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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Jo 0IS WIE in] I III Ocr 2 2 2000 IU;! Ut I By, New FELS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers can water any day of the week before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Use of hand held hoses, soaker hoses, buckets or drip irrigation is allowed any time. nr ZeitungVol. 149, No. 258    46    pages    in    4    sections    October    22,    2000 O    ^CrV'ng    ^‘oma*    County    since    1852 $1.00 Inside ► Spook-tacular Still have not decided about what you are going to be on Halloween? Find out what’s hot this year./1C ► Call her coach New Braunfels head volleyball coach Phyllis Fowler gets the Coach That Makes a Difference Award from Fox Sports Net Southwest. See her on TV today./! B ► Vacation Wimer The second week’s winner of the Herald-Zeitung’s October Family Vacation Giveaway is Larry Schwab. To enter the contest, fill out the subscription form on the back of your copy of TV Week in today’s edition and mail it In. Winners get four-day/fhbenight vacation packages, which include deluxe accommodations for two adults — children free — a round of golf and other amenities at a variety of vacation destinations. Cloudy skies continue today By The Associated Press Rainy and cloudy conditions are expected to continue in Texas for the rest of the weekend. Forecasts predict a continuing chance of showers and thunderstorms across North Texas, along with a decrease in cloud cover. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast Sunday throughout South Texas. Temperatures should range anywhere from the 60s to the lower 80s. South Texas temperatures were mostly in the 60s and 70s on Saturday. Index Abby.............................................2C Business......................................9A Classified................................1-12D Stammtisch..................................3C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro ;............................4    A Obituaries.................................3A Sports...................................1-4B Today...............  2A Television...........................TV    Week Key cod* 77 Sample ballots for local races/! 0-12A Early voting dates, locations/! OA NBISD candidates seek at-large posts/! 2 A Local campaign finance reports/! 2A Decision Day Nov. 7, 2000 Let the balloting begin Early voting starts Monday in Nov. 7 presidential, key local elections By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The nation’s presidential election is more than two weeks away, but voting begins at 8 a.m. Monday with early voting in the Comal County Courthouse Annex. Texas Governor George W. Bush takes on Vice President Al Gore for the White House. In Comal County; Tax Assessor/Collector Gloria German, a Democrat, is facing Republican Sherman Krause for her job. Two commissioners, Jack Dawson in Precinct I and Cristina Zamora in Precinct 3, are running unopposed, as is Sheriff Bob Holder. In New Braunfels, a couple of city propositions could change the way the city spends its sales tax money, and in little Bulverde Northwest, in western Comal County, residents will consider whether to join the neighboring City of Bulverde. Comal County Clerk Joy Streater and Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa expect a high voter turnout. History supports that view. Presidential elections have a history of luring Comal County voters to the polls. In the 1992 presidential election, 87 percent of the roughly 25,000 voters in this county cast ballots. Nationwide, that figure was a healthy 55 percent, which still pales in comparison. In 1996, when the party in power won its second term in the White House, the turnout here was 67 percent of about 36,000 registered voters. Nationwide, the turnout figure dipped just below 50 percent of registered voters. About a third of the turnout in Comal County will vote in early voting, which runs Monday to Nov. 3. “I’d love to see that at 50 percent or 75 percent,’’ Streater said. Early voting isn’t convenient only for the voter: it spreads out the workload for See VOTING/! 1A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Comal County officials expect 30 percent of those who vote in the Nov. 7 election to do so during early voting, which begins 8 a.m. Monday on the first floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex. Most support city propositions, but they still disagree on details a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Nov. 3 at the Comal County Courthouse Annex and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Nov. 3 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. New Braunfels sales tax New Braunfels collects a total 1.5 percent sales tax, a portion of which goes to the general fund for property tax reduction. See CITY/10 A By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels voters must decide whether the city will change the way it uses a portion of its sales when they head to the polls starting this week. The city council called a special citywide election for Nov. I to consider two propositions concerning the city’s sales tax revenues. Early voting begins this week, from 8 CHRIS KOURI/Herald-Zeitung For driving directions to Monday’s TABC meeting, see page 4A. Booze ban supporters to caravan to Austin By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will consider New Braunfels’ request for an alcohol ban inside a central river business district on Monday. The three-member commission meets at 1:30 p.m. in the commission room at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin. Advocates for an alcohol ban plan to be there. “My group is ready to fight and ready to show up in mass,’’ said Kathleen Krueger, co-chairwoman of Citizens United to Save Our Rivers. In early September, a successful petition drive by Citizens United to Save Our Rivers led the city council to unanimously approve an ordinance establishing an alcohol ban inside a central river business district. The ordinance cannot go into effect, however, without approval from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The proposed district includes the Guadalupe River between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and the Comal River between the Landa Park Drive bridge and the Comal’s confluence with the Guadalupe River. The ordinance proposes to ban alcohol consumption and the possession of open alcoholic beverage containers within the district. However, Lou Bright, general counsel for the TABC, announced this past week that he would advise the commission that it did not have the authority to approve the city’s request. He said the city had not properly identified the central business district as defined in the state’s alcohol laws. But Citizens United to Save Our Rivers has not given up. The group plans to meet at 11 a.m. Monday in the Kmart parking lot on Interstate 35 to caravan to the TABC meeting. The commission does not have to follow Bright’s recommendation, she said. “We still have some hope,’’ Krueger said. Cemetery advocates take on monumental task Last of a Series By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer While a small army of residents tries to preserve crumbling, neglected historic cemeteries, the tombstone lady of New Braunfels has been working to create lasting, personalized headstones for this community for 28 years. Margaret Staudt has worked for the Dietz Memorial Company Inc. for almost 30 years and has helped countless families and individuals pick out headstones. In one of the fastest growing coun ties in the state, Comal County cemeteries and their occupants are threatened by development, vandalism and theft. But headstones fight an even more destructive enemy every day: time. Gerron Hite of the Texas Historical Commission said many headstones used for the state’s more than 40,000 private cemeteries were made of soft material, such as limestone. “Limestone is fairly soft and easy to carve,” Hite said. “So you have a constant deterioration of Ccmetcnes” In a small office packed with books, urns, pictures and inspirational messages off' South Business Interstate 35, Staudt helps people choose th^ir last messages to the living world. “I like to personalize a monument,” Staudt said. “I never rush (customers).” See CEMETERY/5A Michael and Connie Krause clean up markers at family graves every couple of months. JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Herald-Zeitung ;