New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 252 42 pages in 4 sections October 15, 2000
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Classified ads to be reprinted
The Saturday, Oct. 7 classified advertisements were inadvertently published in this past Saturday’s edition.
Angela Benson, advertising director, said that due to an internal error this incident occurred.
“We would like to stress the value of each and every one of our customers,” Benson said. “We intend to make good on all of the classified advertisements that did not appear in Saturday’s classified section, and we regret any inconvenience to our customers or readers.”
Benson added that the classified ads published today are for Sunday, Oct. 15.
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Residents living along the Guadalupe River sift through debris to save what they can after the flood. Family photos were a priority on almost everyone’s list of things to save.
Two years after flood: City, county teaming up to stem next one
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
When it comes to flood control and water runoff, County Engineer Tom Homseth succinctly summed things up in August when he told the New Braunfels City Council that “water runs downhill.”
And so, efforts to prepare for future devastating floods in Comal County and down river in the Guadalupe basin are by necessity family affairs.
All involved agencies from the watershed’s Kerr County headwaters to San Antonio bay share their stake in flood planning.
If Comal County doesn’t do its part, any effort on the part of New Braunfels is doomed when hundreds of square miles worth of runoff w ater converges to thunder through a downtown area of scantly more than a square mile on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.
“It’s shown how much all of us depend on each other,” said New
‘7 was told Id never live to see it. But I’m determined — we ’re determined — to see this begin, see one of these projects within three to Jive years.”
Danny Scheel County Judge
Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands. “If we do everything we can but the county does nothing, the city is still at risk. If the county does what it can, but gets no help from Bexar County, it is still at risk. Downstream, to Seguin, Victoria and beyond, the risks pile up.” Shands said the city decided in December 1998 to throw in with the county.
“The city council approved endorsing commissioners’ court in its efforts to find methods and funding for mitigating future flood hazards and to confirm that the See FLOOD/8A
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Suzie Garcia leafs through the files of all the flood victims that were helped through Rebounds.
NB Rebounds helped take back community
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels Rebounds can measure its success in several ways.
The group formed after the Oct. 17, 1998, flood devastated the city. Pastors, civic leaders and emergency assistance
Incumbent, newcomer square off on Nov. 7
By Jennifer Rodriguez
A long-time incumbent unused to opposition and a first-time candidate unused to running are vying for the Comal County tax assessor-collector’s office in the Nov. 7 election.
For 24 years, Democrat Gloria K German has handled effective tax rates, voter and motor vehicle registration and other related tasks as Comal County tax assessor-collec-tor.
First-time political candidate Sherman Krause is representative of the young guard swelling the Texas Republican ranks.
When Clemian started, she dealt with two entities; now she collects for 13 county entities. She has campaigned against opposition only once — and that was in the first of her seven campaigns for
■ WHAT: Early voting
■ WHEN: Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30, Monday through Friday
■ WHERE: First floor of Comal County Courthouse Annex, Rm. 101
■ BY MAIL: Early voting by mail applications accepted through Oct. 31 at: IOO Main Plaza, Ste. 104, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
“I’m doing more campaigning this time than last time,” German said.
The political climate has changed quite a bit since the first time Clennan ran against an opponent. The Democratic Party is losing ground to the Republicans statewide at blinding speeds.
Today, the Texas GOP is the fastest growing Republican Party in the nation, and the once staunchly Democrat-
County supports new air initiatives
By Ron Maloney
Comal County voted to support a number of steps Thursday aimed at reducing smog and ozone levels in the San Antonio area.
The Air Improvement Resources Committee of the Alamo Area Council of Governments asked agencies in four counties to voluntarily improving air quality of before the Environmental Protection Agency intervenes.
San Antonio is the largest metropolitan region in the country - and the last major metropolitan area - to not be dec lared in non-attainment of air quality standards.
Cemetery advocates go to great lengths for preservation
Third in a Series By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Leroy and Karen Klinger spent most of this past spring climbing through high brush and snake country to chart private grave locations in the southern part of Comal County.
They are like scouts for the Comal County Genealogical Society — foot soldiers in a growing band of cemetery protectionists in Texas.
The Texas Historical Commission, genealogical societies and a new kid on the block called Save Texas Cemeteries
serve as touchstones for cemetery preservation.
They all are working to save gravesites from the fate of their occupants.
“The cemeteries are a part of our heritage, and they give us one more tool to put together the history of Texas,” said Karen Thompson, founder of Save Texas
Private cemeteries make up about 95 percent of the graveyards in Texas, and most date 50 to I OO years back.
Four of the big threats against cemeteries are development, theft, vandalism and deterioration.
Development is a big threat to cemeteries in Comal and Guadalupe counties, because they are among the state’s fastest growing areas.
Mark Gilstrap, a New Braunfels contractor, said he had never discovered a grave on the job and only once built on a property where he knew of a grave ahead of time.
“I would hope if someone came across one, they would contact the proper authoritiesGilstrap said.
His company left the grave alone, and built on a different part of the property.
But cemetery preservationists such as Connie Krause, a member of the Comal County Genealogical Society, said that some developers did not operate that way.
“We’ve run into a few developers who want to move cemeteries, or they do not want us finding out about them,” Krause said. “Bulldozers could come through, and a cemetery could be gone in an hour.” Gilstrap said he would not be surprised See CEMETERY/5A