New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, Nov. 8,1995
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Vol. 143, No. 256
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Larry Morales, Bonnie Overpeck, Jarolyn Popp, and Dina Hess. Happy anniversary to Patrick and Yvonne Desfosses.
River and aquifer Information
Comal River -278 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer —625.00 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 197 c.f.s.
Today at Wurstfest Wursthalle
5:30 pm -10:30 pm: The Cloverleaf Orchestra
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Myron Floren
Bas Grosse Zell (The Big Tent)
5:30 pm: Terry Cavanagh 6:00 pm: Ed Kadlecek & The Village Band 7:00 pm: Alpenfest 8:00 pm: New Braunfels German Folkdancers 8:30 pm: Ed Kadlecek & The Village Band 9:30 pm: Alpenfest
Gas Blaine Zelt (The Little Tent)
5:30 pm: Toni Noichl 6:30 pm: Original-Kapelle Heimatland (Band from Germany)
7:30 pm: Terry Cavanagh 8:00 pm: Oma & the Oom-pahs
9:00 pm: Original-Kapelle Heimatland (Band from Germany)
There will be an organizational meeting for a new, local Unitarian-Universalist Church Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at 300 Lincoln.
Weihnachtsmarkt raffle tickets on sale
Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas market) raffle tickets are now on sale. Grand prizes are two free round-trip tickets to Germany, courtesy of Lufthansa Airlines and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung; and two Christmas area rugs donated by Rhoads Interiors. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5, and may be purchased from any member of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, or call 629-1572. Weihnachtsmarkt will be held Nov. 17, 18, and 19 at the Civic Center.
Cst in on WassaiKost
The third annual Wassailfest will be held in the downtown area on Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Several businesses will be open, with most offering wassail and specials on merchandise. Entertainment of all kinds will be scattered throughout the area The entertainment committee is in the process of contacting groups to entertain part or all of the evening, lf you have an entertainment group and would be interested in participating in this festive event, call Pam at 629-5924 or Bonnie at 625-7738.
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NBISD makes $500,000 land buy
By DENISE DZIUK
The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District approved the purchase of land to be used to deal with expected future growth in the district.
Tuesday evening, the board approved the purchase of IOO acres of land near the intersection of Highway 46 and Loop 306, at a cost of $512,500. NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad-berry said the land is not needed at the present time.
However, he said enrollment figures in the district are up, and continued growth is expected. The land will be used to meet future growth needs, he said.
“We’re trying to stay ahead of the growth. We don’t want to wait until growth has reached the point that land is sold by the square foot instead of the acre,” said Bradberry.
Bradbeny said the “tentative plan” is to eventually use the land as a ninth and tenth grade campus. He said the cost of a comprehensive four-year high school campus would cost in excess of $45
million dollars. By splitting the high school into two campuses, the district “can do more with less money,” he said.
The land is also unique because of its close proximity to the high school, which allows resources be to shared between the two campuses, with minimal transportation costs.
“(The land) was for sale at a good price. If we grow, we’ll need the extra land to expand on. lf we end up not needing the land, I feel we can dispose of it and still break even,” he said. “We don’t want to wait.”
In other business, the board held a reception for the parents and teachers of Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary to present the two campuses with certificates stating they are Recognized Schools for their gains in TAAS scores.
“It’s not often that this happens, and it couldn’t have happened to better folks,” said Bradberry. “There will be more schools that get this in New Braunfels, but there’s always got to be a first.”
Memorial Elementary Principal Sharon Tate accepted the certificate.
However, she said she was not responsible for the recognition. She said all the teachers had a part in it, and commended them for their work.
“All of you deserve a copy of this, and all of you deserve a piece of it. You made it happen,” said Tate.
The board also saw a demonstration of the reading recovery program. Teachers in the district are receiving training in the program, which is an early intervention reading program.
“That’s how you prevent failure. If kids can read, they can’t fail,” said Bradbeny.
Texans vote to abolish Treasury
Herakt-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
He missed the deer...
But he flipped his truck in the process. Joe Yen, an employee of Rock Busters, a blasting firm from Round Rock, was driving south on F.M. 3009 near Highway 46 at about 6:30 a.m. today, when he swerved to miss a deer, and flipped the five-ton utility truck he was driving. Yen was taken by AirUfe to a San Antonio trauma center with a leg injury. He was conscious and alert
Volunteers to bring Canyon Lake history to print
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The head of the Canyon Lake Historical Committee likens her search to learn about her grandfather to the research that needs to be done in writing a historical narrative about Canyon Lake.
“It is an art knowing how to do research,” Dana Jones, head of the historical committee, said. “It is very fascinating. Finding out how my grandfather died in Alabama, taught me how to do research (for the Canyon Lake historical project).”
Since March, Jones and Canyon Lake residents interested in writing a historical book about the Canyon Lake area have been meeting at the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce at noon on every Tuesday. The goal of the historical group is to write a 400-page book, with the proceeds going toward a
Canyon Lake Museum. The proposed museum will be built on a 5-acre tract owned by the chamber located on FM 2673 west of Sattler.
Jones is helped by Bryan Weidner, Linda Woodworth and other Canyon Lake historians in their search for history. Jones said 15 people are volunteering their time in helping writing the book.
