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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BEST AVAILABLE COPY PELS Vol 149 No 52 42 pages in 5 sections January 30 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Super Bowl Get your popcorn Buffalo wings and chili ready its Super Bowl Oh so dose The New Braunfels Unicorns girls giyes Austin Westlake a run for its first place hold in B NBAL stylin New Braunfels Art League is Puttin on the Ritz Saturday to raise money for an elevator Live auction lots of food and plenty of fun are on WEATHER Brrrrrrr Just about the time we forget it is winter the weather packs a cold punch to bring us back to reality For the complete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Key code 77 Owens Corning Wed rather deal with employees BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Owens Corning management is not opposed to union representation but would prefer to work with employees a spokesman for the company said Friday Our philosophy is we prefer to work with oiir people directly without a third party person getting in the spokesman Bill Hamilton said Hamilton declined to comment directly on employees complaint and only would comment generally about unions But at least 59 workers would prefer representation from UNITE Union of Needeletrades Industrial and See OWENS NB employers watch union vote closely K JESSIE Union supporters put up campaign signs for Thursdays union vote which is being contested BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The final outcome of a union vote at Owens Corning Fabrics could have an impact on all of New Braunfels Some say a stronger union presence in New Brauntels could help raise wages for employees at other local plants and some say it could drive businesses out of town But right now no one knows which way the pendulum will swing A union vote was taken at the plant 1851 S Seguin Thursday but seven votes were contested see related The contested votes likely will be settled in a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board said Debi Nilsen a union orga nizer with UNITE Union of Needeletrades Industrial and Textile Just when the hearing would happen was uncertain she said If Owens Corning a specialty fabric manufacturer does union ize giving employees the option of paying dues for UNITE representation workers and See Canyon FFA show K JESSIE Pretend Grandma Kim Boren nuzzles with Kelsie Jenschke while Kayle Boren left and Darilyn Boren right watch the Canyon High School livestock show Darilyn took home several ribbons including one for Reserve Showmanhsip The cold weather helped to move the show along at a brisk pace Seventh bomb threat CISD laying down law School officials Instructional time will be made up BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer CISD school year to start Aug 16 BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Students in Comal Independent School District will start the 20002001 school year Aug 16 despite protests from one trustee that the start date was too early CISD trustees approved a 20002001 calendar Thursday in a 61 vote with trustee John Clay voting against Trustees approved one of four calendar drafts present ed by district administrators but made some modifications to the start date and holidays The calendar trustees approved is similar to the current school calendar with a midAugust start date and the first semester ending before students return from Christ mas break Trustees shifted a week of staffdevelopment and teacher workdays in midAugust which moved the start date from Aug 14 to Aug 16 Trustees also shortened the Thanks giving holiday by changing Nov 22 from a school holiday to a school day with an early release The Christmas break also was short ened slightly by changing Dec 22 from a school holiday to a school day with an early release Clay said he favored a calendar draft that had an Aug 22 start date He said he would like to see a shorter Christmas break in order to push back the start date in the fall The kids have 17 days off for Christmas including the weekends They come back Monday Jan 8 instead of the Wednesday or Thursday before and go to school five Written bomb threats one found in a locker and another on a pay phone wreaked havoc for stu dents and staff at Smithson Valley High School again Friday morning Classes were dis missed about 9 Friday and about students were sent home after at least two bomb threats both COMMUNITY MEETING The Comal Council of PTAs is sponsoring a Safe Schools meeting with par ents and law enforcement officials 5 Thursday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative 100 FarmtoMarket3159 The recent threats will be discussed as will the process for dealing with them and possible solu tions Tests indicate diesel did not reach aquifer FROM STAFF REPORTS The Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission and the Edwards Aquifer Authority found no evidence of water contamination almost one week after a diesel spill at a limestone quarry four miles south west of Comal Springe The water samples were taken in the course of an investigation into a diesel fuel spill from an aboveground storage tank estimated gal lons that occurred Jan 14 at the DynoNobel Inc facility 1758 Krueger Canyon Road The leak was discovered Jan 17 by company officials and reported Jan 18 to TNRCC TNRCC immediately sent a team of experts to the scene of the spill to survey the situation and prepare a cleanup plan hi addition TNRCC and EAA contacted the Envi ronmental Protection Agency US Fish and Wildlife Service and state and local government officials to make them aware of the situation Preliminary results of water samples taken from Comal Springs Jan found no trace of petroleum hydro carbons We understand the importance of the Edwards Aquifer and the agencys role in protecting this pre cious TNRCC Executive Director JefTSaitas said The state is taking aggressive measures to ensure that all of the diesel fuel is recov ered and disposed of in accordance with state rules and regulations and that the aquifer remain clean and pure However we cant say were out of the woods until this process is hoaxes were found on campus Fridays dismissal marked he end of an uneasy week for students staff and parents across the district after seven threats were report ed since Jan 13 Smithson Valley High School 4110 W Highway 46 was evacuated Friday for the fourth time in a week as law enforcement officials and school personnel searched the school No explo sive devices were found Sporting events and other activities at the school continued this weekend as scheduled Classes will resume Monday but the losl clay will be made up on March 17 which had been scheduled as a holiday because of the Comal County Youth Show Day school officials said If students do not report to school that day they still will have to make up the clay before their grades will be released In response to the recent threats backpacks have been banned at the high school until further notice Students were evacuated from classes three times since Jan 21 and will have to make up the lost time in longer school days School officials said school days would he extend ed onehour longer in the weeks ahead See BOMB Funeral service pending for NB mayors mother FROM STAFF REPORTS Mrs Stone Carolyn Williams the mother of New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams passed away Saturday at McKenna Memorial Hospital Mrs Williams 58 became ill last week and was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Funcial arrangements are pending at Doeppensehmidt Funeral Home Her husband Stone Williams owns GuadaComa Mechanical Inc in New Braunfels
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