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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Cagers ready for preseason schedule See Sports Page 3 50 CENTS Oort To contribute tottwUnttwl Way call 6207760 NewBraunfels Herald 10 pages in one section Tuesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of ANDHEIE HADA ing Vol 144 No 266 Inside Stammhsch Birthday wishes from HmMZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Andreie Hada Mary Bryson Charlene Tootie Wier Amanda Lynn Hernandez 9 years Michael Carrizales Elliot Eastin 6 years and Eunice Osteen Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Denise and David Smith 2 Jessie Doris Anderson 64 years and Dean and Ruthie Lloyd 11 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count MoW Cedar Elm Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and no well water was used Black Heritage Society to gather The Black Herjtagq df Gdmai County will meet at 7 today at the Dittlinger Memorial Library For more information call 6066936 or Nancy Green at 6081625 meeting at Laurel Plaza Apts Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at today at Laurel Plaza Apartments 300 Laurel the recreation room For more information call 6258436 or 6258860 Band Boosters meet in NBHS band hall New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at today in the New Braunfels High School band hall The executive board will meet prior to the regular meet ing at Womens chamber to elect officers today The New Braunfels Womens Chamber of Commerce will elect a board at an organiza tional meeting at today at the Pinto Ranch Grill A mixer will begin at 6 Call 6095030 VFW Post 11050 meet this evening George A Garcia VFW Post 11050 and Ladies Auxiliary will meet at today with officers meeting at 7 American Legion Post W Coll St Builders association plans Thursday event The Comal Builders Associa tion meet at 6 Thursday at Tree Tops Restaurant Dinner cost is at the door by today Call Steven Lange at 6256939 for information Veterans for Christ collecting clothing The Veterans for Christ Min istry is collecting donations of blankets adult coats jackets sweaters and gloves men and women for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach The program provides these items to homeless veterans Call 6256375 for details urtain to open on 12screen theater By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The owners of New Braunfels Factory Stores are planning to construct a 12screen movie theater for a small theater company in the former Carters Childrenswear space officials confirmed Monday The plans call for a Class A theater similar to United Artists facilities including 12 screens with 1 SO to 310 seats and an enhanced surround sound system No lease has been signed yet but officials said if approved construction of the new facility would begin in six to seven months Because the new facility would take up parking space at the mall officials are requesting per mission to build the almost facility from the citys Zoning Board of Adjust The goal is to improve the whole area It is going to be a compliment to provide an entertainment Anne Liggett Regional manager for Charter Oak ment at its regular meeting at Thursday at the Municipal Building Officials declined to release the cost of the new theater but said it is a joint operation of New Braunfels Inc and ONeil The atres ONeil Theatres is a small nationwide theater business that opened its first Texas theater in Dallas recently and has 175 screens in eight states Officials from Charter Oak Partners which manages the mall is requesting an exemption from city ordinances that require at least 460 additional parking spaces for the new build ing The proposed exemption must gain approval of four of the five zoning board members before the project can move forward City and business officials said that because the proposed theater would begin operations after normal business hours of the other ten ants they feel the zoning board request will be approved Charter Oak officials feel the new theater would attract customers after shopping at more than 40 stores at the center Were hoping itll bring more traffic into New Braunfels and our said Anne Liggett regional manager for Charter Oak The goal is to improve the whole area It is going to be a compliment to provide an entertainment Officials also feel the facility would keep a similar theater from opening at the San Marcos outlet stores and could draw up to people per year All tenants of the Factory Stores are in favor of the proposed theater Charter Oak officials said but added that some relocating within the mall might be necessary to accommodate the new facility City officials contacted 19 property owners within a 200footradius and said only one person was opposed to the proposed facility Wrack kills two Department of Public Safety offi cers and emergency personnel above taamirm the wreckage of a Geo Metro that slammed Into a tree after driver lost control on the corner of Purgatory Road and Eden Ranch Road Wreck aur vlvor Gabriel Morales left la taken to an ambulance after being from the vehicle HeraldZeltung photos by MICHAEL DAR NALL By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Two young men were killed and one was seriously injured Monday afternoon when the vehicle they were riding in skidded put of control on Purgatqry Road and struck a tree It took rescue personnel two hpurs to extricate all three victims from the Kenneth D 1687 Past Highway 81 in New Braunfels was pronounced dead at the scene Ebert was the driver of a 1994 Geo Which was traveling southbound on Purgatory Road when it crossed a dip at a high rate of speed skidded sideways to the left and then struck a tree according to a report filed by Depart ment of Public Safety Trooper Randy Vetter A 16yearold male from Canyon Lake also was killed in the accident DPSjWjujd not identify the teen because next of kin had not ben nptified The accident occurred