New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 12, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 12, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Football teams practice in pads Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeit 12 pages in one section Tuesday August 2 M009 B G W 3 T fl t C R 0 P U B I 31 I I H G 2627 E Y AMI DK Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Frank p A S 0 T X 79903 145 No 194 Inside Slaninitisdi Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Hemld Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Frank James 46 Kristin Mitchell 11 Pre ston Overstreet Gloria Over street Rita Kaufrnann Alexan der Ross 2 years and Molly Cholico Happy Anniversary wishes go to Randy and Jane Reinarz 50 years and Keith and Brandy Klabunde To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Ragweed 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 9 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs by 2 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 P Typical August weather continues Tonight partly cloudy Low in the upper 70s South east wind 510 rnph Wednesday partly cloudy and hot Isolated late afternoon showers and thun derstorms chance of rain less than 20 percent High in the upper 90s South wind near 10mph Thursday through Sat urday some late night and early morning cloudiness Otherwise mostly sunny and continued hot and dry days Mostly fair skies in the evenings Lows in the 70s Highs in the upper 90s The high Monday reached 98 degrees but the heat index was calculated as high as 107 degrees The low dipped to 77 degrees Time running out for immunizations Children must have all the required immunizations in order to start school For some private schools classes are already in session and public schools will begin classes next week This doesnt leave much time to get your little one immunized For more informa tion call the county health department at 6205595 Fund established to find pawn shop shooter Two separate funds have been set up as rewards for infor mation regarding the man who brutally shot local businessman Michael Kivlin on Aug 2 Crime Stoppers is offering a reward the maximum the agency can offer The HeraldZeitung and Nor west Bank in cooperation with Crime Stoppers have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased To participate yend your donation to the Michael Kivlin Reward Fund at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa Anyone witn information about this crime should call 620TIPS or 800 6408422 Discovering the Bahn HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall Wes Dorman and Kevin Brown of Termite Art Productions sets up and sends Gary Slade publisher of Amusement Today down the Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn waterpark Monday morning Termite Art Productions is producing a television program for the Discovery Channel called Wild Rides which will air in February Prosecutor Tshirt case is dropped By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Schools adjust to new exemptions By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer In the wake of Saturdays landslide vote in favor of a state constitutional amendment raising the homestead exemption from to local school adminis trators are continuing to work to deter mine the impact the vote will have on the districts New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict Assistant Superintendent for Finance Lonnie Curtis said he formulated the dis tricts 19971998 budget based on the premise the amendment would pass I would have had to do more work if the amendment had not Curtis said The legislation leading to the amend ment precluded school districts from setting tax rates prior to Saturdays election The only work related to the election lemaiimig for the district is to set the tax rate to sup port the budget passed by NB1SD trustees last week Curtis said the district would conduct a public tax rate hearing for citizens to voice their opinion about the tax rate on or about Sept 1 The district likely would propose a tax rate of per 5100 valuation based on the exemption Curtis said The higher tax rate combined with the increased exemption should provide a slight decrease in property owners final tax bill The current tax rate is per 5100 valuation based on the current homestead exemption Wfth the higher exemption a tax bill on a home would drop from S 91 to if the proposed tax rate is adopted Curtis said tax bills should be mailed shortly after the school board adopts the tax rate at its Sept 15 meeting CISD finance director Abel Campos said his district stood to lose as much as from a cap placed on the amount of taxes citizens 65 and older would have to pay The state said it would make up to us the money lost due to the exemption being raised by but I dont see the state making up the difference due to tax caps Turn to Exemptions Page 2 A charge against a New Braunfels teen accused of wear ing an allegedly offensive Tshirt was dropped Monday New Braunfels Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer said he dismissed a charge of disorderly conduct against David Gonzalez 17 who reportedly wore the Tshirt at WalMart in New Braunfels More than a week ago police arrested Gonzalez for wearing a Tshirt with an upsidedown cross a naked woman and a expletive referring to Christ police said Boyer said case law regard ing freedom of speech and lack of evidence were the two main reasons he decided not to pur sue the charge That doesnt mean it wasnt offensive as far as community standards but the Supreme Court is clear that its going to be he said That Tshirt conveys an idea and isnt directed at a specific Boyer said he was not influ enced to drop the charge because of the American Civil Liberties Union which objected to the arrest and said it would consider supporting a legal challenge by Gonzalez ACLU representatives could not be reached for comment Monday evening or this morn ing Gonzalez spent the night in jail and faced a potential penalty of 5500 and no jail time for the Class C misdemeanor Gonzalez could not be reached by telephone or at his residence New Braunfels Police Chief That doesnt mean it wasnt offensive as far as community standards but the Supreme Court is clear that its going to be pro Bruce Boyer