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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas OCTOBER OCTOBER IALDZEITUNG FORUM NOT LITTIRS When it comes to one letter writer claims John Kerry is motivated by political 4A SPORTS Roger Clemens and the Astros head into post season play against the Page 6A PMl County since 10 1 section CLICK 8 70 chance of rain High Low 78 66 Details 2A DEARABBY SA eutttfttfti at VM COMICS 9A CROSSWORD FORUM 4A osrrowiii IA SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS IA Mm i SVHS student confesses to racist epithets Freshman spray painted buses of visiting Judson band By Leigh Jones Staff Writer A Smithson Valley High School ninthgrader confessed Monday to spraypainting racist epithets Friday night on four Judson Independent School District school The boys parents brought him to school who will take appropriate disciplinary action and then report the confession to the Comal County Sheriffs The which transported Jud son band were parked at Ranger Stadium for the varsity foot ball They were decorated in white paint with the phrases white power and Judson students noticed the slurs around as they were load ing up to travel The incident was reported to sher iffs deputies as criminal but because the graffiti contained racist the District Attor ney could choose to elevate it to a hate According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Web hate crime investigations are conducted jointly by the FBI and law en forcement authorities and are pros ecuted under state Mark Comal Coun ty Sheriffs said Mon day evening the sheriffs office had nt been informed of the Well proceed with the new infor mation in the Reynolds Comal ISO Communications Director Kari Hutchison said a num ber of students and community members had come forward with information about the More than fans attended the game between the two 5A This is in no way a representa tion of our population at Smithson Valley High Hutchison Most people in the community were embarrassed to have this asso ciated with Retail shopping bonanza HOW DID YOUR SCHOOL FARE Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS results for local rating frtm EXEMPLARY Memorial Primary Memorial Elementary CISD Bulverde Elementary Rahe Primary Specht worse necogmzMjjACCWpamtV RECOGNIZED Seguin Oak Run Erskine Elementary CISD Ball Elementary Spring Branch Middle Patlan Elementary j Comal Elementary Koennecke Elementary Goodwin Primary Frazier Elementary Navarro High School Bill Brown Elementary Navarro Elementary Arlon Seay Intermediate Mtrion 1 Hoffmann Lane Elementary Marion ISO j Rebecca Creek Elementary Marion Middle School districts New Braunfels ISO Comal ISO Seguin Navarro ISO All other schools in New Marion ISO Navarro and Marion districts were rated Academically The were no Unacceptable schools or districts science scores in small groups lower overall district ratings UMVIU Customer service associate Betty and Kohls store Manager Katharine Stripling look over Halloween costumes in the childrens department in preparation for Thursdays grand Kohls addition a plus signal for local market WOYOU The squarefoot Kohls building was formerly was a Kmart store The store will employ 159 Kohls oper ates 637 stores in 40 Based in Wis Kohls j opened its first store in By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The opening of a new Kohls Department Store in New Braun fels could be a signal that major retailers may have decided on their own that the local consumer market is an upandcoming Earlier this the results of a retail study by the Buxton Company found that 26 to the countrys top retailers would be suited to New Braunfels demo graphics and consumer buying including Pier 1 Tractor Supply and Western Siz Although local businesses helped fund the several business leaders said they were disappointed that no big anchor stores were on Buxtoris The list was said Matt 4B board But the new Kohls store may change all Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce President Michael Meek said Kohls deci sion to open a store here may have been indirectly influenced by Buxtoris A San Antonio developer who helped fund the retail study owns the shopping center where Kohls decided to locate its Meek So it didnt just I think Kohls knew that New Braunfels had become serious about retail and the data in the retail report is the kind of data large retailers are interested Kohls saw some thing in the New Braunfels con sumer market they The chamber leader added that having a Kohls Department Store would benefit efforts to recruit other major Large retailers stay abreast of whos doing he After 10 months of construc See Page 3A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer When Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS results came out in Comal County school officials cele brated in both dis tricts beat the state passing Four months parents might be surprised to learn their local school districts ac countability based in part on TAKS dropped from Recognized to Acade mically If the overall scores improv why did both Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts rate so poor ly Vickie CISD execu tive director for curriculum and said the rat ing clincher fell to a small group of than 1 percent of our district population is African she Those 91 students had a 68 percent passing rate on the math por tion of the TAKS In order to receive a Recognized rat we needed 70 percent to This is the first year ac countability ratings are based on a new list of 36 perform ance including testing results from previous ly unreported student My concern is that it does not accurately communicate the performance of our dis Pursch We have over students in our and our rating is based on 91 of CISD received at least a Recognized rating on 35 indicators and missed the 36th by only 2 percentage Individual CISD schools did better than the district overall because numbers of the AfricanAmerican student group are too small at each campus to be counted as a statistical Although the ratings are generally considered to indi cate the overall performance of a Pursch said they were really a way to leverage forcing districts to pay more attention to specific To avoid the same problem See Page 3A COMING WEDNESDAY 8 injured in 7car pileup Eight people went to area hospitals Sunday in the after math of a sevencar pileup on Interstate The at around 5 pm in the northbound lanes at Walnut closed 135 for nearly two New Braunfels police went to various San Antonio and New Braun a fouryearold girt was taken to McKenna Mem orial Hospital and then on to Wilford Hall with a fractured Lange said the accident oc curred when a northbound vehicle driving at high speed swerved into other vehicles and rolled The preliminary investiga tion has reported that con gested traffic as well as speed played important he Charges are pending far the driver of the vehicle believed to have caused he not release the names of the aoctient New Braunfete police officers look ww the oU sevencar ailaup on Interstate as in
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