New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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August 28, 1991
Vol. 139. No. 202
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Alphonse Laubach
One Section, 16 Pages
Partly cloudy conditions and a 30 percent chance of rain are the focus of a forecast for today and Thursday that includes highs in the mid-90s, lows in the mid-70s and east-southeast winds at about IO mph. In New Braunfels Tuesday, the high was 92 and the overnight low was 67. For weather details, please see Page 2.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Joaquin Hernandez, Bob Buryanek, Del Strube, Lillie Zim-mermann, Craig Culpepper, Kristen Schanagel, Kirsten Gaytan, Zane Stephenson, Ryan Bockholt and Candy Inf an ti.
Belated birthday greetings to Todd Steeno.
“Happy anniversary” today to Otto and Lillie Zimmermann, Don and Laverne Bowen and Judy and Gus Valadez.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.Trade show
Tickets for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce's Business Trade Show scheduled for Sept. IO and ll are on sale at the Chamber office or from a member of the Trade Show committee. This is the third year for the show, which has been a success from the beginning. There are 64 booths with 57 exhibitors and more than 35 different products and/or services exhibited. Door prizes will be given with a trip for two to New Orleans as the grand prize. The sneak preview on T uesday from 6 - 9:30 pjn. is a galalike affair featuring entertainment and refreshments. The show on Wednesday includes a business apparel fashion show with models from local industries and clothing from local retailers beginning at 5:30 p.m.A closer look
Were you aware that at the Dull inger Memorial Library you can take a closer look at that valuable stamp or coin or the fine print in that contract or that family photograph? Last year the library was the recipient of a unique gift — a closed circuit television. This television will magnify images up to 45 times the original size. If you need to take a closer look, come by the library at 373 Magazine Ave. Monday through Thursday IO a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from IO a.m. to' 5 p.m.Square dancing
Square dance lessons begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Bracken United Methodist Church. Call Jim or Bernie Mitchell for two free lessons at 625-0484.Fair parade
The Comal County Fair Association is taking entries for the fair parade scheduled for Sept. 27. Entry categories are: local organizations, school organizations, visiting festivals and fairs, visiting towns and cities, miscellaneous and political, equestrian riding groups, local and visiting commercial. To obtain an entry form or for more information call Sue Bush at (512) 996-3796, Margi Handrick at 625-1884 or Danny Scheel at 625-3117. Entry deadline is Sept. 24.Crafts show
The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is set for Aug. 31 and Sept. I at the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on Main Plaza from 9 a .rn. to 5:30 pjn. each day. Admission is free. For more information call Tressie Russell at 625-8081.Good Day
Officers voted ‘best dressed’
Uniform group honors Comal County Sheriff’s Department
CISD rolls still growing, Rogers says
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Comal Independent School District is experiencing an increase in student population this year with a total of 6,285 students attending as of Monday, Aug. 26.
“We’re still growing,” Superintendent Joe Rogers said. "The average attendance last year was 5,952."
The district is on-track with projections from a bond package two years ago of 65 percent growth over five years for western portion of CISD, officials said.
Attendance on the first day of school, last Wednesday, was 6,103. More students are expected to enroll in early September, following the Labor Day holiday.
The largest growth in the district is at Smithson Valley Middle School, showing a 13 percent increase to 795 students. Overall, the western part of CISD was the high growth area with an 8.6 percent increase.
Western elementary campuses
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Sgt. Jim Clifton models the uniform of the Comal County Sheriffs Department, one of 12 “winning combinations" in a Law and Order magazine contest
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Comal County Sheriff’s Department has received an outstanding achievement award in the 1991 Best Dressed Police Department Competition, a program sponsored annually by the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD). The department is one of 12 nationwide to receive an award plaque in commemoration of the honor.
“I’m always glad when Comal County gets some kind of recognition,’’ Sherif! Jack Bremer said. “It’s a morale factor, as far as I’m concerned."
In 1989 the department changed its uniform from the common brown one to the new “hunter" green look, Bremer said.
With forest green trousers, deputies wear tan shins and black basketweave bells. Hats vary depending on the season. In winter, deputies wear a gray western hat with a dark green band. They wear straw hats in the summer.
“The hunter or forest green color fits in with the Texas Hill Country and German cultures (that) predominate in Comal County,” Hoherz said.
An article announcing the contest winners appeared in the August 1991 issue of “Law and Order" magazine, which included a photo of Comal County Deputies.
Sgt. Jim Clifton did the write-up and the paperwork to submit the entry, Bremer said.
When Bremer became sheriff in 1989, he changed the department’s uniform and vehicle marking designs to their current look.
“Now that people have seen the uniform and have gotten used to it, everyone is very pleased with it," Bremer said.
The sherif! hopes to win another award in the vehicle division next year, he said.
The Best Dressed Police Department Competition, now in its 14th year, honors police agencies that exhibit the highest standards of uniform dress and overall appearance. An independent panel of law enforcement and garment experts evaluates entries on the basis of image projection, professionalism, garment practicality, neatness, and inspection policies. The program is open to any law enforcement unit in the United Slates. Top honorees receive award plaques.
Judges for the 1991 competition were: Patrick DeMare Jr., manager of the New York Custom and Uniform Tailors Division of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; Michael T. Filippcl-lo, chief of police, Parsippany, NJ., and Scott King-wili, publisher of “Law and Order" magazine.
