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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Rangers basketball tournament starts today See Page 5 50 CENTS To contribute to trie United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels Herald2 14 pages in one section Thursday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of LAUREN HERRERA Vol 144 No 263 Inside Stnmmtisch MfttMtay wishes Irani ttwItoraMZettung The AfeH Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Allen Giacobbe Kathy Ann Flores 20 Joel Graham Heidi Herrmann 6 Annal iza I Meraz 1 Lauren Her rera 5 Kyle Mauer 1 Christa Leyba and Christal Bumette Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Sandra and the Rev Ray Still 16 years and Mike and Karen Usey To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Cedar PoHen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation ID reports pumping million gal lolls of surface water Wednesday and no well water was used Water IMAMS forum A pUblici forum hoisted by the League of Women Voters to discuss water issues will be at 7 today at the New Braun fels Independent School Dis trict Board Room 430 W Mill Featured speakers are Bill West GuadalupeBlanco River Authority John Ashworth and Steven Densmore of the Texas Water Development Board and Doug Miller of the Edwards Aquifer Authority A question and answer ses sion will follow For more infor mation call Rose Marie Eash Spaces available for craft sale Saturday Craft fair spaces are avail able for a Saturday fair at Peace Lutheran Church Call 6200618 jn the morning or 6060313 after for more information Modalwinning pianist performs Sunday The MidTexas Symphony Society and Texas Lutheran University present Tchiakoysky international Gold Medal pianist Barry Douglas on stage at at 4 Sunday at Jackson Audi torium in Seguin Douglas was the first western pianist in almost 30 years to win the Tchi akovsky Gold Medal Tickets are available at the Jackson Auditorium box office or at the door for or for seniors Wentworth Is guest of Republican group New Braunfels Republican Women will meet and elect board members at noon on Monday at the New Braunfels Republican Headquarters on San Antonio Street State Sen Jeff Wentworth will be the speaker Visitors should bring a covered dish or pay for lunch Black Heritage Society to gather The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will be meet ing at 7 Tuesday at the Dittlinger Memorial Library For more information call 6066936 or Nancy Qreen at 6081625 Positions to fill in NBISO New Braunfels High School Principal Former principal John Turman requested reassignment and the Board of Trustees approved the move on Oct 1 Turman became assistant to the superintendent on Oct 3 Karen Simpson NBISD executive director of education services took over as interim principal through December NBISD Superintendent Superintendent Charles Brad berry announced Monday night that he will take over as the superintendent of the Keller Independent School District If the board approves his resignation at its next meeting and releases him from his contract his move will take effect Jan 1 NBISD Director of Curriculum Dr Ellen Bell decided Wednesday night to accept a position with the Texas Associ ation of School Administrators She will ask the Board of Trustees to accept her resignation at the next meeting and will assume her new responsibilities Jan 2 Bell says shes leaving NBISD By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees can add one more person to the list of positions it must fill Dr Ellen Bell NBISD director of curriculum will ask the board to accept her resignation at the next board meeting Bell who has been with the district for 3 years has taken a position with the Texas Association of School Administrators in Austin as the director of professional development If the board accepts her resignation Bell will assume her new responsibilities as of Jan 2 Im going to miss New Braunfels but Im excited about returning to Bell said We lived there for 25 years and have family there Its also a great In her current position Bell said she works primarily with teachers and principals on instruction programs and curricu lum She also analyzes stale assessment data and organizes staff development for the district In her new position she will conduct training for superinten dents and staff handle curriculum auditing follow legislation and write policy statements Bells decision Thursday evening to leave the district came just days after Superintendent Charles Bradberry announced he would ask to be released from his contract with the district Bradberry has accepted the position of superintendent with the Keller Independent School District in the Fort Worth area and will become that school systems top administrator Jan 1 Smithson Valley collision i i HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Trooper Linn Manford records details of the accident which occurred at today Three injured in morning collision From staff reports Three people involved in a twocar accident this morning in front of the entrance of Smithson Valley High School were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital Joseph Wilson 19 of Canyon Lake Vicky Lynn Erwin 36 and her daughter whose name was not known at press time were taken to McKenna Wilson was traveling west on Highway 46 in a maroon Ford Bronco II when Erwin who was driving a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup pulled out of the high school entrance and was broadsided on the right side by Wil son a Department of Public Safety trooper said A passenger riding with Wilson was was not injured DA promises fair treatment of Brandt ease By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Reimer axes two CAs office staffers By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer County attorneyelect Bill Reimer admitted Wednesday that his dismissal of two employees in his new office was politically motivated Reimer who will take office as county attorney on Jan 1 gave termination notices to both Assistant County Attorney Stephanie SmithBurris and legal