New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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APRIL 17, 2005
SPORTS BOSTON RUN
Canyon coach Heather Sanders will hit the road Monday to run in the Boston Marathon. Page 1B
Local teams gear up for annual Relay for Life walk this weekend.
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3EDrugs a growing threat in New Braunfels
By Ron Maloney
What would it be like to live in a small community where drugs are such a problem that there have been six overdose deaths in the past year?
Or where, every year or two, someone gets killed over the drug trade, much of which is managed by street gangs?
Or where the police have made dozens of felony arrests — not counting untold misdemeanor arrests for small amounts of marijuana or pills — in the past year that they say don’t even scratch the surface of the true drug problem on the streets?
What would it be like to live in a community where drugs are so common in middle and high
REPORT DRUG CRIME:
* The Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force can be reached at 620-3417. Anyone who wishes to report drug-related activity can also call Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422.
schools that our kids know more about them than we do?
It would be about like living in New Braunfels, because local law enforcement officials say that’s the way it is here — and without the ability to put on the kind
of police pressure necessary to cut into die local drug trade, officers say the only way it will change is if they can get more citizens involved in helping to stop it.
Police Lt. Mike Rust is in
charge of the New Braunfels Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. Most of the drug cases in New Braunfels, he said, come out of traffic stops or other situations where officers who respond to calls find evidence of drug use. Local police mount few undercover
See DRUGS Page 8A
Parents team up to fix problems at NB Middle
By Leigh Jones
AT A GLANCE
* What: Citizens for New
* When: 6:45 p.m. Monday
® Where: New Braunfels Public Library, 700 East Common St.
Parents are tired of hearing stories about bullying problems at New Braunfels Middle School, and they are banding together to do something about it.
The Citizens forNew j Braunfels Middle School Improvement hope to make the school day safer and happier for students during their two-year transition between childhood and adolescence.
The group will hold its fourth meeting Monday to discuss what they say are necessary changes to the campus’ academic and disciplinary performance.
“This situation has gone on for a long time,’’ said Liza Stockwell, whose daughter will be entering eighth grade next year. “Can it be fixed? We hope so.”
Although stories of bullying cast a negative light on the school, Stockwell said the group's focus was positive.
See SCHOOL Page 3A
Staying in shape
While most children watch TV or play video games, these youngsters Buck the trend.
NBISD calendar debate likely over
By Leigh Jones
The New Braunfels Independent School District calendar debate will likely be over Monday when board members vote to approve the calendar they requested from Superintendent Ron Reaves in March.
The final draft begins school on Aug. 23, ends the first semester before Christmas, does not include a winter break and ends school a week before Comal ISD.
Reaves said he was comfortable with the calendar because it met the school board’s requirements.
“When they decided not to approve the calendar recommended by the District-
See CALENDAR Page 3A
" What: New Braunfels Independent School District board meeting
* When: 6 p.m. Monday
® Where: Education Center board room, 430 W. Mill St.
By Ron Maloney
If you know what to look for, you can just pick out a train guy like Cody Mite.
Often as not, he ll be in blue jeans. Better still, he ll proudly wear an old pair of bib overalls like those brakemen and firemen wore in die good old days when engines were made of iron, men of steel and the whole world ran on steam and a $10 pocketwatch.
In Cody Hite’s case Saturday, you could just tell he’s been a train man all his life.
First, he was wearing the blue-and-white engineer’s hat, and walking with the swagger of someone who disdains diesel but knows his way around a switchyard full of the old big-wheeled, steam leviathans that tamed what was once considered the wild west.
Secondly, Cody dragged his mother, Kimberly Brown, and his grandmother, Susan Brown, through all four venues of the 18th Annual Model Railroad Jamboree sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad Modelers Society.
By noon Saturday, more than 600 people had come to the New Braunfels Civic Center to see nearly 200 model train memorabilia vendors, five working train layouts at the Elks Lodge across Seguin Avenue, the layouts at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum and a working Union Pacific diesel electric locomotive parked on a siding next to city hall.
“We came last year,’’ Susan said.
“This just gets better each year. When we leave here, we ll go to the depot because Cody loves that train down there.
“We just have a great time — this is a great thing for a family to do.”
lf it’s a great thing for a family, it’s just indescribable for a little boy who loves trains so much he doesn’t care if he sits all afternoon wait
ing for one to cross a New Braunfels street.
“My son just loves this,” Kimberly said. “I think it s wonderful.”
Mom and grandinom continued to watch the boy: His face right down against the railroad tracks.
“He just turned three,” Susan said, looking on as the boy intently watched an O-Gauge Lionel.
“We got him a Thomas the Tank Engine for his birthday We barely got him out of that Union Pacific engine over there.”
“He has a ton of train sets,” said Kimberly.
Cody ignored the conversation: He had his head right down against the rails, watching raptly as
See RAILROAD Page 2A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Horald-Zeitung
The passing Lionel trains on one of several operating layouts at the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modeler's Society's annual Jamboree at the civic center Saturday fascinates Cody Hite, 3. Below, Olivia and Max Weissflog and their mom, Carla Charlton, look for small objects such as bears, cats and hobos hidden around a N scale layout at Saturday’s model train show.
Railroad jamboree enthralls children, adults alike
TRAINED ON TRAINS