Friday, October 11, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Bowl clash tonight See Spoils Page 1B 50 CENTS Braunfolt water UM The citys normal yearipund water restrictions have been institut ed No sprinklers or sprinkler sys tems may be used from 10 to 4 Handheld hoses may be used for watering at any time New Braunfels Herald 16 pages in two sections Friday October F YAM IIF I TX 7 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of LUKE JENSEN Vol 144 No 239 Inside Sttimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeHung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Mark A Garza Janet Kaderli Sherry Miller Susan Stehle Mrs Natalie M Kast ner Bobby Tristan Luke Jensen 16 years Rozlynn Resales Shan non Schmidt 16 Darlene Weishaar Joseph Aguirre 7 Evelyn Arp 80 Alzada Helmcamp 77 years belat Yesenia Herrera Gina Hill 13 years and Theresa Martin 16 years Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Brett and Tammi 10 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Grass Cedar Elm Pigweed Ragweed Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 174 cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Thursday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 69 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and no well water wasUSed Hazardous waste collection Saturday The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are spon soring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 to 3 Saturday behind Fire Station 4120 Loop 337 in New Braunfels For more information about the collection and what materi als may be dropped off call 6082120 Elderhostel program continues today The New Braunfels Historic Museums Association is spon soring an elderhostel program that runs through today The program offers an opportunity to meet visitors from through out the United States VISTA volunteer assists disabled Don Guenther the VISTA volunteer for Comal County will be available from 2 to 6 today at the Senior Citi zens Center to assist citizens with disabilities Clothing drive now accepting donations New Braunfels Utilities along with other area businesses are sponsoring the Share the Warmth clothing drive this year Donations of unneeded coats jackets sweaters blan kets etc are being accepted at local dry cleaners until Oct 24 They will be distributed from 1 to 4 on Oct 26 at United vlethodist Churchs Wesley Hall VFW auxiliary plans membership dinner The Ladies Auxiliary of Veter ans of Foreign Wars Post No 7110 will have its annual mem Dership dinner at 6 Oct 21 at the Tree Tops Riverside Grille 444 E San Antonio St The meal is free to all members and those guests who are eligi Dle to join Anniversary pins will County consolidation proposal on hold By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County commissioners tabled action Thursday on a proposal to seek the consolidation of the offices of the county attorney and district attorney Both candidates in the November race for county attorney spoke to the court of commis sioners before it voted to delay action District Attorney Bill Reimer the Republican candidate asked the commissioners to begin the process to consolidate the two offices Several counties in the state have already consolidated the two offices and Comal County could see a sav ings of per year and an increase in effi Commissioners delay action until after elections ciency through the move Reimer said The combination would not create a hard ship on personnel or result in cases falling through the cracks the district attorney said There are no minor Reimer said You cannot ignore any level in victims Reimer asked the court to approve a resolution requesting a legislative committee to draft legis lation and research the consolidation He said this would get the process started and the cOun ty could always withdraw the proposal later with a simple telephone call All this is is getting it out of the starting blocks and moving it on It does not bind anyone to Reimer said Its easy to pull some thing off the docket Its hard to put something on Vicki Langham Reimers opponent on the November ballot for county attorney questioned the success of consolidation The public needs to be involved in the discus sion and the discussion should not have begun until after the election Langham said A one month wait would not make that much of a dif ference in the consolidation effort she said Everything weve heard today should not Mctnl things off this evening at 9 at i er said he and his Texas of the events since to Music Rage 2A have even been brought up until after the elec Langham said The election is not a done deal The citizens have not voted The court also expressed an interest in dis cussing the topic further before it voted 41 to table the issue The commissioners also wanted to see detailed information on the organization of the newly created office I frankly think its premature to develop some thing until the November said Coun ty Judge Carter Casteel But on the other hand I dont think its premature to discuss Commissioner Danny Schecl cast the dissent ing vote He said the county can always change its mind later but it needs to get the process started now CISD ready for increase in credit requirement By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The state has revised the number of credits required for with 1997 98 ninthgraders but the Comal Independent School District is already ahead of the game a district official told the board of trustees at Thursdays meeting Dr Jan Booth CISD secondary curricu lum coordinator said the states minimum graduation requirements are increasing in the fall in an effort to validate students edu cation Primarily the change is in quality and not Booth said Its a validation of the The state is increasing its minimum require ments for graduation from 21 credits to 22 credits which is still below the current CISD requirement of 24 credits Students entering the ninth grade in the fall will have to meet the new requirements Booth told the board CISD graduation plans already exceed the states minimum credits But one change CISD will be required to make for next years ninthgraders is a require ment for half a credit in speech Booth said Were ahead of the game on Booth told trustees Booth said the board is mandated to implement the new requirements next fall But the board will have to decide at a lat er date whether to allow current high school students to graduate under the hew plans if the student wishes to or wait until the fall for implementation In other business trustees spent almost two hours in executive session consulting with the school districts attorney on the lawsuit against the district by the widow of a former Smithson ValleyHigh School head basketball coach The board voted last week to appeal last months decision of a federal court jury The appeal will be filed in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans No action was taken on the item at Thurs days meeting United Way campaign hits mark By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Comal County United Way has collected more than in contributions for its 1996 campaign The United Way hopes to reach its goal of by the end of November United Way Administrative Assistant Laurie Harper said the organization has taken in a significant increase over last year at this time when contributions totaled just The industrial sector has led the way producing in contributions New Braunfels residents have given followed by small businesses at Canyon Lake has brought in followed by Garden Ridge at and Bulverde at Garden Ridge has exceeded expectations already goipg over its goal of for the campaign The volunteers out there are doing a great Harper said Tasty event The Pinto Ranch was dishing out some of Its culinary favorites at Thursdays Taste of the Town event Serving were from left Cheryl Fisher Lea Crittenden and Meagan Schwab For more on this fundraiser for the Childrens Museum of New Braunfels see Page 4A Photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Readers share their views on reassignment of high school administrators See Page 44