New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Wednesday, September 6,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of BILL BIQQADIKE
Vol. 143, No. 213
Well-timed rains mean bumper crops
But dry weather now threatens livestock, winter crops
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Bill Biggadike, Dandle Crow-ley, Asa Gaddy, Rebecca Augustn and Pam Callia.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -250 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.42 feet above sea level, down .10. Guadalupe River — 114 c.f.s.
Comal Garden Club to meet
The Comal Garden Club will meet Sept. 7 at 9:15 a m. at the home of Laura Behrendt,
811 Oakwood. Jan Kennady will speak on parliamentary procedures.
How to run for office
The League of Women Voters meeting Thursday, Sept. 7, will feature a discussion entitled “How to Run for Office.’ Speakers include Austin Political Public Relations Manager Clarke Straughan and Bexar County Court at Law Judge Shay Gephart. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank. Call Rose Marie Eash at 980-3188 for information. Public invited.
Help preserve Lake Dunlap
Preserve Lake Dunlap Committee will meet at the Miller meeting room, 1509 IH-35 East at 7 p.m., Sept. 7. Plans will be finalized for the waterski show, barbecue dinner and auctions secheduled for Sept. 16 at 6 p m. at Riverbend Park. Anyone wishing to donate door prizes or auction items to benefit the maintenance of the natural waterway should attend or contact Bob Peters at 609-1441 or Paul Edelen at 609-5769.
Habitat For Humanity to moot
Comal County Habitat For Humanity will hold its monthly group and combined committee meetings Thursday, Sept.
7 at 7:30 p.m. at the CCHFH Office, 260 S. Seguin St. Also, the CCHFH will hold the groundkbreaking for its third home at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at 2040 W. Mill St.
Water Babies Swim School annual fund-raiser will be Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9:30 a m. until dark at Pecan Gap Ranch on FM 482 next to St Joseph Chapel. Garage sale, food, plants, pony rides, and baked goods vendors and consignments wanted. For information, call 629-4894 All proceeds go to fund annual swim meet in September.
River cleanup needs volunteers
The fifth annual Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup, organized by Friends For Rivers, will take place Saturday, Sept. 16. Registration starts at 9 a m. at Whitewater Sports on Hwy. 306 in Canyon Lake and at Rockin R' River Rides on Loop 337 in New Braunfels. A party will be held following the cleanup for all volunteers, where they will get t-shirts, barbecue, and live music. Call 1-800-55FLOAT for information.
By DENISE DZIUK
Recent scorching temperatures and dry weather have had a minimal impact on agriculture and livestock in the area. However, rain is needed in the near future if winter crops are to be abundant.
Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said producers are basically between crops. He said the com harvest ended about five to IO days ago, and winter crops, such as wheat and oats, have not been planted yet.
“We’re just kind of in between crops right now. Harvesting was done before the dry, hot weather, and hopefully it
will change before the next planting time,” he said.
Taylor said crop yields have actually been above average. He said com yields were between 100-175 bushels, which is above the county’s average of 90 bushels. Grain Sorghum was also above the county average. The high yields were due largely to cooler weather, early planting, and rain in April and May, he added.
“When the plants got dry, they were able to establish their root system in the soil and pull out water. Then, we got the rain we needed. It got dry arter
that,” he said.
However, Taylor said rain is needed for planting winter crops. Producers usually want rain within a few days after planting the seeds. Otherwise, they start “dusting in” wheat and oats, and plant it dry. This makes the seeds more susceptible to the environment, said Taylor.
“Without any rain, you’re taking a chance with birds and insects and wind. All you can do is hope your seed will survive,” he said.
The dry weather has had a negative effect on livestock in the area. Most
ranchers are running out of grazing area for their animals, have started to give them supplemental feed, including hay and molasses.
The supplements are aimed at keeping the animals' “protein level” up, said Taylor.
The weather has also had an effect on hay. Taylor said he is getting hay show entries for the Comal County Fair ready. He said the entries look good despite the fact that producers were only able to get about two cuttings, compared to the usual three or four. He said this is because of the dry
The only insect problem Taylor said he has heard about is with white flies, which are common in home gardens and ornamental plants.
He said he has heard that the valley has had a severe problem with it, but has not seen a big problem in Comal County.
He said several chemicals are available to get rid of the flies.
Taylor said that thanks to timing of the two seasons, the heat and the dry weather have not had too large of an impact. However, he said a continued lack of rain could lead to bigger problems.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Comal Community Band performed yesterday at Lands Park for the German-American Society's annual picnic. The band is planning a trip to Germany next July.
Counselor encourages families to express feelings in wake of apparent middle school suicide
By DAVID SULLENS
Editor and Publisher
Parents should encourage their youngsters to talk about the suicide of a New Braunfels Middle School student, according to New Braunfels psychologist Dr. Nancy Logan.
“This is the single biggest piece of helping kids get through a suicide,” Dr. Logan said. “Let them express their feelings.”
The family counselor said youngsters, particularly those who knew the 14-year-old victim or were close to him, might feel anger, grief, sadness, confusion and even guilt (“...What
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District made final budget amendments, and officials are saying a combination of good planning and good fortune put them in the red.
Assistant Superintendent of Finance Lonnie Curtis said the 1994-95 budget was amended to reflect what was actually spent, and there were changes in both expenditures and in revenue.
