New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Clinton urges bipartisan balanced budget effort
WASHINGTON (AP)—President Clinton told congressional Republicans today it would be “a terrible mistake” for diem to torpedo a genuine chance to balance the federal budget just to continue partisan warfare.
“We’re within inches of agreement, and nothing—not politics, not partisanship, not presidential campaigns — nothing should be allowed to stop us,” Clinton said during his weekly radio address.
He made clear that if the effort Ms, he will blame the Republican-run Congress, and by implication his GOP challenger for die White House, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
“lf you torpedo these negotiations today after so much progress has been made on a balanced budget, simply to create a campaign issue for later, die American people will see through that with their eyes closed,” Clinton said.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes tp; Jason Moors, Thomas Torpi, JOO Link Sr., Virginia Fuontoo, Carton Slapper, and Son-■tie Allan. Happy 18th anniversary to Dan and Carol Ward.
Disabled American Veterans meet Wednesday
Comal County Chapter 163 of the Disabled American Veterans, meets at 7:30 p.m.,
May 1 at the VFW Post Home on Peace Avenue. Election of officers will be held.
VFW Post to celebrate Loyalty Day
VFW Post 7110 and Ladies Auxiliary will celebrate Loyalty Day, May 1, with a flag raising ceremony at noon at the Post Home. Public invited.
VFW pancake supper to be held Thursday
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will hold a pancake supper Thursday, May 2 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Post Home on Peace Avenue. Cost will be $3 per plate, and tickets may be purchased at the Post Home. For information, call Ski Haneiwich at 620-0223 or the Post Home at 625-9961.
Amarican Legion Post #179 to moot
American Legion Comal Post #179 meets Thursday, May 2, at 410 W. Coll St. The executive committee meets at 7 p.m., and the regular meeting starts at 8 p.m. Unit #179 Auxiliary meets at 7:30 p.m.
Hormone Sons Lodgo to meet
Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 meet Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring a salad. Men are to serve the ice cream furnished by the lodge.
Youth soccor fundraising dinner
The New Braunfels Blitz Youth Soccer Club is having its spring fund-raising dinner Friday, May 3 at Seele Elementary School. Plates are $4.50 each for a taco dinner with all the trimmings. Serving will be from 5.30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. with plates to go available. Purchase tickets from a player, or call 625-9348 (days) or 625-6715 (nights).
Project Graduation mooting
Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will meet Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of Canyon High School. All senior parents are especially encouraged to attend.
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CISD school board gets good news on district dropout rates
By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer
The preliminary dropout rates for the Comal Independent School District are in, and the news looks good. One subgroup saw an increase, while all other groups had a significant decrease.
“The impact of some of the things the board has let us do has been so great we wanted to share some of that good news with you,” said Carol Hall, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.
Hall explained to the board at its meeting Thursday night that these were figures sent to
the district by the board. However, she said the district still has time to amend them. Curriculum Coordinator Alicia Parra said the district still has an opportunity to reduce those numbers even further.
“We still have between now and their next reporting period in the fall to recover more of those dropouts,” she said.
According to the numbers used in the 1996 Accountability System, district-wide dropouts for all students was 0.60 percent for the 1994-95 school year, down from 1.50 percent in 1993-94.
The Hispanic rate dropped from 2.40 percent to 0.90 percent, the rates for whites went from 1.30 percent to 0.60 percent, and economically disadvantaged went from 1.90 percent to 1.20 percent. African American and Asian/Pacific Islander remained at zero percent.
Parra said there is no concern that any of the schools wil receive a “Low Performing” accreditation from the Texas Education Agency as New Braunfels High School did last year.
Parra said the success in being able to reduce the dropout rate was due to several factors and
programs implemented in the district. She said a full time attendance officer, the alternative school, Community in Schools, at-risk programs and evening classes have all been beneficial in reducing the rate. She also added that there is a great deal of team effort goes into “tracking their academic success” to get them back on course because “sometimes the lack of success effects them wanting to be in school."
“It’s been a big team effort. A lot of these students aren’t just dropping out because they don’t want to be in school,” said Parra.
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Hearing on plant emissions postponed
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A public heanng planned for this Tuesday in Buda concerning stack emissions from the burning of tires at the Texas Lehigh cement plant in Buda will be rescheduled, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission spokesman Patrick Shaughnessy said.
“We have postponed the heanng because is conflicted with another agency event,” Shaughnessy said. “We have postponed it for two weeks.”
The public hearing was originally scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. at the Barton Junior High School Cafeteria in Buda.
Texas Lehigh conducted TNRCC mandated stack emission sampling tests for carbon monoxide on March 22.
