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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS RALD THURSDAY August 12 pages in i Vol 246 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Law officers offer suggestions for BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Anyone whose idea of holiday fun includes drinking shouldnt drive dur ing the Labor Day local law enforcement officials With the upcoming Labor Day weekend and the tourism boom it will bring to the New Braunfels law enforcement will be on guard and ready to handle heavier traffic especially drunk The American Automobile Associ ation reports million Texans will take to the roads for vacations this an despite ris ing gasoline from million in Over the 2002 Labor Day week Trooper Travis Hall the Department of Public Safety issued of which were for alcoholrelated DPS will focus on getting unsafe drivers off the Hall More traffic equals more troop Hall During any holiday we have every available trooper out Our job is to try to manage the flow of traffic in a safe and that isnt easy to The Labor Day Hall traditionally has a high number of drunken drivingrelated were going to be tar geting those drivers who drink and Hall Were also looking for anyone who makes the roads such as speeders and aggres sive Local law enforcement officials not only must prepare for traffic enforce but they also must be ready to meet the challenges of enforcing the laws on the countys rivers and Canyon New Braunfels police John Vil larreal said his department would patrol the rivers within the city lim its with about 20 There will also be officers on the streets looking for drunken People need to consume alcohol responsibly and have a designated that will help them avoid a lot of problems and pos sible Villarreal The holiday river VH larreal would require NBPD to pull other officers off the Some of those if not all of I will withdraw from river duty if we need to because we dont have See LABOR DAY TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS Cfttbk yotlr tar Pack a flretald and a flre extfngutehieiy Plan your route ahead of Wear seat belts and drive Use travelers Dont stop to help someone with car trouble call police foF Be aware of your Ddritleave Wdsalofie Lock your car to be Seen near an atten phoheor Keep klcfs happy by packing snacks and American Automobile Association TEAs Scott foretells new school ideas BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Texas Education Agency Deputy Commis sioner Robert Scott told area educators Wednesday to expect change in the Texas educational The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Partnership Committee hosts a TEA commissioner every year to give local education leaders an update on TEA efforts and educational Representatives from New ShertzCibolo and Seguin school districts The state is addressing issues of flexibility with assessment testtakihg 41 the Robin Hood plan that mandates rich school districts to help fund poor See Judge Senators rights not violated But he waits on asks 5th Circuit for more opinions BY BADGER Associated Press Writer LAREDO FederalJudge George Kazen said Wednesday he doesnt think Republi can efforts to draw new congressional dis tricts in Texas violate the rights of 11 Demo cratic state senators who fled the state a month ago to stop the But he also thinks a lawsuit filed by the quorumbusting senators raises enough ques tions to ask for Kazen will ask the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to appoint two other judges to join him in a panel that could issue a ruling with in a few If I rule the issue might not be whether I was right or but whether I should have ruled at the judge said dur ing a 90minute hearing in I dont think it would be a good idea to go around in circles for another couple of he It would just prolong See We want to do whats best for Even if it takes a little bit of were going to make it Principal Armando Goodwin Primary Fighting fire with desire o n DAVID Goodwin Primary first grader Alex Marcum points to the word honesty on the schools Commitment to Character wall painting as classmate Coby Cameron and Principal Armando Maese look The mural hangs behind plexiglass to comply with fire Schools seize opportunity from states fire code BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer When students and staff enter Goodwin they see a large mural depicting the schools core Its incorporating who we are here at Princi pal Armando Maese Aside from providing char acter education and positive the campus beau tification project represents a compromise between the school and state fire officials It hangs behind a sheet of plexi glass to comply with state fire The state fire marshals office started buckling down on Comal Independent School District when a number of vio lations were found districtwide in Some of the more wide spread problems were caused by staff CISD ofi cials CISD responded by educating staff and students on things such as the 20 per cent which many class rooms The statemandated regula tion applies only to school facil ities and restricts the amount of combustible material that can be hung from Combustible such as artwork and can fuel fires in so they can take up no more than 20 per cent of the total wall space of a said Darren New Braunfels fire No combustible material is allowed in school and nothing is allowed on ceil ings because it could impede said Wayne director of inspections for the state fire marshals Take the take your gross square footage of the wall including the win dows and doors and everything and 20 percent can be cov ered in Smith Thats been a standard for See INSIDE Dear Commissioners mull courthouses future Court must decide whether to preserve buildings history or utilize space BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commissioners will decide today whether to hire an architectural firm to design a renovation plan for the which was completed in 1900 for Upgrades to the central heating and cooling systems alone could cost many times that county officials The proposed plan would be an integrated survey of the buildings repair It would also be a first step toward applying for a state courthousepreaervation The awarded by the Texas Historic are intended to help counties restore courthouses as historic and archi tectural In commissioners learned there might not be money available to counties that want to use the grant to maintain a court house as it is now County Judge Danny Scheel said the county must move forward on courthouse repairs regardless of whether the state Earlier this he took com missioners on a tour of the build ing including its basement and areas the public never We took that tour so I could try to point out what I consider a very sad situation in the condition of our Scheel Scheel received a letter from the Texas Historic Commis sion encouraging the county to apply for a grant despite what the commissioners were told in Feb The letter asks the county to pre pare a master which will be submitted with a grant Regardless of whether the coun ty applies for a Scheel The Comsl County Courthouse wotoorri It coat Renovating U
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