New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Marie Lynn Cames, Jimmy Offerman, Geo E. Nowotny, Jesse O. Loyola, Jesus R. Hernandez, Leigh Richey, Eric Norris (12 years), Craig Van Ryswyk, Chano Hernandez Jr., Jackie Erben, Cindy Flores, Sofia Campos, Becky Flores, and Raymundo Morales. Happy first anniversary to Tina and Kenny Perales.
Canyon High School to hold Fish Camp
The student council invites all incoming freshmen to its first annual Canyon High School Fish Camp Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The camp begins at the Cougar Den (main gym) with sign in, and ends with refreshments in the student commons area in the main building.
A fun and informative afternoon is planned to introduce the Class of 1999 to key people and traditions. A campus tour and information to help freshmen have a successful high school experience are also planned. Call student council advisors Betty Kyle or Lilly Barucki at 625-6251 for information.
CLEAN plans rummage sale
The Bulverde Communitywide Rummage Sale is planned for Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Party Hall behind Tommy Wilson's Barbecue on Hwy. 281 about seven miles north of 1604. The sale is sponsored by Citizen League for Environmental Action Now.
Bowling league forming
Mission Valley Bowling Club is signing up bowlers for a new nine-pin bowling series. For more information call 629-0028. lf no answer, please leave a message and someone will return your call.
Lone Star Primary sneak preview
A sneak peak for first and second graders at Lone Star Primary will be held Aug. 11 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Come put away your school supplies and meet your new teacher.
Soap star at Schlitterbahn
The actor who plays Lucas Roberts on 'Days of Our Lives' will make an appearance at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Sunday, Aug. 13. Bryan Dattilo will meet fans and sign autographs at the Wave Pool Stage from 1 p.m..to 2 p m. The autograph session is open to all guests of Schlitterbahn. For more information call Schlitterbahn at 625-2351.
The winning numbers
8,10, 15,26, 35,47
Est $10 million jackpot
,6A - 7A
More than 100 lifeguards met in Landa Park for a unique contest Saturday.
See Page 1B.
The survey says
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40 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, August 6,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of GEO E. NOWOTNY
Vol 143, No. 191
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
An EMS worker treats Joey Adam, as his father, Steve Adam, holds his hand.
Boy on bicycle struck by car
By DENISE DZIUK
A 10-yeur old boy received a broken leg after a car hit him as he was riding his bicycle Fnday afternoon.
Joey Adam, IO, was riding his bicycle against the follow of traffic on Walnut Street Fnday afternoon, when he decided to cross the road. While crossing the road, he was struck by ^ 1976 Chevrolet Nova driven by Craig Whitley, of New Braunfels.
Adam’s grandmother said the boy and his friend had just left her house. She said she was worried about them when they were leaving, and had a feeling something was going to happen.
“I just felt it in my bones when they were leav ing. I told him to call me when he got home and he never called,” she said.
Adam received a compound fracture of his left leg. and was taken to the Guadalupe Valley Hospital. The boy’s father was on the scene shortly after it happened, and rode with him to the hospital. Ms. Adam said the boy’s father has been with him since it happened. She said he had six pins put in his leg, and is in temble pain.
The grandmother said she broke her ankle a while back and was on crutches. She said her grandson took the crutches home in case he needed them.
“Bless his heart, I guess he’ll be needing them,” she said.
She said she is still womed about her son, but believes he is in good hands. She said the boy’s father called and said he will be kept for a couple more days. He may be able to come home Monday, and she will be happy to see him, she added.
‘Low performing’ label
at high school blamed on clerical problem
By DENISE DZIUK
The state rated the New Braunfels High School as a Mow performing’ school this week due to its drop out rate. However, officials say it is due to inadequate clerical work and plan to double efforts to prevent a similar future rating.
Karen Simpson, NB1SD executive director of education services, said the rating is based on the state’s drop out rate of 6 percent, and a school with a drop out rate higher than that for any subgroup is considered low performing. Hispanics, African Americans, whites, and economically disadvantaged are considered subgroups, she said. Low performing is the lowest of the four ratings the state gives to schools.
The district also had two schools, Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary, which received ‘recognized’ ratings the second highest rating given.
Simpson said the overall drop out rate for the district is well below 6 percent, at 2.2 percent. She said the overall rate for the high school is also below the state's requirement, and is actually 3.1 percent. However, Hispanic students had a drop out rate of 6.6 percent.
