New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, October 23,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Kvelyn Kropp
Vol. 145, No. 246
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Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zsltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Usa Harter, Evelyn Kropp, Cindy Moos, Mattie Wackwttz, Dawn Jonas, Becky Fest (13 years), Beverly Beck, Lou Ann Schriewer, Justin Shay Garcia (7 years belated), Margarita Mendoza, Adam Silva (14 years), Raymond Sanchez m (15 years) and Robert Hehnke.
Happy Anniversary wishes are extended to Ramon and Mary Caballero (17 years belated) and Ricardo and Margarita Mendoza. .
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Ragweed — 60 Pigweed — trace Paten measured in parts per otic meter of ar. Homraion prodded by Dr. Frank HampeL) River Information Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second, 14} 5 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.78 feet above sea level, same as Tuesday
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Weekend weather looks promising Tonight — Becoming partly cloudy with less than a 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms.
Low in the upper 50s.
Friday — Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of late afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High in the lower 80s Saturday — Cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms in the morning, becoming partly cloudy and colder during the afternoon. Highs in the 60s to near 70.
Sunday — Partly cloudy and cooi with a slight chance of ram. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s.
Master plan input still sought by city
New Braunfels residents who were not able to attend the master plan forum Monday night still have a chance to make recommendations for the city’s growth and develop ment.
Anyone wanting to include ideas on the growth of New Braunfels may call 608-2115 or mail suggestions to Harry Bennett, Planning Director,
424 Casten Ave , New Braunfels, TX 78137-1747.
Road work continuos
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Expect delays and lane closures, and pay attention to signage and flagmen.
• County crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane.
• City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue.
• Crews are placing buttons, reflectors and stripping on roads in Landa Park
• The 600 block of Mather Street between Grant Street and Peace Avenue is closed because of street reconstruc ton.
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Sfvffnl employees from Checks in the Mail donated their time and sweat to spruce up the garden at the HIH Country Developmental Training Center on North Street Wednesday afternoon.
Showing they care
Checks in the Mail employees donate time to help
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Employees at one local business did more than open their wallets to the United Way of Comal County — they donated their time and energy.
Checks in the Mail employees washed windows, did some landscaping and performed various other tasks Wednesday at Hill Country Developmental Training Center, a vocational center for patients with chronic mental disorders and emotional distress.
The employees were taking part in the United Way Day of Caring, in which
How to participate
■ Employers can participate by allowing their employees#)*
day off with pay so they n^hr*’’1,1 ^ volunteer at a local agency supported by United Way.
■ To participate, contact the Comal County United Way at 620-7760.
■ United Way volunteers have raised nearly $200,000 toward their goal of $370,000.
employers give employees the day off
with pay so they can volunteer their time to various agencies the United Way
United Way executive director Joe Rogers said in addition to providing much needed maintenance work, the program educates the public.
“This way employees can see a little bit where their money goes and what ^evdoj-hejMd.
Checks in the Mail sent volunteers to two different Agencies in die community on Wednesday, said human resources assistant Patty Flanders.
“The company really wants to get involved any way it can. and it felt United Way was a good way to do that because it helps so many people,” she said. “All these agencies rely on volunteers. so they need all the help they can get, and we’re doing what we can.”
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Residents doubt road work will leave lasting mark
Shifting ground keeps Morningside Drive on mend
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Harvey Schubert, who has lived at 2860 Morningside Dr. all his life, has watched the road in front of his home go from dirt to gravel to pavement.
And since the initial paving of the road, Schubert said he was disappointed at the attempts of the City of New Braunfels to improve it.
“They’ve never spent much time putting the proper base down,” said Schubert, who described his tours down the street as encounters with many dips and swells.
Crews recently finished paving Morningside Drive, a narrow, two-lane street that runs between Ruekle Road and Interstate 35 and curves around to meet the Interstate 35 access road.
A new layer of asphalt improved the road considerably, according to residents who live there.
But smooth driving might not last for long because of the land underneath it.
“We’re appreciative of what we’ve got, but it’s a shame that they didn't take more tune,” to do it right, Schubert said.
The city’s use of heavy gravel and tar will last only for awhile, said Schubert, adding that stabilizing the foundation of the road with lime would improve the street immensely.
City Engineer C.A. Bolner explained crews had to level Morningside Drive before repaving. Next week, city crews will restripe the road.
