Thursday, August 3, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Fortyone players to vie for Junior Golf Championship Page 5 50 CENTS The Hummel Museum New Braunfels Herald 12 Pages in one section Thursday August Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of SANDRA DUNCAN ung Vol 143 No 189 Inside Sports Marketplace Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Hercild Zeitimg extends birthday wishes to Sandra Duncan Melia Ann Koepp Lydia Johnson Annette Alexander Nancy Lopez Holly Rose Steven Sanchez Jane Ann Gonzalcs and Laura Gusnie Happy 22nd anniversary to Juan and Ana Lopez River and aquifer information Comal River 274 cubicfeetper second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 03 Guadalupe River 189 The Craze plays free concert in Landa Park tonight RockandRoll band The Craze plays the Concert in the Park tonight The free concert starts at at the dance slab Bring lawn chairs but no glass containers Rained out concerts may not be resched uled Sports booster club to hold breakfast The New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will have its membership kick off breakfast drive at New Braunfels High School cafete ria Aug 4 at 7 For infor mation call Jeff Mund at 620 4839 or Danny Zoeller at 625 2349 Friends of Library to meet The next regular meeting of the Friends of Dittlinger Library will be held Saturday Aug 5 at 10 at the library The next book sorting will be Tues day Aug 8 at 8 at Moyer ParkonHwy 81 E Fire Department Auxiliary to meet New Braunfels Fire Depart ment Auxiliary will hold a short business and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 Monday Aug 7 Rummage sale Sts Peter and Paul Schools Annual Summer Rummage Sale will be held Friday Aug 4 and Saturday Aug 5 The sale will be held from 8 to 6 Friday and 8 to 3 Saturday The sale will be held in St Marys Hall on the Sts Peter and Paul Church grounds on West Bridge St The sale will be held both upstairs and downstairs in the hall building For information call 625 1729 during the day Scholarship workshop How to Apply For College Scholarships workshop will be presented by Cynthia Ruiz and Phillip C McKee Saturday Aug 5 from 10 to noon at Primera Iglesia Bautista 2080 W San Antonio St It is a free workshop The winning numbers Lotto Texas 125 404142 million jackpot rTEXHS LOTTERV State Champions show improvement By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeltung photo by THOMAS GODLEY A ninthmnmg double by Chip Adams propelled the New Braunfels All Stars past the Bear Creek AllStars in the Texas State Junior League championship game in Waco yesterday See Page 5 for full coverage man dies in crash By ERICA MIES Staff Writer Joe Leroy Buckinghan 31 of San Antonio died early Wednesday morn ing after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and the car flipped The accident occurred at about Wednesday sixtenths of a mile west of Cranes Mill Road on Farm to Market Road 306 According to DPS Trooper Hector Lazono It appears he swerved to the left to dodge a deer and pulled back right lost control and the vehicle over Buckingham was thrown 15 feet from his 1993 Toyota 4 Runner which came to rest on its side in the middle of the road Apparently he was not wearing his seat belt Judge Howard Smith Justice of the Peace from Precinct 4 pronounced Buckingham dead at am There were no known witnesses Efforts to increase student performance on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skill TAAS appear to be work ing local school officials said The Comal Independent School District and the New Braunfels Independent School District received the test results from the state recently and both districts continue to score above the state average at almost every level Karen Simpson NBISD Executive Director of Education Services said the test has been administered since the 199091 school year All students are required to take the test unless they are exempt as a special education student The test is given to students in the third through the eighth grades and the tenth grade for reading and mathematics Stu dents in the fourth eighth and tenth grades must also take a writing test Simpson presented the districts results to the board of trustees at Tuesdays meeting With the exception of math ematics and writing at the fourth grade level all scores were above the states average The seventh grade mathe matics score of 76 percent beat the states average which was 61 percent by 15 percentage points The eighth grade math scores also beat the states average by 15 percentage points The only level that did not beat the state percentage in math was the fourth grade in which the districts score was 65 percent compared to 70 percent The reading scores for NBISD exceeded the states per centages at every grade level The largest difference in scores was at the sixth and seventh grade levels in which the state average was 78 percent and the districts average was 86 percent Carol Hall CISD Assistant Superintendent for Instruction said the scores for CISD have also been showing a steady improvement over the past several years She said these gains are despite the fact that the test is more difficult now than when it was first administered She said the test orig inally focused on basic skills and now focuses more on high thinking She sgidthe upward trend has the state level Thats because people are realizing the importance of it and placing more emphasis on it Plus these are skills our students need to master I dont think theres anything unreasonable about she said In the mathematics portion the largest difference between the statesaverage and the districts average was in the seventh grade where the scores were 61 percent for the state and 80 percent for the district This was a 19 percentage point difference In the sixth grade the districts average was 78 percent and the states was 63 percent The eighth grade also scored substantially above the state average Sixtyeight percent passed in the district compared to 56 percent in the state Only the fourth and fifth grade math scores were below the Area Schools TAAS Results Grade average average states average The fourth grade was one percentage point below and the fifth grade was 3 points below In the reading portion all grade levels beat the states aver age and all the scores were 82 percent or better The seventh grade had a score of 90 percent and the sixth grade had a score of 89 percent The writing scores were very close to the state average The fourth and fifth grade averages exceeded the states by one and two points respectively The tenth grade did score below the states average but it