New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, August 3, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of SANDRA DUNCAN
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Vol. 143, No. 189Inside
Marketplace..............................8-11StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sandra Duncan, Melia Ann Koepp, Lydia Johnson, Annette Alexander, Nancy Lopez, Holly Rose, Steven Sanchez, Jane Ann Gonzales, and Laura Gusme. Happy 22nd anniversary to Juan and Ana Lopez.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -274 cubic-feet-per-second, same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.03 feet above sea level, up 03.
Guadalupe River — 189 c f s.The Craze plays free concert in Landa Park tonight
Rock-and-Roll band The Craze plays the Concert in the Park tonight. The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab.
Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers. Rained out concerts may not be rescheduled.Sports booster club to hold breakfast
The New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will have its membership kickoff breakfast drive at New Braunfels High School cafeteria Aug. 4 at 7 a.m. For information, call .Jeff Mund at 620-4839 or Danny Zoeller at 625-2349.Friends of Library to meet
The next regular meeting of the Friends of Dittlinger Library will be held Saturday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.rn at the library. The next book sorting will be Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 8 a m. at Moyer Park on Hwy 81 E.Fire Department Auxiliary to meet
New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a short business and social meeting at Fire Station #2 on Loop 337 at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug 7.Rummage sale
Sts Peter and Paul School’s Annual Summer Rummage Sale will be held Friday, Aug. <-and Saturday, Aug. 5. The sale will be held from 8 a m. to 6 p m. Friday, and 8 a m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The sale will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on the Sts Peter and Paul Church grounds on West Bridge St The sale will be held both upstairs and downstairs in the hall building
For information, call 625-1729 during the day.Scholarship workshop
"How to Apply For College Scholarships" workshop will be presented by Cynthia Ruiz and Phillip C. McKee Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a rn. to noon at Primera Iglesia Bautista, 2080 W. San Antonio St It is a free workshop
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By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo byTHOMAS GODLEY
A ninth-inning double by Chip Adams propelled the New Braunfels All-Stars past the Bear Creek All-Stars in the Taxes State Junior League championship game in Waco yesterday. See Page 5 for full coverage.
S.A. man dies in crash
By ERICA NIES
Joe Leroy Buckinghan, 31, of San Antonio died early Wednesday morning after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and the ear Hipped. The accident occurred at about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday six-tenths of a mile west of Cranes Mill Road on Kami to Market Road 306.
According to DPS Trooper Hector
Lazono, "It appears he swerved to the left to dodge a deer and pulled back nght, lost control and the vehicle overturned." Buckingham was thrown 15 feet from his 1993 Toyota 4 Runner which came to rest on its side in the middle of the road. Apparently, he was not wearing his seat belt.
Judge Howard Smith, Justice of the Peace from Precinct 4, pronounced Buckingham dead at 4:30 am. There were no known witnesses.
Efforts to increase student performance on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skill (TAAS) appear to be working, local school officials said.
The Comal Independent School District and the New Braunfels Independent School District received the test results from the state recently and both districts continue to score above the state average at almost every level.
Karen Simpson, NBISD Executive Director of Education Services, said the test has been administered since the 1990-91 school year. All students are required to take the test unless they are exempt as a special education student. The test is given to students in the third through the eighth grades and the tenth grade for reading and mathematics. Students in the fourth, eighth and tenth grades must also take a writing test.
Simpson presented the district’s results to the board of trustees at Tuesday's meeting. With the exception of mathematics and writing at the fourth grade level, all scores were above the state’s average. The seventh grade mathematics score of 76 percent beat the state's average, which was 61 percent, by 15 percentage points. The eighth grade math scores also beat the state’s average by 15 percentage points. The only level that did not beat the state percentage in math was the fourth grade, in which the district’s score was 65 percent, compared to 70 percent.
The reading scores for NBISD exceeded the state's percentages at every grade level. The largest difference in scores was at the sixth and seventh grade levels, in which the state average was 78 percent, and the district’s average was 86 percent.
Carol Hall, OSD Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, said the scores for CISD have also been showing a steady improvement over the past several years. She said these gains are despite the fact that the test is more difficult now' than when it was first administered. She said the test originally focused on basic skills and now focuses more on high thinking. She said the upward trend has also been seen on the state level.
"That’s because people are realizing the importance of it and placing more emphasis on it. Plus, these are skills our students need to master. I don’t think there’s anything unreasonable about it.” she said.
In the mathematics portion, the largest difference between the state's average and the district’s average was in the seventh grade, w here the scores were 61 percent for the state and 80 percent for the district. This was a 19 percentage point difference.
In the sixth grade, the district’s average was 78 percent and the state’s w as 63 percent. The eighth grade also scored substantially above the state average. Sixty-eight percent passed in the district, compared to 56 percent in the state. Only the fourth and fifth grade math scores were below the
Area Schools’ TAAS Results
state’s average. The fourth grade was one percentage point below and the fifth grade was 3 points below.
In the reading portion, all grade levels beat the state’s average, and all the scores were 82 percent or better. The seventh grade had a score of 90 percent and the sixth grade had a score of 89 percent.
The writing scores were very close to the state average. The fourth and fifth grade averages exceeded the state's by one and two points, respectively. The tenth grade did score below the state's average, but it was by only a difference of two percentage points, w ith the district’s score being 84 percent and the state's being 86 percent.
