New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorn baseball team beats Seguin. See Page IB
1^27 £ YftHO«X **
78 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, April 23,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding area..
t i . I-'ABU
•Ute man 145 years ■ Home of Sim Piton
I *$2rj J • 1 , Ay ^ ^ ■'■H' -■y rf
Vol. 145, No. 115
I Market Place..........................4B-8B
I Dear Abby....................................3A
Birthday wish#* from tbs Horald-Zottung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Kathy Krause, Sue Peters, Jackie Brinkkoeter, Lonnell Hays, Ken McGuire, Sandra Cover, Taylor Free (5 years old), Alyssa Morales (3 years old), Rosa Torres, Adolpho Castro Jr. (19 years old), Jorge Luna, Erwin Sell.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Sylvester and Iris Castilleja (20 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
mold —1,698 oak-468 mufoerry —82 pecan —16 grass —6
(Polen measured in parts per cubio meter of air. information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 270 cubic feet per second, the same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 625.00 feet above sea level, down .03 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —3,060 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 7297 Canyon Lake level — 910.82 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
aa aa-----I if Hit I m m
new DrBuniBii minim
NBU reports pumping 5.160 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 1.486 million gallons of well water went used.
Bride* at Oman*
doMd again today
The Canyon Lake release rate is 3,060 cubic feet per second, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Due to the increased Guadalupe River level, the bridge at Gruene will be closed until further notice.
Nominations soimlit for lawman of tbs year
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 “Ed Murphy Memoria Award — Lawman of the Year." Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up applications from 8 am. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp 384 Landa St. Completed nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 p m. April 30.
Soerotary's day is
si day today
Area offices would grind to a screeching halt if it were not for the secretaries who keep them running smoothly. A little time and effort to let a secretary know she is appreciated today will be well spent.
Kfndermaskan Parade on May 3
Children of all ages are invited to join the New Braunfels tradition of Kmdermasken Parade. This year’s costume theme is “How the West Was Won." Participants line up at 9 a.m. behind the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill Judging will begin at 9:30 a m. with the parade heading toward the Plaza at 10 a m. Fes tivities will continue at Folkfest set for May 3 and 4 at Conser vation Plaza Call 629-2943 for information.
Hsad Start still nsads Campbsirs labels
Thanks to the great commu nity response, the Community Council of South Texas’ Head Start program has decided to conduct the "Campbell’s Labels for Education drive through the 1997-98 school year. For complete list of eligible proc ucts or for information call (210) 379-8110.
Candidates share attraction for city
By DENISE DZIUK
The top three candidates for the New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent position will converge on the town this weekend for the second round of interviews.
The board narrowed the list of six candidates to three Monday, naming Dr. Dale Pitts, Dr. Ronald Reaves and Dr. Marc Williamson as the top choices.
Pitts, 56, said he has been in education for about 30 years, including work at a university level. He said he wanted to be a teacher since he was in the seventh-grade. He said he left the education field and was an FBI agent for three years, but always returned to education.
“If it can be in your genes, it’s in mine,” he said.
Pitts, who has been the supermen-
‘New Braunfels has an excellent program, and what I would hope to do is come in and talk to people to-see how we can move it to the next level.’
— NBISD Superintendent candidate Dr. Ronald Reaves
dent of Fort Stockton ISD, said he wants to move to New Braunfels for several reasons. The move would bring him closer to family members in San Antonio and Taylor, and the geographic location and features are more pleasant than his current location, which is half way between San Antonio and El Paso.
Pitts said he is aware of the problems the local board has faced in the past several months, but said he is not worried about them. “In my opinion, every single board member has the betterment of the district in their hearts,” Pitts said. “I don’t think there’s any
problem that can’t be solved.”
High School librarian Randy Hurt said Pitts was like a “breath of fresh air” when he came to the district. Hurt said that when Pitts came on board, he brought in one assistant superintendent, and the remaining positions were filled with in-house applicants. Hurt said he lets his staff do its job.
“He doesn’t come down here and hassle us. We do our job and he does his,” Hurt said. ‘That’s how it should be. You hire the very best person you can get a hold of, and then you let them do their job.”
Reaves, 52, entered the field of edu
cation 29 years ago “to help students and tty to make an impact.”
Reaves is currently serving his third year as the superintendent of Port Neches-Gioves ISD. He said he and his wife would consider moving to New Braunfels because of the fine community and quality education system.
“We know of New Braunfels and all of its amenities, and we’re looking forward to it,” Reaves said.
If hired, Reaves said he does not want to make radical changes. He said he wants to move forward, building on what is already in place.
“New Braunfels has an excellent program, and what I would hope to do is come in and talk to people to see how we can move it to the nqxt level,” he said.
Port Neches-Groves Area Council PTA president Penny Laverne described Reaves as someone “down to earth,” and said she loved working
Cowpokes for a day
Ryan Boat and Jon David Floras abow off thsir Kindarmasken costumes at the I Lauren Ashley Green with her costume for the Kindermasken Parade scheduled for May 3.
HarakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Christian Academy Tuesday. Jean Wilson helps
Town gets dressed up for Folkfest ‘97
By ABE LEVY
Organizers of the 12th Annual Folkfest *97 hope to offer an educational opportunity for young and old alike in two weeks.
The event is a New Braunfels tradition that includes the Kindermasken Parade where children dress up to the theme “How the West was Won” and march to the downtown plaza.
