New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Lance Berkman adds to his stellar 1995 season. S
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Nathan Klabunde, Elvie Renfroe, Stephen Kennemer Sr., Emil Q. Helmcamp (77 years), Dwayne «lonas, Mil* ton Erben, and Mildred Hoffmann. Happy first anniversary to Douglas and Casey Brandt (Saturday), happy 23rd anniversary to Floyd and Lenora Hutson, and happy 23rd anniversary to Rudy and Ann Juarez.
Al Barlow and Friends play free
Al Barlow and Friends will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday, Aug. 24.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed.
Register your well
Well owners in the boundaries of the Edwards Underground Water District can pick up registration forms Monday through Friday from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Comal County Tax Assessor-Collector office, 150 N. Seguin St., Suite 101, New Braunfels.
County well owners will be required to register their wells with the EU WD effective Aug. 22.
Bowling league fall season starts
The Ladies Monday Afternoon Bowling League will begin its fall season Monday, Aug 21. Any ladies interested in bowling in the league can call Maxine Reininger at 625-3674 or Agnes Lehmann at 625-5391.
Dance class registration
Register now for classes at New Braunfels Dance Studio. Ages 3 1/2 through adults.
Call 625-9892. Or enroll at the studio, 1117 N. Walnut, Aug.
23 or 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Family and multiple lesson discounts Ballet, toe, tap, jazz, acrobatics and tumbling
Community Chorale rehearsals
The New Braunfels Community Chorale begins rehearsals for the new season Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. downstairs
in the Friendship Room at Eden Home. Come and bring a friend The concert will be Sunday, Oct 15. For information, call Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Model train show
New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show will be held from 9 a rn to 5:30 p m. Aug. 26 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for under 18. Under five free. Railroad art, date nails, model trains, operating layouts, building kits and supplies, memorabilia, books, tools Call 935-2517 for information
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44 Pages in four sections ■ Sunday, August 20, 1995 Servina Comal Countv for more than 143 vears ■ Home of NATHAN KLABUNDE
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of NATHAN KLABUNDE
Vol. 143, No 191
Plans for public transit move ahead
By DENISE DZIUK
The push for a public transit system in New Braunfels has not died down. In fact, it may be making headway.
Main Street Director Karen “K.C.” Crandall is part of a committee trying to bring the system to New Braunfels. She said the committee is still working hard at developing plans for a public transit system that would provide bus service in town.
Crandall said the committee has been presented with an opportunity to have a one year trial program virtually
To turn this program away when "toe can get it virtually free for one year would be ludicrous.’
— Karen Crandall
for free “if we have all our ducks in a row.” She said the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has agreed to provide the vehicles and pay
for operations costs. Crandall said the local responsibilities will include determining routes, posting signs, and marketing it to the public.
“To turn this program away when we can get it virtually free for one year would be ludicrous,” she said.
Crandall said the committee will probably soon be going to the city council to discuss a possible expansion grant, which would pay for the majority of the costs associated with the program.
“Most grants arc a one-time shot. This one lasts throughout the program,” she said.
Jim Scheele, Jr., Director of Convention and Visitor Bureau for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said he thinks a public transit system is a good idea.
“We have a lot of people come to town and to have a system to help get them around would definitely be beneficial,” he said.
Crandall said AACCX} has requested that all the paperwork and information be ready by Oct. 15. She said they still have several things to work out, and that doesn’t leave a lot of time.
Crandall said the committee will be
holding a meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at City Hall to discuss the plans in further detail. She said the meeting is open to the public.
A lot of letters from the community have been received voicing support for the system. She said support is always welcome, and in the near future, the committee will be going to both the city council and the committee asking for support.
People wanting to offer support for the system can contact Crandall at 424 S. Casten Avenue, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
Inman removed as WORD spokesman
Move is not a ‘gag order’ board member says
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Because of the comments he made in a newspaper article last week that angered business owners and outfitters along the Guadalupe River, Water Oriented Recreation District General Manager Jim Inman will longer be the district’s spokesman, a WORD board member said on Friday.
“This is not any type of gag order on Mr. Inman,” WORD member Bill Mayo said. “We are taking some of the responsibility off of Mr. Inman so that he can concentrate on his other duties for WORD.”
Mayo said that he, WORD President Guy Anderson and WORD member Zero Rivers will handle the publicity part of the agency and will issue statements to both the media and the public.
In an article that appeared in a San Antonio paper, Inman said the river levels were low and that the outfitters were taking their boats off the river. In a follow-up story the next day, Inman said that rafts that are on the river during low levels can be exposed to rocks, which can damage them.
Inman’s comments angered Bridget McDougall, owner of Scenic River Prop
erties. McDougall made her displeasure known about the remarks at the WORD meeting on Wednesday. In a letter to WORD members, McDougall said that Inman’s remarks hurt her business and that many of her customers have cancelled their reservations for the rest of the season. She also called for Inman’s resignation at the meeting.
“It is a wait and see thing,” McDougall said when she was notified that the three members would handle public statement* for the recreation district. “I know that Bill Mayo has our best interests at heart, so we will wait and see.”
Mayo defended the work that Inman has done for WORD. He said that Inman has been unfairly criticized and picked on by a few people.
“Well, Mr. Inman has more than paid for his error,” Mayo said. “He is a super employee who has done a lot of good work. I know it (Inman’s comments) was a monumental mistake for the outfitters. But I believe there was no malice behind it from Jim.”
Mayo said the district has considered hiring a part-time public relations person for some time. Mayo said the proposal came up long before the controversy began and that the public relations would go onto college campuses and recruit potential WORD employees.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Charles Bernier was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, after he crashed his motorcycle Friday. He was driving his Honda Gold-Wing east on Highway 306 near Hancock Road at about 2 p.m. Friday, when, according to witnesses, he failed to negotiate a turn and went off the road, over a drainage ditch and crashed into a cement wall. He underwent surgery and was in critical condition at last report.
NBHS students can switch schools free
By DENISE DZIUK
For the first year in the history of public education, students in low-performing schools have an option of receiving a public education grant to transfer to another school. However, officials from the New Braunfels Independent School District, which the state has labeled 'low perfonmng,' do not believe this will have an effect on the district's enrollment.
The Texas Legislature has established a public education grant (PEG) that averages about $4,000-$5,000 to allow a child assigned to a low-performing school the opportunity to transfer to another school, even if it means transferring out of the district.
The district of residence simply forwards the money to the receiving district. The district a parent chooses to send the child to cannot charge tuition in addition to the grant, and it cannot charge more than the distnct’s average expenditure per student.
“With all the attention being given to home-rule and charters, public school choice is a change that impacts far more students and needs to be brought to the attention of parents,’’ said Jeff Judson, President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “I
am pleased that the legislators have chosen to empower parents over low-performmg government bureaucracy •”
New Braunfels High School, in the New Braunfels Independent School District, and Jack C. Hays High School, in the Hays Consolidated ISD, were both rated as low-performing due to the dropout rate of minonty students.
NBISI) Superintendent Charles Bradbern said the second definition of eligibility is currently applicable to the high school However, he does not believe the grants will effect enrollment
“Ans body wanting to transfer probably would have done it by now," he said. “It’s kind of a moot question. We don’t see it impacting anyone anywhere.”
He said another reason he believes the enrollment will not be effected is because the district does not receive requests to transfer out Rather, they are turning away about five students a day who want to transfer into New Braunfels.
“We have the opposite problem of people wanting to transfer into the district and being told 'no',’’ said Brad-berry.Owners must be held accountable when their dogs go hunting sheep.