New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Rosa Hinojosa, Ashley Evans (belated), Andrew Webb (9 fears), Emfly Brocks, Murray bacchii, Steven Venegas (9 years), Define Prefas (Saturday) ami Michael Anthony Rosales.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Canyon Dam discharge — 459 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.25 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool.)
NBU reports pumping 6.916 mdon gallons of surface waler Wednesday, and 132,000 gallons of well water were used.
Partly Cloudy skids to prevail
Tonight — Fair becoming partly cloudy after midnight. Low in tho mkt 70b . Southeast wind 5-10 mph.
tatuhfay — Morning clouds, otherwise partly cloudy with a high in the mid 90s. Southeast wind near 10 mph
Sit liny — Partly cloudy with isolated showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 90s.
— Partly cloudy with isolated afternoon thunderstorms Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 90s
The SOS Inc., Food Bank needs to restock its shelves The items needed the most are canned milk, canned meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, soups, cereals, laundry items, shampoo and bath items. To make donations, call 629-3663 or bring them to 248 Merriweather St.
To apply to receive the food, come by the office and fill out an application. You will need to state the source of your income and go through a screening process.
Gather around, partners — the Comal County Sheriff s Posse Rodeo will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Posse Arena, Interstate 35 South at Soims Road exit.
Adult admission for the rodeo and dance is $5. Children get in for $3. More than 50 local contestants will compete in 13 events. Spectators are asked to enter at the back gate off Soims Road.
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Texas Department of Transportation work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 South between Soims Road and Schertz (Farm-to-Market 3006). Numerous exits will be closed, but traffic lanes should remain open throughout the day. The only way motorists can get off of Interstate 35 is by utilizing FM 4B2JPM 2252 exit
‘It's tim* for us to take tim* for mcIi other and ow grandchildren. I find that I don’t have th# tim# I wish I had.’
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Casteel won’t seek re-election
County judge makes I announcement today
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel announced today that she would not seek another term in office and instead would focus her time on her family and her private law practice. _
Surrounded by family, Casteel announced her plans during a press conference at Comal County Courthouse.
Casteel, who was elected in 1990, will step down from her position Dec. 31, 1998.
Casteel said the decision to leave the office was not an easy one, and she had been “talking to myself about it” since March. She said her mother died when she was 14, and that gave her a greater appreciation of family
The decision not to run for re-election boiled down to having more time to spend with her husband, two children and three grandchildren.
Casteel's son, Barron, is expected to graduate from law school in December and to take the bar exam in February. Casteel said she wanted to open a law office with the budding attorney.
“I have a real fun opportunity to work with one of my children in helping him get started in his career,” she said.
"He and I are very much alike. I hope we don’t lull each other ” she added with a gnn.
Casteel, who will be 55 in December, also said she wanted to have more time for her husband Tom, 63, who was supportive of her during her 20 years in public service. She said “it’s his time now.” She said part of that time would be spent instilling in her grandchildren the characteristics, values and attitudes she learned from her grandparents.
“It’s time for us to take time for each oth er and our grandchildren,” Casteel said. “I find that I don't have the time I wish I had.”
Casteel, who grew up in West Texas, said her parents were strong individuals, much like herself. Despite that, she was allowed the opportunity to be her own person.
During her public service, her children, Cheryl and Barron, had to stand in the shadows or take criticism for her actions, Casteel said. She said it was tune for her to get out of the way and let them become known for who they were instead of “Carter’s kid.”
“I want them to be able to step out,” said
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Casteel “I want my kids to have that same opportunity to be seen and recognized for themselves.”
Casteel pointedly said her family had been very supportive of her while in public service, and never asked her not to run. She said stepping down was not an easy decision, but it was the right one.
“I guess all in all, you add up all those things, and they pretty well say it’s time to go,” she said Casteel will not be leaving the county when she leaves, though. She said she would
not try to run the county from behind the scenes but would continue to be active with local groups and causes.
“FU still be involved in the politics and in trying to make this the best county in which to live for the residents of Comal County,’’ she said.
Before she leaves her office next December, Casteel said there were several projects she would try to wrap up. She said she wanted to see the completion of the Faust Street Bridge project, the jail expansion, the early Turn to Casteel, Page 2A
Volunteers will clean Guadalupe Saturday
By DAVID DEKUNOER
David Kennon and his wife, Kay, loved camping out on the Guadalupe River so much that they decided to make New Braunfels their home.
The Kennons moved from Houston in 1991. David Kennon
said he and his wife always have had a fondness for the Guadalupe River.
“We fell in love with it,” he said. “That was one of the reasons why we moved.”
