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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Cougarettes defeat Providence in volleyball See Page 6 CENTS Salute to the dough boy New Braunfels HeraldZeitu 16 Pages in one section Wednesday September Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of EDGAR WESTBROOK Vol 143 No 218 Inside Business Arts Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Rose Mary Morealcs Leal Jeremy Rader Allison Rader Luis Angel Torres nine Tommy Kiesling Edgar West brook and Rick Gomez River and aquifer information Comal River 250 cubicfeetper Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 04 Guadalupe River 110 Business Trade Show today More than 65 exhibitors have signed up to take part in todays Business Trade Show spon sored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Tickets at the door are and the show runs from 10 to 7 Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit on tap The New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall 138 W Austin Saturday Sept 16 from to Live entertainment marfachi music folkoric dancers Hispanic dis plays plenty of delicious Mexican food and more will be offered Friends of Education to meet Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet Sept 14 at Mr Krieg and coun selors will speak about the new curriculum and upcoming devel opments Class of 1943 to meet NBHS Class of 1943 will meet at Clear Spring Restaurant Sept 16 at noon For more information call Rudy at 625 5352 Project Graduation planning session The parents of Canyon High School seniors are invited to attend an important meeting Wednesday Sept 13 at 7 in room 51 CHS to talk about Project Graduation For infor mation call Terry Wiemers at 6256251 or JoAnn Schumann at 6090099 Accordion Squeeze Off About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion SqueezeOff from 2 to 6 Sunday Sept 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten 212 W Austin Entertainment is free Food and drinks available For information call Barron Schlameus at 625 3615 River cleanup needs volunteers The fifth annual Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup organized by Friends For Rivers will take place 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 Call 1800 55FLOAT for information This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Robber strikes Faust Hotel Pictured are United Way President Doug Miller Drive Chair Frances Huff Mike Donerty Ray Martinez John Stauffer Sheryl Bremer Cheryl Land James Dunks David Sansing Mike Fitsko Carolyn Self and Lee Rodriguez United Way thermometer starts its climb By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A man claiming he had a gun robbed the Faust Hotel at about this morning This is the second time in about a month weve had money said Cathy Carpenter hotel manager A man stole from the hotel in mid August while the night clerk was away from the desk Carpenter said The first theft was a burglary since no con frontation occurred between the thief and the clerk said New Braunfels Police Detective Michael Osbornc The amount of money stolen is undetermined in both cases police said The hotel doors were locked when the robber knocked on the door and said he needed a room Carpenter said The night clerk let him in the side door and he came in He said he had a gun and asked her to give him the money from the cash Carpenter said Then the man told the clerk to get on the elevator and go up to the fourth floor which she did Carpenter said The man then left the building The thief didnt stick a gun in her face or cause any bodily Osborne said Police have some leads in the case Osborne said The police responded Carpenter said Carpenter plans to implement tighter security measures in the Faust as soon as possible she said They include video surveillance cameras and new night registration procedures after 11 only people who were pre registercd could enter the hotel The Faust will offer a reward for evidence leadineto the caoture of the Carpenter said Anybody with any information about the thefts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at Osborne said By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Last year the thermometer exploded at the beginning of December Comal County givers exceeded the 1994 United Way goal The 1995 United Way thermometer now stands on Main Plaza United Way board members planted it there yesterday morning setting their sights on bursting it again this year The mercury has already risen to a healthy start on this years goal said United Way Direc tor Joe Worl We have to remember that the United Way benefits some peo ple Worl said The Unit ed Way helps fund nearly 30 area non profit organizations serving area resi dents Not just New Braunfels but the whole county Bulverde Garden Ridge Marion all of it reaps rewards from the United Worl said Were going to need support from the whole county in order to reach our goal this One way to help the United Way cause is through an employee United Way drive in the workplace Employ ees can pledge a small amount to go from each paycheck to the United Way Those small amounts add up to a big helping hand for those in need in Comal County Worl said Individual contributions are always welcome as well For more informa tion on how you can Make a World of Difference One Peace at a call the United Way at 6207760 Tickets still on sale for Perry talk Rick Perry Texas Commissioner of Agriculture will be the special guest speaker at an oldfashioned barbecue dinner sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women Plan to attend this entertaining and informative event at Gruene Hall on Monday Sept 18 Hosp tiality hour at 6 followed by dinner at 7 Featured will be Rick Perry food drink and enter tainment The tickets are per person Call 6254691 or 6256119 for additional information or to purchase