New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years I Home of Lauren Breeks
28 pages in two sections B Sunday, April 27,1997
StammBirthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following )irthday wishes to: Jamie Iraune, Jennefer Cooper, Lilia Limon, Melissa Garffer (Monday), Lauren Brucks (9 years old, belated), Krystyna edryczka, Marilyn Hadley,
’aul Neilson, Henry Cruz, Monty Tyler, Carlos Leal (Monday), Jackson Anderson Monday), Dana Carter (Mon-lay), Bambi Dossey (Monday), Bryan Seige (14 years old, Monday), Chase Witting (5 fears old, Monday), Nathan Millett, Quentin Millett (Monday), Carton Stepper (Monday), Chris Silva (9 years old, Saturday), Randy Rodriguez - 30 years old, Saturday).
Happy anniversary wishes to:Oscar and Liz Barboza (22 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Kindermasken Parade on May 3
Children of all ages are invited to join the New Braunfels tradition of Kindermasken 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. Festivities will continue at Folkfest, set for Saturday and May 4 at Conservation Plaza. Call 629-2943.Summer fun Bt NB Christian Academy
Summer Fun at New Braunfels Christian Academy will be June through Aug. 15 for children ages 3 to 10 for full or half days. Included will be Bible stories, arts and crafts and recreation. Call 629-6222 for information.Hammer a nail for Habitat House No. 4
Habitat for Humanity of Comal County is building its fourth area house. Workers, helpers and gofers are needed. Come to Katy and Hackberry Saturday mornings until Memorial Day, when the home will be dedicated. Meals are provided at noon.Kids’ Day Out at NS Presbyterian Church
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church begins its new Kids’ Day Out pre-school program this fall. Registration is now open to the public. The program will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tues days and Thursdays September through May for children 6 months through 4 years. Call 625-5141.Preschool play group starling at St. Paul’s
The St. Paul Lutheran Play group is looking for new people. Moms and preschoolers are welcome to join in from 11 a m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday. The group makes crafts, has a snack and has fun. For information call 625-6655.Square danes at Senior Canter
Square dancing classes are held from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday at the Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St. Jim Hayes will be the caller. Anyone interested can call 606 5343 or just show up at the Senior Center.Service League April Meeting Monday
The New Braunfels Service League is meeting at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Monday with a coffee at 7 p.m. and the meeting at 7:30 p.m. There is an evening meet ing only this month. Officer elec tions will be held and atten dance is mandatory for all Service League members. Recep tion for provisionals following the meeting.CISD takes proper action in reopening hazing investigation. See Opinion, 4A.
By DENISE DZIUK
The wet weather and cooler temperatures did not dampen the fun Saturday at the first annual Bluebonnet Country Music Fest.
“It didn’t leave anything else to do, so this was perfect,” said Rod Reary, who took his family to the event.
The Bluebonnet Music Fest, which was held in Wursthalle, benefited the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Center Expansion Fund. Hie center is renovating the 19,000 square feet in the existing building at 655 Landa St. and building an additional 6,300 square feet of space.
“It’s been a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, but for an extremely good cause,” music fest committee chairman Floyd Ball said.
The day-long fest included barbecue, live music and dancers, a bake sale, clowns and a silent and live auction.
“I was quite surprised to see some of the larger items,” said Jan Hartmann, of New Braunfels. “This is great, and it’s just the beginning.”
Ball said the weather probably kept some individuals away from the event, but did not hurt attendance greatly. He said “we’re going to have a good time regardless.”
“Weather doesn’t stop anybody if they’re really interested in doing something,” she said.
Reary said since the event was held indoors, the weather was not a factor. He said his family was at the music fest to hear Johnnie Pfeil and the Gruene’s Crossing band.
“They play at our church, so this is the first time we’ve heard him play music other than church music,” Reary said. “Johnnie’s great.”
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nan non Ritchey and Cart Thompson cut a rug at the Bluebonnet Music rest at Wursthalle iturday afternoon.
NBISD board narrows focus on finalists
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees on Saturday night wrapped up the second round of interviews for the superintendent position.
While the candidates were answering questions for the board, residents in their hometowns were talking with the Herald-Zeitung about the job the candidates have done for their districts.
