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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Unicorns battle ©a Th© ©©yr! in Cibol© Creek Class*© Tournament* See Sports Day, Page 7A FOOTBALL FRENZY! , ' * * NCAA NCAA Texas Tech...............38 Michigan...................31 West Virginia...........21 Boston College........41 Houston....................26 Ohio St......................23 Pittsburgh..................0    Rutgers.....................38 Obituaries.....................................2A Opinion.........................................4A Market Place...........................5-13B Sports Day................................7-8A People..........................................1B Stammtisch lirtMay wishes from the Herakl-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Steven Startz, Linda Acevedo, Brandon Acevedo, Anita Acevedo (belated), Josh Stoiin-ski (16 — belated), Donna Lahr i Monday), Chris Harrelson (23) and Kevin Chapa. Happy anniversary to Rob and Amy Clark. Good morning! Lotto Texas Saturday night's winning numhsrs 10,24, 31,42, 47,50 Est $16 million lackpot Women’s Shelter Christmas Auction The Women’s Shelter Christmas Auction will take place at Landa Station, Tuesday. Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. Admission is toys, canned goods or a cash donation. There will be an auction and live blues by Monty Tyler. lf you have something to * donate for the auction, call 629-3311. Tree lighting on the Plaza Tuesday The Tree Lighting on the Plaza and arrival of Santa Claus, sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Association, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 on the Plaza. The courthouse bells begin ringing at 5:30 p.m., and Santa's Parade will run from the Central Fire Station to the Main Plaza. There will also be food, drinks, musical entertainment and buggy rides. Legend off St. Nicholes continues The Sophienburg Museum and Archives continues the practice and legend of St. Nicholas, Tuesday, Dec 5 The first performance of the legend will be at 1 p.m. and the evening performance will be at 7 p m, The Sophienburg Museum is located at 401 West Coll adjacent to the Dittlinger Memorial Library. Participation is free. Visitors will hear the story of St. Nicholas, learn the German Prayer (Kannst du beton) and have a chance to see St. Nick and hopefully get a candy cane from him But you have to be good. St. Nick does carry switches! Optimists selling trees The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christmas tree lot at the same location as last year. The lot is on Seguin St. across from the post office Hours of operation are 9 a m. to 9 p.m. Come early for the best choice of trees. Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities. Stammtisch (The Ne* Braunfels Herald/eating im Hex its readers Ut submit items to Shimtniisch. According lo the Sophienburg Archives and members pf lh* German < omnium tv, "Stammtisch" represents a silling /dace for members of the community to gather and sluire the day's happenings We invite you to share with us.) ex m Lottebv CHS winning streak atm For all the play-by-play action of Canyon’s 13-10 playoff win Friday, see Page 7A.New Braunfels    SUNDAY ,6-„ . r "icfron,^:? -rn.    $1.00 ft yahwi I    1    SHl Herald    —' 50 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, November 26,1995 Serving Comal County and the surrounding area ■ Home of STEVEN STARTZ    Vol.    144,    No.    10 Florida......................35 Arizona.....................31    Nebraska..................37 Iowa...........................45 Florida St..................24 Arizona St.................28    Oklahoma..................0 Minnesota...................3 Deputies hit lottery gamblers Comal County deputies, acting on information from several sources, served two search warrants in New Braunfels Thanksgiving Day, and seized three large football lottery pools. All three pools involved the Kansas City Chief-Dal-las Cowboy game. Chances were sold for $25 to $50 per square, w ith the potential winners taking home several hundred dollars. The warrants, executed in the 5200 block of Old Highway 81 and the 1400 block of Bridge St., were signed by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez, and were issued to seize the gambling paraphernalia involved in the pools. More than $ 1,700 was found at the Old Highway 81 address, and two pools totaling more than $2,100 were recovered at the Bridge St. address. Possession of gambling paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor under the Texas Penal Code, and is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and one year in jail or both. Charges arc pending against the gambling operators. Commissioners squabble over tax note figure By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer “•Court of Honor” pavers still on sale By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Downtown sidewalks need major cosmetic surgery — and area residents can help it happen when they buy pavers on the Main Plaza “Court of Honor.” The city’s Main Street Department and the Downtown Association have big plans for downtown’s pedestrian byways. “All of the historic marks and imprints will be cut out, saved, and re-set into the new pavement,” said Joyce Hendricks of the paver project. Funding the sidewalk improvements will be no small task, Crandall said. “The paver project is our biggest fund-rais er ” said Nora Morales, Main Street chair. Pavers in the Main Street “Court of Honor” are on sale now. “If you haven’t taken a walk around Main Plaza recently, I encourage you to do so — the pavers have come out beautifully,” Crandall said. Honoring a person or organization with a paver or granite tablet in the Court of Honor is a unique and lasting gift, she said. “There is a section for honoring 