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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas A mf WBUNE9DAT leaves NBHS for Texas Lutheran Page f 0 50 CENTS NewBraunfels xx x x x x x x xx x x x x x SAM AH TON rx x x ITXAH Ml XT 11 A x x x x x x x v x x x x x x x x x x aldZeit MOO 79 r YAMMH i OK 20 pages in two sections II Wednesday August Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Robert Newman Vol 145 No 190 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Sofia Campos Robert New man 40 Dean Jackson Sean Preuss and Eric Morris 14 years Happy anniversary wishes to Corrie Lea and Kenneth Fey 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Grass Pigweed trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 from Tuesday 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 gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Look for more of the same Tonight rr partly cloudy With a 50 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Low in the mid 70s Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph Thursday partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms High in the mid 90s South east wind near 10 mph Friday through Satur day partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thun derstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s Sunday partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thun derstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s NB got close to 100 Tuesday The National Weather Ser vice reported today that New Braunfels reached a high of 99 degrees Tuesday An increase in the cloud cover over the next few days will keep temperatures from reaching the century mark they said Cut emissions its ozone action day Today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner including avoiding excessive driving and reduc ing driving by carpooling Avoid using small gas engines such as lawnmowers and small generators If possible motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 so emissions from the gas wilt not enter the ozone Group plans river cleanup Friends For Rivers has announced plans to conduct its annual cleanup of the Guadalupe River Sept 13 The group will provide trans portation along the river and supplies for the event in exchange for a free Tshirt and dinner People are encouraged to call 180044 RIVER to register or for more information The event is scheduled to last about four hours beginning in the morn ing Residents turn out for National Night Out HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Kathy Faulkner Janet Voges Vickie Brown and Amy Bridges show off their Dont mess with Texas Avenue T shirts made for a neighborhood party celebrating National Night Out Tuesday By ABE LEVY Staff Writer They are the fantastic four Compelled to take action to prevent crime in their neighborhood Frances Valenzuela Gloria De La Cerda Mary Anne Peinemann and Annabelle Acker helped to form a neighborhood crime watch five years ago With driveby shootings and vandal ism occurring then at an alarming rate in their area around Nacogdoches Street and McQueeney Road the four banded together Their weapons have been simple but effective They watch out for each oth er and they report crime We used to wake up in the middle of the night and hear shots said De La Cerda who has lived in the neigh borhood for more than 20 years We all ganged up on them We reported crime and spread So on Tuesday night when the four matrons along with family and other neighbors staged a block party as part of the National Night Out celebration it was like a reunion The four ladies led one of 37 citywide block parties staged Tuesday night in connection with the National Night Out campaign to fight neighborhood crime A recordsetting residents were estimated to take part in the block par ties city officials said which is the most ever for the nineyearold event in New Braunfels It was said Don Fer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Bob Wilson feeds his son Matthew at a National Night Out party on Gruene Cove Tuesday guson assistant to the city manager It was the biggest weve had and it shows there is tremendous community support in crime prevention and neigh bors helping neighbors to build a safer The parties were designed to encour age people to turn on their porch lights step outside and meet their neighbors Uniformed police detectives Emer gency Medical Service personnel and city officials visited each one of the parties to support the effort and learn the technique of vigilance Every time I leave I let the other ladies said Acker who has lived in the neighborhood for 43 years I feel better knowing that I let someone know where Ill be and how to reach me If someone is torching my house they can let me The mood was festive at the Nacog doches Street block party Children played games as the adults sat in lawn chairs and chatted about local politics The more than 25 residents who showed up for the event enjoyed a vari ety of food and drinks each of them Turn to Block Parties Page 3A CISD Book will remain on reading list Trustees fail to overturn campus committee decision By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Language in a book used in an honors English class was not offen sive the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees decided Tuesday after failing to pass three motions effectively upholding the ruling made by a campuslevel committee Warren and Jeanette Shropshire parents of a student in Martha Rouses 11th grade English honors class at Smithson Valley High School said the book Montana 1948 was filled with and the district should be setting a bet ter example for its students They pointed out that the stu dents caught using the same graph ic or objectionable language would be severely disciplined Yet were giving them a book and telling them its OK to said Warren I dont think so Thats a double standard I dont think youre sending a clear mes Tuesdays hearing was the final