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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY River City Classic a chance to catch the best in local sports See Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels Old New Braunfels Academy 18 pages in one section Friday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of BOBBY CULPEPPER Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lenora Kennemer Jonathan Hull Emma Gean Crabill Tom Kiesling Bobby Culpepper Ashley Lahela Friesenhahn 12 and Timmy Schriewer Follow the adventures of Proud Foot starting today in the HZ The HeraldZeitung Christ mas countdown starts today with the help of a very special bear The story Proud Foot The Polar will unfold in the HeraldZeitung today through Christmas Eve Mayor Paul E Fraser and his wife Tina wrote and illus trated the story in 1988 It started when we were going to go Christmas shop Tina Fraser said The stores werent quite open so we went and had a cup of cof fee and Paul said Ive been thinking about an The story evolved from the idea of a cuddly Christmas polar bear toy As the creative process snowballed the Frasers worked day and night on the story When they finished writing they began drawing Tina was always a pretty good Fraser said He read a howto book practiced and sharpened his drawing skills until he could have a hand in the illustrations Proud Foot was conceived as more than a cute character he also represents the frag ile Arctic environment and its wildlife Completing the creative experience Tina Fraser designed and sewed a stuffed Proud Foot The Frasers also wrote a song about how the clumsy polar bear saved Christmas and earned his name 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 includeLTC Ralph A Koch Jr Auto motive Audio and Roy and Sylvia Guerrero bringing the fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Lawsuit puts CISD bond issue on hold By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The authorization to issue and sell bonds dated January 1 1996 was delayed by the board of trustees for the Comal Independent School Dis trict as a result of a lawsuit challenging the 1995 bond election The issuance and sale of the bonds would have included million from the October bond elec tion as well as million in autho rized but unsold bonds from the 1994 election However two Canyon Lake residents filed a lawsuit to stop the recent bond issue from taking effect Because of that suit the board could not take action on issuing and selling the bonds Its a frivolous said Board President Jim Middleton Its got to be executed through the courts regard Middleton said the suit will cost the district a lot of money to fight How ever he said it will also cost the district because of the delay If interest rates or the districts credit changes during the delay it will cost millions he said The districts financial advisors agreed with Middleton arid said that a one percent change could cost the district million over 20 years Middleton said it will also delay addressing the overcrowding problem in the schools For every month we delay we add another month to the completion he said Middleton called the suit despica ble and said he found it interesting that the two filing the suit did not even vote in the bond election Board mem ber John Clay said he was at a loss for words with the over the suit and those behind it A court hearing regarding the lawsuit has been set for Monday morning Superintendent Jerry Major said it is unlikely that a decision will be made at that time He said the judge may review the information and render a ruling which could take at least 21 days or it could take over 45 days for a trial date Middleton recommended the board take no action on the issuance and sale However he said if a ruling is not made on Monday the board can at least sell the remaining 1994 bonds In other business board members criticized a fellow member for dis cussing the subject of a past executive session Board member Thomas Bruce made public comments referring to real estate negotiations and the bud get Middleton said the negotiations are held in closed session to prevent prices from being driven up due to interest in the land He said other items that are legally discussed in closed ses sion involve attorney discussions dis cipline and personnel matters They are put in there so we can protect you and me as taxpayers Its to protect you and me from having our money spent on foolish said Middleton Middleton along with several other members stated that public comments regarding closed session is unethical Bruce defended his actions and said there is nothing that says a person pre sent for the session cannot discuss what occurred in the meeting The people in this district have a right to know what were doing with their said Bruce The board also approved the 1994 95 annual audit report which the Texas Education Agency requires be filed by Dec 31 Hal Holtman of Holtman and presented the report to the board Holtman told the board that Bruce failed to sign a form stating laws are being upheld Instead Bruce marked the form and submitted a copy of the signed oath of office he took The board asked what affect this could have on the district It could possibly affect some of your federal funding but we dont know if that will be the case or said Holtman Middleton instructed Abel Campos director of the business office to noti fy the board if any problem occurred as a result of this because the public should Rabies bait drop planned for county By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Feliz Navidad PreK students from Happy Days Day Care perform Christmas carols for employees at McKenna Memorial Hospital yesterday Pictured are Jarin Spruell Auda Rodriguez and Travis Schott The Texas Department of Health is taking steps to eliminate several rabies epidemics throughout the state Comal County is part of that plan and will receive a rabies bait drop in January Catherine Tull regional veterinarian for the Texas Department of Health said there are various strains of rabies and Comal County is experiencing problems with gray fox rabies As of Dec 1 four bats and one fox tested positive for rabies in the county Neigh boring Bexar County had 23 rabid fox es Tull said the problem is worse in some counties and Tom Greene coun ty had 