New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County since 1852
► Fair parade in pictures
► Tough loss
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New Braunfels suffered a 28-7 defeat against San Antonio Roosevelt, but Canyon and Smithson Valley posted football victories this past Friday night./1B
► Technology stocks slip
Wall Street investors reported a disappointing run of trading this past week, and local experts say comments by a Microsoft executive might have fueled the downward spiral. Brokers said they expected the stocks to rebound quickly. /5B
Expect cloudy skies and highs in the 90s today. Lows will be in the 60s to near 70. See page 2A.
Movies ........ 2C
Key cod* 77It’s last call at Landa Station
Local bar closing Monday night; owners say hepatitis scare caused business to dwindle
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Owners of a local bar and live music venue are closing their doors for good Monday after watching business dwindle because of a hepatitis scare more than a year ago.
“There’s going to be a little less live music in New Braunfels,” said singer/song
writer Paul McLaughlin. “And it seems like there’s a little less every year.” McLaughlin has played at Landa Station, 381 Landa St., for about 20 years.
Irene and Gary Smith have owned the restaurant/bar for nine of those years but said they couldn’t keep it open any longer.
“If we could hang on longer, we would,” Gary Smith said.
But the restaurant has too much baggage, he said, made evident by a sign out front: “Landa Station is closing September 27. Thank you Carter.”
Former county judge Carter Casteel is one three individuals named in a still-pending federal civil suit against Comal County and the city of New Braunfels alleging county and city officials violated their civil rights during the 1997 Hepatitis A outbreak.
The Smiths and Derrick Tillman, a previous employee who was diagnosed with
Hepatitis A, filed the suit against Casteel, Comal County, New Braunfels sanitation officer Joe Lara, the city of New’ Braunfels and former Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams.
The suit has been filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division.
According to the plaintiff’s petition, Casteel held a press conference Jan. 16,1998, and released the name of Landa Station as employing a waiter with Hepatitis A.
See LANDA STATION/5 A
Above, Tray Garza’s steer was named grand champion and American breed champion on Saturday at the 106th Comal County Fair. Garza, a member of New Berlin 4-H, is a student at Marion High School. Left, EJ. Rathburn’s steer was named reserve champion and European breed champion. Rathburn also attends Marion High School and is with Marion FFA. See page 4A for more fair results.
Council will discuss fees for drainage
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
New Braunfels City Council w ill discuss Monday what kinds of drainage projects need funding from public drainage fees.
In a recent meeting, members of the city’s Drainage Advisory Committee said they were unclear what council wanted — fees to fund routine drainage maintenance or fees to cover more expen
sive construction projects, or both.
The committee, which has met regularly since June, said they needed more direction from council.
“I find it difficult to budget for something when we don’t know what we’re budgeting for,” committee secretary Mary Cunningham said.
The difference between maintenance and capital improvement projects is substantial.
The city’s master plan estimates yearly drainage maintenance costs at about $250,000 a year.
But one capital improvement project can cost more than double that — city officials have estimated the Church Hill Drive drainage project, for instance, at $1.75 million. Fees to fund such pricey projects would be higher than fees to fund only drainage maintenance projects.
WHO: New Braunfels City Council WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
TV: Time Warner Cable, channel 16
Group opposed to NBISD bonds takes to air
Plane carrying banner flies over parade route
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Hundreds of local residents and out-of-town guests lined San Antonio Street this past Friday morning to see colorful floats and marching bands, but many of them saw another display they weren’t quite expecting.
Just minutes before the Comal County Fair Parade made its way down San Anto
nio Street, a plane bearing the banner “No More Bondage, Vote No on NBISD Bond Oct. 2” flew over the heads of spectators in downtown New Braunfels.
New Braunfels resident Phillip Leach, who owns the plane, said a group orchestrated the fly-over to voice opposition to New Braunfels Independent School District’s $75 million bond election.
Early voting for the election ends Tuesday. NBISD patrons will decide the fate of the bond issue on Saturday.
Leach said the group, which does not have a name, consisted of about 150 resi
dents who opposed “any bond election’ ’ in the Comal County area.
“The principal of the thing is all wTong." Leach said. “Those who use the facilities should be the ones paying for it, rather than the entire population.”
Leach played a role in a similar demonstration against C omal Independent School District’s $141 bond election. He flew a plane over (’ISD central administrative offices before the May I election. Both propositions in the C1SD election passed.
Leach said the group opposed the current system of public school funding.
w tach taxes all property’ owners.
“Why should the elderly or people who don’t have children in the schools or will nev-« jet er have children in the V W schools have to pay for Ifacilities they will never use?” he said. Superintendent Ron Reaves said the district was proposing the $75 million plan to provide the best leam-
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Nurturing Program helps local families become healthier, happier
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
“Family nights” have become routine in the Doyle household.
At least one night a week, Tracie Doyle and her three young sons spend an evening watching movies or playing games as a family.
“My husband (Keith Doyle) has school on Thursday nights, so usually we do something that night. But,
we try to do something special every week,” Tracie said. “We like to rent movies or go out and get something to eat and have a picnic ”
The practice of having “family nights” was something Tracie said she picked up during an intensive 12-week parenting skills program.
The Doyles were one of about IO families that participated in the Nurse© PROGRAM/9A
Staff photographers Wai Li and Amanda Beck spent this past Friday morning capturing images from the annual fair parade. Get a glimpse of what they saw in Lifestyle. /IC
Tracie Doyle, center, and her three sons Caleb, 7, Cody, 2 and Joshua, 5, look over a booklet they made as a family during a Nurturing Program session this past fall. During the 12-week program, Tracie said she learned different parenting styles.