New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 110
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377 880) 512-625-9144
April 19, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 16 Pages
The New Braunfels llerald-'/fitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Oscar Dict/. Jr., Andrea Hernandez, Elizabeth Earl, Chris Haas, Erma Lee Brown, Jose Cantu, Sandy Houlton, Lupe Pared/ and Mark Welding. Birthday greetings Saturday to Joshua Paul Rosales, Dana Ridel, Jaime Sotlo and Irethia McClinton.
Belated birthday greetings to Eddie Morgan, Cindy Boyce and Michelle Renee Luna.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like lo share in the greetings.
The New Braunfels Housing Authority is su.sjx*nding housing applications for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Programs until further notice, spokesman Pat Kniss announced Friday.
Closed from 7 a.rn. to 5 p.m. Unlay for street construction arc Live Oak Avenue from U.S. Highway 81 to San Antonio Strcc, Cross Street from Hackberry to Plum avenues, Lrec and Stonewall strecLs form Hackberry to Orange avenues and Jackson Street from Hackberry to Live Oak avenues. Unicom Avenue from U.S. 81 to the Interstate 35 access road remains closed until further notice, according to the city engineer’s office.
Friends of the Dittlingcr Memorial Library will host a reception there from IO a.m. to noon Saturday. The event, which concludes National Library Week observances, will honor past presidents of the organization and library staffers who have retired during the past year.
Go Western Dance
Tickets rue available now for the Canyon I.ake Chamber of Commerce’s Go Western Dance and Bar-B Q on Saturday.
Tickets, which are SIO for adults and $4 for children may be purchased at the Canyon lake Chamber office, Canyon lake Office Supply, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts or from any Canyon Lake Chamber director. In New Braunfels, tickets may Ire obtained at the Herald Zcitung offices.
On Saturday, New Braunfels members of the Al/afar Shrine Temple will put on the red fez and seek supjHirt for their primary charitable function the Shrine Hospitals. All money collected goes to the support of two Shrine facilities in Texas - the orthopedic hospital in Houston and the burn unit in Galveston.
More than 900 children aged 18 and under in the greater San Antonio area benefit from the hospitals. There is no charge for services and qualifying children are trasjxirted to the treatment facilities by Shriller volunteers
On Saturday morning, the Shrine Band will entertain in die parking lots of H E Band Kmart Aggie Muster
Former students of Texas AAM University will assemble in New Braunfels Sunday for the annual Texas Aggie Muster. Activities begin at 12:30 pm. at Forkc’s Store in Conservation Plaza. Mas ter is open to all former students
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Simmonds new athletic director
Board votes to promote assistant
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
After 11 years as an assistant coach at New Braunfels High School, Lew Simmonds was elevated to the position of athletic director and head football coach Thursday night.
Buoyed by community support for the Unicom coach, the New Braunfels Independent School District approved the promotion of Simmonds by a 6-1 vote.
Former University of North Texas Coach Corky Nelson was the other finalist for the job. Nelson also served as defensive coordinator at Baylor University, and was head coach at Tyler High School and Harlandale High School in San Antonio.
Simmonds has served as the head boys track coach at New Braunfels for 11 years, while also serving as the offensive backfield coach under Jim Strccty.
Strccty resigned as the New Braun fcls athletic director last month to take over the head coaching duties at Madison High in San Antonio.
Simmonds said he was prepared to accept the challenge of taking over one of the state’s most successful football programs.
“I’m ready, there’s no question about that,” he said. “I don’t think I’m taking it lightly, but I know what needs to be done. I can handle this, or I never would have tried.”
New Braunfels ISD Superintendent
Today’s forecast calls for jinni y cloudy conditions, a high near 88 and an overnight low near 64. Through the weekend, the chance for rain remains and highs should be in the mid to uj>jx*i 80s and lows in the mid to lower 60s In New Braunfels TTiuisday, the high was 83 and the overnight low was 69, For more weather information, please see Page 2A Inside:
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New Braunfels Independent School Distrist Superintendent Charles Bradberry, left, and board president Bob Self listen as Tom Kiesling makes comments on the selection process (Photo by Erik Karisson)
Charles Bradberry said the Unicom athletic program could not lose, whatever the outcome of the board’s vote.
