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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Vi 50 CENTS Zettur 'vt --03 32 r > L) W c 3 i -627 E i 12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 9,1997 Cr* 4^-1 «£' t—T'3.   —TTF" ■I "*, r-..-7-"*l ~~~    *    ...... 1.1...—..  — Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports......................................8-9 Comics..................................5 Market Place..............................9-12 Dear Abby......................................3 SLimmlisi'h PfMWHif WISTWS awin ■HoraM^Mpg! (The New Braui^s^rald-Zeitung extends biithday wishes [to: Sue Schwab, Dennis Wttfauni (36 years), MHcheU Still (13 years), Susan Patterson, Cecilia Natter, Misty Boenig land Ryan Cardenas (15 years) HFo have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. unavaHabte (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) nlW ani vt i nation Comal River — 322cubic feet per second, same as Friday. Etfcvards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 626.02 feet above sea level, up .04 from Friday. Canyon Dam discharge — 244 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —183 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.03 feet above tm. i— a lfll|eI» m iww dc Mil lavas minim NBU reports pumping 5 626 million gallons of surface water Monday and 604,000 gallons of we! water. WtallP Sunny weather gives way to cold Today — Sunny and windy. Highs in the lower 70s to around 70. Tonight, mostly clear Lows in the 30s. Ws tens aday — Partly cloudy and cooler Highs in the lower and mid 50s. Wednesday night, increasing clouds Lows in the lower 30s south central to 20s. Thursday — Cloudy and cold with a good chance of rain, chance of freezing rain in the morning for the Hill Country Highs in the 40s Friday — Cloudy and cold with a good chance of rain, mixed with freezing rain or sleet. Lows near 30. 20s Hill Country. Highs in the 40s. wonw i warn ic ara -■-----IL. snares uni syani The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Comal Healthcare Foundation. This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight. conto pouring in The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund continues to grow, thanks to many of our readers. Contributions now total $4,725, all of which will be used to purchase food for the needy. You can drop off donations at the Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St. Checks also can be mailed Recent contributions include: ■ Richard and Arlene Buhl — $50 ■ Mr and Mrs H G. Gddstucker — $25 ■ Anonymous — $25 ■ Glenn and Ruth Johnson _ ■ Bill and Fonda Wetsei — $25 ■ Steven Slagle, M D — $100 ftnlrltari ---- opt mea New Braunfels Unicorns fans, Ilka these sup-porters at the « |iMAi region Tinm gamest Alamo Stadium In San Antonio this past Saturday, likely WHI have the Astrodome rocking when tbs Unicorns play the Alia! Hastings Fighting Bears in the state semifinals. Photo by Leslie Kriewaldt/Special to the Herald-Zeitung Christmas punts for Unicom football First Protestant cancels annual Christmas journey By BUBAN RYNT ENGLAND News Editor Unicom football is rearranging engagement calendars and priorities all over New Braunfels. And Saturday’s state playoff game has some Unicom supporters wnting a big “X” through a Festtage event, the Christmas Journey at First Protestant Church. “The main reason we're canceling is the Nativity scene,” said Jerald Schroeder of First Protestant Church. “It is put on by the high school youth, and they’re involved with a lot of the aspects of the football game.” The depiction of New Braunfels’ historic German Christmas experience will resume next year, Schroeder said. The 36 First Protestant Unicorns involved with the Christmas Journey include band members. Unicom handlers, football players, cheerleaders and twirlers. “It was not an easy decision to make,” said Christmas Journey chairwoman Celeste Salge. “We got the whole Christmas Journey committee together.” See related story — Page 8 Committee members said the Unicorns were making history, and the Christmas Journey would take place next year as it had for the past three years. The event was publicized in Texas Monthly and Texas Highways magazines. Senior Minister Daryl Higgins said. “lf there are people who have come in from out of town, we’re encouraging them to attend the Glowfest, because that's going on at the same time.” Salge said. Salge has two sons on the football team — Josh. No. 57, and Chad, No. 28 on the junior varsity team. “It's been hard to sleep in our house lately,” Salge said. “It's going to be a long week, but we never get tired of talking football ." Senior Josh Salge, Unicorns’ starting defensive tackle, had planned to be a part of the Christmas Journey's new l%0s booth. “I w as going to dress up as a hippie,” he said. Though disappointed that the Christmas Journey would be canceled. “I'm glad the church arui the community are behind the team.” Josh Salge said. First Protestant member Knstic Green plays French horn in the Unicom band and carries a flag during marching formations. “I want to do both,” Green said, “but the min- Tum to Unloom, Page 2 New Brauntete Unicom* vs. Alif I • WHEN; 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 I ♦WHERE:Astrodome,Houston,Texas. I I Inlnnm fnnn tM    I*lh ■ ..'nSin rn niftn a1 H unicorn Tans wk sn on me visitors side or I the stadtom. Sealing wi be first come, > first served. BBMigiiimMDaBBBMM • TICKETS: Tickets wilt be$10at^^^^^^H prices are good for ail three playoff games Saturday . AH seats are 'general admission. Some 4,000 adult and 2,000 student tickets wi be on sate focally and a the Astrodome. •WHERE TO BUY | THEM; Tickets can be purchased In advance at Haw Braunfels High School, Wedneeday-Thursday, 8 am to 3 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 1 pm •HOW TO DRESS: Bring a light sweater or jackal, ss temperatures inside the Astrodome tend to be cool. • DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 10 to Houston, teen go south on Loop 610 to Greenbrier Drive. The Astrodome is inside Loop 610 on Greenbriar Drive. However, the word is Interstate 10 near Katy hi tutor c orwtiufiion and tmffir mitts ba down to one lane. Alternate route: Take Interstate IO to Houston end turn south on toe Houston Toiway. Continue to At 90 and tofiow it up to Loop 610, teen go west The Astrodome is on Greenbriar Drive. For information on chartered bossa — Page8 Council 9 ’ approves 46/377 rezoning BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A