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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS lino9 SOWBST MICROPUBLISHING 827 E YflHDFU OR IX dHi 3 MMM hHbU I A HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 92 14 pages in 2 sections March 28 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Locals watch pregame prayer case Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Local parents students and school officials on both sides of the pre game prayer issue will watch close ly Wednesday as a fiveyear old lawsuit finally makes its way to the Supreme Court The nations highest court will Missing woman found FROM STAFF REPORTS A 76yearold Kendall County woman reported missing Sunday afternoon was found conscious near her residence in the 300 block of Sattler Road Monday afternoon after an extensive search by police and volunteers Members of the search party found Dessie Eisenhauer about 3 in a rocky area about 400 yards from her home and ranch near the Spring Branch area Kendall County Sheriff Henry Hodge said Eisenhauer was dehydrated but in stable condition and was airlift ed to University Hospital for obser vation officials said Authorities did not suspect foul play Hodge said Eisenhauer was reported missing by her grandson Sunday afternoon after he arrived at her residence and discovered her home unlocked and her purse on the front porch About 45 people including offi cers from Kendall County Sher iff the Heidi Search Center Bul Spring Branch and Canyon Lake emergency services and Comal County REACT team searched Sunday and Monday hear oral statements Wednesday in the Doe vs Santa Fe Independent School District case At issue is whether public school districts can allow students to initi ate and lead prayers over the public address systems before football games A decision is expected by late June In April 1995 the American Civ il Liberties Union on behalf of two Santa Fe families filed a lawsuit in a Galveston federal district court that alleged Santa Fe ISO violated the constitutional ban on govern mentestablished religion by con doning prayer and other religious activities In December 1996 a district court ruled studentselected studentgiv en nonsectarian invocations and benedictions were permissible at graduations In February 1999 the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans which has jurisdiction over Texas ruled studentled public prayers at football games were unconstitutional The majority decision ruled that studentled prayers solemnizing ceremonies before Texas public high school football games were uncon stitutional and that football games were hardly the sober type of annu al event that can be appropriately solemnized with Santa Fe ISD petitioned the high court in July after the appellate court ruling Texas Attorney General John See INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Television 8A Key Code Xavier Espinoza 18 months plays with a toy The young child is fac ing surgery next week to repair a hole in his heart Former cowork ers of his mother have organized a blood drive Friday to help the family K JESSIE HeraldZeitung Storm whips area K JESSIE At least one National Weather Service official says this tree was twisted and broken off by a tornado that touched down near Seguin Sunday night Officials This is the time of year for such weather BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The name of the beastly storm that swept through Comal County Sunday evening spitting out lightning hail ominous funnel clouds and estimated 60mileperhour wind gusts sounds more like a battery than a severe weather event But residents who are not familiar with the term supercell storm prob ably will see several more of the brief but brutal events before the season tapers off in June local meteorolo gists say Supercells are the most powerful most efficient severeweather pro said National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Eblen We see more supercells in March and April and the maximum number in The awesome dark clouds of the rolling in about to the Canyon Lake area where they dumped golfball sized hail and spo radic rainfall The storm continued through New Braunfels and to Seguin which got the full brunt of the severe weather Eblen said The supercell started around Llano then it split and the stronger portion moved southeast toward us and con tinued to produce severe wind and hail damage in places from Johnson City in Blanco County to Eblen said A tornado warning was issued in parts of the county and two spiraling funnel clouds were reported near Sat tler one above Franks supermarket but never touched down officials said The storm did appear to be tor Eblen said There could have been a tornado at the Canyon Lake area but we havent had a chance to go up there Small sporadic amounts of rain were reported across the county including 29 inches in New Braunfels area officials said Only about six residents reported stormrelated power outages Sunday evening to New Braunfels Utilities See Inside Santa Fe school dis trict near Galveston is taking its fight to allow studentinitiated pre game prayers all the way to the Supreme Court See Page 3B for a look at the histo ry of the case and what it means to Santa Fe residents and other Texans Council OKs for technical training study BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council agreed Monday to spend in sales tax revenue to fund a study on the communitys higher education needs but not the need for a fouryear school here We dont need a fouryear school said Mayor Stoney Williams who works at GuadaComa Mechanical Inc and serves on the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce steering commit tee that requested the study Several fouryear schools are close but techni cal schools that could train employees needed by New Braunfels companies arent he said New Braunfels resident Paul Martinka argued the city was lowering its standards by not looking at fouryear schools as well as technical schools The study will help fund a mar ket analysis study for post secondary education The chamber made the request for the study and said it would fund the additional for the study The study was recommended by the council appointed Economic Development Corporation which recommends how the city should spend of the citys percent sales tax CLARUS Corporation a consulting firm based in Nebraska will conduct the study Williams said the study would focus on vocation al and technical training Rita Kaufmann EDC board member and chair of the chambers higher education advisory com mittee said the study would assess the needs of the business community and local high school graduates and determine what kind of services should be pro vided District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson who vot ed against the study said shed rather give that mon ey to San Antonio College Residents working fulltime jobs can earn col lege credit through the local San Antonio College satellite program at the New Braunfels Independent School District Learning Center but New Braunfels does not have a twoyear or fouryear college cam pus But SAC does not offer any technical classes Jim Scheele chamber director of economic develop ment said Were hoping to he said Local companies are experiencing a lack of skilled workers and technical schooling here could help that he said NBMS rallies behind 18monthold boy Blood drive slated Friday at school BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer In the living room of their New Braunfels home Tony and Lolan da Espinoza watch 18monthold Xavier laugh and play showing every sign of a happy healthy baby In fact Xavier seems so content his parents say they sometimes forget he has a potentially life threatening heart condition There will be days when Ill forget and well talk about going out at night Jo get some ice cream and well want to take Xavier with us Then we remember we Lolanda said Because of Xaviers heart condi tion Tony and Lolanda have to be careful taking him outdoors We have to check the weather He can get sick really easy espe cially at night if the weather is Lolanda said Xavier has an open hole in his AB cianal or in the middle of the four heart chambers The hole never closed from birth See BLOOD DRIVE WHAT Blood drive for 18month old Xavier Espinoza WHEN to 1 Friday WHERE Parking lot on Butcher Street between Carl Schurz Elementary and New Braunfels Middle School CALL 6257361   

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