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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNG Sunday February LOGAI TF LA Contact Featured Editor Brian Grant 6259144 ext 222 Library program targets Spanishspeakers CANYON Comal Independent School District bus was involved in an accident Friday morning on FarmtoMarket Road 2673 The bus driver and two Spring Branch Middle School students escaped injury in the accident although the driver of a pickup that collided with the bus was taken to University Hospital His condition was not known CISD Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said the accident occurred at 7 at Tom Creek Road the driver of the bus saw a white Dodge pickup approaching in his lane headon The driver took his bus to the side of the road try ing to avoid a headon colli Hutchison said The bus was struck on the drivers side Hutchison said I want to commend the school bus driver He did an outstanding job of avoiding a headon collision and keeping both children on the bus Hutchison said The two children were picked up at the scene by their parents and taken to school Hutchison said The bus will need to be repaired burglary Someone broke into a pickup truck parked on Holly Street Thursday afternoon and stole a stereo system worth accord ing to a police report The incident occurred in the 900 block between 3 and police report ed The missing stereo sys tem is a Pioneer amfm receiver with a compact disc player No sign of forced entry was noted according to police Meetings NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL regular meeting Monday council chambers New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave COMAL COUNTY COM MISSIONERS COURT regular meeting Thursday commissioners courtroom Commissioners Court Building 199 Main Plaza ALAMO AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS pub lic hearing on rural public transportation service 10 March 3 AACOG head quarters 8700 Tesoro Drive San Antonio COMAL COUNTY COM MISSIONERS COURT meeting March 6 commissioners courtroom Commissioners Court Building 199 Main Plaza Parent Organizations Community Organizations Clubs Events Meetings Sports Stones Great Deals CAKH ALL EACH MORNING Call 6259144 to subscribe todayl bKAl S BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The New Braunfels Pub lic Library and the Comal Independent School District will host a series of programs designed to encourage local Spanish speakers to take advantage of library services Noche de Libros begins at 7 Monday at the library 700 E Common St Alicia Parra instructional New Braunfels High School stu dents par ticipated in the Model con ference at Oklahoma University coordinator in the division of instruction at CISD will pre sent a presentation on basic library use Topics will include how to obtain a library card new fee rates circulation policies and how to encourage children to use the library The library has been host ing bilingual story time for several years Alix Samuels library staff member said local teachers recognized there was a need for more Spanishbased pub lic education about library services especially for par ents The library presented the first Noche de Libros in Sep tember which enjoyed strong community response Samuels said This time the library has extended the programming through March On the first four Monday evenings in March from 7 to the library will host concurrent programs in Spanish for adults and chil dren In the Childrens Room Sally Zamora will present Bilingual Story Time A representative from New Braunfels Utilities will advise adults March 3 how to save money on utilities Marie Houser from the Com munity Council of South Central Texas will present how to maintain health dur ing an energy crisis March 10 Rosie Hunter will make a presentation on growing veg etables and will distribute sample vegetable seeds March 17 And the AARP will give tax assistance March 24 Photo submitted Local lawmakers throw support behind state insurance reform bill Students tackle world issues at Model UN BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Students from New Braun fels High School solved the worlds problems recently Well not really But they did win first place in the small schools category in the Southwest Regional Model conference at Oklahoma University in Nor man Okla Tm really proud of the kids for NBHS teacher and sponsor Rick House said They competed against mid dle high school and college The students typed resolu tions tried to get them passed tried to persuade others to vote for them and managed crises from finding food for Somalia to funding the fight against AIDS in Africa And they tried to remain countryspecific The main goal at the con ference is to stay within the goals of their countiy they have to drop being American and start thinking like they are from a foreign House said CoSponsor Can Gray of the NBHS Social Studies Depart ment said the student delega tion gets an advance assess ment of the country they have to represent They research the background of the coun try they represent travel to the competition and split up into various coun cils and address real