Morningside lies on an area predominantly consisting of
Graphic by Michael Damall expansive clays. Clay and sand present in land underneath the street often shift with the change of seasons. Contracting in the winter and expanding in the summer, the ever-changing land eventually causes cracks in the pavement.
“This is a problem we always have to contend with," Bolner said.
A resident on Morningside Drive concurred.
“The ground shifts,” said Audrey Dean, of 2876 Morningside Dr.
She said the street required routine repairs over the last several years because of shifts in the land. She said cracks in the structure of her home were not uncommon, even though the house rests on a pier and beam construction.
Over the years, multi-layers of pavement installed on Morningside Drive have built up in thickness, raising the road some inches above the shoulder. Schubert said.
Just around the comer, other residents are contending with road repairs because of land shifts, but the ground’s movement has affected their water supply.
A complete ov erhaul on water-lines along Schmidt Avenue became mandatory for New Braunfels Utility workers about two weeks ago.
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New Braunfels dons red ribbons in war against drugs
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Many people move to New Braunfels to escape big city problems such as crime and drugs, but this tranquil Hill Country city is not immune to drug abuse
The 1997 Texas Red Ribbon Campaign, which urges students to remain drug free, kicks off today and runs through Oct. 31. According to the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug
Abuse, the first Red Ribbon Campaign, proclaimed by Congress in 1988, was launched by parents in Illinois and Virginia angry about the killing and destruction caused by alcohol and other drugs.
Locally, schools will observe Monday through Oct. 31 as Red Ribbon Week.
According to the National Parents’ Resource Institute for Drug Education ninth annual survey of students in grades 6-12, the annual use of most drugs was at the highest level since the sur
vey began in 1978.
Approximately 35 percent of Texas elementary students said that some or most of their close friends drank alcohol, 13 percent said that at least some of their close friends used inhalants and 12 percent said that at least some of their close friends used marijuana.
New Braunfels DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer Corp Robert Owens said New Braunfels was not immune to the problem, and more awareness had been given to the
Board gets WORD on early warning flood system
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
SATTLER — The first phase of an early warning system on the Guadalupe River should be up and running by this spring, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority General Manager Bill West told the Water Oriented Recreation District board Wednesday.
West gave a presentation to WORD on the system at its meeting at Canyon Lake Action Center.
“We got the money in place for the hardware and the gauges,” West said.
West said OBRA planned to put three main gauges along River Road and half a dozen rainfall gauges that would detect when the river is going to flood. -
The gauges would have signals that would alert OBRA headquarters in Seguin and then warn Comal County Sheriff's Office when flooding occurred.
A system in which outfitters and campgrounds along the river were alerted by radio transmitters would be preferable to ane in which sirens or fog horns were used, as some have suggested, West said.
West said he teared that sirens or fog horns would cause chaos along the river and cause campers to panic.
West said he had been talking to County Judge Carter Can-
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Fall back to standard time Sunday
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Evenings will seem to come a bit earlier as standard time returns on Sunday.
For one night, the shift will give folks an extra hour to sleep as clocks are set back one hour at 2 arn local time. The change will move an hour of darkness to the evening, mean»ng brighter early mornings.
It also means this is the weekend some people get stuck working an extra hour— factory workers on the overnight shift, all-night con
venience store clerks, bartenders, police and even some news reporters.
For most people, though, it simply means having to remember to set the clock back an hour — that’s right, back — before retiring Saturday night.
Or, in tho words of the Uniform Time Act, which set up the system of switching between daylight and standard tunes, clocks are “retarded” aa hour at 0200 on the last Sunday in October.
“It is here, and it’s been here,” he said. “Anytime you have any kids involved in drugs, you have a problem.”
Owens said that although the biggest problem with New Braunfels students was alcohol, other drugs were in the community. He said some of it could be attributed to the town’s location between San Antonio and Austin. However, he said DARE was making headway.
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MVES hosts state’s First Lady Friday
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Mountain Valley Elementary School has set aside Fnday to recognize a milestone in the school’s life, while also celebrating learning and welcoming community members home.
First Lady of Texas Laura Bush will be on hand to participate in the festivities.
Principal Hope Enckson said the school’s “Homecoming Celebration'’ was planned primarily to show community members the completed renovations to the school’s library. However, it’s also an opportunity to bong the community buck together, she said.
“This school is the center of the community and we wanted to bring everyone together to celebrate learning,” Enckson said. “We want lots of different people who maybe haven’t been in a school tor quite a while to come back and see what we’re doing here.”
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Canyon Lake shores up for Shrimpiest — Page 7