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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas ITT?:, .y-" IHHRSMVifl HHlH ’l(ew Braunfels /feet this year's    264AAIIDisiric VB    team — Page 1B 50 CENTS 0- West W«irRnF'/22/" E YUDELL ?- 18HIH° Zeit&u 82 PASO UR ’ TX 7990*-. 14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, November 20,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Timothy ■rinkkootor Vol. 146, No. 5 0 Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1B-2B Comics.........................................6A Market Race .................3B-6B Dear Abby....................................3A SLimmt isc ii DlrVVKUiy WISMf IrOfll the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Timothy Brfaikkoeter, Amelia Cantu, Robert Parchman, John Mullins (15 years), Anna Maria Herrera, Rose Townsend, Leroy Braize (belated), Michael Brotze (30 years), Louise Liesman (87 years) and Katy Usey (6 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollan Count Molds —162 Rotan msnundh parts per cubic, motor of ar. Irtorrialiori prcMded by Dr. Frank Handel) River Information Comal River — 317 cubic feet per second, down 5 from Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.97 feet above sea level, up .03 from Wednesday. Carryon Dam discharge —171 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 204 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.10 feet above aaa |aua1 boa wvw, ^-----*—    ■—    a «*«*«*» — new Draunreis uiimiva NSU reports pumping 5.344 mifcon gallons of surface water Tuesday and 130,200 gallons of well water. wlii1 Patchy fog expected next few mornings Tonight — Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy with patchy fog after midnight. A slight chance of rain south central. Lows near 50. Friday — Brief morning clouds and patchy dense fog becoming partly cloudy and breezy. Highs in the lower 70s. Friday night, mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s, mid 30s. Saturday and Sunday — Morning cloudiness and patchy fog otherwise partly cloudy and cool. Lows Sunday in the 40s and 30s. Highs both days in the 60s. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund. Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy. Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zeitung office on 707 Landa St. during regular business hours. Checks also can be mailed to the Herald-Zeitung. Please make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144, ext.228 The most recent contributions include: ■ Anonymous — $30 ■ New total —$2,210.52 Noon Lions Club shares tho spirit The Holiday River of Lights’ Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club. This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today and distribute information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonightUnicorns pumped for state VB tourney Community rallies behind team By TOM ERICKSON Sports Editor New Braunfels was in the state volleyball semifinals just two years ago, but a lot has changed since then. For one, the Unicorns were in the Class 4A tournament in 1995. After losing in the second round of die Class 5A playoffs a year ago, New Braunfels won the Region IV championship with victories against McAllen Memorial and Judson this past weekend. SEE PAGE 2B FOR STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Another difference is the fen support Unicom boosters, who had been shuffling from volleyball matches to football games, had to make a choice last week—attend the regional semifinal volleyball match in San Antonio or the bidistrict football playoff in Sap Marcos. A similar conflict will arise Friday, when the volleyball team faces Houston Cypress Creek at 8:15 p.m. in Austin and the football team plays East Central at 7:30 p.m. at Unicom Stadium. But the volleyball team has carved its own niche of late, so plenty of blue-clad fans are expected at the Burger Center, said NBHS volleyball coach Phyllis Fowler. “We have a good backing, not just from the Unicom fans, but from people in the-community,” Fowler said. “We’re really excited about that.” In fact, many boosters from New Braunfels’ other high school were spotted at the regional tournament. “A lot of fans from Canyon came to our Friday night game, and we really appreciate that,” she said. “The girls get really fired up when they see that.” Turn to Unicorns, Page 2A Goin’ nuts Herald-Zeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Leroy Suarez (left), Barbara Bernard and Charles White gather pecans along the 600 block of Walnut Street Tuesday afternoon. Holiday light work Armando DeLeon of MWberger Landacaping hang noon. vTOfKEia oegan srnngvng itgnia downtown this Harato-Zaitung photo by Susan Jakob san Christmas lights In bees near the Plaza Tuesday efter-10 days ago and ere scheduled to finish the prefect EAA hears local budget comments C1SD taxpayers air their concerns By DAVID DEKUNOER Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — It was not exactly what organizers hoped for, but 54 concerned parents and taxpayers Wednesday expressed their opinions on how to improve Comal Independent School District. The group met for the first time at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium. John and Linda Bertel sen and Glenn Wenzel said they were trying to form a group that they hoped would bring people together to come up with ideas to improve C1SD. “We had an agenda and I tried to follow it," John Bertel sen said. “I should have been stronger redirecting the agenda. I gave them a chance to voice their opinions and vent their anger.” The meeting’s plan was to circulate a form on which each person could list his top priorities for the district. Instead, the meeting turned into a forum for people to vent their frustra tions toward the district and a debate between those who favored the bonds and those who did not Bertelsen said he hoped at the group’s next meeting in the second week of December that people would come with their list of top priorities and the group would start narrowing them. Bertelsen said once the group could name its top priorities, it would pass the list to the school board. “What we are trying to do is to come up with ideas that we can support and present to them,” Bertelsen said “I don’t warn it to be a single person's agenda.” Bertelsen mentioned the recent $92 million bond issue that voters turned down almost two weeks ago and his belief