New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lenora Kennemer, Jonathan Hull, Emma Gean Crabill, Tom Kiesling (Saturday), Bobby Culpepper (Saturday), Ashley Lahela Friesenhahn (12 years), and Timmy Schriewer.
Follow tho advonturos of Proud Foot, starting today in tho H-Z
The Herald-Zeitung Christmas countdown starts today with the help of a very special bear. The story, "Proud Foot, The Polar Bear," will unfold in the Herald-Zeitung today through Christmas Eve.
Mayor Paul E. Fraser and his wife Tina wrote and illustrated the story in 1988.
"It started when we were going to go Christmas shopping," Tina Fraser said. “The stores weren’t quite open, so we went and had a cup of coffee, and Paul said, Tve been thinking about an idea.’"
The story evolved from the idea of a cuddly Christmas polar bear toy. As the creative process snowballed, the Frasers worked day and night on the story.
When they finished writing, they began drawing. "Tina was always a pretty good artist," Fraser said. He read a how-to book, practiced, and sharpened his drawing skills' until he could have a hand in the illustrations.
Proud Foot was conceived as more than a cute character — he also represents the fragile Arctic environment and its wildlife.
Completing the creative experience, Tina Fraser designed and sewed a stuffed Proud Foot.
The Frasers also wrote a song about how the clumsy polar bear saved Christmas and earned his name.
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Vol. 144, No.24
Lawsuit puts CISD bond issue on hold
By DENISE DZIUK
The authorization to issue and sell bonds dated January I, 1996 was delayed by the board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District as a result of a lawsuit challenging the 1995 bond election.
The issuance and sale of the bonds would have included $17.9 million from the October 14, 1995 bond election, as well as $8.5 million in authorized but unsold bonds from the 1994 election. However, two Canyon Lake residents filed a lawsuit to stop the recent bond issue from taking effect. Because of that suit, the board could not take action on issuing and selling the bonds.
“It’s a frivolous lawsuit,” said Board President Jim Middleton. “It’s got to be
executed through the courts regardless.”
Middleton said the suit will cost the district a lot of money to fight. However, he said it will also cost the district because of the delay. If interest rates or the district’s credit changes during the delay, it will cost millions, he said. The district’s financial advisors agreed with Middleton, and said that a one percent change could cost the district $5.2 million over 20 years. Middleton said it will also delay addressing the overcrowding problem in the schools.
“For every month we delay, we add another month to the completion date,” he said.
Middleton called the suit “despicable” and said he found it interesting that the two filing the suit did not even vote in the bond election. Board member John Clay said he was “at a loss for
words with the rage,” over the suit and those behind it.
A court hearing regarding the lawsuit has been set for Monday morning. Superintendent Jerry Major said it is unlikely that a decision will be made at that time. He said the judge may review the information and render a ruling, which could take at least 21 days, or it could take over 45 days for a trial date. Middleton recommended the board take no action on the issuance and sale. However, he said if a ruling is not made on Monday, the board can at least sell the remaining 1994 bonds.
In other business, board members criticized a fellow member for discussing the subject of a past executive session. Board member Thomas Bruce made public comments referring to real estate negotiations and the budget. Middleton said the negotiations
are held in closed session to prevent prices from being driven up due to interest in the land. He said other items that are legally discussed in closed session involve attorney discussions, discipline, and personnel matters.
“They are put in there so we can protect you and me as taxpayers. It’s to protect you and me from having our money spent on foolish things,” said Middleton.
Middleton, along with several other members, stated that public comments regarding closed session is unethical. Bruce defended his actions, and said there is nothing that says a person present for the session cannot discuss what occurred in the meeting.
“The people in this district have a nght to know what we’re doing with their money,” said Bruce.
The board also approved the 1994-
95 annual audit report, which the Texas Education Agency requires be filed by Dec. 31. Hal Holtman, of Holtman and Co., presented the report to the board. Holtman told the board that Bruce failed to sign a form stating laws are being upheld. Instead, Bruce marked the form ’void,’ and submitted a copy of the signed oath of office lie took Die board asked what affect this could have on the distnct.
“It could possibly affect some of your federal funding, but we don’t know if that will be the case or not,” said Holtman.
Middleton instructed Abel Campos, director of the business office, to notify the board if any problem occurred as a result of this, because “the public should know.”
Rabies bait drop planned for county
meal, and is very sweet because “foxes have a sweet tooth.” The center of the cube is hollow, and a blister packet. resembling catsup packets , is placed in the center. The fox chews up the cube, puncturing the packet. The vaccine in the packet gets on the tonsils of the fox, and it is vaccinated, she said.
Tull said a lot of people become concerned about the effects the vaccine will have on pets or livestock. However, the bait is safe for 59 species of mammals and birds. The vaccine was given to raccoons in an amount 200 times gi calci than what is in the packet, and no negative effects were seen. Tull said the vaccine is also not harmful to the environment or to domestic animals and humans.
“Cows are not unaccustomed to eating cubes, so they will eat these cubes. It won’t hurt them, but it won’t really provide vaccination either,” she said.
Tull said the drop is done to reduce the number of animals susceptible to rabies. “Naturally, people become concerned with the cost to do it, but if we can prevent people from being exposed to rabies, it’s worth the money to do the drop,” she said.
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Pre-K students from Happy Days Day Care perform Christmas carols for employees at McKenna Memorial Hospital yesterday. Pictured are: Jarin Spined, Auda Rodriguez and Travis Schott.
The Texas Department of Health is taking steps to eliminate several rabies epidemics throughout the state. Comal County is part of that plan, and will receive a rabies bait drop in January.
