New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from th* Harald-Zaitungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Stephen Knippa, Dan Orth (12 years), Liz Barbosa, Anna Maria Escobedo, and Susan Weishaar.
Air Force jet crashes en route to Randolph
Forum on creating now water district tonight
; Residents who live within a proposed water district in the county will have a chance to learn more about it tonight. The Comal County Provisional League of Women Voters is hosting a forum at the Guadalupe Valiev Telephone cooperative auditorium, starting at 7 p.m.
John Ashworth from the Texas Water Development board will speak about the Trinity Aquifer and its water supply, County Extension Agent Joe Taylor will talk as with Lynn Rodgers from the Comal County Appraisal District. A question and answer session will follow.
Candidates for the district board positions, should the district be voted in, will be on hand.
The district, if approved, would cover roughly 64 percent of the county's land mass and not include any portion over the Edwards Aquifer. Functions would include regulation for well spacing and pumping, helping with brush clearing and identification of pollution sources as well as development of alterna-I tive water sources.
The district would be able to set a tax rate not to exceed five cents per $100 valuation.
Cancer Support Dialogue Group moots
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 27, in the North building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
Anyone with cancer, and their significant others are invited to attend, lf you have any questions, call 629-5717 or Marian Hicks at 629-1763.
By CRAIG HAMMETT
At least four of the eight people killed when a C-21 Air Force jet crashed near a small Alabama town were from the Randolph Air Force Base area, said Randolph officials.
But officials were waiting to release the names Tuesday morning until family members could be notified. They were expected to release the names
At least four of the eight killed were from this area
sometime late Tuesday morning.
The plane crashed Monday night at approximately 6:30 p.m. CDT near a subdivision in Alexander City, Ala., A town of 15,000 people about 35 miles northeast of Montgomery. The C-21 jet was en route from Andrews AFB in Maryland to Randolph AFB and tried to make an emergency landing at the
Alexander City Airport.
The only names released included Clark Fiester, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, research and development. Pentagon authorities said his assistant, Col. Jack Clark, was also killed.
According to reports from the local newspaper, the Alexander City Out
look, witnesses said they heard three explosions, one as the plane hit the ground near a highway, just missing a house nearby.
Others were visibly shaken after viewing the wreckage. They said the plane appeared to have flipped after crashing. No one on the ground was reported injured.
The paper also reported the plane was apparently diverted from its original path due to an approaching storm front.
The C-21 jet could be called the Air Force’s equivalent of a Leaijet. It is piloted by a crew of two and provides cargo and passenger airlift.
Glasco, a subsidiary of Leaijet, Inc., provides full contractor logistics support at 16 worldwide locations.
CISD to create new facility for at-risk students
Bv CRAIG HAMMETT
‘My fear is that this could become a dumping ground for kids we don’t want’
— Board member Douglas Kirk
VokmtMrs ntidtd to holp abused kids
Family Outreach of Comal County, Inc., an agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, is in need of a volunteer to serve as volunteer coordinator and another who would function as office manager. People working in these areas would lend invaluable assistance to the other volunteers, lf interested, call* 620-1299.
Mighty Thomas Carnival Is coming
The Mighty Thomas Carnival is coming to the Comal County Fairgrounds April 19 through April 23, sponsored by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.
The carnival features exciting rides, food, concessions, and midway games of chance. You may buy unlimited ride wristbands in advance for only $8 at HEB, Wuest Supermarkets, Sac N Pac stores and the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.
National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666, meets April 21 at 9.30 am at the Senior Citizens Center.
Citing a need to do more for at-risk students, the Comal Independent School District voted last night to form its own alternative school, staffed with its own personnel.
The move, which will cost an additional $35,000 the first year, is expected to decrease in cost as the second and third year approach.
Superintendent Jerry Major said the current Ombudsman program had done good things but “we're not doing a good job of meeting their (at-risk students') needs.’’
The CISD along with the New Braunfels Independent School District, entered into an
agreement for this school year with the Ombudsman program for an alternative school. The Ombudsman program is run by a private company that contracts with the school districts. The program is for at-risk students, but CISD board members said the program does not provide enough services.
Alicia Pana of the CISD presented a proposal to the board Monday night that called for locating the alternative school in a 2,400 square-foot building near K-Mait. She said the district could provide a greater service in areas the private company could not.
“There is a need to provide these students more than just regular classes,” she said. “These proposals would give more work-training opportunities, more counseling.”
The school would offer two half-day programs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with vocational programs for students who work and counseling. The student-teacher ratio would be about IO to I. Right now, the district has space for 60 students, which officials say would be the starting number with possibly more to follow.
“My fear is that this could become a dumping ground for kids we don’t want,” said board member Douglas Kirk.
