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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Find out how to find the right fishing rod. See Page 1B. fgp I ‘I Herald 18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, May 28,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Donate and Sandra Duncan Vol. 145, No. 140 Comal dodges storm’s bullet At least 32 killed north of Austin; no major damage in New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Roland Sanchez, parks department maintenance employee for New Braunfels, saws one of many branches that fell during storms that blew into the area Tuesday night. Very little damage was incurred in the Comal County area. Inside Editorial.......................... 4A Sports......................................1-2B Comics.........................................3B Market Place...........................5-10B Dear Abby....................................3A Birthday wishes from Ilia Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Marilyn DeWalt, Joyce Miller, Esmeralda Puente, Dora Ramirez and Kathleen Rhodes and belated wishes to Alfonso Sandoval Happy anniversary wishes to: Donnie and Sandra Duncan To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count mold — 3,100 grass —14 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 282 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday. - Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.27 feet above sea level, down .01 from Tuesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 1,930 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1,284 cfs Canyon Lake level — 912.56 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 5.134 miHwn gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 594,000 gallons of weN water were used. jflBflaeUP 1-35 South exits remain cloud Work on Interstate 35 South will continue this week. All construction should be done behind the barriers, and southbound lanes should be free of closures. However, several exits will remain closed. The Engel Road, Schwab Road and FM 1103 exits will remain closed. Drivers should use the Solms Road exit to get to these roads. This means the rest area on the southbound side of I-35 will also be closed. Further south, the FM 3009 ramp will also be closed, and drivers should use the FM 2252/FM 482 exit. Don’t forgd that graduation gift New Braunfels High School will conduct graduation ceremonies at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Unicorn Stadium, lf it is raining Thursday, ceremonies will be moved to the gymnasium. Only those with tickets will be admitted. Others will be placed in the cafetorium or an extra classroom where they can watch on a large screen television. Smithson Valley s graduation also will be Thursday at 8 p.m. at Ranger Stadium. Inclement weather plans were not available by press time Canyon High graduation ceremonies will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, May 30 , at Cougar Stadium. In case of rain, the ceremonies will be moved to Cougar Den. Students will be given 10 tickets marked for gym ceremonies, and if the exercises are moved, family and friends will need the tickets. All three high schools said the location for the ceremonies will be determined at the last possible minute so ceremonies can remain outside if possible. Schools rtlMM students for school yoar Wednesday is the last of day of classes in the New Braunfels Independent School District, while students in Comal Independent School District attend classes until Friday. CISD students will be released from school early Friday. Less than quarter inch of rain, 51 mph winds reported By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Though rain, hail and heavy winds blew through Comal County Tuesday, the county was for the most part spared the severe weather that plagued Central Texas late Tuesday. The National Weather Service recorded .22 inch of rain and a high wind of 51 mph at New Braunfels Municipal Airport. Though only .10 inch of rain was reported in San Antonio, wind gusts reached 125 mph. There were no official reports of funnel clouds and no tornado warnings were issued for Comal County. Funnels were spotted in Blanco, Travis, Williamson and Medina counties. Comal County was under a severe thunderstorm warning from 6:14 p.m. until 7:15 p.m., and hail was reported at Canyon Lake at 6:45 p.m. It has been a wet year so far, especially compared to the drought conditions of 1996, according to NWS officials. Year-to-date rainfall for the By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council unanimously postponed action on a proposal to reconstruct Gruene Bridge until a special meeting at 7 p.m. June 5 at the Municipal Building. District 5 councilwoman Cathy Talcott made the motion and cited the need for additional public input and further study before council made a final determination of the proposal. “I really feel like this is such an important issue that I want to devote it to a separate meeting," she said. She originally suggested the city tor at the Kerrville Daily Times, has been named managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, editor and publisher Doug Toney announced today. Edmonson will oversee newsroom operations at the Herald-Zeitung. She replaces Micah Boyd, who resigned to accept the position of media specialist with the Corpus Christi Housing Authority. "We’re very pleased to have Margaret with us,” Toney said in his announcement. “We are disappointed, yet happy for Micah’s opportunity in Corpus. San Antonio area this year is 14.76 inches compared to 3.11 inches through the end of May 1996. The National Weather service was unable to provide rain fall statistics hold a workshop, but Mayor Jan Ken-nady said it should be a special meeting so council could take action after hearing from the public. City staff recommended going ahead with the proposal to address increasing traffic and concerns for water recreational safety. The Texas Department of Transportation and federal government are offering to pay 90 percent of the project, estimated to cost up to $900,000 with the city picking up the rest of the tab. City officials want to take advantage of the offer that could save the city thousands of dollars and would “We’re very fortunate to have someone of Margaret’s experience and talents to take over the newsroom,” Toney said. “She started her journalism career at the Herald-Zeitung eight years ago as a reporter, so she knows the community.’’ Edmonson left the Herald-Zeitung to work for the Kerrville Daily Times in 1990 as a general assignments reporter. She covered every major beat for the specifically for Comal County. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers today and a 20 percent Thursday. Highs both days will be in the mid- ‘I really foal like this is such an important issue that I want to devote it to a separata meeting.’ — Councilwoman Cathy Talcott not be available until another five to IO years, City Manager Mike Shands said. Local merchants and residents in Gruene have urged the city not to tear the existing bridge down because of the scenic view it provides local residents and tourists throughout the year. They have said the bridge’s position in a valley provided an attractive view for residents and tourists. TxDOT’s design plan would raise the bridge by several feet on both sides of the Guadalupe River. Times, including the county, city, river authority and schools. She was promoted to business and regional editor in 1993 and became city editor in 1996. Edmonson graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. “My family is looking forward to moving to Comal County, and we are glad to have the opportunity to remain in the Texas Hill Country,” she said Her husband Robert is a research specialist with the Texas Forest Service in Kerrville, and they have a 5-year-old daughter Maranda. The Edmonsons plan to live in the Bulverde area. 80s with lows in the mid to high 60s. Chances for severe weather are slight until the weekend, with forecasters calling for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The long range planning committee for Comal Independent School District reached a consensus Tuesday night to study eliminating intermediate schools and building several new campuses. Ken Niemann, a consultant with Pfluger Associates, told approximately 26 committee members present that the district would experience rapid growth in the next few years. By the 2002-2003 school year, the Bulverde and Spring Branch area would have 1,242 new students, the Mountain Valley area would have 560 new students and the New Braunfels and Canyon area would have about 331 new students, he said. The committee now had to determine “the best way to accommodate for all these new kids,” Niemann said. Niemann presented the group with two options to deal with the growth. Option A would maintain the current make-up of schools, including primary, elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools. Niemann said under this option, students still would be able to attend school in their neighborhoods. However, the plan would call for three new schools and eight major additions at existing campuses to increase capacities. The cost of the first option would be about $55 million, he said. “I think (the enrollment projections) Tornado rips through Jarrell JARRELL, Texas (AP) — Bits of clothing hung from barbed-wire fences, dead cattle lay side-by-side, telephone poles were snapped in half, a tractor trailer lay upside-down in a field. And where the Double Creek Estates once stood, there was nothing. “It’s not there anymore,” Williamson County sheriffs deputy R.B. Raby said of the housing tract that was wiped out by one of several tornadoes that roared through Texas on Tuesday, killing at least 32 people. “I don’t know of anything anyone can do,” Raby said. The state’s deadliest tornadoes in a decade ripped through four counties in central Texas — from Waco to Austin. Jarrell, a town of 1,000 about 40 miles north of Austin, was hit hardest — 30 residents dead, scores more injured, 50 homes leveled. “It was like a big vacuum sucked everything up,” said Max Johnson Jr., who visited the town after a funnel cloud blazed a swath of about a mile long and 200 yards wide. Ray Westphal, manager of a Wendy’s restaurant in Cedar Park about 25 miles away, said he was watching the darkened horizon with others in his parking lot “until the funnel started coming through the sky. Then everyone panicked.” Option A ■ Maintain the current mix of schools, keeping intermediate school campuses. ■ Seven major additions at Bulverde Elementary, Bill Brown Elementary, Mountain Valley Elementary, Frazier Elementary, Comal Elementary, Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School ■ Four new schools, including two elementary schools, one intermediate school and one high school. ■ Projected cost of $55 million. Option B ■ Eliminate intermediate campuses, leaving elementary, middle and high school campuses ■ Eight major additions at Bulverde Elementary, Bill Brown Elementary, Frazier Elementary, Comal Elementary, Canyon Intermediate (Elementary), Smithson Valley Middle School, Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School ■ Three new schools, including two elementary schools and one high school. ■ Projected cost of $48.9 million. present a pretty dam good picture in the big picture sense of how your dis-tnct is growing,” Niemann said. “The Turn to Growth, Page 2A NBMS drama students do it their way with trip to New York City By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A traditional field tnp for most middle school students might be a jaunt to a local museum or state park. But New Braunfels Middle School drama students annually push the limits of tradition by traveling to New York City. Twenty-two students and six adults leave for a Big Apple adventure Thursday and return Sunday, June I . The group is made up of students from NBMS drama classes and their chaperones. Bob Watson, drama teacher at the school and organizer of the trip for the eighth consecutive year, said the tnp offers a great deal to the participating students. “The trip gives the students four days of being on their own and forces them to think for themselves,” Watson said. “They also see the advantages of being in one of the largest cities in the world, seeing the diversity and accepting the differences.” Plans call for the party to walk down Wall Street, ascend the Statue of Liberty, tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art and dine in Little Italy and Chinatown. An annual highlight, Watson said, is attending Broadway shows. He said the group has tickets for the shows “Forum,” “Phantom of the Opera” and, for students with parental permission, “Rents.” Watson said the unplanned events during the trip often outshine the regular tourist activities. “One year, we were walking through Central Park and a CNN crew stopped us and asked the kids what inventions they expected to see in the future,” Watson said. "Our kids came up with such creative answers that CNN aired all the responses. We came back home and watched ourselves on television all day.” Watson said another annual event is for the group to go to the ‘Today” show studio and hope to appear chi national television. “The studio is behind a large glass window, and we go down there and wave,” Watson said. “If the people in New Braunfels want to get up at 6 a.m.Friday, we will certainly wave at them.” The trip costs about $1,000 per person, Watson said, and includes transportation and hotel costs as well as meals and admission to all museums and shows. He said all expenses are paid by the individuals and their families. Whats inside See Page 3A: ■ Bracken family burned out of home ■ Cops, utilities report on damage City postpones vote on bridge H-Z names new managing editor Margaret Edmonson, former city edi- Margaret Edmonson Comal ESD eyes options for growth The optionsConcerts in the Park series begins Thursday. See Page GA. ;