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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Madison upsets districtleading Unicorns See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Brauiifote water restrictions The citys normal yearround water restrictions have been institut ed No sprinklers or sprinkler sys tems may be used from 10 to 4 Handheld hoses rfiay be used for watering at any timeV Braunfels Herak 22 pages in two sections Wednesday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of OIORQE SHUCKS Vol 144 No 242 Inside Stcimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeHung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Donna Barclay Marie Becky Jentsch Gertrude Soefje 88 Joseph Benjamin Spence 1 Mildred Neill Kile Holster Bronwen Schuetz George Brucks 75 Julie Wallace Raymond Ybarra Chuck Farley Christopher Medrano 14 years 14 Cindy Cagle Magner George Rodriguez 35 years and Kenneth Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Angie and Ivan Morales 3 Deanne and Marcus Purtle Gilbert and Louisa Alvarez 31 years and Jorge and Irma Aleman 15 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Grass 18 Cedar Elm 8 Pigweed Ragweed Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel Figures from River Information Comal River 171 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation NBp reports pumping miNbri gal Ions of surface water and no well water was used Tuesday LWV hosts another forum Thursday The League of Women Vot ers will host a public forum for local candidates in the Novem ber election It will be at 7 Thursday in the NBISD Board Room 430 W Mill The candidates remarks will be followed by a question and answer session For more infor mation call Darlene Hicks at 6295167 Republican Women welcome senator The New Braunfels Republi can Women will hold their monthly meeting at noon on Monday at the Comal County Republican Headquarters 204 W San Antonio St The guest speaker will be state Sen Jane Nelson who will discuss Initia tive and Mem bers are asked to bring a cov ered dish Guests including men are welcome to come hear Sen Nelson Clothing drive now accepting donations New Braunfels Utilities along with other area businesses are sponsoring the Share the Warmth clothing drive this year They will be distributed from 1 to 4 on Oct 26 at United Methodist Churchs Wesley Hall Fundraiser set for kidney patient A fundraiser for Vanessa Carrera 13 who underwent a kidney transplant will be from 6 to 1 Saturday at Eagles Hall Entertainment includes folklorico a mari achi and two bands Donation is per person Comal builders group meets Thursday The next meeting of the Comal County Builders Associ ation will be at 7 Thursday at Treetops Riverside Grille Members and visitors should make dinner reservations by calling Shelly at 6256939 Exprincipals fire salvos at trustees Heated debate highlights nearly fivehour meeting By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer After parents and students pleaded to the New Braunfels Independent School Districts Board of Trustees to reinstate two former New Braun fels High School administrators who werereassigned earlier this month the administrators themselves stood See related on page 2 related editorial page 4A up and aired the reasons they believe their transfers were necessary They even cited personal issues relating to allegations of abuse of students Tuesday nights meeting was the first formal meeting of the school board since it voted 61 to reassign the high schools principal John Turman and its assistant principal Charles Engler at their requests The announcement of those trans fers the following day at the high school led to a walkout by about students Turman told the board and a crowd of about 800 people in the New Braunfels High School cafeto rium Tuesday night he had become aware of efforts to undermine his and Englers authority during the pastschoolyear Im going to be perfectly frank X and perfectly honest and this may cost me whatever but so be Tur man said The former principal said he had heard allegations that Dr Carlos Campos the vice president of the board had said on several occasions over the past year he believed Tur man and Engler had been in their positions too long and needed to be removed Thats just Campos said denying the allegations Campos also clarified issues Tues day surrounding his sons gradua tion saying his son chose to play in the band rather than graduate Rumors had been circulated about his sons participation in last years graduation Campos said Campos said his son did not have disciplinary problems at the high school I think one of the most difficult things for people to understand is the ability to separate issues from per Campos said I want you to know right now I can sepa rate issue from HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Former New Braunfels High School Vice Principal Charles Engler finds wide support among those at Tuesdays board meeting Students parents air views at meeting By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Board president Jaime Padllla left and trustee Dr Carlos Campos lis ten as former NBHS Principal John Turman discusses his recent reas signment Turman added that teachers at the high school who were allegedly reporting directly to board members had more informal authority than the two administrators and this was causing He said achievements at the high school were being minimized and ridiculed to reflect badly on the administrators and the accelerated block schedule This became an intolerable situa Turn to Principals Page 2A About 600 people filled the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium Tuesday night to discuss the reas signment