New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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| The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends bothday wishes to: Rode Davila, Roberto Gomez, Blanca Garcia, Andy Garcia, Lome Cooksey, Albedo Aleman Jr. (belated), Dfata S. Gonzales (belated), Francisco iFuentes and Alex Munoz Jr.
M Happy anniversary wishes go to Rocky and Velma Molina (15 [years).
H7'o have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds —673 Cedar Elm —516
(Ftater measured r parts per a6c meter of air. Hamalcn padded by Dr. Fig* Harp*) River tailor motion
Coma River—330 cubic feet per second Wednesday, sane as Tuesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 62593 feet above sea level Wednesday, down .03 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge —171 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —163 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.7 feet above
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NSU reports pumping 5.319 million gallons of surface water Wednesday and 90,300 gallons of wet water.
Drag out those umbrellas
Today — Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. Tonight, becoming cloudy with some patchy fog. Lows in the 50s.
Friday — Mostly cloudy and cod with some patchy light drizzle. Highs in the 60s. Friday night, cloudy with a chance of rain or thunderstorms late. Lows in the 50s to near 60.
Saturday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or thunderstorms. Decreasing clouds late. Lows in the 40s to around 50. Highs in the 50s.
Sunday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 30s Highs in the 50s.
Monday — Increasing cloudiness. Lows in the 30s. Highs in the 50s.
American Lag ion auxiliary sHarss spirit
The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 179.
This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight.
Vdunteers are needed to package food baskets bought with money donated to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Volunteers can drop by the Herald-Zeitung offices, 707 Landa St., anytime after 8 a.m. to help. Recent contributions include
■ Mr. and Mrs. Herb R. Schneider — $100
■ Sara D Baenziger — $25
■ Mary Kathryn Cunningham— $100
■ Josh Cunningham — $100
■ Anonymous — $50
Committee mulls one-way traffic on Hunter
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Some Gruene residents would have to change the way they drive to New Braunfels if a request to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board is approved.
A proposal that Hunter Road be made a one-way street from Gruene Road to New Braunfels Street has been made to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board by a merchant who operates a business on New Braunfels Street. The proposal will be considered today at 7:30
p.m. during the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board meeting at the municipal building.
T’d-have to go right on New Braunfels Street and left on Gruene Road to get to Common Street,” said Paul Hammaker, president of the Gruene Homeowner’s
Who did it?
Middle school students test skills to solve mystery
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
A drop ofblood, a footprint and a strand of hair are some clues helping New Braunfels Middle School students answer the question: Who stole Packi?
The clues are part of a forensics course NBMS teachers are presenting to acquaint students with chromosome typing, handwriting analysis, blood typing and fabric analysis, among other means used by police to discern evidence found at crime scenes.
The curriculum is heavy on science, but incorporates math, soctal studies and language arts, too.
“The project emphasizes how all skills are interrelated,” said Kristie Thompson, science instructor. Seventh-grade students of Thompson, Claire Smith, Jarotyn Popp, Michael Brooks, Chuck Fanes and Melody Carlisle are using skills derived from the course to discover who stole a rival school’s mascot found on NBMS grounds, amidst some incriminating evidence.
Packi, Puchwana High School’s priceless model elephant, was found by NBMS principal Lisa Hafter near a box believed to have been used to transport him. An anvil and two hand-written letters were found at the scene.
Students lifted fingerprints from the box and took samples from the anvil that had remnants of blood and hair on it. They analyzed a footprint to see if the size of the pant could be related to the height of a possible suspect.
“We really loaded on the evidence,” said Thompson.
Students outlined what happened and recreated the night with their own interpretations of evidence found at the crime scene. They wrote narratives on their findings for slide presentations.
“As we’re doing our slide shows, there is a great emphasis on grammar, sentence construction and spelling,” said Popp, language arts teacher.’They use sophisticated sentences to describe ... the crime scene,” said Popp.
During classes recently, students examined different animal hairs under microscopes to learn how to identify them. Although whole fingerprints can be difficult to get, hair is commonly found at crime scenes and can reveal to forensic scientists many clues about who could have left it there, according to the course taught by Thompson.
“All the stuff we’ve been learning and writing down is getting us closer” to solving the crime, said student David Reeves. “In the beginning, some people didn’t have a clue.”
Wright and his classmates make up several forensic teams recording their interpretations of the crime on computer.
