New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 19, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

November 19, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY goal — $335,000 To contribute lo the United Way, can 620-7760 $192,003 @> Cagers ready for preseason s. See Sports, Page 3. New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald i '■'0    ?    MOO? HO- WI ST M I (.l\UI ‘MVO I Si I' si /.'■>/ I" YANNI': 11. NR 10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, November 19,1996 I •, PIV'1’ - TX /XXV)'-’ k Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ANDREIS HADA mg Vol. 144, No 266 Editorial...........................................4 Sports.......'k.................... 3 Comics............................................6 Market Race..............................7-10 St J rn mtisch Birthday wislios from tho Narald-ZoHung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Andreie Hada, Mary Bryson, Charlene (Tootle) Wier, Amanda Lynn Hernandez (9 years) Michael Carrizales, Elliot Eastin (6 years) and Eunice Osteen (belated). Anniversary wishes are extended to: Denise and David Smith (2 years), Jessie Doris Anderson (64 years) and Dean and Ruthie Lloyd (ll years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Inside Pollen Count Mold —1,159 Cedar Elm —0 Ragweed — trace (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank mpoi.) River Information Comal River —180 cubic feet per second, same as Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.06 feet above sea level, up .01 from Monday. Canyon Dam discharge —102 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —158 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.53 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) a%  .at^ a  a |ai|ik|—. NBW DvBUnrBVS UffVluM NBU reports pumping 5.810 million gallons of surface water Monday, and no well water was used. Black HsHaq# Society to gather The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Dittlinger Memorial Library. For more information, call 606-6936 or Nancy Green at 608-1625. T.OM mooting at Laurel Plaza Apts. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 6:30 p.m. today at Laurel Plaza Apartments, 300 Laurel Lane in the recreation room. For more information, call 625-8436 or 625-8860. bt NBH* band hall New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the New Braunfels High School band hall. The executive board will meet prior to the regular meeting at 6:45 p.m. Woman's chamber to WW wps s svs s apa sews s isrpe^fs wsp •tact officers today The New Braunfels Women’s Chamber of Commerce will elect a board at an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Pinto Ranch Grill. A mixer will begin at 6 p.m. Call 609-5030. VFW Post 11050 moot this evening George A. Garcia VFW Post 11050 and Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 7 30 p.m. today, with officers meeting at 7 p.m., at American Legion Post 179, 410 W. Coll St. Builders association plans Thursday event The Comal Builders Associa tion meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Tree Tops Restaurant. Dinner cost is $10 at the door. R.S.V.P. by today. Call Steven Lange at 625-6939 for information. Veterans for Christ collecting clothing The Veterans for Christ Ministry 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 625-6375 for details. Curtain to open on 12-screen theater By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The owners of New Braunfels Factory Stores are planning to construct a 12-screen movie theater for a small theater company in the former Carter’s Childrenswear space, officials confirmed Monday. The plans call for a Class A theater similar to United Artists facilities, including 12 screens with I SO to 3 IO 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 permission to build tire almost 35,000-square-foot facility from the city’s Zoning Board of Adjust- The goal is to improve the whole area. It is going to be a compliment to provide an entertainment destination.’ — Anne Liggett Regional manager for Charter Oak ment at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building. Officials declined to release the cost of the new theater, but said it is a joint operation of R.R. New Braunfels, Inc. and O’Neil Theatres. O’Neil 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 building. 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 tenants, 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. “We're hoping it'll bring more traffic into New Braunfels and our center," 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 destination.” Officials also feel the facility would keep a similar theater from opening at the San Marcos outlet stores and could draw up to 250,(XX) 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 200-foot-radius and said only one person was opposed to the proposed facility. Wreck kills two DiptruMvn of KUDvic Nifty oui-oms and cnwgmcy parson no! (abova) axamtna tha wreckage of a Goo Metro that alammad Into a baa attar Ha drivar lost control on tha oomar of Purgatory Road and blan Ranch Road. Wrack auf-vfvor Gabriel Moraiaa (laft) la taken to an ambulance after be!n( •XuvCiUQ from lim VffivCVi. HerakFZwtung photo* by MICHAEL DAR NAU ■SM' *■    *.V7    -vp *'■    furs    ’ of wreck trapped in car 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 out of control on Purgatqpy Road and struck a tree. It took rescue personnel two hours to extricate all three victims from the wreckage.. Kenneth D. Ebert, 19, of 1687 East 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 Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Vetter. A 16-year-old male from Canyon Lake also was killed in the accident. DPS would not identify the teen because next of kin had not been notified. The accident occurred at 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Purgatory Road and Eden Ranch Road. One of the passengers, Gabriel Morales, 20, of New Braunfels, was airlifted to University 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 p.m. tonight., The interactive video teleconference is for communities working to improve their local schools. ‘This month’s topic is ‘Schools are Safe Havens: Discipline, Safety and Truancy Prevention,” and TCI Cablevision of Texas will once again broadcast the program live on cable channel IO,” said Rusty Brockman, chair of the New Braunfels chamber’s Business Education Partnership Committee. U.S. 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, businesses, law enforcement agencies and community and religious groups can work together on these issues. Viewers can call the program using a toll-free 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 Lamia Plaza in which up to two suspects chipped a hole through the back wall to gain entrance, police said. Police said more than $1,000 worth of merchandise was taken in the burglary that occurred sometime Saturday or Sunday at the store at 347 Landa St. The suspects chipped a 2-feet by 3-feet 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 Birdberry, who announced last week that he had accepted the job as top administrator of the Keller Independent School District near Fort Worth. The board still has to accept his resignation, 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 he someone from within the district. “My concern is we will now have three openings up here,” 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 administration.” But several board members said statT within NBISD should be able to fill the position if they believe they can shoulder the added responsibilities. “lf they think they can handle it, I think we should give them un opportunity,” Trustee Sylvia Sanchez said. Dr. Carlos Campos, the board’s 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, you’ve already done that,” 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 hoard trustees have the responsibility to gather as much informal KHI as possible,” Campos said. “The problem is there is a paranoia that has developed here by some board members.” 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 conduct the search for a permanent replacement. Bradberry said he “wanted no part of (the selection process),” but he then ‘mentioned several reputable search groups. “People don’t apply because there’s a job opening,” Bradberry said. ‘They apply because someone talks them into it.” Committee members want closed meetings By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Steve Wmw New Braunfels Independent School District administrators say members of a committee appointed to study accelerated block scheduling asked that its meetings be closed to the public. Steve Weaver, a member of the district’s Board of Trustees, held an informal meeting with members of that committee last week after he was asked to leave a meeting of the committee. Two other trustees also attended that meeting. Superintendent Charles Bradberry appointed the committee in April to study the accelerated block schedule at New Braunfels High School in response to parents* and teachers’ concerns about long gaps between core classes and the impact of extracurricular activities, which can account for a fourth of a student’s 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 board’s vice president. It was the first meeting of the committee after the appointment of Karen Simpson, the interim pnncipal at New Braunfels High School, as its chairwoman. Weaver said it was the only time he tried to attend such a meeting. “I don’t know if anyone else tried to (attend any of the meetings),” 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 Principal Charles Engler) and was asked to leave ... I wasn’t trying to be a distraction. I was attending to get more information (on the scheduling issue).” Bradberry said committee mem- Tum to Matting, Page 2Holiday charities need our attention, cpntributions. See Opinion, Page 4. ;