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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Abby................................7A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics.................  8A Crossword........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Television.............................3B Key Code 76New rites 3*1?^e/- PaL 'r/W Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0.1 or 2 can water today after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water today after 8 p.m. Jammin’ Americana Music Jam draws crowd Vol. 149 No. 132    14    pages    in    2    sections    May    23,    2000    T^TTT^nrA    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Tuesday Kendrick, Flume take council seats K. J cosie SLA TEN/Heraid-zeitung The crowd at Gruene Hall came early, stayed late and had a great time at Sunday’s benefit for the Westside Community Center project. Above right, Radney Foster had fans singing along with a country ballad early Sunday evening. By Heather Todd Staff Writer During their first night in office, District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick and District 3 councilwoman Debbie Flume voted down an ordinance that would have placed “Citizens Communications” at the end of the meeting and approved a resolution supporting an affordable housing complex in New Braunfels. Flume and Kendrick were officially sworn into office Monday night. They were elected by their respective districts May 6. Former council members Randy Vanstory and Jan Kotylo stepped from council after serving one three-year term and were recognized for their public service during a ceremony Monday night. The new council elected Juan Luis Martinez to continue serv ing as Mayor Pro Tem. During the regular meeting, no one in the audience voiced support or opposition to the proposed Evergreen Townhomes project, but District 6 Councilwoman Juliet Watson voiced several concerns about the proposed complex. Council approved the resolution supporting the affordable housing project, with Watson as the only dissenting vote. She also voted against supporting the project last year. Amistad Affordable Housing, Inc. is once again seeking federal tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to build an 80-unit complex on a 5-acre property site in southwest New Braunfels. This is the third time Amistad has applied for tax credits. The Evergreen project was denied funding last year and another project called Huisache Villas off Business 35 was denied tax-credit approval in 1998. Last year, many residents living near the proposed site voiced concerns about crime, increased traffic and overcrowding and water availability On Monday night, Watson voiced concerns how the complex would be maintained. “How do you know this won’t turn into the Rosedale Apartments?” Watson said. City inspectors found more than 150 violations of health and safety codes at the Rosedale Apartments off W. San Antonio Street and ordered all residents to vacate. Amistad co-developer John Seidel said the complex was not like Sec- In a class by themselvesNB Christian Academy graduates first two students By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Imagine for a moment having a greater than 4.0 grade-point-average with numerous civic, church and community honors — and being the valedictorian or salutatorian of your high school class. Your high school’s first graduating class. That’s what happened MondayThe lowdown on area high school graduations/5A night to Ben Engel and Bethany McDonald. They were the first graduates — and the entire graduating class — of New Braunfels Christian Academy. The pair were honored in commencement ceremonies held at Oakwood Baptist Church that were attended by about 200 people. “I’ve been here since this high school was started,” said valedictorian, Engel, a former Canyon High School student. “I’ve anticipated this See GRADUATJON/5A By Dale Martin Herald-Zeitung Correspondent “Are you guys ready to rock ‘n roll?” asked Mattson Rainer, program director for KNBT, 92.1 FM. With that statement, the fourth annual Americana Music Jam got under way. With a full house already crowded into historic Gruene Hall shortly atter I p.m. Sunday, the jam kicked off to a roar of applause. Fred Stockwell, general manager for KNBT, took the stage earlier to offer up the customary thank yous to this year’s sponsors — the Herald-Zeitung, Great -American Products, and Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative. Stockwell turned the day over to Rainer, the man who came up with the idea for the jam four years ago. Each year, the jam donates proceeds to a local charity. This year, it’s the Westside Community Center project, a facility that will serve local youth once built. Rainer and Stockwell selected the project this year after reading an editorial in the Herald-Zeitung. “We always try to pick a worthy cause,” Ramer said. “We especially look at things that benefit the kids. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible. This year, we are hoping to raise at least $ 15,000 from the jam.” Stockwell said final counts of the amount raised should be available by Wednesday. “We probably broke last year’s figure, which was $ 11,000,” he said. Rainer said he starts choosing bands about three or four months before each jam. “Over the years, I’ve become friends with most of these acts, and I have their home phone numbers,” he said. “I usually just give them a call and see if they are available to come down and play. “I find that my stress level goes way down when I invite friends to perform because there’s a lev- K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Like many other parents at the Americana Music Jam, Tonya and Lee Heffington came to help a good cause and get an early start at getting their son, 3-year-old Cason, hooked on Americana music. el of trust there. I admit I pray a lot before each jam.” When Two Tons of Steel kicked things off at I p.m., the audience knew these San sing on “Hung went nuts. Antonio boys came to town to rock. With two albums under their belt, they set a strong pace for the day, performing songs from both CDs. Highlights were a haunting “Havana Moon,” and rocking versions of “Big Big Love,” “Two Tons Of Steel” and “King of a One-Horse Town.” Monte Warden opened with “I Take Your Love Everywhere I Go.” For the remainder of his set it was one hit after another — “Your Heart Will Come Around,” “It’s Only Love” and even an old Waggoner classic, “Stout And High.” Jimmy LaFave’s 45-minute set opened with “One Angel” and included several Dylan classics like “Just Like A Woman” and “Highway 61 Revisited.” When The Great Divide hit the stage and invited Susan Gibson of the Groobies to Down Head,” the crowd See AMERICANA/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Debbie Flume, top, and Robert Kendrick take their oaths of office Monday night. tion 8 Housing because it was privately owned, operated and managed. And, according to stipulations of the tax credit funding, the owner would have to operate the complex for at least 30 years. Seidel said 38 percent of the population of New Braunfels fell within the income range to qualify for the tax credit housing. “This is good for 38 percent of the people in New Braunfels. I don’t see why people are opposed to it,” Seidel said. Seidel also said New Braunfels is the only community of its size in the state that doesn’t have tax-credit affordable housing projects. The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, which was created by the Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986, allows owners and investors in affordable housing to use a tax credit to offset a portion of their federal tax liability in exchange for the construction of affordable rental housing. The TDHCA has scheduled a meeting July 28 in Austin to announce which applications will receive tax credits.Car takes swim; nobody hurt By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A New Braunfels mother’s message to her 16-year-old son today is that a car is just a two-ton chunk of metal. Even a brand-new sports sedan. Steve Sigler parked his parents’ three-month old Mustang at the Landa Park golf course Saturday evening, set the parking brake — left it in gear — and, somehow, it still rolled down a hill and into the Comal River. Police and parents Mark and Terese Sigler were called to the scene a little after 7 p.m. after the boy reported the incident. “Steve’s OK, and I think it’s been a learning experience for ail of us,” said Terese Sigler. “It was See CAR/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung The 2000 Mustang owned by Mark and Terese Sigler is pulled from the Comal River Saturday evening. ;