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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns tune up country    meet. See Page 5. 50 CENTS Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraM-Zettung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Susan Espinosa, Jeremy Williams (Saturday), Chris Delavan (Saturday), Deborah Tillis (Saturday), Penni Salge, Tim Schossow, William Velasques, Jr., Chyrel Madden, Eddie Jo Martin (Saturday), Marthy Smith (Saturday), Nancy Putz (Saturday), Ralph Wiesepape (Saturday), Roseann Talley (Saturday), Mark Brundrett (Saturday), Lori Huff (Saturday), Bradley Barron (9 years Saturday), Creighton Brooks (8 years Saturday), Chadham Brooks (3 years Saturday) and Alia Edens. Anniversary wishes are extended to: Alfonso and Genovenva Soliz (50 years), Kimberly and rodney Brown (6 years) and Jan and Jeff Schaefer (11 years Saturday). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Potion Count Mold —1,610 Cedar Elm —Trace Pigweed — Trace Ragweed —12 (Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter o( air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River —174 cubic feet per second, same as Thursday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well .— 622.98 feet above sea level, up .01 from Thursday. Canyon Dam discharge —102 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 252 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.47 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) ai tm-----a-i-    a    la    mt|    a    a mw BraunuMS utiivxtM NBD reports pumping 6.193 million gallons of surface water Thursday, and no well water was used. Fund-ralMr this weekend for Harris A Battle of the Bands fundraiser, benefitting Bekah Harris, will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory, IH-35 North, Exit 185 (stay on access road — armory at top of hill). Bekah is slated to undergo a double lung transplant in her fight with Cystic Fibrosis. Bands taking part include "Bremo,'' "Country X Press,” “Engrave" and "Alienation." Cover charge is $5. The armory will be open from 10 a m. to 3:30 p m for a bake sale, for donations and to pick up support ribbons (no cover for afternoon events). For more information, call Kelley Foster at 490-6596. Symphony society to hold spools! mooting A special meeting of the Mid-Texas Symphony Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Norwest Bank in Seguin The purpose of this special meeting is to consider a change in the bylaws to include a provision for endow ments. Anyone who has contributed to the Mid-Texas Symphony for the current season is a member of the society and is encouraged to take part. Canyon FFA Boosters hold show meeting The Canyon FFA Booster Club will hold their most impor tant meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the CHS Commons. Registration for all shows will take place. Middle school book sale continues today Canyon Middle School's benefit book sale continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the school library. By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Public Utility Commission approved a committee's recommendation Thursday to assign Comal County a new arca code as demand for new telephone lines continue to increase, PUC officials said. The new area code number could be released as early as one week from now by Bellcore, currently the na tional number plan administrator. PUC officia Is are implementing new area codes for the entire South Texas region, officials said. The plan keeps 210 for the San Antonio are Area code timetable The new codes will be in place by mid-1997 with a grace period of six months for customers to help ease the transition. assigns new numbers for a section to the north and south. The plan was the result of a PUC working group of industry officials and experts after holding numerous public hearings throughout the region. “We're proud that staff, industry officials and consumer groups could agree on the implementation of these codes and bring us a recommendation that is timely and will provide long-term relief for the customers in these areas,” said Pat Wood, III, chairman of the PUC. The PUC also approved new area codes for the SI 7-Fort Worth area code, which will a and then follow the same transition schedule as the 210 region. Goal — $335,000 Donations so far — $171,562 To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760 New Braunfels Herald / "> r> / V V . . ^ /v tm\ i    t    / 16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, November 8,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JEREMY WILLIAMS Vol. 144, No 259 Comal County to receive new telephone area code The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees voted Thursday to allow some students to obtain waivers from physical education and to remove a teac her from suspension. Students are required to have twi i hours of physical education. In the past, gymnasts, swimmers pen-tathletes and other Olympic-calibeir athletes have been able to apply to the Texas Education Agency to have their traini ng count toward the requirement. The board’s action Thursday allows the district to approve the credits. To meet the requirement for the waiver, students must go through a minimi urn of 15 hours per week of intensive traini ng with a certified instructor while participating in the activity for at least a semester. Sports... Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Mary Jan* Nalley (blue shirt) joined more than 30 others on the dane* floor at the big tent Thursday. For a Wuratfest schedule, see Page 2A. By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Despite different costs from original projections, the Comal County Commissioners Court gave County Engineer Tom Hornseth approval Thursday to complete the first crossing pedestrian walkway project on River Road. Comal County has a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation to fund construction of the walkway and guardrails, which TxDOT engineers said will cost $183,000. The county’s share of the cost is $143,000, with the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District shelling out $18,000. A $40,000 federal grant will cover the rest of the cost. Estimates made three years ago originally set the cost for the project at $50,000. But design changes made by both Tx IX) I and the county caused the price to climb as high as $240,000 earlier this year. TxDOT lowered the figure to $183,000 by submitting a much simpler redesign that required less materials and labor, Homseth said. County Judge Carter Casteel said Turn to Bridge, Page 2A FM306 accident injures two From staff reports Two Canyon I.ake women were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon atter their car was rear ended and f orced off the road by a pickup truck on EM 306. Sandra Dickerson, 49, and Camilla Loft, 64, were taken to the hospital with non-incapacitating injuries, officials said. Department of Public Safety reports said Dickerson was driving a 1990 Cadillac eastbound on EM 306 near Oak Meadows Drive. Loft was a passenger in the ear. Roger Moore, 49, of Canyon Lake, was driving behind Dickerson eastbound on EM 306 in a 1995 pickup pulling a utility trailer. DPS reports said Dickerson was attempting to turn on Oak Meadows Drive at about 4:15 p.m. when Moore’s vehicle rear ended the Cadillac forcing it off the road. The pickup then slid ort' the road with the trailer detached. Poetical Outsider Sips Inside Banda now in aquifer spotlight Bridge project gets OK from county Inside Can’t keep still By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Job offer leads principals to request special meeting From Staff reports Several New Braunfels Independent School District trustees asked for a special meeting to discuss the superintendent’s contract as he considers a job offer from a Fort Worth-area school district, the board’s president, Jaime Padilla said Friday morning. In a conversation with Padilla Thursday afternoon, a school principal, speaking on behalf of all principals in the district, said they wanted to meet with the board before a proposed special meeting Monday night. The meeting has not been posted as of press time Friday. Principals are concerned about the status of the job offer to superintendent Charles Bradberry from Keller ISO. “My understanding it they want to speak aobut the school’s future and what’s best,” Padilla said. “I guess they want to give us their feedback and their opinion of what needs to be addressed. We want to give them their time to speak.” Bradberry said he was not aware of such a meeting but said the principals could request a meeting with Padilla. Jane MacDonald, principal of Carl Schurz Elementary, said she did know of the requested meeting but said she and other principals have expressed concern about the stability of their schools as transition looms on the horizon. “We need stability if there’s going to be change,” MacDonald said. ”... Right now we don’t know what Bradberry is going to do. We want to make any transition smooth.” Waiver approved for some athletes When Rita Banda ran for class president in the eighth grade, she followed her father’s advice: Never vote for yourself. She lost by one vote. Thirty-five years litter, Banda found her own method to political success: Run as the only candidate. That philosophy propelled Banda to win the District 8 Edwards Aquifer Authority race Tuesday with a monopoly of 2,063 votes — including her own. A political outsider to the area’s aquifer battles, Banda felt compelled two weeks before the filing deadline. to run fen- the post after reading a newspaper column urging readers to do more than just vote in upcoming EAA elections. “It was really directed toward San Antonians,” said Banda, 50, who moved to Solms 31 years ago from the South San Antonio area. ’’(The column) just stirred something that said, ‘Yeah, I can do that.’ I’m interested in people. I’m interested in fair play. That’s the kind of person I am.” Since the day she applied for the position, Banda has made it her business to study everything she can about the 180-mile long aquifer, making numerous trips to the Witte | Turn to Outfitter, Page 2A The policy, which calls for the principal’s approval, will take effect this spring. Less than 12 students would currently qualify for the waiver, CISD spokesman Don Clark said. “You’re really talking about a select group,” Clark said. “It doesn’t apply to a lot of kids, but for those kids it does apply to, it’s very important.” In other business, the board met in executive session to discuss a complaint against an employee and came back in open session to remove a Canyon High School athletic trainer from suspension, effective Nov. 11 “The board voted to remove Mr. (Thomas D.) J alan from suspension based on his participation in an appropnate growth plan,” C lark said. Clark would not provide any other information on the complaint because it is a personnel issue. By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Excellence ;