New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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•12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, September 23, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 146 years ■ Home of Travis Williams
Vol. 145, No. 224
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Travis Williams, Larry Hickman, Maria Rodriguez, Amanda Lynn Dietert (5 years), Kirsten Meyer, Roxanne Urias (15 years belated), Erie Baese belated), Guillermo Nieri (50 rears), Betty Doeppenschmidt, [lector Diaz Jr. (ll years), Martha and Mary Christensen twins), Dora Lagunas, Junie Rosales (27 years belated), Desiree Guerrero (IO years belated), James Hamilton Jr., and Mrs. Irene Gonzales.
. Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Ernst and Lydia Rake (58 years) and Freddy and Caroline Ortiz.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Monday.
EcMerds Aquifer Panther Canyon Welt — 625.36 feet above sea level, up .02 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 350 cfs Canyon Latta inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 906.86 feet above IM hviL (Above conservation pool.)
Nee Braunfels (Utilities NBU reports pumping 6 423 mMton gallons of surface water Monday and no
Rain slips from forecast by Thursday
Tonight — Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low in the lower 70s. Light southeast wind.
Wednesday — Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the mid 80s Northeast wind 5-10 mph.
Thursday through Saturday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 80s
Schools dosed Friday for fair
It's time for the Comal County Fair Both local school districts will be closed Friday so that teachers, administrators and students can attend the Fair parade and fair activities
Seguin housing fair takas place today
The city of Seguin, the Seguin Housing Authority and the Seguin Board of Realtors will sponsor the second annual Seguin Housing Fair from 1 30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum. The fair will help res idents from all income groups achieve homeownership
transition ands Oct. 6
With the change in area codes, residents need to remember to make necessary changes for a smooth transition. Telephone numbers on business cards, letterhead and personal checks need to be changed. Cellular telephones, fax machines and computers also may need to be reprogrammed. After Oct. 6, the 210 area code for the Cornel County area will no longer work.
Royalty at the fair
The Comal County Fair Queen,
. Princess Mid Duchess wars chosen Sunday evening at Canyon High School Commons.
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Joy Orr was chosen queen (blue sash);
Nicole Stout, princess (red sash); and Trisha Ellers, duchess (white i).
Herakj-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
County fair kicks off today
How you can play it safe.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Comal County Fair opens today, and thousands of people will pass through the gates before it ends on Sunday.
The carnival will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight today, and Cross Roads will perform for the dance at the same time.
On Wednesday, there is more carnival fun in store along with Kinder Tanzen and a dance by the Bohemian Dutchman in the Corral.
Visitors should be aware of a few safety tips before they enter the fair
grounds on Common Street.
While it has not happened often, people have had items stolen and possessions taken from their cars,
Police Lt. _
John Wom-mack said.
“I have heard of ladies who set their purse (down) and then it is gone,” Wommack said. “We have had burglary of vehicles where people would
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leave items such as a purse and cameras visible. If you go to the fair and have items, lock them in the trunk. Don’t leave it out visible.”
Wommack said people should be careful while having fun.
“Always be aware of where you are and who’s around you,” he said.
In order to avoid being victimized by a pickpocket, Wommack suggested people put their wallets in their front pants pockets instead of their back pockets, the most accessible for a pickpocket.
Fairgoers also should watch out while they are leav ing the fairgrounds.
“When walking to and from (the fair) watch out for traffic,” Wommack said. “People are looking for parking and they don’t watch out for traffic.”
Rain leads to wreck
'"ft HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael Damail
Slippery roads sppsered to have cerned an accident near U.S. 281 end Rebecca Cretft Road in Spring Branch Monday morning. Thie 1980a modal pickup truck wrapped around a tree when the driver loet control. Aa of press time, no more information woe available about the causa and driver In this wrack. Robert Elmore, of Hill Country Customs, prepares to tow the
Deputies continue search for missing servicewomen
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County Sheri AT s deputies in boats continued their search in boats Monday for the bodies of two servicew omen believed drowned in Canyon Lake late Saturday night.
Searchers were unsuccessful in locating the bodies of Sharmeen Salvatierra, 23, and Manceila Chapa. 27, on Monday afternoon Deputies searched this morning and will continue to search until the bodies are found. Sheriff"s Office spokesman Lt. David Ott said.
Ott said divers from the San Marcos Aquatic Recovery Team were called in on Monday but Oft said the divers told him they could not search the arca, because it was 70 to IOO feet deep, too deep for diving.