San Antonio land development company received a go-ahead from city council Monday evening after members approved the rezoning of land near Texas 46 West and Loop 337 to a general business district designation. It was approved during the third and final reading of an ordinance amending a 2-acre and 20-acre tract of land indie city limits that is part of the larger tract of land planned for development. Jim DeLaGarza of Quanalyze, a San Antonio-based developer, sought the rezoning so Quanalyze officials could proceed with a proposed'200-acre total, $50 million development at Texas 46 West and Loop 337 that would include office buildings, a grocery store, a steak restaurant, and model homes among other entities. A tilling station, also scheduled for development there, stirred controversy from area homeowners during a Nov. 24 council meeting when area homeowners spoke against the development, citing concerns *about a fuel storage facility and increased traffic. The homeowners later met with Quanalyze officials but remained unsatisfied with the developer’s proposed time frame for establishing a rood from the development to Texas 46. “There will be several thousand extra cars being pressured on to 46,” raid homeowner Jonathan Hull. The nature of the rezoning would create a multiple envelopment w ithout enough roads, he said. Quanalyze representative Diana Weems said a road w ould be constructed as soon as “population density” in the development area required the additional access. Area homeowner Phyllis Schertz said, “I am terribly concerned about the (safety of) the aquifer... and the traffic.” A resident of Elm Creek Road. Schertz said she has lived in New Braunfels for 50 years. Homeowners were concerned that the building proposal called for some 40,000 gallons of fuel to be stored near the site of the filling station thai would be accessed off Loop 337. However, previous zoning of the land designated for dev elopment as a local business district would have allowed a tilling station anyway. Council member Randy Vanstory moved to approve the rezoning, a motion that held But one council woman said the approval w as premature “I feel very frustrated" about the water and traffic issue, said Juliet W atson. Comal County gets to put Kids in Safe Surroundings By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal County officials and residents found that patience pays — they cleared the last red-tape hurdle for “Project KISS” (Kids In Safe Surroundings) recreational center. The Army Corps of Engineers approved lad week the lease amendment, including the Canyon Lake Youth Recreation Center at Hidden Valley Sports Park, said Tom Homseth, county engineer and parks manager. The park is on about 45 acies of land below Canyon Dam. “It’s kind of like a green light,” he said “Every thing’s been approv ed" The county started working its way into the parks bu>iness in 1993, said County Judge Carter Casteel. "This working with the (Army Corps of Engineers) has been well worth the effort, but it has been an extremely long process,” Casteel said Citizens in a Bulverde community meeting emphasized the need for park space serving the county’s rural communities, she said Commissioners court organized an advisory committee to examine whether the county needed public parks. “It came back a resounding yes,” Casteel said. “And we had realized for a long time that the Corps was interested in allowing to have some sort of lease or use of that land beneath the dam .” The Army Corps of Engineers is leasing the park land to the county for nothing. “We pay zero dollars to the Corps,” Homseth said "The Corps lease is for 25 years.” The county and recreation groups submitted the lease and sub-leases to the Army Corps of Engineers and waited for the federal agency to respond at each step of the process. Four groups that want to use the park are subleasing it from the county — Canyon Lake Y outh Soccer, Project KISS, Comal/West Bexar County Football and Canyon Lake Little League. "The sub-lessees are paying the Corps a dollar a year, and the sub-leases are 25 years also,” Homseth said. In the county’s deal with the recreation groups, the county takes care of infrastructure — fence, parking, septic improvements, etc. The groups would plan and build the facilities they used, Homseth said. So far, the county has fenced the park land for about $24,000, Casteel said CLVFD battles blaze From staff reports Canyon Lake firefighters extinguished a house fire before it could buro more than two second-story rooms Monday night. Cause of the fire that damaged Malcolm and Ola Fischer’s home, 3136 Lakeview Dr., had not been determined as of Monday evening, deputy fire marshal Al Bohne said “Bid it doesn’t look suspicious,” Bohne said The Fischers were not at their Canyon Lake home when the Maze ignited around 5:30 pm but were returning from work, Bdhne added The home’s smoke alarm alerted an alarm company, which notified the Comal County Sheriffs Office Sheriffs deputies who arrived on the scene saw the fire and called for the fire department. “Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded and the first attack team knocked down the fire, which was limited to the front two rooms,” Bohne said. “So die fust attack team saved the house.” Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the fire. Bohne said the Fischers would not be able to stay ct the house because of the damage. Kids’ Christmas gives Lions’ share to help Hsraia-ZMung photo by Susan Ftynt England A young shopper muds hee decision aha    a    ^h*la#aMaa    aaAOEok laeMBi ■ wit cnomiB wnnainiM gvn* wnn Bis help af Brsafcfast Lions Club By BUBAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Breakfast conversation at Luby’s cafeteria sounded like the normal family give-and-take Saturday. Ten-year-old boy: “My friend knows how to break dance He showed us how to vibrate.” Adult male: “What’s vibrate?" Teen-age girl: “It’s a dance move.” This family, however, had formed only that morning from Breakfast Lions volunteers and young Christmas shoppers. A group of Breakfast Lions and local businesses teamed up to treat 25 area children to a morning of Christmas shopping for their families in the club’s annual "Kids* Christmas.” “I think it’s been going on for about eight years,” said Suzie Garcia of the Community Service Center, which recommended children for the program. The event started with a breakfast at Luby’s Cafeteria. “Each child is Turn to Lions, Page 2Two New Braunfels families recognized for lighting efforts — Page 2 ;