New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tho HorakMoKungl
The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Cambry Clark, Amy Whitaker, Jared Plait, Gerald Groves (Saturday), George Meyer (Monday), Elida Sotelo, Chuck Faires (Saturday), Jeanette Dietert (Saturday), Susie Gonzales (Saturday), Elisa Jackson, brail Ramirez, Kermit Forshage (Saturday), Jack Green wade (Saturday), Annie Ricketts (Saturday), Alice Simon (Saturday), MUby Dow, Barbara Farios, Lenora Hutson, Berikla Schellinger, Gladys Barrett (Monday), Minnie Bickham (Monday), Lynn Burr (Monday), Robert Eastburn (Monday), Ada Hamel (Monday),
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Donations to H-Z Cheer Fund continue
Area citizens have begun to submit donations to the Herald-Zeitung's annual Cheer Fund campaign, which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays.
Anyone wishing to donate can do 90 in person by coming by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St., or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
Volunteers for food delivery are needed, Avery said Anyone , wishing to sign up for delivery can do so by calling Avery.
| Today's donations include:
■ Antonymous • $25
■ George & Chery Guidroz -$100
■ Eugene Sc Joanne Tschoepe -$50
■ Kenneth & Henrietta Fris-bie - $25
■ Antonymous - $25
Christian Woman’s Club to host lunchoon
The New Braunfels/San Marcos Christian Women's Club will host a luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11:30-l :30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.
Kelly Walker Presents "Stocking Full of Ideas," Christmas music of C.C. and Cary Fink of San Marcos will be featured, Minnie Jane Johnson speaks on "Garlands of Joy." Admission is $7.
Please call for reservations: in New Braunfels (210) 904-7348 For free nursery reservations, call (210) 904-7348 in New Braunfels.
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The U.S. Postal Service will host a open house at the New Braunfels Post Office on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to I pm.
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State highway dept, plans to close one lane of Seguin St.
Traffic coming into downtown will take detoured route this week
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Motorists traveling Seguin Street this week will notioe work going on at the railroad underpass.
The sate highway department plans to close the route to one lane, outbound only, while they conduct tests to build a new bridge.
David Kopp, local engineer for the highway department, said the inbound lane, that going toward downtown, will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews drill to test the soil at the underpass site.
"We have plans on the 1998 list to make it (Seguin) four lanes wide there," said Kopp. "So we need to put a
new bridge there.”
The outbound lane, going toward Interstate 35, will remain open.
Kopp said the one lane will probably not be closed the entire three days, mostly likely half the day Tuesday, all day Wednesday and part of Thursday.
Motorists going toward downtown will be diverted right at the light on Nacogdoches and then back around to Seguin on the other side of the tracks.
According to Kopp, TxDOT studied 70 of these type railroad structures across the state. The study ranked the railroad underpass on Landa St. No. I in terms of ncedingrcpair.lt ranked the Seguin St. underpass No. ll.
"We convinced the state to switch the order (of priority), strictly from a volume standpoint," said Kopp.
Statistics show increase in c mishaps
Local youth service credited with lower total of juvenile arrests
By TECLO J. GARCIA
New Braunfels’ continuing economic and population growth may be contributing to the city’s escalating number of traffic accidents.
The New Braunfels Police Department released statistics showing vehicle accidents up a substantial clip over last year.
Through October of this year, New Braunfels Police have investigated 1,804 vehicle accidents. In all 1993 the department responded to 1656 accidents.
New Braunfels Police Captain Ray Douglas said the numbers were unfortunate, but said his officers will be on the alert with holiday traffic filling the streets.
City officials said with the retail outlet malls in the area, they expect a surge of traffic on weekends through Christmas.
The department also reported 94 Driving While Intoxicated arrests through the tenth month of the year, and only fatalities of the 1804 accidents reported.
Total arrests for the department, including DW1 arrests, stood at 1,827 so far this year.
Juvenile arrests are down in 1994 by
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credits the work of Ll. Felix Roque, who works with juveniles in the city.
“Our youth service is doing well," Douglas said. "We have a real good working relationship with the schools. We like to think that with our youth service and Lt. Roque, it is hopefully working and maybe next year it will go down and that would be a trend we would gladly accept "
Total calls for emergency service have reached the 32,000 mark for the year and the captain said this years numbers are running 10-15 percents higher than last year.
The number of major crimes recorded by the police department also through October include:
School districts’ performance reports being sent to parents
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Parents will be getting report caids, not only from their children’s schools but on the performance of those schools
Carol Hill, assistant superintendent for the Comal Independent School District, said the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released its 1993-94 Academic Excellence Indicator System reports on every public school in the state. These reports determine each school’s accreditation based on test scores such as the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS).
Hall reported to the CISD board that all schools in the CISD received their accreditation. She added that parents will receive reports on their children’s schools and be able to compare different categories. Those individual report cards have not been delivered to the two county school districts, however.
'Tt’i going to talk about TAAS acorea," she said. "It ii broken down into different categories. They can compare to the average group of other schools most resembling theirs."
The erne breaks the teat scores into categories such as male, female, economically disadvantaged, white, Hispanic, African-American, other, etc. It U*a the percentage of peering acone for the particular school, district, region and state so that administrators and
parents can compare.
The report also includes a group designation of schools that match the makeup of a particular school for even more comparison.
Some scores, however, compares results from 1993 to 94, even though the tests were different in some cases.
The only aspect parents cannot see are specific comparisons to schools around the state. For instance, for people who moved from another district, they would have to contact that previous school or the TEA to find scores for that district and compare.
"They would have to get those from where they came," said Hall. "Or they could call the TEA."
The report also gives information on the staff at each district, with information on experience, salaries, etc. compared to the state averages, and also reports on the tax information compared to the state.
New Braunfels ISD Assistant Superintendent Karen Simpson said the district is planning to report on the AEIS scores at the next Dec. 13 board meeting.
Both districts probably won’t send individual school reports to parents until after the Christmas break.
"Each school will write school improvement highlights," said Simplon who added parents could contact principals and counselor! with any questions they should have after reviewing the reports.
Herald Z&tung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
BloMom Btobb (left) thorn Jenny McCeln end Blythe 9tobb en ornament on a Chrletmaa tree In the Sophienburg Mueeum Saturday afternoon during the mueeum'a candlelight tour.
Advent Vespers to perform today at FBC
The 35tyh Advent Vespers Massed Choir Concert will be held today at 4 pm. at First Baptist Church in New Braunfela.
The group is comprised of singers (interdenominational) from all over
The event is sponsored by the federated New Braunfels Music Study Club, with donations being directed to a scholarship for a local student.
The general public is invited.For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606-0846)