Sunday, October 6, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas The citys normal yearround water restrictions have been sprinklers or sprin kler systems may be used from 10 to 4 Handheld hoses may be used for watering any time Inside Sports Sliimmlisch Birthday wlslws front MMHmMZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Becky McOuIra Virginia Morgan Gracla Perez Kevin Robert eon Jimmy Williams Mon Annyeaa Lynn Sauceda 2 years Haley Arthur 3 Paula Cabaltero Arturo Cantu Tony Cantu Lupe Domlnguez Jr 20 Maggie Hernandez 23 Elaine Soukup Josh Graham Lexle Mlms 5 Billy Stoeltje Sally Valdez Saturday and Esterella Her nandez Happy anniversary wishes go to Loute and Dorothy Voll brecht 58 years and Jose and Alma Martinez corrected from Friday To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 TxDOT schedules meeting on OakRun traffic pattern Parents frustrated with the mom ing traffic congestion at OakRun School will have a chance to talk with representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation about a lane configuration aimed at eas ing the problem TxDOT officials will be on hand at the Education Center at Monday to answer questions and explain the planned traffic lane Par ents and residents of the Hunters Creek and OakRun subdivisions are invited to attend VFW auxiliary plans QNiMief the ladies auxiliary of Veterans 71 10 will have its annual membership dinner at 6 Oct 21 at the Tree Tops Riverside Grille 444 E San Anto nio St All members are urged to attend and to meet The meal is free to all members and those guests who are eligible and inter ested in joining Membership anniversary pins will be awarded Your reservation for the meal must be made by calling the member ship chairman Lee Courtade at 6091636 no later than Oct 14 First Protestant Church Mood drive today First Protestant Church is spon soring a blood drive for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center from to today at the Family Life Center behind the church at 172 W Coll St Appointments can be made by call ing the church office at 6097729 Women at St Paul Church open country store The women of St Paul Lutheran Church New Braunfels are spon soring a country store from 9 am to today in the churchs Fellowship Hall at 181 S Santa Clara St There also will be a silent auction on a handmade quilt Museum association puts on eMerhosteJ The New Braunfels Historic Museums Association is sponsoring an elderhostel program that begins and runs through Oct 1 1 The pro gram offers an opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States Please join the Community Band and visitors for a concert on the Plaza at 7 Oct 10 VISTA volunteer offers assistance to the disabled Don Guenther the VISTA vol unteer for Comal County will be at this Comal County Senior Citizen Center from 2 to 6 Monday through Friday beginning on Mon day He will be available to assist all citizens with disabilities HMI meeting for Monday The Comal County Aggie Moms will meet at 7 Monday in the library at New Braunfels High School Texas students will present a program on OP AS For more information call 6252637 NewBraunfels SUNDAY if 48 pages in three sections Sunday October Serving the Comal County area for more than 144 years Home of JIMMY WILLIAMS vo Vol 144 No 235 Officials Inner strife led to NBHS transfers By DEMISE DZ1UK and ABE LEVY Staff Writers Turmoil between a group of New Braunfels High School teachers and the schools administration Over accel erated block scheduling prompted the See related story Board of Trustees monumental deci sion Tuesday to reassign Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Engler to other positions with in the district school officials said New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Brad berry announced after an executive session of nearly two hours that the two administrators requested reas signment because they differed with a majority of the trustees over block scheduling Engler in an interview late Friday said that in addition to their differences with the he and Turman could not work with a group of teachers that opposed block Bloc doesnt have the numbers to change scheduling Padilla says By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HeraldZellung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL While John Turman and Charles Engler received strong support from NBHS students teachers did not always follow according to officials were reporting directly to two trustees Dr Carlos Campos and Steve Weaver who took office in August It really is all related to block sched Engler said Out of about 110 teachers at the high school about 10 were reporting to perspective board members The 10 percent of teach Tum to NBHS Page 2A A member of the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees denied Friday that a new majority exists on the board opposing accelerated block scheduling claiming a majority of its members actually sup port the scheduling system in its cur rent state The issue is critical because school district officials have said they are moving in a new direction due to changes on the School Board and philosophical differences with the cur rent administrations support of the existing block scheduling system I do not want to add fuel to the School Board President Jaime Padilla said I favor block scheduling Ive talked to a lot of individuals over the past few days In my opinion Ive Jaime Padilla told them that block scheduling is not going to be moved It may be modified but its my understand ing that it will not be moved The majority of the board is not in favor of changing Padilla said he will review recom mendations by a committee that is looking into the scheduling scheme but that he voted three years ago to put thecurrent block scheduling sys tem in place I dont consider myself part of a new Padilla said We know that three people are for it Nobody Turn to Padilla Page 2A Herbicide seems safe for humans GBRA reports By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority has found no evidence so far of any danger from the herbicide Sonar that was used to stem hyclrilla in Lake McQueeney an authority official said I feel very comfortable with the treatment and how it was Debbie Magin GBRA regional laborato ry director said The authority treated 102 acres of the lake near Treasure Island in March with the Concern about Sonar chemical Residents living near Lake McQueeney asked the GBRA late in September to test Sonar for any harmful effects on the environment Robin Richardson who lives on Lake Placid cited an Environmental Defense Fund fact sheet that states that lab tests on rats and mice show that the chemical also known as MMF caused miscarriages and stillbirths and damaged the development of the fetus We feel this way there should be no chemicals in any of our lakes Richardson said For one of those peo ple who fall in the risk category the benefits dont outweigh the Richardson said she knows of two people who became sick after they went into the lake but she cant determine whether or not MMF had anything to do with their illness es Magin said the Environmental Protection Agency has put measures into effect to ensure the chemical meets health and environmental standards Sonar was registered with the EPA in 1986 Since Sonar was registered after 1984 it falls under the new Food Safety Act which requires the EPA to visit all the regulations of pesticides after Magin said Magin said GBRA will receive word from the EPA when Sonar is retestecl Magin said she has talked to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department the EPA and SePRO Corp of Indiana the manufacturer of Sonar She also researched articles and data bases for more information I fell very good about the articles and the Mag in said But Richardson said the EPAs eventual ruling on Sonar does not quash her concerns about the herbicide Whenever the EPA approves of something it doesnt give a guarantee that it will be Richardson said There is no 100 percent guarantee when the chemical is Magin said she did calculations based on numbers she has received from Richardson to determine the exposure level of MMF to the public on Lake McQueeney Turn to GBRA Page 3A New Bratmfets residents show a passion for their schools See Opinion 44