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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEwllKFELS T T nr HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 45 14 pages in 1 section January THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Photo submitted This is how the courthouse looked in 1898 Who says 100 years is old County honors courthouse BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer If bands and parades and cele brations and birthday parties are among your interests by all means go to the courthouse Friday after noon Beginning with the ringing of the courthouse bells at and a parade at the county will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Comal County Coutthotise this is for the people interest ed in old buildings and the history of Comal said Moe Schwab county commissioner and chairman of the 100th Anniver sary Committee The main plaza will be closed to traffic from until 3 for the parade All three of the countys high school bands will play alongside vintage cars and horsedrawn vehicles The parade will begin in the 100 block of Castell Street turn left on West San Antonio Street and travel around the plaza One hundred years to the day after the courthouse was dedicated the same steps used by the plebes and patricians of the county for the past 100 years will be the stage for speeches and songs A detailed history of the court houses history published in Sun days HeraldZeitung will be avail able at the courthouse A Germanlanguage choir and a barbershop group will provide the songs to complement a reading of the activities at the dedication from Jan Commemorative pins will be available at the ceremony and after the commissioners court meeting today The pins can be bought for each The courthouse will close for business at noon Friday Items taken from the time cap sule this past year are on display at the courthouse Beer bottle labels school reports and other memo rabilia from the last century will be on exhibit Varsity hues Canyon coach played in still likes sideline in red BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer They say everybody has 15 minutes of fame Bobby Ramos found his 15 minutes with a little unnecessary roughness Ramos is the assistant varsity coach for the boys soccer team at Canyon High School but during his summer vacation he became an overnight celebrity The recently released Paramount film Varsity Blues was filmed in and around Austin last May and Ramos was one of many Texas ath letes used as entrylevel stunt men during the bonecrushing football scenes Ramos said getting his face on the silver screen like all opportunities in life depended on being at the right place at the right time Ramos who was living in San Mar cos heard about an opencasting call in Austin for extras in the football movie He almost missed his chance to rub elbows and butt heads with upandcoming stars Id had a bad day because I had all these interviews in San Antonio and I had to drive back to San Ramos said I didnt really look for ward to driving in rushhour traffic up to Austin but I made the drive any Ramos said he was the last appli cant to be but the stunt coordinator likektus look and told him to come back second audi tion the next morniflg Out of opencasting call applicants Ramos was one of 350 asked to return Ramos said the audition included 40yard dash and agility drills which narrowed the list to 60 applicants by the next day After more final cuts Ramos remained as one of 38 applicants picked to appear in the movie The film directed by Brian Rob bins stars James Van Der Beek of Dawsons Creek fame Jon Voight Paul Walker Ron Lester and Scott ROBIN Wearing his jersey from the movie Bobby Ramos gets into his stance in front of the Varsity Blues movie poster at the Walnut 6 movie the ater Below Ramos an assistant varsity coach for the boys soccer team at Canyon High School and teacher at Canyon Middle School peers between movie platters in the projection booth fanatics Ramos who played football at Southwest Texas State University played on the West Canaan Coy ote football team as well as four dif ferent players on opposing teams I enjoyed being one of the good guys the most There were people sitting in trvi stands who were trained to for the good guys and boo for the so when the Coyotes made a big awe he said Ramos is in his first year of coach See Caan son of famous actor James Caan The movie focuses on the offen sive line of a smalltown Texas high school football team with a winatall costs coach and a town full of football Insurance rates might be on rise Number of local traffic accidents up 12 percent BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The number of traffic accidents in New Braunfels rose 12 percent last year but what that will do to local auto insur ance rates is unclear A report provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety showed traffic accidents were reported in the city in 1998 up from in 1997 The number of traf fic fatalities also increased last year with five recorded com pared to only one in 1997 The report indicated a driver in New Braunfels more like ly was to have a traffic accident than a driver in Austin or San Antonio New Braunfels rated 90th among 283 Texas cities included in the report Statistics showed accidents for every people residing in the city in 1997 Austin rated number 128 on the report with 8 accidents per and San Antonio came in at number 172 with a relatively safe rating of accidents per The state average was accidents per popula tion Lt John Wommack of tiie New Braunfels Police Depart ment said the number of accidents was up because of an increased volume of traffic The streets and roads in the city were not engineered to handle the amount of traffic that they see on dairy Wbrnmacksaii The ongoing expansion of Interstate 35 through New Braunfels likefy will cause the situation to get worse before it gets better Wommack said The inconvenience for the five years of the project will be tremendous but when its finished it will be one of the best things to happen to our Wommack said Local insurance agents said automobile insurance rate payers probably would not be affected immediately by the upturn in accidents Randy Kasberg of Farmers Insurance Group said local rates were based on the number of accidents and the num ber of the claims paid in a threecounty region including Comal Hays and Guadalupe counties He said rates here usually run about 30 percent below those of San Antonio residents We in this area enjoy a better rating even though a lot of people that live here work in San Kasberg said Will Laubach of Farm Bureau Insurance said more than one years statistics was needed to bring on a rate increase Its got to be a trend over about five years before you would see a significant increase in Laubach said He said the last six months of 1998 were relatively calm but the first half of the year was very active in regard to the number of claims filed Dick Koegle of State Farm Insurance said rates were set by the state insurance board and based on the number and severity of accidents in an area He said 1998 might have been an exceptional year and might not affect rates for a year or more New principal in region taking on contenders BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Keith Garinger has been principal for New Braunfels High School for a little more than a year but hes already found his way into the spotlight Garinger was named Principal of the Year for Region 13 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in December GARINGER Garinger was nominated for the award by adminis trators through the district and now will compete in against 19 other top prin cipals statewide It was a great surprise and a super honor to be Garinger said This honor is not just mine but also rec ognizes the whole district as Garinger said the honor would not have been awarded to him without the support of faculty administrators and students I think its fantastic that he received this recognition New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent Ron Reaves said I hope it also testifies to the caliber of individuals we have in the Chris Hines chairman of the Region 13 Texas Association of Secondary School Principals selection committee said the six member selection committee used several different criteria to choose the principal of the year The No 1 criteria is an application the See PRINCIPALS Banquet tickets still available PROM STAFF REPORTS Tickets still were available 80th Annual Banquet and Meet ing hosted by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Inc Chamber officials said this at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter will mix video presentations with an awards banquet and a few quick remarks This is an actionpacked but brief event and people seem to appreciate chamber presi dent Michael Meek said The highlight of the evening will be the awarding of the pres tigious Besserung Award given yearly to a local resident recog nized by the chamber as the out standing Admission for Fridays event is and Meek about IS tickets were available about 4 INSIDE Postal service details new BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer authorities Wednesday night outlined the para meters of a proposed new Canyon Lake Postal Station to about 100 interested patrons The facility has been approved by the United States Postal Service and suction could by the middle of this year officials said No com pletion date for the project has been set The station would serve resi dents in the 78133 zip codes and part of the 78132 area The Canyon Lake area currently is served by a contract post office in Sattler An agent contracts with the postal service and provides basic services to area residents New Braunfels postmaster Hernandez sai4 Hernandez said rural mail earn ers would be dispatched from the Canyon Lake station instead of New Braunfels as they currently are Typically a nonincorporated area will start out with a contract office and grow into an office run directly by die postal Her nandez said Jack Logan a specialist in ing locations and building post offices for the postal service said 8M
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