New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
| The New Braunfels Herald-witting extends birthday wishes to: Jordan Goebel (two years), Lope Paredez (71 years), Gary iGaubatz, Terri McCrary. ■Happy anniversary wishes to [Kathleen and Dwight Rockwood 1(25 years) and Marcos and Rosa Torres (26 years, belated).
■7b have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollen Count «
Mold—680 Grass —0 Oak —991 Ash —12 Hackberry — 0 Mulberry —10 (Pollen measured in parts per cub*c meter at alg. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 222 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.92 feet above sea level, down .06 from yesterday.
Th# Tims of Your tiffs
Award-winning talent takes to the New Braunfels High School stage Thursday, April 18 when the NBHS actors perform "The Time of Your Life," a one-act play that takes place in 1939 on the San Francisco waterfront.
This entertaining comedy/drama by William Saroyan will be performed on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the NBHS Cafetorium. Admission will not be charged, although donations would be welcome.
Optimist Club to meet at Oma’s Hsus
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 at Oma’s Haus restaurant. Speaker will be Susan Williams, director of the Children's Museum.
Plaza Niles series continues
Plaza Nites will be presented Thursdays in April on the Plaza at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic, or eat at one of the downtown restaurants.
Bands left in the series are: April 18 - Matt Toon and the Big Deals; April 25 - Mariachi Ecos de America. For information, call 608-2100.
Oat your ear washsd, and help th# Cancsr Society
Have a clean car, courtesy of Landa Street Car Wash and, at the same time, help in the fight against cancer in our county.
Throughout the month of April, Landa Street Car Wash is offering two specials which will benefit the Comal County Unit of the American Cancer Society.
For every Mini Detail Package, or Unicorn Special Wash, Landa Street Car Wash will donate a portion of the cost to help underwrite the 1996 ACS Starlight Gala.
The gala, scheduled for June 15, is the only ACS fundraising event benefiting cancer patients in the Comal County area. Landa Street Car Wash is located two blocks West of Walnut at 790 Landa, and is open seven days a week.
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Fees change! at state park
HemkJ-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Here comes the crud 4
A participant In the annual Crud Wars, sponsored by Young Life, a Christian group for teen-agsrs, gats a face full of mystery mush yesterday at the avant It was held at the volleyball court In Landa Park.
Picnic at Guadalupe River State Park will cost a family of four an additional $6
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A new Texas Parks and Wildlife Department policy charging park admission by the head instead of by the carload is justified because of improvements that need to be made to parks across the state, said Duncan Muckelroy, conservation outdoor recreation specialist V at Guadalupe River State Park.
“We are years behind in making much urgent capital improvements to our equipment and facilities,” Muckelroy said “This is an attempt by us to become more self-sufficient.”
Beginning May I, state parks across Texas will start charging per person instead of per vehicle. Currently, at Guadalupe State Park, fees are assessed $6 per carload. When the new entry fees take effect, S3 will be assessed per person.
Youngsters under 12 years of age, disabled veterans and seniors over 65 will be exempt from the new rule after Sept. I.
Fees will be assessed differently at each park. Parks around the area will be assessing entry fees of SI, $2, $3, $4 and $5 per person.
Muckelroy said a few years ago the legislature stopped giving general funds to the park system. Now the park system must become self-sufficient.
The parks department takes in $21 million a year and spends $32 million a year, which is an $11 million shortfall. Parks officials have said that the park system needs $200 million in repairs. The new entry fees are expected to raise an additional $6 million a year.
Guadalupe State Park needs to have improvements made to its water and wastewater systems and needs a reroofing job for its park store and headquarters, Muckelroy said. But compared to other parks, Muckelroy said his park is in good shape. “We are better off than other parks because they are much older than we are,” Muckelroy said. “Generally, our facilities haven’t deteriorated that much. We are making real efforts to stay ahead on improvements.”
To avoid paying per person entry fees every time they go to a state park, Muckelroy suggested that frequent park goers invest in a gold Texas Conservation Passport, which now costs $25. As of May I, that passport will be doubling to $50.
Court sends drinking hours lawsuit back to Comal County
By OSMUSOfiPUK - .
A suit against the county regarding the change in late night drinking hours that was refiled in Travis County has been sent back to Comal County.
A little more than a year ago, the Comal County Commissioners passed an ordinance that states bar owners within the county must stop selling alcohol on the premises at I a.m. on Saturdays and at midnight the rest of the week.
This shortened the original hours,
about gottlng a fair trial In Comal County.’
— Sam Katz, attorney for bar owners
which were 2 a.m. every night. A suit was filed almost immediately within the county. Sam Katz, an attorney for the bar owners, filed to have that case dismissed, and refiled in Travis County. The new suit names the county
commissioners, as well as (he State of Texas and TABC as defendants, and asks for punitive damages from the county commissioners court as a body and each commissioner individually, attorney fees, and lost profit.
County Judge Carter Casteel said the portion of the suit naming the state and TABC has to be filed in Austin. However, she said the portion involving the county did not belong there.
