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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Taft knocks Unicorns from playoffs See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 16 pages in two sections Wednesday March Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Homo of DsnrM Owens Vol 145 No 90 Inside Market MrttMlay wishes from tha HaraMZaHiMtg The New Braunfels Herald Zeilung extends birthday wishes to Pat Baiter David Owens Johnny Romero Jorie Sanchee MUtbn Franklin Jamen Mull Bryce Houlton 9 yean old Kay Gannett Keith Butler Laura Haley J J Houl ton 18 yearn old Amber Houlton 14 yearn old Nancy Jackson Leroy Zavala Jr 9 yean Happy anniversary wishes go to Peggy and Dave Supelver 20 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Potan nNNUHtfed In parts cubic meter of Information provided by Or Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond name as Tuesday Edwarda Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same Canyon Dam discharge 761 els Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above saa Above conservation NewftaunMaUtlinita NBU reports pumping million gallons Brown bag lunch with lilt mayor 1 Fridays regular brown bag lunch with New Braunfels May Kenrtady hai been can Celcid because of the Texas Legislative Conference The lunches will resume at noon April 4 at the Municipal Building Visitor The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open In midMay The Chamber cur rently has a great volunteer core but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center Anypne interested can call Lyn dl Moon at the Chamber office 6252385 Vokmtaarftot soaks nonprofit Your nonprofit organization Is Invited to raise money April 19 by selling food or bake sale Items during VolunteerFest 97 at the Wursthalle Please con tact Karen If your organization wishes to participate fax 625 2984 phone 6207520 Group not afflllatad wfth Cancar Soelaty Be aware thatthe Pacific West Cancer Fund is not affili ated with the American Cancer SocietyCancer funds and vol unteers being solicited for an April 1997 fund drive In Comal County are not sponsored by the American Cancer Society Comal County residents desiring to donate money to the American Cancer Society can do so by contacting your Comal County unit at 6258619 or 625 3262 Submitted by Bob Peterson chairman American Cancer Society Comal County Scouts available Boy Scouts will clean out your garage room closet to earn funds to attend summer camp They will haul off unwanted Items Call 6293811 Bush mil address conference By ABE LEW Staff Writer Organizers of this years Texas Legislative Conference expect at least 500 people to participate in the twoday event that will begin Thursday night with the presenta tion of the Texan of the Year Award to Kay Bailey Hutchison the first female senator from Texas Last week organizers were noti fied that Oov George W Bush was confirmed lo attend the 31st annual conference to discuss his school financing plan Other state officials arc sched uled to spcalc or serve on one of the five panels Friday including Speaker of the Mouse Pete Lancy state Rep Rob Juncll and state senators Bill Ratliff and David Siblcy Its really a highlevel and informa tive confer said Michael Meek presi dent of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce which is sponsoring the event There arc 24 speakers from across the state involved with the ses Questions from the audience will be taken in writing and passed to Turn to Bush Page 3A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS George W Buah The 31st Annual Texas islative Conference Is sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Is slated to begin at 7 Thursday at the Civic Center 380 S Seguin Ave with the Texan of the Year Award in honor of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison The cost of the reception Is per ticket and for the Friday conference Call the New Braun fels chamber at 6252385 for more Information Friday mornings events include call to order opening address by Hutchison presentation of City of Princess decree by chairman of the board Doug Miller panel discussion on Federal Revenue Policy Impact on Texas panel discussion on Deregulation of Electricity panel discussion on Financing Texas Schools to the 21st Century Qov George W Bush address 11 45 panel on State and National Predictions on Major Issues a look at the to the areas first lore the rich culture of y i i Bluebonnet romp HoraldZollunapholo by Mlchaol Darnnll Aldln and Chloe Parnell run through a patch of bluebonnets Tuesday near Landa Street and Loop 337 The selection of wlldf lowers should Increase thla year since the rains have increased In recent months Rains hasten blooming of state flower By ABE LEVY Stafl Writer Patches of beautiful purplish blue have begun to dot the Central Texas landscape as the suite lower responds to the gentle nudging of recent ruins Locally blucbonnets have started to bloom along North Loop 337 and should soon appear in the Canyon Lake area and other stretched in west Comal County local botanists said The Lone Star State lower is a favorite among young and old alike and murks the imminent approach of spring Also known att the buffalo clover wolf flower and el conejo rabbit in blucbonnets became the state wildflower in 1901 on the sug gestion by the Society of Colonial Dames in Texas and subsequent approval by the 27th Legislature Bill Schumann a retired 22year Comul Coun ty Extension agent said the flower is blooming because of fall rains and a steady downpour throughout February