New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4,2005
SPORTS BIG TIME
Young track athletes head to New Orleans for AAU national tournament.
Guest colmnist Jayne Morgan-Kidd says domestic abuse leads to stress-related illnesses. Page 4A
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Vol. 154, No. 221 14 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B
■■■MMIFM 3009 improvements still years away
By Melissa Johnson
SCI I ERTZ—Improvements to a two-mile stretch of EM 3009 moved a step closer to reality Tuesday, but a final fix could be years away.
Representatives from RI Rivera Associates and the Texas Department of Transportation said the plan would provide two bridges over the
railroads crossings, which often lead to traffic congestion, and the widening of EM 3009 to a four-lane roadway with a raised median from I-35 to I'M 2252.
The option represents the most traditional approach for restoring access at railroad crossings by providing access roads with U-turns at the overpasses.
Approximately $3 million has been identified to fund the bridges; however, additional funding for the $17.5 million project is not expected to be available until 2010.
To ease traffic flow and increase safety in the meantime, I 'M 3009 will be restriped to include a continuous center
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FM 3009 RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE
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CISD residents finally get to meet Walker
By Melissa Johnson
After waiting more than a month while their representatives narrowed a list of superintendent candidates from 69 to one, Comal ISO residents will finally get to meet the lone finalist tonight.
CISD has sched-
Meet Comal ISD superintendent finalist Marc Walker at these public meetings:
■ 7 p.m. tonight at Mountain Valley School.
■ 7 p.m. Monday at Smithson Valley High School.
■ 7 p.m. Wednesday at Canyon intermediate School.
uled three community meetings with Marc Walker during the state-mandated, 21-day wait period before the board can vote on a candidate.
The first of the meetings will take place at 7 p.m. today at Mountain Valley School cafeteria.
During the meetings, parents and teach-See WALKER, Page 5A
The tax-free holiday promises to bring shoppers out in droves.
Legal issues could derail Startzville incorporation
By Leigh Jones
SMITHSON VALLEY — Startzville residents opposed to the Sept. IO incorporation election might have found legal grounds Wednesday to stop it.
Engineer Norm Cooper, responsible for the map used by Startzville businessman William L. Woolley in his election petition paperwork, claims his handiwork was used without his permission.
“I didn’t authorize this maps use for the incorporation argument,” he said through a representative during the third of three public meetings held to discuss the incorporation. “I would like to have the election canceled.”
The crowd of 160 gathered in the Guadalupe Valley Telecommunication Cooperative auditorium, who seemed mostly against incorporation efforts, seized on Cooper’s statement in hopes it might stop the election without any further effort.
See STARTZVILLE, Page 3A
Roberts shines as Junior Miss program ends
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Junior Miss Rachel Roberts, the last young woman to carry the title for the city, earned die organization’s top scholastic award at the state-level competitions Saturday.
Roberts received the honor based on her high school transcript, core classes, overall grade point average, class rank and test scores.
“I was shocked to win tile award, but alter 17 years of hard work at school, I felt rewarded,” she said.
Roberts, who Is preparing to start her senior year at New Braunfels High School at the end of this
"Its nice to know I’m the last one because LII never have to give up my title, but I’m sad that no one else gets to experience this."
— Rachel Roberts
New Braunfels Junior Miss
month, is already looking ahead to college and the culmination of her academic achievements.
“I'm considering a bunch of different schools, but I plan to major in journalism,” she said.
New Braunfels Junior Miss Chairwoman Mindee lingier, who
was in die audience when Roberts’ name was announced Saturday, said she could not have been more proud of her local contestant.
"Rachel did an outstanding job representing New Braunfels. It was the best that could be had for our last competition, she said.
In May. die national-level America’s Junior Miss board of directors dec ided to end die program due to recent unsuccess fill attempts to recmit national sponsors. All local programs, successful or not, were also forced to end dieir operations.
The forced closure was even more bittersweet for lingier as New
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New Braunfels Junior Miss Rachel Roberts.www.beheardblog.com
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
NBISD uses TV channel to reach out to students
By Leigh Jones
Students will not be the only ones returning to class in New Braunfels Independent School District this fall.
With the help of Channel 19 and some dedicated NBISD teachers, parents also will be brushing up on their math, science and reading skills — in the comfort of their own homes.
Channel 19, named for its location on Time Warner Cable’s system, started broadcasting in January 2002 with rotating announcements and a sports-highlight show during football season.
Last year, programming expanded to include Math Connections and Science Matters, two shows designed for students and parents.
This year, the station’s lineup will get a boost from an algebra show and a program to help parents teach young children early reading skills.
All of the shows are designed to teach parents about what their children are learning so
BACK TO SCHOOL
■ For a complete list of school supplies as well as tips for getting ready for school, see the Back to School tab Friday.
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeituncj
NBISD Communications Specialist Jenn Lee does an equipment check on the Sony video cameras in the Channel 19 studio Wednesday. Below, Lee talks to Dee Oliver while running a test video.
said fans of the program’s first season would see some helpful improvements this year.
“One of the things we learned this year was to give teachers more notice of their turn at appearing on the show so they could have time to work the items into their lesson plans,” she said. “With more notice, the shows can correspond with the classroom work and homework assign-
they can he active par- ments
ticipants in the education process, especially homework assignments.
Curriculum Specialist Bonnie Leitch, Math Connection’s host,
As usual, the weekly show will end with practical exercises parents and students can do
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