New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
:Voh 148, No. IOO 16 pages in I section April 8, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
District growth, budget problems dominate CISD candidate forum
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
SATTLER - Campus needs and budget cuts in the 1999-2000 school year were among a number of issues on the minds of area taxpayers Wednesday night at a Comal Independent School District candidate forum.
Seven candidates running for two positions on the CISD board of trustees fielded tough
questions at the event, sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women Voters, at Mountain Valley Elementary School.
Canyon Lake residents Bill Milton, John Bertelsen, John C. Welch, Jim Higdon and Judy A. Holbrook are running for the District 4 seat Incumbent Doug Nail cannot run for reelection because he moved out of his district.See FORUM/5What’s Up
WHAT: Flood cleanup update for Comal, Guadalupe rivers WHERE: Rockin’ R River Rides at Camp Hueco Springs Campground, near the first Guadalupe River crossing on River Road
WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday WHY: Representatives of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, which provides 75 percent of funds, will lead the meeting
Cleanup update set for Friday
By Chris Crews
The condition of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting at 3 p.m. Friday at Rockin’ R River Rides at Camp Hueco Springs Campground.
The meeting will be led by representatives of die Natural Resource Conservation Service. NRCS provides 75 percent of the money for the cleanup of the river channel.
Representatives from the city of New Braunfels and Comal County also will be available to answer questions at the meeting. The city and county provide 2 j percent of funding for river cleanup in their jurisdictions.
Officials said anyone with questions about work in the river and its banks was encouraged to attend.
Anyone needing information on riverbank cleanup can call the city engineering office at 608-2100. extension 244.
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Ranger Linda Lane emphasizes the need for water conservation while holding up an enlarged photograph of the fountain darter fish, which lives only in the Comal and San Marcos springs, while speaking to first-grade students at Memorial Primary on Wednesday. Lane and other park rangers also spoke about recycling and the need for water conservation.
Authorities take stand in assault trial
By Heather Tooo
A Comal County Sheriff^ Office criminal investigator testified Wednesday about what he called 'The most violent, brutal case of sexual assault” he had ever seen.
Detective Brent Paullus was one of several law enforcement officers who took the stand in the aggravated sexual assault trial of Roy Glenn Adams.
The 43-year old Canyon Lake
resident is accused of sodomizing a Canyon Lake woman and threatening her with a butcher knife on Jan. 13,1998 at the woman’s residence.
The eight-woman, four-man jury also heard testimony from Detective Tommy Ward and Detective Ronnie Womack with the sheriff’s office criminal investigation division.
State District Judge Charles Ramsay presided over the trial, which began Monday with jury selection.
According to Comal County Dis
trict Attorney Dib Waldrip, Adams, identified as the woman’s ex-boyfriend, allegedly bound the victim’s neck, wrists and ankles with the rope and sodomized the victim on her living room floor.
lf he is convicted, Adams could face two to 99 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
Comal County sheriff’s deputies apprehended the defendant the same day of the assault in the victim’s bedroom.
Ward, who interviewed both the defendant and victim, testified the victim said Adams allegedly kicked her into a stooped position while she was bound by the rope on the living room floor.
The victim also told investigators when Adams allegedly told her what he wanted to do, she begged him not to, Ward said.
Ward also testified the victim said Adams allegedly dragged her into
CISD board hoping bonds pass on May I
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Comal Independent School District trustees want to ensure both propositions in the district's $141 million bond package pass in the May I election.
Trustees will consider a resolution to draw up a covenant with voters during a board meeting 5 p.m. today at Bill Brown Elementary, 20410 Texas 46 West.
The covenant would bind the board from awarding a construction contract for a third high school, funded in Proposition 2, until after Jan. 1,2002.
Patrons can begin casting ballots on the two-proposition bond package, valued at $89 million and $52 million each, at early voting locations on Wednesday.
Proposition I calls for construction of three new elementary schools, expansion of Smithson Valley High School, expansion of Canyon High School, expansion of Comal Elementary School and expansion of Canyon Middle School.
Under Proposition 2, the district would build a third high school with a 2,000-student capacity to serve the Canyon Lake area.
According to a resolution passed by the board Nov. 19 in a 5-1 vote, construction on a new high school would begin no sooner than 2002 and open in 2004.
During the board's meeting on March 25, board president Dan K. Krueger voiced concern that a
snail faction of patrons were trying to pass Proposition 2, while opposing Proposition I, in an attempt to get a new high school built before 2002.
The election ballot itself does not contain language about proposed start dates.
“Board counsel advised us that bond ballot language could not specify certain details of the bond issue, including start dates for construction and school sizes,” Krueger said.
Krueger said he wanted to solidify the resolution's language in the event Proposition I failed.
Trustee Scott Watson said he was opposed to the resolution because it would prevent the board from providing relief in district schools if Proposition I did not pass.
Trustees also will consider possible alternatives if one or both propositions fail.
Superintendent Jerry Major said at the March 25 meeting split-scheduling and year-round school would need to be considered if that happened.
Major said the proposed $54 million budget, w ith an estimated $900,000 deficit, did not have funds for additional portables.
Watson said he wanted the board to consider another bond as the best alternative to campus overcrowding.
“lf Proposition I fails and Proposition 2 passes, we could put something together and have it to the voters as early as this fall,” he said.
Trustees also will consider district staffing needs for the 1999-2000 school year and changes to the secondary school dress code during the meeting.Inside
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Joyce DeSalme, a breast cancer survivor, shares a story with her granddaughters recently.
Staying informed helped cancer survivor beat odds, cope with range of emotions
BY GRETCHEN REUWER Special to the Herakf-Zeitung
“This is no big deal —just something a little different,” Joyce DeSalme recalled thinking to herself when she found a lump in her breast five years ago.
After all, she certainly didn’t fit the profile associated with victims of breast cancer. She didn’t smoke, wasn’t overweight, was physically active and there was no history of
breast cancer in her family.
Since she did have a history of developing cysts in her breast, DeSalme reasoned the new lump might be another benign cyst.
She talked about how almost nonchalant she was in scheduling an appointment with her doctor to examine the lump. The doctor’s recommendation for a biopsy certainly didn’t raise an alarm. DeSalme fully expected to awaken from the proce
dure and be told, “You were right. This was no big deal.”
“When I woke up, they told me that it had indeed been cancerous and it was malignant,” she said. “Tears just started rolling down my face. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me.”
The disbelief quickly gave way to fear of the unknown enemy she was fighting. The best way DeSalmeSee SURVIVOR*