step in the grievance process after two previous hearings regarding reconsideration of the book result ed in decisions to keep the book on the reading list Rouse said she chose the book because of the cultural issues it addressed and because it depicted the struggle between justice and loyalty The book examines the culture of the Sioux Indians and the experiences of white settlers It doesnt say one side is right and one is Rouse said It presents a very clear picture of both She added that students had the option of reading suitable alter natives if a book was objection able but no one expressed con cern about that book SVHS parent Vicki Pursch served on the committee that con sidered the request to have the book removed from the reading list She said the book addressed cul tural issues that could be found today She said literature should show all viewpoints and shield ing children from issues such as racism murder suicide and molestation did not prepare stu dents to face them later Whats up Warren and Jeanette Shropshire parents of a stu dent in Martha Rouses 11th grade English honors class said the book Montana 1948 was filled with Rouse said she chose the book because of the cultural issues it addressed and because it depicted the strug gle between justice and loyal ty SVHS parent Vicki Pursch said literature should show all viewpoints and shielding chil dren from issues such as racism murder suicide and molestation did not prepare students to face them later CISD trustees failed to approve three different motions regarding the book and effectively upheld a previ ous committee ruling that the book was not offensive and would remain on the reading list Theyre going out into the world and there is language like that out there and theres subject matter like that out there Theres cruelty and she said A student who served on the committee said she and other stu dents who read the book were not offended by the content or lan guage Trustee Scott Watson said he agreed that the book was good at pointing out cultural issues how ever he said it could have been written without the abusive lan guage Trustee John Clay agreed Im sorry but I think in this case the author destroyed this book with the he said This book is just filled with Other trustees said they found the book to be well written and a way to prepare and educate stu dents about cultural issues They said an Hthgrade honors class should be able to read the book within the context it was intended They also added that the book was based on perception I thought it was well said trustee Dora Gonzales As a parent I wouldnt have a problem with my son or daughter reading it in high school I think it just comes down to The first motion was made to uphold the ruling of the reconsid Turn to Book Page 2A Corps of Engineers cleans up Canyon Lake park facilities By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Army Corps of Engineers personnel and hired contractors are busy cleaning up the six parks at Canyon Lake devastated by Junes nearrecord floods Reservoir manager Jerry Brite said the Corps hoped to have three of those parks cleared of debris and open before the Labor Day weekend Our first priority is Comal Park North Park and Jacobs Creek Brite said We will try to reopen those before the Labor Day All six parks Comal Park North Park Jacobs Creek Park Cranes Mill Park Potters Creek Park and Canyon Park were flooded June 21 and 22 when as much as cubic feet of water per second flowed from the Guadalupe River Canyon Lake rose to 937 feet above mean sea level only 6 feet short of going across the spill way and 25 feet above the conservation pool lev el of 910 feet above mean sea level Brite said it took 46 days o drop the lake lev el to 910 feet above mean sea level He said since Canyon Lake was at that level the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority would now regulate the releases Since the flooding campgrounds facilities and picnic tables have been closed to the public at all six parks Work crews have started to clean pic nic tables restrooms parking lots debris and signs in each of the parks We have a lot of ground debris floating in such as tree limbs tree trunks and manmade trash which started to deposit in the parks from Brite said Crews in Comal Park have already finished he said Every manmade feature restrooms signs playgrounds drinking fountains picnic sites we cleaned with a high pressure Brite Turn to Corps Page 2A Early voting sees record numbers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Early voting in two races that could shape the future of education in New Braunfels and Comal County ended Tuesday with record high turnouts In a statewide election voters have the oppor tunity to determine how large an exemption they get when figuring school taxes A single vote will cover three basic changes to school property tax calculations The first change would increase residents homestead exemption from to The second part of the amendment would allow residents 65 and older to transfer their tax freeze to a new house when they move Cur rently residents pay regular taxes the first year and then the rate is frozen at the new values The third portion would allow residents 65 and older to reduce taxes based on a new for mula Comal County elections coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said that when early voting ended Tues day of the countys roughly regis tered voters had cast ballots She said Tuesday saw the highest volume at 458 and lines of vot ers were waiting to make their mark at the closing time They just dont want to wait until Turn to Early Voting Page 2A f Its open The Gruene Road bridge finally opened for traffic Tuesday after several weeks of being closed because of high water on the Guadalupe River HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Oarnall Getting too much sugar Page 9A Crime Stoppers offers reward in Kivlin Page 2A
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