tickets Tickets will also be on sale at the door Perry NBHS developing plan to curb dropout rate By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District has already imple mented several strategies aimed at reducing the Hispanic dropout rate at the high school and officials are already calling them a success The state considers a school with a dropout rate above six percent for the total population or any subgroup to be low performing New Braunfels High School was rated as low performing due to the Hispanic dropout rate which was percent The total rate was percent Due to the rating the district is required to form a strategy for address ing the problem and to hold a public hearing at the campus outlining that strategy NBISD held the hearing Tues day night and told those present that steps have already been taken to reduce the dropout rate NBHS Assistant Principal Judy Seifert presented the campus improve ment plan to the board and the public The plan is still only a draft However she said a lot of input was gathered from everyone involved Weve had a great deal of parent input and teacher input and most importantly sitebased committee said Seifert Seifert said as the problem was looked at two overriding factors were noticed The first was that the juvenile court system was not helping schools The court was not filing on students who were not attending school or their parents The second problem was that there was a lack of an effective alternative school until the 199495 school year said Seifert The plan presented outlined five steps that have already been taken to reduce the dropout rate The first step was that a school truancy liaison has been assigned to the high school cam pus to make home visits and follow up on any student who has missed more than three consecutive days in one week The guidance counselor has also developed a tracking system to find out where kids go after they stop going to the school That was our first step to get some additional help to track students and weve done said Seifert Our strategy was a tracking strategy Our fault was poor The school is also filing in Juvenile Court with Justice of the Peace Diane Campos Her court will hear cases and place both students under 17 years of age and their parents under court order If the student is 17 years old or older the parent is not placed under the order Weve taken advantage of the fact that Ms Campos has been so helpful with us and wants to help us keep kids in Seifert said The school is also screening students for placement in the 25 available spots in the alternative school and is con tinuing to develop a techprep program that will entice more students to stay in school by offering jobspecific train ing We graduated five students from the Ombudsman over the last year We never would have graduated them without the program because these kids were comers and said Seifert Seifert said the truancy liaison has already been advantageous to the school She said the total dropout rate is percent the white dropout rate is percent the Hispanic dropout rate is percent the black dropout rate is 0 percent and the economic dis advantaged rate is 2 percent Weve been successful in reducing the number That doesnt mean were pleased We would like to see a zero dropout she said Audience members then addressed the board and administrators present Several members volunteered to help the school in any way possible Others offered suggestions on other ways to address the problem Suggestions included bringing in positive role mod els at all levels building the Commu nity in School program to provide a support system offer an incentive for the kids to finish and pass the TAAS test and get input from those drop ping out to see why they are leaving I dont think this issue is going to be solved here Its an ongoing issue because its an ongoing issue in this said NBISD parent Carlos Campos EUWD to continue to meet until courts decide Edward Aquifer Authoritys status By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Edwards Underground Water District which must continue to oper ate for an indefinite amount of time voted at Tuesdays meeting to not levy a tax and not participate in the legal suit challenging the Edwards Aquifer Authority Craig Hollmig Comal County rep resentative said there was a split vote not to levy a tax He said it is his understanding that those voting against collecting taxes felt there was too much of an uncertainty about how long the district would be in operation He said the District will continue to operate on reserve funds Hollmig said the board also voted not to participate at any level in the legal suit against the EAA He said this was mainly a financial decision If were not going to levy taxes why do we want to spend money on legal he said The EAA which would have reg ulatory powers over the aquifer was supposed to replace the Edwards Underground Water District in August However the Medina Coun ty Groundwater Conservation District is challenging the constitutionality of the law creating the Authority A judge ruled Sept 1 that EAA board members could be sworn in Howev er the ruling said the board is restrict ed from conducting any business oth er than hiring legal counsel An Oct 12 trial date has been set for the legal fight The EAA held its first meeting Friday at which it passed a resolution asking the Texas Attorney General to publicly support the Authority The Edwards Underground Water District must continue operations until the courts tell it otherwise HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Time capsule Jumbo Evans and Fred Clark place a marker where a time capsule was buried in 1986 at the courthouse annex The time capsule will be opened at the countys bicentennial celebration 50 years from now For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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