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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Haider plays 108 holes on Monday See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels 10 pages in one section Tuesday August HeraldZeitung st Servina Comal Countv and surroundina areas for more than 145 vears Home of Jackie Ertaen Vol 145 No 189 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Larry Ormond Rafael Altamirano Esther Mar tinez Joe Sanchez Norma Sauceda Jackie Erben and Cits ton Hading 63 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed he re call 6259144 Pollen Molds Pigweed Grass 4 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond down 27 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and million gallons of well water Forecasters predict slim chance of rain Tonight partly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of mainly evening showers or thunderstorms Lows in the mid 70s Light east and southeast winds Wednesday partly cloudy with a less than 20 per cent chance of mainly late afternoon showers or thunder storms Highs in the upper 90s Southeast winds near 10 mph Thursday through Sat urday partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of mainly afternoon and evening show ers or thunderstorms Highs in the 90s Lows in the 70s By the way was it hot or what The temperature reached a hot 96 degrees Monday as people started the work week It seemed hotter the National Weather Service said because the heat index which factors in the humidity reached an even 100 degrees Today is an ozone action day Today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner including avoid excessive driving and reduce driving by carpooling If possible motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 so emissions from the gas will not enter the ozone Turn on your porch lights Tonight is National Night Out so residents across the city will be heading outdoors for block parties If there is not a party in your neighborhood turn your porch light on and take the opportu nity to meet the people next door and down the street Gruene Bridge opening City street officials said Gruene Bridge would be open sometime this afternoon They said they were cleaning the bridge of silt and other debris that accumulated as a result of high river flows the past several weeks Citizens cops look to put cuffs on crime Residents tour station visit with officers By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Sixyearold Chris Castillo stood on the seat of a New Braunfels Police car peered over the roof and admired the spinning lights He ducked into the drivers seat and with a look of amazement pushed the buttons to turn on six different sounds the siren could make I think I know how to do he told his mother who was watching from a few feet away What he didnt know was he was4using a Federal Touch Masted Siren touching a Munic ipal Electronics TS2 radar and playing with a 99 channel110wattJohnsonmobileradio Chris was one of dozens of children and adults who saw firsthand the ins and outs of New Braunfels police operations at the Nation al Night Out Kick off Monday night aJ the Civic Center They toured the police stations 911 dis patch center climbed on fire trucks saw slide presentations and briefings on crime preven tion watched a canine unit demonstration and talked to law enforcement personnel More than 100 people came to the kick off designed as an introduction to tonights Nation al Night Out celebration About 35 neighborhoods are expected to gath er for block parties tonight turning on their lights and meeting each other in an attempt to fight neighborhood crime and build better rela tionships with local police But while Mondays festivities delighted the young fighting crime in New Braunfels isnt as enjoyable an experience police said Law enforcement officials are becoming more aware of the dangers of crime in this community as the population is projected to double to almost people in just 20 years The question that remains is whether crime will follow the growth Its a serious time because our city is grow said Lt John Wommack 23year veteran of the police department Well have to keep Turn to Crime Page 2 HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Bacchus of the New Braunfels Police Canine Unit attacks an officer pretending to be a gun toting suspect in a demonstration at the National Night Out kickoff Monday at the Civic Center A stroke at a time HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Jeff Wolfshohl practices his breast stroke at the Olympicsize swimming pool at Landa Park Monday Comal County Commissioners are talking about building an indoor swimming pool to be used year round See related story on Page 2A Police still seek armed robber Doctors upgrade victims condition to stable By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer TEA gives local school districts passing marks By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Texas Education Agency deemed all Comal and New Braunfels school campuses as recognized or acceptable under a new account ability rating list released by the agency Both local school districts had campuses ranked as either recognized or acceptable Both districts were also rated as academically acceptable TEA ranks campuses based on scores on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test dropout rates and attendance during the past school year Schools had to work harder to be considered acceptable this year To do that at least 35 per cent of students and those in each student sub group black Hispanic white and economi cally disadvantaged had to pass each subject tested on the TAAS That standard was increased from 30 percent last year Schools dropout rates also had to be 6 per cent or less and attendance had to be at least 94 percent To be considered recognized districts and campuses needed a 75 percent passing