global issues by debating Then they voted on prepared resolutions Students Gray said were judged on their diplomatic skills how well they knew their country and its issues how true they stayed to their reallife countrys viewpoint how well they formed alliances with other countries how con vincing their arguments were how well they solved crises and if they stayed true to the goal of peacekeeping Ashley McCaw said the con ference was really The students were up at and worked far into the night We debated resolutions tried to get resolutions passed and had to issue press releas es It was really was like the McCaw said McCaw Mariana Krueger Joy Acevedo Lyda Sealey and Randy Shelton the delega tion representing Columbia won third place in Best Response to a I was proud of Shel ton said There were a lot of stressful times We just worked and worked but youve got to realize its the model United Nations not the real thing But youve also got to realize youre working to represent your own country and to better the world And I think it was a lot fun And it was a good learning experi One of Sheltons committee members Mariana Krueger a freshman got an award for being the Outstanding Dele gate from the Special Political Committee The award was for my debating skills and talking about resolutions asking ques tions presenting resolutions and helping in Security Coun Krueger said Rachel Mis was in charge of putting press releases together for her delegation She put four together and typed other peoples resolu tions including one that went into the Security Council It was a lot of running Mis said BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Local lawmakers are sup porting Senate Bill 310 the insurance reform measure that has passed both the House and the Senate The bill makes insurers writing residential proper ty insurance tell the 78th Legislature before it ends in June whether or not rates are just adequate reasonable excessive or unfairly discriminatory It was filed because 95 percent of homeowner insurance premiums were written by insurers that arent rateregulated and who werent required to file rate information with the state Commissioner of Insurance The bill is on the gover nors desk This was the first step of the house dealing with insurance said state Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels Casteel who said Gov Rick Perry would sign the bill Monday said it was a datacollection bill It assists us in getting information that is impor tant for us to write a bill in assisting the people of this state to get fair and equitable insurance Casteel said State Sen Jeff Went worth RSan Antonio said that the bill was not a quick fix to the homeown ers insurance crisis but the bill was a first step toward ensuring insurance rates for homeowners will be as low as they can be without compromising quality HURRY WEDNESDAY MIGHT FORUM Sponsored by the Comal County UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS THIS WEEKS SPEAKER Rev Dr George M Ricker United Methodist Church ret and author of WHAT YOU DONT HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN Profound truths are often hidden behind symbolic language In the Christian Gospels WEDNESDAY FEB 26 Faith United Church of Christ Loop 337 at Common St All are welcome Questions Call Jan at 6257004 FACTORY SHOWROOMS ALL 3 for Famous ORECK XLUpright Compact Caniste Cordless Speed get Sib SUPER COMPACT CANISTER ValutFREElA 8 Attachments Weighs 5lbs The Famous 8 Upright Lightweight Easy To Use Hotel Strength Deep Cleans Carpets Bare Floors CORDLESS IRON VUlMFREE Model XL2400 t VALID WITH ANT OTHER OFfEN TANGER OUTLET CENTER Suite 850 San Marcos Tx To order call toll free 866 7967325 FREE DELIVERY The McKenna Rehabilitation Institute would like to say to all those who made our 1st Community Education program such a success AARP Drivers Safety Program Arboretum of New Braunfels Advanced Health System Alpha Omega InHome Counseling Services American Cancer Society American Red Cross CHAMPS Medical Equipment Comal County Senior Citizens Center Comal County Womens Center Colonial Manor CTMC Home Health Hospice Deer Creek Nursing Home Rehabilitation Guadalupe Valley Communications Gentiva Health System Home Instead Senior Care McKenna Care McKenna Sports Fitness New Braunfels Police Department NIX Behavioral Health Professional Medical Safe At Home SWTSU Sammons Preston Rolyan Scooter Store Supports Without Limits Please join us May 8 for our 2nd program Medicare Medicaid Supplemental Insurance Eden Home Inc and Giovanis PRESENT THE FIRST ANNUAL To Benefit the Lden Mome Beneioknce fund February to midnight New Braunfels Civic Center BIG BAND Music BY THE MOONLIGHT EXPRESS ILUMEYER PHOTOGRAPHY AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOS Silent Auction to include 1 6 nights cruise to 4 ports of call in the Caribbean 4 3 nights to Angel Fire New Mexico J nights to Rockport 3 2 nights to North Padre Island 2 night stay at The Other Place New Braunfels 1 night stay at Kuehler Waldrip Haus Bed and Breakfast In New Braunfels as well as other great items Tickets on at Eden Home Chamber of Commerce office and China n Things