New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 5, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas I ii * N EW cBraiLsnfelsHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150 No. 47 14 pages in 2 sections January 5, 2001 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Waco picks CISD’s Major By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major accepted the lead job in the Waco Independent School District Thursday night at a board meeting in Waco. The seven-member board took about 15 minutes in closed session before emerging to vote 7-0 to name Major as its new superintendent. The 54-year-old Major, who attended the meeting with his wife, Kathy, could not be reached for comment. Major will start his new job about Feb. 15, WISD public information officer Carole Perry said. The CISD trustees will meet next week to figure out what to do next. “We're all rookies at this,” Clay said. “This is all new to us. We are going to be speaking with our attorney who is very familiar with school district policies. ... We’re very happy for him. At the same time we hate to lose him.” The WISD board has been trying to fill a hole in the front office since former superintendent Rosanne Stripling left for Texarkana in June. “We’re very excited, really,” WISD trustee Charles Olson said Thursday afternoon. Major has been at CISD’s helm since 1993. Water main break K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Utilities worker Kenneth Ryals digs around a broken water main before repairing it with a six-inch patch. A water main near Casten Avenue and Nacogdoches Street ruptured Thursday afternoon which affected NBU customers from Nacogdoches Street to Highway 81. At press time Thursday night, NBU crews were working to resolve the problem. NB scientist, educator, conservationist dies By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A former chairman of the Edwards Underground Water District and a distinguished scientist, teacher and conservation advocate died unexpectedly Tuesday in San Antonio. Dr. Kenneth G. Ikels, “husband, father, friend, citizen, mentor, colleague, astronomer, creative woodworker, volunteer and New Braunfelser,” was 71. He is survived by his wife, Emmie Eickenroht Ikels, daughter Pamela Major, sons Kenan Ikels and Mark Ikels, grandson Jack Ikels, granddaughter Payton Ikels, daughter-in-law Nancy Ikels, sister-in-law Bernice Ikels and uncle Gene Mornhinweg. A 1946 graduate of New Braunfels High School, Ikels is well known in Comal County for his work as a chemistry teacher at NBHS 0r u ft 4 lr IKELS and on water and conservation issues. Less well known locally but more important nationally is Ikels’ work devoted to the protection and survival of military fliers. His achievements in that area stretch from the early days of the jet age in the late 1950s to the future of the U.S. Air Force in the 1990s with work on the still-secret, next generation of USAF fighter plane, the F-22 Raptor. In the water arena, Ikels was a representative on the board of the underground water district, forerunner to the Edwards Aquifer Authority, along with Craig Hollmig and Jack Ohlrich. “Dr. Ikels was one-time chairman of the underground water district from 1989 to 1991,” JOSEPH GARCIA RANDY HALPRIN LARRY HARPER PATRICK MURPHY JR. mm |K , W^tL. /la* i ll/ DONALD NEWBURY GEORGE RIVAS I w ' M' MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Escapees still worry many in NB Doug Miller, who now represents the county on the EAA board, said. “He was really involved in a lot of the water aspects of this community, working on protecting the springs. He was one of the earliest proponents of aquifer protection. “Back then, only Comal, Hays and Bexar counties were in the Edwards Underground Water District. Those guys really had to do battle with Bexar County interests. Kenneth, Craig and Jack were like the Three Musketeers of water in Comal County.” Hollmig singled out contributions Ikels made pertaining to water. “When Dr. Ikels was on the Edwards Underground Water District board, he was very well respected by the rest of the board members,” Hollmig recalled. “He had the ability to understand the complex issues of the Edwards See IKELS/3A Lawmen: False sightings better than real thing unreported By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer More than 20 days have passed since seven prison inmates escaped from the Connally Unit in Kenedy, but the subject remains fresh on the minds of New Braunfels residents. “I was in Landa Pharmacy, and four people mentioned it to me,” New Braunfels Police Sgt. David Wilson said. “Eve had people ask me, concerned, what they should do, what they should look for.” On Wednesday night, police received a report of a possible sighting of two of the seven escapees at the Paramount Bowl, 1202 Huisache. Wilson said all information about the missing inmates would be investigated, including the bowling alley sighting. “(Police) haven’t confirmed anything to positively identify them,” Wilson said. Chief David Ott of the Comal County Jail said the idea of a renegade band or potentially armed and dangerous escaped prisoners naturally created uneasiness for people. “Some people will be paranoid. Some people will go on with their day-to-day life,” Ott said. “We might get a few false sightings, but I’d rather get the false sighting reports than have the real thing go unreported.” Ott said although sheriff’s Staying Safe Local law enforcement officials encourage residents to: ■ Keep watch for anything or anyone out of the ordinary. ■ Keep out of danger. Back out of any potentially dangerous situation as quickly as possible. ■ Get a detailed description of clothes and vehicles and then call local authorities. ■ Park in lighted areas. ■ lf you see something outside that appears suspicious, lock the doors and call authorities. ■ lf someone robs you, cooperate and call law enforcement. office deputies were always on alert, they had been extra careful since the Connally Unit escape. Photos of the escaped men line office walls, and deputies have passed around copies. “We’re just more cautious,” Ott said. “We put photos out to all our officers and tell them to treat everything with the utmost caution. “We’ve all.. .talked about it and what we’d need to do if something were to happen. When you have seven people See ESCAPEES/3AInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................3-6B Comics............................8A Crossv/ord........................5    A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..................*.........1-2B Today.................................2A Stocks.....................................5A Key Code 76 ___t_ Commissioner opens office near constituents By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County’s newest office is now open for business — people business. Pct. 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora’s new satellite office is where many of her constituents are — in the west end of New Braunfels. It’s not as central or as fancy as her off ice on the third floor of the county courthouse annex, but Zamora’s new digs at 125 South Water Lane are comfortable and easy to find. They also are not costing the county a cent. The office is Zamora’s former insurance office, oft' San Antonio Street near the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.Contact Her To reach Pct. 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora, call: • the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 620-5503; • her new satellite office at 125 South Water Lane, 625-1147. Zamora will be there from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each working day, doing what she always does: county work and constituent work. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to represent Comal County and my constituents' inter ests in Precinct 3,” Zamora said Thursday. “My greatest accomplishment in Comal County has been working together as a team for the best interests of our community and county. The commissioners’ court is a dynamic and energetic environment in which our county’s business is done, and it’s a pleasure to make my contribution to the commissioners’ court process and to the county.” The eight-year commissioner, who ran unopposed in November for her third term, has donated use of her former insurance agency office. Right now, Zamora is the only commissioner in Comal County with a satellite office, although other commissioners have explored the idea.See COMMISSIONERS K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Pct. 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora has turned her former insurance office into a satellite office to conduct county business. ;