Schumann said bluebonncls which are of the Lupine class will continue to appear in such Cen tral Texas regions as Fredericksburg Llano Sclnt lenburg Flatonia and an area northwest of Umi pasas I was in n field where they were so thick you couldnt walk without stepping on he said Me said that bJucbonncts provide a splash of color that catches peoples attention I think they are the most beautiful he said adding that hey have been round to be white maroon and even orange The nontraditional colors were discovered shortly before when organiwrs of the states Semicentennial celebration were looking for variations of the state flower While the wildflower averages about six inches he said the longstem variation of the bluebonnct can reach about 18 inches and grows naturally in the Big Bend areaof Texas In addition the flower finds success on hill sides and sloped pastures because they need suf ficient drainage Roger Mavlak with the County Intension Office said bluebonnels did not thrive last year because of the drought but that this year the ruins have brought a change Im seeing a total he said Its just a nightandday difference between this year and Board OKs afterschool program By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In response to a survey sent out sev eral months ago the New Braunfcls Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday night approved an extendedday program to be imple mented in the 199798 school year The board was presented with sur vey results in January that showed parents wanted an lifterschool pro gram for their children The surveys were sent home with students in prc kmdcrgartcn through the fifthgrade Of the 636 surveys returned 8p per cent said there WHH a need for after school programs Of that 80 percent 56 percent said they would participate in the program A surprising 32 percent said they currently do not use any type of child care after school In addition to the need for an after school program the survey also indicated parents con cerns The top concern with 43 per cent was that the program assist in academics The next two concerns were that the program involve quali fied and trained supervision arid planned activities Debbie Fitsko administrative assis tant for career and technology com munity and adult education said hut in response to the survey representatives from four entities offering extended day programs made presentations to principals and administrators Fitsko said the consensus among the NBISD staff was that the YMCA program was best suited for the district Everything that our survey indi cated as important the YMCA pro gram Fitsko said Joe Bueno executive director for the Northeast YMCA said the program would be run entirely by the YMCA and its stall and the district would not have any liabilities or costs Me said the tuition would be between and a week but would be based on a sliding scale with scholarships available The tuition plus whatever we get from United Way plus other contri butions we will seek will cover those costs of the Uuurio said Bucno said the program will be an extendedday program which means it will include academics nutritious snacks Turn to Program Page 3A 1 Students may choose to exempt two tests on he testing date If they meet the following a Students enrolled In regular classes may have an average of 70 or better and no more than one absence an average of 80 or bet ter and no more than two absences or an average of 90 or better and no more than three absences and be exempt from that final b Students enrolled in accel erated honors or advanced place ment may have an average of 80 or better and no more than two absences end be exempt from RULES ton EXEMPTION that final Students enrolled in dual enrollment classes must take the final according to the contract with the colleges offering the classes 2 Final exams must be given at the designated time No stu dents will be allowed to take a final early to adjust his or her schedule to have a full day off Final exams will be given in ono day on the last day of school A student that meets the exemption criteria may choose up to but no more than two finals to be exempt A student must apply for exemp tion by completing a form and acquiring the appropriate signa tures from the parent as well as the teacher No student is exempt unless this process Is accurately followed and all signatures are on the application 3 A parent student that wishes to have the exam admin istered to that student may state in writing this wish voiding the exemption policy for that student A form will be available lor this purpose Source New Bruuntols denl School District Exemptions in future of NBHS students By DEMISE DZIUK Stafl Writer In an effort lo boost attendance New Braunfels I ligh School will implement a policy that will allow Hludcnlu to be exempt from taking u final exarn NB1 IS assistant principal Carl Hall told the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Tues day night that a committee was formed in November to address concerns that attendance was not high enough He said the students needed an incentive to come to school on a regular basis and the chance to skip a final increased attendance in the past That means they have the possi bility of taking two less finals than they would ordinarily have to Hall said Theyll take any time off they can Hall said the original exemption pol icy hud to be rewritten after the Texas Education Agency said the district Turn to NBH8 Page 3A Board makes right decision on after school program Page 44
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