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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Abby.......................... ......7 A Classifieds...................... 7-12 B Comics........................ ......2B Crossword................... ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies......................... ......7A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports........................... .8-10A Today........................... ......2A Television...................... ...2B Key Code 76 Future of ‘LORA’ sign uncertain By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer The landmark “LCRA” sign atop the Comal Power Plant could be back by January but not necessarily for good. As part of ongoing renovation of the 73-year-old plant on Landa Street, the Lower Colorado River Authority recently removed the tin “LCRA” letters that have perched atop the city landmark since the 1940s. And plenty of people have noticed. “We already had a phone call about it,” LCRA environmental supervisor Kenneth Launius said. New Braunfels resident Betty Lou Rushing, who chaired a city committee brainstorming ways to use the old plant, explained the sign was historic. “It’s part of the landscape,” she said “It’s part of the building. There’s so many memories of it. You can see that building from all over the city ” Rushing said she was eager to see the letters go back up, but the old letters never will be part of the landmark again. “They were all rusted out,” Launius said. “They weren’t in good shape.” And the white letters were coated with lead-based paint, which poses health hazards, he said. So, LCRA is paying Sign Connections of New Braunfels about $3,000 to build a new sign with the same dimensions and depth as the old. The old letters will be used as a template. Phoenix Welding and Machining in San Marcos will build the sign’sSee COMAL75A Tribute to service Vietnam War and Korean War veterans Norm Dack (front) and Joseph Zakrzewski (back) study the WWII memorabilia exhibit- WAI U/Herald-Zeitung ed Tuesday at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives for Veterans Day. Schools to celebrate Veterans Day By Heather Todd Staff Writer Students throughout Comal County will show their patriotism Thursday by participating in activities honoring local veterans. Veterans Day is celebrated each year to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. About 1.6 million veterans live in Texas, with 7,570 in Comal County. During the day Thursday, students in New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts will thank those veterans for their service as well as those who lost their lives for their country. Theatrical performances, guest speakers and flag raising ceremonies are just a few of the activities taking place at area campuses. CISD State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, will speak at Bill Brown Elementary School, 20410 Texas 46 West, at 9 a.m. WENTWORTH Thursday. Wentworth will participate in a Veterans Day program that includes a performance by the Smithson Valley High School band and Color Guard. Goodwin Primary School, 1297 Churchill Drive, is sponsoring Veterans Day activities in conjunction with a rededication ceremony for the school. Students and staff will rededicate the new school along with a flag pole ceremony at 8:15 a.m. The flag pole ceremony is in memory of Charles Schandua, a former music teacher and veteran. Bulverde Elementary students will participate in a short play with patriotic songs at 8 a.m. Thursday. A speaker from Randolph Air Force base will address the students. Teachers also will help students learn the meaning behind the “Buddy Poppies,” which are donated by the Comal American Legion. At Mountain Valley Elementary School, fourth-grade students participated in a Veterans Day program Tuesday night. The program, “America! This Dream is our Dream,” See SCHOOLS/5A N EW <®lea.|iiNFELS 20332 no0 9 10/2 2/00    BO S O - ut E SI n I. C R O P U B I... I S H113 G 2627 E YANDELL DR Herald ______Vol. 148, No. 254 22 pgs. in 2 sections November IO, 1999 r    ^    TX-^    A    ~    .Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Wednesday Commissioners to discuss possible groundwater district From Staff Reports Comal County Commissioners will discuss the possibility of a new groundwater conservation district Thursday morning in Commissioners’ Court. A law passed this year by the state legislature empowered Comal County commissioners to create a Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. Comal County officials had asked the legislature for the power to create an underground water district over the Trinity Aquifer to protect the water resources. However, the request was lumped in with 20 other water districts in a bill sponsored by State Senator J.E. “Buster” Brown. The bill limited the powers of the water districts it created. Under the law, The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will