New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 31, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 31, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW Vol 148 No 203 20332 IKJO j 79 SOWEST rilOROPUR INNING 2627 E Y HMD ELL BR PflBO TX 7Q903 u i ZEITUNG 12 pages in 1 section August npr TT Qpv Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Kmart makes plans to getbi BY Pern STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Customers at New Braunfels Kmart might have trouble finding merchandise for the next few weeks but by Oct 25 everything will be settled including six new counters with groceries The store 1050 Interstate 35 East is under going a 10week makeover to become a Big Every department will be store manager Stanley Byrd said Itll be lighter and And the store will start selling groceries making at least one customer happy I like to be able to do more in one shopper Laurel Evans of New Braunfels said Its a hassle to drive Evans said she looked forward to buying groceries there Byrd said several customers asked for gro ceries at the store especially because anoth er grocery store was not nearby Because of space constraints the New Braunfels store was not able to incorporate a milsize grocery store like the ones found in Super Super Kmarts have been around for about five years but Big Kmarts are a 2yearold concept Unlike Super Kmarts Big Kmarts do not have fresh produce sections bakeries hair salons or banks Big Kmarts also do not sell meat other than sandwich meat The grocery space in Super Kmarts is typ ically square feet versus square feet in Big Kmarts Most of the ideas for the renovation came from Anderson Consulting which polled customers and asked them what they did and did not like about Kmart They found that our target customer was a woman age 35 to 45 with two and onehalf Byrd said So we expanded our make up section and pushed domestics to the front of the Boys and girls apparel has been moved to the front of the store as well pushing the Jew See WAI Kmart assistant manager Pam Kraus left and store manager Stan Byrd display some cosmetic items that will be available after the discount store completes its remodeling project at 1050 Interstate 35 East Bus battle baffles family Grandmother asking for consistency reliability from CISD officials BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Bulverde resident Dawn Allison sits on her front porch every afternoon to watch for her 6yearold grandson not knowing which bus will bring him home or what time he will be dropped off Dawn said her grandson Rahe Primary first grader Christian Lavin had not been dropped off at a consistent time and even sometimes as late as 5 since school started Aug 16 Many Comal Independent School District par ents living in the Hill Country are frustrated with unpredictable pickup and dropoff times and long bus routes Ken Franklin director of transportation for CISD said bus routes in the Hill Country were always unpredictable because of the districts con tinued growth But he said the transportation department also was facing a shortage of trained drivers in the Hill Country and was in the process of trying to implement a new transportation plan We are doing the best we can with what we have but we never know how many were going to have from day to day One day well have 50 kids on a bus another well have 65 then the next day well have Franklin said On the second day of school Christian was put on the wrong bus and dropped off a quarter of a mile from his house in the Oaks North subdivision off Borgfeld Road Dawn said Bella Lavin Christians mother said He walked down the street by himself and thats very On the fourth day of school the firstgrader was transferred to another bus and didnt arrive home until close to 5 Bella said I was totally terrified No one called me to tell me his bus had changed and I didnt know where he was I tried to call the transporta tion department and find out where he was but they told he had been dropped off And I said No hes not at home because Im here and hes she said Dawn and her husband Don who care for Christian and his 3yearold brother Tyler while their mother completes basic training in Fort Jack son said they were tired of worrying where their grandchild was and wanted some answers Christian Lavin a firstgrader at Rahe Primary School points to the comer where he was dropped off on Aug 17 after he was put on the wrong school bus Lavin had to walk a quarter mile to his home His grandmother Dawn Allison would like to see more consistency and reliability in bus pickup and drop off times for Comal ISO students I dont expect for them to drive the buses like a taxi cab and bring him directly home from school but I want some kind of Dawn said I want to know what bus hes on when hes going to get home and where he Franklin said the first couple of weeks of school did not have a consistent schedule because stu dents were coming back to school at different times Kindergartners did not start school until Aug 18 Franklin said other bus drivers had to drive dou ble routes or take on other routes to compensate for the lack of drivers We have the people but we dont have any body to train them right he said Many bus drivers said the confusion stemmed from the loss of