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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG Sunday January Lone Star Elementary gets new look in new year BY TONY CANTU Staff writer Like a resolutionmaker intent on selfimprovement for the New Year the Lone Star Elementary will begin undergoing its own trans formation this month The New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Board of Trustees recently approved construction doc uments related to major remodeling of the elemen tary school which was built in 1945 Later this month bids for a contractor will be released Board members set the stage for the work to begin after hearing a report from Pfluger Associates Archi tects The design concept will improve and enhance the school with focus on some A New Look Construction to month includes II renovations to the library II renovations to the faculty workroom and lounge making classroom space more efficient improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act techonology enhancements new air conditioning new administration offices and two new classrooms key enhancements The library is set to be renovat ed as well as the faculty and spe cialty areas existing class rooms will be revamped toward a move for efficiency of space other spaces will be refitted to comply with guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act technology enhance ments will be added throughout and indoor air quality systems and high velocity air conditioning HVAC units will be improved The work also calls for new construction including the addition of an office administration area two additional classrooms a gym stage and additional storage space In a memorandum dis trict officials noted the key areas of improvement and enhancement at the school were identified after exhaus tive analysis District representatives and the architectural design firm have spent many hours of analysis research and planning to provide effec tive solutions to district con the memo reads This is in addition to the development and review time spent in creating the construction Last month school offi cials decided changes at Lone Star Elementary would not involve the stu dent population Anticipating the revamp ing of the physical facility school district officials had planned to transfer third graders from Elemen tary to Lone Star Elemen tary The plan called for the transfer of 170 Seele stu dents to Lone Star to make up for an August transfer of first graders from Lone Star to a new building addition at Lone Star Primary school After the student exodus district officials even changed Lone Stars official name to reflect an elemen tary education rather than a primary one But officials in December postponed the planned transfer of Seele students for a year While Lone Star 1A on San Antonio Street and into the heavily wooded Dry Comal Creek near Loop 337 New Braunfels and Comal County dispatch called out everyone they could Within moments sheriffs deputies Department of Public Safe ty troopers and New Braun fels police officers cordoned off the wooded area along Comal Creek between the Sheriffs office Kuehler Avenue Landa Street and Loop 337 ONGOING ORDEAL This had been an ongoing ordeal since last Vil larreal said We obtained the arrest warrant after the inci dent and we tried to serve it at his mothers residence at But he wasnt there He apparently walked all Police officers with dogs searched an eightsquare block area of the West End for hours Friday night with out finding Chandler Detectives collected evi dence at the scene of the slashing the residence where the couple lived in the 1200 block of West Mill Street until 4 After that police cut back the search effort to a single shift of officers CANINE SEARCH Officers John Sullivan Spencer Gremmer and Bill Spence and their dogs searched the wooded area near the Loop Saturday evening As darkness approached police called in a helicopter with infrared equipment While Villarreal talked to the helicopter crew on his radio Sullivan his covering officer Joe Tovar and his dog Cezar walked into the Dry Comal under the Loop 337 bridge As it turned out he hadnt gotten that Sullivan said We had just doubled back when we found Chandler who had report edly told his mother he wouldnt be taken without a struggle gave himself up at the end He was squatted down under the bridge behind a pillar He complied with every command I gave Sullivan said Sullivan and Tovar called for backup and numerous officers from all three law enforcement agencies con verged on the scene which was at the end of the access road that passes the Hill Country Kart Club track Chief of Police Russell Johnson participated in the search Friday night but was not at the scene of the arrest Saturday Thats fantastic Johnson said Tm proud of the work they did working with the other agencies and grateful to the sheriffs office and the DPS Thats what law enforcement is supposed to be about everybody work ing together for a common goal Im proud of my people They handled this well all the way around and Im real ly glad they got John son said He expressed sorrow for the families of the victim and her alleged assailant The injured woman is the daughter of Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Christine Treadway Ive met the sergeant and shes a neat gal Its a shame this had to take place because there are other means of handling domestic Johnson said 1A of fraudulent telemarketing operations call Americans with questionable deals Deceptive trade practices seemed to blossom in a year marked by industry turmoil as smaller telecommunica tions companies struggled amid intense competition Consequently some providers turned to deceptive market ing practices to bolster their bottom lines The market is very com petitive now which we obvi ously feel is a good Lee said But on the other hand there are a lot of com panies out there who were either undercapitalized or lacked a solid business As a result many of these providers turn to slamming to increase their business a practice which involves the unauthorized switching of phone service providers with out the customers consent The most common slam minginspired trade practice centers around telemarketers falsely alerting SBC was going out of business or merging with another firm which would require a change of provider Lee said Another common scheme had telemarketers falsely claiming to be SBC agents and