New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
November 3, 1991
75 Cents Vol. 139, No. 249
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Billy Cowsert
Four Sections, 54 Pafles
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Pete Williams, Herbert Ormond, Rcgy Ormond, Marla Pustejovsky, Adclyn Brinkkoeter, l,croy Nance, Juan Perez Sr., Norma Madcro and Tina Rosales.
Celebrating a birthday Monday, Cheryl DuVall, Robert Flores Sr., Indira Patel, Ila Paid, Ashok Patel, Labia Patel, Ernest Hartman Jr. and Augustina Rosales.
Belated birthday wishes to Sarah Parcdc/., Erica Homan, Betty Rcvard. Dianna Kramer, Maude Nance, Miki White, Margo Tray-han. Pat Rosales, Barbara Jahns and Lclia Phillip.
“Happy anniversary” Sunday to (.•corge and Tina Rosales, Jim and Iona Grouchy.
Belated anniversary wishes to Emil and Magie Mueller.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Get your letters stamped
Plans arc already underway for i c Sesquicentennial Celebration • . t for New Braunfels’ 150th birthday in 1995.
I o help tell cvcrybrxly about the upcoming celebration, a special ad plate for [restage machines can be purchased by local businesses. The logo and message, “A proud supporter of the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial” can be stamped on all outgoing mail. Ordered through the S quiccnicnnia! Commission as the clearinghouse, a special price of $44.95 per plate (includes shipping'cost) has been arranged. Delivery is in approximately 30 days. For more information call lite Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce this week at 625-2385.
Election day Tuesday
Comal County residents will join other registered voters in the state Tuesday to go to the [rolls. Thirteen Constitutional amendments are part of the state-wide election. For local polling places see Page 3A.
As part of a guest speakers series in November recognizing National Alzheimer's Month, Dr. James Chambers, renowned researcher, will speak at the Senior Citizens Center, 655 Lamia St Thursday, Nov. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. Dr. Chambers will explain lite latest research on Alzheimer’s Disease in an informative and entertaining format. A panel of family members also will share their experiences. For more information call Judy Turner al 625-2068 or the Alzheimer’s Association office al I 800-523 2007.
Coat, sweater drive
For the next couple weeks, New Braunfels Utilities, local cleaners, the Community Council, New Braunfels and Canyon high schools, and First United Method isi Churel! are sponsoring “Opeta lion Bixly Heat,” a coat and sweater diive for the needy in New Biaunfels,
I he program aims to help keep people warmer during cold wrath et and also promote die wearing of J sweater or other warm clothing instead of turning up die dierinos tut in a home, layered clothing is smart during cold wcadicr because SM St AMM TISCH, Pag* 2A
Staff members of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung took eight photographs Saturday of hunters who got lucky on the first day of deer season.
The hunters were, Clint Flume, Sandra Nolte, Barry Brandenburg, Trent Classen, Norma Kloster, Steven Hildebrand, Vance Langley and Chase Cochran.
“We had a very enthusiastic response and we hope to see more deer hunters in the coming week,** said Sports Editor Joe Belk, who is coordinating the coverage.
Staff members will be on duty again today from 9 a.m. until I p.m. to take photographs of persons who drop by the office at 707 Landa St. with their deer.
During the following week, deer photos will be made during the paper’s regular hours, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
For more information call Belk at 625-9144.
Take a taste of Wurstfest
Mark Warnken of die New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung news staff has been promoted to city editor, announced Managing Fditor Stephanie Ferguson.
Warnken, 27, will assume his new responsibilities immediately.
He joined the Herald-/£ hung as a news reporter in June, covering mainly city and county government.
Before moving here, he spent a year as news editor of the weekly Warnken Springtown Epigraph in a community
Myton Floren, right, is joined by Mike Dietert of the Wurstfest Association as they prepare to bite the ceremonial sausage that signifies that Wurstfest has begun. (Photos by Stephanie Ferguson)
just west of Fort Worth. Prior to that, he served as editor of the Allen American, a semiweekly newspaper north of Dallas. He worked in Allen for more
durn three years.
Warnken, a San Antonio native who graduated from Holmes High School in 1982, earned a degree in journalism from die University of Texas at Austin in December 1986.
Celebrating the ‘wurst’
Floren plays some tunes on his accordion as he rides with the “Wurst Navy- down the Comal River Friday to the Wurstfest grounds
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Managing Editor
The smell of sausage, sauerkraut, and sausage-on-a-suck filled the crisp, cool air Friday as accordion great Myron Floren once again lead hundreds of spectators into another rousing year of Wurstfest.
“Welcome to Wurstfest,” Floren proclaimed as he emerged from the boat thin brought him to the grounds, located on the Comal River.
