New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald*-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Blaine Ramsdell, Mrs. Howard dcKeaika, Skyiar Koepp, Stacie Zercher (35 years), Cody Chap-an (Ii years), Olga Powers, Gayle Offeraaa aid Diane Alvarez.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Monty and Tammy Cramrine (9 years).
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Comal River—330 cubic feet per second, up 18 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.83 feet above sea level, up .07 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —171 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 232 cis Canyon Lake level — 900.03 feet above sea level. (Conservation pool.)
NBO reports pumping 5248 mNon gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 443,100 galons wet water were used.
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fihsnca of rain or showers Lows in the 40s to near 50.
thMHdn — Cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning becoming partly cloudy to cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the mid and upper 60s to low 70s Thursday night, partly cloudy. Lows near 40 to near 50.
Friday — Partly cloudy. Becoming windy and colder late. Highs in the 50s to 60s taturdiy — Partly cloudy, windy and cold. Lows near 30. Highs in the 40s to near 50.
Sunday — Sunny and very cold. Lows in the 20s to near 30. High in the 40s to near 50.
• Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing expansion work on Interstate 35 between Soims Road and Farm-to-Market 3009. Southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed.
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane.
• City crews will be striping Mesquite, Old Marion Road and Old McQueeney Road.
• Because of the weather. no paving will be done this week. Instead, crews will be conducting road repair work throughout the city.
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Jackets, coats, sweaters and blankets are needed this year for “Share the Warmth,” New Braunfels Utilities' clothing drive continuing until Friday.
Donations will be accepted at all New Braunfels are* cleaners, said David Werley, NBU Consumer Programs coordinator, until a final appeal for warm clothing will be made in front of NBU from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday.
The donated goods will be given away at Wesley Hall at the back of First United Methodist Church on MHI Street from 9 am Saturday.
Conservative columnist speaks at benefit for Crisis Pregnancy Center
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas appealed to New Braunfels residents to save unborn lives and repair a damaged culture Tuesday evening at the Civic Center.
Thomas’ appearance benefited the Crisis Pregnancy Center, a ministry formed in New Braunfels in 1986 to offer women alternate solutions to abortion.
Tickets for the event were $ 18.50, which included a buffet meal and country music. Approximately 600 people attended.
Thomas, who was raised in the Baptist faith-and attended a Disciple of Christ Church, was animated with Biblical references and an attack on the federal government that he said allowed women to choose abortion since 1973.
“Everything about abortion is a lie,” Thomas said.
Abortion was not the cause of the nation’s decadence, Thomas said, rather a reflection of it. Modern-day problems in America were a matter of heart and soul, Thomas said.
The absence of prayer in schools for the past several years and increased promiscuity of students indicated a trend that had contributed to the decay of a natioA, he said.
“Our culture has been damaged” Thomas said ever since “We threw condoms in and took the Gideons out.”
Thomas spoke about abortion, euthanasia ■and the taking of human life, saying some questioned whether the Hippocratic Oath still was intact.
“A nation that forgets God forgets its roar son for existence,” said Thomas. Hie referred to World War ll heroes who hid and protected Jews and abolitionists who shielded slaves from supremacists during the Civil War as those who risked their lives to save others.
Thomas said sparing the lives of unborn fetuses was much less complicated than
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hiding prisoners of war.
“This brand of saving lives is easy, because there are no policemen standing at the door,” he said.
In closing. Thomas described an infinite God who loved everybody “There is no sin He (God) can’t forgive,” said Thomas.
Lake residents make herbicide concerns known
By DA VK) DEKUNDER
SEGUIN — More than a hundred people packed the Seguin Independent School District development room Tuesday night for a question and answer session concerning the use of herbicides and other biological methods to control aquatic weeds in area lakes.
Officials from the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department heard suggestions, complaints and compliments from people who live along Lake Dunlap, Lake McQueeney, Lake Placid, H-4 (Lake Gonzales) and H-5 (Lake Wood).
In 19%, TPWD, in cooperation with GBRA and homeowners groups such as Friends of Lake McQueeney and Preserve Lake Dunlap Association, sprayed 102 acres of Lake McQueeney with the herbicide Sonar and Lake Dunlap and parts of Lake McQueeney with Aquathol K.
The sprayings were considered a success for reducing the aquatic weed hydrilla, a plant that grows rapidly and forms mats around waterways — rendering fishing, boating and other recreational activities BBB—he—I —yt making waterways inaccessible.
Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney began to have problems with hydrilla in 1993.
After herbicide sprayings and 5,000 grass carp each
were put in Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney, environmental groups expressed concerns the chemicals made foe water unsafe.
GBRA General Manager Bill West said his agency had done everything it could to ensure the herbicide spraying on the hydroelectric lakes was safe.
