Friday, October 18, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas fhe line for Smithson Valley tonight See Sports Page 1B 50 CENTS water The citys normal yearround water have been Institut ed No sprinklers or sprinkler sys tems may be used ftprfi 10 to 4 Handheld hoses may be used for watering at any time NeW Braunfels Herala 16 pages in two sections Friday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of OLENDA LOPEZ MM BELINDA ting IDA MUSOROVE Vol 144 No 244 Inside Birthday wishes from ttotterakHMtung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Belinda Musgrove Glenda Lopez Virginia Brooks Sue McLane Owen Renfro Justin Minor Opal Burns Scott Carney Keven Wit ting Bernie Wells Patty Pope Keet Slone Satur Krystle Allison Monica McChesney Elizabeth Weisman Kenneth Kohlenberg Nora Rodriguez Oct 17 Felix Diaz Sat Renee Juarez Jr 3 Frances Johnson 16 years belat Xavier Tristan Sammy Tris tan and Vanessa Madro Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Alisha and John Mulkey 10 years and Jeff and Kenna Achter berg To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Cedar Elm 12 Pigweed Ragweed 61 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 174 cubic feet per sec ond up 3 cfs from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down above sea level BetoWconservatlon New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and no well water was used Thursday Fall dance at Senior Center tonight The Comal County Senior Citizens Center will hold its Fall Dance from to today with live music provided by Strictly Everyone is invited Each couple is asked to bring a snack to share at for the buf fet sandwiches chipsdips or cookies Tickets are in advance at the door ball event Saturday The New Braunfels Republi can Women will hold their annual SausageCheese Ball Rolling event from 11 to 3 Saturday at Naeglins Bakery onthe plaza Volun teers are needed The monthly meeting of the New Braunfels Republican Women is at noon on Monday at the Cornal County can Headquarters 204 W San Antonio St The guest speaker will be state Sen Jane Nelson who will discuss Initiative and Members are asked to bring a covered dish Guests including men are welcome Bracken UMW hold rummage sale The semiannual rummage sale sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Bracken United MethodistChurch will be from 8 to noon Satur day located one mile north east of the intersection of FM 2252 Nacogdoghes end FM 3009 Natural Bridge Cav erns Benefit for Guerreros Sunday In Seguln A benefit dance for Xavier Hobby Guerrero and children will be from 7 to midnight Sunday at the Fiesta Ballroom in Seguin Donation is per Topless golf tournment gets cancelled for lack of exposure By ABE LEVY Staff Writer An Austin bar which held a golf tourna ment earlier this year with topless caddies canceled a golf tournament scheduled for today at a northwest Comal County golf course due to insufficient participation officials said The Austin bar held a tournament in late spring of this year with about 100 golfers and about 50 topless caddies said Wright owner of Rebecca Creek Golf Course Wright said she contacted repre sentatives of the group about a week ago to confirm their plans to hold another such tournament today and they said they are canceling for lack of participation Wright said she heard of one complaint to the sheriffs department durjng the pre vious tournament in late spring but that the sheriff said topless caddies are not violat ing any law Sheriff Jack Bremer said officers went out to the golf course area this summer and determined that topless caddies outside on the golf course would not violate the law The only violation Wright said would be if the topless female caddies entered the clubhouse since the golf course property is not classified as a sexually oriented business Discrimination charge leveled at commissioners By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two Hispanic employees in the Comal County treasurers office have filed a complaint with the equal employment opportunity commissioner say ing a decision to move the processing of employee benefits hurt their job opportunities The complaint also states the county commission ers were guilty of discrimination in their 32 vote on Sept 12 to move the responsibility of processing employee insurance from the treasurers office to the human resources office The treasurers office retains the correspondent responsibilities including payroll deduction and pay ments to insurance companies We did it for one County Judge Carter Casteel said To make things easier for the employees and we stand by that Irma Camareno and Hilda Medina were responsible for the i work when it was under the trea surers office and they said they were not having problems per forming their duties They believe the change in job duties was a demo Turn to Charge Page 2A Carter Casteel City board approves funding for new library designated for project By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Corporation board voted Thursday to designate annually for an estimated million project to build a new library in New Braunfels The action follows the city coun cils decision Monday to pay for the project through revenue bonds at percent interest for 20 years with annu al payments of The move allows local