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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY See CCPLWV’s Voter Guide in today’s edition - See sh--wl- !•! I MI. LU1 IJH UHL I. oH .I IMI, 2627 E: YANDELL DR P EL PASO, TX 79903- 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 155 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 New Braunfels Inside Weather........................................3A Opinion.........................................4A Letters to the editor......................5A Arts & Entertainment....................6A Cuisine!..................................7A,    8A Sports Day.........................11    A,    12A Education................ 1B Comics.........................................2B he Marketplace 3B, 4B, 9B-12B Car Care Guide......................5B-8B SLimmlisch Birthday wishes from tho H aroid-Ze itungl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following biithday wishes to; Ruben Pefia, Steven Schriewer, Felix Diaz, Daniel Ellis, Floyd Hutson (Tuesday), Jordan Goodyear (13 years!), Hal D.Herbelin, Dolores Aleman, Sue McLane, Owen Renfro, Ray Baker, Joanna Lewis, Raymond Nowotny, Jessie Pilcher, Priscilla Schaefer, Hilmar Scheel, Violet Smith, MarvinGilbreath. Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Riedd. Historical tour of Lands Parte scheduled Wilkommen! It's Wurstfest time once again. The City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a "Deutsche (German) Historical Tour of Landa Park.” Three tours will be given on Nov. 4,1994. Tours will begin at 9 a.m., 11 a m., and 2 p.m. and will last approximately one-and-a-half hours. Each tour is a hike through Landa Park covering historical markers in the park. Also covered is much of the history of New Braunfels and Landa Park, including the Landa family and Wurstfest. Each tour will begin at the New Gazebo behind the Landa Park office. The fee is SI per person. Everyone is encouraged to participate; however, children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is recommended and will be taken at the parks office Monday-Friday at 110 Golf Course Road. For information call (210) 608-2160 or come by the parks office. Cross Lutheran offers craft booths Cross Lutheran School is offering craft booths as part of their Fall Festival on Oct. 29. Cost is SIO per table. A three by eight foot table will be provided. Entrants need to set up by 4 p.m. with clean-up by 9 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. To reserve a booth, contact Kathi Edge at 625-7436/ Hummsl Look-Alike contest sot for Nov. 5 Main Street congratulates the Hummel Museum, which is taking over the Hummel Look-Alike Contest. The contest will be held Nov. 5 from IO a m. to 11 a.m. at the museum. Prizes will be awarded to single and multiple figurine winners. Look for entry forms in the Heraid-Zeitung soon. For information, call Doreen Schaeffer at 625-5636. SUmmtisch (The New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung ir files its readers to submit items to S.jmmlisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day’s happen ings. We invite you to share with us.) This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint NB1SD calls bond election for Dec. IO ' s $15 million in improvements sought By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Voters in the New Braunfels Independent School District will have a little less than two months to decide if they want $15 million worth of improvements to their schools. The NBISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a bond election for Dec. IO. The package includes work at Sccle, Carl Schurz, and Memorial clemen-taries, Lone Star Primary, New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High. School officials say the bond package will add just over five cents to the tax rate. They plan to keep that rate under the mandated $1.50 cap on operations and maintenance by adjusting their long-term debt rate for a 22-year period. Current interest rates are not as high as they were in the 1980s when thfe last NBISD bond package passed, although the federal government has already raised those rates several times this year. "If interest rates go up, wc’U have to hold off selling some of the bonds," said Superintendent Charles Bradber- ry Bradbury called NBISD schools a "double-edged sword" because he said they were safe and people wanted to move here, but that caused the crowding problems. Growth projections at campuses such as the high school should level out by the year 2000, until another growth cycle begins. School officials said new businesses such as an expanded Wal-Mart, HEB, a new Target and others should help the tax base. Property values also rose in the district last year and new growth could also help increase the tax base. Board Member Leo Chafin wanted to add a $2.2 million project to build a new gymnasium at the high school, but the measure was not included. Photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT Teacher of th* Year honors wort awarded last night by NBISD to Trisha Towal and Shana Balding. Also pictured are Val Fischer (elementary finalist), Rebecca Augustin (elementary finalist), Trisha Tows! (Teacher of the Year), Shane Behung (Teacher of the Year, Candy Sober (second finalist), and David Simmons (sscond finalist). See story, page 2A. "We are going to have to someday in the near future have a new gym,” he said. "...I’m afraid if we wait four or five years and there is inflation, we'll be paying more at that point.” Cliff Wilkins, head boys basketball coach, said he was willing not to use a new facility for varsity basketball, just so more room could be had for PE, other sports and groups such as the drill team and cheerleaders. “We need a multi-purpose facility. We are completely out of room," he said. School administrators said the $2.2 million would increase the tax rate approximately 7.99 cents instead of the nickel with a $15 million package, this due to further debt restructuring. "I have no opposition to building a gymnasium at New Braunfels High School,” said Bradberry. "The question was, ‘How much can we go to the public and sell this bond with?”' Some of the larger projects included in the SI 5 million bond include a $4.2 million new elementary, a SLI million new library at the high school, and 11 new classrooms at the high school. So far, so good Although area has escaped wrath of rains, more storms are predicted By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor While heavy storms