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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Spurs leave New Braunfels fans in the dark again Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Landa Park gazebo 10 Pages in one section Tuesday May HeraldZeitiuii 3EU DR 79903 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years iars Home of AMBER DUNCAN Vol 143 No 137 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Cheryl Koepp Amber Dun can Elton Resales 21 Diana C Rodriguez Steve Ser na Stefany Serna Bonnie Moreno and happy belated birthday to Silvia Morales Rus sell Happy 33rd anniversary to Mr and Mrs Manuel Camareno Rileys Backbone Chili Cookoff coming Rileys BackbonePi Chili Cookoff will be Saturday May 27 at 3971 FM 32 in Fischer Texas Call 9642612 for infor mation Entry fee is Judg ing begins at5 Also live music shuffleboard pool and blackjack Proceeds benefit Disabled Veterans Chapter 163 Canyon HighSchool graduation Canyon High Schools grad uation practice will be held Thursday May 25 at 7 at Cougar Stadium It will be a full dress rehearsal so graduates should wear caps and gowns Parents bring your cameras for photos There will be a pho tographer available to take pictures also Graduation will be Friday May 26 at 8 at Cougar Stadium Graduates need to be at the Cougar Den no later than 7 Friday More than 150 positions available at Target A New Braunfels Target job fair will be held from 8 to 8 May 2224 8 to 6 on May24 at the New Braunfels Civic Center More than 150 managerial supervi sory and guest service posi tions will be filled There will be free refreshments entertain ment and videos at the fair Democrats to hold picnic The Comal County Democ rats will hold their annual pic nic in the park at Landa Park Site 15 located by the Chil drens Playground The picnic will be held Tuesday May 23 at 6 Public invited Bring a covered dish and a lawn chair For information call Gloria at 6060864 Canyon Lake Chamber hosts events The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly lun cheon will be held at noon Wednesday May 24 at Rio Blanco Cafe Segundo in Han cock Guest speaker will be Don Avery of Lets Organize a City at the Lake speaking on the Canyon Lake incorporation effort Everyone is invited Call for reservations at 9642223 The monthly mixer will be at 6 Thursday May 25 at Country Village Center for chamber members NBHS Project Graduation set The New Braunfels High School Project Graduation Party will be held at Our Lady of Per petual Help 138 W Austin on May 26 from to CISD reaffirms TAAS policy Lastditch effort to allow seniors who failed test to participate in graduation ceremony thwarted By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALI Emergency workers inspect a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning The driver died Highway 281 wreck kills man By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer One man is dead and two other people are hospitalized following an accident on 281 Sunday morning Leticia Gonzales of Spring Branch was driving a 1993 black Jeep Wrangler northbound on 281 with passenger Jesus Zuniga of Spring Branch accord ing to Texas Department of Public Safe ty reports Allan Deshon Owen of San Antonio was driving a 1991 white and blue GMC Sierra SLE pickup south bound Gonzales was arguing with Zuniga DPS reports said She raised her right hand to defend herself and crossed into the southbound lane striking Owens truck at about reports said Gonzales car caught on fire and a passerby put the fire out DPS reports said The driver of this Jeep Wrangler was Ifijured in the wreck Owens was killed At press time Gon good condition at University Hospital zales was listed in fair but guarded con dition in surgical intensive care at Uni versity Hospital Zuniga was listed in The Department of Public Safely is investigating the accident No charges have been filed Fraser made mayor for another year By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The city council gave Paul Fraser the nod to be New Braunfels mayor for another year at last nights meeting Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers nomi nated Fraser and he was elected four votes to three Councilman Tim Walk er Councilman Juan Luis Martinez Fraser and Bowers voted for Fraser Weve got a very full plate theres no doubt about Fraser said Con tinuing to cooperate with county gov ernment and consolidate citycounty efforts will be a high priority he said City council should give the utmost attention to drawing the lines for new city council districts as mandated by the passage of Charter Amendment 1 on May 6 Fraser said Forming two impartial boards to allo committee should also command the city councils attention Fraser said The only thing static about our charter Students teachers and parents began to cry as the Comal Indepen dent School District upheld an earli er decision to ban students who failed the TAAS test from participating in commencement exercises The CISD Board of Trustees called a special meeting Monday night to reconsider whether or not students should be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies if they failed the state required exit test 1 was one of the members who requested this meeting I cant sec anything that is beneficial with this policy I can only sec that it is detri mental to the Treasurer Der ald LaRue said Students parents and teachers spoke in favor of changing the poli cy which does not allow these stu dents to participate Students may be tense ill or under stress when they take this Curtis Bremer Were not asking you to change the law break the law or compro mise either schools integrity What were asking is for you to recognize the significance of the graduation said Julie Hetherington mother of a Smithson Valley High School senior Kathy Simmons a teacher in the CISD system said she attended a meeting with the department chairs in which they were in agreement that students filling all other basic require ments should not be denied the