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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY volleyball team beats Canyon Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeitu 20 w VAN I UK TX 20 pages in two sections Wednesday September 17 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Roma Fottrwr Vol 145 No 215 Inside Stnmmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Andrew Fuentes Marisol Padilla Cris Vasquez Roma Feltner Leora Swenson Atanazia C Martinez 10 Teresa Snow 26 years Edward Alan Campos 7 years Cora Fanning Maria Corona 30 years and Jeannie and Jimmy Lagunas Jr To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pigweed 8 130 Grass 8 Cedar Elm 178 Cocklebur 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 up 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 05 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used P Rain cooler temperatures on way Tonight Partly cloudy Low in the upper 70s South east wind 510 mph Thursday Morning cloudiness then sunny High in the mid 90s Southeast wind 1015 mph Friday Partly cloudy Highs in the 90s Saturday Partly cloudy with a good chance of thun derstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s Sunday Mostly cloudy and much cooler with a chance of showers and thun derstorms Lows in the 60s Highs in the 70s Gruene Market Days come this weekend Old Gruene Market Days will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6 in his toric Gruene There will be more than 100 vendors on hand featuring a variety of arts and crafts items Red Cross training volunteers Saturday Red Cross will conduct an orientation for those interested in becoming volunteers at 9 Saturday in the second floor conference room at McKenna Memorial Hospital For information call 6256148 or 6062170 Seguin hosts housing fair The city of Seguin the Seguin Housing Authority and the Seguin Board of Realtors will sponsor the second annu al Seguin Housing Fair from to Sept 23 at the Seguin Guadalupe County Coliseum Smith staff member visits Canyon Lake A member of Congressman Lamar Smiths staff will be in Sattler today to assist Comal County residents with prob lems or questions Shelby Graves will be avail able to meet with constituents from 1 to 4 at Canyon Lake Action Center No appointment is necessary Diez ySeis dancer Memorial Elementary student Andrea Gomez shows classmates a traditional Mexican dance In the cafeteria Tuesday during lunch periods Tuesday was the celebration for Mexican Independence day Dlez y Sets HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall NBISD falls Comal gains on SATs By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Both local school districts received stu dents scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test and while one district improved by more than 100 points the other dropped by 41 points The Comal Independent School Dis trict composite score on the SAT went from 896 in 19951996 to 1003 in 1996 1997 The New Braunfels Independent School District scores went from 1055 to 1014 for that same period but adminis trators said they were not alarmed Scores on the ACT tests tracked the SAT results NBISD assistant superintendent of instructional services Rosalyn Bratcher told the board the administration was con cerned about the scores but was not over Scholastic Aptitude Test Results 199697 National Average 1016 State Average 995 New Braunfels High 1014 Smlthson Valley High 981 Canyon High 1034 199596 National Average 1013 State Average 995 New Braunfels High 1055 Smithson Valley High 895 Canyon High 897 ly alarmed about the results She said dur ing the past five years test scores fluctu ated and even dropped more than 80 points between 199394 and 199495 Of course well be very alarmed if it happens two or three years in a row and we see a Bratcher said 1 think our scores are still strong but of course we always want them to do Bratcher said determining exactly why the scores dropped this year would be dif ficult The number of students taking the test increased from 145 to 156 and that could have affected the average because not just high achieving students were tak ing it She said other factors including dif ferences in programs or student achieve ment level also could affect the scores There are just so many factors that can influence this it can be hard to ferret it she said Turn to SATs Page 2A WORD mulls early warning system By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The topic of an early warning sys tem to save lives on the Guadalupe River during floods will be discussed at the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District meeting tonight GuadalupeBlanco River Authority general manager Bill West will talk to the board about the early warning sys tem The meeting starts at at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler on FarmtoMarket 2673 The system would be a set of sta tions and gauges along the river that would gather information on weather conditions and send that information to GBRA in Seguin GBRA then would notify local authorities to evac uate campers rafters and tubers along River Road if necessary GBRA has estimated that the pro ject would cost around It is asking the city of New Braunfels Comal County and WORD each to commit funding to the pro ject WORD manager Jim Inman said the WORD board delayed commit ting money to the project until it received more details from GBRA on how the warning system would be used to alert recreationalists along the river We dont know how we get the information back to the businesses and campgrounds where the peo ple are Inman said That is where we dont have the City manager Mike