Dr. Dale Pitts, superintendent of Fort
Stockton ISD, was described by Jeff McDonald, education reporter for the Fort Stockton Pioneer, as an individual who was “brought in to clean up the mess.” Since Pitts has been at the district, several of its programs have been recognized and a campus is up for a national level award.
“He’s done real well and there have been no problems with him here,” said Fort Stockton ISD board president Dr. Delton Yarbrough. “I would hate to see him leave, to be honest.”
Port Neches-Groves ISD board
trustee Jackie Brown said superintendent Dr. Ronald Reaves is responsible for expanding the district’s technology program and oversaw a $39.9 million bond referendum that easily passed.
“It was because there were no questions we had on it,” Brown said. “Everyone knew what it was for. It was a grassroots efforts from the bottom up.”
Brown said the district had a divided board. He said several members wanted to hire from within. The major
ity voted to go outside, and Pitts was hired, and that has caused some tension between board members, he said.
“I think without that group, I think our district under the leadership of Dr. Reaves could be a lot better off than it is,” Brown said. “I’m extremely satisfied, and I don’t want to see him go to be honest.”
Pine Tree ISD, the home district of Dr. Marc Williamson, is undergoing an in-depth audit to determine how and why bond money was used to cover a deficit, but the board president
said the superintendent is not responsible for the financial dilemma.
Pine Tree ISD Public Information Officer Beth Shepperd said the former director of financial services over estimated revenue and under estimated expenditures for two years, resulting in a financial deficit. Shepperd said to cover expenses, the financial director transferred bond money from a building and renovations account to the general fund, which is illegal. She said the transfer Turn to Candidates, Page 3A
By ABE LEVY
In light of recent reports of hazing at Canyon High School, Comal Independent School District officials said Friday that they plan to launch an anti-hazing education campaign throughout the entire district.
The idea of a campaign stemmed from a suggestion made earlier this week by a school district parent. Superintendent Jerry Major said, but he declined to identify’ the person.
The campaign will include:
■ Specialized information about hazing for all staff, administrators and coaches, who will receive additional training.
■ Specific curriculum for students that will place additional emphasis on education and awareness for student athletes.
■ Parent awareness education through parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs and creation of the new “Hazing Awareness Policy” brochure.
■ Selected high school and middle school classes will have units of study on the hazing policy.
Major said the campaign is the direct result of hazing reports and a subsequent investigation that resulted in nine students and one coach receiving suspensions.
“Recent events clearly indicate that the need for a more m-depth program exists,” he said. “We have had some issues come to light that we think our patrons need more awareness on hazing and its consequences.”
Major also said initial efforts began this past August when he sent a memo to school distnct personnel not to tolerate hazing after reports surfaced in San Antonio.
The father of one of the alleged victims said his wife made the suggestion to the school officials that has resulted in this campaign.
He said the distnct “admitted to their guilt” by disciplining the students and coach and by this hazing aw areness campaign.
New YMCA has a board, seeks a director
By ABE LEVY
Organizers of a local effort to establish a YMCA in Comal County said they selected an executive board and board of directors Thursday, banging them one step closer to providing comprehensive youth programs here.
The group has been working for several years to establish a YMCA in New Braunfels and expects to hold a kick-off celebration the last week in July.
“We’re real excited about it and have a great deal of support in the community who has pushed us toward development of getting our own chapter,” said Tim Brierty, ‘Took us a few
years to get here but we made it.” Their first effort will be an afterschool program for children and currently are seeking candidates for a program director.
They also are talking about other Y programs such as Indian Guides and Youth in Government.
Organizers stressed that they do not want to duplicate other existing programs in the community but that they hope to combine with existing efforts under an umbrella organization.
“We’re leaving things really open without building any boundaries because we don’t want to establish any programs already in the community,” said Allen Seelhammer, finance chair on the executive board. “Every
thing here is fragmented to specific schools and churches. There is nothing that comes together under (me umbrella for people from any background to come together. It’s really going to provide an opportunity based on specific needs in the area and yet get the holistic approach behind.”
Executive Director of the YMCA for northeast San Antonio is overseeing the project and the YMCA in San Antonio is planning to pay fix the startup costs for the after-school program, he said.
Seelhammer said organizers are looking for a local resident to fill the program director job and have received eight applications as of Friday.
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Rom Linda Vargas gate hor shots Saturday during a fra# immunization clinic at Schlittsrbahn Watsrpark.