Cathenne Tull, regional veterinanan for the Texas Department of Health, said there are vanous strains of rabies, and Comal County is experiencing problems with gray fox rabies. As of Dec. I, four bats and one fox tested positive for rabies in the county. Neighboring Bexar County had 23 rabid foxes. Tull said the problem is worse in some counties, and Tom Greene county had 90 fox cases last year.
“The foxes had just a huge explosion of cases. We see the most rabies in wild animals,” said Tull.
A coyote bait drop will begin on Jan. 4.The baits contain a rabies vaccine. It will take a couple of weeks, and will be followed by a fox bait drop. The second drop will include Comal County, said Tull.
“You’ll see pretty much the whole county will be bombed with bait," she said.
Tull said the bait is a cube of fish
Goodwill bails on job training program
Workforce Council to start running program
Historical Christmas Journey
The public is invited to the Historical Christmas Journey, Saturday, Dec. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at First Protestant Church, Seguin and Coll streets. No admission charge.
Featuring: The first Christmas on the coast, Christmas at the orphanage, a Victorian Christmas, Christmas eve candlelight service, historical church buildings in miniature, a live nativity, festive music and refreshments.
Choor Fund donations continue
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations includeLTC. Ralph A Koch Jr - $50; Automotive Audio - $50; and Roy and Sylvia Guerrero - $25, bringing the fund total to $3,843.11.
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Goodwill Industries will no longer manage rural Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs starting at the first of the year.
“Several factors beyond our control prevent Goodwill from delivering the quality of service for which we are proud to be known, and will therefore close our operations at the end of this month,” said A. J. Bob Blase, president of Goodwill Industnes of San Antonio.
JTPA provides job training to 400 to 500 people in 11 area counties each year — and the program will continue, said Tim Dusek. The Alamo Area Workforce Development Council (AAWDC) will pick up management of the program after Goodwill.
“Participants in the program will continue through whatever track they are in,” said Nickle Valdez, A A WDC’s steward of JTPA. “We’ll honor any commitments Goodwill has made to those clients.”
The JTPA program helps unemployed become employed through career assessment, job searches and placement. JTPA also provides education — from basic literacy to vocational and college courses.
“We are federally funded but we are not an entitlement program,”
Dusek said. Applicants must go through an extensive screening process before they are eligible for JTPA assistance — they need to show that they have a good chance of following the training through successfully.
“We’ve helped a lot of people here in New Braunfels, and Boerne, and Kerrville, and all of those other areas,” said Rufus Hudgins, local Goodwill service technician. “We’ve been able to do that with limited funding.”
Dusek said 20 to 25 Comal County residents are participating in JTPA programs nght now. A few more have applied and are waiting to begin.
The JTPA program itself is likely to continue uninterrupted, even though the future management structure is still up in the air, said Comal County Commissioner Jumbo Evans, who is also on the Alamo Area Council of Governments board of directors.
“It is just in a transitional phase,” he said.
Workforce development programs are likely to improve in the future, Evans said, because vanous agencies are beginning to coordinate resources and ideas.
Area residents with questions about the JTPA program should first contact the local Goodwill office at 629-2949. For answers to further questions call Nickle Valdez at (210) 272-3250.
CISD transportation workers play Santa Claus
Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Helping make Christmas more merry are: David Brewer, Jay Inman, Beverly Robinson, Suzy Crandall, Brenda Heinsohn, Virginia Hendricks, Tim Wadsworth of McDonalds, Leonard Mutchler, Frank Luna, Rand Dieted, Joe Williams, Mike Henk, Yvonne Tristan of Communities in Schools, Nancee Smith, Kayleen Bowers-Vest, Nancy Reinhard, and Lenny Franklin, CISD director of transportation.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Santa rides a school bus — and his elves are transportation workers for the Comal Independent School District.
CISD bus dnvers, mechanics and transportation managers, with community support, are helping 24 families in the school distnct have an extra merry Chnstmas.
"There are a lot of things in the community that get done, but only if people care enough to do them,” said organizer Nancee Smith.
The CISD Christmas bus started out simply, with CISD transportation employees asking Communities in Schools for a list of families in the district who might need an extra toy or two under the tree this Chnstmas.
“It started with just transportation folks — it turned into a communitywide effort,” Kayleen Bowers-Vest said. Area business were contacted for donations and not a single organization turned the dnvers down.
“We even had a fifth grade class who donated instead of giving to each other,” Suzy Crandall said. “It’s kind of contagious.”
McDonalds contributed enough food items for 30 families. Taco Cabana donated a meal for 20 families.
Crysta Hubertus spent long hours restoring a dirt bike to mint condition
Area business stuffy stockings, too. K-Mart and Wal-Mart donated money for clothing. Dentists gave
‘It started with just transportation folks — and it turned into a community-wide effort.’
— Kayleen Bowers-Vest
toothpaste and toothbrushes. Sweet Home Trading donated 750 Fogs and a Dallas Cowboys packet for one young fan Transportation workers are shooting for Monday as the launch date
for Santa's bus It will deliver toys to children in the following schools: Frazier Elementary, Comal Elementary, Goodwin Primary, Mountain Valley Elementary, Bulverde Primary, and Bulverde Elementary.
Bowers-Vest said special thanks go out from the transportation workers to the following: Dr John M. Tie-man, M D,; Dr. W.C. Anderson, M D.; Dr Patricia Hemng, DDS.; Dr. W'llliam Lee, D D S.; Sweet Home Trading, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Taco Cabana and K-Mart
“Bus dnvers are always the last to get the pat on the back,” Smith said. “They should be the first ”Peace accord signed; but situation in Bosnia still volatile. See Opinion, Page 4