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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Local football teams ready for season openers See Sports Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 14 Pages in one section Friday September Serving Comal County for more than 143 years iuMMY HUBERTUS Vol 143 No 215 Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Brawifeh Herald Zeitimg extends birthday wishes to Tommy Hubertus Brenda Klabunde Fabrian Leal nine Delia Espinosa Brandon Balmos and Wilfred Bill Koepp Happy 61st anniversary to Val and Irene Self and Happy llth anniver sary to Don and Ladonna Krup pa River and aquifer information Comal River 254 cubicfeetper up 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 04 Guadalupe River Farmers market today The Comal County Farmers Market starts selling at 4 Friday at the Comal County Fairgrounds How to run for office Dr Carlos Zamora will speak to the Diabetes Support Sun day Sept 10 at 2 at Central Texas Medical Center about dia betes and arthritis For informa tion call Carolyn Barnes at 353 1310 Canyon High to hold open house Tickets may be purchased for the Canyon High School Open House Dinner at Fridays Canyon home football game Tickets will be sold for each Canyon High School open house is scheduled for Mon day Sept 25 A barbecue din ner will be served between and The open house program begins at The dinner is sponsored by the Canyon Music Boosters River cleanup needs volunteers The fifth annual Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup organized by Friends For Rivers will take plage Satur day Sept 16 Registration starts at 9 at Whitewater Sports on Hwy 306 in Canyon Lake and at Rockin R River Rides on Loop 337 in New Braunfels A party will be held following the cleanup for all volunteers where they will get tshirts barbecue and live music Call 180055FLOATfor information Enter the Fair Parade The Comal County Fair Parade Committee is now tak ing entries for the Fair Parade to be held Friday Sept 29 at 10 The deadline for entries is 8 Sept 11 You may contact the fair office at 6251505 Entries are accept ed from local organizations school organizations visiting festivals and fairs Sesquicen tennial related bands and marching units There is a entry fee for commercial entries only Guitar raffle Gruene Music Fest will raffle off a Fender guitar model Tickets are or six for For infor mation call Russell at 629 2305 Vandals ravage historic graves By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer It was probably just a bunch of row dy kids acting lip according to New Braunfels police officials and if theyre caught the charge will be crim inal But they did damage in the tens of thousands of dollars and incalculable emotional harm when they vandalized about 35 tombstones at the Comal Cemetery Tuesday night These are the tombstones of our Antonette Malmstead said The grave markers of 1 H Tays and his wife Malmsteads greatgrand father and greatgrandmother were among those damaged My greatgrandmother was born four years after New Braunfels was Malmstead said My great grandfather fought in the Civil The broken gravestones all mark very old graves resting places of the people New Braunfels celebrates this Sesquicentennial year and their children Each tombstone could cost from to to repair or replace said Gene Bagwell whose company maintains the cemetery Whoever has done this has no grasp of what kind of money the destruction that they have Bagwell said Many of the tombstones could be repaired by bonding the broken pieces with epoxy resins said James Edwards who works for Bagwell They could never be restored so that the cracks didnt show he said If the descendants chose the old gravestones could be replaced Edwards said Many of the old grave stones are marble and simply buying the piece of marble could cost from to he said These old stones are hand carved and you couldnt duplicate that Edwards said Theres no way you can replace them in Bagwell said Malmstead has taken a personal interest in caring for her family graves for years I did a little at a time out of my she said The settlers graves have been vandalized at least once before Malmstead said Malmstead recalls a recent visit to Germany Their cemeteries were so clean and their towns were so she said This was waisthigh in weeds last Malmstead said pointing to a nearby section of old graves HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Antonette Malmstead and Gene Bagwell assess the damage vandals did to 35 historic gravestones at Comal Cemetery Each grave is actually private prop erty owned by the descendants Bag well said so families must agree to the way the grave is maintained All the newcomers are interested in getting more growth for the Malmstead said I wish some of the resources could be used to take care of these precious old Smithson Valley ag teacher fired Kelly Slovers supporters vow effort to remove district superintendent By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees Thursday night fired an agricultural science teacher accused of unprofessional and unethi cal conduct Kelly Slover an agricultural science teacher at Smithson Valley High School for three years has been suspended with pay since May 12 He is accused of allegedly injecting air underneath the skin of a students show calf injecting a chemical in the calf s jaw that would stunt the growth of permanent teeth and branding the calf with an unregistered brand The board voted 42 to terminate Slovers contract with the district after deliberating in an open session for 30 minutes The deliberation came after 10 hours of testimony spread over Wednes day and Thursday nights at Canyon Mid dle School The hearing was delayed from July 31 when Slover was granted a continu ance because his attorneys did not receive the calfs final necropsy report The attorneys received the report Wednesday afternoon before the hearing said Sabrina Arellano cocounsel for Slover Trustee Thomas Bruce called the evi dence the school district presented hearsay and We have not proved that he has done what he is accused of Bruce said hi closing arguments Therold Fanner attorney for the school district asked board members to consider the evidence the district presented even though he could not present a motive for Slovers actions We dont know what motive Mr Slover had in engaging in these Farmer said But the