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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY May 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 166 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Census Comal reflects state Countys population older than statewide previous census CHRIS Arturo clockwise from Arturo and Evangelina shop Wednesday at HEB in New Recently released Census figures show that the Hispanic population in Comal County and Texas is becoming more BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Despite an olderthan average Comal Countys census figures reflect the rest of the nation and the said a state expert on census Steve of the Texas State Data Center at Texas said the figures for Comal showed that the county was a snapshot of the state and In most the data as a whole shows that the county is a reflection of the country and the he If you take into account the heavily Hispanic the county shows pretty much what weve learned in the rest of the country the number of married couples households has the number of married couples with children has According to figures from the Census the number of married couples in Comal County declined only In percent of the households were inarried cbmparedto percent in the county still ranks in the upper third of Texas counties for married couple households and in the increase in the total num ber of It ranks in the middle as far as number of households with children younger than That pretty much reflects the state and the Murdock The only difference is the aging in the Comal County is older than the rest of the The median age in Comal County is according to census fig That figure is slightly older than in when the median age was the median age reported in 2000 is The largest jump in pop ulation in the county is in See Comal County Counts 1990 Total population Sex Male Female Median age AGE Under 5 years 5 to 17 years 18 to 20 years 21 to 24 years 25 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 to 59 years 60 to 64 years 65 to 74 years 75 to 84 years 85 years and over 789 Under 18 years 65 years and older 000 Total population Sex Male Female Median age 39 AGE Under 5 years 5 to 9 years 10 to 14 years 15 to 19 years 20 to 24 years 25 to 34 35 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 to 59 years 60 to 64 years 65 to 74 years 75 to 84 years 85 years and older Where We Rank Out of 254 Counties Median age 80th Under Older than Total households increase 23rd Average household size 111th Family households 165th Percent of married couples 38th Senate approves tax cuts BY CURT ANDERSON AP Tax Writer WASHINGTON AP With a dozen Democrats joining the Senate passed an trillion tax relief pack age Wednesday that represents the largest tax cut in two decades and match es the priorities President Bush has been pushing since his campaign for the White House and Senate negotiators imme diately began meeting to work out a final which Republican leaders are scrambling to get on the presidents desk by the end of the The Senate voted 6238 to pass the bill during a tumultuous day on Capitol Hill as Republicans and Democrats tried to calculate the political fallout of the decision by James to become an All 50 Senate Republicans and 12 Democrats voted in favor of the tax Bush said at the White House that those 62 senators deserve our countrys thanks and and urged Congress to reach a rapid final Our econ omy cannot afford any further the president Senators of both parties agreed that the Jeffords which will change the balance of power in an evenly divid ed Senate now run by will have little bearing on the outcome of the tax The bill includes the core components pi Bushs original trillion plan acrosstheboard income tax eventual repeal of the estate relief from the marriage penalty paid by mil lions of twoincome couples and doubling of the child The House passed individual bills closely tracking Bushs The Senate also added one item Bush wanted for corporate America permanent extension of the research and development tax which would otherwise expire in Under pressure from Democratic and Republican including Jef the Senate bill differs markedly from the Bush and House mainly in ways that shift more of the benefits to lowand middleincome The Sen ate bill would reduce the top income tax rate to 36 instead of 33 and gradually phase in all the income tax cuts by The Senate bill also would permit mil lions of lowincome people to claim a por tion of the child boost contribution limits for plans and give education breaks such as a college tuition deduction and create a retroactive 10 percent income tax rate for the first portion of every taxpayers local TAAS passing rates show improvement BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer i More students taking the states academic skills test have stepped up their according to the Texas Education This trend holds locally for both school At New Braunfels Independent School 91 percent of 10th grade students passed the reading portion of the TAAS test for 2000 In the math and writing por 89 percent of 10th grade stu dents State test results for 10th grade students show 90 percent passing in 89 percent passing math and 89 percent passing in Weve seen improvement in many Were continuing tp shrink the gaps between the NBISD Board Vice President Lee Edwards The districts scores in 19992000 were 90 percent for 86 per cent for math and 90 percent for For Comal Independent School 94 percent of Canyon High School 10th grade students passed the reading section this year 92 percent passed the writing and 93 percent passed the math portion of the This past years scores for Canyonffigh School were 91 percent in 93 percent in math and 92 percent in At Smithson Valley High 95 percent of 10th grade students passed in reading this year 84 per cent passed in and 92 per cent passed in Smithson Val leys scores this past year were 95 percent in 94 percent in math and 94 percent in Weve seen a continued growth in scores over the We are pleased with the work all campuses have CISD secondary cur riculum coordinator Jan Booth About 82 percent of the million students who took the Texas Assess See Skunks Dogs 0 Foul smell not what it seems BY RON MALQNEY Staff Writer BRACKEN Bracken firefighters called out at 1 Wednesday to investi gate a gas leak found some thing far more offensive when they arrived on j Bracken Fire Bill Anz said firefighters reported being dispatched to the 9400 Iblock of Trophy Drive I2j57 for a reported natural gas What had happened instead became unpleasantly apparent as they approached the Turns their dog got in a fight with a Anz The skunk sprayed the side of the right where an open window The firefighters was so bad the fam ily couldnt tell what it INSIDE 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Key Code Possible viral meningitis case found BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer School officials at Watts Elementary in nearby Guadalupe County were busy passing out letters at the end of school informing par ents of a possible case of viral meningitis in its second A second grade boy possi bly has viral a less severe form of the dis said Tim public information officer for the SchertzCiboloUniversal City Independent School Dis School officials are quick to note that viral meningitis is not as dangerous or deadly as bacterial Three cases of the bacterial meningitis were reported at the Comal Independent School District earlier this We got a call just before lunch time that the little boy was Savoy The doctor said it was probably viral It may not The culture takes 72 But since tomorrow is the last day of we wanted to be sure that par ents were aware that it could In a letter sent to parents of Watts Elementary stu Principal Becky Stark says that viral meningitis is See
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