The expenditures for the 1994-95 revised budget were $26,543,845, and after amendments it went to $26,643,274, which was an increase of $90,429. However, Curtis said the increase in spending was offset by a $210,429 increase in revenues. Curtis said this resulted in an additional $120,000 being put in reserves.
“We still ended up with $120,000 in reserves even though our expenditures went up. If we had
their kids to talk more,” said the family counselor. “Help them know it’s normal to feel responsible, but they’re not.”
And, Dr. Logan said, parents need to realize “that it’s going to last a while ... it’s not going to go away nght away.”
She said parents of youngsters close to the victim should watch for changes in mood or behavior and "if a parent feels his or her kid is getting really caught up in this, they should seek professional help.”
The psychologist said a youngster could begin to be depressed and parents should realize that not only sadness, but irritability could signal that developing depression.
Parents should also watch for an increase in drug or alcohol use or other kinds of self-
to go into the reserves for funds, we would have been in the red, but we were clearly in the black,” he said.
NBISD Superintendent Charles Birdberry said the extra funds in the reserves are due to people in the district using restraints, and that is not uncommon. He said the staff did “a great job” budgeting items.
"It’s real gratifying to know as an administrator and as a taxpayer that there are people in this district that know how to watch costs,” said Bradberry.
In the expenditures section of the budget, the largest savings was in the area instruction, which was $ 142,532. Payroll accounted for $235,788 of it. Curtis said this is because salaries for the first 16 days of the 1995-96 school year were added to the 1994-95 budget. Curtis said the dis-tnct really has no way to know how much this
destructive behavior, she said.
“What tends to happen is that the kids and sometimes even the schools tend to focus in on this, almost glamorizing it. But that passes. What to fear is that people who feel neglected or ignored begin to think that they can have their own shining day. But what they need to know is that they won’t be around to see it,” Dr. Logan said.
“It helps for parents to talk about other ways to solve problems,” she said.
At highest risk, Dr. Logan said, are those who were closest to the dead youth.
“It can help to wnte a good-bye letter and read it at the grave site ... or, really, anywhere,” the New Braunfels psychologist said “It helps to express the pain.”
will be, and just estimates. The second largest decrease was in the area of guidance and counseling services. Of the $77,454 decrease, $57,602 was in the payroll section.
The largest increase in expenditures was $343,833 in facilities acquisition and construction. This was due to construction projects in the district, such as the new addition at Seele, the girl’s softball field, and the bond construction projects.
The second largest decrease was $94,899 in general administration. This was largely due to the cost associated with the tax office audit and legal service. Curtis said this really is not bad though because it will be offset by the tax revenue collected.
"All in all, our people did a great job of knowing what was there to spend and working within those limits,” said Bradberry.
Canyon Lake chamber aims to double members
By DAVID DE KUNDER
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce is hoping to double its membership during its fall membership campaign.
“Our chamber of commerce is starting to grow,” chamber president Emie Pavlock said. “It is important that we get new members involved in the chamber so that we can use their expertise.”
The 1995 Fall Membership Drive began on Friday and will last until September 30. Pavlock said that the chamber would like to double its current membership, which is 310 members, during the drive. To make the fall drive successful, chamber members are asked to recruit at least one new member into the chamber. Chamber Executive Secretary Wanda Truchsess said that businesses and individuals obtain many advantages when they join the chamber.
“You get to make so many contacts and meet new people when you join the chamber,” Truchsess said. “Our mixers give businesses the opportunity to do some networking.”
Truchsess said that membership is not limited to individuals or businesses residing at Canyon Lake. The chamber welcomes people from New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, San Antonio and other areas who do business in the Canyon Lake area.
"They (people from other areas) are welcome to join the chamber as an active business member,” Truchsess said. “What a better way to say thank you to the people who patronize your business than to join the chamber."
There are two chamber membership levels to choose from: associate ($25 a year) and business ($75 a year). Business memberships have a seat on the chamber board of directors. Associate members do not vote. However, they do have a voice in the chamber, Truchsess said.
"Our chamber members are the most community minded people we have,” Truchsess said. “People in the chamber, whether they be business or associate members, have a voice in the future of the chamber— and we do listen to them.”
Pavlock said that businesses should join the chamber because they will get more recognition and customers within the Canyon Lake community.
"We really promote the businesses who are members of the chamber of commerce,” Pavlock said. “If someone asks me where to buy a widget, I will direct them to a business which is part of the chamber, not to one which is not part of it. Recently, a new business member told me how proud he was of the chamber for increasing his business. He said five out of six new reservations at his resort were a result of the chamber of commerce refemng those people to him.”
Truchsess, who has been executive secretary for three months, promises that the chamber will be active for the remainder of this year and well into 1996. Truchsess said the chamber will look to improve its image around the community.
“We will do more public speaking so that we will get the word around about the chamber,” Truchsess said. “We will continue to aggressively recruit new members and look to advertise in the media — whether it be pnnt or broadcast—to get our word out.” In October, the chamber will promote year round tourism of Canyon Lake by hosting a tour for the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG). New and current members are invited to the chamber mixer on Thursday, Sept. 14 at the law offices of Charles Stephens ll from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Canyon Lake Plaza in Sattler.
could I have done, how come I didn’t see the signs.”)
“Parents should just listen and encourage
announce good budget news
We really promote the businesses who are members of the chamber of commerce.’
— Ernie PavlockTwenty-one days at sea, and the adventure continues, See Opinion, Page 4.