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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEI 20332 11009 SOUEST I SI I ING 2627 E DR I PR TX 79903 1U1MJ 112 52 pages in 3 sections April 1999 SUNDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 INSIDE Little railroad The Landa Park miniature train marked 30 years in New Braunfels on Read about the history of this New Braunfels 1B In contention Area baseball teams still have playoff hopes as district action nearsthe Catch up with your favorite team in 11 A xv The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung offices moved back to 707 Landa this week This paper was printed early to accommodate our Some sports and Texas Lotto results were not available at the time of print For complete see Tuesdays Herald We apologize for any 4A WEATHER The slight chance of rain today is expected to con tinue through Tuesday with temperatures expected to stay relatively INDEX Key Code 77 Comal bids Evans final farewell BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer About 300 mourners attend ed the First United Methodist Church Friday to bid a final farewell to retired county com missioner Jumbo Evans lost a battle with can cer Tuesday at the age of He was the Precinct 1 County Commissioner from 1980 to Bert Evans1 pastor at Canyon Lake United Methodist said Evans had a remarkable life and eulogized him as a As a B17 pilot in World War he fought for home and As county com missioner he fought for the In the past few he fought for Clay ton The crowd at the service was dotted with men wearing gold Lions Club vests and white Masonic Ron Zipp of New Braunfels knew Evans as a Lion and a Mason as well as personally and Comal County has lost an outstanding citizen that has left an indelible mark on this com Zipp The county honored Evans recently by naming the Jumbo Evans Sports Park 281 in western Comal County in his Safety lessons After heightened awareness keeps schools on alert Pallbears at Jumbo funeral carry his casket out of First United Methodist Church after the funeral cer emony ROBIN Zeitung BY PERI HEATHER TODD AND CHRIS CREWS Staff Writers Rumors of a bomb threat and a theater prop mistaken for a real explosive wreaked havoc at local high schools Friday as adminis trators and police remained on heightened alert in the aftermath of the Columbine High School New Braunfels High School was evacuated short ly after nopri when custodians cleaning reported seeing a bomblike device on the schools stage near the Police were dispatched to the school at and the school was completely evacuated by the time they arrived a few minutes John McEachem said the school identified the bomb as a theatrical prop used in a school dramatic He said the device consisted of six pieces of broomstick painted red to resemble dynamite and a phony timing device attached to it that looked like the inside of a cheap mechanical alarm McEachern said students and administrators handled the situation in a effi cient He said the only change in procedure if a possible live bomb was found would have been to contact an army ordnance unit in San Antonio to dis pose of the McEachern said he had noticed a dramatic increase in activity at the schools in the past three What were seeing is probably heightened aware Its not a panic situa tion McEachern ROBIN Above New Braunfels Middle School teacher Sandra Lindsey talks with seventhgrade students about safety on school Below New Braunfels High School students depart after school on Friday 5 teens charged in plot of Littletonlike assault in Wimberley There has been more inter change between administrators and police than weve had in the past Student response to the event was It scared me more that we werent prepared for said junior Matt explaining that the adminis tration should have a better plan as to where the stu dents should go during an See WIMBERLEY AP Five junior high students were arrested Friday in con nection with a purported plot to kill fellow students and teachers in a school assault similar to the one carried out several days ago in They were taken into cus tody Friday afternoon and held on juvenile charges of conspiracy to commit mur conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to man ufacture authori ties The investigation showed that they had targeted fellow students and teachers they were going to authorities told the San Anto nio Weve got a lot of shaken students and parents said Allen a spokesman with the Hays County Sheriffs Department They seemed like regular junior high school Wimberley is a town of about people 40 miles northeast of San Anto nio and 40 miles southwest of School and law enforce ment officials said Friday night they believed that the eighthgrade students had been planning since January to carry out an assault at budget up for review Public hearing slated Monday night BY PERI STONE Staff Writer If the City of New Braunfels 1999 2000 budget is accepted as the average household could pay about more in taxes a year but enjoy the benefits of more police officers and youth activ The public will have a chance to com ment on the budget at 6 Monday at a public hearing in the New Braunfels Municipal 424 Castell City council also might vote Monday to propose a tax rate Making the proposal is the first of three steps to raising the tax If council makes the proposal it then will schedule a public hearing for May On May both the budget and tax rate will be The proposed 2000 budget is The current amended budget is The citys chief financial officer Chet Lewis said the tax rate might be raised from per 100 valuation to about per valuation For the average household with a value of about this would mean a tax bill increase to from The is not a solid according to and is subject to The exact amount will depend on the budget The budget process started in January for staff and department heads met March 2 and 3 to go over each others During these department heads helped pare down each others bud gets to prepare for a meeting March when budgets were presented to city coun See Stress test Help your children succeed on TAAS TEST SCHEDULE TAAS tests will take place TUESDAY TAAS exitlevel grades 38 math and Spanish math WEDNESDAY TAAS exit level grades 38 reading and Spanish reading THURSDAY TAAS exitlevel and grade 8 social studies FRIDAY TAAS grade 8 sci ence BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Every local students don their thinking caps and sharpen their pencils to face another round of standardized Students across Texas will sit down this week to take their Texas Assessment of Academic Skills the states stan dardized indicator of student perfor The results of TAAS tests are used to evaluate student academic performance levels and are a significant part of school and school district accreditation High school students and third through eighthgrade students in both New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts will be tested on different academic skills Tuesday through Friday TAAS exitlevel grades 38 math and Spanish math TAAS exitlevel grades 3 8 reading and Spanish reading TAAS exitlevel and grade 8 social studies TAAS grade 8 science Comal schools have been preparing students for the TAAS tests with practice exams and individual tutoring since Jan Local students now are taking a break from their TAAS training with stress reliever Memorial Elementary principal Sharon Tate said thirdgrade students would participate in a Sock it to TAAS day Were saying its a no no paper day with math games and different learn ing Tate Were trying to take the pressure off kids before they take the Mountain Valley Intermediate students had a pep rally Friday to celebrate their hard Memorial Intermediate also sponsored See
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