This past summer, Jones went to Birmingham, Alabama to research the death of her grandfather, who died of mysterious causes in 1915. Jones said that there had been family rumors going for years that her grandfather had died in a mental asylum. She said that it took many hours of looking through mar-nage records and medical records before she found out what happened to her grandfather. She got the answer on Oct. 31, exactly 80 years to the day after her grandfather died in a mental hospital, just like the family rumors had stat
“He had been the mystery man in my family until I found out what happened to him,” Jones said.
Now that she has satisfied her cun-ousity about her genealogy, Jones is on the mission to find the hidden history of Canyon Lake. The book will contain history from the age of the dinosaurs to the present day.
“This is a very labor intensive project,” Jones said. “We have to gather a lot of information, edit and talk to a lot of people. Our committee is searching for old photographs and documents.”
Jones said it could take between IS months and 3-4 years before the project and book is completed. The committee has been talking to two publishers about pnnting the book.
Canyon Lake historians, waters or residents who are interested in writing about the history of the lake can contact Jones at (210) 907-7901.
AUSTIN (AP) — Given the chance to shrink government, Texans did.
By a 2-to-1 margin, voters Tuesday night approved a constitutional amendment that will abolish the state Treasury and merge its functions into the comptroller’s office.
The decision means Texas loses one of its top seven statewide elected officials, and one that voters have elected directly since 1850.
“I am delighted that the voters believed in me and in my promise to them,” said State Treasurer Martha Whitehead, who campaigned for election last year on a pledge to eliminate her own job.
Comptroller John Sharp also applauded passage of the amendment.
“It’s going to save money and we’re going to operate it better than it’s ever operated,” he said.
In near-final returns, Proposition IO on the constitutional amendment ballot was favored 69.5 percent, or 500,301 votes, to 30.5 percent, or 219,391.
It was among 11 amendments that passed on the constitutional amendment ballot — three were rejected by voters — and it was the biggest attention-getter.
The treasurer serves as the state’s banker, invests public funds and oversees the unclaimed property program that tries to return assets abandoned in pnvate accounts.
Supporters say handing the duties over to the comptroller will save $22 million and cut 160 government jobs.
Opponents had called the idea illadvised, arguing that a “fundamental principle” of public policy is to keep separate the departments that collect funds and those that spend funds.
“At some point, without having checks and balances, there’s going to be a major problem with too much power being concentrated in John Sharp’s office,” said State GOP Chairman Tom Pauken.
He added, “I do think we’ll find out in the long run that all these highly touted savings ... are going to turn out to be illusory.”
Comal results mirror state
By DENISE DZIUK
On a local level, residents in Comal County followed the state lead in voting to abolish the state treasurers office. The amendment passed in Comal County by a margin of three to one, an even larger margin than the two to one margin in the state.
County Clerk Joy Streater said 4,332 voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote, which was an 11 percent turnout rate for the county. Streater said the turnout was slightly higher than the state’s predicted IO percent. She said many counties did not even reach the IO percent.
“Comal County has historically has a little bit better than statewide. It wasn’t a whole lot better, but I can’t complain,” she said.
Other local election results include:
WL 2337 for and 1,873 against increasing the amount available in the Veterans Housing Assistance Fund.
■. 3,407 for and 835 against eliminating bonds for die Superconducting Super Collider ■. 2,748 for and 1,470 against increasing the limits of property tax exemption for disable veterans,
■. 2,375 for and 1,704 against issuing bonds for college student loans.
Not all Republicans agreed: State Rep. Bill Siebert, R-San Antonio, was a legislative sponsor of the amendment. “My constituents sent me to Austin to cut waste, duplication and streamline state government,” he said.
Video shot at car lot
Leroy Pernell acts out a guitar solo for the cameras at New Braunfels Motor Company on Elliott Knox Freeway yesterday. Pernell was working on a video for country recording artist Radney Foster.
Garden Ridge gets new city secretary — again
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A new face will be running the the Garden Ridge City Hall after the Garden Ridge City Council voted to appoint Chris Boring as the new city secretary at its meeting on Wednesday.
Boring, who resides in Cibolo, was one of the last three candidates for the position. Bonng was not the council’s first choice. Robin Ross was hired by the council in a special meeting on Sept. 29 after the final three candidates were interviewed by the council members. Ross was the former city secretary in Anson, Texas, located in the Panhandle. However, Mayor Jay P. Million said Ross called him IO days before she would have taken the position on Wednesday and Ross informed him that she could not accept the position because of persona) reasons “Bonng is qualified because she has extensive man-agenal expenence in the retail business," Minikin said. “She has the accounting and computenal expenence needed for the job. The council is extremely pleased with her personality and qualifications.”
Bonng’s duties at city hall will include accounting,
The council is extremely pleased with her personality and qualifications.’
— Garden Midge Mayor Jay P Milikm, on new City Secretary Chns Bonng
bookkeeping, water billing and administrative duties within city hall. Bonng’s first day of work was on Wednesday.
This will be the first nme since late July that Garden Ridge has had a city secretary. Tracy Franklin resigned at that time only after serving a few days on the job. He replaced Jim Jeffers who resigned in July. Since July, city councilmembers and Water Clerk Kathryn Smith had been shanng the duties of the city secretary The council also discussed a proposed amendment which would have made changes in the city’s drought management plan The amendment would have tightened the regulations on the timing and circumstances in which people could have watered their lawns dunng a drought cnsis. The amendment will be reconsidered in the future.For advertising or subscription information, call the Herald-Zeitung at .