New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 145, No. 241
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Bran wen Schuetz, Embry Bevil year), Marie Garza, Becky . entsch, Frutoso Rodriguez Jr.,
, oseph Spence (2 years), Tim Steak, Thdka Alien, Gertrude Soefje (89 years), Alejandro fonzalez (14 years belated), Kenneth Ryak and Fiances EUse ohnson.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 306 cubic feet per second, down 9 from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.73 feet above sea level, up.01 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 179 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.19 feet above
New Braunfels Utilities
NBL) reports pumping 6.068 minion gallons of surface water Wednesday and 092 mffon gallons of well water.
clear and cool
• Tonight — Clear and cool. Low near 50. Light north wind.
Friday — Sunny. High in the upper 70s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday through Moth
day — Mostly clear skies. Lows near 50. Highs in the 70s to near 80.
NBMS studonts will bs on toto vision
Local faces will be on the San Antonio news Friday morning.
Nearly 100 New Braunfels High School students will be featured on KENS-TV, channel 5, tomorrow morning as part of the Friday Face-off.
Cheerleaders, pep squad members, the drum corps, band section leaders and Monoceras dancers will travel to the KENS-TV studio Friday morning to face off against students from Roosevelt High School to see who has the most spirit.
The students will be on television live sometime after 6 a.m., during the morning news segment.
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Relief efforts are under way and residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Pauline hit the resort town of Acapulco, Mexico.
To help those affected by this international disaster, donations may be made to the Red Cross International Response Fund and designated for Mexico. Donations can be made on-line at www.saredcross org or sent to the local Red Cross at 100 Main Plaza, Room 110, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Credit card donations can be made by calling 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish.)
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Do you have a story to tell about problems with the IRS? Please call Susan Jakobsen at 625-9144, ext. 224.
Lake man rolls new fire dept, tanker
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
A Canyon Lake man rolled a new fire department tanker early this morning after apparently driving it and another truck through the doors at a Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department station.
Comal County Sheriff s Office Lt. David Ott said a couple of deputies were at a Sac-N-Pac at Farm-to-Market 2673 and Oblate Drive around 12:30 a.m. today when they heard a loud crash.
A few minutes later, deputies saw a fire tanker run a stop sign and turn left onto FM 2673. The ladder fell off. and the 19% Freightliner truck, valued at $250,000 flipped. Ott said.
“It was (CLVFD firefighters’) pride and joy,” he said. “It was their big toy.”
Michael Brandon Elbe!, 19, of Canyon Lake was arrested for theft over $200,000
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— a first degree felony— and burglary of a building, which if a lesser charge.
“He was crawling out of tfie front windshield,” said Ott. “The deputies handcuffed him and put him in me patrol
Ott said when the deputies returned to Fire Station No. 2, they found anoth-
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Firefighters battle fire at Capparelli’s
Officials suspect arsonist set blaze
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A suspicious fire ignited this morning at the old Capparelli’s Restaurant on Interstate 35 North.
Firefighters with New Braunfels Fire Department were called to the scene at 7:45 a.m..
Fire Marshal Elroy Friesen-hahn said preliminary findings indicated the fire was set intentionally.
“It is not accidental,” Friesen-hahn said. “It is a suspicious fire. There was forced entry. One window was broken.”
The fire started in three different places in the restaurant, Friesenhahn said.
Firefighters at the scene said they believed they had the fire under control when smoke was spotted coming from the top of the roof near the front of the
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
New Braunfels Firefighters get more air to fight the fire at the former Capparelli’s Restaurant th ie morning.
restaurant. They quickly got their hoses ready and went through the front side entrance of the building to extinguish the fire.
Capparelli's has been vacant since August 1996. utility records show.
New high school might be in Bexar
By DENISI DZIUK KNIGHT
A site selection committee looking for land for a proposed new high school in Comal Independent School District is eyeing four possible sites, and most are in Bexar County.
Voters in the Comal Independent School District will decide the fate of a $92.185 million bond issue, which calls for a new high school and two new elementary schools. The board last month approved forming committees to
look for possible sites for the new
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the administration gave the committees areas in which to begin looking for land. Trustees considered current population, as well as growth trends for certain parts of the county.
“We designated those general areas as where we think a school would best serve the district,” said Major. “There’s a lot of land within those areas. There’s a lot of land to look at and consider Turn to School, Page 2A
Nonprofits can share spirit of Holiday River of Lights
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Local non-profit organizations in New Braunfels will get a chance to reap some benefits from a locally-sponsored holiday program dial will serve as a support mechanism for the city’s first-ever Holiday River of Lights.
“Sharing the Spirit” is a program that will give local non-profit organizations an opportunity to
share the proceeds from a lighted display park on certain week nights in return for encouraging their membership and others to visit the display park, scheduled to be located in Cypress Bend Park off of Peace Avenue.
Any local, non-profit, tax exempt chantable organization in New Braunfels is eligible to participate rn the program, done simply by submitting its name for a drawing that w ill take place soon. A total of 21 organizations will be selected to par
ticipate in the program, according to assistant city manager Don Ferguson.
“This is a unique opportunity to share in the spirit of the holidays and of this program,” Ferguson said.
A different organization will be chosen for each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night that the Holiday River of Lights is open during its 51-day mn in Cypress Bend Park.
“Committee members hope the program will
increase vvisitation at the lighted display park on those week nights when the park is expected to be less crowded,” said Anna Lee Hicks, committee chair of the city’s Lighting Display Advisory Committee. “The busiest nights for the park are expected to be Friday and Saturday nights.”
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Health officials not alarmed by hepatitis-A cases
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
The number of hepatitis-A cases reported in Comal County increased since Sept. I, bin a county health official said she w as not alarmed
Last week, the health department reported a third-grade student at Memorial Elementary ted comedown with hepatitis-A , a viral infection that affects the liver. Health officials compared hepatitis-A, which is not life-threatening, to a stomach virus.
The latest case makes the eighth in Comal County since Sept I. According to the Comal County Public Health Department, which records the number of confirmed cases, two cases were reported in March, four in April, one in May, five in June and July and two in August.
The total number of cases was three in 1994,14 in 1995 and 26 in 19%. As of August 1997, the department confirmed 15 cases.
Comal County Public Health Department nurse She! Mc Wiliams said the numb# of cases bad increased, but the n umbel* could be deceiving She said the increase might be
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Local utility supports EAA pumping limits
By DAVIO DEKUNOER
New Braunfels Utilities assistant general manager Roger Biggers applauded the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s decision to keep aquifer pumping limits at 450,000 acre-foet of water a year.
Biggers, assistant general manager for technical operations, said the EAA board made the right decision when it decided to keep all pumping limits for all municipal, industrial and irrigation water users in the aquifer region to a total of 450,000 ac re-feet per year.
An acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons.
“We are in favor of the 450,000 acre-feet being adhered to because we are not only concerned with our drinking water availability, but we are also concerned with Comal Springs and the endangered species,” Biggers said.
The Sierra Chih sued the EAA and
water users in federal court asking that pumping limits be implemented to save the endangered species that live in Comal Springs. U.S. District Court Judge Lucius Bunton agreed with the Sierra Club. As a result, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1477, which set the 450,000 acre-feet per year limit in 1993.
EAA board member Carol Patterson tried to pass a motion that would not have set pumping limits until more data on the aquifer was gathered by EAA staff.
Since Patterson’s motion was not part of an agenda item, Chairman Michael Beldon said her motion could be discussed at die board’s next meeting on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Biggers, who attended the meeting at the San Antonio City Council chambers, said for now the pumping limits should remain at 450,000 ac re-feet “In the immediate future there
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