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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                m RALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 218 14 pages in 2 sections September TUESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Man still missing after more than week BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer A large scale search Sunday for a critically ill 55yearold man missing for more than a week turned up nothing Roger Dale McCown disap peared Sept 10 from the Schu mann ranch northwest of New Braunfels off Elm Creek Road McCown McCOWN who had been living in a trail er at the ranch reportedly was tak ing several different medications to treat serious health problems at the time of his disappearance said Detective Tommy Ward of the Comal County Sheriffs Depart ment Residents reported McCown did not look well on the day of his dis appearance McCown last was seen walk ing on the ranch property Ward said Law enforcement officers and volunteers began their search at 7 Sunday and scoured more than 200 acres of the Schumann ranch area Ward said Included in the search were 15 sheriffs department officers sev eral members of McCowns fam ily and 25 volunteers from the Hei di Search Center The Heidi Search Center is a nonprofit organization that helps organize ground searches for miss ing persons nationwide In addition to the ground search six dog teams and a remote control plane with a video camera provid ed by the Heidi Search Center were unable to find any traces of McCown on the ranch property Initially law enforcement offi cials thought McCown might have walked up to Elm Creek Road and caught a ride However considering McCowns health problems he probably was not able to walk the distance to the road Ward said The weekend after McCowns disappearance the sheriffs department and Texas Department of Public Safety searched the ranch area A law enforcement team with bloodhounds and a DPS helicopter search turned up nothing McCown is entered in a nation wide missing persons databank His family urges anyone with information regarding his disap pearance to contact the Comal County Sheriffs Department at 6203400 Fair royalty WAI Comal County Fair Queen Sarah Meckel gets a congratulatory hug from best friend Valerie White after being crowned the 1999 fair queen at Canyon Middle School on Sunday night Let festivities begin Mr queen crowned FROM STAFF REPORTS Fire up those carnival lights and strike up the band Comal Coun ty Fair Association crowned its 1999 queen Sarah Meckel Sunday night at Canyon Middle School so that means its time for the fair Meckel daughter of David and Peggy Meckel is a student of Canyon High School Smithson Valleys Grace Preiss daughter of Elroy and Diana Preiss was named princess and Tara Edwards daughter of Troy and Kaye Edwards and student at New Braunfels High School was named duchess With that royal matter taken care WAI From left are members of the 106th Comal County Fair Court duchess Tara Edwards princess Grace Preiss and queen Sarah Meckel of exhibitors will begin showing up Wednesday and Thursday with everything from baked goods to steers to show in the 106th Comal County Fair For information on admission parking carnival and live music entertainment turn to Page 4A Lastminute filers make a race for NBISD seat BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District patrons in district 5 will get to elect a new representative in the Nov 2 trustee election after all Two New Braunfels residents filed for a place on the ballot for the district 5 trustee election Monday the last day to file for the Nov 2 election The filing deadline was 5 Seats in district 5 and district 3 are up for grabs in the trustee election Sue Hahn and Jim Gabbard will vie for trustee Steve Weavers seat on the board Weaver said he would not run for reelection after serving one three year term District 3 representative Carlos Campos also said he would not run for reelection which leaves New Braunfels resident Lee Edwards unop posed for the district 3 seat Edwards filed for a place on the ballot Aug 19 Because no one else filed for the dis trict 3 seat the board could declare Edwards an unopposed candidate and approve an order declaring him elected If declared to office Edwards would not take his seat on the board until after the Nov 2 election Early voting for the election begins Oct 18 Edwards is the father of a Seele Ele mentary student and a New Braunfels High School graduate and owns D Lee Edwards Realty Edwards said he supported the dis tricts million bond election which will be decided Oct 2 As a future board member Edwards also said he wanted to help improve student performance and offer more opportunities for students after graduation such as vocational and technical training District 5 Hahn who owns CruiseOne in New Braunfels is the mother of three NBHS graduates and has two children cur rently in NBISD schools See EDWARDS HAHN GABBARD Plaintiffs TAAS exit test unfair to minorities BY KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO AP Minority rights advocates went to federal court Monday asking that the state be banned from requir ing students to pass a standardized test before receiving a high school diploma Telling the judge the lawsuit is for the disappeared and the plaintiffs attorney Al Kauffinan said the exitlevel Texas Assessment of Academic Skills dis criminates against black and Hispanic stu dents The impact of the lOthgrade test on those ethnic groups contributes to higher dropout rates and increased retention of Hispanics and blacks in ninth grade Kaufrhian said This is indeed the ultimate highstakes said Kaufiman regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund MALDEF represents the plaintiffs group which includes the Hispanic education orga nizations GI Forum and Image de Tejas and seven Hispanic and black students who completed their school work but failed the TAAS exit test and were denied diplomas The Texas Education Agency and high level state education officials are the defen dants District Judge Ed Prado will decide the case The trial is expected to last about a month MALDEF brought the lawsuit to trial under federal regulations barring discrimi nation by states receiving federal education money The plaintiffs also cited their right to due process In opening statements attorneys for the state disputed the discrimination claims and defended the exitlevel TAAS as a valid exam that is screened carefully for any bias There is no other way for the state of Texas to ensure that students learn the mate rial that the state of Texas considers impor tant than by an objective said assistant attorney general Deborah Verbil The exit test was implemented in 1990 and is at the core of the states school accountability system Students first take the exitlevel reading writing and math exam as sophomores in high school If a student fails any portion of the test he or she can take it again up to eight times and unlimited additional times outside of school sessions officials say Trout group opposing GBRA withdrawal request WAJlYHeraWZeitung The fishing pier below the Canyon hydroelectric plant is one of the hottest trout fishing spots in the Guadalupe River BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Under 200 cubic feet per A sport fishing conservation group is second we will lose a lot of contesting the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys request to divert more water from Canyon take Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited filed a protest Sept 15 to contest GBRAs amendment application to the Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation CorrumV sion GBRA wants to increase its autho rized water diversion from Canyon Reservoir an average of acrefeet per year to sell as municipal water supply t If the flow is only WO cfs the trout more than five miles from the dam cannot survive David Schroeder chairman Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited flow committee Trout Unlimited officials said they were concerned the diversion increase would result in an unstable water flow from Canyon Dam to the trout fishery during the critical period of May through time when Trout Unlim ited relies on the flow of the river to keep the trout alive said David Schroed er chairman of the organizations flow committee Currently GBRA diverts an average of acrefeet per year from the Canyon Reservoir The proposed additional acre feet average diversion per year will leased for a fiveyear period This means GBRA will have water INSIDE Key code 76   

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