New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150 No. 235Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
$1.00Annexation battle comes down to vote
From Staff Reports
Annexation foes will get their chance to speak Monday, albeit briefly, when New Braunfels City Council takes up the matter Monday.
Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the New Braunfels Municipal Building to consider the first reading of the annexation ordinance.
The city plans to annex more than ll areas.
The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. in executive session to discuss annexation legal issues with city attorney Charlie Zech.See SPEAK/10A
Wait for cures from stem cell research could be a long oneFamilies hold out hope controversial methods will help their diseases
By LAURAN NEERGAARDAP Medical Writer
WASHINGTON — Five-year-old Jamie Langbein’s mother gets ready to race her daughter’s insulin pump across town after the diabetic child forgets to take it to art camp.
Ann Campbell literally inches her way out of bed, unable to sit until she gets her first dose of Parkinson’s medication to temporarily loosen her stiff muscles.
And John E. Jenkins heads home from work to hand-feed lunch to his wife. Lou Gehrig’s disease has frozen her limbs and made swallowing an ordeal.
These are the daily struggles of families awaiting the promise of embryonic stem cells. But after President Bush allows limited federal research with these much-touted cells, the families’ hope mixes with fear that the wait may prove to be too long.
Which is why the Langbeins were excited to learn about stem cells, master cells found in 5-day-old embryos that give rise to all human tissue. (There are different stem cells found in adult tissue that also show See RESEARCH/10A
School district giving lessons in change
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
Students, parents and teachers at New Braunfels Independent School District will get a lesson in change when school starts Aug. 21,
District Superintendent Ron Reaves said students returning to class will contend with physical changes in district campuses, as well as changes in academic requirements.
This year’s ninth-grade students will have to start preparing for the new Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills,Back to school nights/9A
or TARS test.
When the freshmen become juniors in 2003, they must demonstrate proficiency in English, math, science and history.
The new test replaces the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills Test, or TAAS, which only had students demonstrate English and math skills.
“In general, students will be seeing the level of curriculum
and expectations raised. We feel they can meet it. They’re going to need to,” Reaves said.
In order to better prepare students for college and the workforce, the district has adopted the state’s recommended graduation plan for high schools.
The plan calls for students to accumulate 24 credits before graduating, instead of the minimum 22 credits.
“We’re trying to have teachers understand that TARS is paramount, and address it inSee CHANG E/9A
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungNew Braunfels’ Superintendent Ron Reaves looks over a new textbook with OakRun’s Bryce Faulkner,
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Key Code 77
Patrollin’ on the river
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels police Sgt. Kevin Clayton and Detective Bob Parchman (far right) operate their motorized raft down the Comal River early Saturday afternoon. Officers were assigned in greater numbers to the Comal this weekend because of the Guadalupe’s low flow.
Residents, officials say plan working, not perfect
By Amy Clarkson and Ron Maloney Staff Writers
Les Caffey likes to sit on his back deck over the Guadalupe River, listen to the river and forget the world.
“Right here is where we spend our leisure time,” he said, nodding down at his dogs, Chelsie and Elsie. “Even in the winter, I sit here.”
This summer, New Braunfels Police Department and the city’s river management plan have given him back his deck, he said.
“It helps. Just the presence of the police out there is all you need. As far as I’m concerned, several years ago we had police working the river. It worked fantastic, just like it has this summer. Then, they quit. Had we continued to have them all these years, we never would have had the problems we’ve had,” Caffey said.
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungLes Caffey says he has the best place on the Guadalupe river, with great neighbors and, now thanks to New Braunfels police, a better environment.
He rated this summer’s river enforcement a resounding success and said he hoped it would continue.
“I think this summer on the Guadalupe has been much better than anybody expected,” he said.
New Braunfels’ new river management plan has earned the praise of many, with questions from only a few in its first few months.
The city’s River Activities
Committee created the comprehensive program that covers law enforcement, trash pick-up and increased services on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.
After several public meetings
— and considerable controversy
— the plan started this summer. The city placed new umbrella covers at the last public exit, created designated pickup places for the shuttles, bought more trashcans and created a law enforcement plan forSee RIVER/5A
Tubers largely unaware of added police
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
Police watching out for tomfoolery on the river should make their presence known “in a friendly kind of way,” according to out-of-town tubers unaware of the extra patrols.
Most tubers traversing the Comal River Saturday said they paid little attention to or barely noticed the added police presence along the river.
They said they were too busy enjoying the ride, while others were totally unaware of the city’s efforts to clamp down on rowdy river behavior.
Stuart Williams, a resident of Friendswood, said he didn’t know about the added police patrols.
“We didn’t see any signs that said they were around,” he said.
Williams said he thought the tube rental companies or police stationed near the businesses should give people fair warning See TUBERS/5 A