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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Rangers ready to face potent Bulldog offense Friday night The Plaza Bandstand New Braunfels Herald 12 Pages in one section Thursday September CENTS Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of DANNY GARCIA Vol 143 No 224 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Hattie Anthony Danny Gar cia Larry Allen Louisa Munoz Flo Pacharzina Peggy Stone Deborah Werth and Mateo Zamarripa River and aquifer information Comal River262 cubicfeetper 16 Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 15 Guadalupe River 114 Plane uses FM 1863 as a runway FM 1863 looked more like an airport than a road for a while yesterday A small plane was running low on fuel and the pilot land ed it on the road at near the bridge construction according to Comal County Sheriffs Department reports Officer James Rose respond ed to the call The pilot was not hurt and the plane was not damaged Sheriffs reports said A fuel truck was brought to the site The plane refueled and took off again all in less than a halfhour Fair Queen contest Sunday The Comal County Fair Queens contest will be held Sunday Sept 24 at Canyon High School Commons The event begins at There will be 19 young ladies from the three area high schools participating in the contest The Fair Queen and her court will represent the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year The cost is per per son with preschool children free Bond election subject of forum The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum featuring a discussion of the Comal Inde pendent School District Bond Election Panelists include Superin tendent Jerry Majors and Scott Watson of the LongRange Planning Committee The forum will be at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop on Sept 21 at Call Rose Marie Eash at 980 3188 for information Cancer support group meets The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group spon sored by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday Sept 28 in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Walnut Anyone with cancer and their significant others are invited to attend If you have any ques tions call the ACS at 6295717 or Marian Hicks at 6291763 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot TEXHSr LOTTERV SAT scores slide below national average By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels High School seniors scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test dropped signifi cantly from last year The average for high school seniors in the New Braunfels Independent School District in 199495 was 896 which was down from 983 in 1993 94 The national average was 910 and the state average was 893 for 199495 In 199394 the national average was 902 and the state average was 886 Figures provided by the NBISD show the aver age for Comal Independent School District seniors was an identical 896 Dr Ellen Bell NBISD Director of Curricu lum said this is only the second year the scores have shown a decrease in the past seven years Bell said she was not surprised to see the decrease because it mirrors results from TAAS tests and advanced placement tests NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said he believes the drop in the average is just a result of one year and will not become a trend He said current indicators including Preliminary SAT scores and SAT scores are suggesting that the average for this years seniors will be up again Thats a big drop and if it goes more than one year well be very concerned about he said Theres a lot of people below us but theres a lot of people above us Bradberry said people may begin to think that the decrease is a result of block scheduling How ever he said this group was not in it Bell said the number of students taking the test did not change greatly either She said 105 stu dents took the SAT and percent take either the SAT or ACT test She said the test did change this year but she said this really is not the reason for the change either All kids take the same test so that really cant be it she said Bell said the district is making an effort to help students prepare for the test All junior and senior English and mathematics teachers emphasize the SAT skills in their classes Classes are held after school and on Saturdays to help them prepare for the test and staff development steps are tak en to ensure that teachers are up to date on the skills presented on the actual test said Bell It is also important for the parents to get involved and make sure their child is prepared for the test If the score is unsatisfactory the test can be retaken Colleges will take the highest com posite score so it is advantageous to take the test again Parents also need to take a close look at the PSAT Its a predictor for how the student will do on the actual test If theyre not happy with the score they need to get their child in a course and help them prepare for she said The only other time the districts average declined past seven years was in 198990 when the districts average was 905 the national 199495 SAT scores New Braunfels 896 Alamo Heights Judson 478 430 908 905 State Average National 910 average was 900 and the state average was 874 We expected a drop this year but we didnt expect this big of a drop I cant see much that was done differently than weve been doing in the said Bradberry I think this is one year and not a Cold front brings relief from the heat Derailment aftermath HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The tracks were reopened yesterday morning but cleanup continues In downtown Marion where a Southern Pacific train derailed Tuesday night Fourteen cars jumped the tracks but there were no Injuries Rain lets county lift burn ban By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The heavy rainfall experienced throughout the county Tuesday night was just what was needed to lift the burn ban the Comal County has