New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 220 16 pages in 2 sections September 8, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Council takes up alcohol ban petition today
Outfitters keeping close scrutiny on meeting’s outcome
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
JR Felger will watch today’s decision on a proposed river alcohol ban closely.
Felger owns Felger Toob Rental in New Braunfels, but his interest in the issue is not-based on his business.
“The point is that it’s another right that is trying to be taken away from this,” Felger said.
Felger said he already was talking with his attorney and warned there would be “legal ramifications” if city council approves the ban.
Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today to consider a petition with almost 3,000 names of people
■ WHO: New
Braunfels City Council
■ WHAT: Special meeting
■ WHEN: 5:30 p.m. today
■ WHERE: Council chambers, municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
■ WHY: To consider a petition supporting an ordinance that would create a central river business district and ban alcohol within that district.
who want to vote on an alcohol ban on local rivers. The city secretary’s office is working to verify the signatures before today’s meeting.
The council meets in the New Braunfels Municipal Building Council C hambers, 424 S. Castell Ave.
EAA to announce tougher restrictions
From staff reports
The Edwards Aquifer Authority is expected to declare more watering restrictions today.
The authority reported Thursday that the flow at the Comal Springs declined to 150 cubic feet per second on Wednesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has set 150 cfs as the level at which endangered species in the springs are at risk.
Under emergency restrictions expected to be announced today, lawn sprinkling will not be allowed, and hand-held hose, soaker hose or drip irrigation systems can be used for plants or home foundation.
New Braunfels Utilities water customers will not be affected by the announcement because New Braunfels has a surface water treatment plant. However, NBL' spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said Stage IV water restrictions could be on the horizon for NBU customers.
The Edwards Aquifer level was at 635.4 feet above sea level
Thursday, a two-tenths of a foot drop from Wednesday, she said. File mayor can implement Stage IV restrictions when the level drops below 632 feet.
Reuwer said the aquifer level was dropping up to a foot a day.
“Its kind of a steady drop,” she said.
New Braunfels could be looking at Stage IV restrictions by Monday unless the area gets some rain, she said.
“People should start anticipating going to more severe restrictions in New Braunfels as well,” she said.
Stage IV would restrict watering to once a week, based on a person’s address.
NBU was granted a variance from the state that allows it to implement its own water restrictions instead of follow ing the aquifer authority’s restrictions. However, Reuwer cautioned NBU customers that the aquifer authority still could ticket NBU customers for violating NBU’s watering restrictions.
Chamber brings Mardi Gras to Canyon Lake Saturday
By Dana Jones
Today is the last chance to buy a ticket to the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras, affording the ticket holder a chance to motor away in a new, red pickup truck The chamber’s third annual fundraiser w ill be Saturday at Windjammers in Starkville with Ponty Bone entertaining. The buyer of a $ I (K) ticket also hits a chance of winning a 2(MX) Ford Ranger XLT.
Hie chamber increased the odds of winning by limiting tickets to 2(X).
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Seventeen door prizes valued at SKK) or more will be awarded from the ticket box under the security of the sheriff’s representative.
Windjammers w ill serve C ajun shrimp boil, oysters on the half-shell, red beans and dirty rice, plus Cajun standing roast beef.
Tickets are still available and can be bought by 4:30 p.m. today at the chamber office on Farm-to-Market 2673 between Sadler and Starkville. Tickets w ill not be sold at the door.
For information, call Ute chamber offices, (830) 064-2223.
Key Code 76
Easement program meets opposition
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
People interested in conservation easements as a way of protecting open property f rom subdivision and development heard plenty about them pro and con in Commissioners' Court Thursday.
C ounty commissioners invited Carolyn Scheffer w ith Texas Parks and Wildlife and Julie Shackelford of the American f armland Trust to speak to preserving open or farmland by deeding over development rights to non-profit land trusts.
In Texas, about 220,OOO acres are now protected by conservation easements through arrangements w ith 34 land trusts that operate in this state.
Legislation enabling the conservation easements in Texas passed in 1983, but the real movement in them in this state has occurred only over the past five years or so, Scheffer said.
“Why now?” she asked. “Because a lot of things pressure irs such as issues of sprawl. This is a fairly new response to some of these issues.”
The crowd that nearly filled the
courtroom was very interested and in some cases very skeptical.
The pair was invited to speak during a workshop at the behest of County Judge Danny Scheel during a time when the county is exploring development and water issues.
In granting a conservation easement, a property owner essentially deeds over certain property rights such as the right to further development to a nonprofit land trust. Scheffer told the audience conservation easementsSee EASEMENTS/8A
New Braunfels, world mark International Literacy Day today
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Once a week Frieda Lively, a former US A A employee, drives to the New Braunfels Public Library and sounds out letters and words in one of the facility’s two private study rooms.
A lifelong fan of books, Lively has been a reading tutor for a Comal County literacy organization for three years.
“I really enjoy being able to help other people learn the love of reading,” Lively said.
The tutor and her student hooked up via a tricounty effort to increase literacy levels in Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall counties.
Today is International Literacy Day; an event created to highlight the role of literacy in communities, as well as the importance of basic literacy skills.
The event is endorsed by the National Institute for Literacy.
According to the National Institute for Literacy, about 5 million adults are functionally illiterate, meaning they cannot perform tasks that require the simplest reading, writing and math skills.
There are some abysmal statistics regarding illiteracy: seven in IO prisoners perform at the lowest literacy levels; three out of four food stamp recipients read at the two lowest levels; and 43 percent of the adults at the lowest literacy levels live in poverty.
Last year the federal government spent $790 million on adult education, almost double what they had invested the year before.
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K. JESSIE SLATEN Hera d-Zeitung
Miles Young looks for a book of his choice in the New Braunfels Public Library Thursday afternoon while his mom searches for more challenging literary works for Miles and his brother, Parker, to read.
Newspapers link real world to classroom
By Betty Taylor
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Parker Young gets in some light reading at the library while he waits for his mother.
Teachers already know local newspapers are wonderful learning tools.
The newspaper teaches skills in language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, problem solving and Texas history.
On Jan. 7, 1998, The I lerald-Zeitung started delivering more than 2,600 newspapers to 154 classrooms in local schools in its Newspapers in Education program.
Today, the program continues. School has just begun and already the Herald-Zeitung has received requests from 45 teachers — meaning 1,375 students will receive a copy of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung one day a week during the school year.
“I expect the numbers this year will surpass 2,600,” said Kathy Lehmann,
For information about the Herald-Zeitung’s Newspaper in Education program, contact Kathy Lehmann at 625-9144.