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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY VCHS to host boys tourney this weekend Page 1B 50 CENTS Qoal so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 I I 16 pages in two sections Thursday December New Braunfels 4 Jfl M HeraldZeit Serving Comal County arid surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Blanca Qarcla Vol 146 No 25 JU2 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Rosie Davila Roberto Gomez Blanca Garcia Andy Garcia Lorene Cooksey Alfredo Ale man Jr Dina S Gon zales Francisco Fuentes and Alex Munoz Jr Happy anniversary wishes go to Rocky and Velma Molina 15 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds 673 Cedar Elm Pollen measured h parts per meter of air Infexmalion provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 330 cubic feet per sec ond Wednesday same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level Wednesday down 03 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 163 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and gallons of well water Drag out those umbrellas Highs in the lower 70s Tonight becoming cloudy with some patchy fog Lows in the 50s Friday Mostly cloudy and cool with some patchy light drizzle Highs in the 60s Friday night cloudy with a chance of rain or thunder storms late Lows in the 50s to near 60 Saturday Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or thunderstorms Decreasing clouds late Lows in the 40s to around 50 Highs in the 50s Sunday Partly cloudy Lows in the 30s Highs in the 50s Monday Increasing cloudiness Lows in the 30s Highs in the 50s American Legion auxiliary shares spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the American Legion Auxiliary Post No 179 This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Cheer Fund Volunteers are needed to package food baskets bought with money donated to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Volunteers can drop by the HeraldZeitung offices 707 Landa any time after 8 to help Recent contributions include Mr and Mrs Herb R Schneider Sara D Baenziger Mary Kathryn Cunning Josh Cunningham Anonymous Committee mulls oneway traffic on Hunter BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Some Gruene residents would have to change the way they drive to New Braun fels if a request to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board is approved A proposal that Hunter Road be made a dneway street from Gruene Road to New Braunfels Street has been made to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board by a merchant who operates a busi ness on New Braunfels Street The pro posal will be considered today at during the Transportation and Traf fic Advisory Board meeting at the munic ipal building Idiave to go right on New Braunfels Street and left on Gruene Road to get to Common said Paul Hammaker president of the Gruene Homeowners Middle school students test skills to solve mystery BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A drop of blood a footprint and a strand of hair are some clues helping New Braunfels Middle School students answer the question Who stole Packi The clues are part of a forensics course NBMS teachers are presenting to acquaint schodfs v was stolen and later foundorvthe New Braunfels Middle School campus An anvjf Jwo ten lettersand a box students with chro mosome typing handwriting analysis blood typing and fab ric analysis among other means used by police to discern evi dence found at crime mining who stole on evK dence found at the scenes The curriculum is heavy on science but incorporates math social studies and lan guage arts too The project emphasizes how all skills are said Kristie son science instructor Seventhgrade students of Thompson Claire Smith Jarolyn Popp Michael Brooks Chuck Faires and Melody Carlisle are using skills derived from the course to discover who stole a rival schools mascot found on NBMS grounds amidst some incriminating evidence Packi Puchwana High Schools priceless model elephant was found by NBMS principal Lisa Har ter near a box believed to have been used to trans port him An anvil and two handwritten letters were found at the scene Students lifted fingerprints from the box and took samples from the anvil that had remnants of blood and hair on it They analyzed a footprint to see if the size of the print could be related to the height of a possible suspect We really loaded on the said Thomp son Students outlined what happened and recreated the night with their own interpretations of evidence found at the crime scene They wrote narratives on their findings for slide presentations As were doing our slide shows there is a great emphasis on grammar sentence construction and said Popp language arts teacher They use sophisticated sentences to describe the crime said Popp During classes recently students examined dif ferent animal hairs under microscopes to learn how to identify them Although whole fingerprints can be difficult to get hair is commonly found at crime scenes and can reveal to forensic scientists many clues about who could have left it there according to the course taught by Thompson All the stuff weve been learning and writing down is getting us closer to solving the crime said student David Reeves In the beginning some peo ple didnt have a Wright and his classmates make up