the departments lead drivers Bus driver Suzanne Crandall is one of many dri vers who have voiced criticism of the new trans portation plan to the board of trustees She said the plan developed by trustee Lester W Jonas eliminated the lead driver positions which served as middlemen between drivers and supervisors and helped coordinate routes Crandall said on the first day of school bus dri vers faced a fight on a bus a lost driver and a lost child because of poor communication between each other and supervisors Franklin said Clark Shuler the Hill Country supervisor now has to coordinate and watch over 80 routes in the district Trustee Jonas who developed the plan said it made the system more efficient by transferring the lead drivers to trainer positions Dawn said she was aware of the growth in the district and the driver shortage but the children and their parents should not have to suffer Bella said I pay a lot of taxes and they drivers just got a raise I just want to know what time my child will get With about students in CISD and about 60 percent or students riding the buses Franklin said contacting every parent was diffi cult We have about 100 routes and maybe 50 of them have a problem getting home late how are See MEETING WHO Bulverde City Council WHEN 6 today WHERE Bulverde Market Center Suite 236 281 at Farm toMarket Road 1863 Bulverde council mulls plan BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Got water Bulverde area residents will have an opportunity to discuss a water shortage and other pressing issues tonight at an open city council and gen eral public workshop meeting The meeting will begin at 6 at the Bulverde Market Center Suite 236 281 at Farmtc Market Road 1863 The workshop the of its kind in Bul verde is being conducted to discuss a fiveyear plan for the growing city with a population of about people Mayor Bob Barton said The purpose of this meeting is to find out what the citizens Barton said The Bulverde area has been growing at a rate of about 7 percent per year The increase in our citys population has caused major problems such as the limited availability of water in this Water for the Bulverde area is supplied by the Trinity Aquifer We are just about at the limit for water in some Barton said For instance residents of Bul verde Hills have had a limited availability of water for several years In July they actually ran out of water and the Bexar Metropolitan Water District had to haul in water for about three In addition to the dwindling water resources road upkeep is another important item on the agenda Our roads are in fairly good shape but many of them need to be resurfaced in the said At our last city council meeting we established a road commission and now we can make a Other items of note to be discussed include pro viding adequate funds to properly staff city defining the government of the community and the possible establishment of city police and fire merits and a municipal court system Although many community issues will be addressed Barton said he would not worry if there was not enough time to discuss all of them Council is planning several more open meetings to discuss the nature of the city he said Man accused of molesting girls enters plea Sentencing scheduled for 10 on Friday BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer A 34yearold New Braunfels man accused of molesting two young girls pleaded no contest Monday to a charge of indecency with a child by exposure George Vasquez Borrego facing trial for aggravated sexual assault and other sex crimes entered his plea in front of visiting District Judge Chuck Miller the same day jury selection began for his trial Borrego was accused of sexually assault ing two young girls ages 9 and 10 in 1997 He had been charged with aggravated sexu al assault of a child indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by expo sure Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Borrego pleaded no contest to the indecency by exposure charge with a cap of eight years in prison Aggravated sexual assault is a firstdegree felony If Borrego had been convicted of the in prison and a fine not to exceed Indecency with a child by contact is a sec onddegree felony punishable with a two to 20year jail sentence and a fine not to exceed Indecency with a child by exposure is a thirddegree felony punishable with a jail sentence of two to 10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed Borrego will be sentenced by Miller at 10 Friday at the Comal County Court house Comal County Assistant district attorney Ed Jendrzey said Bonjego was charged with incidences involving two children in 1997 Borrego was represented by San Antonio attorney tony Jimenez in INSIDE Key cote 76 Soldiers suspected in border drug ring EL PASO AP It was a drug ring that spanned from Mexico to Alabama and authorities say Fort Bliss sol diers are suspected in its operation The 12 people already arrested for drug trafficking might be just the tip of the iceberg said Robert Castillo spe cial agent in charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration The dozen suspects arrested last week have opened a window into a net of money drugs and corruption that could involve female soldiers who apparently acted as drug couriers or contacts ;