Both administrators credited their high scores to the instruction the students are receiving. Both districts have put emphasis on the curriculum to reflect test objectives, as well as offering classes at the high school level for students who are having difficulty passing the TAAS test.
“It’s part of any curriculum taught in the schools. We make sure the students are taught what they're tested on. I don’t think any student should have to take a test on something they haven’t been taught,” said Hall.
“We commend our school, our teachers, and our parents for what they have done. It’s amazing that we can have that many scores above the state level,” said Simpson.
Both schools also received their accreditation results from the state. Hall said Bulverde Primary received a recognition for performance. She said Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools also received recognition based on the scores on college entrance exams.
Simpson said Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary received recognition. She also added that New Braunfels High School was designated as a low performing school. She said this rating is based on the drop-out rates of Hispanics, blacks, and other minorities. If the rate is above 6 percent, the school is considered low performing.
“We've had 20 percent gains. However, the drop-oqt rate of one group is 6.6 percent. Even though the school's overall dropout rate is much less, we’re considered low performing,’’ said Simpson. “But everyone needs to realize that doesn’t mean were a bad school.”
Lone Star card makes its debut in county; will cut paperwork, fraud
By DENISE DZIUK
Thousands of people receiving public assistance in Comal County entered the electronic age Tuesday, w hen they joined a large number of recipients already using debit cards.
Effective August I, approximately 1.722 households in Comal County began using an electronic debit card called the Lone Star card. The plastic card is replacing paper food stamp coupons and checks for Aid to Families w ith Dependent Children (AFDC).
Teresa Rodriguez, Public Information Director for the Texas Department of Human Services, said the change is being made because it is a much better system. She said it eliminates the printing, handling, and processing of the coupons and checks. She said it w ill also make check-out lanes faster because the coupons will not have to be counted.
“The old paper coupons are now fodder for the giant shredders at the
Federal Reserve Bank in the Alamo City," said State Comptroller John Sharp. “This expansion of the Lone Star card begins an all-out assault on bureaucratic bloat and welfare fraud.”
Rodriguez said there are two really big benefits to the switch. She said one is the reduction of paperwork created when the coupons or checks are stolen or lost. The other big benefit is the cards will create a paper trail, which will make it more difficult for fraud or street trafficking.
“No system is IOO percent foolproof, but this will let us be able to monitor all the transactions made. It’s just a smart way to do business,” she said.
Sharp said retailers accepting the card will notice the switch. He said grocers have reported a S4.5 million increase in food sales in Houston, where the card has been in use since February. He said the increase is because the card can only be spent on food items.
“Fewer hard-earned tax dollars will
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Lone Star card replaces paper food stamps and checks for Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
wind up in the criminal underground, because this card is good for tbod and food alone," he said.
The red, w hue, and blue Lone Star card accesses the state’s electronic ben
efit transfer, or FBT system. The FBT system transfers funds electronically from the state to vendors or benefit recipients.
"The concept is extremely well
received by retailers and clients. They no longer have to worry about their food coupons or checks being stolen. They also don’t have to wait on the mailman,” Rodriguez said.
Rodnguez stressed that clients must call the help desk at l-8(X)-777-7EBT to register their cards as soon as they receive them. She said they should also call the number before they use it for the first time to ensure that the funds are available. Once the account is set up, the cardholder will receive a receipt each time it is used. The receipt w ill show how much was available in the account, how much was used in the transaction, and how' much is currently left.
"So, they can, at all times, see what’s left in their account for that month. It makes planning easier,” Rodnguez said.
The cards are slow ly being phased into use around the state, and should be used throughout the state by the end of the year, said Rodnguez.
Applebee’s building new restaurant on IH-35 in New Braunfels
By DENISE DZIUK
Diners will soon have one more choice to consider when they are debating over where to go for dinner, w hen a national restaurant chain finishes the construction of a new location in New Braunfels
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, a franchise of APPLEJAM, INC., has announced plans to open a new location in New Braunfels. Joel Marks, co-owner of APPLEJAM, said the
construction began on June 4, 1995, and the 5,000 sq. ft. building, located at 995 IH-35, should be opening by the second week in September.
According to USA TODAY, Applebee's is “one of the nation’s top casual-dining restaurants.”
Marks said the decision to open a location in New Braunfels came after careful consideration. He said studies showed it was an "exciting community and it fit our demographics.”
Marks said part of those demographics is the fact that the town does not have a significant
casual, national restaurant. He said this was encouraging because Applebee’s could fill that position.
"We’ll be the first national name in New Braunfels, and we feel we’re the best national name for New Braunfels,” he said
The new location will have a seating capacity of 178 people and will prov ide more than 125 employment opportunities. Marks said hiring has already begun.
"Applebee’s is already known as America’s favorite neighbor, and we’re looking forward to
its becoming New Braunfels’ favorite, tex),’’ said Gregg Spicier, who will serve as the general manager of the upcoming restaurant. "The restaurant will be aggressively involved w ith community charities and activities as community commitment is an important Applebee’s ingredient.” APPLEJAM, INC., is headquartered rn Atlanta, GA and has nine Texas Applebee’s locations, two of w hich are in San Antonio. The chain has 586 restaurants located in 43 states. There are also restaurants located in Puerto Rico, Winnipeg, Can., and the Caribbean Island of Curacao.House of Representatives passes a polluters protection act. See Page 4.