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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                AUGUST ALL FOR flOC 780 1000571 SOUTHUEST MKROPUDLI8HER8 2627 E VftNDELL OR EL FASO TX 7990 lllllll AUGUST IALDZEITUNG SPORTS LONG DISTANCE Ashley Patterson brings national long drive champi onship back to New Page 5A FORUM SPEAK OUT Readers have their say about the NB county pay and the chil drens Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 237 14 2 sections CLICK I 5OO www j w in 11 a i vsuuiii tf PT Partly Cloudy High Low 10276 Details1B DEARABBY 38 CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 38 Spring Branch home destroyed by blaze By David Rupkalvis News Editor SPRING home under construction on Camp fire Road in Rebecca Creek was destroyed when a fire broke out just after noon Comal County Fire Inspec tor Wayne Ellington said the fire was so destructive it would be difficult to determine the exact No one was home when the fire After concluding his initial Ellington said the blaze did not appear suspi It was a total Ellington Everything inside was The cause is undetermined right Ellington said the owner had been building the home and was nearing The outside of the house was com pleted and the inside was almost Within the last the owner had moved furniture from a trailer he had been liv ing in into the house and two days ago had electric service Ellington said that Wednes day the owner left for a doctors When he his home was A neighbor noticed the fire just after noon and called The Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and asked for assis tance from the Bulverde Fire Because the fire was burn ing so firefighters worked primarily to keep the blaze from Nearly five hours after being called Spring Branch fire fighters were still on the mopping up hot After looking through the Ellington was able to determine that the fire started on the northeast corner of the home near where the electri cal service has been hooked While Ellington was not able to find a specific cause during his initial he did lead an effort to help the home He didnt have insurance so I connected him with the Red Ellington Hope they can help him get some tilings he DAVID Comal County Fire Inspector Wayne stand begins his investigation into a fire that destroyed a home in Spring Federal grant could help NBISD combat bullying By David Rupkalvis News Editor The New Braunfels Independent School District received a muchneeded boost from the federal government Tuesday in the form of a million The Safe Student grant will allow the district to promote healthy childhood development while helping pre vent alcohol and drug Weve been said Rosalyn assistant superintendent for This funding affects every stu dent in our It will not only help us create an environment in which students feel safe and can really work to reach their full but it will strengthen our community Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Lamar Smith joined John Comyn in announc ing the A good education system helps strengthen our society by teaching and instructing young giving them the ability to learn and grow as citizens and Cornyn This funding will support the education of young peo ple in the New Braunfels Independent School District by helping establish a school environment that is disci plined and substance See Page 3A COMING SATURDAY i fa For keeps Find out who wins as Canyon and open the LAUGHING OUT OF TOWN Pinto says goodbye to New Braunfels By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto was momentarily speechless when it came time to bid his staffers goodbye Wednes After listening to a recitation of the top 10 reasons he wanted to go to League Pinto was laugh ing too hard to say a Although Pinto previously said he wanted to go to the Houston area municipality because it would be a his New Braunfels coworkers seemed to think it had more to do with where the League City Rotary club meets Hoot They also were convinced Pinto was attracted to the areas weather Hurricanes are more fun than after and the higher humidity will make the city managers hair look Pinto took the good bye party ribbing It has been a pleasure as you can he said in response to their calls for a Thank I appreciate To help decorate his new office in League former Mayor Stoney Williams presented Pinto with a gift set of plastic Wurst fest cups and a beer Williams also presented Pinto with a framed picture of I expect this to be on your Williams I think I have a bathroom down there I can put it Pinto sug Along with his less formal Photos by MANDY New Braunfels City Manager Chuck laughs while attendees of his going away party Wednesday evening applaud Stoney Williams TopTen Reasons Chuck Wants to Move to League Jocelyn Murphy writes a note to Pinto while Ann Smith waits her the city manager did collect a few more traditional going away Sheriff Bob who was not able to attend the gave Pin to a plaque from all of the Comal County deputies and sent a per sonal note to go with When you came on I knew our city was in for some pos itive he I was not You have left New Braunfels a better place to Police Chief Russ one of the department heads hired by told his boss he would miss Youve done an outstanding See Page 3A SVHS hopes segregation will improve learning process DAVID Smithson Valley High School Algebra teacher Julie Henry teaches a class of freshmen girls By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Smithson Valley High School freshman Sarah Steve son was prepared for many of the new experiences she would encounter on the first day of She anticipated the bigger more rigorous aca demics and new social situa tions that go handinhand with starting high The last thing she expected was to get a break from is one of 690 SVHS freshmen getting their first taste of classroom gen der The boys and girls are separated for core classes only science and social studies excluding advanced place ment School officials tested the program with roughly half of last years ninthgraders and were so pleased with the results they decided to include the entire grade this During her first day of class CK wvw beheardt YOUR TURN El To see what others think and voice your opinion on this visit es Steveson discov ered learning with members of the same sex was not such a bad Its easier to focus on what the teachers saying when its just girls in When there are boys in the we tend to show she said with a School counselor Dana Colo saying the results of last years pilot program proved the boys and girls had a better learning environment when they were Our instances of horseplay were way she No one was trying to impress a member of the opposite Compared to statistics from the 200304 school See Page 3A Susan Sonier QJerry   

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