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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Unicorns head to Alamodome to face topranked Round Rock McNeil See Page 6 New Braunfels CENTS Old New Braunfels Academy 16 pages in one section Friday January Herald 4 10 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of KEVIN SCOTT Vol 144 No 38 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald extends birthday wishes to Luise Valdez IV Larry Rheinlaender Doris Fox belat Dakota DeLano six years Ronnie Burkhardt Richard Ramirez and Henrietta Salazar Pollen Count Mold Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel Water Information Comal River 290 Cubic Feet Per Second down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 Red Stocking Revue organizers to meet The Advertising Committee for the Red Stocking Revue will meet in the Schneider Room of the Victoria Bank and Trust annex on Jan 9 at 7 Gloria DeLaCerda chairper son invites anyone interested in helping on this committee to attend For additional informa tion call Gloria at 6255760 or 6256216 Refrigerator needed The Comal County Womens Center needs a working refrig erator for a family moving into a safe house Call the shelter at 6207520 if you can help Also needed are blankets Garden Club to meet The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday Jan 9 at 2 at the home of Ella Hall The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March Jobs needed for women at shelter The Comal County Womens Center is making an aggres sive call to the community at large to help with job referrals for adult survivors of domestic violence residing in the shel ter Individuals and organiza tions in the county are encour aged to contact Lynette Whit lock the house manager at 6207520 with any job refer rals so that they can be post ed on shelter bulletin boards for the residents information Onthejob training is also welcomed for these special individuals Please help by giving these women and men and their children a chance for a new life Correction The caption of a Page 1 photograph in yesterdays HeraldZeitung had the wrong ending date for Troutfest The event runs through Jan 14 About trout and pounds of catfish have been stocked in the Olympic pool at Landa Park Hours are 4 to 8 weekdays and 10 to 8 weekends Chil dren can take home 10 fish for and adults can take 10 fish for Adults need a valid fishing license with a trout stamp This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Electrical cord blamed for house fire By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A coiled extension cord is blamed for a fire yesterday morning at a Comal Avenue home The fire caused extensive damage but the house might have been completely destroyed if the New Braunfels Fire Department had not been close by The NBFD went to 259 Comal Avenue at about 10 yesterday Edward and Mary Richardson and an adult son live at the house The son was home when the fire started Three units worked to keep the fire damage confined to three rooms The actual burn dam age included the closet where the fire started a bathroom and both said NBFD Captain Wayne Rousseau Most of the house was damaged by smoke There was heat damage things were melted around the whole Rousseau said The fire started at an extension cord in a clos et the excess length of the cord had been wrapped around nails in the closet That caus es an overload to the electrical system and exces sive said NBFD Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn I was amazed at how fast the fire Rousseau said By the time we got there it was fully charged with A firefighter rescued the Richardsons black Labrador from the smoking The guys who went inside really put the fire out in a Rousseau said Following a few safety rules about extension cords can help prevent fires at your home Friesenhahn said Only one extension cord should be plugged into an outlet at a time he said The cords shouldnt be plugged end to end and excess cord should never be coiled up HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A New Braunfels firefighter walks to refill his oxygen tank at a fire on Comal Street yester day while theowner watchesrthe 4H practice show is a chance for kids to polish presentation skills By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The cows will be coming out of the barn and lambs steers goats and hogs will be summoned out of the pasture for the 4H practice show coming up on Monday This practice show is an opportunity for new 4H mem bers who have never shown ani mals before to get the skills and the experience Comal County Extension Agent Joe Tay lor said It is their one chance to show their animals before the county youth livestock show in March or a major stock The 4H practice show will be held at the county fairgrounds beginning at 7 Lambs goats steers and hogs will be judged in several classifications Pee Wee for children under third prejunior thirdeleventh junior ages 12 13 and senior ages 14 An Over the Hill division will be held for former 4 H members in the beef and hog showmanship competitions Dirk Aaron Bexar County extension agent will judge the entries Taylor said this is the tenth year the show has been put on by the extension service On the average the practice show has been able to attract 150 175 kids a year with 300 animals entered Taylor said The show will help the kids hone their skills in clipping grooming and help them with their preshow Tay lor said The 4H practice show sched ule will be like this 79 weighin and classify lambs goats and steers lamb show 10 weighin and classify hogs goat show 11 steer and heifer show beef showmanship and market swine followed by show manship HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Tree recycling The pile of old Christmas trees continues to grow in the swimming pool parking lot at Landa Park The city will turn the trees into mulch which will be used in city parks and given away free to residents Weapons banned from county buildings By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer People entering any county building includ ing the parking garage at the courthouse will have to leave their weapons behind Comal