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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEI Wl rf IM Ml 110 16 pages in 1 section April 1999 TT Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Are our schools safe Gomal educators react to Colorado school shooting with concern BY CHRIS CREWS AND HEATHER TODD Staff Writers The flag hi front of Smithson Valley High School flew at halfstaff Wednesday as students honored a moment of silence for the 15 slain students and school faculty in More on the Colorado school rampage Pages 5A Words of reassurance and sympa thy also were heard over inter com sys tems in Canyon and New Braun fels high school during morning announcements as local students and teachers came to grips with the rampage of violence that erupted in a subur ban high school Thirteen people were killed and at least 14 others injured at Columbine High School in Littleton in what authorities are calling the bloodiest school rampage in the countrys Two heavily armed young men wearing black trench coats stormed the suburban Denver high school about and opened fire on stu dents before allegedly turn ing the guns on them The school shooting marks the seventh attack in schools in the past 18 As students across the county continue to mourn the loss of their they said the incident in Col orado also forced them to face the reality of their own security in an increas ingly violent world New Braunfels High School Its weird because the students in Littleton said that they were living in a small and they never expected New Braun fels High School junior Lacy Fortenberry It makes you think if maybe you should expect Littleton is a mostly mid dleclass town of only 10 miles southwest of ROBIN Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Morales works with administration and stu dents in curbing violence at Smithson Valley High SVHS students share their thoughts about the tragedy during class oh SeeiMty air issue for local lawmen BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The likelihood of inci dents at local schools similar to those at Columbine High School in Col orado might not be as remote as parents and administrators would like to At a man entered the office at Arlon Seay Intermediate School and identified him self as a peace He then demanded school offi cials allow him to search purses in the school for pre scription drugs and School officials alerted teachers to keep students in their rooms and notified the sheriffs deputy assigned to nearby Smithson Valley Middle After failing to provide identification he was a peace he was arrested and booked into the county jail on a charge of impersonat ing a public Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said he had See Columbine enrolls about which is similar in size to If it could happen then it could probably hap pen It definitely brings upsome safety New Braunfels High School freshman Brady Buding An act of vandalism was committed at the high school Monday night when an unknown suspect shot out of one the windows at the new Despite the stu dents said they believed they were safe at the cam Thats just someone try ing to find something to do See School shooting I A closer look at the area surrounding i Columbine High School in WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY I think its scary because it happened at a small and you never know where it will hap pen Ashley Culman Canyon High You just have to hope nobody here is sick enough to do Zac Carroll New Braunfels High What worries me about this is that it makes me wonder if there are some peo ple at this school who would do something like Lacy Fortenberry New Braunfels High I would bet it would be easier to get guns and drugs into this school than to get an A in English Willie Fischer Smithson Valley High Littleton is a place where those things usu ally didn t and that describes what our school Laurien McCau Canyon High Golf board makes a proposal Budget will go before city council on Monday BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Upset with a proposal that would end week end golf for annual fee holders at Landa Park Golf the courses advisory board adopted a budget proposal Wednesday that would provide the city with in rev enue next New Braunfels City Council will hear two proposals at its meeting on Monday but it is likely to hear from a third group that does not believe the course should be a source of rev enue for the Earlier this the council directed course manager Ward Watson to develop a budget that would produce in rev enue for the Watsons plan raised the annual fee from to for seniors and to for Many golfers voiced opposition to a caveat in Watsons plan that would limit annual fee holders to weekday play eliminating the A 365dayayear gold pass would be avail able for under Watsons Watson said his plan would leave tee times on the weekend for players paying the full green fee and spend more money at the Council member Randy Vanstory objected to data that indicated that some annual fee players paid less than for a round of golf at Landa After hearing the objections from many sea son pass the advisory board adopted a plan that would raise revenue by raising rates for annual fee holders but allow them to keep their weekend The plan adopted by the board would raise annual fees to a year for for nonsenior residents and for nonresi The board also proposed to increase revenues by offering a ninehole fee on week ends and a passbook providing 30 rounds of golf for The board rejected a proposal by president Doug Williams that would have imposed a user fee of per weekday round and per round for annual fee Every person Ive talked to on the council wants a user fee because the cost per round is too Williams Board member Jackie Scott said most seniors budgeted a certain amount of money for golf and did not want to be burdened by user The board adopted a resolution to request that 50 percent of the profits from the golf course be placed in a fund for emergencies and major expenditures such as irrigation Many attending the meeting said the golf course was never meant to be a stream of rev enue for the If the golf course is losing we dont mind paying said golfer Ray We do mind the increase if the money is going to subsidize something else in the Bob Heard asked if the city planned to raise fees for other Landa Park I think this whole thing has an odor to Heard HeraldZeitung moving back home FROM STAFF REPORTS The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung is moving back to its remodeled office at 707 Landa on Friday and All business will be conducted from 707 Landa beginning on The temporary office at Unicorn 615 B Business 35 will close at 3 on We apologize in advance for this inconvenience and ask that all customers be patient as this move is For call INSIDE Key code 76 Shots Across Texas clinic returns Saturday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer For many getting children to roll up their sleeves for immunizations can be almost as painful as getting chicken Schlitterbahn Waterpark and the Texas Department of Health have found the spoon ful of sugar to help the medicine go down free waterpark passes on opening Schlitterbahn is sponsoring its fifth annu al Shots Across Texas Free Immunization Clinic this Saturday in collaboration with its opening Were offering just about everything a parent needs to get their child said Sherrie public relations direc tor for Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Free immunizations for chicken Hepatitis oral and mumps and rubella MMR will be available for children up to 17 years Immunizations will take place at the Rapid Pavilion from 10 to 1 Each immunized child will receive a free waterpark ticket good for opening day or any day through June The ticket can also be used Aug 9 through the parks closing date on Were hoping to see a lot of infants to get them immunized said Since children under 3 have free admis any parent who brings in an infant for immunizations will receive the free admis sion for Comal County health officials were quick to give the campaign a Weve been a participant sponsor for a number of years with the Schlitterbahn cam paign because its such a worth while Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams McWilliams said without many children could become quite ill or suf fer longterm consequences from commu nicable