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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas t WEDNESDAY New Bratinfels Unicorn girls win tennis ffffps jo 3 1 16 pages inone section Wedntsdey 178 TX 79903 Ssrvlng Corral County and surrounding arete for more than 144 years Home of OOYLI MINKKOtTni 127 Inside SLimmlisch the The New Braunfels Herald Zeiturtg extends birthday wishes to Doyle Brinkkoeter Ronnie Ruhl nine years old Catherine Jockusch Bobbie Hanover and Jessica Padilla To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Crepe Myrtle Poten measured In parts per cubic of HMdkigs ysstsntay Infoniurtton provided by Or Frank River Information Comal cubic eat per sec ond down 7 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei feet above sea level down 03 from yesterday Restaurants Cancmr Society The Plaza Diner is showing its support for the American Cancer Society by matching the cost of each dessert sold at the diner during the week of May 6 to May 12 with a donation of the same value to ACS Starlight Gala the local unit of the ACS For more information call 629 6153 Womens Center needs volunteers The Comal County Wom ens Center needs volunteers on Saturday May 11 to assist children in decorating cakes for Mothers Day If you are able to share some of your time so that a child can honor his or her mom with a special gift call 6207520 Diagnosing and treating arthritis May has been designated National Arthritis Month and the week of May 13 will be Nursing Home Week In observance of both Colonial Manor Care Center is hosting a public presentation on Arthritis Diagnosis and Treat The event will be held at 7 Wednesday May 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center Orthopedic surgeon Dr John Horan will be the speaker F American Ql Forum to meet The American Gl Forum Chapter 1014 holds its monthly meeting Thursday May 9 at 7 at the Ameri can Legion Hall on Coll Street Young Fanners awards picnic Comal County Young Farm ers annual awards picnic will be held Wednesday May 8 at Area In Landa Park near the playground at 6 Bar becue and drinks provided Bring a covered dish and dessert Youth theater presentation Circle Arts Theatre will pre sent its touring youth compa ny The Inner Circle in its annual endoftheschoolyear show Saturday May 18 at 8 and Sunday May 19 at 3 The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales comedy and music Tickets are avail able at ChinanThinQS In NBHS drop out rate plummets ByDENtSEDZlUK Staff Writer After the high school received alow performing designation from the Texas Education Agency for the His panic drop out rate the New Braunfels Independent School District took steps to reduce those numbers The board of trustees received a copy of the official 1996 Accountability Rat ings and the drop out rate is less than one percent in every category mea sured In virtually every area we are the same if not lower than what we pro jected in said Joe Parra Coordinator of Special Programs School district officials thought last years low performing label was due to a bookkeeping problem in which stu dents whose families moved to anoth er school district were hot tracked If the district does not know that die stu dent is attending another school that student is counted as a dropout The district put a new emphasis on finding out what happened to students who stopped attending classes here The TEAS 1995 Accountability Rat ings designated New Braunfels High School as low performing due to the Hispanic rate being sixtenths of one percent more than the six percent lim it during the 199394 school year The 19 Accountability Ratings show the Hispanic rate to now be percent at the high school The white drop out rate was percent and the Eco nomically Disadvantaged rate was percent All other areas at the high school were zero At New Braunfels Middle School there was one dropout to make the white drop out rate percent and the overall rate per cent We didnt find that student but we found the family However they wouldnt talk to us about the said middle school Principal Ken McGuire Superintendent Charles Bradberry was pleased with the new numbers He said the reduction was due in large part to concentrating efforts on finding out what is happening to the students He said there are also several programs in place that have been helpful in keep These numbers are about as envlabto as you can Superintendent Chartes Bradberry ing students in school including the GED program the alternative school and some of the techprep classes He said the staffhas also been a big factor in the reduction These numbers are about as envi able as you can said Bradberry Our biggest problem now is students not passing the Bradberry said the board had a long term goal of reducing the drop out rate by half of a percent each year He said that cannot be done now because they are already less than one percent He also added that the TEA has reviewed the steps the district has taken and the rates since the low performing des ignation and simply told the district to continue doing what it is doing berry added that the ones that are left are not realhy drop outs but are students who have been in school for four yean and havent passed the TAAS To have a low performing rating was an embarrassment to the high school and mis district and it never should have said Bradber ry Now we can concentrate on other the If your street needs repairs speak now By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Tired of the gaping potholes along your neighbor hood street Would a paved sidewalk benefit your community The City of New Braunfels backed by from halfcent sales tax revenue is taking applica tions for street or drainage repairs until June 17 rprbfitil of the revenue generated M j i j iT to the fbr fyoth the general Sind The city pfans to take requests on a quarterly basis Some people have asked us for over a year or more to fix a City Manager Mike Shands said We look at where we can get the most improve ments for the least amount of The New Braunfels Infrastructure and Improve ment Board will review the applications and make recommendations to the council for approval Criteria includes traffic volume number of residents the improvement will benefit and the number of times the request was made Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the city secretarys office at 424 S Castell Ave Truck ends up in ditch HeraldZa photo by MICHAEL DARN ALL northbound A Mack truck driven by Henry Burke 60 clipped the guard rail on Interstate 35 exit to Highway 46 South in front of Lubys at about 