Hundreds of New Braunfelsers and out-of-town spectators gathered ai the grounds to usher in the 31 st year of Wurstfest and the 24th year Floren has made an appearance.
“The main thing is, have fun and that’s what it is all about,” said Grosse Opa Fritz Welsch. “lf you don't have fun it’s going to be your own fault.”
Entertainment continues throughout the day. The last day of the fest is Sunday, Nov. IO.
Sunday schedule (partial)
Das Grosse Zelt (The Big Tem)
11:30 a.m. — Myron Floren’s birthday party
12:30 a m. — Alsatian Dancers of Texas
1 p.m. — Tcltschik Family Band
2 p.m. — Alsatian Dancers of Texas
2:30 p.m. — The Accordinanista’s
3:30 p.m. — Blasorchester TV 1882 Runkcl
4:30 pan. — New Braunfels High School Band
5:30 p.m. — Herman Sons Polkaiccrs
6 pm. — Blasorchester TV 1882 Runkcl
7 p.m. — Herman Sons Poikateers
7:30 pm — Wa1 burg Boys
8:30 p.m. — Fire on the Mountain doggers
9 p.m. — Blasorchester TV 1882 Runkcl
10 p.m. — Fire on the Mountain doggers
There’* a good
chance of a
freeze tonight as the low dips down
lo 32 degrees. Today’* high will
reach about 58 degrees and there is
a 20 percent chance of rain. For
more weather information sec Rage
Funding will be top issue
By ROBERTSTEWART Stall Writer
Following a dSD “town meeting” on school finance reform, officials have expressed optimism that the Slate of Texas' school funding formula can be adjusted in the next legislative session so that “on the bubble” school districts arc not punished as severely as truly rich school districts.
“I feel like we now have two good allies in Senator Sims and Representative Kuempel,” C1SD Superintendent Joe Rogers said. “I feel like they will represent our case to the appropriate officials.”
“We will work diligently and very hard, i'm sure both Senator Suns and myself, lo find some type of solution lo where districts such as Comal are not hit in the pocketbook so severely,” said Representative Edmund Kuempel. “I was very happy with not only the meeting bul the turnout. When something like this (funding plan) happens it’s best lo have an exchange instead of hearing second-hand information of this caused this or this caused that The increase in the budget was not totally attributable to what they thought it was.”
“I don't guess we’ll tine lune (the school finance system) until we gel back into the legislature in 1993," Sims said. “There could be, depending on the courts, that we would have to go back into special session.”
Rogers has suggested that school districts be divided into more groups than just rich and poor. Three or more levels of classification would more fairly classify district's financial status.
SM FUNDING, Page 2A
Tax bills upsetting some owners
By MARK WARNKEN Stall Writer
TTie county's mailing of sonic 69,000 lax bills this week has left many property owners upset, with sonic doubting they can pay increases largely resulting from die state's public school funding reform, the local lax asscssor-collector says.
Gloria Clem tan told Commissioners Court on Thursday that her lax office employees have been deluged die [last couple days widt calls from troubled taxpayers saying they can’t, won’t or plan to delay paying the higher bills.
“I don't dunk our lax collection is going lo be as good as it was last year.” CTciuian said. “The bills hit the streets last Tuesday evening, and everybody is saying you may have to come aud shoot me to gel this amount.”
AIhwi KO percent of die average property lax bill this year goes to the Carnal Independent School District aud the Comal Education District, Clcnnan said. The bills, sent out by die tax assessor-collector’s office, include us many us seven other taxing entities, depending on location The city of New Braunfels and die New Biaunfels Independent School District send nudies sedately, Clennan said.
“You hear these |»cople crying on die phone, and it s a sad situation," Clennan said “Some say they budgeted for their lases, but they didn't budget for air additional $4(X).”
The combined Comal Independent School District County Education District tax rate this year is $1.73 per
$100 properly valuation, which includes die 91-cent CLD rate. The $1.73 rate is 44 percent higher than OSD’s 1990 91 rate CISD, classified by die state as a property-rich district, lost $1.9 riul-lion in stale funding for tile current year due to changes rn the state public education funding formula. Slate legislators instituted county education districts as part of a plan lo achieve equity between rich and poor school
districts rn Texas.
CISD Superintendent Joe Rogeis said local residents are confused by the state’s new CED system, which forced school trustees lo raise the tax rate.
Rogers said he continues to try dor ly to uncover the reasons the state classified CISD as a property-rich district and to present his arguments to
Bm TAXES, Hag* IA
Christine Lucas was named homecoming queen for Smithson Valley
High School during ceremonies Friday She is joined by Gaylen Church, who is standing in tor homecoming King, Jason Boss. (Photo
by Karla Wenzel)