Shands said the city council was waiting for more specifics from GBRA before it decid ed to enter an interlocal agreement with the county and possibly WORD on the early warning system Turn to WORD Page 2A Playing with the pros HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall New Braunfels High School sophomore Michael Schaeffer pounds a ball to the green at La Cantera Golf Course in San Antonio Schaeffer was playing nine holes with PGA golfer Loren Roberts in the Cheetos ProJunior Skins Game Roberts won the CVS Charity Classic last weekend in Sutton Mass See Sports Day for more information San Antonio wants to buy Canyon Lake surface water By DAVID DEKUNDER and DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writers Another water entity has put its signature on the clotted line to receive surface water from Canyon Lake On Tuesday the San Antonio Water System board approved a preliminary agreement with the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority to pump acrefeet of water from Canyon Lake to an area in northeast San Antonio by the turn of the cen tury SAWS is one of a few agencies trying to make an agreement with GBRA This spring the Canyon Lake Water Supply Cor poration board of directors approved a joint agreement to join in the project The contract is expected to cost SAWS million a year SAWS director of water resources Greg Rothe said He said SAWS customers were expected to receive the Canyon Lake water within the next three or four years We think it will serve about households because one acrefoot of water is enough for three Rothe said Rothe said the surface water probably would serve customers in the northeast part of San Antonio SAWS decided to make the deal with GBRA because of the citys need for alternative water sources and to reduce depen dence on the Edwards Aquifer Our citizens committee group appointed by the mayor was directed to pursue additional sources of water to supplement our Edwards Rothe said It is a firm supply of Rothe said the new GBRA contract would cost SAWS 25 to 30 cents per customer per month Rothe said That would not nec essarily translate into a rate increase he said The San Antonio River Authority and the Bexar Metropolitan Water District the city of Fair Oaks Ranch and water companies in western Comal County are looking into contracting with GBRA for Canyon Lake water The project could provide acrefeet of water to both western Comal County and northern Bexar County Roger Biggers New Braunfels Utilities assistant general manager for technical operations said the deal actually would benefit some residents in Comal County Residents in the far western portion of the county would have access to the water without having to carry the entire cost burden Biggers said another benefit of the plan was that it would reduce the burden on the Edwards Aquifer Survey Many lack basic knowledge about Constitution By ANICK JESDANUN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Pop quiz How many senators are there One in two Americans do not know the answer is 100 according to a sur vey on the Constitution released Monday And two in five dont know there are three branches of govern ment let alone what they are Mayoi Edward G Rendell of Philadelphia where the Constitution was signed 210 years ago this Wednes day said the results were disappointing That shows an appalling lack of knowledge for a document that deter mines what we said Rendell chairman of the National Constitution Center created by Congress in 1988 to increase awareness of the document Every day issues important and cen tral to us as people and government are affected by the Fewer than one in five surveyed were able to correctly answer at least Local bells ring on 210th anniversary From staff reports Today marks the 210th anniver sary of the signing of the Con stitution the document that laid the framework for our federal govern ment At 3 today bells at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church First Unit ed Methodist Church First Protes tant Church St Johns Episcopal Church Cross Lutheran Church and Comal County Courthouse were to ring to commemorate the occasion And today through Sept 23 has been proclaimed Constitution Week The Texas Society of the See Editorial Page 4A Daughters of the American Revolu tion including local members is tak ing advantage of the opportunity to educate the public about the Consti tution Gov George W Bush wrote in his proclamation The Constitution went into force in 1789 and has been amended only 27 times This docu ment is the longestlasting constitu tion in Local attorney Esther Seidel corn See Anniversary Page 2A eight of 10 basic questions such as how long senators serve six who nominates Supreme Court jus tices the president and what the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were called the Bill of Rendell whose group sponsored the survey did find a ray of hope in find See Constitution Page 2A Test your knowledge of the Constitution 1 When was the Constitution written 2 Where was the Constitution written 3 What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called 4 Do you recall what the introduction of the Constitution is called 5 How many branches of the federal government are there 6 How many senators are there in the Congress 7 How many years are there in a term 8 How many voting members are there in the House of Representatives many years are there in a representatives iemt 10 Who norninatofi the justices of the Supreme Court lit Ptflft 2A for antwers and how you compared with the rttt of the nation Symphony launches 20th season Page 8A
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