New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday withal from the Herald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jana Seibert and Jess! Wong.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Gray (45 years belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds — 2,318 Cedar Elm —4 Ragweed —24 Pigweed —4 ■
(rein rn—wed in parti par cutie malar of air. information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second, down 5 from Monday.
Edwards Aguiar Panther Canyon Watt — 625.35 feet above sea level, dom 09 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 459 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 900.68 feet above sea level. (Above ooneervatton pool.)
NBU reports pumping 7.080 milton gallons of surface water Monday and 864,000 galore of we! water
Look for coolor woothor by Thursday
Tonight — Panty cloudy
with a 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms Low in the low 70s. east wind 5 to 10 mph.
Widniiity — Increasing cloudiness with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the low 90s. East wind 5-10 mph becoming northeast 10-15 mph.
Thursday — Mostly cloudy and cool with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 80 to low 80s.
Friday — Mostly fair skies Cool in the early morning to warm in the afternoon. Lows in the 50s to near 60 Highs in the 80s.
taturday — Partly cloudy. Low in the 50s Hill Country, Near 60 to low 60s. Highs in the 80s to near 90.
vivy cwininiim nous meetings tonight
The city of New Braunfels’ Community Development Advisory Committee will conduct neighborhood meetings today at the cafeterias of Lone Star School, 2343 W. San Antonio St., at 6 p.m. and Lamar School, 240 N. Central Ave., at 7:30 p.m. to discuss social services and projects needed in our neighborhoods For information, call 608-2100.
tevfcii attractions go to winter hours
The Olympic Pool and Spring-fed Pool in Landa Park closed for the year Monday.
The Tube Shoot at Prince Solms Park will be open weekends only, weather permitting.
The miniature golf course now is only open from 10 a m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 am to 6 p.m. Sundays
The Landa Park paddle boats are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p m on weekends until October. For information, call 608-2160.
Schlitterbahn Water park now is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m at the Surfenburg section only weekdays. The park is open from 10 arn. to 8 p.m. on week ends until Sept. 14. Call 625 2351.
Wild, wet weekend
Tubers, tourists flock to local rivers; lawmen stay busy over holiday
From staff reports
Local tube rentals and river outfitters reported a successful Labor Day weekend after slow summer business because of flooding earlier this year.
And die crowds kept law enforcement officials busy over the weekend.
“I think we had a very good weekend, especially in comparison to the rest of die year,** said Nan Ebert, manager of Gruene River Company. “The water is good, the weather is good and it’s been a great weekend."
Debbie Nabe, manager of Abbott’s 306 River Outfitters, concurred.
“We were packed. We didn’t get a break until we got everybody off the river,’’ Nabe said, saying Saturday was good and Sunday was “outrageous.’’ She also said the weekend contrasted with a slow summer because of the high water.
There was also a good crowd at Schlitterbahn, according to general manager Terri Adams, who said this year’s holiday was much better than last year’s, when it rained.
“We had a good crowd, enough to make it fun, but not enough to make it crazy," Adams said, adding that many out-of-town visitors go home on the . third day, making it a good time for local residents to enjoy Schlitterbahn with smaller crowds.
“Ifs one of those secrets we tty to share with local residents,’’ she said.
Crowds kept law enforcement ofti-
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Ll David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said deputies responded to a personal watercraft accident near Canyon Lake Manna at 3:04 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
A 15-year-old boy was airlifted to University Hospital after the personal watercraft he was riding ran into another one driven by a 13-year-old boy.
Ott said the 15-year-old suffered severe trauma to both the left leg and left side of his head above the ear.
“He was unconscious in the water for three minutes," Ott said. The 13-year old did not need to be hospitalized.
Ott said the Labor Day weekend was a
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At least 23 killed on Texas highways
AUSTIN (AP) — At least 23 people have died on Texas roads on Labor Day weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Monday.
Officials set the estimated death total at 30 last week. The tally officially began Friday morning and was to be finalized at 11:59 p.m. A final count of fatalities will not be available until later this afternoon.
Three of the accidents involved alcohol use, DPS reported. Five were accidents involving pedestrians.
In 1996,43 people died on Texas roads over the Labor Day weekend.
All available troopers were patrolling the highways in an effort to reduce the latest toll, DPS officials said.
More than 1,000 laws take effect
Legislative legacy went into action Monday
By MICHAEL HOLMES
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — The 1997 Texas Legislature may be gone, but its decisions are hardly forgotten.