been under since August On Aug 10 County Judge Carter Casteel ordered an emergency burn ban in the county in an effort to avoid grass fires The ban prohibited people trom burning anything in an unen closed area That ban was lifted effec tive immediately Wednesday morn ing Its done what it was supposed to do and then we got good rain Tuesday and now its time to lift said Casteel Folks are ready to burn brush and other items and were ready to have it Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann who requested both the order and the lifting of it said the county received one to three and a half inches of rain Tuesday night If we get into another two or three weeks of hot dry weather and things dont green up we many need it he said During the time of the ban there were only two fires that were out of control compared to about 15 last year Willman said Casteel said the request to lift the ban will go before commissioners court in the near future to ratify the actions However Willmann said the lift is effective immediately By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Heave a sigh of relief and pull out the sweaters not just yet according to Tom Dever of the National Weath er Service in New Braunfels Im afraid its a little too early to consider this front a season chang he said The cooler weather should last for the next couple of days though Lows will temporarily be in the low 60s with highs in the mid to upper 70s until Saturday Dever said Its a direct Canadian cold he said It may have felt like the dog days were a lot hotter than usual but thats not necessarily the case Its only been a little warmer than usual this summer with September temperatures two to four degrees above normal Dever said But this is he said To date until midnight Tuesday and that will change before this rain is Dever said the total 1995 precipitation was inches down just slightly from the norm of inches Ranging from to over five inch es Tuesday nights and yesterdays rain should bring the total much clos er to normal Dever said All in all the summer has been fairly normal and calm both temper ature and precipitationwise Dever said The forecast for the next sever al months looks to be pretty normal also Its my personal opinion that since weve had such an active hurricane season well probably have a cooler winter than last Dever said Mother Nature has been kind to Its my personal opinion that since weve had such an active hurricane season well probably have a cooler winter than last Tom Dever National Weather Service area farmers this year said Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor The spring rains timed themselves perfectly for planting and growing crops This weeks rain came at just the right point also Taylor said 1 think well see a lot of farmers who will plant wheat and oats in the next he said The fall crops should be good ones if the wet weather holds out through October and November Taylor said The aquifer level was the same as the weather in general right about at the normal level said Bill Tepe of New Braunfels Utilities In Sep tember when were usually recharg ing though we were starting to go Tepe said The aquifer level at Panther Canyon was up 06 feet yesterday morning Tepe said I would expect it to go up the next couple of he said No real formula exists for translat ing inches of rainfall into aquifer gain Tepe said There are just too many variables like how much water fell over the actual recharge areas how much was absorbed into the soil etc NBU acts to ensure payments from EUWD By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities is getting tough to pro tect local interests in a contract made with the Edwards Underground Water District The NBU Board of Trustees voted unanimous ly to intervene with the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority GBRA in a lawsuit in an emergency meeting Monday night Were going to ask the court that the District is said NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo They ceased to exist on Aug she said The EAA Edwards Aquifer Authority should have come into The move came when NBU officials learned that some San Antonio EWUD delegates might divert funds promised to NBU in a 1989 surface water agreement We think theres an attempt to cancel the con tract by using funds for other DiFonzo said Back in 1989 NBU officials decided to build a treatment plant and use surface water from Canyon Lake thus reducing NBUs pumping from the Edwards Aquifer DiFonzo said The EUWD whose mission was to preserve the aquifer agreed with NBU to reimburse the utility per of surface water from Canyon Lake which NBU has to purchase from the GBRA The treatment plant went on line in 1992 DiFon zo said NBU began pumping and the EUWD began reimbursing The reimbursements have amounted to about per year she said although the per amount no longer is enough to pay for the water NBU has to make up the difference According to the contract the EUWD should keep reimbursing NBU for five years after the contracts 1992 effective start date Some of the San Antonio EUWD representatives have discussed using remaining EUWD funds for other purposes before honoring existing contracts If that hap pens it could mean about a loss for New Braunfels We will be seeking a temporary restraining order on the Edwards so they only spend funds on necessary DiFonzo said like existing contracts not new projects We still believe that this surface water agree ment is important to the mission of conserving the DiFonzo said Representatives have worked hard to ensure that this stays HeraldZeitung photo by MELANIE GERIK Welcome to the neighborhood Cutting the ribbon Monday at Applebees Neighborhood Grill and Bar located on the IH 35 access road are owners Mickey Stahl and Joel Marks along with Manager Gregg Spickler and VicePresident of Operations Frank DeAngelo Campaign finance reform is the only way to bring change to Washington See Page 4
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