The Kennons were some of the first volunteers when Friends For Rivers established the lower Guadalupe River cleanup in the
David Kennon will be busy again Saturday when he will participate in the cleanup. Registration for the Friends For River cleanup begins at 8:30 a.m. at Double Rockin *R’ on Loop 337 and Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Market Road 306.
Volunteers and divas will clean
Commissioners OK tax rate increase for ’98
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County commissioners approved an increase in the tax rate Thursday.
Out of your pocket
According to figures provided by the Comal Appraisal District, homeowners under the current tax rate of $.29218 paid approximately $233.74 in county property taxes on a $100,000 home. Under the new tax rate of $.30519, the tax bill will increase to approximately $305.19.
a 20-mile section of the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to the Interstate 35 bridge.
This year Kennon will help with volunteers and the logistics of the cleanup. He said he sees the river cleanup as his way of giving back to the community.
“I enjoy the people I have met Turn to Guadalupe, Page 2A
Court voted 4-1 to approve a tax rate of $.30519 per $100 valuation for 1998.
Commissioner Jack Dawson voted against the tax increase. This year’s tax rate was $.29218 per $ I OO valuation.
Dawson moved to keep the tax rate at .29218, but his motion died for a lack of a second.
Dawson said he voted against the tax increase because the county could use its reserve funds if an emergency arose.
“We can spend approximately $350,000 of our reserv e funds,” Dawson said.
He said insurance also could cover emergencies.
County Auditor David Renken said he projected the county would have $3.7 million in reserves by the beginning of next year, roughly 25 percent of the county’s 1998 budget of $19.6 million.
“If we have a disaster, we could operate the county for three months without any revenue," Renken said.
Even with the new tax rate. Dawson said Comal County taxpayers were getting a good deal.
“Compared to other counties in the area, I still think it is a bargain.” Dawson said.
Commissioner Moe Schwab said he v oted for a hike in the tax rate so that the reserve fund would remain intact.
“I don’t want to spend the reserves,” Schwab said. “I want to keep that in case of a disaster. We need to keep a healthy reserve.”
Renken said the tax rate is set up this way: $.2003 for general fund, $.0036 for jury fund, $.0048 for indigent health care, $.041395 for debt serv ice, $.0550 for farm-to-market roads and $.0001 for flood control.
County taps architect for jail growth project
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A Fort W orth architect was chosen by Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday to design the proposed expansion of Comal County Jail.
Commissioners voted unanimously to accept architect Noms Fletcher of BSA Inc.’s plan.
Fletcher’s plan was one of two from which commissioners chose. The court also considered a plan proposed by Wayne Gondeck of Dailey, Rabke and Gondeck in San Antonio.
Both architectural firms gave presentations to Commissioners Court last week.
Fletcher’s plan would expand the current 145-bed county jail in one of three increments, % beds at a cost of $3.1 million, 144 beds at $3.8 million or 192 beds at $4.6 million.
The Texas Commission on Jail Standards has recommended the county expand the jail to 336 beds within nine years to meet the increased demand as population in the county grows.
Commissioners can choose how many beds they want to build under Fletcher’s plan. They will do that at their Sept. 25 meeting in the commissioners courtroom in the county courthouse annex.
Jail administrator Jim Middleton said he wanted to see 192 beds added to the county jail, w hich opened in 1985.
“I want to get ahead of the game so we can get 20 years out of it,” Middleton said.
Expanding the jail to 192 beds is expected to serve the county’s prisoner population for at least 20 years
Figures from Middleton show that the inmate population will grow dramatically over the next nine years. In 2000, the projected inmate population will be at 221; 247 in 2003; and 272 in 2006.
Based on the jail commission’s report, Comal County
Turn to Jail, Page 2A
Schools boost students struggling to read
By DENISE DZIUK
Many children are competitive, wanting to run faster and farther than the others on the playground, but a child struggling to read cannot keep up in the classroom.
That’s why both local school district offer programs aimed putting those kids bock on the same raiding level as others in their grade.
Comal Independent School District insane-tiooal coordinator Brenda Fielder said the dis
trict did not have a program like New Braunfels ISD’s Help One Student to Succeed for its students, but does offer remedial reading courses at each elementary. Fielder said the classes, which are not commercial programs, allow the campuses more flexibility in what they offer.
"There’s a lot of really good programs out there, but because campus needs vary,... they pick the method and material that best suits their needs,” said Fielder.
She said students were taught by trained teachers using a variety of teaching skills. The students are brought up to the appropriate reading level tor their class, and taught various strategies to continue with improvements before being placed back in the regular reading class.
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