rate on the TAAS a dropout rate of percent or less and 94 percent attendance In Comal Independent School District six of the 15 campuses received recognized status Last year only three campuses received ratings above the acceptable level The remaining campuses were rated as acceptable This reflects a lot of hard work by our stu dents and teachers lots of help from parents and leadership from our said CISD superintendent Jerry Major Rahe Primary one of the campuses ranked as recognized this year was rated as exemplary last year CISD public information officer Don Clark said Rahe Primary just missed getting the high marks again this year The exemplary rating requires a passing rate of at least 90 percent on the TAAS a dropout rate of no more than 1 percent and 94 percent attendance Clark said one subgroup of students had a passing rate of percent just missing the 90 percent target for exemplary designation Clark said the new a loss but is not a big Our goal is for all of our schools to be good Forty percent of our schools are rec ognized and thats very said Clark To be a recognized school is still very In New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict three of the districts nine campuses were rated as recognized Five were rated as accept able and Lamar Primary was not rated because it only serves early education and kindergarten grade levels Other primary campuses which Turn to School Page 2 Making the grade New Braunfels Independent School District Carl Schurz Lamar Rated Lone Star Memorial Memorial New Braunfels High New Braunfels Middle Acceptable OakRun Seele Comal Independent School District Arlon R Bill Brown Bulverde Canyon High Canyon Canyon Comal Comal Leadership Education Frazier Goodwin Mountain Valley Mountain Valley Recognized Rahe Smithson Valley High Acceptable Smithson Valley Middle School Acceptable Lamar Primary was not rated because it only serves early education and kinder garten grade levels A local man was in stable condition Monday after he was shot in the head during an armed robbery at his pawn shop Saturday afternoon Meanwhile police continue to search tor the unidenti fied suspect The condition of Michael Kevlin 51 was upgraded from critical to stable at University Hospital on Monday afternoon Kevlin the owner of The Hunting Camp Pawn Shop 1630 South Business 35 was working alone in his shop when a Hispanic male approached him with a handgun and shot him once in the head New Braunfels Police Detec tive Basel Boatright said The shooting occurred at and New Braunfels Police and EMS responded Kevlin was airlifted to Uni versity Hospital Boatright said Kevlin gave police a description of the suspect before he was taken to the hospital The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his midto late 20s approximately 5foot7 to 5foot9 with a medium build and short dark hair The police detective said three eyewitnesses saw the sus pect flee in a dark blue sedan just as they were about to enter the store On Monday police investigators still were searching for clues and following up on leads We are continuing to get Boatright said We are optimistic an arrest will be Boatright said numerous firearms were stolen after the suspect broke a glass gun case in the shop Evidence showed the suspect was injured a tier breaking the case the police report said Once Kevlin is in better condition Boatright said police will give him mug shots to help him identify the suspect Nancy Reininger owner of Motors located near the pawn shop said her son Walter Jrier Jr was in her office Saturday afternoon when the shooting occurred but that he did not hear anything because he had the door closed Reininger said she has had three incidents in the past in which thieves have stolen cars items from the cars bro Turn to Robber Page 2 Mixing and mingling HeraldZeitung photo by Michael DasnaH New Braunfeta Independent School District Superintendent Ron center with Susan Tate left and Carmen Whetstone Monday at the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Coma County mixer Monday at The Mexican RockerCafe UPS strike affects local workers businesses From staff wire reports Pay pensions and full schedules worked by parttime employees are the main sticking points between United Parcel Service and the Teamsters Union which represents nearly twothirds of UPS employees The midnight walkout by the more than Team sters was the first nationwide strike in the 90year history of UPS which delivers 12 million parcels and documents a day UPS estimated that a scattered oneday walkout in 1994 cost it million The strike is affecting many New Braunfels businesses as well Susie Russell owner of the downtown boutique Blue Skies said she ships parcels exclusively through UPS Thats pretty much how everybody does Russell said She said August was one of her biggest months for receiving merchandise She said a oneweek strike would not hurt her business greatly but a prolonged strike might leave her with a shortage of merchandise Gilbert Castaneda shipping manager for Mission Valley Textiles said his company made alternate shipping arrange ments with its customers before the strike He said about 75 percent of his customers chose to use an alternate carrier The strike hasnt caused problems between me and my customers The problem is between UPS and its Castaneda said It will be up to them to get them New Braunfels Postmaster Ken Robinson said the UPS strike caused an increase in requests for business parcel service at his office Weve had requests from several businesses to take on their parcel service but we are unable to do that on a tem porary basis at this Robinson said He cited a shortage of manpower package handling equipment and delivery vehicles reasons he could not accept new business Turn to UPS Page 3 up with N8ISD board candidates on the World Wide Web 2   

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