Goals call for students to pass 50 percent of all TAAS tests and master 80 percent on the regular courses, something Kirk wished could be higher. At-risk students cover a wide scope, said officials, from those with discipline problems to those who may have to work part or most of the day, or students who have trouble in a regular classroom because they have not mastered English.
Dr. Major said the Texas Legislature is looking at education reform proposals that would mandate schools to provide some sort of alternative education.
“It’s coming, whether we like it or not, some things are going to have to be done,” he said.
Tax day an annual headache for post office employees
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Most people don’t look forward to the income tax deadline — but postal workers dread it more than most taxpayers.
The parking lot is full, the lines are long, and tax forms are flooding the post office from every available slot, mailbox and bin. “People don’t seem to learn that this happens every year,” Dispatcher Tex Hodges said.
Hodges estimates that the flow of yesterday’s mail was about 30 percent more than a regular day. “They drive you crazy at the window,” he said.
A dispatcher is responsible for all of the outgoing mail at the post office. “Anything that hits this building — I make sure it gets on a truck,” Hodges said.
The postal workers take extra steps to make sure Uncle Sam gets those last minute tax returns in due time. “We’ve got a special IRS box in the lobby,” Hodges said. That special mailbox is filled and emptied three times during the day.
Although the New Braunfels post office doesn’t stay frilly open until midnight, residents can still mail their returns until midnight and have them
Three hurt in crash
Three people were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital after a two-car accident at the corner of Torrey and Lakeview at about 3:15 p.m. yesterday. Police reports state Karla Woodson was driving her BMW west on Torrey, when Hilda Pendleton of Canyon Lake failed to yield the right of way and the two cars collided. Woodson, Pendleton and Woodson's daughter Jennifer Jaksik were taken to the hospital. Above, Jaksik holds her mother's hand while EMS personnel work on her.
Rusty Brandt picked as Small Business Person of the Year
postmarked within the deadline. “Every year we have a special box in the lobby, which stays open,” said Hodges. “When we get it in the morning we stamp the day before on it.”
Hodges sifts through the letters in the bathtub-sized bin that collects them from the regular slots in the post office lobby. About half of the letters are addressed to the Internal Revenue Service. This bin will fill up and be emptied three times before the day is over.
Mail carriers carry a heavier load on tax return day too. As mail carriers deliver mail to homes they pick up outgoing mail. They measure letters by die foot in trays where die letters are tightly lined 14). “I had a good two feet more of mail for the IRS,” said Mail Carrier Sharon McGarity.
Mail Carrier Yvonne Reinters said, “They were all excited at the convenience store,” she said. “They weren’t sure I would come.”
Once a taxpayer lets that precious form slide into the mail slot it’s easy for him to feel anxious — to wonder whether it’s going to make it to its destination without being lost or delayed. It will — if the postal workers have anything to do with it.
“It’s something we take very seriously,” she said.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels has a Small Business Person of the Year for 1995 — Rusty Brandt. Brandt is owner and president of New Braunfels Resorts.
The Chamber of Commerce chose Brandt from among 20 nominees. Small Business Director Anna Lee Hicks said.
“He really represents the community as well as the Chamber,” she said.
“It’s such a pleasure and an honor to be selected,” Brandt said.
Brandt grew up in New Braunfels and started his business here from the ground up. “We began business in 1986,” he said. “We started with a handful of rental units and one property to manage. New Braunfels Resorts has since grown to include condos, vacation homes and properties as far flung as Corpus Christi.
Many could learn from Brandt’s business philosophy, Hicks said. “He believes as an employer he should hire good people then empower them to do their job,” she said.
Rusty and his wife Pam give countless hours outside to the community outside the scope of their business, Hicks said. Brandt contnbutes to New Braunfels as: a Chamber of Commerce board member, president elect for the Downtown Rotary, district chairman for the Boy Scouts, membership chairman for die Heritage Society of New Braunfels, and an active member of
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Rusty Brandt, owner of New Braunfels Resorts, was picked as the New Braunfels Small Business Person of the Year for 1995 by the Chamber of Commerce.
_____ Brandt always has a smile on his face,
“I was bom and raised here,” Brandt said. “I went away to UT, came home and never left. Most of the family is still here,” he said. Brandt has a son who is a freshman at New Braunfels High School and a daughter who is in the fifth grade.
Brandt says his success is based on the strong moral upbringing he received in New Braunfels. “I feel that New Braunfels is the best place in Texas to live, work and raise a family,” he said. “Hard work and believing in yourself and your ideals is what growing up here has taught me ”
‘We began the business in 1986. We started with a handful of rental units and one property to manage.’
— Rusty Brandt
“He knows a lot about New Braunfels and enjoys the German heritage.”For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144