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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY May 22 2003 14 pages in 2f sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 162 Serving New Braunfcls and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents CISD to hear update on turf funding BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer The natural turf on two county football fields is gone and tonight school district trustees will find out what progress has been made on bank loans for two athletic booster clubs Comal Independent School District trustees are scheduled to receive updates on the arti ficial turf projects at Smith son Valley and Canyon high schools Administrators will explain what steps they have taken to help the booster clubs secure in loans to cover their share of the mil lion in field upgrades The meeting begins at 6 at Smithson Valley High School The installation of newly elected trustees Bill Swiht and Rose Cervin could provide an interesting twist to the turf discus sions and at least one other item on the agen da Superin tendent James Gru nert is scheduled to recom mend that trustees approve GRUNERT the extension of an early retire ment program Last month the school board offered an incentives package to teachers librari ans nurses counselors speech therapists and diagnosticians who wanted to take early retirement The plan was designed to reduce or elimi nate the need to cut teachers due to a projected budget shortfall of million CISD spokesperson Kari Hutchinson said Wednesday she did not know if the pro posal would call for the plan to be extended to adminis trators including possibly Grunert Hutchison said school board members also would consider teacher staffing where teachers will be locat ed and allocations of teachers for the 200304 school year Trustees also will be told for the first time which adminis trator might become the prin cipal of the merged Mountain Valley schools Mountain Valley Interme diate and Mountain Valley Elementary have Hutchison said A commit tee has interviewed candi dates That recommendation is going to the school board In the spotlight Students teachers reveal talents at annual show BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Proud parents teachers and students watched singers piano players dancers and comedians get time in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon in whats become an annual tradition at Comal Ele mentary sixth grade talent show The highlight of the show came at the end Principal Janice Tubb dressed in a white shirt with a scarf around her neck from which a school ring hung on a chain joined staff secretaries counselors and administra tors in a singanddance routine to the 1950s tune Leader of the Its a thing you get to do when you become a sixth Tubb said Plus the kids have worked real ly hard with TAKS tests and benchmark tests and they get to go out with a Its the end of their ele mentary school sixthgrade teacher and tal ent show coordinator Mary Kay Covington said Weve been doing it for at least 15 years that I know Covington also said the show gives students an opportunity to get comfort able with performing in front of peers Music teacher Pam Miller said the show brings out latent talents that dont always show up academi cally Many students who DAVID Pam Mrs Music Miller plays God Bless America on water glasses at Comal Elementary Schools talent show Wednesday afternoon Miller will retire next week after teaching at the school for 26 years City manager gains respect of both council and staff BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Its been a difficult year for City Manager Chuck Pinto First there were the major challenges stemming from last years floods Major per sonnel changes in all but one city department followed Earlier this month Pinto ini tiated the unenviable task of eliminating 28 city staff posi tions And now council has proposed a possible property tax increase Through it all Pinto has been able to maintain the con fidence of city council and staff They dont sgeak a word of opposition toward the man or his management tech niques though many admit the city is in the middle of great challenges and changes How much Pinto is respect ed is evident in the opinions of Police Chief Russell Johnson and Fire Chief John Herber Both de partment leaders acc epted staff cuts that PINTO put service decades behind appropriate levels But after the layoffs Johnson and Herber said they understood why the cutbacks were necessary They even praised Pinto for getting the city on track financially After Pintos performance evaluation Tuesday Mayor Adam Cork said Pintos suc cess lies in his ability to clear ly define and explain his deci sions See County likely to OK credit card payments BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners are expected to sup port a proposal allowing resi dents to use credit cards to pay county taxes and some fees Commissioners are sched uled to take up the issue again today the third week running they have discussed the idea The idea has been studied since February and was pre sented to commissioners the first part of May It has been considered in two meetings since then Here it comes on the 22nd again with all those kinks At a glance Commissioners Court is conducted at today in the Commissioners Courtroom 199 Main Plaza worked out and a pretty good District 1 Commis sioner Jack Dawson said It looks like it will be a winwin situation for us We will dis cuss it we will make sure were doing the right thing and we will move Dawson said residents have asked about the use of credit cards for a long time Departments that would See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 8 1 Veterans sell Buddy Poppies to help other local veterans in need BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer When you see an elderly man or woman with a berib boned brown hat that says VFW1 on it selling redcrepe paper flowers near WalMart entrances this Memorial Day remember this Theyre help ing veterans Betty Fey of the Ladies Aux iliary of the Veterans of For eign Wars Post 7110 said 16 18 veterans or their wives will be selling Buddy Poppies this year At WalMart they will work in teams to cover both exits What Fey likes about sell ing the flowers is that all the money collected goes to needy vets and their families She recounted the history of the Buddy The distribution of the pop py popularized by the poem In Flanders in which British and Canadian veter ans killed in action lay in graves bedecked with poppies grew popular after the United States entered World War I The Veterans of Foreign Wars organized the first for mal poppy distribution cam paign in May 1922 During the 1923 campaign the VFW evolved the idea that resulted in the VFW Buddy Poppy being made by dis abled and needy veterans who would be paid for their work The idea blossomed during the 1920s and 1930s Soon the American Legion began sell ing flowers on Veterans Day The VFW sells the poppies each Memorial Day Several local VFW World War II veterans have been participating in the program since shortly after the war Mel Haas post adjutant for New Braunfels VFW Post 7110 said Tve been selling Buddy Poppies since 1947 The post originated in May of 1946 It is a donation for those who need assistance for vet erans assistance programs Were required to purchase Buddy Poppies every year Thats one of the requirements of the National Haas said the post used to make as much as from selling the paper See Hugh Talbott along with other members of VFW Post 7110 will be out in force Friday and Saturday handing out Buddy Poppies and collecting donations ben efitting needy veterans DAVID
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