to about 8:30 in the morning, things would definitely slow down,” Barton said. Mixing church and state N.B. man calls for prayer, Ten Commandments in Comal courts By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Spring Branch VED moves to new home By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH — When the new Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department station opens in two weeks, Fire Chief Bob Walker will have a lot of elbow room. Right now the main fire station at U.S. 281 and Farm to Market 311 is so cramped that every time maintenance needs to be done on one of the fire trucks, firefighters have to pull the truck out of the station and perform the work outside. “We can’t even check the oil on two of them without opening the doors,” Walker said. “There is no room to open the hoods of the trucks plus we have five trucks and four bays which makes it hard to get in and out.” The fire department will have the grand opening of the new station June 7. The station is almost completed. Walker said the new station would be three times as big as the current 8,400-square-foot facility. “For one (thing), we will have a maintenance area with a pit and office space,” Walker said. “Right now we have a desk in the middle of the truck bay. It will be built to serve 50 to 60 years and it will handle the expansion for bigger trucks and personnel.” The new station will include two Turn to Firehouse, Page 3 In a push to renew fundamental beliefs in God and the Bible, a New Braunfels man is circulating a petition to post the Ten Commandments in local courtrooms and open proceedings with prayer. Ralph Wall, a 64-year-old western artist who moved to New Braunfels from Houston in 1978, said he began circulating the petition two weeks ago among Comal County officials and residents. The move, Wall said, was designed to support Alabama Circuit Judge Roy Moore whose appeal to continue opening court with prayer and posting the Ten Commandments in his courtroom is pending before the Alabama State Supreme Court. A circuit judge ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union several months ago, blocking Moore’s policy on prayer and requiring him to remove or alter a display of the Ten Commandments from behind his bench. Alabama Gov. Fob James has said he would call out the National Guard and state troopers if anyone tried to remove the plaque of the Ten Commandments from Moore’s courtroom. The Alabama Attorney General sided w ith Moore and the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the judge’s position. Meanwhile a group of clergy filed a court brief opposing thejudge’s prayer policy and the plaque, claiming it created an “official preference for and favoritism of Christianity, if not Protestantism, over other faiths.” Local proponents of the petition said they believe Moses would turn over in his grave upon hearing the way courts based their rulings. But opponents say the move would promote one religion unfairly and jeopardize the presumed, unbiased arena of government. Citing men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Wall said America’s founding fathers depended on God and included Judeo-Chns-tian values such as the Ten Commandments in such government documents as the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Wall’s petition quotes Washington as saying, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world w ithout God and the Bible.” The Constitution, he says, was designed to protect government from intruding the church not the church from influencing government. Turn to Court, Page 2 Herald Zeitung photo by David DeKunder Spring Branch Fire Chief Bob Walker does maintenance work on a vehi- Race benefits participants, community. Page 4 ;