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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Canydn could have new coach See Page IB 50 CENTS Herald 16 pages in two sections Wednesday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Dave Duvall Vol 145 No 155 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Dave Duvall Celena Buskirk Chris Rollo 16 Victoria Farnsworth 7 Rosalinda Alvarez Denise Acosta Scott Bartos Christine Douglas Melisjsa Hernandez Nola Clem Clint Whitley 4 Ernest Sotelo belated and Ricardo Sotelo Happy anniversary wishes to Mr and Mrs Chad Goodwin 3 years and Debbie and Mark Watson 9 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 294 cubic feet per sec ond jUp 1 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Tuesday Canycjn Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Bain chances look slim today Thursday weather has been your excuse for not working outdoors your excuse may be about to disappear for a cou ple of days There is less than a 20 per centichance of rain today and Thursday with skies partly cloudy today to mostly cloudy Thursday morning Winds will be from the south to southeast at 5 to 15 miles per hour High temperatures both days will be in the mid90s with overnight lows in the mid 70s Gruene Bridge closed again Gruene Bridge is closed again today because of the high flow of the Guadalupe River According to the Army Corps of Engineers the release rate from Canyon Danq was cubic feet per second today Lamar Smith hosts town hall meeting Congressman Lamar Smith invites his constituents to meet with him Saturday in New Braunfels The congressman will con duct a public town hall meet ing at 11 at Comal County Senior Citizens Center at 655 Landa St I look forward to this oppor tunity to hear directly from the residents of Comal County on issues that are of concern to Smith said Want to win a car The American Cancer Soci ety still has raffle tickets for sale for a 1997 Chevrolet Mal ibu donated by Don Maxwell Chevrolet The winning ticket will be drawn during the ACSs Starlight in Red White and Blue gala June 20 at New Braunfels Civic Center Tickets cost each or for three Call 6064115 for more information about how you might win the new car Emancipation celebration NElGHBORHOf CHANGING HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Jessica Gomez looks at the Juneteenth and black heritage exhibit at New Braunfels Childrens Museum Tuesday afternoon The exhibit explains the history of black families in Texas and illustrates the story behind Juneteenth New Braunfels celebrates Juneteenth Black Heritage Society sets Saturday events By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Thursday marks the day more than 200 years ago when a race of people found out they were free and local resi dents will commemorate that day Satur day Nathan Millett president of the Black Heritage Society of Comal County said Juneteenth Black Emancipation Day commemorated the belated news of emancipation for Texas slaves President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863 but official word did not reach slaves in Texas until June That date became known as Juneteenth Black Emancipation Day and became an offi cial state holiday in 1980 Millett said Juneteenth was a major holiday for the black community He said many communities like San Anto nio and Austin celebrated all week Locally however the events are con fined to one day Its not that big of a celebration in New Braunfels basically because theres not a lot of blacks in New Millett said Only about 2 percent of the population is black but almost all of that 2 percent Millett said the Juneteenth celebra tion was a way for the Black Heritage Society of Comal County to raise funds for operating expenses and scholarships He said the day would include a barbecue dinner a style show the crowning of Miss Juneteenth an awards presentation and a dance Its just a one day event for Mil lett said We do a lot of our stuff in February for Black Heritage An additional feature for Juneteenth is an exhibit at the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels Millett said the display on loan from the Institute of Texan Cul tures featured 26 different sections on black history including famous leaders and segregation The exhibit would be on display until the end of the month he said Its an excellent excellent Whats on tap B A barbecue dinner sale from 11 to 3 at 536 Clearfield Circle Tickets are and may be purchased at Bayseas Cafe or New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Office A style show dance and crowning of Miss Juneteenth will begin at 7 at Saengerhalle The cost is For information call 6066936 or Source Black Heritage Society of Comal County he said Its very Since only 2 percent of the citys pop ulation is black Millett said Juneteenths success relied heavily on support from the other 98 percent of the population He said that support always had been forth coming The Anglo community is most sup portive New Braunfels as a whole is a very supportive Millett said NBISD hires new assistant school chief Former Conroe ISD educator fills slot By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday hired an assistant super intendent for instructional ser vices a move officials said would fill two vacant positions in the district Incoming superintendent Ron Reaves said the assistant super intendent position would replace the position of executive director for education services which Karen Simpson left at the end of the school year The new posi tion which also would include most of the responsibilities of the director of curriculum was at one time an assistant superin tendent position Reaves said this was a return to the original title Weve put an emphasis on instruction in this district and this position deserves a title that reflects that Reaves said The board hired Rosalyn Bratcher to fill the position Bratcher served as director of alternative programs last year in Conroe ISD She began teaching in 1972 and her experience includes terms as junior high and high school principal She received statewide recognition as a prin cipal and one of her schools was recognized by the Depart ment of Education in 19921993 While her credentials were impressive Reaves said her ref erences convinced him she was ideal for the position I think the thing