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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Sunday January HERALDZEITUNO Page9A Keeping warm K JESSIE NBHS soccer players tried to defend against the chilly winds early Saturday afternoon Fans and players wrapped themselves in blankets while sitting on the cool benches Mcuh to the delight of fans the Unicorns burned up Mac Arthur on the playing field BOMB 1A Extra security steps have been taken at SVHS this week includ ing daily searches of the buildings additional security and limited access to buildings and restrooms During a board meeting Thursday night Superintendent Jerry Major said the recent threats have wreaked havoc on the sys tem and disrupted the lives of students parents and staff A handful of students have made students employees and a lot of parents uneasy and frankly were sick of he said We dont think this is funny and neither do the vast majority of Major also said students and staff depended on instructional time whichwas lost every time the school had to be evacuated We have about students sitting in a football stadium half the he said Kids have a life They have jobs and after school 451 instructional time and that time is Major appealed to parents and students to come forward with any information concerning any of the bomb threats He also said the district had plans in place to mobilize buses and had arrangements to feed large numbers of students in case students had to be moved to anoth er school Major said individuals responsi ble for the threats would be pun ished to the fullest extent of the The New County Crimestoppers program and CISD are offering up to a cash reward for informa tion concerning the threats All calls to Crimestoppers are confi dential The number is 800 640 8422 Of the seven bomb threats since Jan 13 four have been at SVHS one at Smithson Valley Middle School one at Spring Branch Middle School and one at Arlon Seay Intermediate School Four arrests have been made and the Comal County Sheriffs office is continuing to investigate Fridays incident and two unsolved bomb threats the threats on Jan 2 land Jan 26 at SVHS Two 13yearold male SVMS students a 14yearold SVHS male student and a 12yearold Arlon Seay Intermediate male stu dent were taken into custody in connection with the threats CISD officials said two of the juveniles were attending classes at ah alternative school One of the SVMS students was allowed back on campus for a cou ple of days but he attended class es in a selfcontained classroom said Kari Hutchison CISD public information officer The two other juveniles in cus tody had detention hearings Friday morning Carol Robison director of Comal County juvenile probation said both juveniles were released totheir parents Friday but with a number of conditions Law enforcement officers searched the homes of both juve niles Both juveniles will have to use electronic monitoring devices CISD officials will decide whether the students will return to their home campuses or attend an alternative school The Comal Council of PTAs is sponsoring a Safe Schools meet ing with parents and law enforce ment officials 5 Thursday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative 100 FarmtoMarket 3159 The recent threats will be dis cussed as will the process for dealing with them and possible solutions 1A Troutfest 2000 Local anglers fish for prizes fun during annual 10day tournament BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Even the unluckiest of fisherman will have no problem landing that big one at the 12th annual Troutfest Feb 313 at the springfed pool at the Aquatics Complex in Landa Park The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department event will take place from 4 to 8 on weekdays and from 10 until 8 on weekends Children and seniors can buy passes to the event for adult passes are and disabled individuals are admitted at no charge Each pass has a 10 fish limit and no more than five fish can be taken home each day There is no catch and so residents can keep everything to take home and cook for dinner Aquatics Superintendent Jaime Jones said This event is great fun for Jones said Its better than trying your luck anywhere else Were stocked and ready to WHATS UP Troutfest will take place Feb 313 from 4 to 8 on weekdays and from 10 until 8 on week ends The parks and recreation department stocked the springfed pool with trout and pounds of to 5 pounds for the event No fishing license is required to participate and residents who catch tagged fish will win prizes such as gift certificates and Tshirts donated by New Braunfels businesses A special event at Troutfest is the kids fish ing tournament hosted by the parks and recre ation department The tournament will take place from 8 to 10 Saturday Kids age 10 and younger can participate and passes must be bought before 8 to enter the con test Trophies will be warded for the top trout and catfish Jones said Youths age 10 to 17 also can learn the art of fly casting at a seminar hosted by Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited The event will take place Feb 5 and Feb 12 from 8 to 10 at the springfed pool and will be taught by fly casting instructors certified by the Federation of Fly Fishers All equipment will be furnished courtesy of Alamo Fly Fishers and San Antonio YMCA GRTU member Hylmar Karbach said Residents are asked to bring only one fishing pole per person to Troutfest and no glass or alcohol containers are allowed at the event Jones said Bait tackle and refreshments will be sold by the parks and recreation department For information on Troutfest residents can contact the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department at 6082160 or Jones at the Aquatics Complex at 6082164 OWENS 1A Textile Employees thats how many cast yes votes in a union election conducted Thurs day at the plant 1851 S Seguin Fiftyseven voted no And seven votes were contested UNITE has contested four votes that it says were submitted by management Three other votes are contested by management which says contract employees not included on a pre approved roster of voters submitted them At least 50 percent plus one vote of the hourly workers must vote in favor of UNITE in order to receive its representation in this case 62 votes Owens Corning Fabrics a specialty fabrics manufacturer employs about 120 hourly work ers in New Braunfels and more than employees worldwide In 1997 a union vote failed by 10 votes sev eral workers said 1A This vote likely will be settled in