New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tho Horakl-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Charles M. Moor (90 years), Cheryl Marie Brinkkoeter, Carol Bursey, Teresa Campos, Patricia Carlson, Joann Clark, Frank Gonzales, Debbie Meek, Carol Ann Harrison, Debbie Gray, Russell McDonald (40 years), Christy Moore (16 years), Krystal Herrera and Fred Zavala Sr.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Armando and Emily Villareal (26 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 1.060 Pigweed — 4
Ragweed *“ 198 Cocklebur — 4
Cedar Elm —10
;Bolen measured r pate per ai* meter of ar. Irforrralor prcMdedby Dr Frank Hampel.) River Information
Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second. down 5 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.32 feet above sea level, down 02 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 355 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 252 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908 79 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool)
New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 6.010 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and no well water was used
Perfect feir wee thor on tap through Sunday
Tonight — Fair skies Low in the upper 50s Light and variable wind.
Friday — Mostly sunny. High in the mid 80s Northeast wind near 10 mph
Saturday — Fair. Highs in the 80s
Sunday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 80s
Monday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers Lows in the 60s. Highs in the 80s
Schools, offices dose for fair
The Comal County Fair is here, and tomorrow residents will line San Antonio Street to watch the annual parade.
Both local school districts will be closed Friday so teachers, administrators and students can attend the fair parade and fair activities. The Comal County Courthouse and New Braunfels Municipal Building also will be closed.
The city sanitation department and the recycling crews will be working, but residents are asked to place bins and trash cans out early because pickup will be earlier
Rood work set throughout county
•Crews will be working on Hackberry Street near Katy Street
•Seidel Street is undergoing repairs.
•Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Interstate 35 between Solms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009 No lanes will be closed, but southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed All northbound lanes are open.
•Work on culverts and drainage areas has begun on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane.
Work on the pavement will be delayed because of showers.
Comal ISD voters head to polls Nov. 8
$92 million bond proposal on ballot
By DENISE DZIUK
Voters in Comal Independent School District will have an opportunity on Nov. 8 to decide whether the district will get the $92 million school officials said they need to cope with the expanding student population.
The CISD board of trustees Wednesday unanimously approved calling a bond election asking voters to decide on fqur propositions totaling $92,185,000, and its action was met by applause.
The propositions will include the construction of three new schools, technology, top priority renovations and expansions and additional lower priority renovations as separate propositions. The board threw out a proposition asking for three new auditoriums after several trustees voiced concern about it being added late in the review stage.
“I think it’s not a bad idea, but I think it just came on there too late," said trustee John Clay.
The board had discussed several options for presenting the bond package, the major difference being how to present the option of building a new high school. Trustees Doug Nail, Dan Krueger and Clay said the option approved gave voters an opportunity to object to the new high school without killing the entire package.
Trustees Scott Watson and Robert Loop supported the first bond option, which included the Turn to Election, Page 2A
On the ballot
• Proposition I — $38,485,00 for the construction and equipment of school buildings.
• Proposition 2 — $42,390,000 for the construction and equipment of a new 1,500-student high school and two elementary schools.
• Proposition 3 — $9,825,000 for technology upgrades at existing campuses.
• Proposition 4 — $1,485,000 for renovations and expansions of existing schools.
Fair amount of work
See schedule and map —
Shoebox Float Contest winners — Page 7A
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Brett Krause helps assemble the stands Wednesday afternoon for the Comal County Fair rodeo.
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Comal fair opens gates on rodeo action tonight
By MARGARET EDMONSON
Comal County's only professional sporting event kicks off tonight, and thousands are expected to turn out for some rip roarin' rodeo action.
Some 300 cow boys, some of them on their w ay to the national finals, are riding in from across the United States to participate in the third annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo at the I04th Comal County Fair, according to rodeo chairman Mike Jonas.
Cowboys like champion calf roper Joe Beaver, calf roper Fred Whitfield and saddle bronc rider Tom Reeves are expected to compete. Kay Blandford, third in the nation in barrel racing, also will be on hand to excite the crowds as will former all-around champion Tuff Bedeman and Fredericksburg’s Keith Adams, ranked nationally in the top five in bull ndmg.
These high-caltber contestants also will be nding some exciting rodeo livestock.