“They (students) made scale drawings and are using spreadsheets to catalog incriminating evi-
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Amanda Jerkins, a seventh greeter at New Braunites Middle School, studies hair samples under a tecwtcopt during a foransics conns taught by several NOMD tent hen
dence,” said math teacher Melody Carlisle.
One student said the most interesting pan of the course was distinguishing evidence found on the anvil.
“It was fiai figuring out the blood typing," said student Pauline Wnght. She md other classmates learned about this process so they could compare the type of blood on the anvil with suspects' blood types.
Paper chromatology w as taught to help students analyze which pen could have written the letters.
Even New Bnuinfels police officers instructed students on «cp-by-step operations ai real crime scenes.
“It will be interesting to see how it all turns oui” said Thompson. The prime suspects await their verdict—Harter, vice principals Truett Goss and Ernie Cans md librarian Owen H bedust are under investigation for burglary.
Students will continue with the next phase of the class this week.
Kiev Morris and Stephan ManrtoTii both aav-auth gratters, analyze evidence to solve the mystery of “Who atole Packi,” Puchwana High School’s mascot Thev follow ths asms procedures used by criminal investigators
Association. “I don’t understand what they (foe board) are trying to accomplish.” The proposal would mean that traffic coming from Farm-to-Market 306 would have to veer to the right at New Braunfels Street in order to access Gruene Road.
Turn to Gruene, Page 2A
shy of goal
Residents have time to make contributions
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The mercury in foe United Way thermometer inches closer toward foe top, with $357,000 officially pledged, said 1997 campaign chairman James Dunks.
“We’re $13,000 or so away,” he said.
United Way benefits 30 area agencies that help families, youth, elderly and the disabled locally.
“Ninety-eight percent of each contribution stays right here in Comal County,” Dunks said.
United Way keeps raising the goal, and Comal County citizens keep meeting the challenge, he said, even with such worthwhile endeavors as McKenna Memorial Hospital, the Senior Citizens Center and the Hummel Museum asking for help from a generous public.
Area employers have given the United Way drive a huge shot in the arm by allowing employees to pledge payroll deduction donations. Dunks said.
Close to the top does not equal over the top, and United Way continues to accept contributions, he said.
Individual contnbutions can be made by mailing a check payable to United Way of Comal County to 421 S. Seguin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
Someone who wants to contribute to United Way through payroll deduction can simply ask for a form from his employer.
“lf he doesn’t already have a payroll deduction form, we have those at the United Way office,” he said.
For information about United Way, call 620-7760.
Dunks said his stint as United Way 1997 campaign chairman had been nothing but a pleasure.
“The people we work with, not only board members but different agencies, have been fantastic,” he said. “it shows you what the true meaning of giving is all about — they all are volunteers.’’
Time still is left in which to help United Way reach its 1907 goal to support 30 agencies that aid families, youth, the elderly and disabled in Comal County
Make checks payable to United Way of Comal County 421 S. Seguin Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
For information, cal 620-7700
Curbside recycling undergoes changes but hopefully will look same
BY BUBAN JAKOBSEN
New Braunfels’ curbside recycling program will undergo some changes in 1998, but city and county officials said they tipped those changes would not be felt by local residents.
A three-year coafcactupfo waste service and recycling provider Brown-ing-Ferri* Industries of San Antonio,
better known as BFI, will expire Dec. 31. Two days later, city of New Braunfels workers will begin making rounds in three recently purchased recycling trucks to pick up glass, aluminum, tin, newspaper and plastic.
City workers will follow foe sane routes, and residents are instructed to make no changes to normal recycling schedules. Residents AwiM have recyclable materials ready for pick-up on
the mine days, in foe same place and in the tame containers, assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson said.
Where a resident lives determines what day the materials will be collected.
“We’re hoping foe transition will be unnoticeable to residents,” he said.
Fewer missed pick-ups, fewer trash spills and more responsive service are soaw advantages to the city taking over
the program, Ferguson said.
“Residents can pick up the phone (to foe city) and get immediate results,” said Ferguson, as opposed to dealing with a large, out-of-town metro provider like BFI.
The transition will not raise rates for customers. The $1.85 per month payment to the city for once-a-week curbside recycling pick-up service is itemized on their monthly utility bills,
according to NBU officials.
Three compartmentalized trucks, valued at more than $118,000, or some $39,500 each, were bought by the city of New Braunfels from the city of San Antonio when a pilot recycling project there was nixed. The micks feature separate compartments, each of which holds specific recyclable material and dumps it individually.