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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20,2004 VOLLEYBALL Smithson Valley volleyballs end 11-game district losing streak; Canyon closer to playoff berth. Page 7 A Zeitung forum GUEST COLUMN Writer Jack Borchers writes how people should keep city-fairgrounds business simple. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 293 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK    500 I 8 56825 00001 m Partly ^ cloudy High 89 Details Low 74 ... 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4B LOCAL DEBATES ■ The Herald-Zeitung's coverage of Tuesday debates will continue Thursday with the County Commissioner's race. NBISD candidates face off in forum By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District candidates for District 2 and District 4 faced offTUes- day in a public forum sponsored by the league of Women Voters. After taking three minutes to introduce themselves, Reynaldo Ortiz Jr. and incumbent Jorge Mal donado, for District 2, and Matthew Bettersworth and Bill Biggadike, for District 4, answered questions submitted on index cards by audience members. Although each race had its own, different set of questions, all four candidates faced the same inquiry — what is your stance on the teacher stipends recently voted down by trustees? Maldonado, one of five trustees to vote against tile $610 bonus, See FORUM, Page 3A IBAY undup Local volleyball football teams compete in district, 4B to hold public hearing on contract Financial assistance might be sought for property By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A Dallas consulting company representing Plains Cotton (Cooperative Association may ask New Braunfels’ 4B board for financial assistance to develop the Mission Valley Mill property. The Coker Company was hired by PCCA earlier this year to find a suitable use for the property, including the possibility of using the property as a site for a new civic center and hotel. Once the city’s largest employer, PCCA laid off all hut 80 workers in 2001, and today only a dozen workers still work at the plant. Michael Coker, President of the Coker Company, said Chuck Pinto with PCCA intends to close the mill by the end of December. Two weeks ago, Coker presented a funding plan to the New Braunfels City Council. Called a tax increment finance (TIP) district, the funding plan would pay for the cost of improving the property property tax revenues. Coker said cities often use TIP districts in partnerships with the private sector to pay for the cost of revitalizing property that would otherwise not be developed or improved. City Manager Chuck Pinto said Coker representatives have continued to meet with local officials over the past few weeks. See PROPERTY, Page 3A By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Since 1996, when voters approved a sales tax for economic development, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has served as New Braunfels’ provider of economic development. In 2001, the New Braunfels Infrastructure and Improvement (4B) Corporation signed a two-year contract with the chamber for economic development. The 4B is an economic development corporation created by the city pursuant to the Texas Development Code, and is authorized to contract with another existing private corporation for economic development. The chamber received approximately $80,000 a year in 2001, 2002 and 2003 from the 4B for economic development. In November 2003, the 4B board signed a one-year contract with the chamber for about $124,000. The contract expires Oct. 31. The 4B will hold a public hearing tonight to propose a new two-year contract with the chamber for economic development for $338,910. “Seventy-two percent of the increase in funds we’re asking for is for the cost of activities we plan to do to create new prospects," said Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek. “The increase is not for personnel costs, its for activities like trade shows, direct advertising and visits with prospective companies. In fact, with the Toyota plant coming to San Antonio, we will recommend to the 4B board that we increase our prospecting for new companies, including automotive suppliers.’’ Matt Harrison, 4B president, said the chamber provides a needed service. “Thev provide a legitimate service, but part of the proposed increase in the amount of the contract is for additional personnel,” he said. If approved by the 4B board, the contract will have to be approved city council. Michael Meek I AT A GLANCE j ■ What: 4B board ■ When: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 20 El Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Eight years ago, Marion and Standley King came down with the flu at the same time. Since then, the Scenic Hills couple get their flu shots every year. This year, they may not be so lucky. “I didn t think we were going to make it that year,” said Marion King. “But it convinced us to get flu shots every year.” Like many people, the Kings live outside the New Braunfels city limits and just outside Comal County in Guadalupe County. "We have a Cibolo address, but we consider New Braunfels our home,” said the 70-year-old senior citizen. Because of the shortage of flu vaccine this year, King said her local physician in New Braunfels didn t receive an allotment of flu vaccine, and Comal County officials said residents would have to show proof of residency to receive a Bu shot at county health clinics. By Tuesday, King had given up trying to get a flu shot. "I guess we’re up the creek," said King, whose husband is 80 years old. "I guess we’re going to have to take our chances." This year’s vaccine shortage has caused some officials to warn that the demand for flu shots could drain the supply of vaccine. Two weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control was notified that British fiu vaccine manufacturer Chiron Corporations license to produce Huvirin vaccine had been suspended, which reduced by approximately one half the expected supply of trivalent inactivated vaccine (flu shot) available in the United States for the 2004-05 influenza season. Chiron was to make 46-48 million doses of vaccine for the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, about 55 million fiu shots will be available in the United States this season. But because of a shortfall in flu shot production for this season, CDC is recommending that people at high risk be given priority for getting fiu shots: ■ All children aged 6-23 months; ■ Adults aged 65 years and older; ■ Persons aged 2-64 years with See VACCINE, Page 3A ■ Influenza viruses are constantly changing so it s not unusual for new strains of influenza virus to emerge at any time of the year. As of mid September, most of the influenza viruses detected in the United States were well matched to this season's vaccine. What has influenza virus sur-i veillance found so far this season? ■ As of mid-September, laboratories had reported a small number of samples positive for both influenza A and B viruses in the United States. This finding is not unusual. Sporadic influenza infections and even some outbreaks are reported throughout the summer. (Information from Centers I for Disease Control and Prevention) DID YOU KNOW? STEPS TO PREVENT CATCHING THE FLU ■ Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. ■ lf possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. ■ Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. ■ Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. ■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a per son*touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. ■ Also, antiviral medications may be used to prevent the flu. FLU SEASON CHARACTERISTICS What sort of flu season is expected this year? ■ Influenza (flu) seasons are unpredictable. Although epidemics of flu happen in most years, the beginning, severity and length of the epidemic can vary widely from year to year. Before a season begins, it is not possible to accurately predict the features of any season. Will new strains of influenza virus circulate this season? VACCINE SHORTAGE MANDY REARY Herald-Zeituny Carson Hoy, 12, gets his flu shot from Jamie Varner at the Health Department Tuesday. Carson is considered high risk because he suffers from asthma. Proof of residency needed to receive flu shots1/5 Carat    <£g\rk Diamond Earrings'Pjrjr (Retail Value: SISO)    ^ factory 651 N Bt sist.vs LH. 35 240 NKW Bk.V NHil S MaKM IIM Act (830) 625-3203 ;