Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas June 2007 State rolls out new steps to prevent cheating on the TAKS AUSTIN AP State edu cation officials announced Monday a new security plan designed to prevent cheating on standardized The plan includes assigning test monitors to campuses with previous security prob using multiple versions of tests and mandatory seating charts at test The security measures would apply to the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skflb abocafed and Texas has always taken test security said state Education Commissioner Shirley But as the stakes surrounding testing have become some have questioned whether we are doing all we can to pre vent cheating on our tests and to prosecute those who betray our students and schools in this A recent analysis by The Dallas Morning News found that tens of thousands of stu dents across Texas continue to cheat on the TAKS despite claims by the Texas Education Agency that cheat ing on the standardized exam is a The suspected cheating was concentrated in the DaOas and Houston school districts and charter The TEA announced 14 steps to prevent or identify including scrambled blocks of test questions to detect answer Contract with a national expert for independent Require students to sign honor pledges not to Develop ways to identify statistically irregular patterns of test answers that may indi cate SERVICES CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Driver had not been charged as of Monday School Based on preliminary Alvarez said Herring and Gage were sitting in the back seats and were not wearing Alvarez said Mon day an incoming senior at Smithson Valley High had not been charged in the Thats way down the he We will put all the evidence together and take it to the District Attorneys office for Kayla Gage They will decide whether or not to take it to a grand was treat ed for minor injuries and released from Megan Herring McKenna Memorial Hospital on officials with the hospital Based on the outcome of the Alvarez said Hanly could face charges ranging from reckless driving a class B misde meanor to a sec onddegree Hanly also could face criminal neg ligent homicide and aggravated assault he Suzanne Ashe can be reached at COUNCL CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Six area residents interviews for seats vacattoningin Hawaii and die May resignation of Kirk who is moving outside of the city The sevenmember industrial development known as the 4B evaluates proposals for sales tax revenue funding and makes recommendations to the city Zipp and Stamps join Matthew Monroe Bill Mor John Malik and Julie Mar tinez who are serving twoyear Harrison and Millers terms expire in October 2008 Malik and Martinezs terms expire in Suzanne Ashe can be reached at BH1 CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Plan sets limits on certain agreements in the area it was 1 am proud to sign this legislation because it will help Texas build roads we need to manage our states tremendous population Perry GEAR The compromise bill also imposes limits on compre hensive development agree used in contracts for privatepublic road it sets up a process to determine a roads market value and makes it easier for local authorities to take on projects in their Comprehensive develop ment or are a relatively new tool meant to let the Texas Department of Transporta tion complete roadbuilding projects more quickly and cheaply by using a single contract for design and con Those agreements have attracted the attention of multinational consortiums willing to pay large sums up front for the right to operate roads and pocket the tolls for decades to CONTINUED FROM Page 1 Vendors can sell unlicensed teamrelated clothing i i Kurtz sells some Tshirts that arent required to be They are clever sayings or gim mick he Like shirts that Got Tony or Got i he They are made by a guy who travels around and goes to local print shops to have them print them Some times people dont want a shirt that says VSfest em Conference they want something j j In when the Spurs won the NBA Kurtz was on the same New Braunfels r corner selling Spurs He said made to that year but P said then his merchandise was r Tdsea to gei ttmj Miuti tti used to have an awesome looking he we mainly have Kurtz blames the decline in merchandise to big business running out the little Now a lot of stuff is owned by the NBA so theyre starting to he Its coming down to running out the small You dont see as many vendors out Suzanne Ashe can be reached at sasheOherald Let Us Check Your Ears Medicaid patients Micro hearing circuit called Virtue rCOUPON HEARING AID IATTERIES Limit 10 Cash Carry f If you but cannot understand If you have trouble hearing in noisy If others seem to be If you ask others to repeat you are cordially invited to attend our FREE HEARING CONSULTATION THIS WEEKI You will receive FREE of charge with absolutely no obligation to buy Hearing consultation and check up A demonstration of the newest digital hearing If you have trouble hearing in the NEW 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Restaurant DAVID A motorist passes over the bridge in Gruene as the Guadalupe River laps at the underside of it Monday BRIDGE CONTINUED FROM Page 1 New structure will have rails for next years tubing the only barrier between the pedestrian walk way and the road are yellow raised lane markers in the con crete and the low bridge is closed when the river flows above cubic feet per sec Recently shut down for two the Gruene Road bridge again was closed about 4 New Braunfels Police Department officials Were open yearround with the bridge closure the last few it felt like we were in our winter said manager at Ornamental Iron which is the first business past the bridge in Itll be nice once this is all behind Local first responders also voiced their approval of a new As it the bridge doesnt cause us many when it is Wayne Rousseau of the New Braun fels Fire Department I know this has been in the works for a long The new bridge shouldnt affect our response Plans for a replacement have been discussed for about 10 with city and county offi cials citing safety concerns and traffic jams as some of the rea sons for replacement In August Cornal County Commis sioners passed a resolution urg ing TxDOT to replace the Each TxDOT annually inspects bridges in cities and counties around the Malatek This one was to first compete with other We approached New Braunfels city leaders who approved the city paying 10 percent of the construction as well as 100 percent of the costs for utility adjustments and right of way While the bridge remains structurally geometri it is a different Malatek That it goes under water was one but the lack of a pedestrian walkway and a bridge railing were predomi nant factors in wanting to replace the he said Its been a long but were ready to We were ready last but with the road improvement project on Gruene the city didnt want both happening at the same Another setback was a his torical he While part of the Gruene Historical Dis the bridge is not a histor ical TxDOT performed an evalua tion to clarify the which pushed the million project back from a 2006 start Malatek The public meeting on Monday will let people exam ine our environmental design I What An open house and public meeting to discuss a proposalto replace the Gruene bridge will take place Monday in the New Braunfels city council SUnxe 3 includes begins at with the near ing to follow at 6 I Information 8306090707 plans for the including the crashtested railings well be he There will be two 12foot wide lanes with 3foot shoulders and a 6 foot sidewalk along both sides for an overall width of 44 the bridge will be raised 5 feet from its present so even when the Army Corps of Engineers releases the maximum it will remain Although many might be happy to put an end to their occasional detours to and from work or there was at least one person who said he will miss the old With a steady trickle of traffic crossing the bridge over the rushing Jeff Harper of San who works at the MagiColor photography booth next to the said he can see why it needs to be its a little different hav ing a low bridge like that around Harper Ill be sad to see it Mark Koopmans can be reached at mkoopmans@heraldzeitung.com. 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