Friday, August 15, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY August 2003 14 in 2 sections Serving New Braunfels and domal County since 1852 50 cents to pay Grunert to resign GRUNERT BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees agreed to pay Jim Grunert to The agreement thenCISD board mem bers and Grunert sighed in May was released After a fiveandahalf hour closed ses sion midyear review of the superinten dent May CISD Attorney Paige Kyle told the HeraldZeitung it did not look like Grunerts contract would be termi As a resultof the boards discussion tonight with Grunert regarding his Grunert agrees to con tinue working on the items identified in the evaluation Also Grunert hereby resigns effec tive or according to the Grunert will receive four annual pay ments of starting in March He was given until July to announce his In board members could not discuss the res ignation before July Grunert was hired in 2001 andhad three years left on his He was paid per Grunert broached the edrly retirement board President Dora Gonzales said This is not a This is really about early Gonzales This is in no way a We had an We laid out some things we wanted him to work Gonzales Gonzales said she could not discuss See Many new laws impact county clerk BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer AUSTIN Comal County Clerk Joy Streater said Thursday the 78th Texas Leg islature considered bills in its regular session and passed about of More than 200 of them directly affect the way my office Streater The county commissioners and a number of local officials are attending the postlegislative conference the Texas Associ ation of Counties conducts every other The purpose of the classes and conferences is to update county officials on how to implement the new In Streaters some bigger changes will involve safeguarding The state has tightened rules about who can access some For death certificates are sealed for 25 years to protect against identity Birth formerly sealed for 50 will be closed to all but qualified appli cants for 75 years after A qualified applicant is the person named in See Air conditioners stolen from Schertz school BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SCHERTZ School officials were shaking their heads wondering what kind of lowlife would steal air conditioning units from kindergarten and firstgrade class Teachers who reported to work Wednesday at the new Norma Paschal Elementary School discovered four air conditioning units were Each measures roughly feet and weighs more than 100 Total value is estimated at Officials ve all four could have been loaded into a but it would have tak than one crook to pull off the In the grand scheme of its not a big except from the standpoint of the See Blackout plagues north New Yorkers cross the Brooklyn Bridge by foot Thursday stopped commuter trains and elevators arri was absolutely not after a massive power outage DeliasFort Worth usage reached record highs two week as residents an About 85 percent pJTsjiaste sejvedbyasetfconWiWlgiWthat rejles on power the Ing capacity and rniles of transmission TTw Texas grid Is not connected Quring a heat wave test week where a fctockpgt spread frpm New well above 100 degrees In the Peak hit acconang tp the Electric Reliability Council of a powerIndustry group that runs the The grid at kjwer capacity on Heather a spokeswoman for the powergrkJ We had recqrd high temperatures last week and it didnt make a By The Assorted Massive power failures cause considered natural BY CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer A suddenblackout robbed electricity from millions across a vast swath of the northern United States and southern Canada Thurs exposing them to stifling heat and jammed rush hour New Yorkers escaped silenced and nuclear power plants in four states shut Officials were looking at a power trans mission problem from Canada as the most likely cause of the biggest outage in said a spokeswoman for New York George Canadian authorities said at first it appeared lightning had struck a power pjant on side of the border in the Niagara Falls setting off outages that spread over square officials disputed that There was no sign of terrorism as the officials in New York and Washing ton The blackouts started shortly after 4 engulfing most of New York state and parts of New and spreading west to Ohio and In Canadas largest workers fled their buildings when the power went There also were widespread outages in the Power began to come back as afternoon turned to evening but officials said full restoration would take much Outages ranged over an area with rough ly 50 million Traffic lights were out throughout down town Cleveland and other major cre ating havoc at the beginning of rush Cleveland officials said that without the power needed to pump water to million water reserves were running New York state lost 80 percent of its pow said Matthew speaking for the New York Independent System Opera which manages the state power Both New York and New Jersey declared states of In New York elevators and including John Kennedy and LaGuardia lost electricity or resorted to limited backup Thou sands of people streamed into the streets of lower Manhattan in 90degree and some subway commuters were stuck under ground for As darkness New Yorkers turned to candles and flashlights as See Bus takes twins to lifes next milestone BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer For many milestones in a childs life are TWke the first day of kindergartea a child can never go back and be a toddler and mom and dad have to accept Its going to be twice as tough Monday for Jeremy and Allison Fan njn when their twin 5yearold Ashley and begin school at Goodwin Thursday dad brought KaesSlESLATElWersidZertung the girls to meet their Tben t to watch as his 5year they took on the next milestone take another step toward their first school bus kindergarteners at Goodwin Comal independent School Dis bUS rill trict Traueportation Director Joe Jones drove the while Good win Principal Armando Maese rode Were just trying to get kids used to it and answer any questions they or parents have about Jones Ashley and JBrittany rode like vet erans and had no Its exciting because Ive never rided in a school bus Brittany If it was fun for he was a lit tle quietlie said hed been thinking about little He realized they werent as Ettie as they once were and said he knows that some day they wont be little at ali What1 s exciting is it just seems Bus facts More than 160 buses transport CISD chil dren on about 126 routes Route hotline CISD offers a hotline to answer questions about bus bus stops and Hours are from 5 to through Sept Parents can call INSIDE