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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas T TT HERALDZEI a IolN U Vol 148 No 89 14 pages in 1 section March THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents NATO forces attack Yugoslavia BELGRADE Yugoslavia AP Wave after wave of NATO warplanes and missiles struck Yugoslavia on Wednesday pommeling army barracks power plants and air defense batteries in an effort to force the countrys defiant leader to cease his onslaught against Kosovo Albanians The NATO attack came after months of diplomacy failed to end a year of fighting between Yugoslav forces and ethnic Albanian separatists that has killed more than people and left more than home less in Kosovo a Yugoslav province We act to prevent a wider President Clinton said in an Oval Office address six hours after die attack began By acting now we are uphold ing our values protecting our interests and advanc ing the cause of Yugoslavia declared a state of war shortly after the first attacks stepping up the mobilization of troops Lt Gen Nebojsa Pavkovic com CLINTON mander of Yugoslav troops in Kosovo said 40 targets were hit in the first waves but he claimed that damage was Explosions resounded in Kosovos capital of Pristina starting at and the city of was plunged into darkness when the electricity failed The official Tan jug news agency reported four heavy blasts in MILOSEVIC the city including three from the area of Slatina airport More than a dozen explosions were heard around Belgrade the Yugoslav capital including some near Batajnica military airport and one near a power plant Four missiles struck a military aircraft plant at Pancevo six miles north of Bel grade destroying several small aircraft In neighboring Montenegro which with Serbia forms Yugoslavia an army military barracks in Danilovgrad was in flames after being hit Cool cats prowl after hours Left All Edens right and Michelle Rodriguez center sample the dip they created with a class mate at a recent Cool Cats after school program at Canyon Middle School Below Gopl Gats 4 r Anthony iJeft and Matt Brewer practice Inside and outside blocks with karate instructor Brett Riley inside a classroom at the school ROBIN HeraldZeitung New program helps atrisk students find constructive activities in afternoon BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Eighthgraders Elgin Lowari and Anthony Rhoades are among a handful of Canyon Middle School students who dont leave campus when the bell rings at While their classmates head home Lowari and Rhoades learn the basics of auto mechanics and the discipline of karate The students are part of a small group who recently discovered a littleknown secret at CMS called Cool Cats Cool Cats is not an elite athletic club or acade mic society but a free afterschool program for stu dents looking for an alternative to the negative influences that have lured many of their peers The program which began in early March was developed by Communities in Schools of Comal County to provide middle school students a safe environment where they could learn new skills par ticipate in physical activities and interact with positive role models There is definitely a need for these kind of activities for this age said Christine Dou glas executive director of Communities in Schools There are a large number of students left unsu pervised after school and we need to provide pos itive activities for these youth so they dont turn to negative At CMS 31 percent of the student population has been identified as atrisk according to the criteria set out by the Texas Education Agency Only in its third week Cool Cats already has received rave reviews I love Rhoades said I have nothing else to do but go home and watch TV but here I can learn useful life Seventhgrader Jennifer Naumann said regu lars of the program which average to about 10 stu dents a day have baked cookies learned karate moves auto maintenance skills and watched films as movie critics The movie critics part is really fun Its proba bly my favorite she said Weve watched Austin The Truman Show and Benny and Joon so See City council takes swing at its golf course BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer About 6 percent of the New Braunfels population played golf at Landa Park this past year The remaining 94 percent helped pay the bill for the rounds of golf played there making it one of the more exclusive public courses in the area One might be inclined to pardon the subsidization if the Landa Park course contributed revenue to the citys general operating fund or if it were attracting droves of outoftown ers to play the course stay in local hotels and dine at area restaurants Neither is happening city offlcialsMd City council member Randy Vanstory berated financial operations at the golf course at a budget workshop Wednesday night Vanstory criticized the citys inability to turn a profit at a facil ity that hosts rounds of golf in a year To me that is just Vanstory said Council members and city staffers met Wednesday to dis cuss the proposed budget for fiscal year 2000 which begins July 1 Council is expected to approve the budget this spring The Landa Park Golf Course was expected to generate in revenue in the present fiscal year which ends June 30 Expenditures totaling indicated the course will lose money this year which city officials said was part of a recent trend Every year weve been told if we just get through this next year well make mayor Jan Kennady said Fiscal year 2000 projections show it will cost to operate the Landa Park course from July 1 of this year to June The golf course is expected to make dur ing that time leaving the city in the red Vanstory said Wednesday he wanted golf course manager Ward Watson to figure a way for the facility to turn a frpfit this coming fiscal year Watson who has managed the1 Landa Park course for nearly a year said Vanstorys raise the hackles of many local golfers because it requirejjfia substantial hike in annual fees City residents pay for an annual pass at the golf course Nonresidents are charged Watson estimated that about of the rounds of golf played at the course this past year were played by annual fee customers That meant some residents that fre quently played the course did so at slightly more than per round Watson said Raising the cost of annual fees could make the Landa Park course more accessible to daily customers who pay to per round The relatively low cost of annual passes severely limited the number of tee times Any move toward raising annual fees could meet opposi tion with the Landa Park Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board according to Watson The ninemember board has been dictating to Watson that the golf course remain a breakeven financial operation he said and added that he got along with the board on most issues Five area schools cashing in BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Five area schools will receive part of a million cash award from the state for signifi cant improvements in student achievement Comal Elementary School Canyon Inter mediate School Mountain Valley Intermedi ate School and Arlon Seay Intermediate School in Comal Independent School District and Lone Star Primary in New Braunfels Inde pendent School District were awarded more than by the Texas Education Agency on Monday Cash awards ranging from to were awarded to 823 school campuses across Texas for high levels of student achievement or increases in student performance as measured by the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test Schools will receive the following amounts Comal Elementary Canyon Mountain Valley Arlon Seay and Lone INSIDE Abby Classifieds Comics 7 Crossword 5 Forum 6 Movies 5 Obituaries 3 Sports Today 2 Tttovteten 7 Key code Rabies vaccinations available BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County residents are urged to pro tect their cats and dogs against the deadly rabies virus Saturday at an annual rabies vaccination drive Pet owners can bring Rover and Felix to the Comal County Fairgrounds or Canyon Lake Fire Stations 1 and 2 from to Saturday for a vaccination Residents can also Ucense their pets with the county or the city of New Braunfels for The Comal County Veterinary Medical Association is sponsoring the drive as a convenient and low cost way for residents to protect their pets Rabies vaccinations usu ally cost about to Dr Barbara Word a veterinarian Canyon Animal Clinic in Sattler and sec of Comal County Veterinary Medical Association said animals vacci nated had to be at least three months old Residents who received a lifetime county license need to have proof of the license See