New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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LEISURE This Week
Accordion traditions at NB Museum of Art & Music/Inside
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Rescuer says crash victims the only heroes in accident
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
SPRING BRANCH — The Comal County rancher who helped two McAllen men escape a burning airplane on Saturday asked that news media stop bothering his neighbors.
The man pulled Jan Klinck, 57, and his brother Gary Klinck, 49, away from the scene of a private plane crash just north of Kestrel
Air Park in Bulverde about 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
Both men are being treated for burns at Brooke Army Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston.
Army officials would release no information on their condition over the telephone — or in person.
“You can’t come in here,” a BAMC official said Saturday afternoon. “We’ve had a hundred people here all for the See HEROES/5A
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Main Street group not finished yet
By Amy Clarkson
More than $28 million in reinvestment for New Braunfels’ downtown; increases in jobs, sales tax and property taxes revenues; a decrease in vacancy rates — all are successes of the city’s Main Street program.
But the group says it is not finished yet.
Main Street Advisory Board Chairman Marian Benson and Interim Director Laura Linhart-Kistner
will present city council with plans to restore the bandstand on Main Plaza.
“Basically, it’s just a report to council,” Benson said. ‘They asked for the status of some projects, so we prepared something for them. We want to show them where we’ve
been, where we are now and where we’re going.”
After the departure of former Main Street Director Lynn Fountain, the Main Street Advisory Board was faced with growing rumors that the council might end the program.
But with Linhart-Kistner on board on a temporary basis and a state contract that runs through December, Benson said she was confident the program would continue.See MAIN STREET/5A
■ Second reading of annexation ordinance: 6:30 p.m. Monday at the council chambers (includes executive session to discuss lawsuit)
■ Initial hearing to decide to grant the temporary restraining order and issue a temporary injunction until a trial date is set, Sept 7.
■ Third reading of annexation ordinance: Sept. 10, setting the effective date of annexation. #_ SUNDAYNew Braunfels August 26,2001
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Marion’s active students snare state’s highest rating
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By Robert FALKENBERG
MARION — Ask Dennis Dreyer, and he will tell you Marion Independent School District is a diverse and fulfilling place for students.
“We are a fun place to be. A lot of the kids we have are students who excel in several areas. Most importantly, they don’t have time to get in trouble,” the superintendent said.
MI SD was one of 178 districts rated exemplary by the Texas Education Agency recently, and Marion High School was one of 1,567 campuses also recognized as exemplary.
Marion elementary and middle schools fell short of the exemplary award but still were recognized by TEA.
This was the second year MISD was recognized as an exemplary district.
“It’s funny how the different campuses have supported each other,” Dreyer said. “Last year, we had two exemplary campuses, the elementary and the middle school, while the high school was recognized. This year, the campuses have switched.”
The district has 1,303 students and a faculty of 101 teachers, administrators and professional staff.
TEA’s four-level rating scale includes low performing, acceptable, recognized and exemplary.
To earn an exemplary rating, TEA requires 90 percent of each school’s or district’s students to meet minimum competency requirements on the TAAS test, which measures reading, math, and writing skills. This includes all student groups,
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Senior Josh Collins (far right) thinks he knows the answer to teacher Tracy Preiss’s question in Human Anatomy and Physiology class at Marion High School. MISD was one of 178 districts rated exemplary by the Texas Education Association, and MHS was one of 1,567 exemplary campuses.City proceeding with annexation plans
Watson to ask council to block tower in historic neighborhood
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Michael Gladden sees the 150-foot communications tower planned to go up across the street from his house as more than just an eyesore — he sees it as disregard for his neighborhood’s 150-year-old heritage.
“It’s a travesty to put a communications tower here,” he said. “A lot of these houses have been here since the 1800s, and to put a cell tower here is just wrong. It starts with a cell tower, but it ends up with historic homes torn down. And people in New Braunfels will realize, too late, what this neighborhood means.”
Tbwers of Texas applied for — and got — a permit to build a 150-foot communications tower at the end of Zink Street, directly across from Gladden’s home.
The land to place the $70,000 communications tower is being leased to Towers of Texas by Habitat for Humanity, which operates a small office across the street from the Gladdens’ home.
Habitat’s vice president Kim Reynolds said, “The tower will generate funds that will allow us to build more houses. We have to find ways to keep funds coming in.” The decision to lease land to Tbwers of Texas was made before she joined, the Habitat for Humanity Board, Reynolds said. Lee Edwards, board president, couldn’t be reached for comment.
On Monday, Councilwoman Juliet Watson plans to ask the rest of council to consider a 90-day moratorium on such towers so the planning department can come up with rules regarding communications towers See TOWER/5A
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council plans to vote on the second reading of its annexation ordinances Monday, despite a lawsuit that threatens to derail the process for at least one subdivision.
Hunter’s Creek filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon to block annexation for Area Two.
Attorney Randy Richards said the subdivision wanted a judge to provide answers to the city about its responsibilities to provide water and wastewater services. Richards also said he
represented only Hunter’s Creek and not other subdivisions targeted for annexation.
The city’s stance is that water and sewer services aren’t “municipal services” because New Braunfels Utilities provides water, sewer and electricity.
Under the city’s charter and ordinances, an independent board of trustees controls NBU. Under city law, officials say, they cannot guarantee water or wastewater services to newly annexed areas.
At the Aug. 13 council meeting, council voted to remove any promise of water See ANNEXATION/5 A
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Michael and Carolyn Gladden are upset that a 150-foot cell phone tower will be placed across from their Zink Street home in a historic neighborhood. Zink was the first street platted in the city of New Braunfels.