John Bender, communications director of the Texas House, said a total of 1,030 new laws passed during the legislative session dial ended June 2 took effect Monday.
The laws cover everything from saving water to destroying fire ants; from separating kids from tobacco to matching them with adoptive parents; from getting tougher on sex offenders to making it easier for low-income folks to get mortgages.
The legislation receiving the most attention during the 140-day lawmaking session got a jump on the rest of the new laws. That’s the $1 billion.reduction in local school property taxes. It was authorized in a constitutional amendment approved by voters on Aug. 9.
Some highlights of the new laws:
Another Sept. I means another new state budget. Lawmakers approved spending S86.2 billion over the next two years. That total includes an increase of S5.5 billion in state money, a 6.8 percent boost over the past two-year budget.
The Legislature got tough on sex offenders.
Heading the list is a “two strikes and you’re out” law. It automatically sentences a person to life in prison if convicted of certain sex offenses two times. The convict will have to serve at least 35 years, after which parole will be an option if two-thirds of the parole board agrees.
Another law will dramatically increase the number of sex offenders required to register with law enforcement authorities after release from custody. Texas already has 17,600 registered sex offenders living in neighborhoods, w ith 22,000 more behind bars. At least 4,000 will be released over the next four years, Attorney General Dan Morales has said.
Now. registration will be required by those convicted as far back as 1970. Offenders who receive probation — estimated to be 90 percent of those caught — also must register. Morales said.
A third law creates new procedures for sex offenders placed on probation. It allows extension of probation
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Di’s popularity soars higher after her death
From staff, wire reports
DALLAS (AP) — Although Rn ne ess Diana never made an official visit to Texas, her death w hile pursued by paparazzi an ocean away has grieved British nationals and Texans alike as flowers and messages pile up outside the embassy here.
The British Consulate in Dallas is opening a condolence book this w eek for the princess, whose grace, compassion and beauty enthralled the world even after her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles.
Sm Pag* 3 for mote about Diana a fun8ral.
A New Braunfels book store owner said she expect-
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NBISD trustees consider maximum tax rate tonight
New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will discuss possible tax rates and approve a maximum rate at 6:30 p.m. today at the Education Center board room, 430 W. Mill St.
Last month, the board approved the 1997-199»budget of $33,698,933, up $3,521,081 from the previous year.
The board was considering a tax rate of about $1.5075 per $100 valuation when it approved the budget The district would have to take about $500,000 out of the fund balance, or the district’s'iavings account to balance the budget.
The average home in NBISD was valued at $66,101 in 1995. With a
$5,000 homestead exemption and a 1996-1997 tax rate of $1,465, the homeowner would have paid $895.13 in taxes. Assuming the value of the home increased by 7.1 percent in 1996, the value of that same home would have increased to $71,059. This year that same homeowner would pay $845.09 in taxes if a tax rate of $1.5075 was approved.
Although the board will not approve a tax rate at tonight’s meeting, it will discuss a possible 1997 tax rate using 1996 values. The board also will take a roll call vote on the maximum tax rate it will consider. Tonight’s vote would cap the rate considered by the board for adoption Ister this month
City searches for new finance director
By ABE LEVY
. City of New Braunfels Finance Director Sharon Day accepted a new job in Missouri after almost tour years of service here.
Day will be assistant director of finance for the city of Belton in Missouri. Her last day at the city of New Braunfels will be Sept. 19.
City officials said they posted the opening in various job listings and hope to fill it as soon as possible.
The move from New Braunfels will be hard, said Day, 40, who is a board member of the New Braunfels Women s Chamber of Commerce and treasurer for the Uoited Way of Comal County board of directors.
“Part of me is excited because change is always different and new,” she said. "The other part is apprehensive because I know what I do and I know the community and I think we work well together so I don’t want to leave.”
The move will put her closer to her husband, Jack, who has worked at the Leavenworth Times in Kansas as a circulation manager since February.
Day has one son who is starting his freshman year at the University of
The new job was possible because of her faith in God, she said.
“I have a lot of faith and I feel Uke God opened the doors,” she said.
Day came to the city in January 1994 arui was instrumental in advocating the half-cent sales tax proposal that voters approved by a 2-to-l margin in 1995.
She also coordinated the increase rn the fund balance of the city’s budget by $1.8 million during her tenure.
“I think that she has been a tremendous asset to the city and certainly to the community,” said Mayor Jan Ken nady. “She does a lot that people don’t realize. She is going to be truly
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