City employee Albert Carreon spreads sand to absorb a fluid that poured onto Seguin Avenue in New Braunfels following a chemical spill at Bluebonnet Motors. (Photo by Brett Brookshire)
Chemical under analysis
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The chemical spilled at Bluebonnet Motors at 315 N. Seguin Ave. in downtown New Braunfels will be analyzed to determine exactly what it was, said Elroy Friesenhahn, New Braunfels Fire Marshall.
“It was a spent chemical,” he said. “There was definitely some carburetor cleaner in it. We’re not sure of what the concentration was. We know some of the chemical in there was a
carburetor cleaner which is known as immersion cleaner and there were probably some other chemicals in there with it.”
The Health Department is analyzing the substance for possible health effects, the results of which will not be known for about a week, Friesenhahn said.
Crews completed work at the scene at 5:45 p.m., transporting contaminated sand, which was spread to absorb the fluid, to a holding area at
the Bluebonnet Motors make-ready area near Walnut Avenue and Landa Street. Here the hazardous material will be contained in plastic until proper disposal arrangements can be made, he said.
"The actual product that spilled was not labeled,” Herb Synng said. “It could have been carburetor cleaner with some other things, such as some oil and other products. It was stored in a barrel that was labeled as an undercoating paint and you could definitely
see the residue of the undercoating paint still in the barrel. When you start mixing one chemical with another you change some of the chemical breakdowns.”
Syring said that it appeared the barrel was being used as a dump for used chemicals.
“You should probably be smelling it for some time (in that area),” Syring said. “It will take a while for all
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Local SAT scores improving
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
While Scholastic Aptitude Test results are down around the nation, scores in New Braunfels and Comal County continue to show improvement, according to figures released by New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts.
New Braunfels 1SD beat not only the national average but their own figures from last year, said Mike Fitsko, assistant superintendent for curriculum at NBISD.
“They’re excellent,” Fitsko said. “I think that some of the math manipulative stuff we do at the lower grades carries over.”
NBISD students scored 441 verbal and 500 math, up from 435 verbal and 491 math last year.
“I’m excited about that," Fitsko
said. He added the figures were a great reflection on the district.
CISD students scored 420 on the verbal test, up 11 points from last year and 467 on ti e math test, up 8 points.
The Texas Education Agency said Monday the average SAT mathematics score in Texas was 463, up two points from 1989-90. The average verbal score was 411, down two points.
Nationally, the average mathematics score was 474, and the average verbal score was 422. Both were two points lower than in 1989-90.
The national scores reflect a record low for verbal skills and math scores sank for the first time since 1980.
More than I million students took the SAT nationwide. In Texas, 79,946 students took the examination. The number of Texas students taking the
SAT increased by 1,889 over the previous year.
Some experts say there is good news in the 60-point drop in SAT scores since records were kept in 1969: More minorities are striving for college.
Educational Testing Service research concludes that half the eight-point decline in verbal scores between 1987 and 1990 was due to the increasing proportion of minority and bilingual test-takers who a generation ago never dreamed of college, said Robert G. Cameron, senior research associate at the College Board.
“There are more people attempting to get into college, as well as more non-traditional students trying to go back to college," said Brenda Kohn, CISD instructional coordinator. “Some students may be going for a community college program and aren’t worried about getting the high
est test scores. ’
Bul schools also bear considerable responsibility when they don’t require rigorous courses, assign enough homework or encourage outside reading. Success of NBISD and CISD students indicates the effectiveness of honors programs at the two districts, officials said.
“Educators in CISD emphasize that all students need a firm commitment from parents to support the educational process,” said Carol Hall, CISD assistant superintendent for curriculum. “The best learning environment exists when parents reinforce schoolwork as the most important factor in insuring future success."
The SAT test is an assessment used to determine a students status for college admission. Usually, only students interested in attending college take the test.
The Aiiociaied Presa contributed to this article.
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman confirmed Wednesday morning that he is among those seeking consideration for the city manager’s job in Temple.
“I did send out two resumes,”
Grohman said Wednesday morning, “and you’ve found them both.”
The New Braunfels Herald-lei lung had learned Tuesday afternoon that Grohman is among 151 who have applied for the city manager’s slot in Tyler.
According to stories published in the Temple Daily Telegram, an initial list of 66 applicants for that spot was trimmed to 14 last week and interviewing for the post will begin next week.
The Temple job became vacant after that city’s city manager and finance director resigned in the wake of an audit that showed city reserve funds had been depleted by $4.8 million over a five year period. The auditor said the depiction was the result of routine expenditures that were allowed to exceed budgeted amounts. Council members said the situauon should have been communicated to them prior to the auditor’s disclosure.
Those to be interviewed include a number applicants from Texas and one from as far away as North Carolina.
According to the Telegram, candidates include:
• Belton City Manager Jeffrey B. Holberg;
• Temple City Engineer and Director of Public Works Leonard C. Henry;
• Temple Planning Director and Assistant to the City Manager Sam A Listi;
• Former Odessa City Manager William R. Brown Jr. who was fired by that city’s council in April on a 3-2 vote;
• William R. Eisen, who has been city manager in Rockwall for the past seven years;
• Ennis City Manager G. Stephen Howrton;
• Corsicana Ciy Manager Craig F. Lonon;
• Allen City Manager Jonathan M. McCarty;
• Garland Assistant City Manager Jeffrey B. Muzzy;
• Coppell City Manager Alan D. Ratliff;
• David R. Taylor, president and chief executive officer of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and former city manager of Chapel Hill, N.C;
• Marvin Townsend, deputy director for the Texas Municipal League in Austin; and
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Manager looking at move