3 yesterday The truck wiped out the guard rail and landed in the drainage ditch Both Burke and his pas senger Jacqueline Burke 32 were thrown from the vehicle Both were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Preiss Heights cliff diving era may be over V DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer pleased with Lakefest turnout i r By DAVID DEKUNOER Staff Writer Judging from what organizers are saying the inaugural Lakefest 96 held over the weekend was a big success We heard nothing but good reports about County Treasurer and Habi tat for Humanity board member Bart Bartholomew said I say it was pretty well attended and we had no prob lems We didnt have any emergen cies and we didnt have to send some one to the Lakefest 96 was held on Saturday beginning with the Lakefest 96 SK Run in the morning Afterwards an awards ceremony for the run and a crawfish boil and barbecue supper were held at the Dam Red Barn Restaurant A dance was held in the evening The proceeds from the event helped Comal County Habitat for Humanity and Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retarda tion in New Braunfels The Lakefest 96 run attracted about 250 runners which was better than race organizers expected race director Susan Phillips said We were expecting 100 Phillips race was the best part of the whole thing because the runners loved the pretty The SK run walk and wheelchair race was run on a course through Over look Park and Canyon Dam Bartholomew said the event would not have been possible without the help of many generous people The owners of the Dam Red Bam Sonny Coleman and Sindy Krueger went out of their way to make it pos Bartholomew said We had Irby Judice Elmer Long both of Beaumont and half a dozen people come and cook the crawfish Mr Judice told me he thought that we had nice facilities for this The dinner sold 750 plates a number which Bartholomew said he expected to be better but he said Lakefest 96 is just in its infancy considering that the event had to compete with Folkfest and city elections in New Braunfels The dinner benefited the MHMR This is ourfirst year so you learn a lot of things about Bartholomew said The run raised for Habitat for Humanity Bartholomew said he is especially proud of how MHMR worked hard to help put on the event I thought they had the ability to do it and I am proud of Bartholomew said Im real happy for them and pleased for their clients since they got recognition for them Leftover aprons and Tshirts from the event can still be bought by calling Phillips at 6095030 All money from the aprons and Tshirts will benefit Habitat for Humanity Silent auction benefits Womens Center A silent auction fundraiser is now in progress at Headrick Country Home Antiques All proceeds from the sale of a 100yearold handmade antique dresser will benefit victims of family violence This is your chance to walk away with a beautiful piece of furniture and help victims of family violence The bidding continues until 1 Sat urday May 11 For years tubers on the Guadalupe have jumped off of the Preiss Heights Cliffs but that may be a thing of the past due to the change in own ers of the property The cliffs have been a major safe ty problem for years tempting tubers to jump Several injuries and deaths have occurred at the cliffs located across the river frprn the private Preiss Heights Park The mostreceet death The new owner has built a large metal fence that could keep tres passers off the cliffs Jack Harriett Seguin City Man ager said the city of Seguin owned the property which had a backup water well located on it He said the city never actually used the well but still had to routinely maintain and test it He said the city decided to sell the property The city took bids for the property and eventually closed the deal in late March or early April We really werent getting any benefit from said Hamlett It was actually costing While under the ownership of the city of Seguin the property had barbed wire fencing and no tres passing signs on it However that did not stop jumpers An officer was also stationed on the site during peak summer hours to discourage jump ing but accidents still occurred The land has been purchased by a private citizen and Sheriff Jack Bremer said it is still questionable if the jumping will end Ask me after this summer Ill tell you said he said Itll take extensive Bremer said the new owner has been very supportive of law enforce ment efforts He also added that with the new land owner being a private citizen it may not be possible to sta tion an officer at the cliffs any longer He said it would also have to be worked out with the owner As a county we cant do it with county he said We will continue patrolling the area though to deter The owner of the property said he believed it would be better to keep the entire issue low and said the jumping off the cliffs has stopped City county move to create dive team By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hwrtwwrwwphptol Look up in the sky Students from Happy Days Day Can use the Mnoculors1 they made to spot birds outskJe their day care center on Union Strati yesterday In an attempt to improve response time to water emer gencies the city of New Braunfels and Comal County will enter into an interlocal agreement to create a local dive team Sheriff Jack Bremer said every year there are drownings in the county He said there is no dive team in the county which means there can be an hour or longer wait before a dive team is available to search for a drowning victim or evi dence Bremer told commissioners court Thursday that he will ask the court for approval on an interlocal contract with the city According to the contract the New Braunfels Fire Department will provide the members of the dive team and the Sheriffs Department will be responsible for purchasing the equipment for it I would do that out of narcotics money and it wouldnt cost the county a said Bremer Bremer said he has been working on having a dive team available for quite some time We would have a dive team right here in the county available to us whenever we need he said Bremer said he plans to bring the contract to the court for approval next week He said the specifications for the bid ding process for the equipment have already been written However he said there would still be the bidding process and a training phase to go through He said it could be the middle of June before the dive team is ready and thats being very Pregnancyrelated programs help curb dropout rates See Opinion Page 4
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