“The stock is exceptional," Jonas
said. “It’s being produced by Terry Walls out of Stephenville. He's got some really good horses. Some of these horses went to the national finals rodeo. These animals had to be voted on by the riders to go to the national finals, and he'll have some of them here.”
Rodeo fans also will w ant to keep an eye out for rodeo clown “Gizmo" McCracken and 1995 Bullfighter of the Year J.D. McClain
Jonas and a crew of about 10 volunteers and fair members set up extra seating at Dutchman Downs Wednesday afternoon.
"This is a professional event," Jonas said. “You can't just throw one of these things together. They have standards that you have to go by."
That extra seating will come in handy as crowds are expected to be large.
“We're expecting about 2,000 people each night,” Jonas said. “Saturday night, they’ll be hanging off the fences."
For the second year in a row , the fair association is premiering bull riding with a special Sunday Bull
Herakj-Zeitung photo by Micnaei Darnall
Bo and Pat Bai tats of Canyon Lake dane# the awing during Wednesday night’s Night in Old New Braunfels at the Comal County Fair.
Buck Out. Approximately 70 bull-rtders w anted to compete, but rodeo organizers only allowed 50. Prize money totaling $10,000 is up for grpbs for the top six blinders.
Rodeo action starts at 8 p.m. nightly through Saturday. On Sunday, the Bull Buck Out gets under way at 2 p.m. Rodeo tickets cost $8 at the gate.
Always a favorite, parade steps off at IO a.m. Friday
By DAVIO DEKUNDER
Tens of thousands of people will line the streets of New Braunfels on Fnday morning to see a longtime tradition .
The Comal County Fair Parade will start at IO a.m. at Santa Clara Avenue and San Antonio Street near the old H-E-B store. The parade will proceed east on San Antonio Street, go around the right side of the plaza, continue east on San Antonio Street over the Comal River bridge and turn on Liberty Avenue before ending rn Prince Carl Solms Park.
3<uarf wdl he ctuaeM durn $ (jai atle * Parade Route
Th# parade will start mar the old H-E-B •tora al the comer of Santa Clara Avenue and West San Antonio Straat at IO a.m. The parade will travel east on San Antonio
Herald-Zeitung graphic by Michael Darnall
Straat, along the right side of the plaza, continua on Sen Antonio Street over Comal River bridge and turn left on Liberty Avenue before ending at Prince Solms Park.
County Commissioner Danny Scheel, fair parade co-chairman, said a record number of entries were expected to participate in the parade.
“I think we are looking at the biggest parade ever,” Scheel said. “We are looking at over 200 Turn to Parade, Page 3A
Trustees adopt tax rate increase
CISD tax bills still will drop some next year
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees Wednesday night approved a 9 cent increase in the tax rate, taking it to SI.73.
The board last month approved a budget totaling $46.9 million. Superintendent Jem Major told the board the maximum tax rate w as set at S1.73. . and that is what it would take to fund the budget.
"As you know from the work with the budget, that’s the rate we're recommending." Major told the board.
Even with the rate of $ 1.73 per $ IOO valuation, the district will have to use about $168,000 of the $9 million in the fund balance — like a savings account — to balance the $46.9 million budget.
CISD director of finance Abel Campos said being short on revenue did not concern him because spending should turn out lower than projected, leaving money to make up for the budget shortfall.
“That's what we're hoping, but to balance the budget on paper, we're saying we'll cover it with fund balance,” Campos said.
Campos said the increase in the tax rate w as largely due to the loss of state funding. He said the district lost about $ 1.7 million because of increased property v alues that make the district appear rich by the state’s standards. He said the tax rate would actually have to go to $ 1.78 to make up all the funds.
"The $1.73 doesn’t even get us to
Turn to Tax Rate, Page 2A
Fire officials look into blaze’s cause
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County fire officials still are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a rental house in the Smithson Valley area W ednesday morning.
Comal County Deputy Fire Marshal Al Bohne said he was still linvestigat-mg the fire, w hich aw akened local firefighters at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday The fire occurred at 7034 Devonshire Drive in the Whispering Hills subdivision off of Farm-to-Market 311.
The Spring Branch, Bulverde and Canyon Lake volunteer tire departments and Bulverde-Spnng Branch EMS responded to the fire.
Bohne said no one was in the house when the fire occurred.
“The house was empty,” Bohne said. “It was up for rent.”
Firefighters could not save the house
Turn to Fire, Page2A
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