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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                DOMNMfM CO fW To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 IMMWV Rangers end playoff drought See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels 10 pages in one section Tuesday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of DENNIS WAYNE KOEPP 50 CENTS Vol 144 No 246 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday withes from the HaraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Gloria Luna Sandra Mendoza 14 Dennis Wayne Koepp 40 Candy Sober Tracy Valentien Dixie Presley Jack Grain Rebecca Dunn Kay Hand ley Randy Johnston Jennifer Clark Courtney Klepac 6 years and Frieda Martin 100 Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Mr and Mrs Robert Keoghan To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Cedar Elm Grass Ragweed Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Or Frank River Information Comal River 168 cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 95 cfs Canyon Lake 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 was used Thursday Barbecue lunch to benefit United Way A toarbecue lundbifrbrri to 1 Friday at TXI Park will benefit the local Unit ed Way Plates are each Call the United Way at 620 7760 for more ticket informa tion Luncheon to address womens concerns Women in business are invit ed to attend a round table lun cheon at noon Thursday at Pin to Ranch Grill This is a net working group that is forming to address concerns of women and small business owners The guest speaker is Ginger Purdy author and president emeritus of the San Antonio Womens Chamber of Com merce Bridgette Sopper Oliva the current president of the San Antonio Womens Cham ber will also attend Everyone is invited to bring a special guest and lunch is dutch treat For more information or to make a reservation call Susan Phillips EVENTS at Community Chorale concert on Sunday The New Braunfels Commu nity Chorale will present a con cert of familiar songs of Gersh win Berlin Carmichael and others at 4 on Sunday at First Baptist Church Lights On Drugs Out Day Is today The Safe City Red Ribbon Campaign Promoting a Drug free New Braunfels has desig nated today as Lights On Drugs Out Day Motorists are asked to drive with their lights on while residents are asked to turn their porch lights on to show their support for a drug free cornmunity Wednesday is Wear Red Wednesday and residents are encouraged to wear red along with their red ribbons Thursday is Pledge Thurs day and drugfree pledge cards and posters will be dis tributed to students for their signature They will be deliv ered to the mayor of New Braunfels on Monday A public forum on the communitys drug problem will be at 7 at the NBISD Education Center Jury seated in Ullrich trial arguments begin today By ABE LEVY StaffWriter SAN MARCOS Lawyers in the murder trial of Paul Scott Ullrich selected a jury Mon day at the Hays County Justice Center after only 28 percent of the potential jurors respond ed to summonses Ullrich 39 is charged with the Jan 22 stab bing of Ben Kiesling a 34yearold deputy constable who was off duty at the time of his death The trial which is expected to last one week was moved to Hays County earlier this month due to a ruling that media reports and the popularity of Kiesling in Comal County made it impossible for Ullrich to get a fair trial there lawyers said Sixtythree of the 225 people summoned attended jury selection before the court of State District Judge Jack Robison After granting special pardons and exemp tions the judge trimmed the jury pool to 54 qualified members Lawyers then began the process of question ing the pool of potential jurors for about four hours and then presented their lists of nomi nees The judge decided on six men and six women including two Hispanic men and one AfricanAmerican woman The two alternates are Anglo women Many of the potential jurors who were struck from the list said they would not consid er probation for Ullrich if he were found guilty Others stricken from the list said they could not be objective if the defendant did not testify Id be lying if I didnt say this It bothered me in that Simpson trial Its upsetting and theres no way for me to put that said one man who was not selected as a juror Ullrich sat next to his attorney and helped him scan through jury cards and took notes throughout the questioning phase Security was tightened during the first day of the trial as three armed bailiffs guarded the courtroom and a metal detector was stationed at the main entrance After the jury was selected Ullrich pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment Ullrich faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine Ullrich already has chosen to have the jury decide on his punishment if he is found guilty The defendant is expected to claim self defense but the prosecution is expected to pre sent a case that Ullrich intimidated harassed and abused Kiesling and his wife Ullrichs former wife on separate occasions between 1985 and last January The prosecution subpoenaed numerous police officers New Braunfels city officials and Ullrichs 9yearold daughter who wit nessed Rieslings stabbing There will definitely be some sensitive evi dence I may have to go Comal County Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip told the pool of potential jurors Members of Kielsings family attended the jury selection and arraignment Opening arguments arc scheduled for today and then the prosecution is expected to begin its presentation About people attended the late Janu ary funeral for Kiesling who was a deputy constable for Precinct 1 in Comal County Police records show the stabbing took place at about 7 Jan 22 near a convenience store on Highway 46 Ullrich 39 reported the incident to the New Braunfels Police Department about 45 minutes later according to police records