Friday, May 21, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas t a a Thursdays Games PLAYOFFS Eastern Conference Knlcks 77 Hawks 70 New York leads series 20 Western Conference Trail Blazers Jazz late Utah leads series 10 Todays Game Eastern Conference Pacers at 7 TV TNT cable channel 36 Indiana leads series 20 Saturdays Games Western Conference Jazz at Trail 2 TV KMOL cable channel 4 Western Conference Spurs at TV KMOL cable channel 4 San Antonio leads series 20 NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG 131 20 pages in 2 sections May 1999 FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents A sendoff worthy of champions Rangers boost spirits of students BY PETER BROWN Sports Editor The Smithson Valley High School Softball team set out for the 1999 Uni versity Interscholastic League Class 4A state tournament on Thursday on a wave of cheers and good wishes from classmates hoping for the Violence in schools continues Wimberley group plans youth rally BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer In a week when schoolyard rumors fed a wave of local stu and parents once again have come facetoface with the ugly reality of school A 15yearold sophomore opened fire on his fellow stu dents at Heritage High School in Geor gia Thursday morn injuring The who apparently broke up with his girlfriend carried a rifle and a revolver into the school in just 20 miles east of The gunman was taken into custody by None of the injuries were believed to be life The shootings occurred exactly one month after the Colorado high school massacre that left 15 people Smithson Valley High School princi pal Brad Williams said the Thursday morning shooting incident had not yet sunk in with Most people are just I cant believe it happened he To us school its still I think its a statement about whats happening to our kids in America Williams said children were under a tremendous amount of pressure and the problem would not go away Theres no 100 percent and you cant ever predict What we hope to do is appropriate Give kids a place to vent and hear what kids have to Thats the best he See WILLIAMS directions to state softball tournament in Austin PagelB first state championship in school his The Region IV4A champi play Region I4A champion Weatherford at 3 today at the Pleasant Valley Sportsplex in The winner of todays game will advance to the state championship set for 4 Smithson Valley athletic director Larry Hill said the Rangers success made a visible impact on I mink it has affected the whole Hill You see kids encouraging the players and the stands are the mood of the in the halls and classes is This is a very special See Boogie fever ROBIN Billy Cummings catches a wave during the Thursday morning practice session for the eighth annual Flow Rider World Bodyboarding Championships at Schlitterbahn The championship com petition begins at 10 today at Schlitterbahn and is a free spectator event for waterpark Bodyboarders also will compete at 10 on See page 1B for more SB 1772 remains in holding pattern BY PERI STONE Staff Writer AUSTIN A bill that would allow New Braunfels to use a portion of its bed tax revenue for river cleanup still is pending in The Ways and Means Committee met Wednesday evening and Thursday at lunch but took no action on Sen ate Bill There was considerable testimony against said committee clerk At Wednesdays more than 10 people repre senting New Braunfels and other cities went on record against the Three people went on record for including New Braunfels City Council member Juliet Watson and her Others who vocalized opposition were Sherrie Bram public relations director at Schlit terbahn Waterpark and Resort Dan manager of Rodeway Inn in New Braunfels Sharon gen eral manager of the Holiday Inn in New Braunfels and Carol pres ident of the Seguin Area Chamber of Committee chair Rene said of the feedback he had 99 percent had been The bill was not discussed at Thursdays lunchtime committee Oliveira If a committee meet ing is called it could be Things move very quickly he Saturday is the last day to turn in committee WATSON Judge sends teens to Kerr County BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer State District Judge Charles Ram say Thursday ordered two New Braun fels teens accused of firing gunshots at the homes of two Canyon Middle School teachers to be detained at a Kerr County juvenile Ramsay also ordered psychological evaluations of the pair be completed in time for their next detention hearing on June Carol the countys director of juvenile said such testing was common in cases in which juve niles faced serious consequences if found Robison said the charges of deadly conduct against the pair was a third degree They could be sentenced for up to 10 years in a Texas Youth Commission The two would be eligible for parole in one Robison The boys also face charges on two counts of criminal mischief for defac ing property at the teachers homes and shooting five plate glass windows at New Braunfels High defac ing property at OakRun School and one count of unlawful In a separate the pair were accused of taking a teenage girl on a ride and not letting her leave the vehi Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said a jury trial for one of the juveniles scheduled for Monday had been postponed with no new date Robison said no trial date had been set but the juveniles could enter a plea at the next detention INSIDE 4B Key code 76 VANSTORY Smithson Valley softball fans say goodbye Thursday as the Rangers leave for the state tourna ment in SVHS will play Weatherford at 3 ROBIN HeraldZertung Councilman hints at surcharge compromise BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer After weeks of rancorous discussion about green fees at Landa Park Golf a spirit of cooperation might be in the New Braunfels City Council member Randy Vanstory called a meeting for Saturday morning with seven residents to discuss possible alternatives to a golf fee ordinance being Vanstory said he would be the only council member at the Three members of the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board were Course manager Ward Watson and two other interested parties also were asked to attend the Vanstory said he was not seeking a compromise but welcomed possible alternatives to ideas that had been Im going to see if there is some consensus that can be reached regarding the golf course he Vanstory said no one had presented a plan that provid ed for all people who used the course to pay a reasonable and customary fee for a round of In the council declined to meet with the golf advisory board to discuss the fee Vanstory said Saturdays meeting was to try to obtain a consensus among a smaller group that could present an alternative recom mendation to Watson and the advisory board each presented plans that would have raised the annual Vanstory countered with a plan that would add a surcharge of per weekday round and per weekend round for annual fee The surcharge proposal brought an angry response from many of the annual fee players at Landa It seems like the surcharge has gotten everyone up in Vanstory Vanstory has stood by the surcharge through two coun cil If passed in a third reading at Mondays council meet the ordinance would be approved and the new green fees would be Vanstory said there was a chance he would take the surcharge proposal off the table before Mondays third reading and replace it with another Water district bill gets backing of Millikin BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Though it barely resembled the resolution they sent to the county officials decided Thursday that a shell of an underground water district was better than none at County Judge Danny Scheel and Commissioner Jay Millikin excused themselves from Thursdays commis sioners court meeting numerous times to field inquiries from Legislators wanted to know if they wanted to be included in a compromise bill creating more than 20 underground water districts in the See