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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas ViV HIT 7 j NEW PELS EL PR so ix HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 68 14 pages in 2 sections February 22 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Top Americana station KNBT New Braunfels brings home prestigious national award K JESSIE KNBT Radio program and music director Mattson Rainer says the Gavin Americana Award for Top Commercial Station is an honor and challenge for the station BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer KNBT Radio FM just won the prestigious Gavin Americana Award this past weekend but pro gram and music director Mattson Rainer already is feeling the pres sure Im compelled to work even harder to make sure everyone knows they made the right Rainer said Record label employees radio station employees and others in the industry cast their ballots in several categories including Americana Station of the Year For the fourth year in a row KNBT was nominated for a Gavin Americana Award in the category of Top Commercial Station of the Year among more than 85 stations across the The national honor is awarded to the radio station that most actively pursues innovative Americana pro gramming To be eligible for the award KNBT submitted weekly play lists to Gavin an industry trade maga zine Stations from Dallas northern California Georgia and Virginia also were nominated but KNBT made the final cut The announcement was made in San Francisco this past weekend in See Residents start filing for CISD seats BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County resident Derald LaRue is challenging trustee Lester W Jonas for the District 5 trustee seat on the Comal Independent School District board Both filed Monday the first day CISD accepted applications for a place on the ballot The District 5 position is one of three seats up for election on the CISDs board of trustees in May Applications for a place on the ballot are available at the districts central office 1421 N Business 35 Interested candidates can file at central office during regular busi ness hours through March 22 The election is Saturday May 6 Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2 The school district is divided into seven singlemember districts each represented by a member of the board of trustees People interested in filing for election must be registered voters live in the singlemember district they are filing for and have been a resident of the district for six months For 2000 only patrons in sin glemember districts and 5 will vote in the CISD school board election Trustees Dan Krueger 2 and Dora Gonzales 1 have not yet decided if they are running for reelection Jonas represents a portion of western Comal County bordered by the Kendall County line 281 FarmtoMarket 2673 and the Cibolo Creek His area includes Smithson Valley north of FM 3159 Bulverde west of 281 and north of Cranes Mill Road the Woods at Spring Branch and the CISD portion of Kendall Coun ty Jonas who recently retired from the hospitality industry said his Haggard in Gruene K JESSIE A soldout crowd danced in the aisles and sang along as Merle Haggard performed Sunday night at Gruene Hall From Silver Wings to The Old Man from the the country and western legend performed the stan dards that made him a star Many who couldnt get tickets set up folding chairs outside the oldest dance hall in Texas to listen to The TAAS changing some students schedules FROM STAFF REPORTS Some students at Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools will have modified schedules today Wednesday and Thurs day because of Texas Assessment of Aca demic Skills testing Canyon High School juniors and seniors will not need to report to school until today Wednesday and Thursday because of TAAS testing Sophomores will be taking the exitlev el TAAS all three days starting at Freshmen will be taking another series of tests those three days starting at as well Buses will run at their regular times Students who ride buses but are not being tested will need to report to the old gym At SVHS freshman juniors and seniors do not need to report to school until today through Thursday But sophomores who will be taking the exitlevel TAAS need to report to school at the regular time each day Officials say new court will aid foster kids BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer In children living in Comal Cald well Guadalupe and Hays counties were removed from their homes by Childrens Pro tective Services because of abuse or neglect Often those children have prolonged stays in foster care because of an overburdened court system that must hear criminal matters first Officials with the Texas Department of Pro tective and Regulatory Services which over sees CPS said a newly created cluster court to serve Comal Caldwell Guadalupe and Hays counties would significantly shorten childrens foster care placement Judge Schraub presiding judge of the 3rd Administrative Judicial Region which includes Comal County will swear in associ ate judge Andrew Hathcock who was select ed to preside over the new specialized court at 11 today at the Comal County Court house Annex 150 N Seguin The ceremony is open to the public and will take place in courtroom 1 on the third floor Senator Leticia Van de Putte and PRS Regional Director Rose Orsborn also will attend The new cluster court which is the fourth such court in Texas will handle only CPS cases Judge Schraub who helped spearhead the effort to secure a federal grant for the cluster court said the specialized court would be beneficial to the children by assuring resolution and permanency of their cases in a timely Carole Hurley Childrens Justice Act Project director and Court Improvement Project direc tor said cluster courts were funded by federal Court Improvement Projects funds As an associate judge Hathcock who has experience with CPS cases was selected by Schraub for the position rather than elected In February 1999 the CIP issued a Request for Proposal which was distributed through the nine administrative regional judges to fund additional cluster courts Hurley said Janece Keetch PRS public information offi cer said Schraub recognized the need for a cluster court in the area and with the approval See New web site links NBHS Canyon alumni BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Just in time for the rekindling of the rivalry between Canyon and New Braunfels high schools next year former Cougars and Unicorns now can cheer on their alma maters just by logging onto the Internet Tonya Welch Watterson a CHS graduate from the class of 1990 created a new site on the World Wide Web to help CHS and NBHS alumni keep in touch whether its to revive old friendships or old rivalries Watterson who lives in College Station with her husband and CHS graduate Phillip Watterson created a web site exclusively for CHS alumni and faculty in Sep tember 1999 She recently moved the CHS alumni site and combined it with a NBHS alumni site which CHS and NBHS alumni and faculty can reach at And the new site is just in time as the Cougar and Unicorn foot ball teams prepare for battle next fall in a new 4A district Despite the longstanding rival ry the site also allows Unicorns and Cougars to embrace their common bonds as well as their differences On the opening page of the web site Watterson writes If you went to school in New Braunfels you may have fond memories of lazy days on the riv er the smell of popcorn at the football games and most of all the rivalry of the two local high schools that resided in this won derful city Here Unicorns and Cougars come Once alumni enter the web site they have the option of clicking on the CHS or NBHS sites or browsing both sites There are a lot of people out there who have friends at each school so this allows them to access Watterson said Anyone can access the site and search for alumni or faculty but only alumni or faculty who regis ter can put their contact informa tion on the site And Watterson said she looked over any information submitted to make sure it was appropriate before posting it on the web site Both sites offer a range of fea tures including an alumni and faculty search an alumni and fac INSIDE Key Code 76