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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zei hid 97 no a 9 I 0/22/99 0---UE ST Ti I CRO PU Bl J SHIN 6 9 21 S VON DPL I DR H ROSO,, TX 7 9 90 1 I UlNVJ |Vol. 148, No. HO 16 pages in I section April 22, 1999I^.S DSennas Comal County since 1852 50 cents Are our schools safe? Comal students, educators react to Colorado school shooting with disbelief, concern By Chr» Crews and Heather Tooo Staff Writers The US. flag in front of Smithson Valley High School flew at half-staff Wednesday morning, as students honored a moment of silence for the 15 slain students and school faculty in Littleton, Colo. Words of reassurance and sympathy also were heard over intercom systems in More on the Colorado school rampage — Pages 3A.5A Canyon and New Braunfels high school during morning announcements as local students and teachers came to grips with the rampage of violence that erupted in a small, suburban high school Tuesday. Thirteen people were killed and at least 14 others injured at Columbine High School in Littleton in what authorities are calling the bloodiest school rampage in the country Is history. TWo heavily armed young men wearing black trench coats stormed the suburban Denver high school about 11:30 a.m. and opened fire on students before allegedly turning the guns on themselves. The school shooting marks the seventh attack in U.S. schools in the past 18 months. As students across the county continue to mourn the loss of their peers, they said the incident in Colorado also forced them to face the reality of their own security in an increasingly violent world New Braunfels High School “It’s weird because the students (in Littleton) said that they were living in a small town, and they never expected it,” New Braunfels High School junior Lacy Fortenberry said. “It makes you think if maybe you should expect it.” Littleton is a mostly middle-class town of 35,000 only IO miles southwest of ROMNCORNETT/HeraM-Zflitung Above, Comal County Sheriffs Deputy C.T. Morales works with administration and students in curbing violence at Smithson Valley High School. Below, SVHS students share their thoughts about the tragedy during class on Wednesday. Sccurity an • issue for local lawmen By CHRK Crews Staff Writer The likelihood of incidents at local schools similar to those at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado might not be as remote as parents and administrators would like to think. At 7:50 arn. last Friday, a man entered the office at Arlon Seay Intermediate School and identified himself as a peace officer. He then demanded school officials allow him to search purses in the school for prescription drugs and alcohol. School officials alerted teachers to keep students in their rooms and notified the sheriff^ deputy assigned to nearby Smithson Valley Middle School. After failing to provide identification he was a peace officer, he was arrested and booked into the county jail on a charge of impersonating a public servant. Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder said he had See LAWMEN/5 Denver. Columbine enrolls about 1,800 students, which is similar in size to NBHS. “If it could happen there, then it could probably happen anywhere. It definitely brings up some safety issues,” New Braunfels Ftigh School freshman Brady Boding said. An act of vandalism was committed at the high school Monday night when an unknown suspect shot out of one the windows at the new library. Despite the incident, students said they believed they were safe at the campus. “That’s just someone trying to find something to do See SCHOOLS/5 School shooting t A dos* look* to ara surrounding iCokjmbtns High Sdx»i in UMstoa Colo. What the Students Say "I think it’s scary because it happened at a small school, and you never know where it will hap- Ashley Culman Canyon High pen next.’ “ You just have to hope nobody here is sick enough to do that." Zee Carroll New Braunfels High pa I “What worries me about this is that it makes me wonder if there are some people at this school who would do something like that." Lacy Fortenberry New Braunfels High "I would bet it would be easier to get guns and drugs into this school than to get an A in English Willie Fischer Smithson Valley High class.’ "Littleton is a place where those things usually didn’t happen, arui that describes what our school is." LeurienMcCau Canyon High Golf board makes a proposal Budget will go before city council on Monday By Chris Crews Staff Writer Upset with a proposal that would end weekend golf for annual fee holders at Landa Park Golf Course, the course’s advisory board adopted a budget proposal Wednesday that would provide the city with $100,000 in revenue next year. New Braunfels City Council will hear two proposals at its meeting on Monday but it is likely to hear from a third group that does not believe the course should be a source of revenue for the city. Earlier this month, the council directed course manager Ward Watson to develop a budget that would produce $100,000 in revenue for the city. Watson’s plan raised the annual fee from $300 to $400 for seniors and to $460 for non-seniors. Many golfers voiced opposition to a caveat in Watson’s plan that would limit annual fee holders to weekday play only, eliminating the weekend. A 365-day-a-year gold pass would be available for $700 under Watson’s plan. Watson said his plan would leave tee times on the weekend for players paying the full green fee and spend more money at the course. Council member Randy Vanstory objected to data that indicated that some annual fee players paid less than $2 for a round of golf at Landa Park. After hearing the objections from many season pass holders, the advisory board adopted a plan that would raise revenue by raising rates for annual fee holders but allow them to keep their weekend privileges. The plan adopted by the board would raise annual fees to $350 a year for seniors, $400 far non-senior residents and $465 for non-residents. The board also proposed to increase revenues by offering a nine-hole fee on weekends and a passbook providing 30 rounds of golf for $270. The board rejected a proposal by president Doug Williams that would have imposed a user fee of $1 per weekday round and $3 per round for annual fee holders. “Every person I’ve talked to on the council wants a user fee because the cost per round is too low,” Williams said. Board member Jackie Scott said most seniors budgeted a certain amount of money for golf and did not want to be burdened by user fees. The board adopted a resolution to request that 50 percent of the profits from the golf course be placed in a fund for emergencies and major expenditures such as irrigation systems. Many attending the meeting said die golf course was never meant to be a stream of revenue for the city. “lf the golf course is losing money, we don't mind paying more,” said golfer Ray Martinez. “We do mind the increase if the money is going to subsidize something else in the city.” Bob Heard asked if the city planned to raise fees for other Landa Park attractions. “I think this whole thing has an odor to it,” Heard said.Herald-Zeitung moving back home From staff reports The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is moving back to its remodeled office at 707 Landa St. on Friday and Saturday. All business will be conducted from 707 Landa beginning on Monday. The temporary office at Unicorn Plaza, 615 B Business 35 West, will close at 3 p.m. on Friday. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience and ask that all customers be patient as this move is made. For information, call 625-9144.Inside Abby...................................7 Classifieds.....................13-16 Comics.................................8 Crossword............................7 Forum...................................4 Local/Metro...........................2 Movies..................................7 Obituaries.............................3 Sports............................11-13 Today..................................2 Television..............................8www herald reltungcom Key cods 76 Shots Across Texas clinic returns Saturday By Heather Tooo Staff Writer For many parents, getting children to roll up their sleeves for immunizations can be almost as painful as getting chicken pox. Schlitterbahn Waterpark and the Texas Department of Health have found the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down -free waterpark passes on opening day. Schlitterbahn is sponsoring its fifth annual Shots Across Texas Free Immunization Clinic this Saturday in collaboration with its opening day. “We’re offering just about everything a parent needs to get their child immunized,” said Sherrie Brammall, public relations director for Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort. Free immunizations for chicken pox, Hepatitis B, DTP, oral Polio, and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) will be available for children up to 17 years old. Immunizations will take place at the Rapid Pavilion from IO a.m. to I p.m. Saturday. Each immunized child will receive a free waterpark ticket good for opening day or any day through June 30. The ticket can also be used Aug 9 through the park’s closing date on Sept. 12.' “We're hoping to see a lot of infants to get them immunized early,” said Brammall. “Since children under 3 have free admission, any parent who brings in an infant for immunizations will receive the free admission for themselves.” Comal County health officials were quick to give the campaign a boost. “We’ve been a participant sponsor for a number of years with the Schlitterbahn campaign because it’s such a worth while event,” Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams said. McWilliams said without immunizations, many children could become quite ill or suffer long-term consequences from communicable diseases. ;