misleading customers to make unauthorized changes in their service Failing that fraudulent operators simply resorted to confusing con sumers to the point where they unwittingly agreed to something that was not ade quately explained or under stood The company warned of other scams The first quarter of 2002 saw a 31 percent increase in slamming complaints the most common techniques involving telemarketers gain ing signatures for prize draw ings or other legitimate sounding reasons without consumers knowing the secured signatures were used to switch their telephone ser vice Another popular scheme involved sending unsolicited checks to customers without adequate explanation that local or longdistance services would be automatically switched upon cashing the checks Cases of identity theft also loomed large a rapidly spreading fraud that involves illegally using someone elses identity for such purposes as establishing new lines of credit or obtaining services This is usually done by ille gally acquiring a persons credit card or Social Security number The 809 area code call back scam encourages unsuspecting victims to answer a page or voice mail message from the Caribbean area code unaware that by doing so they accrued charges similar to 1900 calls Internet scams also abounded consumers unin tentionally incurring inter national longdistance charges by simply clicking on popup ads or emails or downloading entertainment content during an Internet surfing session Email viruses reared their ugly head too striking users with a handful of Inter net worms such as Klez and Bugbear Worming their way through the Internet the viruses disabled firewalls and antivirus software setting up back doors for future attacks and recording users keystrokes Lee said consumers should also be wary of any thirdpar ty billing charges appearing on their phone bills In order to promote market competi tion SBC is required by law to allow space on its bills for such billing but the con sumer must check to make sure he or she legitimately owes the charges The first safeguard is to check your Lee said If the customer reports it we in turn will check it out to see if its legitimate or Lee urged customers to call the customer service number appearing on then bill if they question thirdparty billing charges San Antonio based INCREDIBLE JOURNEYS INC Invites you to a FREE PREVIEW SHOW Join us for a sneak peak of our 2003 TOURS New Catalogs available at the show Saturday January pm New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Honors Hall 390 S Sequin Ave Make your deposit at the show get a per person discount off final payment RSVP 2104908687 or 8007775092 55 Elementary undergoes its enhancements it will remain a secondgrade only campus through the 2003 04 school year In postponing the trans fer Superintendent Ron Reaves and other district officials reasoned the extra room at Lone Star would be beneficial in the event that students already there would have to be moved to other classrooms in the midst of construction Construction on the pro ject is expected to begin in March 2003 and continue through the school year A million bond refer endum passed in 1999 allows for the schools recon figuring with expansions and other enhancements being made at other cam puses as well 1A to do a little Pinto said It will probably be a month or two Pinto said before he decides what to do Herber said he has every intention of applying for the chief position again I love what I do I love the fire service and I believe in the fire 1A Herber said I think I can show peo pie that with deeds and not just words I owe the city my career Ive gotten where Ive gotten because of New Herber said I want to prove Herber spent a year as an unpaid volunteer firefight er in New Braunfels before being hired on in 1979 previously served on the leg islative committee in New Braunfels Rove was chosen for the honor by members of two Texas Legislative Confer ence committees We have two committees the adviso ry committee and the arrangements Meek said The advisory committee is comprised of wellknown people from around Texas and the arrangements committee is comprised of people from New Braunfels We meet the day after the November elections every year and choose a Texan of the Year It was after the midterm election which was a stun ning historymaking event that put Karl over the Meek said in reference to Roves being chosen as Tex an of the Year The Texas Legislative Conference was the brain child of New Braunfels attorney Tom Burrus who was looking for a way to give New Braunfelsers a chance to get up close and personal with great national leaders without having to travel great distances or spend a lot of money The first con ference was conducted in 1974 This is a great way to have an offseason event in our Meek said People come from far and wide and spend their money in New Braunfels during the twoday event The conference will fea ture a reception March 20 to honor Rove and four pan els of speakers will convene at the civic center the fol lowing day from to Tickets for the event are available at the chamber office or online at COMING TO THE NEW BRAUNFELS CIVIC CENTER New Braunfels Texas Grammy Winner LITTLE JOE y La Familia SATURDAY JANUARY 11 2003 pm Midnight Presale At Door per person PRESALE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT MARK LLAMAS New Braunfels BIG AL GARDEN New Braunfels MUSIC STORE Seguin FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL MARK COMAL COUNTY COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW at the Civic Center 380 S Seguin Wednesday January 8th pm FEATURED ARTISTS Carol Cochran Vocalists John Beuhler Vocalists Chuck Miller Vocalist Doors Open Barbecue Dinners Sandwiches Available Cover Charge Show Benefits Comal County Senior Citizens Center 8306294547 AFTER HOURS CLINIC Dora Crandall Board Certified in Family Practice 20 years experience WE TREAT THE WHOLE FAMILY Heated pool Massage g Therapy Ultra Sound 8 Traction Table a Immunizations Weight Loss o Colds Allergies OPEN HOURS 10 to 8 8 to 8 Sat I 1 to 8 Sun 1 8306240248 Most insurance accepted Call for appointment 1323 Sea Breeze New Braunfels TX 78130 Interstate 35 to Exit 189 Take Highway 46 South miles to Mary Blvd flasher Right on Mary Blvd miles down to Sea Breeze Right on Sea Breeze 2 blocks to 1323 Sign in the yard Call Before you come ft SAVf 3
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