of two of the high schools top administrators with several demanding their reinstatement Former Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Engler were reassigned to other positions in the district on Oct 1 The following day students staged a walkout in protest of the reassign ments and in support of the adminis trators Taking them away is like taking a father from a family because at NBHS thats what we are a said NBHS student Summer Scheel Students expressed feelings of sadness and shock over the reassign ments The sense of safety and sta bility of the high school was attrib uted to the leadership of the two men and many pointed out the lack of armed law enforcement officers on the campus Some speakers warned of what might lie ahead for It was direct insult to this student body to say their walkout was just a way to get out of Alison Malik NBHS teacher the district I appeal to you to think in terms of the direction youre going and hopefully change your said Dr Donald Bedford a former board trustee Because instead of going out in a blaze of glory youll go down with our school iaa gory Several parents and students called for the two administrators to be reinstated in their jobs at the high school However Superintendent Charles Bfadberry said nothing had changed and until then it is unlikely that they would even want to return Turn to Views Page 2A Attorney argues NBU cant be represented by pumpers By ABE LEVY Staff Writer AUSTIN Lawyers for 14 Edwards Aquifer pumpers gave their arguments Tuesday before Senior Federal Judge Lucius Bunton III in the first day of a hear ing to certify class representatives in the Sierra Clubs lawsuit filed this past summer The environmental group believes at least well owners exist who pump from the Edwards and the 14 pumpers including San Antonio Water System and New Braunfels Utilities should represent all pumpers as a class NBU attorney Bert Hooper of Austin argued before the court that NBU could not be represented by other pumpers like San Antonio or Medina County well own ers who possess opposite philosophies on maintenance of the aquifer and its springs You recognize the city of New Braunfels is interested in preserving the flow of Comal Hooper told Sierra Club direc tor Ken Kramer who was called as a wit ness for most of the day Kramer testified that while NBU and possibly the city of San Marcos are differ ent in interest to other pumpers they rnust be included in the class because they all pump from the aquifer Obviously the city of New Braunfels and the city of San Marcos have an interest that may be somewhat different in respect to maintenance of the Kramer said But there are many similarities as NBUs position in the classaction law suit is to support the Sierra Clubs effort for class certification is seeking to be a class by itself Hooper said We are not capable of being represented by anybody else because of the diver gence of Hooper said NBU is interested in spring flow The others may give lip service to protect the springs but they probably could care Bunton ordered aquifer pumpers to lim it usage by times their winter base two months ago but the action was blocked by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals with a temporary stay in August Oral arguments for the stay are expected to begin by early December Bunton is expected to decide on the hearing today Lucius Bunton Forum brings candidates in three county races together By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY On the eve of the start of early voting candidates for three Comal County offices aired their views Tuesday and answered audience questions in a forum sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women Voters Approximately 30 people showed up for the forum held at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium The forum was moderated by League President Rose Marie Eash Citizens had a chance to hear Constable Precinct candidates Democrat Jim Sutton and Republican incumbent Ed Mullins County Commissioner Precinct candidates Democrat Louis Charlie Millican and Republican Jack Dawson and County Attorney candidates Republican Bill Reimer and Democrat Vicki Langham The first questions were directed towards Sutton and Mullins and the issue dealt with what a consta bles responsibilities are Mullins cited his fouryear record in serving war rants for hot checks in his precinct He said during his four years as constable he has collected in hot checks which have gone back to local merchants and which have gone into the county coffers I would like to see it hot checks changed from a Class C to a Class Mullins said Serving warrants for the collection of hot checks should be left to the sheriffs department Sutton said I believe we need to get better services for what we have Sutton said We would get better service if the warrants were dropped It would give the constable more time to do what he needs to do in his district We need to get our patrols into the neighborhoods and in our business Mullins said he already has two parttime deputy constables serving under him one who collects warrants and another who takes care of traffic prob lems He said he needs more manpower I would like to have one more fulltime Mullins said Sutton agreed with Mullins on that point Candidates Dawson and Millican were asked about their views on the environment the budget and the effectiveness of county government Dawson said the increasing population in Comal County and this years drought has made it vital for the county to protect its resources such as water Turn to Forum Page 5B Keeping up with Baby Jones next step in education of parent See Opinion Page 4A   

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