that the board did not listen carefully to the taxpayers. Everett Williams, who was apposed to the bond issue, said the group should try to find ways to deal with the growth in the district and address overcrowding at Smithson Valley High School and use of classroom space. Williams was a member of the site selection committee that would have decided the site of the new high school, one of four propositions on the ballot. “Now that we have knocked it down, we have to do something reasonable and do it now,” be said. Kate Mathis, a supporter of the bond issue, said if people were concerned and upset, they should attend board meetings. Most people liked the idea of the Ber-teisens — have the State Comptroller’s Office conduct a performance review audit of the school district’s operations and management. Some voters were angry at how the bond election was handled by CISD. On election day, confusion persisted as people had to stand in line for hours. County Commissioner Jack Dawson said County Clerk Joy Streater were to meet with school district officials in the future to discuss the possibility of the county contracting to the CISD for its technologically advanced voting machines. Fifteen turn out for Comal hearing BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Comal County residents scrutinized the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s budget of more than S5 million Wednesday and asked EAA officials to curb spending in areas they thought were over-budgeted. About 15 residents of New Braunfels and the surrounding area attended a public heanng on the 1998 EAA budget Wednesday evening at Comal County Courthouse. General manager Greg Ellis described the 12-month budget in detail on a flip chart. Questions ranged from how monthly usage fees would be set to how officials would handle any excess 1998 rev enues. Ellis explained sources of revenue for EAA and outlined user fees in 1998. Operational fees for municipal usage would be set at $18 per acre foot, representing 5.5 cents per 1,000 gallons. Irrigation and agricultural fees would be $3.50 per acre foot, or 1.1 cents per 1,000 gallons. Other Central and South Texas water providers sell untreated surface water for the following prices per acre foot: Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, $61 per acre foot; Low -er Colorado River Authority, $105; Lavaca Navidad River Authority, SEE PAGE 2A FOR BUDGET BREAKDOWN $55. Average homeowners in the EAA usage area used approximately 10,000 gallons of water per month, according to Ellis. The 1998 FAA budget includes $104,300. ov erseen by a 17-rnember board of directors (including two from Comal County) and S58,000 for the South Central Texas South Central Texas Water Advisory Committee, ov erseen by a 21 -member board . Personnel expenses were estimated at $ 1,477,970 for 28 employees, some of w hom were scheduled to receive merit raises, said Ellis. Operating expenses were set at more than $2 million. Contractual services, including some $500,000, had been allotted to cover legal fees anticipated for the more than 960 applications received for initial pumping permits. Officials said they believed one-third of those would be contested in court. Mike Castro, city manager of Garden Ridge, inquired about budget saving measures. “The authority should look for ways to save money,’’ said Castro. “It might represent a small portion of the overall budget, but it justifies to us that you’re being smart with your money. We want to support you, but we need to liear feedback from you” that the board is using money wisely, he said. Restaurants helping smokers quit Local restaurants will help promote a smoke-free environment in New Braunfels during the Great American Smokeout today. “All day Thursday we have asked these patrons to be smoke free,” said Todd Smith, chairman of the Tobacco Control Committee in Comal County. Participating restaurants will make individual decisions about staying smoke free the entire day, but have agreed to distribute literature ahi xii the dangers of smoking They include: Canc un Cafe, Clefs Pizza, Dragon Place, Guadalupe Smoked Meats, Huisache Grill, I ibrado’s, Pat s Place, Plaza Diner, T.J.’s and Tree Tops. Local dad reunited with son after 19 years By DAVE) DEKUNOER Staff Writer Jo—ph Wi—rn i gal to know one Hemto-Zefcmg photo by David DaKundar Lorry Foul HoMendewodh than a hug and artar boing aport tor 18 yearn. Joseph Walters’ son was only a few days old when the father first saw him. It would be nearly 20 years later before Walters saw his son again. Walters was 19 years old when he learned that the girl he had been dating in high school in Missouri was the mother of his child. “I just graduated from high school,” Walters said. “We dated all summer, and she came back one day and said she was leaving town and said, ’Here is your son. I want you to see him before I leave.’ He was a baby, two to three days old.” The story had a happy ending when Walters, 38, and 19-year-old Larry Paul Hollandsworth were reunited recently in Walters’ New Braunfels home. Both had to endure several years of I Just hugged him and wouldn’t lot him go. It woo a relief, finally;’ — Joseph Walters New Braunfels resident wondering and wait mg before the reunion took place. Walters said the girl’s family and the baby boy moved out of town when she was 17 years old . Walters said he tried to contact his son through the years, but the boy’s mother made it difficult for him to dc so. “I tried really hard,” he said. “She kind of intervened and would not let me talk to him.” Hollandsworth, who grew up with his mother and stepfather in Potosi, Mo., said he found out when he was a child that his biological father lived elsewhere. “He (Walters) called one Christmas when I was about 4 or 5 years old, and that is when I found out I had another dad,” Hollandsworth said. When he became a teen-ager, Hollandsworth said he began his search tor his father. “When I was 16, she put me out of the house,” he said. “So that is when I started my quest.” Tracking (town his father was not an easy task, Hollandsworth said. “For a link while, I gave up hope — but I kept on going,” he said. Hollandsworth said his mom did give Walters’ address in Joplin, Mo. “I thought I had him in Joplin, Mo., but he moved away,” Hollandsworth said. Turn to Reunited, Page 2AResidents extend kudos to their friends, neighbors for jobs well done — Page 4A t ;