several foren sic teams recording their interpretations of the crime on computer They students made scale drawings and are using spreadsheets to catalog incriminating evi HeraldZeitung photos by Susan Jakobsen Amanda Jergins a seventh grader at New Braunfels Middle School studies hair samples under a microscope during a forensics course taught by several NBMS teachers said math teacher Melody Carlisle One student said the most interesting part of the course was distinguishing evidence found on the anvil It was run figuring out the blood said stu dent Pauline Wright She and other classmates learned about this process so they could compare the type of blood on the anvil with suspects blood Paper chromatology was taught to help students analyze which pen could have written the letters Even New Braunfels police officers instructed stu dents on stepbystep operations at real crime scenes It will be interesting to see how it all turns said Thorhpson The prime suspects await their ver vice principals Truett Goss and Ernie Casas and librarian Gwen Eberhart are under inves tigation for burglary Students will continue with the next phase of the class this week Kiley Morris and Stephen Mendoza both sev enth graders analyze evidence to solve the mystery of Who stole Puchwana High Schools mascot They follow the same procedures used by criminal investigators Association I dont understand what they the board are trying to The proposal would mean that traffic coming from FarmtoMarket 306 would have to veer to the right at New Braunfels Street in order to access Gruene Road Turn to Gruene Page 2A United Way shy of goal Residents have time to make contributions By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The mercury in the United Way ther mometer inches closer toward the top with officially pledged said 1997 campaign chairman James Dunks Were or so he said United Way benefits 30 area agen cies that help families youth elderly and the disabled locally Ninetyeight percent of each con tribution stays right here in Comal Dunks said United Way keeps raising the goal and Comal County citizens keep meet ing the challenge he said even with such worthwhile endeavors as McKen na Memorial Hospital the Senior Cit izens Center and the Hummel Museum asking for help from a generous public Area employers have given the Unit ed Way drive a huge shot in the arm by allowing employees to pledge payroll deduction donations Dunks said Close to the top does not equal over the top and United Way continues to accept contributions he said Individual contributions can be made by mailing a check payable to United Way of Comal County to 421 S Seguin Ave New Braunfels TX 78130 Someone who wants to contribute to United Way through payroll deduc tion can simply ask for a form from his employer If he doesnt already have a payroll deduction form we have those at the United Way he said For information about United Way call 6207760 Dunks said his stint as United 1997 campaign chairman had been nothing but a pleasure The people we work with not only board members but different agencies have been he said It shows you what the true meaning of giving is all about they all are To give Time still is left in which to help United Way reach its 1997 goal to support 30 agen cies that aid families youth the elderly and disabled in Comal County Make checks payable to United Way of Comal County 421 S Seguin Ave New Braunfels TX 78130 For information call 6207760 Curbside recycling undergoes changes but hopefully will look same BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels curbside recycling program will undergo some changes in 1998 but city and county officials said they hoped those changes would not be felt by local residents A threeyear contract wjtji waste ser vice and recycling provider Brown ingFerris Industries of San Antonio better known as BFI will expire Dec 31 Two days later city of New Braun fels workers will begin making rounds in three recently purchased recycling trucks to pick up glass aluminum tin newspaper and plastic City workers will follow the same routes and residents are instructed to make no changes to normal recycling schedules Residents should have recy clable materials ready for pickup on the same days in the same place and in the same containers assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson said Where a resident lives determines what day the materials will be collect ed Were hoping the transition will be unnoticeable to he said Fewer missed pickups fewer trash spills and more responsive service are some advantages to the city taking over the program Ferguson said Residents can pick up the phone to the city and get immediate said Ferguson as opposed to dealing with a large outoftown metro provider like BFI The transition will not raise rates for customers The per month pay ment to the city for onceaweek curb side recycling pickup service is item ized on their monthly utility bills according to NBU officials Three compartmentalized trucks valued at more than or some each were bought by the city of New Braunfels rYom the city of San Antonio when a pilot recycling pro ject there was nixed The trucks feature separate compartments each of which holds specific recyclable material and dumps it individually Toys for Tots deadline for donations is Friday Page 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