New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol, 148, No. 208 12 pages in I section September 7, 1999
Comal County since 1852
Comal River tubers keep cool Monday at the Tube Chute near Prince Solms Park. Safety on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers was a major concern as thousands of recreationists flooded the city during the Labor Day weekend.
Lawmen, tourists report smooth ride
By Erin Magruder
Despite large crowds and temper-atures in the upper 90s, the Guadalupe and Comal rivers provided relatively smooth rides for both law enforcement and tourists during Labor Day weekend.
“For a holiday weekend, things were pretty toned-down at the Guadalupe,” said Deputy Ken Hamilton of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department. “Most people just came out to have a good time.”
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Sunday saw the biggest crowd of the weekend, when law enforcement officials estimated more than 3,000 people were on the Guadalupe.
The Gruene location of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides rented rafts and tubes to about 1,500 people Sunday, said Donavon Rivers, manger of the outfitter’s first crossing location, which is further up river.
“I was very surprised because we were about 75 percent busier this weekend than Fourth of July weekend,” Rivers said. “Thanks to the good job that law enforcement is doing, the situation out here has remained under control.”
Although no fatalities were reported at either rivers as of late Monday afternoon, the weekend did not go by without its share of incidents, Hamilton said.
“We had a serious head injury in
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By Betty Taylor Staff Writer
“Oh, baby, please don’t go!” seems to be the resounding cry among thousands of collectors who are trying to come to grips with the recent news of a Beanie Baby retirement.
On Aug. 31, Ty Inc., the maker of Beanie Babies, announced on its Web site, “On December 31, 1999-11:59 p.m. (CST) All Beanies will be retired...”
Y2K seems to have lost its status as the top issue of the new millennium. The new worry now seems to be whether Beanie Baby collectors will have the opportunity to
complete their sets without going broke before 2(XX). The Ty announcement has sent collectors scurrying to stores and driven up prices on the Beanie Baby black market.
When asked how she felt about the retirement announcement, one local collector let out a long, tortured sigh.
“There are 13 new styles,” said Diane, who asked her last name not be published to make sure her collection would not be stolen.
She frequently visits local stores to check on new Beanie Baby arrivals, but demand is high.
“The flea markets will be selling them at such high prices that I am afraid I won’t be able to get them,” she said.
The price range for Beanie Babies at local stores ranges from $4 to $7, but prices outside of retail stores often begin at $40 for hard-to-find Beanie Babies.
Diane has been collecting Beanie Babies for nearly two years and owns 175 of the bean bag animals.
“My stepmother began giving them to me as gifts, and then I began to shop for her and myself,” she said.
Julie Schubert, owner of From Here and There Antiques and Gifts, 647 S. Seguin Ave., displays Maple Special Olympics bear, the most expensive Beanie Baby at her store. The bear retails for $750. Schubert said sales had tripled since Ty, Inc., which makes the bean bag animals, announced it would retire all its Beanies on Dec. 31.End of year brings retirement party for Beanie BabiesBye-bye Beanie
The Comal Cemetery on Peace Avenue is a frequent target for vandals who steal benches or deface tombstones.Genealogy group fights vandalism at local cemetery
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Stealing benches or vases from a cemetery' or defacing tombstones is no w ay to treat the sacred resting-places of our ancestors, officials from histoncal groups say.
Yet that is exactly what has happened at Comal Cemetery on Peace Avenue.
Sexton Larry Herrmann, w ho has patrolled Comal Cemetery for five years, said he noticed an increase in theft the past couple of months. The city contracts Herrmann’s services through Maintenance Management, a private contracting company based in San Marcos.
“There s been an increase in the theft of vases,” Herrmann said. “But if people don’t contact me or the police department, we won’t know about it.”
A month ago, at least one bench from the cemetery was stolen, but Herrmann said he’d noticed three missing.
In another incident a month ago, someone drove a van around the cemetery, tearing up grass and driving over tombstones.
“A lot of people don’t respect the cemetery,” said Connie Krause, vice president of the Comal County Genealogy Society . "But its the final resting spot of our ancestors.”
In response to the vandalism, Krause and others are sponsoring a public workshop from 9 arn. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the cemetery to teach people to respect and restoration.
NBISD bond package will update older campuses
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Aging campuses in New Braun-Inside
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— many more than 50 years old
— would get a major facelift under a proposed $75 million bond package.
About $35 million — or more than 40 percent of the district’s proposed bond money — w ill be used to fund campus improvements and major renovations at all NBISD campuses.
The bond package will be put to
voters Get. 2. Early voting begins Sept. 15.
NBISD patrons interested in obtaining more information about the bond proposals can get a free publication outlining the bond projects at the district’s Education Center, 430 West Mill St.
School officials said the district’s older campuses, many of which were built in the early 1900s, were in need of major upgrades to electrical, lighting, air conditioning and communications systems.
Some district patrons questioned the use of taxpayer funds to renovate aging and out-dated campuses, rather than building new.
Trustee Carlos Campos said the Lamar-Lone Star-Seele attendance area, which includes most of the West End, would welcome a new school.
“It’s not only the amount of the improvements, but there hasn’t been a new building in that part of town for quite some time,” he said.
Superintendent Ron Reaves said he did not believe abandoning the
campuses was the most cost-effective answer.
“During the last bond referendum (1994), we spent money on improvements for a lot of these campuses, and to turn around and walk away now is not the most appropriate thing for the taxpayers,” he said.
“The renovations and improvements also will keep these campuses viable for years to come.” Reaves also said it would be
Part of a Series
The Herald-Zeitung takes a look this week at the Oct. 2 bond issue for New Braunfels Independent School Distnct. Coming up are:
• WEDNESDAY —
Improving campus quality of life
• THURSDAY — Taking care | of maintenance, kitchen facilities
• FRIDAY — How will the bond issue affect your taxes
See Page 4 for more.