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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Rangers hire new baseball coach Page 8 50 CENTS New Braunfels 14 pages in one section Thursday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas TV IA MUIU man 145 years Home of Susan Mueller Vol 145 No 141 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Janet Brosig Linda DuFour Susan Mueller Ecila Hutson Matt Pesetari and Janice Wagn er 50 years Happy anniversary wishes to Norbert Lee and Janice Wagn er 32 Ramon and Mari on Perez 7 years and Paul and Lupe Caballero 24 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Grass 66 River Information Comal River 282 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation The outflow will remain the same throughout the weekend unless heavy rains occur New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Schools out so watch for children Wednesday was the last day of classes for New Braunfels Independent School District Stu dents in Comal ISO will attend classes until Friday Drivers on their to and from work should keep an eye out for children Look for local students tomorrow on Today A freshfaced group of local youngsters may make their network television debut Fri day A group of students from New Braunfels Middle School will show up at the Today show studios at Rockefeller Center in New York Friday hop ing to get some air time and send their greetings back home Today airs locally at 7 on KMOL channel 4 Local residents can help tornado victims The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are accepting monetary donations to help victims of Tuesdays tornado north of Austin Donations may be made by calling the American Red Cross hotline at 18009284271 contacting the local Ameri can Red Cross at 6061999 The local address is 178 E Mill Room 202 New Braunfels Texas 78130 contacting the Salvation Army at 18008805707 and The Salvation Army Texas Division Box 2608 Dal las Texas 75221 Donations should be marked for Disaster Relief Jarrell Texas Front headed this way Friday night The weather will be a bit warm but pleasant until a front hits the city Friday Today will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 80s with an overnight low near 70 Tomor row will be mostly cloudy and a little warmer but the front expected to come through Fri day evening will bring a 40 percent chance of thunder storms Leap frog HeraldZeltung photo by Michael Darnell Jed Hutto 3 plays on the spitting frog at Landa Park kiddie pool Tuesday Good weath er is expected through Friday evening Another NBHS administrator resigns By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Another administrator at New Braunfels High School tendered his res ignation this week to take a position at a high school in South Texas Assistant high school principal Carl Hall said he would leave NBISD to become the principal of a high school in Kingsville which is slightly smaller than NBHS and has an enroll ment of about However he said it will be an opportunity for advancement Carl Hall I evaluated the possibility Its going to be a good move for me and a positive step for my he said Its a chance to be a high school principal Ive had those Hall is the fourth person to leave the high school this school year Interim principal Karen Simpson is taking position the Keller Inde pendent School District She has been serving as interim principal since October when Prin cipal John Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Engler were reassigned Assistant Principal Judy Seifert also is leav ing the district for K1SD Assistant Principal Kevin Brown who replaced Engler in October has been moved to the position of principal at Carl Schurz replacing Jane MacDonald Mac Donald accepted a principal position at Wylie High School Hall said several staff members and stu dents talked to him about the recent resigna tions He said they had concerns that the high school would lose its continuity by losing all the administrators He said this figured into his considerations However he said the school is filled with top notch personnel who would help the district continue forward This district is not going to miss a he said staff runs the show Were just here to kind of Incoming superintendent Ron Reeves said losing good personnel was upsetting How ever he said the district had extremely quali fied people in it and strong applicants had shown Turn to Principal Page 3 Worth waiting for HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Nicole Gumpert wears a smug look oh her face while throwing a pie in teacher Tim Beams face Wednesday afternoon on the last day of school at Memorial Elementary Sixteen teachers received pies from random students who passed both the math and English sections of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test this year Aunt gets custody of Miller infant By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City dedicates monuments Friday By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Organizers of an effort to refurbish city monuments are planning a short dedication cere mony on the traditional day of Memorial Day Friday officials said The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce the city of New Braunfels and the Sesquicentennial Commissions Historical Committee plan to conduct the ceremony at 10 Friday at the Main Plaza Sesquicentennial funds have been used to refurbish and repair eight monuments and 21 plaques and fund four new plaques in the plaza Landa Park and elsewhere within the city Postmen try new route plan By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Postal Service officials are asking New Braunfels cus tomers to be patient as they implement a new restructuring plan for mail delivery The new routes began Tues day and are causing delays in residential service Those delays would be eliminated once carri ers learn the new routes postal officials said Ken Robinson officer in charge of the New Braunfels post office said he created the