“Our attorneys appeared before the court and argued that we need to be severed out and sent back to Comal County for trial,” she said. “It belongs
in thjg county.”
Katz said that although the county’s portion of the suit has been “severed out,” he has reached a Rule 11 agreement with the Attorney General’s Office to have the rest of the suit also moved to Comal County and tried as one suit.
“We believe the different parties do belong in the same suit,” said Katz.
However, Katz said he is concerned about what effect trying the case within this county will have.
“Naturally, I’m disappointed that it won’t be handled in Travis County. I
have my doubts.about getting a fair
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trial in Comal County,” he said.
Casteel said despite the fact that the county is named in the suit, she feels it can be a fair trial.
“I think Comal County juries and judges treat plaintiffs fairly and when all the facts are presented, they can make an objective decision,” she said. “I certainly think the suit had be handled fairly within Comal County.
Katz said he believes the suit could go to dial in the early part of next year.
New program puts SWT students in high school classes in New Braunfels
By DENISE DZIUK
rmrakJ-Zmtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Construction at tho post office meant longer lines because cars had to drive through the perking lot to reach mall boxes.
Last-minute filers cram post office
By DAVIO DEKUNDER
As taxpayers came in droves to beat the midnight deadline on Monday for filing their taxes, New Braunfels postal workers were busy into the night.
“All day long we had wall to wall people,” Post Office Supervisor of Customer Services Alice Briones said. “We began to slow down around 5 p.m. We had IO people in line at five after five o’clock after we had closed.”
The post office lobby stays open 24 hours a day, giving people ample opportunity to mail their taxes before midnight. To handle the humungous flow of IRS forms coming in, the post office set up a mailbox in the lobby just for IRS forms.
“We put a box in the lobby so teat we could isolate the IRS forms from dx; rest of
the mail,” Briones said. Briones said postal workers cancelled the first round of mail at IO p.m. and two hours later cancelled the second round at midnight.
Usually, the post office doesn’t start cancelling mail until around 4 a.m., she said.
New Braunfelsers had a few reasons why they put off mailing their taxes until the last minute.
“I forgot about it until now,” Edward Salazar said.
“I put it off because I hate doing taxes. I just hate the process, the record keeping and keeping track of the taxes,” Donna Duke-Koelfgen said.
“Since I had to pay, I waited until the the last minute,” Yvette Medina said,
“I am a graduate student, so I didn’t give it much thought (until now),” Ron Mueller said.
Students pursuing a degree in education at Southwest Texas State will soon be getting hands-on practical experience while providing New Braunfels High School with extra teachers in some of their classes.
New Braunfels High School Assistant Principal Judy Seifert said a block teaching program is being offered at the high school for SWT students going into the teaching profession. She said these students enroll in classes for content reading, curriculum development ami classroom management. The students then meet at the high school twice a week for one class, and spend the rest of the day in the classrooms helping district teachers. The students then go back and discuss what is being done in the classroom.
“In other words, if there were 30 students, that’s 30 extra people helping our teachers teach,” said Seifert.
Seifert said the high school provides the room and SWT supplies all the equipment and resources. She said the program benefits everyone. She said the college students receive “hands-on experience and practical-based knowledge” rather than just sitting and observ
ing a classroom. She said high school teachers have access to the professors and resources to research various approaches and practices, and have assistance in the classroom. The students also benefit by having another person in the room.
“It cuts the student to teacher ratio in half,” Seifert, “and that student teacher may be the one person who can teach that student or get through to them when no one else could. What (the student teacher) gets in return is experience, and that’s priceless.”
Seifert said this type of program has been going on for years in the elementary levels. However, she said New Braunfels High School is only the third high school in the state to participate. She said it was started in elementary levels first because it was easier to pair teachers up.
“They’re starting to realize a student wanting to teach English can still learn a lot in a science class. They still have to read for content, develop curriculum and manage tire classroom,” she said.
Seifert said the program will begin in the fall. She said several teachers have expressed interest in participating, and she believes “this it the type of thing that grows in popularity as it goes along.”
Meeting tonight to help decide fete of plant
The old Comal Power Plant building, which has recently seen renewed public interest, will be the subject of a public meeting by tire Lower Colorado River Authority tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The LCRA is considering options for the building and will use the meeting to receive input from the community.
In Friday’s edition, the city candidate forum front page story stated mayoral candidate Jan Kennady said some streets needed to be turned into one-way roads. In fact, Kennady said there was random talk about it, and commented that she did not consider it a good solution.
The front page elect nm story in Sunday’s edition incorrectly stated the May 4 at-large mayoral election to be the first in New Braunfels history. In fart. New Braunfels voters elected a mayor for the last time in an April 1%6 election.
Also, Juliet Watson, candidate for District 6, should have been identified as an associate school psychologist for the Comal Independent School District.IVe can hit our water target if everyone saves just three gallons a week. See Opinion, Page 4.