New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 9ALawmaker wants to make Bible classes mandatory in public schools
DALLAS (AP) —A Texas legislator wants to require the state’s nearly 1,700 public school districts to teach die Bible as a textbook, “not a worship document.’’
The House Public Education Gim-mittee was set late Tuesday to con
sider — but not vote on — a bill by Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, mandating high schools to offer history and literature courses on the Old and New Testaments. The courses would be elective.
The idea of teaching the Bible in
school seems to be undergoing a revival nationally. Two literature classes on the Bible are included on a list of state-approved courses that Georgia public schools could choose to offer beginning next year. Some critics say it would be the first state to
take an explicit stance endorsing and funding biblical teachings.
The Texas measure goes a step farther — requiring school districts to make such courses available, advocates on both sides agreed.
“We’re not going to preach the
Bible, we’re going to teach the Bible and how it affects all of our writings, documents and the formation of our government,” said Chisum. “We’re taking it as a document that has historical value. Its the most widely distributed book in the world.”RAINS
CONTINUED FROM Page 1ACaution urged in lake to avoid debris
“We’re just asking people, if you care about your own safety and the safety of your vessel to watch your speed," he said.
Park personnel won’t gather the debris unless it makes its way to land, I lorn said.
“It depends on where it ends up,” he said. “If its in the parks, we’ll clean it up. Other debris will water log and sink.”
Horn also said the Corps of Engineers could issue permits to private land owners to clear the debris from their property near the lake’s
“Depending on situation, we can grant permits for cleaning on government property,” he said.
The Corps of Engineers has closed several boat ramps around the lake because of high water and, to a certain extent, debris, Horn said.
In March, low water prompted Comal County officials to close ramps.
“Several of corps’ ramps are closed,” he said. “Sometimes debris is a factor but if the water gets past the concrete on the ramp itself, the base becomes saturated, lf you put vehicle on it, it will put a hole in it.”
Horn said one of the Corps’ boat ramps in Comal Park is open. It is located on the south side of the lake.
“The outlook for summer is looking good."
— Tim Horn
Canyon Lake manager
He said he can’t say when the other ramps will reopen.
“It depends on when the lake level goes down. We like for the asphalt to dry for a few days,” he said.
Horn said he predicts a good summer after the rains for lake visitors. The lake’s current elevation is 914.56 feet.
“The outlook for summer is looking good,” he said. “Of course, we don’t know what Mother Nature will do but we’ll deal with it.”
Suzanne Ashe can be reached at sashe @ herald-zeitung.com.
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CONTINUED FROM Page 1AMan fondly recalls times he and son flew together
the San Patricio County Airport, close to Sinton, about 130 miles south of New Braunfels.
The NTSB investigator in charge of the case, Craig Hatch, said a preliminary report of the accident “would be due within five business days of the incident.”
One local business owner spoke to the San Patricio County News about seeing the plane making a routine fly-over before attempting to land around the time of tile crash.
“I saw the plane going that way (southeast over the airport),” said Jeff Janak, who runs an aircraft repair service at the Sinton airport. “He came over the top of the hangar at an altitude of about 50 feet before I lost sight of him in the fog.”
Janak said he thought the pilot overshot the runway during his first attempt to land in the fog and tried to circle around to the west for a second attempt.
“Looking for the runway is all he was doing,” he said.
Although speculating, Schilleci, who retired from Continental in 1997 after 36 years of employment, said weather conditions might have been one of a number of circumstances
that led to the crash.
“With the restricted visibility and a non-con-trolled airport — that is to say there is not a traffic control tower on-site — Scott may not have had a true picture of his immediate surroundings. We’ll have to wait and see what investigators determine. However, no matter what, Scott was part of a large family. He’li be gready missed, especially by his wife, Stacye, and their three teenage children.”
Counselors are on hand at the children’s schools, said Kari Hutchison, spokeswoman for the Comal Independent School District.
"Counselors are always available to family and friends in situations like this,” Hutchison said. “In this case, the two full-time counselors at Spring Branch Middle School, where one of the children is a student, will make themselves available for as long as is needed.”
Schilleci said he will always treasure “wonderful memories” of his son, including the times when the pair flew as pilot and co-pilot on several commercial flights with Continental.
“I had the privilege of helping train my son,” he said. "It’s just like the sheriff’s deputy told me: You can be the greatest driver in the world and still have an accident out there on the streets. But as a strong Christian believer I know (Scott) is with the Lord now for eternity.”
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