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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                Lifestyle Grown ups are heading back to Grant will help Alamo Community College fill new tech NEW BRAUNFELS Sports 237 Serving New Braunfels Cougaretles ready to show experts they picked wrong Bu SUNDAY August 2003 in 4 sections County since 1852 Parent teachers Home school fosters family scholastic excellence BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer When they were studying kings and June found herself in the middle of a jousting Riding her she gripped broomstick and knocked standing tar gets off Theyre putting into action what they said MelRae Junes mom and Sully Swilley and MelRae are coop home schooling They support each other and meet once a week to check on their childrens progress by talking about their It helps them the and the mbrelhat they MelRae Sully and MelRae decided a long time ago to home school their Sully is a former public and private school teacher who knows her children would not get the academic and disciplinary attention they need MelRae decided to home school before her first child was MelRae hosts monthly support groups and infor mational meetings for a characterbased Photos by JESSIE While half of her group meets in the dining Mel Rae Ambs shows the group gathered in her kitchen school work done by her youngest School at home Call MelBae Arnbs at 830 or visit the local support group online at homeschool Konos uses a teaching technique called unit Unit studies are subject Konos provides a sub like kings and and the lesson plans are built around the Students get in several disciplines while studying the When the four Ambs girls and the three Swilley boys learned about kings and they made objects like swords and They read or heard books about royalty and learned to juggle like Konos also integrates characterbuilding The children learned about obedience and the concept of a DeAnri Tews reads through the workbook she will use throughout the Tews wants to do each of the sug gested assignment choices and has trouble deciding which one not to Districts prepare for school year BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict Superintendent Ron Reaves told the districts 850 staff members Friday NBISD would face many challenges this Construction in four of the districts schools and budget School Starts Comal Independent School District 18 New Braunfels Independent School District 19 restraints would chal lenge stu ad ministration and he We are looking forward to a good school Six NBISD campuses are currently including finishing touches on the high school expansion pro interior renovations and technology upgrades at Memorial Prima Elementary and Intermediate should be Carl Shurtz and Lone Star Elementary are scheduled to be completed in fall New Braunfels Middle School will have a new cafeteria by the end of next and renovations will be complete by the end of next Reaves said students dealing with con struction this year should keep in mind what they will have once the work is At one point last the districts bud get was million in the Reaves The school board will bring in financial consultants to evaluate the benefit of pro grams that could be Despite the construction and budget Reaves the district was See Ties that bind trains bring family together BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The bond between a grand parent and grandchild can be built upon many Trains are the tie that bind Mike Wikman and his five yearold Megan They wore matching train Tshirts Saturday and dragged Megans Randy Anderson of Canyon to the New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show at the New Braunfels Civic of San Anto has worked for railroads all of his life a 53year career if one counts three years running trains for the Army near the end of the Korean He talked about his model railroading and the future of locomotion at the show Korea during the war that was an experience Ill never I ran steam in bringing bodies back from the Solid trains of Wikman When he started out as an a locomotive was a power Union Pacifics main engines run horsepow er and horsepower is not Theyre even talking about atomic Wikman Besides being an an engine service supervisor and now a railroad consul Wikman used to build model but he had to give it I moved around so being transferred to work for different I could nt keep up with it any he Wikman collects books about railroads and mostly of steam Granddaughters are prob ably more interested in mod ern times than grandpas which is probably why Megan likes the big diesel electric locomotives plying DAVID Certified locomotive engineer Mike along with his Megan and her enjoy an HO scale model train layout Saturday morning at the New Braunfels Civic INSIDE Scroggin seeks job of Precinct 1 constable Wickman throws hat SSS into Precinct 1 race BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer 4 Constable Ben Scroggin announced Friday he would seek not reelec tion to become Precinct 1 constable in A retired Army Airborne infantry Scroggin came to law enforcement relatively late in his Having spent a career m the military and now back involved in the Im doing what I want to Scrog gin Im 66 years old and I feel it to be an honor and a privilege to be able to con tribute to serve my com munity at my age and at this time of my In the last election cycle in Scroggin ran for constable filing period ton cyde is to SCROGGIN March wfllbe BY ROM MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Aretired military iPppncifll con sultant and water activist announced he will seek to unseat the incumbent Precinct 1 commissioner in the 2004 Bob former presi dent and a member of Friends of Canyon said he wants Jack Dawsons job because he believes he can better repre sent Comal County With Wick man has led so unsuccessful fight against approval of a state permit amendment allowing the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to increase annual pumpage from the lake from water WICKMAN   

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