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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY June 17 2003 12 pages in 2 sections NG Vol 152 No 184 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents NBISD chooses Williams to lead its high school BYSEANBOWLJN Staff Writer A veteran educator with a track record of helping schools attain exem plary status has been hired as the new principal at New Braunfels High School New Braunfels Independent School Board trustees voted unanimously Monday night to hire Rickey Williams He replaces Mike Fitsko who retired after leading NBHS for the past three years Williams who has 19 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator has been serving as superintendent of the Ranger Inde pendent School pistrict When Williams who has a bache lor of science degree from Louisiana Tech University was hired to lead Ranger ISD its school board wanted programs developed and wanted the district to be exemplary Within one year Williams described as very strong in structur al organization by NBISD Superin tendent Ron Reaves helped bring Ranger ISDs three district campuses and the entire district to the exemplary lev el Williams a for mer math teacher WILLIAMS has extensive experience in increas ing the academic performance of low performing schools and leading teach ers to high levels of accountability When he became principal of Iroup High School its performance rating by the Texas Education Agency was low When he left six years later that school was rated exemplary They hired me to get hold of dis cipline and to get hold of the TAAS scores the former football coach said With in one year we were Williams who has a masters of education degree from Stephen F Austin State University said his edu cational philosophy includes a desire to recognize students for achieve ments and encourage those who can to take more than just the recom mended academic He wants to set programs up to recognize students who achieve on Scholastic Aptitude Tests TAKS tests orin core subjects and electives Im a big believer in recognizing See County residents help local police make 100 arrests BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Darrell Wayne Womack walked up to a New Braun fels police officer Sunday at the Marketplace and turned himself in Womack 47 of Austin was wanted on narcotics and pro bation violation charges that could send him to state prison His bail is Womacks arrest marked a milestone for a crime feature that runs each Tuesday in the classified advertising sec tion of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Called Countys Most Want it in cludes mug shots and other infor m a t i 6 n about want ed suspects and encour ages readers who have infor mation to share it with author ities to get potentially danger ous criminals off the streets The Most Wanted feature works in conjunction with Comal Braun fels Crime Stoppers which offers cash rewards for infor mation leading to the arrest and indictment of suspected criminals Womack was the 100th arrest since the Most Wanted feature began running in the HeraldZeitung Nov HeraldZeitung Editor and Publisher Doug Tbney hailed the Most Wanted program and its reception by readers When we started this pro ject with the sheriffs office we hoped it would provide an opportunity for citizens to help law enforcement find persons wanted by the courts and it Toney said Newspaper readers in general are people who care is it r i r depuile pbjjrid thsfn A reward suffered for informa tion that leads to the arrest of anyone featured on Comal Countys Most Deputy Rick Sanchez offered these examples I originally wanted for baji jumping arid engaging in organized criminal actiy in WOMACK LUna arrested Ljllpa in Guadalupe County Feb 15 received detailed infor mation in a Crime Stoppers tip that he was in a location in Guadalupe County and we moved on it Because we knew he hadnt had time to get away we searched the property for three The suspect was found beneath trje flor of a rriobil tuna had V V L Martin s Corona giVf rj month t9 his v affairs See MOST paW wed was INSIDE 8 i Health Alert The Texas commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce unnecessary vehi cle driving V Carpool if possible or com bine all errands into one trip Avoid use of drive through lanes or services Dont refuel during daylight Avoid use of gaspowered yard equipment Avoid exterior painting Pollution levels are posted online at mania Gear sporting the World Champs Above Robert Samuels collects money from Julie Estes for the Spurs mem orabilia she purchased for her daughter Joci at a stand oh Loop 337 Monday afternoon Since the Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets 8877 Sunday night sales have been brisk Right Joci Estes 6 shows off the Spurs button her mom bought for her Joci said her favorite Spur is Tim Duncan DAVID logo is a commodity BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Tshirts mugs pennants fans were busy Monday buying anything with the logo of the San Antonio Spurs on it The World Champion San Antonio Spurs has a nice ring to it doesnt it The Spurs capped a remark able season Sunday night with an 8877 win over the New Jer sey Nets The victory earned San Antonio its second NBA title in five years And it sparked a run on Spurs memorabilia New York resident Andrew Lociciro made the most of the moment For eight years he has sold sports memorabilia When the Spurs advanced to the NBA finals Lociciro made a road trip to New Braunfels just as he did in 1999 the first time the Spurs won an NBA title Lociciro pitched his tent on the east side of the intersection of 135 and Highway 46 next to a convenience store Not even a windstorm that ripped down his tent last Thursday dampened the entrepreneurs hopes for a San Antonio win and an eco nomic windfall He and two friends Curt Jacob son of Sarasota and Michael Cassaro of New York City were meeting a lot of nice people Were very excited about them winning the champi Lociciro said Monday Spurs Tshirts large mugs with Spurs Tshirts stuffed inside and pennants have been steady sellers A smiling Loci ciro said he has been setting up at 10 each day and working until late Hes making money and having fun As Locicero talked Karen Koerselman walked up to the tent Koerselman bought four Spurs mugs with Tshirts rolled up in them and two pennants Weve been Spurs fans for a See Increased rain results in lifting of fireworks ban BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Recent rains caused Comal County to lift a ban on aerial fireworks just four days after it was imposed Fireworks of all types remain illegal within the city limits of New Braun fels Schertz and Garden Ridge Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said Monday the ban on skyrockets and missiles was imposed because of a state law requiring officials to declare a ban at least three weeks before July 4 With added weekend rain and more rain in the forecast Scheel said it became clear that conditions for the Day holiday wowM be rel atively safe regardless of the weather over tike rest of June The Texas Forest Service now lists the drought index in Comal County at 269 Local officials consider burn or fire works bans only when it is above 500 We have lifted the ban I talked with Fire Marshal Lin Manford this morning and it was his recommendation to lift it due to all the rain weve Scheel said But we would still urge everyone to use caution where they aim those pro jectiles to make sure they arent going onto someones roof or into a deep or dry grassy area If people use common sense I think itll be Scheel said Manford said the recommendation was made because of the beneficial weekend rain I got an inch and twotenths in Gar den Ridge and Judge Scheel got an inch and a half at his Manford said I think were in pretty good Manford said safety should remain a priority for anyone using fireworks or initiating a controlled burn People dont need to be complacent just because weve got some rain and be Manford said He reminded residents that state standards prohibit controlled burns unless there is wind between 6 and 23 mph to dissipate the smoke He said his office got a number of calls Monday from residents requesting permission for a controlled burn National Weather Service Meteorolo gist Larry Eblen said this month fol lowing one of the driest Mays in San Antonio area history has been a wet one See
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