New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Rags at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave., fly at half-staff Wednesday in memory of J.L. “Jumbo’ Evans, who (ted on Tuesday. Funeral services for the former county commissioner are at 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St.
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SB 1772 approved by relations committee
Bv Peri Stone Staff Writer
AUSTIN — Proposed legislation that would bring a share of the state hotel/motel tax revenue back to New Braunfels for river cleanup has been approved by a Senate committee.
But if the bill is approved aa is by the Legislature, the city would get $350,000 less than originally planned.
The Intergovernmental Relations committee voted Wednesday to lower the percentage of the state hotel/motel tax that would be collected to fund river cleanup in New Braunfels from 2 percent to 1/4 of I percent, or approximately $400,000 to $50,000.
Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who introduced the bill, said a reduced percentage was “one option to reduce the impact on the state budget.”
New Braunfels City Councilwoman Juliet Watson, who testified at Wednesday* hearing and helped initiate the bill, said lowering the percentage increased its chances of passing.
Because the initially proposed 2 percent would have cost the state more than $100,000, the bill would have been held until lawmakers were sure funds were available.
Former Lt Governor Bob Bullock initiated this legislative policy as a way to stop passage of bills without adequate state funding.
Wednesday was the second hearing for the bill, coauthored by Sen. Jeff Wentworth R-San Antonio. The bill was approved 3-1, with one abstention.
;David L. Nigh, a New Braunfels attorney running against Watson for the District 6 seat, said a better alternative would be to “set up a statewide fund for all of the rivers of Texas if we want to designate money for that purpose.”
Watson told committee members a legislative precedent for a bill such as SB 1772 was set in 1995 when House Bill 2129 allowed for Galveston to receive 2 percent of the state hotel/motel tax money for beach cleanup.
SB 1772 was scheduled for a hearing on the Senate floor once a committee report was filed and the bill had officially passed through committee.
No changes to cheerleader squadCISD trustees say no to requests for appeals
By Heather Togo Staff Writer
BULVERDE—Fifteen Canyon High School students, including five incoming freshmen, will keep their positions on the varsity cheerleading squad following a decision Thursday night by the Comal Independent School District board of trustees.
The decision, in a 5-0 vote, came after almost two hours of emotional debate between two parent groups over the 1998-99 CHS student/parent handbook and established traditions of the Canyon cheerleaders.
Board president Dan Krueger was absent and trustee John Clay abstained from voting.
A group of concerned parents, represented by patron Don Thornton, asked the board to consider appealing the results of the March 26 cheerleader tryouts for the 1999-2000 school year that placed five freshmen-to-be on the varsity squad.
‘The 1998-99 student handbook restricts freshman eligibility on the varsity squad because they have to have two consecutive semesters of band or athletics. We believe district policy was violated. What we recommend is fair to all students,” Thornton said.
The group recommended allowing all 32 girls who tried out, and one senior who did not try out, on either the junior varsity or varsity squad.
“There were 31 girls on the team last year.
With only 22 this year, it’s not representative of district growth. Our policy states that we encourage our students to be involved,” he said.
Several parents said the exclusion of several All-Star senior cheerleaders from the squad was unjust and disrupted long-standing tradition.
Denise Ttinnell, the mother of an eighth-grade student who made die varsity squad said, “The question you have to ask yourself is, were the tryouts done frilly and equally, yes they were.” Tunned and parent Diana Seibert asked the board to should leave the current squad unchanged.
A handful of parents from both sides of the issue admonished the administration for their reaction.See CHEERLEADER/^
Two boys charged in shootings
14-year-old suspects allegedly fired at two teachers’ homes
By Cnrb Crews
Police charged two 14-year-old New Braunfels boys Wednesday with deadly conduct in connection with shooting a high-powered rifle at the homes of two Canyon Middle School teachers.
No one was injured in the shooting spree, which occurred shortly after midnight Tuesday.
Police detective Robert Parchman said the crimes occurred after the teens sneaked out of their homes, took a car and a .222 caliber rifle belonging to one of the boys’ families. Parchman said they returned to their homes about 3 a.m.
Officials said the two males admitted shooting at the teachers’ homes just hours before two Colorado teens terrorized Columbine High School near Denver, killing 13 before allegedly taking their own lives.
The pair also confessed to shooting five plate glass windows at die New Braunfels High School library, writing obscene graffiti on the teachers’ homes and defacing property at OakRun School.
Parchman said the boys told him they committed they crimes because they didn't like the teachers. However, they cited no specific incidents to set off the shootings.
“Normal people don’t go around shooting other people just because they don’t like them,” Parchman said.
Parchman said he had investigated five weapon-related incidents on campuses in the city in the peat year. The detective said weapons were more prevalent at middle and intermediate schools than at the high schools.
He said the boys had planned their actions, including meeting at a designated rendezvous point at an appointed time.
They were transported Wednesday to a juvenile correction facility in Colorado County, near Houston, to await disposition of the case.
CMS principal Nancy Cobb said no comparisons should be drawn between the situation here and the tragedy in Colorado. School authorities had no prior indication the students intended to commit the crimes.
Cobb said she could not comment on possible school-related punishment or whether the boys would be allowed to return.
“We will take the strongest measures possible to discipline the youngsters for this action,” Cobb said.
Both teachers reported to school and were performing regular teaching duties on Thursday.
Carol Robison, director of juvenile probation for Comal County, said a detention hearing for the two teenagers would take place today.
Robison said a judge could order the offenders returned to the detention facility or turned over to the custody of their parents.
The judge could order conditions, such as electronic monitoring, if they were turned over to their par-See SHOOTINGS^
Schlitterbahn employee Leonck) Marquez rinses dirt off tubes recently in preparation for Saturday's opening day.
Final Bulverde consolidation vote set May I
By RON MALONEY
BULVERDE — A single city of Bulverde is expected to emerge in the May I municipal election when Bulverde South voters Will decide whether to consolidate Bulverde East.
The vote comes at the end of a more than two-year process in which the four former Subdivisions of Bulverde incorporated and consolidated into what are now two similarly-sized communities.
; Also to be decided May I will be whether a “fifth Bulverde” — Bulverde Northwest
Also to be decided May I will be whether a “fifth Bulverde ”
— Bulverde Northwest — will be incorporated....
— will be incorporated, allowing the growing city to begin to exert some direction in future growth and development along Texas 46.
Bulverde lies roughly north of the Cibolo Creek to the area of Texas 46 in the north, astride the US. 281 and Texas 46 intersection. lf the incorporation takes place as local
officials anticipate, Bulverde Northwest will be on a timetable that will see it consolidated or merged in a November election into the rest of the 14-mile-wide city that sits just north of the Cibolo creek — and San Antonio* extraterritorial jurisdiction.
In January, in the seventh of a series of eight consolidation votes, Bulverde East and its 600 households voted 139-12 in favor of consolidating with South, which is very slightly larger — 601 households.
Under Texas law, a smaller community must ftnt vote to join the larger, and then the
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Heraid-Zeitung moving back home
From staff reports
The New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung is moving back to its remodeled office at 707 Landa St. today and Saturday.
All business will be conducted from 707 Landa beginning Monday.
The temporary office at Unicorn Plaza, 615 B Business 35 West, will close at 3 p.m. today.
We apologize in advance for this inconvenience and ask that all customers be patient as the move is made.
For information, call 625-9144.