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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels Smithson Valley earn wins See Page 1B 50 CENTS HeraldZ 20 pages in two sections Wednesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of TIMOTHY BRINKKOETIR Vol 144 No 267 Inside Stiimmlisch Birthday WMNHM the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Sherry King Rudy Castilleja Timothy Brinkkoeter Michael Hernandez Robert Parchman Brooklyn Chandler 17 Ashley Perring 12 John Mullins Dr Jerry Major 50 Katey Usey 5 Sarah L Zamarripa 2 Dylan Fis cher and Katy Crocker 11 Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Veda and Idus Gipson 29 years and Armando and Gloria Ramirez 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold i Cedar Elm Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake Inflow 149 cfs Canyon feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU report pumping million gal lons of surface water Tuesday and no well water Was used YMCA group to mem today The YMCAs planning com mittee will meet at today at Carl Schurz Elemen tary Schopl at 633 W Coll St For more information call Allen Seelharrimer at 6060965 Builders association plans Thursday event The Comal Builders Associa tion meets at 6 pirn Thursday at Tree Tops Restaurant Cost is at the door by today Call Steven Lange at 6256939 for information Veterans for Christ collecting clothing Tjhe 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 V Weihnachtsmarkt tickets on sale There are still tickets avail able for the Thursday Weih nachtsmarkt Preview Gala at the New Cen TicketS are and include a buffet and preview of All That Glitters in the German Christmas Market held annual ly to benefit the Spphienburg Museum and Archives The gala ticket also cov ers admission to the market through Sunday Call 6291572 for information Reading council to meet Thursday The Comal County Reading Council meets at Thursday at the Memorial Pri mary Sghool library 1200 W County Line Road in New Braunfels A representative from Rigby Publishing Co will present the companys new materials Admission is free formembers Nonmembers must pay but they will be able to attend the rest of the councils meet ings during the school year at no cost Modified block schedule approved Schedule By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Tutorial Passing First Period 90minute block Passing Period Second Period 60 minute class Announcements 5 minutes Passing Period Third Period 60minute class 11 44i 44 Fourth Period 90minute block 30 minute lunch A Lunch 30 mirt utes Class 90 minutes Class 30 minutes B Lunch 30 min utes Class 60 minutes Class 60 minutes C Lunch 30 minutes Class 30 minutes Class 90 minutes block Lunch 30 minutes Passing period Fifth Period 60minute class Channel One 11 min utes Can be at the beginning of Fifth period Months of debate came to a quiet end Tuesday night when the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed modifications to the accelerated block scheduling plan in use at the high school to take effect next fall The new schedule will mix some elements of a traditional school sched ule with those of the accelerated block schedule Under the system that has been in use for the past three years students take four 90minute classes a day Stu dents complete the classes by the end of Karen Simpson the semester rather than at the end of the year and classes for new courses begin the next semes ter Superintendent Charles Bradbcrry appointed a consensus building committee in April to look into the high school schedule after parents and teachers expressed some concerns The main concerns dealt witli the lack of core subjects on a daily basis and the impact of extracurricular activities which can account for a fourth of a students clay Karen Simpson interim principal at New Braunfels High School said committee members and faculty spent an enor mous amount of time and energy on the plan Although the discussions became heated at times the group continued to remain focused Simpson said I think more than anything else weve had commit ment to the student body at New Braunfels High Simpson said Under the new plan which was unanimously supported by the faculty the consensus building committee the site based management committee and the Board of Trustees students will take five classes Turn to Page 2A Board updates grading system By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed a new gradeweighting system for the high school Tuesday night Carl Hall assistant principal for NBHS said a committee began looking at the current gradeweighting system because of con cerns of grade inflation The current system also did not reward students for taking advanced placement or dual enrollment classes Hall said The faculty felt the current gradeweighting system was some what outdated and did not reflect what we were doing at New Braunfels High Hall said Our main goal here was to reward students Turn to Grading Page 2A Luna succumbs to viral infection From Staff Reports A local teenager whom the community has continued to support in his battle with leukemia died Tuesday in San Antonio after a short bout with a viral infection Charles Luna 13 a student at Sts Peter Paul School was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia ALL last September In April he received the bone marrow transplant he needed The community rallied behind the boy pro viding both spiritual and financial help Vari ous fundraisers were dedicated to Luna including an auction a spaghetti dinner and tamale sales A San Antonio firefighter also ran a 26mile marathon with the pledges going to the Luna Fund Another resident won a new truck in a raffle and turned around and auc tioned it off with the proceeds also going to Charles Luna the fund The money raised was used to help pay for Lunas treatments and transplant Last Saturday Luna became ill and began to complain of short ness of breath He was admitted to the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where he spent part of the past week in intensive care on a respirator Luna was suffering from a viral infection Doctors told Lunas parents last week they could not treat the infection They said lie infection had to run its course and Lunas already low immune sys tem would have to fight it Services are pending Touched by an Mother of four finds comfort from troubles through work in Inner Peace Movement By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Jan Waters life came to a screeching halt in 1975 following a stormy divorce A staunch Catholic and mother of four the divorce left her feeling alone and without purpose in life She developed migraine headaches sinus problems lowerback pain and pneu monia Waters hit rock bottom when she underwent hys terectomy after discovering she had cancer then a television commerr cial prompted her to attend a lecture on commu nicating with angels as a method of selfhealing About six months later her illnesses began to leave she said r I heard some teachings on how to heal myself and to communicate with my angels and my whole body started to change with my new atti Waters said Waters who lived in New Braunfels two years ago before moving to San Antonio said the experi ence gave hera new lease on life She began about her experience in 1976 and eventually left her job as a social worker to lecture throughout the country Cana da and Mexico Her next lectures are sched uled for 2 and 7 Monday the Holiday Inn 1051 E Interstate 35 in New Braun fels The lectures take 30 minutes and are free and opewto the public Waters is pif the Washingtonbased Inner Peace Movement which was started by artist Francisco Coll of Puerto Rico in 1964 1PM is not an organized religion Waters said but a program that brings a new enthusiasm for life through connecting with the spiritual energy inside every person She said many people experience psychic phenom ena like her own that need explanation I was a good old Catholic girl who didnt believe in psy chics and 1 wasnt even sure if my angels Waters said 1 knew theres got to be more to my life then rais ing my family I never in my wildest dreams thought Id be doing Waters said the movement has helped her understand Catholi cisms strict teachings which she said were some times hard to follow Eating meat on Fridays wasprohibiled for years before church leaders changed that doc trine in the early 1970s We make the rules of our religion sometimes more important than Waters said They changed the rules on me Because 1 was so much of a believer in my church I was very dis illusioned With the movement 1 realized Im not a bad person Theres no mistakes only step ping The movement includes at least 100 active participants in San Antonio and a handful in the New Braunfels area Waters said Waters said there is no membership or gurus in the movement which includes ideas from Eastern mystic religions such as relaxation techniques belief in reincarnation and reading auras Waters said everyone on Earth has varying degrees of consciousness depending on how in tune they are with their angels Angels she said are higher souls that have chosen to help others along the way Texas highways remain economic lifeline for this state See Opinion Page 4A   

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