The event begins March 2 with a Kick-Off Country Dance at Conservation Plaza in the backdrop of some of the most historic buildings in Comal County.
“It’s such a wonderful, family outing in a nice atmosphere,” said Jean Wilson, activities chair for the event. “You see old and friends and meet new ones. There are so many things
to do and see."
Organizers plan to offer more than 40 activities to run throughout the entire weekend, including the Sahawe Indian Dancers from Uvalde, demonstrations of blacksmiths, weaving, pottery and candlemaking.
The event is sponsored by the Conservation Society of New Braunfels, the Sophienburg Museum and Archives and the Heritage Society of New Braunfels and typically generates up to $6,000 for the non-profit groups, organizers said.
More than 2,000 people are expected to come to the event that also will include special drawings for two airline tickets from American Airlines and Rennert World Travel and 15 children’s prizes, including two season passes to Schlitterbahn.
IF YOU RE GOING
The 12th Annual Folkfest '97 is scheduled for May 2 to 4 at Conservation Plaza on Church Hill Drive off of North Loop 337, two blocks from Interstate 35 All tickets will be available at the door and are $2.50 for adults for the Friday night dance and $3 for Folkfest. Children younger than 18 are admitted free For more information, call 629-6504 or 629-2943
■ May 2 - Kick-off Country Dance from 8 to 11 p m. at the Conservation Plaza with music by Grapes of Wrath and special guest musician Tim DuBois
■ May 3 - Kindermasken Parade will begin at the New Braunfels school district Education Center on Mill Street. The line-up will begin at 9 a rn. with judging for the "How the West was Won" contest at 9:30 a m The parade will end at the Main Plaza
■ May 3 and 4 - Folkfest opens from 10 a m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a m. to 5 p m Sunday
Source: Folkfest organizers
Free immunizations at Schlitterbahn
By DENISE DZIUK
National Infant Immunization Week began Monday, and a local waterpark and community sponsors are holding a free immunization clinic to help improve the rate of infant immunization.
According to a survey conducted by the National Immunization Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state’s immunization rate of 2-year-olds has increased from 71 to 76 percent. Texas has also moved from 42nd place to 28th among the 50 states for immunization of children
19 and 35 months. However, Texas Commissioner of Health Dr. Patti J. Patterson said the state still needs to improve its numbers.
“Encouraging as the latest news is, Texas still has a long way to go to reach the goal of immunizing 90 percent of our little Texans by the year 2000,” Patterson said. “It’s critical that we don’t even slow down now. We must keep working until we finish the
Local officials and business leaders are doing their part to help attain that goal. On Saturday, Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a free immuniza
tion clinic at the park’s Rapids Pavilion next to the BlastenhofT section on Lincoln Street Registered nurses will be on hand to administered needed vaccinations to any child 17 years old or younger. This year’s clinic will mark the third year Schlitterbahn has participated in the program. The park helped immunize more than 1,200 people in the first two years.
“We’ve had a great response and it grows every year,” Schlitterbahn General Manger Tem Adams said. “I think the whole Shots Across Texas Program is making a dent (in reaching the Turn to Clinic, Page 3A
“Just about everybody I know loves him and would hate to lose him,” she said.
Laverne said Reaves was instrumental in passing a “much needed” bond election. She said he had an open-door policy with everyone, and would do everything in his power to rectify any problem parents or teachers were facing.
“He’s really good with Ae PTA. He keeps us abreast of everything going on,” LaVeme said. “If we lose him, I will be sad, but you’ll be getting a great asset for your district.”
Williamson began his career in education in New Braunfels. He said he did his student teaching at the middle school in 1975. He spent his first year teaching in Ae middle school, where he met his wife, who taught across Ae hall from him. He said it was a quality Turn to Candidates, Page 2A
State bills weaken CLEAN’S position
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Evidence successfully used by a Bulverde group to prevent an Ingram Readymix batch plant from being built in the community would be disallowed under two bills being introduced in Ae state Legislature.
House Bill 3192 was introduced last week by state Rep. Mike Jackson, R-La Porte. The bill is in the House Environmental Regulation Committee, which Jackson vice chairs.
A companion bill in the Senate, Senate Bill 1758, is sponsored by state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay. That bill is being considered by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Fraser is a member of the committee.
House Bill 3192 would eliminate contested case hearings challenging a company's right to get a standard exemption for a concrete batch plant. The contested case heanngs would be replaced by notice and comment, a public hearing, which would deny concrete batch plant opponents Ae opportunity for discovery, cross-examina-tion or their own expert testimony, said Bob Barton, a member of Citizens League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN). He said the bill is bad for Aose who would be affected by concrete batch plants.
“It deprives citizens Ae nght to a contested public hearing case, which the law allows now,” Barton said. “It would deprive citizens the nght lo protect their property ”
CLEAN successfully stopped Ingram Readymix from building a concrete batch plant at the intersection of U.S Highway 281 and FM 1863 last year.
The grassroots group was able to get 1,600 residents who were opposed to the plant to sign a petition and ask the
Turn to Bills, Page 2A
HarakJ-Zaitung photo ay Michael Damall
Richard Medina, Justin Medina and Robert Perez play “dunk Justin’ the t ****** Park’s wading pool Monday.
Be watchful of words. See Page 4A