opportunity to participate due to this one test Curtis Bremer of Smithson Valley said one test should not be the deter Were not asking you to change the law break the law or compromise either schools Julie Hetherington mining factor Students may be tense ill or under stress when they take this he said The New Braunfels Independent School District allows students who fail the TAAS but fill all other requirements to participate in the graduation ceremony However not all present were in favor of changing the policy One citizen said she believed that if the policy is to be changed it should be changed during the sum mer so the board does not appear to be favoring any certain class This change should not and must not occur tonight Look beyond the tears the disappointment and the pain The board has one issue to deal with should it change poli said Dora Gonzales of 246 Elvis Lane She said parents complained two years ago and the board refused to change the policy She said changing it now would appear to be arbitrary enforcement of their own board pol icy Another citizen present told the board that if parents thought the pol icy was unfair they would have voiced concern before it applied to their child Only four board members were present and the motion failed with a tied vote The policy will now be evaluated after the school year has ended which was the original board decision Fraser Bowers Schoch Martinez is that it is in he said thats because our lives are in change cer tainly our city politics are in According to Charter Amendment 1 passed in the May 6 election Fraser will be the last New Braunfels mayor elected by the city council members In a year the city will elect a new may or atlarge Erasers term as city coun cilman ends in May 1997 Councilwoman Brenda Freeman nominated Councilwoman Jan Ken nady for mayor Kennady Freeman and Councilman C Ray Schoch voted for Kennady Bowers will remain mayor protem another year Kennady was also nomi nated for that position but Bovvers was elected four votes to three with himself Walker Fraser and Martinez voting for him Martinez and Schoch were sworn in as council members for districts 1 and 2 Outgoing Council Members Ambro sio Butch Benitez and Mary Serold were honored with proclamations Serold was not present at the meeting 1 have nothing but praise for the city staff they have done a wonderful Benitez said 1 think that the city is moving in the right Local man struck and killed by train Saturday By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A New Braunfels man was killed Saturday afternoon when he stepped into the path of an oncoming freight train Witnesses told New Braunfels police they believed Justin B Hig ginbotham was heavily intoxicated when he stumbled onto the train tracks near Jahn Street at about Saturday The Union Pacific train could not stop in time and collided with Hig ginbotham police said He was transported by AirLife but died soon after of massive internal injuries Higginbotham was 27 NBU offers new billing service New Braunfels Utilities customers will soon be able to have their NBU payments deducted directly from their checking or savings accounts Customers wanting to pay this way need to sign a form requesting auto draft payment To get the form cus tomers should come to the NBU Main Office at 263 East Main Plaza or phone 6298400 and a form be mailed Customers using the bank draft pay ment method will still receive bills If the payments are being drafted the words Bank Draft will be printed beside the current due amount If Bank Draft is not printed there the customer is responsible for payment of the bill Funds will be withdrawn for draft bills on the last day to pay the net amount Cycle 1 bills will be drafted on the fourth of each month Cycle 2 bills will be drafted on the 16th of each month There is no charge for autodraft pay ment If the bank account doesnt have enough funds to cover the NBU bill at the time of the draft however NBU will assess a service charge as it would on any other bounced check After three insufficient funds drafts NBU will take the account off of bank drafting and notify the customer If a customer receives a bill he thinks is incorrect he should contact NBU at least seven days before the due date To discontinue autodraft NBU pay ment customers should call NBU mail the request or stop by in person at least 20 days before the next due date Put On Your Armor planning another day at the races By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer People with a competitive streak who enjoy races can sponsor a racing armadillo to help fight drugs Put on Your Armor Foundation a national nonprofit organization aimed at fighting drug use is having its annual armadillo race fundraiser on June 10 to help raise money for the drug prevention program The message is you can have fun without using drugs We show them said Executive Director Dr Thomas Ayers The fundraiser includes the Armadillo Derby 150 and a dinner Individuals can sponsor an armadillo The sponsor has the option of being the jockey or having a child be the jockey The cost to sponsor an armadillo is per armadillo This tax deductible donation also pays for two dinner tickets Tickets for the Fajita Dinner are and can be purchased at Henne Hardware Kwik Kopy Landa Pharmacy and Librados Last year we raised about Ayers said This year were hoping to raise The foundation goes into schools and shows kids how to put on your armor to protect them from crime vio lence and drug abuse The funds raised from the event will be used for the program The race and dinner will be on June 10 from 4 to 8 and will be located at Conservation Plaza Finals will begin at Clowns food music and armadillos will all be present to help families have a fes tive time with neighbors Individuals or businesses wanting to make a donation or sponsor an armadillo can call 2106294980 for more information Write your elected officials Learn where to find them on Page 4
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