New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12,2005
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Tiger Woods struggles as the PGA Tournament, golfs final major of the year, opens.
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mm hm|First Commercial Bank probing lost funds
By Leigh Jones
The president of First Commercial Bank confirmed Thursday that an internal audit had revealed "questionable transactions" and that the findings would be turned over soon to “appropriate authorities.”
In an interview with the Her-ald-Zeitung Thursday at his
Limmer denies any knowledge of investigation
office in Seguin, First Commercial President Mark Long said, “The bank has not Finalized its review but can confirm that numerous accounts have been analyzed and less than IO have been found to have (questionable) transactions.
“The affected customers have been contacted and the transactions have been confirmed or the deficiencies resolved to their satisfaction."
Long said the bank discovered it had a problem after one of its customers notified management
of unusual transactions on an account.
Long would not comment on whether an employee or employees had been identified as being involved in the missing funds.
However, the discovery of the “questionable transactions”
coincided with the sudden resignation of Branch Manager Lynn Limmer on July 19.
Limmer, who also was a New Braunfels City Council member, resigned from her District 6 seat less than two weeks after her resignation from the bank.
When she resigned from city
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Walker says he feels at home with Comal ISD
By Ron Maloney
Dr. Marc Walker left a series of meetings where Comal Independent School District patrons and staff could get to know him with the feeling he’s found a new home.
Walker, an assistant superintendent of the Pflugerville ISD near Austin, gave a third — and last — “meet the superintendent" talk Wednesday at Canyon Intermediate School.
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expected to unanimously appoint Walker to the post at their Aug. 17 meeting.
Introducing Walker to the 50 or so people who attended, Trustee Laura Kistner said he was the finalist among 69 applicants who were winnowed to a field of seven, then four
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With registrations concluded, area schools prepare for opening day.
Making transition to college does not have to be difficult
By Melissa Johnson
I leading off to college for the first time is often an agonizing time for parents and students.
But there are ways to make it easier.
Texas State University Professor Rene Leblanc said that one problem parents face is letting go of their children and realizing that a stu
dent’s success is largely and legally up to them.
While parents should be supportive, they should also recognize that their student is an adult and responsible for the consequences of his or her actions.
"While I ve never had any parents call me about a student’s grades, I know of plenty of other teachers who have been called," l^eblanc said. “Legally, professors
can’t divulge any information about the student’s grades and, as far as I know, behavior.”
That doesn’t mean, however, that parents can’t demand their student print out a semester grade report in exchange for funding next semester’s tuition.
“If you are putting your kids through sch(x)l, it seems to me that your kids should be willing to share gl ades and trials and problems with
you,’’ Leblanc said.
Though parents shouldn't spy on their kids, they should encourage their students to stay actively involved in the educational process. Leblanc said basic steps such as students introducing themselves to their teachers and asking questions before, during and after class result in higher grades and retention rates.
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Publishers agree to send textbooks to classrooms
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN —Textbook publishers agreed Thursday to begin shipping overdue textbooks that haven’t yet been paid for to Texas classrooms as soon as school districts start making their orders.
Millions of new health, fine arts and foreign languages textbooks have been ordered and are sitting in warehouses awaiting shipment to Texas schools. So far. die Texas Legislature hasn’t funded the books, which are scheduled to replace materials that could be as much as 14 years old.
“We will ship these textbooks based on public assurances by the governor, lieutenant governor and the speaker that the textbooks will be funded by the state," said Collin Earnst, a spokesman for publisher I loughton Mifflin.
lawmakers, in their second special session on school funding of the summer, still haven’t determined how they’ll pay for $295 million in books. But state leaders haveThe Uptown Piano Bar is the Romantic place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries
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A DUST STORM IS BREWING
Expansion at Cemex has
By Leigh Jones
Marion Guenther’s front yard is covered with a fine white dust, a daily consequence of living less than 200 yards from the Cemex USA cement plant on Wald Road.
Guenther was dismayed to learn several weeks ago the company planned to expand its operations, but he felt powerless to protest.
Although he had contact information in hand. Guenther did not bother calling the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to complain about the plant’s recent permit request for a new raw mill and a second kiln.
“It doesn’t do me any good to talk to them about my concerns,” he said in his thick German accent. “I’m just a peon to them.”
Cemex filed its request with TCEQ earlier this summer after canceling an invitation-only, public relations event to announce its plans to make the largest investment by a privately-owned company in Comal County’s history.
The application indicates the plant’s capital improvements will cost more than $25 million, generate 21 new jobs and roughly double its operational size.
Although the announcement was canceled, the expansion was not.
Cemex Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Rick Shapiro said significant demand for cement around the country was driving the need to expand the company’s New Braunfels facility.
“We constantly look at how we meet the demand of our customers," he said. "Once we get a favorable outcome from our TCEQ
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Harlon and Inez Guenther, who live in the shadows of the Cemex plant, talk about the dust emitted by the Cemex facility. Below,The Cemex plant, which will more than double if a planned expansion is approved.
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permit application, which we fully expect, our next step is to reevaluate market conditions. Then, we ll determine whether or not to move forward with the expansion.”
In its application, on file at the New Braunfels Public Library for citizen review, Cemex provides