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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas N EW, BkUiUNFELSHerald ing Vol. 149, No. 227    18    pages    in    2    sections    September    16,    2000 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung John and Edna Paris helped the county recover $200,000 worth of outstanding warrants by typing letters to offenders. NB couple fights crime one stamp at a time By Ron Maloney Staff Writer lf you owe fines to Comal County, you can expect to hear from John and Edna Paris. These two dedicated crime fighters are no Starsky and Hutch, and they don’t need a fancy red car to catch their man. Just give them some stationery and a few stamps. Since March, the Parises have recovered - $200,000 in fines and other monies owed the county. They started doing the work after Comal County Sheriff Bob --Holder spoke at a Noon Lions Club meeting, making an offer John and Edna did not see fit to refuse. ‘The sheriff said if any seniors had any time, he could use the help,” Edna said. “We went down and they put us to work. They say they love the work in the sheriff’s office. “I told Sherif!'Holder he was making us feel useful,” Edna said. “Its a lot of fun,” John said. “We do quite a bit of work. John and Edna go in for a couple hours at a time — or more if need be — as many days a week as Holder needs the help. “We go down when they say they have a big load,” Edna said. “Whatever day it is,” John said. Edna is a retired vice president of a California savings and loan. John is a retired veterinary researcher. And a little more than a week ago, Comal County Commissioners honored the Parises for giving to the sheriff’s office a $2,000 generator they had bought in preparation for Y2K. Parises recall Nixon most never knew/10A John said giving the generator to the sheriff seemed like a natural, valuable thing to do. See COUPLE/10A Sprinkler ban ‘mistake’Restrictions New watering days are as follows: Addresses ending in 0,1 or 2 Tuesdays and Saturdays 3 or 4 Wednesdays and Saturdays 5 Wednesdays and Sundays 6, 7, 8 or 9 Thursdays and Sundays. Sprinkling may be done before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Use of a hand held hose, bucket, drip irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed on any day at any hour. Chairman’s ‘backflip’ draws hot opposition By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Tile chairman of the Edw ards Aquifer Authority was at the center of a torrent of controversy and criticism Friday after calling a ban on lawn sprinkling a “mistake.” New Braunfels Utilities lifted the week-long sprinkler ban in Comal County as many questioned the credibility of the board charged with protecting the primary water source for about 2 million South Texans. Amidst charges that EAA chair Michael Beldon caved in to political pressure from San Antonio, the specter also looms of another legal battle royale over the future of the fountain darter in Comal Springs. The chairman represents Bexar County on the EAA board. District 4. Beldon addressed San Antonio City Council at its meeting Thursday and backed aw ay from the 14-day ban on lawn sprinkling imposed a week ago. Beldon said he thought ordering the ban when the flow at Comal Springs fell to just under 150 cubic feet per second had been a “mistake.” See SPRINKLERSInside Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions, weather, what to do, where to go, road work map. Get Reckless — Kelly, that is, this weekend. Find out where inside. Diez y Seis celebration K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Students in Fani Schmidt’s pre-kindergarten class at Goodwin Primary celebrated Diez y Seis with Mexican food and traditions Friday, including papel cortado (cut paper), paper chains and a pinata. NBISD razing old building Thursday By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer As long as Murphy’s Law does not choke progress, a nearly 70-year-old New Braunfels Independent School District building will swim with the fish after Thursday. Crews began removing asbestos and lead paint from the district’s maintenance building at 659 S. Guenther three days ago, and a “truck-hoe” will help scrape away the rest of the structure on Thursday. “They will literally pick it up, dump it in dumpsters and haul it away,” construction coordinator Daryl Stoker said. “For the building to hit ground, (will take) just a few hours.” As an environmental precaution, the district must remove asbestos and lead before doing anything to the old building. The building workers are picking “They will literally pick it up, dump it in dumpsters and haul it away. For the building to hit ground, (will take) just a few hours." Daryl Stoker construction coordinator clean dates back to the 1930s and was