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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 20332 PELS EL rx 9903 RALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 44 20 pages in 2 sections January 20 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Dog euthanized after attack on 8yearold boy Owner says animal was provoked BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The dog suspected in Fridays attack of an 8yearold boy was euthanized Tuesday to determine if it had rabies Joe Lara the city health authority said he had spoken to the dogs owner and obtained written permission from her to have the dog put down Lara said the dog was euth anized Tuesday afternoon The head was sent to Austin for evalua tion to determine whether the animal had rabies Lara said the information to be used in treating the victim would be avail able today According to police reports the incident occurred when the victim and his 8yearold friend were playing table tennis in the friends yard The dog a Chow attacked when the victim reached down for a ball that rolled away from the table The victim was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment of bite marks and lacerations to his neck arm leg and chest Officials said the boy still was feeling some discomfort but was out of danger The dogs owner and her family said they believed the dog was provoked The owner who asked not to be identified expressed regret the incident happened but said the animal had been teased and pro voked before the attack Four children including the victim had been bouncing on a trampoline and throwing balls at the dog immediately before the attack she said She said the dog always had been gentle and had no history of attacking people As the dog was biting he was being hit and that caused him to bite she said She said the dog had been a family pet and would be missed The owners were cited for two violations of the citys animal control ordinance said Sgt John McEachem of the New Braunfels Police Department Lights camera Film class puts students right into action of film industry BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Roy Hargrove has his own little piece of Hollywood at Smithson Valley High School Movie posters and stills line the walls along Hargroves library of more than videocassettes A poster of the periodic table of ele ments and a diagram of die digestive system remmd visitors tiusis aelass room and not a cramped video store Twentyeight junior and senior students fill the chairs in the room twice a week to evaluate scenes from films or hear guest speakers talk about working in the film industry The class Analyzing Visual Media is so popular that a second section of the class likely will be added next year Hargrove said Hargrove who is certified to teach history and English said he was for tunate to be able to teach a subject he enjoyed so much He said he came by his love for the movies honestly My dad worked as a projection ist for 40 years and owned a theater in Texas City for five Har grove said I grew up in But just like the real Hollywood Hargrove said he emphasized that f ilm work truly was work ROBIN Speaking before a roomful of Smithson Valley High school students actress Katsy Joiner emphasizes the number of actors who are applying for jobs in Texas and Hollywood San Antoniobased actress Katsy Joiner brought home that point dur ing Tuesdays class She told stu dents that film work could be lucra tive for those fortunate enough to get steady work but keeping up with the industry identifying potential work following up auditions and not offending casting directors was a fulltime job She said the students were fortu nate to have a class to help them learn about the film industry When I was in school it never occurred to me that there were agents and possible acting work in San Joiner said I thought you had to go to for The class also takes trips to places such as editing studios for students interested in the technical side I want to be a movie SVHS junior Kelly Sweetin said I took the class to learn more about the how and why movies are For their final exam the students are divided into groups that script produce act edit and make promo tional material for their own movies Hargrove said he saw the class as a writing class that made students better writers and gave them a deep er appreciation of film If you take something that people like such as movies and use it as a tool to help someone do something they dont like such as writing you can have success in obtaining your Hargrove said Growth sparks concern about emergencies NBISD foundation to tap well of private funds BY HEATHER TODD indeoendent nonorofit entirv to orivatelv fund 199798 school vear HEATHER Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees are looking for ways to enhance funding for instruction in a time of decreasing state dol lars The board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to create an education foundation to improve and augment opportunities for students and teachers On Oct 20 the board of trustees adopted three board goals for the 199899 school year one of which was to establish a foundation program as an independent nonprofit entity to privately fund public education Board president Bette Spain said many school districts throughout the state set up foundations to cultivate interest and funding for specific educa tional programs not within the districts budgetary guidelines or supported by state funding Public schools in Kerrville have benefited from a private education foundation since 1990 Ben Lucas president of the Kerrville Public School Foundation said the foundation provided more than in teaching materials not fund ed by the school districts regular budget during the 199798 school year Its an excellent vehicle for the community to enhance excellence in Lucas said The success of a privately funded foundation though really varies depending on the response from the community and how much they con tribute to A committee now will be established to pick a board of directors for the New Braunfels public school foundation Spain said the foundation was designed to finan cially support public education programs through an endowment fund Planners focus on needs of fire department BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Members of a master plan subcommittee aired their con cerns Mon day about the citys ability to provide emergency fire and rescue ser vices dur ing future COLLIER population growth Police department services also were called into question in light of population figures that showed New Braunfels could expand to more than residents by 2020 Some subcommittee mem bers said they believed the citys fire rescue and police services could not keep up with those growth estimates without a capital investment program established to pay for the services This is something thats definitely going to have to be said Dennis Heitkamp a member of the community facilities capital finance and implementation subcommittee The committee is one of several participating in the cre ation of the New Braunfels comprehensive plan The comprehensive plan also referred to as the master is a document intended for use as a guide for officials with respect to making deci sions about growth and devel opment in New Braunfels for the next 20 years City fire battalion chief John Herber criticized a recently completed draft of the com prehensive plan Herber wrote in a Jan 5 letter to city plan Fire rescue and police staff Fire Police department staff consists of 65 firefight ers and training officers and two additional per sonnel not qualified to fight fires or conduct emergency lifesaving techniques the 87 fulltime staff personnel 57 are com missioned police offi cers Information provided by New Braunfels chief financial officer Chet Lewis ning director Harry Bennett that New Braunfels emer gency services departments required assurances that these services will be brought up to adequate staffing as more people become residents of the city Herber is a member of the community facilities capital finance and implementation subcommittee and also is one of three battalion chiefs assigned to the New Braun fels Fire Department In the Jan 5 letter to Ben nett Herber said assuming and taking for granted that city emergency services would be staffed and equipped to handle future needs will not guarantee that the issues will be considered or find their way in front of the decision A draft of the comprehen sive plan did not mention emergency services Herber wrote and he compared that to building a house on a foundation of He suggested that these funda mental concerns find a Cancer patient living life to fullest Kim Merrttt canter is surrounded by her children from left Asnlyn Kenny and Brittany in their Bulverde home Benefit planned for Saturday BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer BULVERDE Life sometimes has thrown Kim Merritt some punch es but shes never backed down from a fight Ive always been a fighter and Ive always had to fend for said Kim a Bulverde resident HELPING A benefit barbecue dinner will begin at 7 Saturday at Big Daddys Bar and Grill on Texas 46 west of 281 Live music will start at 8 mothjtf of three I am not going to Kira has faced her share of obsta cles as a single mother of three chil dren ranging in age from the fifth to the eleventh grade while owning and operating her own cleaning busi ness in Bulverde Her greatest challenge however came in 1990 when she was diag nosed with breast cancer Kim recently began the second round of her battle against the dis ease It went into remission five years INSIDE
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