clerk Yolanda DAntuono The dismissals take effect Jan 1 DAntuonos husband John asked daring a hearing Wednesday in the Comal County Commissioners Court whether his wifes firing had anything to do with his wifes support of SmithBurris who lost in a close race against Reimer in the Republican Primary in March I was under the impression people would not be I feel by evaluating the situa tion that I would be more comfortable with someone I would have a better rapport Bill Reimer County attorneyelect John DAntuono said Then my wife is given a letter of ter mination There was nothing derogatory in her personnel folder Is this politics Reimer answered Yes Turn to Firings Page 2 Officials from the Comal County District Attorneys Office said they will handle the theft charge of Rusty Brandt without regard to his standing in the New Braunfels community as the Wurstfest Association president and a wellknown local businessman The arrest charge will be handled fairly and we handle this and all other cases in the District Attorney Bill Reimer said The timing of Brandts arrest just three days after the close of Wurst fest was prearranged even though the police officer investigating the case John Bailey said he had enough evidence to make the arrest before the 10day event The officer said the theft charge is in no way related to Brandts duties as Wurstfest president Officials in Reimers office said they asked Bailey to delay arresting Brandt until after Wurstfest so a certi fied public accountant could review some of Brandts critical business records Because the DAs office had issued a subpoena for business records and had an agreement for a CPA to review these records and make a report it was inadvisable to make an arrest until the CPA made the Reimer said Bailey said he made the arrest Wednesday morning on Walnut Avenue shortly after Brandt left his house at 215 Preston Hollow Wurstfest is good for the commu nity Because of who he is and the way things are it was a serious request to delay Bailey said I would have arrested him before Wurstfest because that was the time to do it but theres no need for a bad light to be shed on Wurstfest before it starts I Turn to Brandt Page 2 Holders son arrested Wednesday By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The son of the Comal County sheriffelect was arrested Wednes day morning and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity police said Jason Robert Holder 19 of the 1600 block of Pahmeyer Lane was arrested at on a war rant involving a prior burglary incident police said He was taken to the Comal County Jail where he posted bond that day Holders father Bob Holder said he has not seen his son in almost two years Bui the sheriffelect said that if the charge is true then his son should be treated like any other member of the public I know the police department makes good the sheriffelect said Im a great believer in personal responsibility and if it turns out that he or any other member of my family has committed a crime then they should be as accountable as any other citixen Thats not to say that he has but I just dont know He will be 20 years old in Holder said 1 dont plan to get personally involved The bottom line is hes an adult I dont know What hes done No parent wants to be put in this position but thats the way it New Marion library a joint school community project By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION Marion public schools will celebrate their past and usher in the 21st century this weekend The Marion Independent School Library opens at 3 Sunday At the same time a historical mark er commemorating the 118year history of the Marion school system will be unveiled in front of the new library With the dedication of the marker and the library we are bridging the past to the MISD Assistant Superintendent Tom DeKunder said DeKunder who wrote the history behind the marker will give a presen tation on the history of the Marion school system The Marion Public School District 50 opened its first schoolhouse in 1878 a year after the town was found ed with the arrival of the Galveston Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad HeraldZeitung photo by DAVID DEKUNDER Wilma Baumann readies the Marion library for Sundays opening Peirce the railroad magnate who owned the Railroad and laid out the town donated and land for free public schools in Marion The Marion Community Library which was completed this fall is locat ed in front of Marion Middle School on Bulldog Drive Head librarian Kathy Waller said the staff moved into the new building three weeks ago from the former loca tion inside Marion High School The first known Marion public school library was established in 1938 We had a library book chain of stu dents and adults which stretched from the high school to the library who put the books in the Waller said The new library consists of a circu lar vestibule front entrance an arched forest green roof a sand col ored brick facade a meeting room and will contain extra shelf space for Mar ion ISO students and the community The new community library cost The facil ity can hold volumes of books and periodicals The library also can provide the Internet to students and Marion resi dents in the future The meeting room will house litera cy classes and offer space for nonprof it organizations to hold their sessions With the dedica tion of the marker and the library we are bridging the past to the Tom DeKunder MISD assistant superintendent During the grand opening Waller said the library will start a card drive to gain more members in the Marion community The library received a Lower Col orado River AuthorityGuadalupe Val ley Hlectric Cooperative grant for Donors and businesses who bought bricks will have their names displayed on the pathway to the library and in the foyer Waller said the new library will be open from 8 to 3 Mondays and Fridays from 8 to 8 Tues days Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 to 1 on Saturdays School districts 40th anniversary a milestone to cheer See Opinion Page 4A
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