“My understanding is that we will be releasing the mobile air monitonng tests we did and the stack emissions test of the tire-derived fuel done by the company (at the rescheduled public hearing),” Shaughnessy said. “The public will be able to ask questions and make comments at the hearing.”
It just hurts for a minute
Chios McGinn squints from the shot she just received at Schlitterbahn during the Shots Acrose Texas drive, where kids not only got free immunizations, but free entry to the waterpark.
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Leaders urge residents to
stay away from Elan rally
“It was never who was your boyfriend. It was who your grand march partner was,” Gregory said.
She added the parade itself drew as many onlookers as the Comal County Fair Parade does today.
“The sidewalks were just packed,” Gregory said.
Preparing the elaborate costumes for the march and dance took a lot of advanced planning.
“This was the kind of thing that the grandmother, mother and favorite aunt would start planning, say as early as January or February,” Gregory said.
She added no one outside the family was privy to the secrets of the children’s costumes until the grand march in May. Costume themes ranged from pretty to patriotic.
“One of the cutest things I ever saw was a little skunk,” Gregory said.
Kindermasken tradition continues Saturday
By MELANIE GERIK
More than 1,000 children are expected to march through New Braunfels Saturday dressed in their tutus, feather boas and anything else they can imagine.
The Kindermasken parade dates back to New Braunfels’ earliest days. Rosemary Gregory, who co-authored the book The Kindermasken Ball: Past and Present with Myra Lee Goff, said Hermann Seele is credited with bringing the tradition from Germany.
In its heyday, schoolchildren would march from the old academy building, down to the Plaza, then to the destination of the afternoon’s and night's dances. Gregory said Landa Park and the old Echo Hall were popular destinations.
The parade and dance were the social events of the season.
During World War II, sailors, officers and pilots were among the favorites. Gregory added a young Bob Krueger, now an ambassador, dressed one year as George Washington.
Cynthia Temple, director for this year’s event, most children now wear ballet recital costumes, although some look toward fairy tales for inspiration.
“We had one year a wagon made into a float and kids dress up like the Peter Pan group,” Temple said.
Children wanting to march this year should line up at the New Braunfels Independent School District Administration Building at 9 a.m. Saturday. Costume judging begins 15 minutes later, and the parade begins at IO a.m.
At the end of the parade, instead of a dance, children and their parents can celebrate Folkfest after the parade.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
City Manager Mike Shands has a message for those people who want to attend the planned Ku Klux Klan rally on June I — don’t come.
“If you want to show unity for New Braunfels don’t come to the rally,” Shands said. “If nobody shows up that eliminates concerns for safety. The city’s concerns about the rally are about traffic control, crowd control, security and the safety of visitors.”
Friday morning, Shands and Police Chief Ray Douglas talked with Michael Lowe, state director for the KKK, to discuss where he wanted to hold the rally.
Lowe has asked permission to hold the rally either at the courthouse steps or the Plaza bandstand.
On Thursday, Shands said the area between the Comal County Courthouse and the Hummel Museum would probably be die best place for the KKK to hold its rally since the area provides better security and crowd control.
However, Lowe told Shands and Douglas that he intended to hold the rally on the courthouse steps.
“It (courthouse steps) was my choice because we have a big banner and people will be able to see it here,” Lowe said. “People can see the banner and watch the rally from under the trees (on the Plaza)."
Lowe said the event, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday evening, will be a “recruiting rally.”
“I have been assured by the city manager and the police chief. . that they will have adequate secu
rity,” Lowe said.
County Judge Carter Casteel said the county can’t stop the KKK from holding the rally on the courthouse steps.
“The courthouse building and grounds are a public facility,” Casteel said. “At the Thursday commissioners court meeting, I informed the commissioners about the right of free speech and public assembly.”
Casteel echoed Shands’ sentiments by saying the best statement citizens can make against the Klan is to not show up at all.
“I want him (Lowe) to come here and go out,” Casteel said. “The best argument we have is to say we abhor his stand and drat we will not acknowledge his presence in the community.”
Shands said the city is working on a security plan which will be put into action if it is needed.
“We have started making plans with the police, the Sheriffs Office and the DPS,” Shands said. “We will have a coordinated plan between law enforcement agencies, which will work in any situ- *. ation. We will also be working % within city departments such as J the fire department and the street maintenance department because we may need barricades close to the Plaza. And we have firemen who are also certified peace officers.”
Shands said New Braunfels residents should not change their normal routine on the evening of the rally.
“Our hope is that citizens will do what they will normally do on that day, which is to stay with their families and friends and not come downtown to the Plaza or the courthouse,” Shands said.Find out what frivolous lawsuits from jail inmates costs the county. See Page 1B