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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas ...    TUESDAYNew Braunfels    May    22,2001 ^ pages in 2 sectionsHeRALD-Z EITUNGVol. 150, No. 164    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Legislators look for spending reductions By Connie Mabin Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) — With days dwindling along with money, budget writers on Monday were faced with tough decisions: where to cut in the 2002-2003 spending plan now that the comptroller has lowered the revenue estimate. Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander on Sunday said lawmakers would have $18 million less than expected to spend in the next biennium. In the grand scheme of the $111 billion budget, $18 million might seem small. But with several high-profile expensive items competing for dollars and the economy slowing, it makes the tightest budget in a decade even tighter. “This is obviously very important,” said House Appropriations Chairman Rob Junell, D-San Angelo. “There will be some contingency cuts and some contingency appropriations.” That means lawmakers will have to move some yet-to-be-determined items onto a list that only will be funded if the money is found sometime in the future. The cuts would be “fair and equitable,” Junell said. While slashing will likely come in bits and pieces from little-noticed areas of the budget, some of the session’s top issues also could be in jeopardy of seeing funding cut or eliminated. “If I had my way, we would trim back the size of the initial state teachers insurance program and make sure we meet the obligations we have already made,” said Senate Finance Chairman Rodney Ellis, D-Houston. House Education Chairman Paul Sadler said the conference committee hammering out a $1.28 billion compromise insurance plan will continue working despite the budget crunch. Other potential victims of the red pen could be $1.1 billion in increases to social services, including making it easier for children to enroll in Medicaid. Robert Earl Keen sings ‘The Road Goes On Forever” during his encore at Sunday’s Americana Music Jam at Gruene Hall. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung By Ron Maloney and Martin Malacara Staff Writers Americana music jams Gruene Hall By Dale Martin Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Every year on a warm summer day, music fans from across the state converge on New Braunfels to enjoy some of the finest music Texas has to offer. This year was no exception. The fifth annual Americana Music Jam got off to a rousing start Sunday at Gruene Hall with a moving a capella version of “Amazing Grace” by Nashville artist Jon Randall. It was a perfect start to an event that has become a near religious experience for those who attend. The music jam, presented by 92.1 Radio New Braunfels, raised funds for Connections Individual and Family Services. Sponsors included the Herald-Zeitung,, The Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative and Great American Products. After Randall, Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band got down to business. As soon as the opening chords of “Living Everyday Like A Saturday Night” drifted across the old hardwood floor, the mood was set. Joined halfway through his set by friend Cory Morrow, Blaker served up his hits, including “Wrapped Up In Your Love” and “Red Bandana,” the old Haggard classic. See JAM/4A birthday to remember NB marks Lindheimer’s 200th birthday On the 200th anniversary of his birth, New Braunfels honored its first scientist, prominent citizen and publisher Monday. Ferdinand Jakob Lindheimer was recognized in events throughout the day in New Braunfels and in Austin, culminating more than a week of accolades for the man known throughout the world as the Father of Texas Botany. Locally, Lindheimer was an early superintendent of schools and was perhaps best known as the controversial first editor and publisher of the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung, one of the oldest newspapers in Texas and once the most prestigious German language periodical in the United States. His recognition on Monday opened at his gravesite in Comal Cemetery, where the Daughters of the Republic of Texas recognized him for his early contributions to Texas, going back to the days when the European and United States grip on this land was a tenuous one, at best. The Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter of the DRT presented a marker plaque unveiled at the foot of the great man’s grave by Lindheimer descendant Bob Loudon. The event opened with invocations and presentations of the historic flags of Texas and the United States in a brisk morning breeze that whipped the flags out straight and dried the grass left wet from overnight showers. Cathy Talcott sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner” and ‘Texas, Our Texas.” Rosemarie Leissner Gregory, president of the Ferdinand Lindheimer chapter of the DRT, offered the call to remembrance, calhng her chapter’s namesake a “staunch citizen of the Republic.” “Let us call to remembrance the great and good of their generation,” she said. Marilyn Adams Thurman gave a >rief biographical sketch of lindheimer. While best known international-y as a botanist, he was a loyal citizen and soldier in the army of the Republic of Texas, she said. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Top, Evelyn Sax, of Cibolo, smells flowers Monday with daughter Cheryl Wenzel, of Converse, at the Lindheimer house on Comal Street. Bottom left, Lindheimer descendant Barbara Loudon, of San Antonio, reads excerpts from Lindheimer’s diary Monday during the dedication of the Lindheimer mural. Bottom right, Lindheimer descendant Bob Loudon unveils a marker plaque, presented by the Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, at Lindheimer’s grave. (Photo by ron MALONEY/Heraid-zeitung) When the native of Frankfurt am Main came to the United States, he visited a number of universities and was offered the botany chair at Princeton. He turned that down. When lindheimer heard of the fight for independence in Texas, he came here to join the army. His unit arrived at San Jacinto the day after the great battle that decided the war, Thurman said. Later, Lindheimer heard that a large contingent of Germans was settling here, and he met them at Indianola. The rest, as historians Uke to say, is history. From ll a.m. to I p.m. Monday, about 200 people — including 20 or more Lindheimer descendants — attended a birthday party and reception at Conservation Plaza. ‘This is just wonderful,” said Martha Rehler, director. “We’ve had a good turnout and everyone cooperated to make this a wonderful event.” Rehler thanked everyone for his or her efforts. In the State Capitol in Austin, a proclamation recognizing Lindheimer’s contributions to Texas was read at 2:30 p.m. Most people spent the day celebrating Lindheimer’s birthday by touring his home on Comal Avenue. “People are showing more interest than I expected,” Dena Rittimann said. See BIRTHDAY/3AInside Abby...............................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................3B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports...............................1-2B Key Code 76 Accidents claim two lives By Ron Maloney Staff Writer STARTZVILLE — A 68-year-old Canyon Lake woman was killed Monday afternoon in a head-on collision on Farm-to-Market Road 3159. Mary C. Edmiston died instantly in the 4:20 p.m. accident that occurred on FM Road 3159 about one mile south of FM 2673, Depart ment of Public Safety Trooper Bernice Gutierrez said. Edmiston was the second traffic fatality in less than 48 hours in Comal County. In the other fatal crash, a 16-year old Judson High School student was killed early Sunday in a single vehicle accident on Krueger Canyon Road. An official with the Department of Public Safety in San Antonio said Allison P. Gifford, 16, of Converse, was dead at the scene of that accident outside New Braunfels at 12:50 a.m. Sunday. The victim of the Monday afternoon collision, Edmiston, was pronounced dead at about 5:30 p.m. at the scene of the accident on FM 3159 by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart. Gutierrez said Edmiston’s Honda four-door was struck See ACCIDENTS/3A RON MALONEY/Heratd-Zeitung Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety inspect the scene of a two-vehicle wreck Monday on Farm-to-Market Road 3159 that left a 68-year-old Canyon Lake woman dead. ;