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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ ORE INCIDENT, 2 Fire and water: Melted pipe floods apartments ■ FAITH. 7 Doubter-turned-pastor talks about finding faith ■ SPORTS. 10 CLHS girls hoops battle Wimberley 0 «s SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2011 Texas Ap Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 ^    "    i    ...    Is     #    UlSs    I    sS     H    i/'    ^ 2 fires in 2 days: Arson suspected at Landa Park Fire Marshal Patrick O'Connell overlooks Panther Canyon on Friday while walking near the scenes of two recent fires. LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Authorities suspect arson in two fires in two days at Landa Park. Someone set dangerous brush fires early Thursday and Friday evenings in remote Panther Canyon, said Fire Marshal Patrick O’Connell. I hese fires are, in my estimation, deliberately set fires," he said, adding that whoever started the fires took HAVE INFORMATION? New Braunfels Fire Department at 830-221-4200 what they used to start the blazes with them. Five New Braunfels High School students on their way home from school saw a fire on the side of the canyon Friday around 5 p.m., O’Connell said. “ IWo of them reportedly climbed up the hill to stomp out the fire while the other three watched,” he said. As they left the site, authorities responding to reports of a blaze at 100 Texas Avenue met the teens to get information from them. I he arsonist is literally playing with fire in a brushy canyon where flames can easily spread to nearby residential areas, O’Connell said. "It’s such a dangerous (dry) condi- See FIRES, Page 5 ► RACANELLI CASE UT: Forged transcripts very rare Former NBISD administrator surrenders; plea agreement expected By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung After 13 years of respected service to the New Braunfels independent School District, Elisa Racanelli turned herself in for arrest at the Comal County jail Friday evening, charged with tampering with student records. And two New Braunfels High School seniors from the Class of 2011 will have to bring their grades up the old-fashioned way to gain entrance to the University of Texas after documents placing them within the school’s automatic admission range allegedly turned out to be forged. According the vice provost and director of admissions at the University of Texas, the grand jury indictment of former NBISD central office administrator Elisa Racanelli on charges of tampering with government documents marks a highly unusual occurrence. "I’ve been with the office 12 years, and I can’t think of any other situation similar to this,” said Dr. Kedra Ishop. A Comal County grand jury indicted school administrator Racanelli on Wednesday on allegations of tampering with the transcripts of two seniors. An indictment is not a finding of guilt in a court of law. The alleged tampering — two third degree felonies — involved paper documents forwarded to a university, not the district’s computerized See RACANELLI, Page 3 Vol. 158, No. 50 14 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES NONE Rgl n PLANNER    8    High    Low SPORTS    10    61    45 TV GRID    14    Details    8 Franchione returns as Texas State coach WWW. herald-zeitung.com 56825 00001 50 cents T    si* -    .    LAURA    MCKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Texas State University's new head football coach Dennis Franchione, right, hugs Dr. LarryTeis the school s athletic director, as he walks to the microphone to speak to the media and other quests during Friday s news conference at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos. THE NEXT LEVEL New coach ready to lead college into FBS By Chris Hoffman The Herald-Zeitung SAN MARCOS — A big splash is what Iexas State needed to make when selecting its next football coach, and the hiring of former Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione accomplished just that. Franchione has been hired at Texas State, returning to college football after three years. The 59-year-old was introduced to a packed house at a press conference on Friday. , “Texas State conducted a robust national search for the next man to lead our football program,” Texas State University president Denise Trauth said. “We interviewed stellar candidates, all of whom wanted to come to San Marcos. I am very pleased that we have been able to hire a man with the experience, talent and passion of Franchione as our new head football coach.” It is a sort of homecoming for Franchione, who coached the Bobcats from 1990-91 when the school was called Southwest Texas State. He complied a 13-9 with the Bobcats before taking Division I coaching job with New Mexico. Franchione signed a five-year Dennis Franchione contract with a base salary of $350,000 per year, plus incentives. “Kim and I loved our time at Texas State, but we have often said that it was too short,” Franchione said during the press conference. "This is going to be a huge transition for the Texas State football program, and I’m excited to be a part of this challenge of leading the Bobcats into the FBS.” Franchione also coached at Alabama and preceded Gary Patterson at Texas Christian University (TCU). Texas State joins the Western Athletic Conference in 2012 to complete its move to the Football Bowl Subdivision after spending so many years in college football’s second tier. Texas State is the "last stop" on his coaching carousel — Franchione made a point to say it three times during his press conference, as the new Bobcat coach wants to put Texas State on the national map before calling it a career. He is known for having short coaching stints with his former schools, including just a two-year run with the Bobcats, three years with TCU and only two with Alabama before taking the job at Texas A&M. “ This is my last job,” Franchione said. “I told Larry (Teis) to put a $5,000,000 buyout in my contract. I feel like I got a good run left in me. I’m in good health, my passion is good and 1 couldn’t think of any place better to coach.” See TX STATE, Page 11 ► FLUORIDE Feds say too much fluoride in water Government: Damage mainly cosmetic spotting condition found on teeth of young children By Mike Stobbe AP Medical Writer ATLANTA — Fluoride in drinking water — credited with dramatically cutting cavities and tooth decay— may now be too much of a good thing. Getting too much of it causes spots on some kids' teeth. A reported increase in the spotting problem is one reason the fed-QUESTIONS?     era ] govern- F !" d ““ r '    mem said about the health     r . . effects on page 5.     F f lda y 11 plans to lower the recommended levels for fluoride in water supplies — the first such change in nearly 50 years. About 2 out of 5 adolescents have tooth streaking or spottiness because of too much fluoride, a surprising government study found recently. In some extreme cases, teeth can even he pitted by the mineral — though many cases are so mild only dentists notice it. The problem is generally considered cosmetic. Health officials note that most communities have fluoride in their water supplies, and toothpaste has it too. Some kids are even given fluoride supplements. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing changing the recommended fluoride level to 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. And the Environmental Protection Agency will review whether the maximum cutoff of 4 milligrams per liter is too high. The standard since 1962 has been a range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the splotchy tooth condition, fluorosis, is unexpectedly common in kids ages 12 through 15. And it appears to have grown much more See FLUORIDE, Page 5 The Honeymoon & Weddinq „ ,> , M» ÌÉ m -apt    '     m    “    ¡he    Pub    is    now    open vapital Of Texas!    7nights a week! The Faust Hotel is Wew Braunfels' Special Event Place 240 S. Seguin Ave. • (830) 625-7791 • ww.fausthotel.com