the athletic department’s field house. “It’s deteriorated significantly over the years,” maintenance director David Owens said. Razing the rotting building is among the first of the big projects voters approved a $75 million bond for in 1999. Its replacement w ill bring the maintenance department offices, a warehouse and a central kitchen together into a 20,000-square-foot facility. “This is only one piece of many pieces that we’ll be putting together over the next five years,” Stoker said. The deconstruction job will take place 200 to 250 feet away from the nearest classrooms. “There is no danger. It is not going to affect (the students),” he said. Owens said he believed the new building would be ready for move-in by mid-summer. “We’re hoping that it will be ready sooner, but this is reality,” Owens said. A temporary office trailer has been set up in the interim. “Both the central kitchen and support service personnel are very excited about the new facility,” Stoker said. “I’m very excited.” NBISD trustees will receive construction bids by Sept. 26 and announce the contractor at an Oct. 17 board meeting. Counties leverage for more power Comal officials plan to lobby 'Texas legislature By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County w ill throw its lot in with a number of other counties — as well as make individual efforts — to lobby state legislators for more authority to regulate grow th and natural resources. Commissioners considered Thursday a number of resolutions intended to help counties manage growth, particularly issues relating to water and underground aquifers. A number of county residents — many whom attended a Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District meeting in Smithson Valley Wednesday night — expressed conservation concerns. Prior to the water district meeting Wednesday, River Crossing subdivision on U.S. 281 w ithdrew its application to drill a 10-inch well to irrigate the golf course. Irrigation of the four completed holes at that course has been a controversial issue this summer in parched western Comal County. Even still, more than IOO people showed up for that meeting, Pct. 2 Commissioner, Jay Minikin said. Many of the concerns expressed in that meeting spilled over into Thursday’s commissioners’ court meeting. “People’s first impression is, ‘How can commissioners continue to allow growth the way it is?”’ Million said. “My response is, if you give us the authority, chances are it won’t happen. Right now, we don't have the authority until we can get new subdivision rules.” Minikin said he hoped that rules tying groundwater availability to subdivision approval would be approved in the coming weeks. The resolutions considered Thursday tie into getting counties the authority Minikin speaks of. “We heard comments on the proposed legislation,” Pct. I Commissioner Jack Dawson said. “Then we got into the resolutions. It was a very good discussion. They were very concerned.” Initiatives discussed Thursday would support: • granting zoning or land use authority to counties; See COUNTIES/10A MILLIKIN Inside Abby................... .............5A Classifieds............ ...........3-8B Comics................. .............7 A Crossword............ .............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... .............4A Movies................... ..............5A Obituaries............. ..............3 A Sports.................. ..........1-4B Today................... .............2A Television.................. ................7A Comirip Sunday Key Code 76 Jfansplant recipients celebrate their new lease on life in the Lone Star Transplant Games scheduled to take place in New Braunfels next wee ken d. /L ifestyle John Knox Ranch a Texas paradise By Dana Jones Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Fields of grasslands, streams shaded by 32 varieties of trees and a clear, deep blue swimming hole feeding Carpers Creek, caged and bound by 30-foot-tall limestone cliffs. The deer are loping, the frogs are jumping, and by the end of summer the Blanco River will have heard laughter from more than 1,000 children and 50 staff' employees. Owned for 70 years by the Myers family, the sprawling 300-acre John Knox Presbyterian Ranch complex w as purchased 37 years ago by Presbyterian Church, USA. Operated by Mission Presbytery Outdoor Ministries, their mission is to provide unique programs and settings in a deliberately Christian community. “Simple and close to nature” the mission statement says. “Its grown dramatically in the last six to seven years,” Chris Holmes, environmental director said. He came to the Ranch three years ago and See KNOX/10Af ‘4f Photo Submitted Visitors to the John Knox Ranch will find many different ways to relax and enjoy time in the Texas Hill Country. ;