New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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22 pages in three sections ■ Friday, September 26,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Linda Kay
Vol. 145, No. 227
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Amy Mark (Saturday), Vdetta Orth (Saturday), Christopher Smith (Saturday), Linda Kay Dieters Phil Pftill-nn, Erv Schaefer, Debbie Flores, Aint “Butch” Kanz, Zachary Rosales (2 years belated), Amber Garza, Doris Chapman, Christina Varyas and Tina Marie Diaz.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Rachel and Jesse CmtiBo.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
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Ragweed — 242 Cedar Elm — trace
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Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aqmter Panther Canyon Wei — 625.41 feet above sea level, up .03 kern Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 355 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 204 cts Canyon Lake level — 908.74 feet above aaa level. (Above oonsorvabon pool.)
NOU reports pumping 5.849 muon gallons at surface waler Wednesday, and 504,000 gallons of wall water were
In store for wMkmd
Tonight — Clear Low near 60. Light northeast wind.
Saturday — Partly cloudy High in the lower 90s. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
ay — Morning cloudiness with partly cloudy afternoons Highs in the 80s. Lows in the 50s.
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Motorists driving around town need to be on the look out for work crews in the following areas:
•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 Soims 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 actual pavement will probably be delayed until next week because of the recent showers Once pavement work begins, traffic likely will be reduced to one lane
Food bink oooks
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 Mernweather 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.
Herald-Zeituna photo by Michael Carnal
Nicote Etym Brooks checks out the antiqua tractors al the Comal County Fairgrounds this week. A children s tractor pull will take ptect st 3 p.m. Saturday near the antiqua tractors.
Children travel through time on antique tractors
Farm exhibit brings back memories for fair old-timers
By MARGARET EDMONSON
Four-year-old Nicole Brooks and her little brother John Jr., 2, dart around the wheels of the big tractor, playing peek-a-boo and pointing to the big seat.
With the help of their father's strong arms and large hands. Nicole lands in the seat of the tractor, grabbing the steenng wheel with hands barely big enough to go around it.
This could be a scene bom a local ranch about 70 years ago. but it really took place Wednesday afternoon at the 104th Comal County Fair.
The Antique Farm Show, with tractors, engines and farm equipment, brings back those old farming days and exposes youngsters and adults alike to the tools farmers used then and now.
And it has proven to be one of the more popular attractions of the annual county fair.
“This is the fifth year we’ve had this,” said one of the organizers. Gene Moeller.
Although he did not know how many tractors would be shown at this year’s fair, he did say there were 39 exhibits at tin; 1996 fair.
Fairgocrs can see these antique tractors — many of which still work — and even climb on for a test sit
Tractor owners buy them or inherit them from family members. Comal Coun-
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Ragweed season keeps many residents sneezin’
By DAVIO DEKUNOER
Keep the facial tissue close at hand — ragweed season is here. People can expect to sneeze, cough and blow their nose through it
Dr. Frank Hampel, a local allergist, said ragweed counts have been at moderate lev els so far this year.
“it has actually not been as bad as we thought, because we thought we would have a more severe season because of the rain we had,” Hampel said.
He said ragweed polloi counts had been in the low 100s. Pollen counts above 200 would be considered severe.
“Now with. the cold front coming in and die winds picking up, it may be a little mote severe this week,” Hampel said.
Ragweed grows from I to IO feet
tall along roadways and areas where the grasses are not cut, Hampel said.
Ragweed pollinates from September until the end of October.
“We haven’t reached the peak. which usually occurs around the last week of September,” Hampel said.
He said people have different reactions to the ragweed pollens. Some get the itchy nose, sneezing, watery eyes and running nose while others have more severe reactions.
Ragweed allergies can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamine decongestants and prescription nasal sprays, Hampel said. Allergy shots taken on a chronic basis year around can help as well.
To avoid allowing pollens into the home when the pollen count is high, Hampel said windows should be closed and air filters should be changed frequently.
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County OKs funding for improvements
Commissioners approve COs for
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday approved $6 million in certificates of obligation. The money is earmarked for purchasing another building, constructing a new justice of the peace office building, county jail expansion, building renovations and improvements to law enforcement communications systems.
On the commissioners wish list is buying the old Reagan, Burrus, Dierksen, Lamon and Bluntzer law firm building located across the street from the courthouse at 205-225 N. Seguin Avenue.
County Judge Carter Casteel said the county had already contracted to buy the 7,600 squarest building for $425,000.
“We have entered into a contract which will be closed by Oct. 15 on the building,” Casteel said.
She said commissioners discussed using the building to house the tax assessor-collector’s office, currently on the first floor of the county courthouse annex.
The tax assessor—collector's office space could be used for other county functions, Commissioner Moe Schwab said.
“Commissioners Court could move downstairs and we probably incorporate somebody else with
Projects on tap
Comal County Commiaaionors Court approved $6 million in certificates of obligation to help fund several county projects. The projects include:
• Expanding the county jai to 192 more beds: $4.6 million.
• Purchasing the old Reagan, Burrus,
Dierksen, Lamon and Bluntzer law firm building at the comer of MHI Street and Seguin Avenue for $425,000.
• Building a new justice of the peace office build-
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• Roofing the old courthouse and removing asbestos: $200,000.
• New mug shot and computer-aided dispatch system: $189,000.
• Upgrading county’s communication systems by adding relay towers throughout the county: $150,000.
us, possibly the environmental (enforcement) office,” Schwab said.
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Searchers discover body of second drowning victim
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County Sheriff”s deputies and game wardens Thursday found the second of two servicewomen believed to have drowned in Canyon Lake Saturday night.
The body of Charmeen Sal-vauerra, 23, was found floating near the Holiday Lodge Boat ramp in the lake at approximately 8:15 a.m. by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden Charlie Koenig, Sheriff s spokesman Lt. David Oft said.
Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith declared Salvager-ra dead at 9:45 a.m., Ott said.
Salvatierra’s body was found two days after the body of Man-cella Chapa, 27, was found float
ing in the middle of the lake at noon Tuesday
Police said an autopsy on Sal-vanerra’s body was performed on at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio Thursday .
“She (Salvatierra) was found approximately a half a mile from the first one (Chapa),” Ott said.
Chapa and Salvatierra, both stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San .Antonio, went boanng at Canyon Lake with Lackland serviceman Robert Hammond, 30, between 9 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday When the three got to the middle of the lake, they decided to go sw miming. None of the three w ere wearing lifejackets, police said.
Hammond tried to anchor their boat in 70 feet of water, even though the anchor line was only Turn to Drowning, Page 2A
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1-35 funding request still In holding pattern
From staff reports
The Texas Transportation Commission took no action Thursday on speeding up the process to expand Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.
Local civic leaders were hoping that the commission would approve $32 million tor the expansion of Interstate 35 between Farm-to-Market 306 and Texas 46 for 2001.
The project would complete the expansion of 1-35 through New Braunfels. Construction is already set to begin on a $50.6 million project this fall on 1-35 from South Loop 337 lo south of Texas 46. That project will expand the interstate to eight lanes.
At its August meeting the commo-
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