a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board union organizer Debi Nilsen said Just when the hearing would happen was uncertain she said No matter what the outcome not all Owens Corning workers will have to join UNITE A yes vote at Owens Corning however would allow workers to have union representation if they want Members must pay a week to receive UNITE representation Jonathan Cornwell who has worked at the plant for 12 years said he believed UNITE would bring human dignity to the plant We have he said They have humil iated us threatened us and intimidated They have played favorites and cut benefits he added Other workers said that Owens Corning has reduced the amount of matching retirement contributions from 55 percent to 35 percent not recognized sick leave accumulated over several years and threatened to cut overtime hours Adam Miller whos been at the plant for three years accused the management of playing favorites Certain employees wouldnt receive cross he said Management at the Owens Corning New Braunfels plant referred all questions to an office in Lubbock but its thoughts on the issue were evident more than one management employee donned a button that said Vote Hamilton who works at Owens Comings corporate office in Toledo Ohio said the com pany was not opposed to unions We want to find out what the will of the people he said If they vote yes well bar gain with the union in good managers across town are predicting very different futures Jeff Morrow Whps beep at the plant for 11 years said he believed conditions would improve at Owens Corning and other businesses in New Braunfels Pay will go he said because management will want to keep unions is not a historically union town But we hope the other companies will wake Not everyone agrees If this does become a union town several businesses could choose to leave New Braunfels and others might opt against relocating here a manager of a local manufacturing plant said I hate to see this town screwed he said The manager who asked that his name not be used had experience with unions and found that their presence often resulted in divisive ness and lowered worker produc tivity There was a time when the union concept was he said But thats not the world we live said the union provided a policy is to provide a good dardization of wages and beneworking environment wages and And he unions benefits that surpass what a union more problems Management becomes the ene he said You cant go to your boss with a grievance anymore Instead its a monumental paper work situation that relies on a third party And that third party has its own In addition unions come in and set low performance standards he said charging that union workers dont have an incentive to work faster because theyll earn the same amount regardless of their produc tivity So how can a company become prosperous or create the profit need ed for raises or bonuses he said Others argue that unions could be a positive force Workers at ADM Milling Com pany 398 E San Antonio belong to the Teamsters union one of the few unions operating in New Braunfels General manager Kevin Cocquyt It takes the ambiguity out of labor he said adding that it also provided collective bargain ing power for workers UNITE organizer Debi Nilsen said union workers were more pro ductive Union workers do better because theyre she said Theyll produce more and the company will do Managers at other companies said they didnt believe a union was nec essary could said Tony Mudford vicepresident of Detex Corpora tion 302 Detex Drive A plant manager of another com pany who asked not to be named said We believe if we treat our people fairly and honestly you dont need a he said People in New Braunfels are closeknit and workers typically were comfortable with manage ment he said noting that his com pany would monitor closely the Owens Corning situation days then get another holiday for Martin Luther King Jr that fol lowing he said Clay also pushed for a school holiday the last Friday in April so families could attend the Battle of the Flowers parade in San Antonio The teachers and staff who do these calendars need to under stand that not everyone in Comal County lives in New he said We have people scattered all over this district I wanted to help the people in this district who live in northern Bexar County or southern Comal County and work in San Clay said the district allowed a holiday for the Battle of the Flowers parade two years ago We have a holiday for the Comal County Fair Day for the people in New Braunfels and I wanted a spring holiday for the other end of the he said Next year students will have two oneweek breaks one Feb 26 through March 2 and another April 9 through April 13 The school year will end May 25 Both Canyon and Smithson Valley high school graduations are tentatively scheduled for May 26 By state law all students in Texas must attend school for 180 days but when school starts and where holidays are placed is left up to local school districts According to survey responses the majority of CISD parents and staff favor a midAugust start date and the two oneweek breaks In other business trustees renovation project at CHS includ ed in the May 1999 million bond issue The fine arts building will be built east of Cougar Den on the existing school site Trustees also approved the loca tion of a new agriculture facility pending acquisition of property on the east side of the existing agri culture building The district is looking at buying decided at the next board meeting 6 Feb 10 NEW SOSTATE QUARTER MAP Beautiful 24 fill color US map with one space for each state quarter Dates of statehood indicated in spaces not yet filled Suitable for framing or hanging as is Heavy duty board with spaces on back for hanging Fun and educa tional Release dates for quarters and state capitals listed on back plus tax NB Juwelier 358 Landa Suite J 6292781 MRE1B approved conceptual floor plans about five acres of property for for a new fine arts building at expansion Canyon High School The site of a future athletic The fine arts building is part of facility for dance pep squad and a million plus expansion and cheerleaders possibly will be Puttin on the Ritz Is the Place To Be Saturday Feb 5 7pm Art Auctions Food Entertainment Gala Benefit to Fund Elevator Installation New Braunfels Art League Gallery 239 West San Antonio Street Admission by Donation HEALTH AWARENESS SCREENING Your Best Defense Against Disease SuperChemistry 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