that really hit me was shes the kind of person that doesnt let kids fall through the he said This is something that any dis trict would Bratcher who assumes her new position July 1 said there were several reasons she was drawn to New Braunfels She said she was encouraged by Reaves leadership qualities In Its children first and students first with me I have met many people who share that phi losophy and Im glad to be here to help kids suc Rosalyn Bratcher addition she said she met great individuals on each trip to the community She also said these people were a great asset to the district and she was looking forward to helping it succeed Its children first and stu dents first with she said I have met many people who share that philosophy and Im glad to be here to help kids suc The board also approved two reassignments to fill adminis trative vacancies created earlier this year New Braunfels Middle School math teacher Gary Schlather was reassigned as director of transportation New Braunfels Middle School counselor Truett Goss was reassigned to the middle schools assistant principal posi tion Reaves said that left only a couple of vacancies in the administrative team to be filled He said those should be filled soon The district will add another new position a director of instructional technology said administrative secretary Susan Stehle The district has to be brought up to date on technolo Stehle said No timetable has been set for filling the instructional technol ogy director position Were coming Reaves said Im anxious about getting the team together and getting Shelters get grant From staff reports Teen Connection received a federal grant last week to upgrade its two youth homeless shel ters in New Braunfels officials said This was the third year the non profit group was awarded the grant from the Texas Department of Hous ing and Community Affairs which gave a total of million statewide Teen Connection director Kyle Barrington said the grant would help restore the boys shelter on Comal Avenue and the girls shelter on West San Antonio Street This one is the most important in terms of maintaining certain equip ment It allows us to do things other grants do he said The shelters operate on a budget part of a million budget under which Teen Connection oper ates in a 14county area The group has seen the number of youth in its program increase from 200 in 1994 to a projected 410 by the end of this year The grants were awarded to 58 organizations across the state through the federal Emergency Shelter Grants Program Budget stalls in wake of new laws By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Number crunching to reach a budget for New Braunfels Independent School District will have to be put on hold until the state can explain to districts the impact of recent legislative actions a district official told trustees Tues day You cannot really do justice to a budget unless you know what kind of revenue youre looking Lonnie Curtis NBISDs assistant superinten dent of finance told the board Tuesday Curtis reviewed the effects of a statemandated pay raise for teachers Although districts would be reimbursed by the state for a portion of the financial burden he said districts still would be responsible for the majority of the cost He said some districts that already paid their teachers above the state minimum would not receive any assistance Theyre going to be penalized for it because if they want to stay ahead of the game as they have in the past theyll have to cany the full said Curtis NBISD will be reimbursed by the state for about but that will not cover the costs of raising salaries Curtis said He said the district would have to come up with the remaining funds which would make giving a pay raise to all employees difficult Its going to be tough to get the pay raise in there that Im talking about because of the he said The state has different ways to balance the books We Curtis told the board however that not giving all teachers a pay raise of some size would hurt morale Part of the dilemma he explained was because of a loss in revenue based on appraisal caps and a potential increase in homestead exemptions Basically I think once the smoke Turn to Budget Page 3A Miss New Braunfels sets her sights on June 30 state pageant By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Tiffany Holder said she hopes her experience in previous pageants will help her place high in this years Miss Texas USA Pageant at South Padre Island The 21 yearold New Braunfels High School graduate will be one of more than 100 dele gates in the event that will be televised statewide at the end of this month She became eligible by finishing fourthnm nerup in the San Antonio pageant in April Two years ago she placed 11th at the same com petition You really need the experience Its kind of tough when you dont know what to she said 1 think Ill do well Im an open person and I do well in the interview sec Right now the Yoakum native is exercising three to four hours per day and obtaining sponsorships from members of the community She said she planned to attend college this September to become a second grade school teacher I love kids They are so interesting 1 always babysat when I was she said Ive Tiffany Holder always loved being around The competition she said would be intense She will leave Monday and begin eight days of preliminary competition that includes numer ous parties and dinners each night Each day will begin at 6 and continue late into the evening she said Im glad she has enough confidence to get out in front of her mother Lorene Cooksey said Her relationship with her mother she said was important to her developing confidence Were real close I tell her Hold er said That had a lot to do with The winner of the pageant will represent Texas for the Miss USA Pageant in February 1998 About the contest The Miss Texas USA Pageant will be broadcast at 8 June 30 on CBS channel 5 The pageant will be con ducted at the South Padre Island Convention Centre beginning Saturday June 28 The firstprize package is wortd more than including a new sports car in cash a mink coat and two diamond rings Tickets range from to and can be ordered by call ing 1 8007672373 ext 3003 Local cosmetologist helps cancer victims feel better about themselves See Page 6A
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