Municipal Court prosecutor Ray Douglas said he supported the two police officers who made the arrest but pursuing charges was the prosecutors decision In a lot of disorderly con ducts there is a lot of lack of evidence We dont get a chance to take a photograph with the focus being on the shirt In hind sight maybe we should he said Our officers have to make an interpretation of law in a short Boyer said his understanding was that the Tshirt which would have helped a potential prosecution was destroyed by the teens father Boyer said he considered the initial arrest to be valid since the Tshirt was causing a disturbance in the store and the situation could have posed a threat to Gonzalezs safety According to the state penal code disorderly conduct includes 12 offenses that police consider in making an arrest They include using vulgar language to incite an immediate breach of and making an offensive gesture or display to someone NBISD trustees take office reorganize board The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will be reshuffled with four new cards tonight when the four candidates who emerged as the winners in Sat urdays school board race take their seats Sylvia Sanchez and Bette Spain were reelected to the school board for the District 1 and atlarge seats respectively Don Bedford was elect ed to fill the other atlarge seat vacated by Leo Chafin who did not seek another term Bill Biggadike will fill the District 4 seat Biggadike who will serve one year is com pleting the term vacated earlier this year by Jaime Padilla Each of the other three will serve a threeyear term Editorial about NBISD board Page 4A The NBISD Board of Trustees will meet at 7 tonight at the education center board room 430 W Mill St Trustees will canvass the election results and officially declare the winners After the trustees have been sworn in the board will elect its officers In April the board attempted to reor ganize its officers after Padilla resigned Three motions tailed on a 33 vote so board vice president Carlos Campos has been presiding at the meetings Back to school HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The first day of classes at Sts Peter and Paul School finds firstgrader Ryan Hall a little stir crazy Monday afternoon Hall and the other chil dren in Mrs Smiths firstgrade class made cat faces and mittens to coincide with a lesson about Three Little County approves flood reappraisals By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Communities in Schools expands presence at NBHS By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels High School will have a new face on campus this fall and the sole mission of that individual will be to battle dropout and truancy rates When New Braunfels Independent School District trustees approved the 19971998 budget last week they approved funding for expansion of the Communities In Schools program to the high school level CIS is already in six other campus es in NBISD including New Braunfels Middle School CIS is a national program that focus es on the needs of the family and the student said Christine Douglas CIS executive director CIS workers boost students selfesteem focus on good health help gain access to needed resources and help students toward a quality education We really are there to help the stu dents set goals for themselves and stay in said Douglas The Com munities in Schools program is a national program and the focus of the program is to stop NBHS principal Keith Garinger said the district already had one individual serving as an attendance liaison How ever that individual serves the entire district and is spread be said tod he wanted o CIS project director at the high school campus because the individual would have more time to give the high school He said it also took an enthusiastic and caring indi vidual to be successftil and that was the kind of people who worked for CIS Its been very effective in other Gannger said project directors have a real heart for young people and keeping young people in Gannger said the position which will use one of the budgets reserve teaching positions would improve attendance by targeting truancy and dropouts areas every school across the state is worried about New Braunfels High School was rated as low performing in 1995 based on its 1994 Hispanic dropout rate Garinger said districts across the state had problems that year because of the way the state tracked students when they left the district Once districts changed their method of accounting for students he said the ratings improved Douglas said CIS does whatever possible to keep a student in school She said the program worker would offer incentives to attend school buy a student an alarm clock or just be at school to say good morning Douglas said the project director would even pick up a student who was not in class at 8 and have him there by 10 when attendance was taken The need is Douglas said I think well make an impact We wont Turn to NBHS Page 2 Comal County commissioners on Thursday authorized reappraising prop erty damaged by floods earlier this summer and Comal Independent School District administrators will urge trustees to follow suit this week Comal Appraisal District chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers said according to the Property Tax Code property located in an area declared a natural disaster can be reappraised to reflect the damage The western side of the county received the most damage from the deluge of water in late June According to the countys request to be included in the disaster area it reported 55 fam ilies and businesses flooded and 14 families needed temporary housing Damages were expected to total at least County roads received minor dam age According to the county fire mar shal a few more than 40 households requested flood assistance Individual taxing entities must autho rize a reappraisal in this case Comal County and CISD Rodgers said if the two decided to authorize the reap praisal paying the costs associated with it would be up to them He said if only one entity asked for the reappraisal the other entity still would use ihe original appraised values He said the CAD could absorb the major Turn to County Page 2 Hay show entries are due next week Page 7 ;

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