have ravaged parts of south and southeast Texas causing eight deaths and the evacuation of about 10,000 people, Comal County has escaped the heart of the storms so far. Aside from a few road closings from high water, Comal County has seen no major problems from the rain, which started Friday and could continue for another two days. In fact the farmers are enjoying the rain. “Up through about an hour ago, everything has been positive,” County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said late Tuesday afternoon. "It has definitely helped the wheat aryl oats, which were planted about two weeks ago. They are coming up real well. It will help the winter pastures. "If it continues and we get another three or four more inches, it could be a problem for everyone. If it stops now, we’re fine. We arc just at the saturation point, but if it stops now the area producers will be nothing but happy,” he said. Taylor said he had not yet been out to check whether the rains caused any substantial erosion problems in area fields, but he did not expect to find any major erosion problems. The National Weather Service office at the New Braunfels Airport has recorded 2.21 inches - sinwMhe rains started Friday, including l l inches yesterday. "That is probably a lot less than most of New Braunfels got. It kind of skirted us out here,” said Meteorologist Darr Koch. Seele Elementary School reported 2.1 inches of rain yesterday, and Cranes Mill has received 2.9 inches since Monday. San Antonio has received almost three inches since Friday. And there could be more rain on Rains near*' ‘lf K cont in IMS and we get another three or four mere inches, It could be a problem for Heraid-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL formed amal! streams neer*oads and highways, Including this spot along FM 1863 near the Intersection with Hwy. 46. the way. "It's not over yet," Koch said. "Zavala County has gotten five inches already this morning. This started with the remnants of hurricane Rosa coming through. That shifted our weather pattern a little and opened up a lot of moisture from the Gulf and that combined with the moisture Rosa brought in from the Pacific. We still have a lot of moisture in place and the storms are being Heraid-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Deer didn't seem to mind the rain so much, oven though somo of their food was covered with water due to heavy rains. These door, found at Canyon Lake Hills, were actually having a little fun In the puddles of wator. Thousands forced from homes by torrential rains in SE Texas •wry pm.’ - Joe Taylor triggered by upper County Extension level disturbances Agent And we still have those upper level dis turbances coming across from Mexico,” Koch said. Parts of Harris County have received up to 28 inches of rein in the last three days. Governor Ann Richards declared 54 counties state disaster areas, i including Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Blanco and Travis counties. President Bill Clinton has approved federal flood relief for-Southeast Texas By MNCHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press Writer , HOUSTON (AP) — Gene Kirsch braved the swirling fire ant- and snake-infested waters of the San Jacinto River to climb into his flood-ravaged home and claim a treasured memory. “It's my wedding dress,” said Diane Kirsch, clutching the box and embracing her husband of 34 years. "It’s important and I’m glad to get it back. We've had so many years together, our kids, our nice life. Those are the only valuable things we went back for" The Kitsch’s were among thousands forced from their residences Tuesday by flooding with more than 2 feet of rain in some ardu. At least eight people were dead and two were missing and presumed drowned from floods that began Sun-d**' More than 10,000 people were estimated to have fled their homes and 42 evacuation centers were opened around southeast Texas for those lefr homeless.    _ “I’ve seen this city respond in a very orderly fashion,” Houston Mayor Bob Lanier said after touring flooded areas in a fire truck. "People may get hun and some property damaged or destroyed." Among the shelters was the Houston Astro hall, near a southeast Houston area where some 450 people were ferried out of fast-rising waters of Sims Bayou by fire department airtxMts and fire trucks. Redistricting specialist says elections need revamping By TECLO J. GARCIA Staff Writer David Guinn told the 1994 Charter Review Committee Monday New Braunfels might have conduct a trade off in order to satisfy the U.S. Justice Department. The Baylor School of Law Professor and redistricting specialist said the city must change the way it elects its city council from the current four single member districts and three at large seats with the mayor chosen by the council. He said the if the people of New Braunfels want the mayor elected by majority, two "minority districts” would have to be set up in the new redistricting scheme. Guinn said with New Braunfels' minority population around the 38 percent range, it could create six single member districts with the mayor being voted in by an at large, plurality method. With the six single districts, Guinn said the Justice Department would likely like to see two of the districts designated "safe districts”. “We will have to very careful in the way! we design the two minority districts,” Guinn said. "Race is a factor in redistricting but not only factor.” The professor also said the committee does! not have to submit a proposal to the Justice! Department until after an election took place! to change the city charter. "There is no sense in doing push ups and going through exercises if we going to mn into bn administrative buzz saw,” Guinn said.! The May 1995 election would leave it to the citizens to decide if they want a change in I the way the council and the mayor arc elect-; cd. Committee Chairman David Wallace said! in principal he would not like to see two! "minority” districts because he thinks that; would develop descent ion among neighbor- * hoods and its residents. On the other hand, he said, the process of meeting federal guidelines must move forward. "That's the only way to elect the mayor and comply with the U.S. Justice Department,” Wallace said. Wallace added that Guinn’s conversation with the committee cleared up several ques-. dons he had and was thankful for the opportunity.For news, advertising or subscription informationf calf 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846 ;