Tuesday, January 31, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Canyons Vince Bueno scores double hat trick against Boerne P 5 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 47 DAYS ilfto New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels Herald i86 10 pages in one section Tuesday Jan Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of SYLVIA ZAMARRIPA a PASO TX 79903 I Vol 143 No 36 Inside Texas Sports Stamrntisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Morgan Rachell Feltner 1 Sylvia Zamarripa Sheila Van Ryswyk Herbert Fey Deborah Fit sko Isabel Garza Eva Saenz Larry Schulte Robert Magnuson James Ragsdale Juanita Weaver Peer counseling starting at CCFWC The Comal County Family Womens Center is starting group peer counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault Individuals who have experienced violence in their family or been sexually assaulted in the past are encouraged to use this opportunity to explore how these events have impacted their lives while joining with others in the therapeutic process Family violence groups will meet on Monday evenings at 6 and on Wednesday mom ings at 10 Sexual assault and incest survivor groups will be offered on Tuesdays at 6 and Wednesday mornings at 11 Interested individuals can call program coordinator Patty Bray at 6207520 to set up a pre group appointment There is no fee for services provided through the womens center The center is currently in need of postage stamps volunteers threering notebooks digital and infant thermometers and a new sturdy vacuum Black Heritage Society hosting art contest for students The Black Heritage Society of Comal County is hosting an art contest for students in local school districts as one of the activities to kick off the 1995 Sesquicentennial celebration The art contest will be held the month of February to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans in observance of Black History Month Entries have already been sub mitted to the chamber of com merce Winning art work will be put on display in the Texas Com merce Bank lobby for the entire month of February Cancer Society to benefit from Rumors Circle Arts Theatres Sunday Feb 5 performance of the Neil Simon play Rumors will bene fit the local unit of the American Cancer Society and is the pre mier event promoting the annual ACS Starlight Gala to be held on June 16 this year There will be a wine and cheese reception for everyone attending the 7 perfor mance Doors to the theatre will open and serving will begin at Tickets are available through Gala committee members and at Circle Arts Theatre For more information call Linda Gabbard at 6296153 or Laurie at 6201379 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Candidates for chief narrowed to three By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Three local public safety officials have stepped forward to apply for the New Braunfels chief of police job New Braunfels Police Captain Ray Douglas New Braunfels Police Lieutenant Felix Roque and New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said City Manager MikeShands Douglas is the interim chief of the NBPD He has been with the force since 1978 and served with distinction for several years as a child abuse investigator Douglas has achieved advanced certification under the Texas law enforce ment certification program Headen accepts interim job in Lancaster By MARK LYON Managing Editor LANCASTER Former New Braunfels chief of police Dick Headen who resigned this fall as chief of police in New Braunfels has accepted the job of interim police chief in Lancaster Texas a suburb just south of Dal las According to Lancaster interim city man ager Jackie Denman Headen was hired on an interim basis until a new city manager is hired in one to two months He is not an applicant for the permanent Denman said We will use his admin istrative background to help us find a new chief when a new city manager is Roque has served with the NBPD since 1971 He is the director of Youth Services at the depart ment Roque has earned advanced certification and masters peace officer certification Assistant Chief Friesenhahn came to the New Braunfels Fire Department in 1982 from a posi tion as fire marshal at Alamo Heights Friesenhahn was promoted to assistant fire chief in 1988 Hes the best assistant chief Ive ever said Fire Chief Philip Baker The city of New Braunfels considers internal applications for job openings before searching outside said Shands The applicants will each go through two days of testing and assessment next he said After several days of deliberation an announcement will be made as to whether one of the three internal applicants is chosen or the search for a chief of police will be continued and broadened The job of selecting the police chief falls under the city managers duties The final deci sion is up to said Shands CISD seeking waiver from states 22tol ratio mandate By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer While Comal Independent School District board and officials were dis cussing building projects approving land purchases and hiring new teach ers last week one item passed quick ly an item that helped fuel the need for the others Since the mid1980s the district has requested waivers from the states 22 tol studentteacher ratio mandated in Kindergarten through fourth grades LasUwsek the district passed a measure to ask the state once again for a waiver Assistant Superintendent Carol Hall said 10 sections in the dis trict are affected in Pre K 4 Were actually in better shape than last year We hired elementary teach ers last year and gave priority to the she said The district also built portable build ings and moved classrooms around to adjust to growth patterns Many schools in the state espe cially along the Interstate35 corridor have requested waivers for class size due to growth The state checks to see if were building portables discussing bond she said The state could withhold funding if it came to that although Hall had heard of no cases where this has hap pened The CISD passed a bond to build three new intermediate schools for grades five and six to address growth The State Legislature is discussing allowing school districts to determine their own classsize requirements Right now the CISD tries to limit class size to in the higher grades where there are no state mandates The fewer children the more indi vidual instruction is what is generally said Hall hope we as a district would try to maintain the in the elementaries if