New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
The temptation is great to view our Earth as merely something solid to step on, because few opportunities allow us a look inside the planet we live on. Only subterranean caverns permit us to probe its depth and be witness to the inner metamorphosis of our Terra
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NB overcomes Antlers to claim track crown
Jimmy Simmonds earned two gold medals and helped the mile relay team to a third on Friday as the New Braunfels Unicorns won the District 28-4A boys track and field title at Greyhound Stadium in Boerne on Friday.
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The bells are ringing for the area Saturday
The Good Vibrations Handbell Choir of First United Methodist Church, New Braunfels, will host the first annual New Braunfels Arca Handbell Festival Saturday. Five handbell choirs will participate.
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Vol. 137, No. 111
707 Lancia St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 3.77-880) 512-625-9144
April 16, 1989
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Deaths prompt look at intersection
week, weatherwise. After the early M A
morning fog bums off, today’s STEPHANIE DAVIS
temperatures are expected to reach c •
the lower 80s, falling into the 60s Writer
tonight. Ditto for Monday through Fatal accidents at the intersection of
Thursday, with warmer temps (into Seguin Avenue and the Interstate 35
the upper 80s) during the sunny frontage road in recent weeks have
days. Overnight lows should stay ■ prompted officials of the city and the
in the 60s. slate highway department to work
|nsjcie. together to make it a safer crossing.
Business 8-9A “I’m afraid these two tragedies will
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DEAR ABBY.............................11A and Public Transportation.
EDUCATION................................6B Hampton Runnels, 52, of New
ENTERTAINMENT.....................14A Braunfels was killed April 7 when the
HOROSCOPE..............................4B vehicle he was a passenger in was hit
KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-5B in the intersection.
OPINIONS....................................4A A 1985 Mercury Cougar driven by
SPORTS...............................15-18A Francisco Gonzalez Jr., 19, of Eagle
TV LISTINGS.........................1-12C Pass was traveling north on the access
WEATHER...................................2A road attempting to turn left onto
Seguin Avenue when the accident occurred. Gonzalez failed to yield right of way to the Runnels’vehicle, Ozark Country Express is rollin’ which was traveling south on the
into New Braunfels Monday night access road through the intersection.
at 7 p.m. The group will perform Gonzalez was cited for failure to yield
at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin right of way while turning left.
as a benefit for the Comal County On April I at 2:50 p.m., Maribell Emergency Children’s Shelter.
Advance tickets under the family plan are available by calling the shelter at 620-6091. Ma and Pa’s tickets are $12 with additional tickets costing $3 each. At the i^or, tickets will be $7.50 for adults and $3.75 for children 12 years old and under. The group plays a little country, a little gospel, complete with banjo and fiddle, and throws in a little comedy for a real family-type show....
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City and state officials are reviewing the safety of the intersection of Seguin Avenue and the Interstate 35 frontage road. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
STEP aims at stopping
A state-funded traffic enforcement program developed to cut down on roadway accidents has been successful in New Braunfels by curbing speeders and stop-sign runners, but accidents caused by failure to yield right of way continue, say city officials.
The Seguin Avenue and Interstate 35 access road intersection, which is in an enforcement zone, has experienced two fatal accidents in April.
“I think if you look overall at the (Selective Traffic Enforcement Protection) zones you’ll see a good average reduction of traffic accidents,” said Martin Mayer, New Braunfels Police Department Traffic Safety Coordinator.
“I really don’t know that the STEP program is going to have a tremend-
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NBISD committees formulate district’s mission
The American Little League will have its opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Monday at the Little League fields across from the Fairgrounds. Play will begin that night in the Intermediate and Pee Wee leagues. The Majors start the season on Tuesday. The public is invited to watch the inauguration of the 1989 season free of charge....
The community of San Marcos is pulling together to get that city and the ui-county area “Drug Free.” On Thursday, Richard Reyes, pastor of Victory Outreach of San Marcos, will conduct a press conference in Victory Chapel in San Marcos at 2 p.m. Also participating will be State Rep. Libby Lincbargcr and San Marcos Adult Probation Officer Cheryl Rictz.
Rev. Freddie Garcia of San Antonio, founder and director of Victory Outreach of Texas, will be the guest speaker. Garcia will explain the purpose of Victory Outreach and will discuss techniques for rehabilitating drug addicts and substance abusers to enable them to again become productive members of society. Following the presentation, Garcia and Reyes will be available for a question-and-answer session. For directions to Victory Chapel or for more information, call 512-396-6184..,.
Cross Lutheran Preschool is registering students for the 1989-1990 school year. Programs available are 3-year-old nursery class (Monday and Wednesday),
4-year-old kindergarten (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), and
5-year-old kindergarten (Monday through Friday). School hours for all three classes are from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information or registration forms, call the church office at 625-3666 or write Cross Lutheran Preschool, 169 S. Hickory, New Braunfels, 78130....
Boy Scout Troop 757 is coll ing donations for its third arum Rummage Sale, which will be May 20. Call Dee Ryden at 625-0335, Jim Thompson at 625-6395 or Merlene Peters at 625-0345 for pick up of items.
