New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels water use restrictions
The city’s normal year-round water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers or sprinkler systems may be used from 10 a m. to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used for watering at any time.Comal Bowl clash tonight. See Sports, Page 1B
16 pages in two sections B Friday, October 11,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years B Home of LUKE JENSEN
Vol 144, No. 239
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Birthday wishes from tho HaraM-Zeitung!
The Afew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mark A. Garza (Saturday), Janet Kaderli (Saturday), Sherry Miller (Saturday), Susan Stehle (Saturday), Mrs. Natalie M. Kast-ner (Saturday), Bobby Tristan (Saturday), Luke Jensen (16 years Saturday), Rozlynn Rosales, Shannon Schmidt (16 years), Darlene Weishaar, Joseph Aguirre (7 years), Evelyn Arp (80 years), Alzada Helmcamp (77 years belated), Yesenia Herrera, Gina Hill (13 years) and Theresa Martin (16 years belated).
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Brett and Tammi (IO years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—2,790 Cocklebur — trace Grass —18 Cedar Elm — 8 Pigweed — trace Ragweed —86 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —174 cubic feet per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well. — 623.04 feet above sea level, same as Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 69 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.62 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 7.620 million gallons of surface water, and no well water was used.
Hazardous wast# collection Saturday
The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday behind Fire Station #2, 4120 Loop 337, in New Braunfels.
For more information about the collection and what materials may be dropped off, call 608-2120.
Eldofhostol program continuos today
The New Braunfels Historic Museums Association is sponsoring an elderhostel program that runs through today. The program offers an opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States
VISTA volunteer assists disabled
Don Guenther, the VISTA volunteer for Comal County, will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Senior Citizens Center to assist citizens with disabilities.
Clothing drive now accepting donations
New Braunfels Utilities along with other area businesses are sponsoring the "Share the Warmth” clothing drive this year. • *
Donations of unneeded coats, jackets, sweaters, blankets, etc. are being accepted at local dry cleaners until Oct. 24.
They will be distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall.
VFW auxiliary plans membership dinner
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7110 will have its annual membership dinner at 6 p.m. Oct.
21 at the Tree Tops Riverside Grille, 444 E. San Antonio St. The meal is free to all members and those guests who are eligible to join. Anniversary pins wit be awarded.
County consolidation proposal on hold
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County commissioners tabled action Thursday on a proposal to seek the consolidation of the offices of the county attorney and district attorney.
Both candidates in the November race for county attorney spoke to the court of commissioners before it voted to delay action.
District Attorney Bill Reimer, the Republican candidate, asked the commissioners to begin the process to consolidate the two offices. Several counties in the state have already consolidated the two offices, and Comal County could see a savings of $80,000 per year and an increase in effi-
Commissioners delay action until after elections
ciency through the move, Reimer said.
The combination would not create a “hardship” on personnel or result in cases falling through the cracks, the district attorney said.
“There are no minor crimes,” Reimer said. “You cannot ignore any level in victims anymore.” Reimer asked the court to approve a resolution requesting a legislative committee to draff legislation and research the consolidation. He said this would get the process started, and the county could always withdraw the proposal later with a simple telephone call.
“All this is, is getting it out of the starting
blocks and moving it on. It does not bind anyone to anything,” Reimer said. “It’s easy to pull something off the docket. It's hard to put something on it.”
Vicki Langham, Reimer’s opponent on the November ballot for county attorney, questioned the success of consolidation.
The public needs to be involved in the discussion, and the discussion should not have begun until after the election, Langham said. A one-month wait would not make that much of a difference in the consolidation effort, she said.
“Everything we’ve heard today should not
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Afocal music event which started nearly IO years ago to help a local charitable organization has grown and gained more attention for the cause it is supporting.
The 10th Anniversary Gruene Music Fest will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. today with a private “VIP Premier Party*’ followed by a performance by Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s at 9 p.m. in Gruene Hall for the public.