was by only a difference of two percentage points with the districts score being 84 per cent and the states being 86 percent Both administrators credited their high scores to the instruction the students are receiving Both districts have put emphasis on the curriculum to reflect test objectives as well as offering classes at the high school level for students who are having difficulty passing the TAAS test Its part of any curriculum taught in the schools We make sure the students are taught what theyre tested dont think any student should have to take a test on some thing they havent been said Hall We commend our school our teachers and our parents for what they have done Its amazing that we can have that many scores above the state said Simpson Both schools also received their accreditation results from the state Hall said Bulverde Primary received a recog nition for performance She said Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools also received recognition based on the scores on college entrance exams Simpson said Memorial Primary and Memorial Ele mentary received recognition She also added that New Braunfels High School was designated as a low performing school She said this rating is based on the dropout rates of Hispanics blacks and other minorities If the rate is above 6 percent the school is considered low performing Weve had 20 percent gains However the dropTuft rate of one group is percent Even though the Behoofs overall dropout rate is much less were considered low said Simpson But everyone needs to realize that doesnt mean were a bad Lone Star card makes its debut in county will cut paperwork fraud By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Thousands of people receiving pub lic assistance in Comal County entered the electronic age Tuesday when they joined a large number of recipients already using debit cards Effective August 1 approximately households in Comal County began using an electronic debit card called the Lone Star card The plastic card is replacing paper food stamp coupons and checks for Aid to Families with Dependent Children Teresa Rodriguez Public Informa tion Director for the Texas Department of Human Services said the change is being made because it is a much better system She said it eliminates the printing handling and processing of the coupons and checks She said it will also make checkout lanes faster because the coupons will not have to be counted The old paper coupons are now fodder for the giant shredders at the Federal Reserve Bank in the Alamo said State Comptroller John Sharp This expansion of the Lone Star card begins an allout assault on bureaucratic bloat and welfare Rodriguez said there are two really big benefits to the switch She said one is the reduction of paperwork created when the coupons or checks are stolen or lost The other big benefit is the cards will create a paper trail which will make it more difficult for fraud or street trafficking No system is 100 percent foolproof but this will let us be able to monitor all the transactions made Its just a smart way to do she said Sharp said retailers accepting the card will notice the switch He said grocers have reported a million increase in food sales in Houston where the card has been in use since February He said the increase is because the card can only be spent on food items Fewer hardearned tax dollars will HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Lone Star card replaces paper food stamps and checks for Aid to Families with Dependent Children wind up in the criminal underground because this card is good for food he said The red white and blue Lone Star card accesses the states electronic ben efit transfer or EBT system The EBT system transfers funds electronically from the state to vendors or benefit recipients The concept is extremely well received by retailers and clients They no longer have to worry about their food coupons or checks being stolen They also dont have to wait on the Rodriguez said Rodriguez stressed that clients must call the help desk at 18007777EBT to register their cards as soon as they receive them She said they should also call the number before they use it for the first time to ensure that the funds are available Once the account is set up the cardholder will receive a receipt each time it is used The receipt will show how much was available in the account how much was used in the transaction and how much is current ly left So they can at all times see whats left in their account for that month It makes planning Rodriguez said The cards are slowly being phased into use around the state and should be used throughout the state by the end of the year said Rodriguez Applebees building new restaurant on 1H35 in New Braunfels By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Diners will soon have one more choice to con sider when they are debating over where to go for dinner when a national restaurant chain finishes the construction of a new location in New Braun fels Applebees Neighborhood Grill and Bar a franchise of APPLEJAM has announced plans to open a new location in New Braunfels Joel Marks coowner of APPLEJAM said the construction began on June 4 1995 and the sq ft building located at 995 IH35 should be opening by the second week in September According to USA TODAY Applebees is one of the nations top casualdining restau Marks said the decision to open a locatioi in New Braunfels came after careful consideration He said studies showed it was an exciting cqm munity and it fit our Marks said part of those demographics is the fact that the town does not have a signifiqant casual national restaurant He said this was encouraging because Applebees could fill that position Well be the first national name in New Braunfels and we feel were the best national name for New he said The new location will have a seating capacity of 178 people and will provide more than 125 employment opportunities Marks said hiring has already begun Applebees is already known as Americas favorite neighbor and were looking forward to its becoming New Braunfels favorite said Gregg Spickler who will serve as the general manager of the upcoming restaurant The restau rant will be aggressively involved with commu nity charities and activities as community corn mitment is an important Applebees APPLEJAM is headquartered in Atlanta GA and has nine Texas Applebees locations two of which are in San Antonio The chain has 586 restaurants located in 43 states There are also restaurants located in Puerto Rico Win nipeg and the Caribbean Island of Curasao House of Representatives passes a polluters protection act See Page 4