Thursday, December 14, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Stnithson Valley basketball off to a 103 sfait See Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels 183 The Mergele House 708 W Mill 16 pages in one section Thursday December v Y A H Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 1 44 years Home of ANDREA CARRIZALES ZALES Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Andrea Carrizales Jean C Hill Lindsey Nelson James Moos 15 Dolly Nance Janie Benavides and Amelia Lupe Gonzales Building contractor seminar and lunch A building contractor semi nar and luncheon will be held at Honors Hall Dec 14 from to Jim Bradley structural engineer will lead a discussion on the latest inconcrete foundations and many pointers on improv ing your slabs with little or no extra cost Cosponsored by RiverCities and American Engineering Reser vations required call 629 1745 Gl Forum meets Thursday The American Gl Forum Chapter 1014 meets Dec 14 at 7 at the American Legion Post 179 Hall on Coll Street Bereavement Support Group meets Bereavement Support Group meets Dec 14 at 3 at the Senior Center Call Jan at 6298181 for informa tion Historical Christmas Journey The public is invited to the Historical Christmas Journey Saturday Dec 16 from to at First Protestant Church Seguin and Coll streets No admission charge Featuring The first Christ mas on the coast Christmas at the orphanage a Victorian Christmas Christmas eve candlelight service historical church buildings in miniature a live nativity festive music and refreshments Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy New donations includeMar garet Priebe Edna Wallace and Dorothy Johnson and Jerry Daugherty bring ing the fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Robber strikes Factory Stores By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer No one was hurt in a robbery at the Geoffrey Beene store in the New Braunfels Factory Stores in fact store employees handled the incident so smoothly that customers didnt know it was taking place The lone robber entered the store at about 2 according to New Braunfels Police records He told clerks he had a gun and took an unde termined amount of money and mer chandise They quietly gave him what he said Manager Margie Pfeil then they went back and called 911 and stayed on the Police reports describe the suspect as a white male in his 40s about 140 pounds with silver hair just touching his shoulders He was wearing blue They quietly gave him what he want ed then they went back and called 911 and stayed on the Store Manager Margie Pfeil jeans and a dress shirt The robber never displayed his gun police reports said Our employees are trained to do what a robber asks when Pfeil said The store will not change hours or policies as a result of the robbery Were back up and operating and everythings Pfeil said New Braunfels Police are still inves tigating the incident Leave your headlights on today to honor those killed by drunk drivers HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Bicyclist hit A man on a bicycle was hit by a truck yesterday at about Police reports state that Jamie Hernandez was riding his bicycle when a truck driven by Cheryl Cornelison made a right turn off San Antonio Street onto Santa Clara striking Hernandez who was taken by McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Car lights across Texas will be glow ing today to remember those killed in alcoholrelated accidents The Texas Department of Trans portation asked Texas drivers to use their car lights today to remember the 1995 victims of alcoholrelated traffic accidents in a news conference yesterday New Braunfels has had 11 traffic deaths to date in 1995 according to New Braunfels Police Department records Seven of those deaths were alcohol related As they shine their car lights today Texans are also asked to remember to drive responsibly if they drink during the holidays NBISD expects dropout rate to plummet By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict has been working on reducing its dropout rates and the work seems to be paying off A report presented to the board of trustees on Tues day shows that the number of dropouts has declined Earlier this year New Braunfels High School received a rating oflow performing for dropout rates in the 199394 school year The rating is based on the states dropout rate of six percent and a school with a dropout rate higher than that for any subgroup is considered low performing Hispanics African Americans whites and eco nomically disadvantaged are considered sub groups For 199394 the overall dropout rate for the district was well below the state benchmark at percent The overall rate for the high school was also below the states requirement and was percent However the Hispanic portion of the population had a dropout rate of percent Joe Parra NBISD coordinator of Special Pro grams said work on reducing the dropout rate Dropout Rates at New Braunfels High Grades 91 2 at 99394 of Dropout Projected Dropout Rate All African Other Eco HeraldZeitung graphic by ROGER was already underway when the dropout reduction plan was approved We had already done the bulk of work when we filed that he said Overall it was a lot of That prioritizing made tracking students who stop attending classes the main issue Parra said they knew students were not dropping out and it became a matter of tracking them down to prove it NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the district has spent a lot of time energy and money on finding students However he said it is well worth it and money well He said the efforts of Judge Diana Campos in filing against students and their parents for truancy has also proved to be a big help The projected 199495 number of dropouts for grades 7 through 12 is 19 students down from 58 the previous year The overall percentage rate went from percent to percent The dropout rates at the high school level also saw a drop The overall rate went from percent to 1 percent The Hispanic rate went from per cent to percent Parra said the numbers for 199495 are only projected numbers and will not be finalized by the state until March or April However he said he feels really good about these numbers and does not believe the state will come back with any big changes He said the only subgroup that may see changes is the economically disadvantaged which would be due to figuring how many stu dents are in the group Bradberry said he is also comfortable with the numbers Its not impossible for them to change But theyre not weve run those too many times our he said Bradberry said the numbers are impressive considering the previous years rating He said that since the new numbers are so small slight fluc tuations may occur However he said the district will continue to be dedicated to lowering the rate and it will not go back to the low performing range It was a good wakeup he said Were not going to be over again and we never should have been in the first CLEAN members bring concerns to Austin By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A spokesman for Governor George Bush confirmed that a top Bush official met with members of CLEAN Citizens League for Environmental Action Now last week to discuss their concerns about a proposed concrete batch plant in Bul verde CLEAN members Bob Barton Cameron Wiley Warren Austin and Rose Marie Eash met with Andy Barrett a top environmental aide to Governor Bush The members expressed their concerns that the Texas Natural Resource Conser vation Commission TNRCC has been biased towards Ingram Readymix of New Braunfels in its application for a stan dard exemption which Ingram Readymix needs to get before it can build the plant Barton said the visit with Barrett was beneficial for the group We wanted to let him know how poorly things were handled during the TNRCC Barton said refer ring to the hearings held in September in Austin and at Guadalupe Valley Tele phone Cooperative Inc pertaining to Ingram Readymixs right to be granted the standard exemption Ingram Readymix wants to build the proposed plant at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863 CLEAN members oppose the plant because they believe it will exceed the regulations for dust emissions use too much water and because it is located at a busy intersection CLEAN members have accused the TNRCC of helping Ingram Readymix alter its application for a standard exemp tion by using a previous document for a plant in Dripping Springs which was never built because of public opposition there Barton said this issue was brought up at the meeting with Barrett We told him about the changes in the original Barton said He Barrett commented to us that the appli cation looked sloppy to A TNRCC staff attorney has denied the allegations raised by CLEAN saying the hearings were held in an unbiased and fair setting and that Ingram did their own work on their standard exemption wanted to let him know how poorly things were handled during the TNRCC Bob Barton application Commissioners for the TNRCC will have the final say as to whether or not Ingram is awarded is standard exemp tion The commission is expected to hear the case by early next year Barrett could not be contacted but Ray Sullivan a spokesman for the governors office said Barrett will look into CLEANs concerns concerning the TNR CC Mr Barrett listened to their concerns and looked at the materials they brought Sullivan said He was very inter ested in their questions concerning die application process What Mr Barrett will do is forward the materials to the TNRCC and let them have a chance to respond to the issues raised by HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Holiday project Gracy Overeynder paints a Christmas flower pot Tuesday at Fellowship Bible Church She was among 50 f vi eschooled children who visited the church Mexico power plant pumps pollution into pristine Big Bend See Opinion Page 4