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’’Well, I tell you it is a peat accomplishment to stay with something and see it grow, and with the help of a small core of IO people on a committee,” Koe-gle said. “That is no small accomplishment. (Normally organizations such as the Rotarians and the Lions have hundreds of people to putt off an event like the Music Fest”
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“The Gruene Music Fest started as a Sunday afternoon event by entertainers to call awareness to the United Way campaign,” Koegle said. “The music community was short on money but long on talent and * conviction for the United Way. From that time forward enthusiasm for the music foal has grown as the community has enjoyed spending time in Gruene. h baa grown in size following the growth of foe needs of the United Way.”
Koegle raid the event began with six to seven artists and now has 24 performing acts.
But the musical event is not just about raising money, Kftegle said.
“The primary purpose of the Gruene Music Fest is not to raise money, Koegle said. “It is about providing a focal point for the United Way drive at the mid-campaign point and to provide encouragement to United Way volunteers and the community to successfully complete the drive
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have even been brought up until after the elections,” Langham said. “The election is not a done deal. The citizens have not voted yet."
The court also expressed an interest in discussing the topic further before it voted 4-1 to table the issue. The commissioners also wanted to see detailed information on the organization of the newly created office.
“I frankly think it’s premature to develop something until (the November) election,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “But on the other hand,
I don’t think it’s premature to discuss it.” Commissioner Danny Scheel cast the dissenting vote. He said the county can always change its mind later, but it needs to get the process started now.
GSD ready for increase in credit requirement
By DENISE DZIUK
The state has revised the number of credits required for graduation beginning with 1997-98 ninth-graders, hut the Comal Independent School District is already ahead of the game, a district official told the board of trustees at Thursday's meeting.
Dr. Jan Booth, GSI) secondary curriculum coordinator, said the state’s minimum graduation requirements are increasing in the fall in an effort to “validate” students’ education.
“Primarily, the change is in quality, and not quantity,” Booth said. “It's a validation of the education.”
The state is increasing its minimum requirements for graduation from 21 credits to 22 credits, which is still below the current GSD requirement of 24 credits.
Students entering the ninth grade in the fall will have to meet the new requirements.
Booth told the board GSD graduation plans already exceed the state’s minimum credits.
But, one change GSD will be required to make for next year’s ninth-graders is a requirement for half a credit in speech. Booth said.
“We’re ahead of the game on this,” Booth told trustees.
Booth said the board is “mandated” to implement the new requirements next fall.
But, the hoard will have to decide at a later date whether to 9II0W current high school students to graduate under the new plans if the student wishes to, or wait until the fall for implementation.
In other business, trustees spent almost two hours in executive session consulting with the school district’s attorney on the lawsuit against the district by the widow of a former Smithson Valley High School head basketball coach.
The board voted last week to appeal last month’s decision of a federal court jury. The appeal will be filed in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
No action was taken on the item at Thursday's meeting.
United Way campaign hits $100,000 mark
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Comal County United Way has collected more than $100,000 in contributions for its *996 campaign.
The United Way hopes to reach its goal of $335,000 by the end of November.
United Way Administrative Assistant Laurie Harper said the organization has taken in $103,431, a significant increase over last year at this time, when contributions totaled just $67,(XX).
The industrial sector has led the way, producing $28,306 in contributions.
New Braunfels residents have given $26,134, followed by small businesses at $10,902.
Canyon Lake has brought in $4,587, followed by Garden Ridge at $2,750 and Bulverde at $ 1,480.
Garden Ridge has exceeded expectations already, goipg over its goal of $ 1,500 for the campaign.
“The volunteers out there are doing a great job,” Harper said.
The Pinto Ranch Grill was dishing out some of it* culinary favorites at Thursday’s “Taste of the Town” event. Serving were (from left) Cheryl Fisher, Lea Crittenden and Meagan Schwab. For more on this fund-raiser for the Children’* Museum of New Braunfels, see Page 4A.
Photo by MICHAEL DARNALLReaders share their views on reassignment of high school administrators. See Page 4A.