library offi cials to move ahead in drawing up architectural plans and other profes sional service required for the pro ject The board earlier this fall approved for the library project and promised additional funds once the council indicated how it wanted to pay for the project The revenue bonds do not require a referendum but do include hearings at which officials said the public could learn more about the moneys use Board members indicated they want to designate slightly more than what the council approved in expectation that increased sales tax revenue could pro duce higher payments and quicker retirement of the bond The board receives money from one eighth of 1 percent of the sales tax rev enue The board oversees two funds the capital improvement fund and the infra structure fund The capital improvement fund will pay for the library project Each fund was created by a half cent sales tax increase that voters The proposed structure would provide nearly square feet more for parking than the existing library on Magazine approved by at least a 21 margin last year Each fund is expected to climb as high as after one years col lection and as high as by June 1997 The site for the new library building is on about 2 acres of cityowned land on Common Street that is currently under lease to local Little Leagues The leagues have agreed to move to city land on South Loop 337 The proposed library building calls for a facility and a parking area pro viding nearly square feet more for cars than the existing area at 373 Magazine Ave The buildings plans also include a separate childrens area study area space meeting rooms Internet and computer stations handicap accessible facilities and a dri vethrough book depository Library officials have said the current facility was built in 1968 when New Braunfels had a population of people Library officials have sought a new building because the citys popu lation is expected to reach by the year 2000 Quick implementation of grade weighting system urged By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer About 200 parents filled the New Braunfels High School cafetorium Thursday night to discuss changes in the high schools gradeweighting policy and the biggest concern seemed to be how soon the new system could be implemented Assistant Principal Carl Hall said a committee was formed to look at the current policy used for grade weighting which determines the extra value tougher classes cany when figuring student ranking Under the current system honors classes receive five points and accelerated classes receive three A standard class is worth one point Its not reflected in the transcript that way but it will be reflected in class Hall said Hall said colleges look at the difficulty and number of classes students take The current system is and inflates the average Hall said and the committee has developed a new system it will likely propose to the school board Our job is to educate as many of our chil dren as well as we Hall said We think the grade weighting will help us do The proposed system is a fourtier chart Class es would be designated as advanced place enrollment honors accelerated or reg ular A final grade for a class has a corresponding grade weight depending on which category it falls into There is a 10 percent difference between the various categories which is more than what it is now Thats one of the reasons the committee was Hall said We thought it needed more A students transcript would reflect the actual grade but the cumulative weights would be used for ranking purposes Several parents questioned how this would affect students transferring into the school The school will take the weight score from classes taken at New Braunfels High School and multiply it by a factor to make it representative of four years Students who transfer in as seniors will be ranked but will not qualify to finish among the top 10 and get to sit on the stage during gradua tion exercises A couple of parents asked whether the Silver Band the high schools highest band should be listed as an honors course The two parents said music is important to education and the standards are stringent enough that it should qualify for honors status The biggest concern expressed at the meeting seemed to be how quickly the system could be put in place Many parents wanted to know why it could not be implemented for current students The districts attorney advised the administra tors not to implement the change for any cur rent students with the exception of additional points for advanced placement and dualenroll ment classes because of the liability the district would be taking on for changing the rules midway through the students careers Interim Principal Karen Simpson said Senate Bill 1 prevents districts from changing policies that affect students without giving ample prior notice to parents Were in direct violation of the law if we try to do that despite all of us thinking its the right thing to Simpson said Simpson did assure parents the committee and administrators would further examine possibility of earlier implementation But she added if the district faces any liability she will recommend making the change take effect for students entering high school next year County office candidates face off in League of Women Voters forum See Page 2A