1995 graduates,” Hendricks said. “Someone could honor a teacher, a pastor, or anyone special.” A grouping of pavers can commemorate any number of organizations, from graduating classes to civic clubs to church choirs, to whatever you can think of, Hendricks said. Those honored on pavers will become a part of New Braunfels’ architectural history — along with the first founders and mayors which grace the Main Plaza, Hendricks said. Pavers start at $30. They are brick shaped, but made of longer-lasting material, and can be inscribed with the name of a person or organization. Larger granite tablets start at $250. Some groups have used the granite tablets in combination with groupings of pavers for a larger display. When you order a paver as a holiday gift, a special holiday gift card and framable certificate will be included. The pavers themselves will be engraved soon after the first of the year, Crandall said. Companies may be liable for check fraud losses By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Banks are losing billions of dollars each year due to check fraud, and beginning in January, companies will be shouldering more financial responsibility for these fraudulent checks. Revisions to the Uniform Commercial Code regulations will be taking effect in January. Under tliese revisions, a company can be found liable for part of the losses if the commercial customer did not have sufficient security measures in place. Jack Fan is, senior vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in New Braunfels, said check fraud is a big concern for the banking industry. He said $4 billion worth of fraudulent checks were passed in the United States in 1993. In 1994, the total rose to $ 11 billion, and the total for one bank was $75 million. He said he is aware of two businesses in New Braunfels and a large number in San Antonio that have experienced check fraud. “It’s probably the biggest problem banks have right now,” he said. Farms said this type of fraud occurs w hen a criminal gets access to a check, makes a copy, and alters it by putting in a new name or amount. He said this usually occurs on commercial accounts because the person has to be sure the check will clear. “They’re arc going to have enough money in their account for it to clear. They cash those checks, take the funds, and they’re gone,” said Farris. Farris said businesses will have to prove that reasonable steps were taken to prevent check fraud. He said this will include looking at things such as who controls check stock, controlling who issues checks, ami what happens to monthly statements. “Are they put in a box in a warehouse where they’re easy to get to, or are they kept under lock and key?” he said. Some banks have started programs that will “mitigate” who pays the losses Fams said Texas Commerce Bank has instituted such a program. Under Positive Pay, the company is given computer software, which serves as an electronic file. The company enters the check number and the check amount for every check written that day. When a check is processed through the bank. it is compared to die information in the system. lf it does not match, the check is examined, and the company is called for verification, said Fams. “And, if it doesn’t match, it is sent back to the bank that cashed it,” he said. Farris said one check caught using this method was written for just under a quarter of a million dollars The Comal C ounty Commissioners court voted Thursday to reduce the total amount of tax notes to be issued to pay for several projects in the county from $1.5 mil lion to $1.25 million. The commissioners previously voted to begin paper work on issuing tax notes w ith a maximum of $1.5 million The tax notes were to be used to pay for the adult and juv enile probation building, the two justice of the peace offices, and renovations. Floyd Westerman. financial advisor for the county, said the paperwork had been drawn up. and the next step needed to be taken. “We’re at a point now where we need an amount,” he said. Commissioner Danny Scheel said he did not feel comfortable with the amount of $1.5 million. He said if the money was available, it was more likely to be spent. He recommended changing the amount $1,250,000. “I don’t want to hang a lollipop out in front of people. said Scheel. County Judge Carter Casteel said tile new building and the two JP offices would cost about $ 1,202,000 She said the renovations will cost more than $50,000 Westerman told the commissioners the total tax notes would have to be sold, however, the money does not have to be spent. Scheel said it did not seem like good business to him to be borrowing money that is not needed only to stick it in the bank. He also added the renovations would probably not begin for at least a year, and the money did not need tv be borrowed now. He said the costs could possibly Nj paid out of reserves at the time they are done Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans agreed wit! Scheel “lf you sell them, someone w ill find a reason to use it. he said. “We can do something else with the rest o these things.” County Auditor Bate Bond said it is almost impossi hie to tell whether or not the tax increase from tile $ 1.2: million tax notes, which will be less than a penny, cai still be paid w ithout changing the tax rate. He said it will depend on how much is spent on til renovations, when they take place, and how much mon ey the commissioners leave in reserve. The board approved reducing the amount of the notes to $1.25 million, and authorized Westerman t move forward with the process of issuing those notes The notes will be used to fund the construction t the adult and juvenile probation and the two JP office Any excess funds will be used toward renovationsFind out what New Braunfels’ biggest problem is in the Survey Says. Page 4A. ;