Simpson said the overall rate has been going down on both a state and district level. In 1988-89, the district’s drop out rate was 11.6 percent. Since then, it has steadily declined to its present level.
“This is because of a real concentration on the district’s part, and until we get to a zero drop out rate, we will have to continue working on it,” she said. “It will never be zero, hut every year we do better at keeping kids in school."
Simpson said part of the problem the district faces is the fact that the district must count a student as a dropout unless it can prove the student is in an alternative program somewhere, or has transferred to another district. Simpson said this means that some of
the dropouts may actually just be in another program.
“I truly feel there are probably some kids that we didn’t work hard enough to track down,” said NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
Simpson said the district is already developing a strategy to ensure that this does not happen again. She said committees have been formed at the high school level. These committees will address the problem. She said part of the solution will be tracking the kids better.
“That’s our job, and we’re going to make sure we find those kids,” she said.
She said High School Principal John Turman has already come up with one way to keep track of transfers. She said students will not be withdrawn from NBISD unless they can provide a location to send their transcripts. She said this is because the state uses transcript requests when they determine the drop out rate.
She said another approach to solving the problem will be to develop more programs to help those students who really are dropping out. She said the parenting program helped cut the rate drastically when it was implemented, and more programs may need to be developed.
“We will continue to try and serve the needs of our community to keep them in school. This rating gives a false impression of our schools, and it will not happen again,” she said.
Bradberry said he is not pleased with the rating, and he also feels it may be a clerical problem. However, he said that even though the school was rated as low performing, it was important to remember the gains that were made in test scores.
“My primary focus has got to be student achievement, and there’s been huge gains there,” he said. “But, we’ll continue to work on keeping them in school at the same time.”
Citizens Bank to celebrate its new name with open house all week
Customer gifts and an open house with refreshments will mark the renaming of Citizens Bank of New Braunfels to Norwest Bank Texas, New Braunfels this week.
“We’re celebrating because, under the Norwest banner, we’ll be offering our customers a broader array of banking, insurance and investment products than ever before,” said Carol Gravis, president of the bank. “At the same time, we’ll continue our commitment to customer service and community involvement.”
The new Norwest sign will he officially unveiled during a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, in front of the bank. Bank officials w ill present a check supporting the Hummel
Museum to John Collins, executive director.
Norwest Bank will host an open house in the bank lobby all week, serving cake and coffee.
On Thursday, Aug. 24, Norwest Bank will host a Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5 to 7 p m. in the bank lobby.
Norwest has 35 banking locations and $2.9 billion in banking assets in Texas. In Texas, Norwest also has locations of Norwest Financial (50), Norwest Mortgage (40), Norwest Investment Services Inc. (6), Norwest Investment Management and Trust (6), Norwest Agricultural Credit (I) Rural Community Insurance Agency, Inc. (I) and Norwest Equipment Finance (I).
All-Stars in Florida
New Braunfels team drops first game at tournament.
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Misfire drives nail into worker’s skull [Event to
Man treated and released at BAMC
By DENISE DZIUK
A San Antonio man is recovering from an industrial accident at the Grand Cypress apartments Friday morning that left him w ith a three-inch nail in his skull.
Brian Guerra, 19 years old, of San Antonio, was performing construction work at the apartments being built on Highway 81.
The construction crew was apparently putting siding on the building when a nail gun accidentally discharged and struck him, said firefighter Darren Brinkkoeter.
“Through an accidental firing or a misfire, he was struck in the head,” he said.
Brinkkoeter said they received a call for an industrial accident at around 9 a.m. and when they arrived, they found Guerra with a thrqe-inch nail in his skull. Bnnkkoeter said the nail entered in the middle of the top part of his head, and was at about a 45-degree angle.
He said the nail was almost totally embedded in Guerra’s scalp and only about three-quarters of an inch was showing. Guerra was conscious and his vital signs were stable at the scene. Bnnkkoeter said he was also fully conscious. Emergency responders called headquarters and explained the situation. AirLife was called, and Guerra was transported to Brook Army Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Brian Guerra is loaded onto an AirLife helicopter after a nail gun misfired, lodging a nail more than two inches into his skull.
Sister's in Suffrage — Celebrate the Vote, is the name of an event set for downtown New Braunfels from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.
The celebration will feature a period costume parade with vintage cars, a musical-comedy production, a family picnic and musical entertainment from the Community Band, South Texas Sound and the Sweet Adelines quartet.NBISD must ensure state never again pins ‘low performing’ label on school. See Page 4A