new plan that would end deliv ery between different service districts and improve overall service drive time and fuel costs On one previous route one carrier delivered mail in the Main Plaza area and then drove several miles to FarmtoMar ket Road 306 Robinson said Give this thing an opportunity to work Everyone wants to know Wheres my mail officer in charge Ken Robinson Now that carrier will not have to drive through other carrier terri tories to deliver mail The new plan would serve commercial customers first who have a large volume of mail and hen residential customers all of whom are in one generalized area he said We always want to have said Robinson 48 who came from a San Antonio post office in August He is fill ing the vacant postmaster posi tion that became open this week Give this thing an opportu nity to work Everyone wants to know Wheres my mail Our carriers are very conscien tious of their jobs and very con scientious of their customers They need an opportunity to learn their Postal officials are accepting applications for the New Braun fels postmaster job until June 6 Robinson said he had applied for the spot Robinson said when he first came he met some opposition to the restructuring plan but he believed it would result in better service in three to four weeks They told me that it had always been that he said To me you can always improve If you keep doing flam boyant things itll be like Europe where it costs to mail a first class A Comal County District Judge transferred custody of Dylan Michael Miller from Child Protective Services to the childs aunt Wednesday two weeks after the infants father took his own life in Spokane court officials said Judge Jack Robison gave temporary careto Katie Kennedy Cape of Austin until the boys mother Alison Kennedy recovers from gunshot wounds in Austins Brackenridge Hospital court officials said Court officials said the mothers condition was begin ning to improve as she continued to undergo intensive neurological rehabilitation that was expected to keep her from being paralyzed permanently The aunt had been taking care of the 21monthold child as a foster parent of CPS and now has parental rights until the mother recovers court officials The judge also ordered that a child psychologist who had been treating the infant continue treatments as needed court officials said Dylan Miller was the subject of a custody battle between his father Kevin Ronald Miller and Kennedy since March Kevin Miller was accused of shooting to death his ex motherinlaw earlier mis month and then attempting to kill his exwife and abducting his son Police said he then fled to Spokane where he held the infant hostage and then shot himself Bexar Comal and Travis county police conducted an allout manhunt for Miller who had lived in a trailer home in Indian Hills near Spring Branch Miller was scheduled to attend a childcustody hear ing at the Comal courthouse four days before he shot himself to death in Spokane Graduations take place rain or shine Its graduation week New Braunfels High School will conduct graduation ceremonies at 8 today at Unicom Stadium If it rains ceremonies will be moved to the gymnasium and only individuals with tickets will be admitted Smithson Valleys graduation also is tonight at 8 at Ranger Stadium In case of rain ceremonies will be moved to the main gym Canyon High graduation ceremonies will take place at 8 Friday at Cougar Stadium In case of rain the ceremonies will be moved to Cougar Den Each senior will be given 10 tickets marked for gym ceremonies School officials said the location for the ceremonies will be determined at the last possible minute so cere monies can remain outside if at all possible Some parents officers harbor doubts about tobacco bill By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A bill intended to crack down on teen smoking won the applause of antitobacco groups and over whelmingly passed both houses of the state leg islature and now only awaits the signature of Gov George W Bush before becoming law Some parents teens and those charged with enforcement of the proposed law are less than unanimous in their support of the bills provi sions The bill is intended to attempt to restrict access to tobacco by said Rep Edmund Kuem pel Kuempel voted for the bill which passed the House by a margin of 1245 Sen Judith Zaffirini DLaredo sponsored the bill in the Senate Zaffirini said the measure was the toughest teen smoking legislation in the coun try We believe other states will look at this legis lation as a Zaffirini said The bill makes it a Class C misdemeanor for anyone under the age of 18 to possess cigarettes Offenders are subject to a fine of between and Firsttime offenders may attend a tobac co awareness class in lieu of the fine and the vio lation will not appear on their criminal record Parents of the offender may be ordered to attend the classes as well If the to attend the class the bill allows for suspension of their drivers license Bob Peterson chairman of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society said he heartily endorses the legislation and called for action against the parents of the smoking teens You can tell a teenager what to do and they will do what they want to Peterson said I think they should fine the parents as well That will wake them New Braunfels resident Larry Vodron said he allows his 16yearold son to smoke and feels the proposed law infringes on his parental rights It ought to be at the parents discretion what their children Vodron said If a parent wants to buy cigarettes for his kid that should be all Vodron said he supported age restrictions for selling cigarettes to minors but he objected to penalties imposed on minors for possessing an otherwise legal substance Kids 15or 16yearsold dont have to pay fines the parents will end up paying the Vodron said Its just one more step the Turn to Tobacco Page 3 Nowotny resignation gives school district chance to heal Page 4
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