New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Big Brawl ll benefit deemed a success as boxers from all over the state traveled to New Braunfels to participate. Page 5
Guest columnist Jim Alston writes how people can help law enforcement by staying involved, other ways. Pago AA
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Vol. 153, No. 226 10 pages, 1 section
DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 8-10A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A
OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS SASchool lunches, snacks to be healthier
By Leigh Jones
Requests to “super size” school cafeteria meals will fall on deaf ears this year, thanks to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s new nutrition guidelines.
The guidelines, which attempt to promote a healthier environment, affect all food served or sold on public school campuses, including
snacks and beverages from vending machines.
“The portion sizes are the biggest change,” said Beth Wallace, food service director for Comal Independent School District.
In the cafeteria, high school students will be limited to 3-ounce servings, purchased one serving at a time, of all fried potato products. Soft drinks will be sold in contain
ers no larger than 12 ounces and only available outside the cafeteria.
Chips will be limited to 1.25 ounces, cookies to 2 ounces and frozen desserts to 4 ounces. Candy bars will shrink to 1.5 ounces.
Portion sizes are only half the battle. The new policy also limits grams of fat per serving.
Food items containing
more than 28 grams of fat per serving can only be served twice per week. By 2006-07, the limit will be reduced to 23 grams.
By comparison, one large order of McDonald’s french fries contains 25 grams of fat.
By the 2009- IO school year, school kitchens must be purged of all frying equipment.
Wallace said despite some
product changes, necessary to incorporate the low-fat requirements, students can still expect to see some of their favorite foods on the menu.
“We will still have Frito pie,” she said. “School food suppliers have seen this coming, so they have come up with reduced fat products like cheese and chips. Overall, the new policy is positive for the health of students. ”
Although the servings will be smaller, even in vending machines, high school students still can buy as much junk food as they want. They also can bring it from home.
Middle and elementary school students have a few more restrictions.
Soft drinks and candy are not allowed on elementary campuses at any time during
See FOOD, Page 3A
Proposition can be put on ballot
By Scott Mahon
An attorney general’s opinion sent to New Braunfels City Attorney Charlie Zech said the city could put Proposition 13 on the November ballot without a petition.
The ruling contradicts an earlier opinion by a member of the secretary of state’s office.
Proposition 13, which was passed by 80 percent of voters last September, provides that residents have die power to force a vote on the issue by petitioning the city and/or county.
Earlier this year, senior taxpayers asked council members to either freeze property taxes or put the issue on an election
See PROPOSITION. Page 3A
Tour of Faith
Another church is profiled in the weekly series.
Immunization clinics to be held at area schools
By Leigh Jones
Students apt to cry over the end of summer break have good reason: It is time for back to school booster shots.
The Comal County Health Department is holding immunization clinics at area schools over the next two weeks. Parents are asked to bring their children to the campus where they will attend classes this year so their school records can be updated on the spot. Nurses will only have vaccines for the grade levels served at each campus.
See IMMUNIZATION, Page 3A
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald Zeitung
(Left) U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison gives a brief update on key issues in Congress as she visits the Central Texas Technology Center. (Right), Hutchison shakes hands with New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork.
Traveling the state
Hutchison makes stop at CHC
By Scott Mahon
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey rlutchison, who helped secure federal funding for the Central Texas Technology tenter, made a brief stop at he center Monday during a swing through Central Texas.
Hutchison, R-Texas, said she intended to visit as many aunties as possible while on a “break” from her congressional duties.
“I don’t live in Washington, D.C., and I like to visit people ihroughout the state during :ongressional breaks,” she said. “This is a wonderful :enter, and it will give people i chance to learn new skills md to get a vocational and :echnology education. I’m nappy I had a part in it.”
Earlier Monday, she visited Seguin and San Antonio.
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which opened earlier this year and offered classes for the first time this summer.
Attending Hutchison’s visit were Meek, Mayor Adam
Hutchison speaks at the CTIC on Monday, going over issues in Congress and the war on terrorism.
woman Sonia Munoz-Gill and County Commissioner Jay Mil-likin, among others.
Hutchison gave a brief update on key issues in Congress, including the need to win the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq.
“We have no alternative but to see it
through and win, she said. “Each day, the interim government continues to make Cork, Comal County Judge progress toward a democratic Danny Scheel, state Sen. Jeff Iraq, which will ultimately
Wentworth, Alamo Community College officials, District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil, District I Council-
lead to a safer Middle East and help win the war on terror."
Hutchison said bolstering the economy should include
permanent tax cuts.
“The president’s tax relief package has led to new jobs and steady economic growth,” she said. “Unless Congress acts soon, some of the tax cuts will expire at the end of this year.”
Hutchison was the chief Senate sponsor of the marriage penalty tax relief bill, a key provision of the tax reform package signed into law in 2001.
“I introduced legislation to extend to extend the marriage penalty relief, and I II work to make it permanent," she said.
In 1993, Hutchison was elected as the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Seven years later, she was re-elected to a second term.
In 2000, she was elected vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, becoming one of the top five
See SINATOR Page 3A
DID YOU KNOW?
■ The Central Texas Technology Center is managed by the Alamo Community College District
* Located off Sauer Lane in Guadalupe County near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, the center opened in May and offered summer classes beginning June 1
■ Fall classes will begin Aug 23. and registration will be Aug 4-5
B St Phillips College. San Antonio College and Palo Alto College offer off-campus educational programs at the center
Parchman receives officer of the year’ award for 2003 work
Officer of the Year Bob Parchman, a detective with the New Braunfels Police Department, accepts his award from Kenneth Walker,
President of the Safe City Committee.
By Ron Maloney
Of the seven police officers in contention Monday night to receive the Burney Boeck Award, only one ever knew the awards namesake and former police chief.
The New Braunfels Safe Qty Commission picked him — 21-year-veteran detective Bob Parchman—as its “officer of the year.”
Parchman, considered alongside officers James Bell, Daniel Vera, Heath Purvis, Chris Gulak, Steve Hanna and Darren Rutledge, said he never expected to be chosen.
“I just never figured it would be me," the detective said after a brief public thank you “I know all of these officers and know how hard
they've worked. All of these officers deserved this award and were well-qualified for it. i’m honored and humbled to be chosen.”
Parchman received the award for liis part in 2003 in the arrests and indictments of four local youths for a series of vandalism cases worth $250,000 that spread from New Braunfels to Garden Ridge and Schertz. TWO of the suspects were later involved in an incident in which two were hurt — one critically —- when they dropped pumpkins off an Interstate 35 bridge, a case Parchman also helped close.
“This award means a lot to me because Chief Boeck hired me to work for this department,” Parchman said. “I Ie was like a father to all of us. This award really kind of caps off a career.”
A former coast guardsman, Parchman came to New Braunfels from the Port Arthur Police Department. He has worked as a patrolman, a DARE officer and, since 1997, as a detective. I ie specializes in gangs.
Police Chief Russell Johnson called Parchman a very dedicated officer.
“He works extremely hard on his cases,” Johnson said. “What was unique about this one was it was not just New Braunfels that was affected,” johnson said. “What I really appreciated was Bob and all these other departments working together to solve a series of crimes for the public good. He wasn't looking for recognition, he didn’t care who got the credit. To him, Bob was just doing his job.”