County Commissioners Court voted Thursday to prohibit any type of weapons from entering county buildings Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said the current concealed handgun law is clear about the carrying of a gun in a courtroom or gov ernmental bodys meeting room However she said there is a question of what will be done if someone brings a gun into the building and then cannot take it into the courtroom County Commissioner Danny Scheel said he believes its a safety issue and he favors prohibiting any type of weapon hi any county building The only ones that would be excluded would be law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry a he said Commissioner Jumbo Evans said he believes there is a good reason to prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun in county buildings However he said it will be very dif ficult to enforce and the county will have to decide how to enforce it I can understand why we have an interest in doing this but Im not clear on what we expect from said Evans Scheel said the prohibition would be similar to a speed limit sign He said that unless the county approves an order and posts signs stat ing it people can claim they were unaware of any ban on the carrying of the gun He also said that with the ban the individual could be held legally responsible The court voted unanimously to approve the order banning any weapon in any Comal Coun ty building Efforts will begin immediately to post the required signs so the order can take effect In other business the court approved request ing proposals for courthouse security The pro posals will be made in three parts which will make it possible to approve portions while rejecting others Casteel said another meeting will also be held in the next few weeks to answer any questions department heads may still have The court also adopted a resolution request ing plans for a grade separation at High way 281 and FM 1863 be moved ahead due to the recent increase in speed limits on 281 Hoffmann Casualty Agency changes its name Hoffmann Casualty Agency has changed its name to Huddleston Com pany David Huddleston purchased Hoff mann Casualty Agency then a division of Hoffmann Agency in March 1991 Founded in 1983 to provide property and casualty insurance for businesses and fam ilies Huddleston maintains that the mission of the firm will remain the same We will continue to offer superior insurance products advice and service at the same location and phone Huddleston and Companys office is located at 447 S Seguin where Hoff mann Financial Services and HFS Securi ties also conduct business Huddleston believes that the three firms under one roof allow for a greater array of products and expertise in the financial services field to be offered than are available at any oth er location in the New Braunfels area NBISD officials say technology grant is money well spent By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District was able to see firsthand how money from a technology grant is being used for the good of students at a board meeting Thursday night NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the district applied for an innovative grant from the Texas Education Agency The district received the largest grant and was the only one to receive 100 percent of the funds requested He told the board the money has been used to train staff and implement technology in the class room Southwest Texas State University Professor Dr David Caverly helped the district write the grant application He said the process began in June and he has been undergoing training with six teachers from the Carl Schurz Ele mentary and Memorial Elementary to get the training on technology for cur riculum in grades two through four Its one of the best examples I think of a district using money and hardware that may have been wasted otherwise to train teachers on sophisti cated equipment to use with said Memorial Elementary Principal Sharon Tate Several groups of students shared with the board stories slide shows and research projects they have completed Some of these projects included narra tion music and illustrations all done by trie students Two boys even walked the board through the process devel Having the hard ware doesnt do any good unless you have the training to use Dr David Caverly oping the pictures and text The only assistance the teachers gave during the presentations was helping the students get over their bashfulness Tonight we showed you what our students can Bradberry told the board Its kind of Caverly said the computers and the applications integrate various aspects of instruction including science math and language arts He said the work done on the computer was just an endproduct of an entire lesson We want them to realize that tech nology is just a part of it It ends up becoming an opportunity to share what theyve learned with others in a variety of he said The six teachers currently using the applications have undergone extensive training said Caverly They spent four weeks in training over the summer and still meet twice a month Each of these six teachers will now train two more teachers al each campus which will mean 12 additional trained staff members Once these are finished train ing another group will begin said Caverly He said as each teacher begins training he or she will get two com puters in the classroom compared to the one they have now Having the hardware doesnt do any good unless you have the training to use he said Slowly but surely well get everybody trained at those two Bradberry said the district is com pleting an application for a federal grant that will be used to augment this program He said the training and tech nology will eventually be implement ed throughout grades Carol Cochran a computer literacy teacher for the New Braunfels Middle School said she has seen a large interest in computer classes and her class size continues to grow She said the pro gram gets them ready for later classes They can take their little ideas from down hereand make them into big ideas whtyi they get up she said For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at   

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