at at the intersection of Purgatory Road and One of the passengers Gabriel of New Braunfels was airlifted to pnjyersUy Hospital with a broken leg where he was listed in stable condition as of early this morning Both Morales and Ebert were wearing seat belts Satellite town meeting tonight New Braunfels area residents can join communities across the United States in the Satellite Town Meeting at 7 The interactive video teleconference is for communities working to improve their local schools This months topic is Schools are Safe Havens Disci pline Safety and Truancy and TCI Cablevision of Texas will once again broadcast the program live on cable channel said Rusty Brockman chair of the New Braunfels chambers Business Education Partnership Com mittee Secretary of Education Richard Riley will welcome educators and local leaders from across the country who will discuss successful strategies for reducing truancy while ensuring student discipline and safety The program will explore how families schools busi nesses law enforcement agencies and community and reli gious groups pan work together on these issues Viewers pan call the program using a tollfree telephone number to ask the secretary and his guests questions Burglars tunnel through wall at Dollar store By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Police are investigating a weekend burglary of the Dollar General Store in Landa Plaza in which up to two suspects chipped a hole through the back wall to gain entrance police said Police said more than worth of merchandise was taken in the burglary that occurred sometime Sat urday or Sunday at the store at 347 Landa St The suspects chipped a 2feet by 3feet hole into the cinder blocks that line the back wall of the store and slipped inside Police said they have no witnesses or suspects Store Manager Pamela Schneider said the store has remained open for business Superintendent discussions heat up meeting By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District drew a crowd of about 75 people to its meeting Monday night along with accusations that some members had already selected a replacement for superintendent The board met Monday to discuss possible approaches to finding tem See related stories Page 2 porary and permanent replacements for Superintendent Charles Bradberry who announced last week that he had accepted the job as top administrator of the Keller Independent School Dis trict near Fort Worth The board still has to accept his res ignation but Bradberry plans to assume his new responsibilities Jan I Most of the discussion on selecting an interim superintendent centered on whether that individual should be someone from within the district My concern is we will now have three openings up Trustee Bette Spain said referring to the additional vacancies for high school principal and director of curriculum We are not a top heavy school district in But several board members said staff within NBISD should be able to fill the position if they believe they can shoulder the added responsibilities If they think they can handle it I think we should give them an oppor Trustee Sylvia Sanchez said Dr Carlos Campos the boards vice president recommended trustees talk with administrators and staff before discussing various possibilities which drew an accusation from Spain that was also pointed at Steve Weaver another trustee From what I understand Mr Weaver and Dr Campos youve already done Spain said Campos denied the allegations that he had offered the position to anyone or that he already has a final candidate in mind We as school board trustees have the responsibility to gather as much information as Campos said The problem is there is a paranoia that has developed here by some board The board decided to continue the discussion noon meeting Nov 26 The trustees then discussed the selection process for a superintendent The board kicked around the idea of hiring a private or state group to con duct the search for a permanent replacement Bradberry said he wanted no part of the selection but he then mentioned several reputable search groups People dont apply because theres a job Bradberry said They apply because someone talks them into Committee members want closed By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Steve Weaver New Braunfels Independent School District administrators say members of a committee appoint ed to study accelerated block scheduling asked that its meetings be closed to the public Steve Weaver a member of the districts Board of Trustees held an informal meeting with mem bers of that committee last week after he was asked to leave a meet ing of the committee Two other trustees also attended that meeting Superintendent Charles Brad berry appoint ed the com mittee in April to study the accelerated block sched ule at New Braunfels High School in response to parents and teachers con cerns about long gaps betweencore classes and the impact of extracurricular activities which can account for a fourth of a students day Weaver said last week he met with a parent and teacher both members of the committee after he said he was asked to leave a meeting of that group Also in attendance were Jaime Padilla president of the board and Dr Carlos Campos the boards vice president It was the first meeting of the committee after the appointment of Karen Simpson the interim principal at New Braunfels High School as its chairwoman Weaver said it was the only time he tried to attend such a meeting I dont know if anyone else tried to attend any of the meet Weaver said All I know is I tried to attend that first meeting after the reassignment of New Braunfels High School Principal John Turman and Assistant Prince pa Charles Engler and was asked to I wasnt trying to be a distraction I was attending to get more information on the schedul ing Bradberry said committee mem Holiday charities need our attention contributions See Opinion Page 4
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