90 fox cases last year The foxes had just a huge explosion of cases We see the most rabies in wild said Tull A coyote bait drop will begin on Jan baits contain a rabies vac cine It will take a couple of weeks and will be followed by a fox bait drop The second drop will include Comal County said Tull Youll see pretty much the whole county will be bombed with she said Tull said the bait is a cube of fish meal and is very sweet because fox es have a sweet The center of the cube is hollow and a blister pack et resembling catsup packets is placed in the center The fox chews up the cube puncturing the packet The vaccine in the packet gets on the tonsils of the fox and it is vaccinated she said Tull said a lot of people become concerned about the effects the vaccine will have on pets or livestock How ever the bait is safe for 59 species of mammals and birds The vaccine was given to raccoons in an amount 200 times greater than what is in the pack et and no negative effects were seen Tull said the vaccine is also not harm ful to the environment or to domestic animals and humans Cows are not unaccustomed to eat ing cubes so they will eat these cubes It wont hurt them but it wont really provide vaccination she said Tull said the drop is done to reduce the number of animals susceptible to rabies Naturally people become con cerned with the cost to do it but if we can prevent people from being exposed to rabies its worth the money to do the she said Goodwill bails on job training program Workforce Council to start running program By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND StaffWriter Goodwill Industries will no longer manage rural Job Training Partner ship Act JTPA programs starting at the first of the year Several factors beyond our con trol prevent Goodwill from delivering the quality of service for which we are proud to be known and will there fore close our operations at the end of this said A J Bob Blase president of Goodwill Industries of San Antonio JTPA provides job training to 400 to 500 people in 11 area counties each year and the program will contin ue said Tim Dusek The Alamo Area Workforce Development Council AAWDC will pick up management of the program after Goodwill Participants in the program will continue through whatever track they are said Nickie Valdez AAWDCs steward of JTPA Well honor any commitments Goodwill has made to those The JTPA program helps unem ployed become employed through career assessment job searches and placement JTPA also provides edu cation from basic literacy to voca tional and college courses We are federally funded but we are not an entitlement Dusek said Applicants must go through an extensive screening process before they are eligible for JTPA need to show that they have a good chance of fol lowing the training through success fully Weve helped a lot of people here in New Braunfels and Boerne and Kerrville and all of those other said Rufus Hudgins local Goodwill service technician Weve been able to do that with limited Dusek said 20 to 25 Comal County residents are participating in JTPA programs right now A few more have applied and are waiting to begin The JTPA program itself is likely to continue uninterrupted even though the future management structure is still up in the air said Comal County Commissioner Jumbo Evans who is also on the Alamo Area Council of Governments board of directors It is just in a transitional he said Workforce development programs are likely to improve in the future Evans said because various agencies are beginning to coordinate resources and ideas Area residents with questions about the JTPA program should first contact the local Goodwill office at 6292949 For answers to further questions call Nickie Valdez at 210 2723250 CISD transportation workers play Santa Clans By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Santa rides a school bus and his elves are transportation workers for the Comal Independent School Dis trict CISD bus drivers mechanics and transportation managers with com munity support are helping 24 fami lies in the school district have an extra merry Christmas There are a lot of things in the community that get done but only if people care enough to do said organizer Nancee Smith The CISD Christmas bus started out simply with CISD transportation employees asking Communities in Schools for a list of families in the dis trict who might need an extra toy or two under the tree this Christmas It started with just transportation folks it turned into a community wide Kayleen BowersVest said Area business were contacted for donations and not a single orga nization turned the drivers down We even had a fifth grade class who donated instead of giving to each Suzy Crandall said Its kind of McDonalds contributed enough food items for 30 families Taco Cabana donated a meal for 20 fami lies Crysta Hubertus spent long hours restoring a dirt bike to mint condi tion Area business stockings too KMart and WalMart donated money for clothing Dentists gave HeraldZeitung photo by SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Helping make Christmas more merry are David Brewer Jay Inman Beverly Robinson Suzy Crandall Brenda Heinsohn Virginia Hendricks Tim Wadsworth of McDonalds Leonard Mutchler Frank Luna Rand Dietert Joe Williams Mike Henk Yvonne Tristan of Communities in Schools Nancee Smith Kayleen BowersVest Nancy Reinhard and Lenny Franklin CISD director of transportation for Santas bus It will deliver toys to children in the following schools Frazier Elementary Comal Elemen tary Goodwin Primary Mountain Valley Elementary Bulverde Prima ry and Bulverde Elementary BowersVest said special thanks go out from the transportation work ers to the following Dr John M Tie man Dr Anderson Dr Patricia Herring Dr William Lee Sweet Home Trading WalMart McDon alds Taco Cabana and KMart Bus drivers arc always the last to get the pat on the Smith said They should be the It started with just transportation folks and it turned into a communitywide Kayleen BowersVest toothpaste and toothbrushes Sweet Home Trading donated 750 Pogs and a Dallas Cowboys packet for one young fan Transportation workers are shoot ing for Monday as the launch date Peace accord signed but situation in Bosnia still volatile See Opinion Page 4   

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