“We had two great candidates. The school next door may hire Corky Nelson and beat us. I mean it’s really a tough kind of decision,” he said “I think Irew has the support of the corr mumty. He certainly should be anie to keep the program rolling without. z changes, if that’s what we need. I think he’s committed to staying here a long time.”
In an unusual move on Wednesday, the school board stepped in and interviewed both finalists. President Bob Self said the board took the measure because of the intense interest from the community.
“I received, I would imagine, somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 telephone calls and almost two dozen letters, and all but a handful were in favor of Mr. Simmonds being appointed to the head football coach and athletic director position,” he said. “I fen that if there was that much community support for the gentleman, that he needed as much support from the board as possible to give him every opportunity to fill that position.”
While Nelson is a recognized coach throughout the state and even the nation, Simmonds’ standing in New Braunfels was the key to the decision, Self said.
“I don’t think the quality of any of
the other candidates were any higher than Mr. Simmonds. Certainly Mr Nelson’s qualities were equal to Lew’s, but we know what Lew can do for as, and Mr Nelson is really an unknown to as at this point,” he said.
Trustee Nayo Zamora said his lone dissenting vote was cast becaase he was following the advice of the search committee, which recommended Nelson.
“I tried to be a loyal friend of the administration becaase they’re the ones that have to live with the decision,” he said. “I think (Nelson) is well qualified to do a beauuful job. It would have been a change for the
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
New Braunfels Middle School Assistant Principal William “Bill” Hollas was anam measly approved Thursday as being the new principal of the now-under-construct ion Oak-Run Sixth Grade Center.
The New Braunfels Independnet School District Board of Trustees voted with the staff recommendation of appointing Hollas to the post
[.ast week Superintendent Charles Bradberry recommended ast week that Hollas be appointed to the post.
“Bill has committed to me that he’s going to take all the best of all the things that he’s learned and make that sixth grade school ... the very best sixth grade school (of) any place," he said.
Trustccs voting for the appointment were Jean Ward. Robert Clarke. Arlon Hermes, Margie Rabom. Dick Robinett, Nayo Zamora and board president Bob Self
Hollas earned his Master of Education degree in jdministrauon from Southwest Texas State University. He has been assistant principal at NBMS since 1981.
From 1978-81 he was principal of Ganado High School and Junior High. His experience prior to thai position was with Victoria ISD. He served here as an assistant principal from 1977-78 and as a teachcr/coach from 1973-77.
Purchase of road-related software favored
By JOE BELK Stall Writer
The purchase of a computer software system for the road department was approved by Comal County Commissioners’ Court on Thursday.
The vote to buy the Road Pro software, which offers a computerized inventory of various facets of county roads, was 1-2, with Precinct 3 Commissioner J.!.. “Jumbo” Evans and Precinct I Commissioner Moe Schwab voting against the motion.
"I don’t feel there’s enough information being presented to make (an informed decision),” Evans said. “I just don’t think we know what we’re buying.”
According to county engineer Mac McCoy, who proposed the package, the software will better organize the road department.
“It’s a management tool,” he said. “This will allow us to collect, and have available at our fingertips, (any pertinent information to county roads).”
McCoy said the four programs included in the Road Pro package are road programs, structures, signs and graphics. On any given street, the department will be able to determine
Full-time animal control assistant may be answer
By JOE BELK Staff Writer
A full-time animal control assistant and an office at Canyon Lake could be the answer to Comal County s ongoing dog problem, animal control officer David Young indicated to county commissioners in a report at their Thursday morning workshop.
Young compiled costs of a part-time and full-time assistants for commissioners who already had approved a part-time helper and may consider the extension.
Including salary, equipment, vehicle and uniform, the cost of a part-timer would he $6,700 A full time employee would require $21,000 per year in complete costs The part time worker would only be employed on an April-to-September basis.