“We are reviewing the internal guidelines regarding aquatic plant management,*’ West said. “We are confident we followed state and federal guidelines.”
Debbie Magin, GBRA regional laboratory director, said her agency tested for fluridone, a compound of Sonar, in Lake McQueeney last year and found it had less than I part per billion, not enough to make it harmful to the environment, according to EPA standards.
Members of HAWK (Health Awareness and Water Knowledge) have said fluridone, when exposed in the environment, could cause birth defects and cancer and make people ill.
HAWK president Robin Richardson said people around the lakes should be careful of what they put in their lake.
“No adequate testing was done before it was put in the water,” Richawbna mid. “All these chemicals are designed to kill. We don’t need to be drinking from these things.” People along Lake Dunlap get their drinking water from the lake through the Canyon Regional Water Authority. Turn to Herbicide, Page 2A
Wassailfest revelers join city in spirit of recycling
By BUBAN JAKOBSEN
Organizers of Wassailfest and city officials have combined efforts to recycle cups afrer this year’s downtown celebration.
The fifth annual Wassailfest, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4, is an open house for New Braunfels residents that includes caroling, a hot air balloon and buggy ndes. The event also is a means for downtown merchants to showcase their businesses during the holiday season.
Since its inception in 1993 with 400 participants, Wassailfest attendance has doubled each year, reaching almost 5,000 attendees in 19%.
The holiday revelers share more than
their spirit — they also share their trash.
“There were lots of Wassailfest cups up and down the plaza the next day,” said Lynn Fountain, New Braunfels Main Street manager.
Trash cans were heaped frill of the drink containers, prompting a member of the recycling committee of New Braunfels to propose a better way of handling the aftermath.
Arlayne Mendel! said she saw all the trash spilling over and she thought immediately of recycling, something that is a normal part of her daily life.
“Recycling isn't just what you put in your recycling bin,” said Mandril, “or something you do every Tuesday. Every little thing that a person can do Turn to Wa—alif—t, Page 2A
Veteran Ralph Parr Balut— tha flag aa tha National Anthem la played Tuesday morning at Canyon High School’s annual Veterans Day pro-
Herald-Zesting photo by Michael Darned
Local residents share tales of problems with Internal Revenue Service
By BUBAN JAKOBSEN
On May 26, tax troubles for Jerry and Christa Daugherty of Spring Branch began.
It was on that day the couple received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service seeking payment of their 19% taxes. The problem was they already had paid the amount due — $1,524 — in a check dated April I, and had hied their return by telefile.
So Jenry Daugherty, 60, photocopied the front and the back of his canceled check, which he said was legible, and sent it to IRS officials in Pennsylvania, return receipt requested. He thought little about the scenario until he returned home Aug 7 to hear a message on hie answering machine from an IRS representative, a message Daugherty said he immediately returned.
The representative could not make out a series of numbers on Daugfcrty’s
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photocopy of the check because they were concealed by ink from an IRS stamp. Daugherty's check had been cashed, and he asked the representative if the IRS was going to make him pay the amount again.
She replied Daugherty would still owe the $1,524, but she would remove the interest for hun.
In a let— soon titer bearing “urgent”
paycheck, bank account, auto or other property. We may also file a Federal Tax Lien” A $15 penalty and $27 rn interest were slapped on the Daugherty’s “debt,” giving them a new bal-of $1,597.
“I felt she (the IRS representative) was deliberately harassing me and trying to scare mc,” said Daugherty. 'It really got me upset. I thought I was ii* Comal treaty latL" wrote to public officials
in the past about a variety of issues and he said he always got a response from them. He decided he would contact Congressman Lamar Smith at the White House in an effort to straighten out the situation.
Daugherty forwarded IRS letters, along with his own explanation of events, to Smith. Daugherty received a reply from Smith’s office on Aug. 27, indicating that an inquiry would be initiated.
Finally, on Sept 12, Daugherty received a transcript from the IRS showing the $1,524 had been applied to his 19% tax account. The Daughertys la— received a letter than Smith thanking the couple for contacting him.
individual people can make changes,” said Daugherty, i’ve seen a lot of results.”
Daugherty reared from the US Army several years ago after working at military posts in Germany, where he met his wife, and serving two tours of duty
in Vietnam. He said he always believed in a government run by the people and snood up for his rights as a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen.
“I don’t mind paying taxes, but there’s a lot of people out here plowing fields, working low level jobs and they’re scared of the IRS,” said Daugherty. i just took a stand.”
The Daughertys’ problem was resolved, but it was far from forgotten. Their IRS horror story and others like it are what an internal Treasury inspector general s report revealed recently.
The 1993 report, obtained by the Associated Press, described problems in the IRS’ Buffalo, NY., distnct, including • Numerous complaints that Buffalo district managers attempted to manipulate statistics in order to meet goals so executives would qualify for mmt pay.
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