question is not Trustee John Clay who refused to vote said the hearing was a waste of taxpayers money on a dispute that could have been solved much earlier This problem should have been solved back in March or Clay said This whole thing is a conduct Slover helped Terry Urbanczyk a Comal County commercial rancher find a show calf for her daughter SVHS stu dent Jenny Urbanczyk Slover was the gobetween between the Urbanczyks and Curt Jergens a rancher from the panhandle who was at the San Antonio Livestock Show in February The Urbanczyks bought a polled Here ford calf from Jergens for from which Slover said he did not receive any commission hi his testimony at the hear ing Slover said Terry Urbanczyk and Jergens met at thelivestock show when she bought the calf and spoke in passing about the need for it to be branded by Jergens veterinarian But Terry Urbanczyk said she met Jergens for the first time in late March when she bought another calf from him Slover said he originally thought the call would be branded in the panhan dle but learned two days prior to his departure the calf would be branded in Oklahoma He had arranged with the Urbanczyks to pick up the calf on April 11 along with a check for more show cattle Instead Slover picked up the calf on April 9 when the Urbanczyks were not home Slover took the calf to a veterinarian in Oklahoma and returned it to the Urbanczyks ranch on April 11 Terry Urbanczyk said her daughter first noticed the swelling of the calfs hips about a day later Jenny said the Hereford is really puffy sounds funny when you touch it and its all swollen Terry Urbanczyk said Since school was not in session because of spring break Terry Urbanczyk said she told her daughter to ask Slover to look at the calf when she returned the following week Terry Urbanczyk said since the calf did not appear to be sick she did not worry about the calfs health and did not inspect the calf herself until a week lat er Slover said he did not hear about the problems with the calf until April 26 after fellow SVHS agricultural science teacher Sam Womble had looked at the calf He explained that the calf felt Slover said I told him that if he visited with Mr or Mrs Urbanczyk please tell them that 1 would come to look at the calf on the Slover said that he did not feel the air underneath the skin when examined the calf on April 30 adding that he felt air on the right leg for the first time on May 2 after Terry Urbanczyk demonstrated Terry Urbanczyk said that since the calf had air underneath its skin then she worried that the calf also might have drugs in its system She also said that Slover admitted to the airing of the calf and that he had its teeth fixed so that the baby teeth would stay in place The loss of baby teeth would make the calf ineligible for some livestock shows He said Look 1 know for a fact that it doesnt have drugs I had it brand Jenny said the Hereford is really puffy sounds funny when you touch it and its all swollen Terry Urbanczyk ed fixed the teeth did the airing and thats she said Slover denied that he admitted he tam pered with the calf I told her that there may be air under the Slover said I said I dont know if the calf has or not been tam pered with The Urbanczyks took the calf to the Large Animal Clinic at Texas A M University to be examined on May 5 Dr Allen Roussel and his associates found air underneath the skin of the calf s right leg and a chemical which stops the growth of permanent teeth in its jaw The district accused Slover of answer ing Thats what Doc in refer ence to a question from CISD Superin tendent Jerry Major about fixing teeth Slover responded to the question at a meeting with administrators on May 5 Slover said the remark was taken out of context and he was referring to the branding process not fixing teeth Slover was suspended with pay on May 12 and notified of his possible ter mination on June 7 The final necropsy report found no conclusive cause of the chemical in the calf s jaw The report also could not determine how the air got under the skin but Dr Roussel said injection of air was the most plausible The calf s brand is not registered in Texas or Oklahoma but is similar to a brand registered in Nebraska The hold er of the Nebraska brand Morgan Ranch is a wellknown breeder of polled Hereford cattle After the boards decision was announced students and parents con soled Slover and his wife Gayle Dennis Quick a witness for Slover said he was going to start a grassroots effort to remove Major from the super intendents position for letting this prob lem get tliis far wasting taxpayers mon ey and ruining a young mans Slover said he is considering appealing the boards decision to the Texas Edu cation Agency but would not comment on the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the school district T ERA c Y M o H Learning English will open doors BY ROSA MARIA MEDELLIN Special to the HeraldZeitung Being literate is the most important thing in my daily life name is Rosa was bom in Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico 1 came to this country as an immigrant ten years ago when I got married I spoke no Eng lish I needed to learn it I started taking ESL English as a Second Language classes with Citizenship classes last year Through these classes I have been able to read write and speak English to better communicate with others I received my American Citizenship on Maria Medellin March 24 1994 A few months later I started GED classes at the same place and got my GED certificate on May 25 1995 My next goal now is to get a job I used to work in a bank in Mon terrey Mexico before I moved here I would like to work as a bank teller again I have been out of work ten years my children are in school and I want to take this opportunity to go back to work I am a perfectionist and mature enough to be successful in the banking service Learning English changed my life In celebration of National Literacy Month during September the HeraldZeitung will run firstperson accounts from people who have learned to read and how their lives were HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALU Hill Country scene The sun begins to dip in the sky late in the afternoon in the Hill Country The forecast calls for a hot dry weekend Parents financial stability and responsibility can impact the children of divorce Page 4
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