Ott said an area about a half mile from the shore of Jacobs Creek Park is being searched.
The servicewomen, stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, disappeared after they left their boat to swim in ‘he lake, Ott said.
The two women were accompanied by Robert Hammond, 30, also stationed at Lackland. Hammond was able to swim to
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Council votes to give new library new name
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor
When the Dittlinger Memorial Library moves to its new location next year, it will have a new name “The New Braunfels Public Library.”
New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously Monday to accept the library board’s recommendation to change the name.
Library Advisory Board chairwoman Lucille Donna read a prepared statement detailing the library’s history and explaining the board’s reason for its recommendation.
The library was named “The New Braunfels Public Library” when it Was founded in 1928, Douma said.
For mort information
Copita of tho Dittlinger Memorial Library history pro-pared by Library Advisory Board chairwoman Lucille Douma are available at the municipal building, 424 S. Ave.
“Its original name, its oldest heritage, is ‘New Braunfels Public Library,”’ she said.
Douma outlined the contributions of major donors to the library. They included Emmie Seele Faust and
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Rain, clouds holding temps down
By DENISE DZIUK
There is a lingering chance for more showers in the New Braunfels area through Thursday, and the showers and cloud coverage should keep temperatures from reaching scorching levels.
National Weather Center forecaster Dennis Cook said Monday’s showers were caused by a low pressure trough in the Gulf of Mexico pushing moisture into the area. He said this,
combined with an upper level trough from the Rockies, spurred the showers.
Monday morning, the weather service was predicting a possible flash flood watch tor the area, but ora; was never issued. According to the NWS, Comal County received .25 to 1.25 inches of rain Monday.
But the rain isn’t over yet. There was a 30 percent chance of showers through Tuesday night, with a 20 percent chance on Wednesday.
Cook also said the chance of rain
could change depending on what Hurricane Nora did in the Pacific Ocean.
“We’re watching Hurricane Nora,” he said. “Moisture from it could make its way over here. It’s the moisture from the hurricane but not the actually hurricane we’re watching. It could bring more rain.”
Cook said the front, which was expected to cod the area late last week and over the weekend, had little strength by the time it reached New Turn to Rain, Page 3
City denies rezoning for condo project
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Residents raised enough of an outcry at Monday’s New Braunfels City Council meeting to halt the rezoning of a section of land between Rjver Acres and Summerwood subdivisions.
The land in question, about IO acres, would have been rezoned from “R-2 single- and two-family” to “PD planned development district.” Council voted the rezoning down 4-3 in its third and final reading Monday.
Voting against the rezoning were council members Juliet W atson, Cathy Talcott, Jan Kotylo and Mayor Jan Ken-nady.
The rezoning request, made bv developer August Partners of San Antonio, would have cleared the way to build the “Waterfall Condominium” and “River Enclave Subdivision.” They would hav e included single-family home sites and multi-family condominium units.
Council member Randy Vanstory’s motion to rezone the property included nine conditions further restricting the developers. Some restnctions were excluding re tals for less than 30 days and limiting the size of some condos to two stones.
“Privacy is a very important nght to us all,” Vanstory said. “We cannot allow residents of River Acres to be compromised any more than the present zoning.”
The developer accepted all of Vanstory’s conditions, and went one step further.
“Language needs to be added that it’s not going to be a tounst rental project,” said representative Joe Batea. “We expect our buyers will be retirees.”
Kennady allowed residents and the developer 30-minute presentations before discussion and voting.
Residents’ concerns included privacy — condominium residents might be able to see into their back yards from high balconies and windows.
Loss of property value was another major concern.
“I believe it’s unethical that homeowners who’ve been living here for years should be expected to take a loss on their property,” said resident Betty Drawe.
“No one wants to buy a house with a development behind it,” said appraiser Molly White.
Ernie Lambert spoke not as a River Acres resident, but as a “concerned member of the community.” He recommended further restrictions on the developers and a mandatory study of the "springs” on the property
“If you vote ‘yes’ to rezone without further amendments, are you ready to spend the rest of your life rationalizing w hy you put money in front of happiness, v alue of life and these people here?” Lambert said.
The developers could reapply for rezoning after a pen od of time, Vanstory said.
Haraid-Zeitung photo by Michael uar nail
Roads In Comal County afara sllppary Monday. Intaritata 36 nsar York Croak Road gdsBnad arith hsadllghti and rafciaraMr.Welcome to the Comal County Fair — Page 4