School finance law upheld Associated Press AUSTIN AP When the cur rent school finance law was challenged by propertyrich poor and midwealth school districts one lawyer for the state quipped that it must be constitu tional because it made everyone unhappy On Monday her prediction was borne out The Texas Supreme Court upheld the states latest sharethe wealth school finance law Children who live in propertypoor districts and children who live in prop ertyrich districts now have substan tially equal access to the funds neces sary for a genera diffusion of knowl wrote Justice John Comyn for die 54 majority Chamber awards Photo by STEVE HAMM From left Meta Wanda and Willie Mae Timmermann were honored as Hall of Honor recipients Friday night at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet held at the New Braunfels Civic Center All seven sisters were named to the Hall of Honor as well as Margaret Fields and Iris Schumann See Page 2 for more chamber banquet photos City awarded from for improvements to Landa Park By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Landa Park is going to become better than ever thanks to the farsighted dedication of the Parks Recreation Advisory Board and Parks Recreation Director David Whatley The Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept lias awarded the city a grant for the improvement of Landa Park the largest grant for park development ever received by the city Among the improvements in the park will be a zem depth pool for small children The springfed is pretty cool for the little said parks board Vice Chair Iiilcen and the Olympic is too The new pool can be a learntoswim pool as well as friendlier pool for dis abled access said Whatley The grant will also fund slides and other play equip ment at the springfed pool said Wofford Studies show that most people who come to the pool come to she said A new trail will be added to the park Many use the park for exercise in the morning and at lunch time said Hal Herbelin parks board chair The exact location of the trail has yet to be determined The existing playground equipment will be augmented with added uptodate equipment said Wollbrd Cleaning the algae from the springfed pool is another goal which the grant will help achieve The springfed pool used to be crystal said Hei belin Before the fountain darter became protected the pool was drained twice weekly and sprayed with Clorox Now theyre trying to come up with a chemical that will take care of the algae without harming the said Hcibelin This is the first project of its kind in the country he said We were the first to put in an ADA American Dis abilities Act tuber exit Now were going to be breaking new ground on he said Its come a long way considering it used to be Many Landas said Herbelin Plans for improvements began some 10 years ago By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND New Hraunfels has recently been awarded I exas Iarks Wildlife grant to improve Landa Park The planning ami application for that grant has been an indiums process Park improvements have been in the plans IIH about ten years said City Manager Mike Shands An importuMi tiling to itmember about the grant is that is a matching grant said parks and recreation Director David Whatley The city has to put up an equal amount of he said and every cent of the matching funds were from user Considering what it costs to use the various park facilities the parks department literally saved up its pennies lot years to make the matching grant possible VVollbrd parks board vicechair has been on the boaul since plans to improve Landa began We stuiied talking about it on the parks board almost ten years she said Were all looking forward to seeing it all in There weie 69 applicants for this type of grant said Whatley Fifteen cities received grants And New Uraunfels was one of only six cities in the state to receive a grant for the development of an existing he said The parks board tried for the same type of grant this time last year and was turned down That turned out to our advantage said Whatley because we were able to save more matching The city can only apply lor as much money as it has funds to match The planning and execution of this grant is an exam ple ot working participatory government at its best said Shands County seeks grant to build new park By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Some citizens of Comal County may have new and improved park facilities by the end of this year pro vided a grant is approved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commissioners Court approved a resolution adopting a recreational mas ter plan as recommended by the Comal County Parks Advisory Com mittee Thespian includes one new park near Canyon Lake and improve ments to Eikel Field in New Braunfels The county hopes to obtain a match ing grant from the state to help with the development of the parks In her budget plan for this year County Judge Carter Casteel lobbied for funds to start a parks program Of the proposed for that pur pose about was eventually approved A county master plan also calls for future parks in other areas of the county incuding Bulverde We said Is there a need Yes there is a she said We went Most of the Into this not grant knowing program is geared toward w developing fVall parks The cost 8016 I tnmlC of maintaining If W8 didnt such facilities get ttlB oncecompietmatching ed would fall to the local lunflS wouldnt dry We went up and blow into this not knowing grant judge Carter monies were she said think if we didnt get the matching funds we wouldnt dry up and blow Tom Homseth the county engineer and member of the committee has been involved with the effort from the county standpoint He believes the county has met much of the criteria set by the state but competition from all over this state will be fierce There is a lot of factors that go into the he said It seems to me weve met a lot of their The Canyon Lake park would include 47 acres on a site just below the release point of the dam Soccer fields baseball fields hike and bike trails and a playscape are all part of the parks plans Homseth said groups such as Little League and youth soccer would play major roles in the park as they have agreed to help with both construction and maintenance The Eikel Field project would include improvements such as a hike and bike trail expanded playscape and larger picnic area The Marketplace Classifieds Onestop shopping five days a week

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