“I know that when you do a program like this, it grows,” County Judge Carter Casteel said. “But I don’t think we have any choice but to respond with a full-time animal control (employee).”
Young said he would station either himself or the new employee in the
Canyon Lake area. And although they would split the county in naif. ne estimated that he and the assistant wou*d heavily concentrate on me me area.
“Most of the time, both of us will be at Can von Lake.” be said. Young had previously noted that the vast maiontv oi me county s dog prooiems are in the lake area.
“I don’t think any other pan of the county is as populated with animals. ’ he said.
“The three times I’ve peen at Smnzviile and the Action Center, mat i me main topic,” Casteel said. “They want a response to mat.'
Young said anomer neneiit of an additional employee would be mal me department, which he currently operates alone, could oui Jown on driving
“The driving aspect is what takes your time,” he said, estimating mat an average call could take 90 minutes or inure to complete. ‘I mu a. mal s what spreads us out real thin.
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what work has been dont* and when, what signs have been replaced or van dalized, how large the rights-of-ways or shoulders are, and additional history of the street and area from a road construction sense.
“It gives us the total information necessary to make management decisions on what (should he done) to what road and when," he said.
T he funds to purchase the system will be trailered from another line item, and McCoy said the available funds would also include the necessary hardware adaptations
The system, he said, could be 'uily operational within a year, with partial implementation likely rn approx: nudely four months Becaase of a dis count offered by the software com
pany, he had previously mid me court dial purchasing the package quickly was important.
Evans said that ie nougat me department was doing fine wiuioui me Road Pro system, Jiougn ne assumed that it wouiu De beneficial.
“I oon'i have any quesuou dial something like mis woad ie oi assis-
ancc.” he >aiu, auding again nai Iv nan t think anyone was vermin exact y wiun tliey were ouyuig.
dcCoy, Hiwevei, xsueves ne nuciiasc is essential lo the progress oi lie road nepal uncut and will facilitate opciauons tor mc depot uncut.
‘Outer -ounucs ale gouig u reave is ii me dust ii we don't veep up won Management mots, he said.
Approximately 250 people gathered for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce monthly business mixer at the lexas Commerce Dank bulking thursday night The mixer was sponsored by the Downtown Association and l3owntown Project, TCB arui Plaza Diner
Absentee vote gets slow start
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though the field of candidates oi wily mu school booid elections are larger til Mum oui man rn previous races, absentee young s oil o i now nail, according lo local officials
Absentee) young so far fc,o> been very igni, cxucutely light,” said CISD Business Manage! \bcl Campos.
He »ok1 he thought there would Nave Xxii more people voung absentee, given the lumbci ol vanci dales and “meet the candidate rex urns. He *a*d tnosi ol the ballots cast absentee were done *o by leachers and other OSO suit members
As of I p.m. rhursduy, ll votes Oven .a»t absentee iii die Comal Independent School Dlsuwi lf un I ot Trustees election.
Lorn slots are open on die booid ai trustees. And 11 people are on the ballot Incumbents Lee Ikels, booid xesiuem and Iota Kilter have filed for reelection to full three >ea* terms They are being challenged by Bison foatl, Jim Middleton, (.’holies Bun, FU/abclh ' Budge ac Lint fin, Dan Mitchell, Sci "Hap” Becker, I Ahi Craighead, Harriet VC AxnteguieU and Mourn Allen Clay Geol go and Connie Cornu are tunning for die one yeai unexpired term of tonner trustee Cai ter Casteel.
In the District 3 and District 4 sloes or the New Braunfels City Council, absentee voting also is ort to a slow start
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• Golf warns from Canyon oho Now Braunfels high schools will compot# n tho Hog ton IV tournament begin rung Tuesday morning Both teams chances of advancing to th# sui# tourpamant wilt be examined or) Sunday
• IX? you remember Read Harbor ? Fredericksburg'^ Admiral NiniiU MgauOm wants to set the record straight on some sages.