have the authority to control well permits over tile aquifer, but lack the authority to conduct elections, assess taxes, make longterm management plans, have eminent domain, issue bonds or annex and consolidate districts. The districts are allowed to regulate but not prohibit the transfer of groundwater out of the district. County Judge Danny Scheel said Commissioners would decide Thursday whether they want to move forward with the creation of the groundwater conservation district. Commissioners also will discuss the powers, duties, operation and financing of the district. Since the law creating the districts prohibits elections, the county must appoint board members. Scheel said commissioners probably would appoint directors next week. Another item on the county’s agenda is to adopt a resolution endorsing roadway projects for the Texas Department of Transportation Rural Transportation Improvement Program. TX.DoT will conduct its annual meeting next Tuesday to get public input on transportation projects in the community. TX.DoT projects will be selected from the requests submitted. The projects requested by the county will include a list of improve- Meeting WHAT: The regular meeting of the Comal County Commissioners’ Court WHEN: 8:15 a.m. Thursday WHERE: Commissioners’ Courtroom, Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin. ments to TX.DoT roadways such as Texas 46 and U.S. Highway 281, said county engineer Tom Homseth. “We have had good luck getting our projects approved in the past,” Homseth said. Commissioners also will vote on the acceptance of two petitions to create rural library taxing districts in Bulverde and the Canyon Lake area. Supporters of both the Tye Preston Library and the Bulverde Community Library want voters to approve special taxing districts to generate hinds and meet the growing needs of the communities they serve. Recently, the Texas Legislature passed a law that gave rural libraries the power to create the districts. The proposed districts will generate revenue from a percentage of the sales tax within the geographical boundaries of the districts. The sales tax does not include groceries or prescription medications. The libraries are seeking to raise the sales tax 1/2 cent. If passed, the sales tax in the Canyon Lake area will go from 6.75 cents to 7.25 cents, and sales tax in the Bulverde area will increase from 7.75 cents to 8.25 cents. County Judge Danny Scheel encouraged the libraries to establish the districts as part of a plan to decrease the amount of county dollars spent on contract services, such as those provided by the libraries. “The taxing districts will allow the libraries to grow as the areas out there grow,” he said. If the taxing districts are established, the county will not include funding for the libraries in the 2001 budget. Volleyball showdown: Canyon and Smithson Valley By Bill O’Connell Sports Editor One team has never been this far. The other has made a routine of postseason success, although a coveted state championship still eludes it. Smithson Valley High School’s volleyball team will make its first trip to a regional final at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Rangers will take on the Canyon Cougarettes, a team that’s made a habit of deep playoff runs. Both teams advanced to Thursday’s final at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio with wins Tuesday. Rangers,    Smithson Valley (31-9) Cougarettes    toppled Corpus Christi advance in    Calallen at a match held 4A semis    in Beeville. Canyon (25- Page 8A    7) stormed past Pleasan- Unicorns    ton at the Alamo Con- season ends    vocation Center in San in Austin    Antonio. Page 8A    Rangers and -- Cougarettes split a pair of matches earlier this season. Smithson Valley visited Canyon on Sept. 28 and lost. The Rangers'exacted a measure of revenge and took possession of first place in District 27-4A with a win at home over Canyon on Oct. 15. The Rangers went on to win their district. A win Thursday would catapult Canyon into the Class 4A final four, where its season ended this past year. First-year coach Heather Sanders said the SANDERS team had talked about a return to the state semifinals in Austin a number of times this season. “Fortunately I came to a place where that’s what kids expect to do,” Sanders said. At Smithson Valley, getting this far hasn’t satisfied the team’s desire. A chance to knock Canyon out of the playoffs only sweetens the deal. “Oh yeah, it’s Canyon and it’s a Comal County rival. It’s going to be a huge match,” Smithson Valley coach Margaret Mitcham said. Game time WHO: Canyon Cougarettes vs. Smithson Valley Rangers WHAT: Class 4A Region 4 Final WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Blossom Athletic Center, 12002 Jones Maltsberger, San Antonio The Comal Power Plant on Landa Street is missing its sign but not necessarily for good. Amanda Back/ Herald-Zeitung ;