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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                Tf IT WEDNESDAY AUGUST RALDZEITUNG A GOOD START Fruit smoothies granola easy ways to give kids the nutrition energy they need to start school off right Pago IB SPORTS MIXED BAG New Braunfels golfers take a swing at junior title Canyon Cougarettes open volleyball season Pago SA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Voi 12 pages 2 sections CLICK i i 8 1 rain chance High Low DEAR ABBY 46 CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS B6A TV GRIDS 4ft New CTTC program targets adults DAVID CTTC Director Mike Morphew center talks with Texas Workforce Commission chairwoman Diane Rath left and nunuoi muuuu wuu Sen Jeff Wentworth Tuesday afternoon while giving them a are 25 years and older have less tour of the center located on FM 758 n By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A collage of educators and elected officials attended the Cen tral Texas Technology Centers kickoff Tuesday for its new high school diploma and English as a second language classes Officials said the new program will help train adults for specific jobs while earning a high school diploma Almost million Texans who than a ninth grade said Christia Moore director of adult education for Comal Guadalupe and Kendall counties Also million immigrants with limited English skills arrived in Texas in the 1990s The imple mentation of these classes at the center will help address those Moore said GED and ESL class es would be industrybased The program will be a unique education model because the classes will blend industrybased terminology into the she said Class instruction will blend with manufacturing con i struction and health services ter I minology While students learn English they will also be learn j ing a health services job skill and I GED students will get hands on j experience while preparing for i the GED j The program is a partnership j between New Braunfels Seguin the Alamo Community College i District school districts the Texas j Workforce Commission and the j Texas Education Agency I Daine Rath Texas Workforce I See CTTC Page 3A j AT A GLANCE GED and ESL classes will be offered from to MondayThursday Evening classes will be offered from 6 to 10 Tuesday and Thursday Registration will be Aug 23 CTTC is located on FM 758 near the For information call 3725771 Parent upset cards dice used in lessons NBU defends need for study By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON LAKE When Sheila Wilson started going down her sons sixthgrade Mountain Valley School sup ply list she saw the normal items map pencils glue stick ruler erasers She was not betting on finding one pack of playing cards and one pair of dice Tmnot real fond of she said To me its like training them to be gam blers I dont think we should be teaching our kids some thing like She does not allow her 11 yearold son to have cards at home and she questioned why he would need them in class The gaming items appear on the third fifth and sixth grade supply lists with no explanation of their intended use They are the only recre ational items children are requested to bring to school Laura Wilson Comal Inde pendent School District math instructional special ist said the cards and dice were used to help children learn number manipulation probability and statistics Historically children like games better than tradition al worksheet she said They remember the skills better when they are having Cards games are used to reinforce number compar isons and arithmetic skills A modified version of for example teaches stu dents to add numbers quick ly Two players simultane ously flip over one card each and the player who adds the two numbers correctly wins See LESSONS Page 3A Garden Ridge cuts taxes hikes city pay N S A public hearing on Garden Ridges 2005 proposed budget will be held at 7 Sept 1 at Garden Ridge City Hall The proposed 2005 property tax rate is cents per valuation down from cents per valua tion in 2003 By Brand Grissom Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Residents here can look forward to a 1percent reduc tion in their city property taxes and city employees should see a 5percent increase in their pocketbooks during the fiscal year beginning Oct 1 City council unanimously approved Wednesday a million proposed budget for fiscal year 2005 The budget reflects a million increase over 2004 driven by residen tial growth and the need for services to accommodate the 12percent popula tion increase city officials sale See BUDGET Page 3A By Brand Grissom Staff Writer A neoncolored sign on Texas 46 sponsored by the Preserve Lake Dunlap Asso ciation demands New Braun fels Utilities stop polluting the Guadalupe River NBU doesnt deny discharge from its wastewater treatment plants contributes phospho rus a nutrient needed for algae growth to Lake Dunlap But officials there would hard ly call the plants polluters North and South Kuehler wastewater treatment plants serve about cus tomers in New Braunfels They discharge about 5 mil lion gallons of treated water daily into a Guadalupe River tributary just upstream from Lake Dunlap Upgrading the facilities to reduce phosphorus would cost NBU about million Its customers would foot the bill at a rate of about per month during the life of the plants NBU officials say A water quality study required by the Texas Com mission on Environmental Quality in the pending draft renewal permit for NBUs South Kuehler plant would provide justification NBU offi cials say they owe customers for such a rate hike Critics argue enough stud ies have been done and the one required by TCEQ is noth ing more than a stalling strate gy to prevent NBU from spending the money to upgrade TCEQ officials say the study could have farreaching bene fits that justify the time effort and expense of another study NBU PHOSPHORUS TREATMENT A MATTER OF TIME NBU officials dont oppose phosphorus treatment per se Theyve acknowledged the DAVID The Preserve Lake Dunlap Association posts a sign off Texas 46 drawing attention to its campaign to clean up phosphorus in the lake LAKE DUNLAP WATER WOES First in a series examining the fight between the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association and New Braunfels Utilities B TODAY The defense Plant upgrade costs too much and might not work THURSDAY The next steps Litigation means solution isnt near I FRIDAY Clean up comparison San Marcos Kerrville clean up phosphorus plants contribution of phos phorus to Lake Dunlap They know the lake has excess algae growth at times Their concern is whether the million upgrade and resultant hike in ratepayers bills would significantly reduce algae levels in Lake Dunlap It certainly doesnt pro vide any extra capacity and may or may not fix the prob lem on the said Gretchen Reuwer NBU spokeswoman The study required by TCEQ would determine whether upgrading the plants would reduce algae growth Reuwer said Since 2002 NBU has come under fire from downstream lake groups like PLDA Lake Dunlap residents and even nearby city and county gov ernments When the South Kuehler plants water quality permit came up for renewal in 2002 critics of the plant requested a public meeting with TCEQ They voiced con cern about water quality degradation they believe phosphorus in the plants dis charge causes They want TCEQ to adjust NBUs permit to require immediate action to reduce phosphorus in dis charge from the plants One way many have sug gested that could be accom plished is a method NBU already uses at its Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant Discharge from the plant is used for irrigation at Sun dance Golf Course A 1998 water quality study See WATER Page 3A Chief deputy receives lawman of the year award By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If detective Ed Murphy were alive today he would work for Richard Bennie Tuesday morning Bennie Comal County Sheriff Bob Hold ers chief deputy received the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Clubs Ed Murphy Award The Murphy Award named for the sheriffs detective killed in the line of duty is the Lions annual lawman of the year award It is open to any peace officer working in Comal County and has come to be regarded over its 22year history as Comal Countys top recognition for a public safety officer Murphy died Sept in Startzville Sheriffs deputies were chasing burglary suspects and Murphy then one of the two investigators with the sheriffs Criminal Inves tigations Division was trying to find them from the air The helicopters rotors caught a power line and Murphy died in the crash that followed The pilot survived See Page 3A Richard Bennia TUNNELL INSURANCE H O M I A U T O   

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