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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 5 can water today before 9 and after 7 For Information call 6088925 HERALD7RTTUNG Vol 149 No 242 20 pages in 2 sections October 4 2000 Book sale bound to draw crowds 1852 50 cents Library friends annual edition starts Thursday BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels Civic Center is black and white and just waiting to be read all over this week The center is home to the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale from 9 to 1 Thursday and 9 to 5 Friday Entry to the sale is free There are thousands of said Margaret Brazle president of Friends of the Library and chairwoman of the book sale ABOUT IT WHAT Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale WHEN to 7 Thursday 9 to 5 Friday Also 4 to 5 Friday for all the books that fit in a paper bag WHERE New Braunfels Civic Center 380 S Seguin Most of the books are priced at 75 cents for hardbacks or 25 cents for paperbacks Books are even cheaper between 4 and 5 Friday During that time cus tomers pay for all the books they can fit into a paper bag Detective stories romances mysteries and westerns are among the variety of books offered in the sale Other types of books include Texana collectibles and first edition books Some books in these categories are more expen sive than other books Brazle and other members of Friends of the Library prepare for the book sale yearround They collected hundreds of boxes of donated books in a storage unit for the sale See BOOK CHRIS Pat Wilkinson a longtime Friends of The Library member sorts through books and records Tuesday at the Civic Center in preparaion for the annual book sale today Barricade movers beware Police crack down on drivers who move safety gates in road work areas CHRIS Charles Chance construction inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation stands next to a Type 3 barricade Tuesday behind Burger King Motorists who move these barricades put the public and construction workers at risk safety officials warned BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Construction workers and public safety officials report the moving of traffic barricades in construc tion areas is increasing and is a danger to workers and the public alike And moving those barriers for any reason can get someone a pretty pricey citation Charles Chance construction inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation said the illegal moving of the safety barriers has become a notice able problem lately We havent had any accidents Chance said One of our big objectives out here is to make these construction areas as safe as possible for our work ers and the traveling public I want to keep from get ting someone hurt Basically what weve got is over the past six weeks weve started having a problem with the traveling public moving some of our barricades The barricades are the threepaneled safety gates with the orange and white stripes We put the barricades out for the safety of the traveling public so they can make their way through a work site and for the safety of our Chance said If a barricade is moved to an improper position it puts the public and our workers at risk Motorists who move those barricades also put their bank balances at risk if New Braunfels Police See No left turn Motorists attempting illegal left turns off northbound FarmtoMarket Road 725 onto interstate frontage roads are causing traffic problems at Interstate 35 We have detour routes set up on Business 35 for both the northbound entrance ramp and south bound frontage said Charles Chance construction inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation We have symbol signs set up pro hibiting the turns Its illegal for you to make a left onto either frontage Scheduling program works well BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer After more than a year on a schedule created to offer students the better fit of two worlds longer classes versus daily exposure administrators at New Braunfels High School say things are going well All of our base sign indicators are improving I dont think you can credit that to the schedule The whole focus the whole environment has changed at this high Assistant Principal Elisa Racanelli said We as a school are doing a of meeting the needs of NBHS struggled for five years to find a scheduling system to fit student needs against parent and teacher concerns I hate to make it an issue Finally weve come to peace with Racanelli said And great things are going on in the class rooms I feel that the students and the parents are happy with the current situation at the high After the Texas Education agency increased the number of credits needed to graduate in 1994 the traditional sevenperi od schedule at NBHS had to be reconfigured To help students get more credits completed in a year NBHS changed to an alternating block schedule of 90minute classes in 19941995 Parents complained about the time gap between core studies like English and math so another scheduling committee was formed in 1996 to explore changing the sched ule again In 199798 NBISD chose a hybrid schedule one that allowed students two 90minute block classes and three 60 minute daily classes with the approval of trustees the sched uling committee the onsite management committee and teach ers Then NBHS teachers formed an internal task force during the 199798 school year and recommended an rotating block schedule So NBISD formed another committee this time of 15 teachers and 15 community members to find a compromise At a public forum in 1998 teachers supported 90minute classes that allow more instruction time and parents preferred short er daily core classes After nine months the committee announced it was dead locked and Superintendent Ron Reaves decided to offer students the current hybrid schedule The lay person might think he needs a degree in rocket scit See FITSKO Water comment deadline nears FROM STAFF REPORTS Friday is the last day comments will be taken on the draft of the 50year regional water plan The South Central Texas Regional Water Plan ning Group recently completed two years of work on a plan that seeks to meet all the projected water needs for the county area that includes Comal County for the next 50 years Public hearings on the plan were conducted last week in San Antonio Victoria and Uvalde Public comment and written responses to the plan for Region L will be accepted through 5 Oct 6 They can be sent to project manag er Steve Raabe San Antonio River Authority Box 839980 San Antonio TX 782839980 Raabes phone number is 210 2271373 fax INSIDE Key Code 76 Gruene turns on tunes for United Way BY ARMANDINA ESCALERA HeraldZeitung Correspondent Gruene Hall will flow with music again Friday through Sunday when musicians gath er for the 14th annual Music Fest to benefit the United Way of Comal County This years edition of Music Fest includes headliner Marcia Ball an auction featuring gui tars autographed by Texas music legends and a special appearance at Sundays gospel brunch by the Rev Buckner Fanning renowned pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio BALL Music Fest kicks off Friday night with a special treat for diehard Marcia Ball fans who can attend a preshow autograph TICKETS Get tickets for the 14th annual Gruene Music Fest at or call 6295077 and greeting session from to Texas Cajun fare and specialty beers will be served with Ball posing for pictures with patrons Her show is included in the preshow price Tickets for the show only will be available at the door and will be priced at 10 During Balls show George Strait fans will bid on a guitar autographed by this Gruene Hall legend The music continues on Saturday from noon to 6 with tickets priced at Saturdays headliner is Two Tons of Steel at 9 Tickets for that show are and will be available only at the door The music picks up Sunday at with the Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist The October brunch will fea ture Buckner Fanning telling stories from his book God Drives a Pickup Copies of the book will be available for sale and Fanning will furnish autographs Musical entertainment for the brunch will feature cow boy balladeer and emcee Bret See