No item is too large or small. Items also may be delivered to Ryden’s home at 480 S. Santa Clara.
"Our mission is to develop responsible and productive citizens through an educational process built on pride arui tradition, provided by dedicated and motivational school and community people who guide the development of each individual’s mind, body and character in a positive, supportive and challenging environment," — New Braunfels ISD mission statement
More than 40 community leaders and school employees strategically planned the future mission of New Braunfels Independent School District in an intense two and a half days of work and discussion last week.
“Strategic planning helps you look at your past, assess where you are now, and then allows you to decide where you want to be in three to five years from now,” said Dr. Mike Neale, the
facilitator who objectively guided the group as it sifted through its beliefs. ‘‘Rather than simply reacting to events, strategic planning lets you define your goals adn then plan to achieve them.”
After attending a week-long seminar in the strategic planning process last fall, Mike Fitsko, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, began the planning process in NBISD.
The first phase of planning was completed Wednesday. The strategic planning workshop, attended by NBISD trustees, local businessmen, parents, teachers and administrators, was the first step in a process which will expand and improve the school district. The mission statement and 17 basic educational beliefs or governing
values of participants resulted from the workshop.
In addition to finding an important common ground — mainly what is expected of the district — participants learned what to expect from each other to contribute to the educational process.
“Working together we can solve our problems,” said NBISD Trustee Nayo Zamora, adding he was proud to be part of the process which will direct the district’s future progress.
Bob Sehima, participant and member of the New Braunfels Downtown Association, said participants of diverse backgrounds came together for a common goal.
New Braunfels National Bank President T.L. Walker said he was impressed with the dedication of the
“I have been called upon to act on civic committees where the attrition rate was high. That didn’t happen here,” he said.
Walker said he was encouraged with interest shown in children and their future by the group.
Planning for the future is an essential task for a school district, said Peter Olsen, minister of First Protestant Church.
Neale told the group to focus on heritage, pride and tradition.
“I have led hundreds of workshops across the country for businesses and school districts, but I have never had the emphasis on tradition and heritage which I sec here," Neale said. ‘The pride I sec in you for your school system and your city is powerful.”
Neale also said he w as surprised of die insistence by both school and community members on the importance of a partnership between the family, schools and the community.
“You can read all the values and the statement and know it’s not just any school district,” said New Braunfels High School teacher Bonnie Lcitch. “I’ve taught in seven school districts and the strength of these values are unique to New Braunfels.
“Learning is a life-long process,” she said. “'Hic family, the community and the scIkxjI are partners in education and education encourages independent thinking.”
‘The real impact of the value statements will be felt as they become visi-
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Public will have opportunity Second servin to meet board candidates
On May 6 voters will go to the polls to elect two new trustees to the Comal Independent School District Board. Residents living in the district will have an opportunity to meet and question candidates seeking election at a Town Meeting on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at Mountain Valley Elementary School in Saltier at Canyon Lake.
This non-partisan event is sponsored by the Canyon Lake Republican Women’s Club in the interest of good education in the public schools and fair taxation for everyone in the district.
Herb Skoog, radio personality and advertising executive of New Braunfels, will serve as moderator.
Candidates will state their personal goals for the district, after which written questions for individual candidates will be taken from the audience.
Light refreshments will be served following the meeting.
Candidates who have filed for die board are Carter Casteel of New Braunfels, who is now serving as school board president; Willliam S, “Bill” Smith, who resides in the Bulverde area and teaches school in the San Antonio Independent School District; Dan Mitchell, a resident of Bulverde who owns and operates a waste disposal service; and Martin Allen, who resides in New Braunfels and is District Court Administrator for Comal, Hays and Caldwell counties.
Absentee voting will begin Monday and run through May 2 at the School Board office at 1421 U.S. 81 E. in New Braunfels and at Smithson Valley Middle School.
Commissioners, schools will conduct business
As local accountants-and taxpayers scurry around Monday to get federal income taxes in the mail to the Internal Revenue Service, local officials are gearing up for a busy week of meetings.
• Comal County Commissioners meet at I p.m. in the commissioner’s courtroom at the Comal County Courthouse Annex for a workshop session and to consider extending a contract with die Emergency Communications Club; amending the budget to provide funds for the Comal County Hisitorical Commission; and opening bids on a vehicle for the county’s animal control officer.
• Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees meet at 7:30
p.m. Monday* at Smithson Valley High School. Board members will hear the Southern Association Accreditation preliminary report.
• Residents living in the Comal Independent School District will have an opportunity to meet candidates running for CISD school board in a town meeting Tuesday at at 7 p.m. at Mountain Valley Elementary School in Sattler.
• New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Center Board Room at 430 W. Mill St. Board members will consider approving the mission statement and governing values for the district.
New Braunfels’ Rachel Forney (left) and Kris Ray (right) both earned berths in the Region IV tennis tournament with second-place finishes in the District 28-4Ad tournament at the New Braunfels High
School courts on Saturday. Alamo Heights won the team title, with the Unicorns second. For the full details, see Page 15A (Photos by Deryl Clark)