Kiesling later died in McKenna Memorial Hospital where rescue workers took him ysftfff JMT i i competition Saturday H0raldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Vffidfe tfW SUB top ranking i i was reallV ouroest performance so our best For its awardwinning performance the Unicorn Band performed a 9 fM ie Unicorns will be said her ea8erly Sthffiemfouryearstot Hfe ateS to the area Area D has really excellent 5A bands bands at that comoetttion We will have to clean up our play and the state contest which is set We wil1 make S the state contest which is set W1U naye ma Bronksaid our ses tighter and more mallv earned their success Assistant band directors Clay Zientek TNRCC asked to test lake water By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A group concerned about the environ mental effects of a chemical used to eradicate hydrilla in Lake McQueeney has asked the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission to test the lake Robin Richardson a Lake Placid resident said a few members of Health Awareness and Water Knowledge have requested the TNRCC to test for monomethylformamide Richardson said the compound caus es miscarriages and damaged fetuses in rats and mice in lab tests MMF is broken down from fluridone the active ingredient of Sonar The OimdalupeBlanco River Authority used Sonar and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in March sprayed it on 100 acres of the lake near Treasure Island to eradicate hydrilla a nonnative plant that was choking waterways and made boating and fishing impossible Sonar helped reduce the hydrilla dramati cally We want the TNRCC to step up to the plate for the good of the commu nity and tell iff it is safe and to know iff the water is not a risk for the Robin Richardson Lake Placid resident We want the TNRCC to step up to the plate for the good of the community and tell if it is safe and to know if the water is not a risk for the Richardson said In late September Richardson had asked GBRA to test the water for MMF Debbie Magin CiBRA regional laboratory director said she researched data on MMF from the Environmental Protection Agency and SePro the Indianabased company that makes Sonar Magin said a few weeks ago she felt com fortable with the information given to her and how the treatment was administered by both GBRA and She doesnt believe there is a need for testing She repeated that claim after Richardson announced the request to the TNRCC to test Lake McQueeney MMF doesnt occur in the Magin said It has been done in laboratory studies but never been done in the environ Magin said the threat of MMF being in the water after the chemical is used is not on the Sonar label The label is the Magin said The EPA not only reviews the intbtmation but they register it and they write the Richardson pointed out that Sonar has not been tested by the EPA since and that she wished that GBRA and the Lake Man agement Work groups who worked with GBRA had not used the chemical end until it was retested Parents dispute scheduling claims Say math English not available on daily basis By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer You cannot get math and English every day under accelerated block scheduling Tricia Cogdell NBHS parent Some New Braunfels High School parents are saying it is impossible for their children to take English and math cours es on a daily basis even though school administrators say they can Karen Simpson the high schools interim principal said a wellplanned sched ule can include daily classes in English and math A pilot class at the freshman level that offers daily 45minute classes in math and English also gives stu dents options for tak ing advanced place ment classes tech prep classes and elee tives she said But Simpson said she also realizes that the school needs more math electives We absolutely positively have to have some more math Simpson said I will take from the math department what they think those should be and I will then go after the staffing to make that Some parents believe it is just not possible for a student to have math and English every day Parent Rae Ann Roeder said there are not enough elec tives and students exhaust the possibilities in their sopho more or junior year if they do not take an advanced placement class We have 18 months out there where you are hanging with out English or math on a daily Roeder said English and math is not available on a daily yearlong instructional sched Even if more electives were available some say the sched ule is still not practical NBHS parent Tricia Cogdell said even with a wide array of electives students cannot take daily classes in math and Eng lish and still have room for the other basic requirements and extracurricular activities You cannot get math and English every day under accel erated block scheduling Cogdell said It just wont Simpson said it is possible to arrange classes over the four years so that math and English classes are taken back to back but this means other electives may have to be dropped Youre going to have to make some choices if youre going to do Simpson said You would have to use those as your Cogdell said students should not have to choose between having the two core classes daily and taking an elective course She said the schedule needs to be modified or changed to make it possible to have English and math each day without having to give up an elective or extracurricular activity There are some really good electives 1 heres just not enough Cogdell said What they really need to do is take the courses they already have and make them available on a yearlong A committee is looking into the accelerated block schedule at the high school and should be ready to make some kind of recommendation to the board by the end of December Gang activity not tolerated on Comal Independent School District campuses See Opinion Page 4   

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