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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Texas briefs......... Weather............... Opinion................ Sports Day........... Christmas poems. The Marketplace.. Birthday wlahM from th* HaraM-Zattungl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Karen Schwind, Pam Brinkkoeter, Rosa E. Hill (Sunday), Lorene Cooksey (Sunday), Sandy Maynard (Sunday), Penny Nicholson, Cynthia Lively, Margie Reborn (Monday), Bertha Chapa (Monday), Eliza Natal (Monday), Eva Hunnlcutt, Betty Kouri, Elizabeth Loeb, Raymond Petrie, Delmar Phillips, EIM* Sheer, Willard Startz, Clifford Trunk, Peggy Zgttnk£L-—^r3rDonations to H-Z Choor Fund continuo Ama citizens continue to sub-mit 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 so in person by coming by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Lands St, or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery st 625-9144. The drivel goal was met Friday, however, donations for next year's project will still be accepted. Although 200 food baskets was the original goal this year, donator* allowed for an extra 50 baskets, according to Avery. Delivery will take plaoe Thursday afternoon. Today's donations include: ■ Annonymous - can goods ■ Annonymous - S30 ■ Larry A Kathleen Pearce -$50 ■ R.E. Moore-$25 ■ Mr. St Mrs. Frank Weber -$25 ■ Lanita Ross - $25 ■ Annonymous-$25 ■ New Braunfels Police Department-$160 ■ VB. "Bud" Lowery-$10 ■ Mr. A Mrs. Joe L. Guinn - ■ Miss Linden N. Anderson -$10 ■ Mr. A Mrs. Ralph A. Koch, Jr.-$25iuBlnooo After Hours on top this afternoon The Greater New Braunfels Chancer of Commerce monthly mwtihfffhip mixer, catted "Business After Hours," will be held today A Thus Commerce Bank from 5 pm to 7 pm Members are asked to bring one snail toy. ThssveotisRXXieoradby Ibm Commerce Bank and Tis die Orason Year Hound Christmas Village. H-Z hoe Chriotmoe ronobooka nvattehle A Aw oopies of the New l mapUr HanakFZaUuntfi Christmas Bone Book se available to the public. The ffl^ghpflk has many traditional Christmas favorites and is sponsored by I local merchants and businesses. INirwMpaptrl, prinMonrwycM TUESDAY Wurst 5-K, San Antonio Marathon winner nabs Jingle Bell Run title DAYS Of Al infj^la now Dfwufn Sasquloantennial March 21,1845 New Braunfels x;> % v? <    <e.    V    si V, CENTS Herald -Zeitung 0,1904    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    143    years    ■    Homa    of    PAM    BRINKKOCTER    ^^tt^^ & ^ O > %Vo ■4- S    —- -A ^ % O _ <J> 10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Doc. 20,1994    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    143    years    ■    Noms    of    PAM    BRINKKOETER    '    27Two-vehicle collision HamM-ZaHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A Ban Antonio men's car rear ended a New Braunfels reekier*1* late model OMC Sonoma et 830 ain. today on 1-36 ae they traveled aouth near exit 188. The Impact of the creak projected the truck off tho Interstate and acrooo tho graoo Into Buolnseo Loop 35, dipping a etqn poet on tho way. Tho truck came to reel feeing north In the mkkfte turning lane on the loop road next to the New Braunfels Factory Stores. Mlcheel Mendoa'e Podge Conquest euotalnod heavy damage to He front end. The truek'e driver, who'e Identity was not available, received minor Injuries and wee transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital. Lead problems at Bill Brown Elementary near end By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Several building projects in the Comal Independent School District ait scheduled to conclude and begin in the near future. Maintenance Director Roy Unnsitz said the much-discussed lead problem st Bill Brown Elementary seems close to a conclusion. Spew-Glas^ the company charged with correcting the problem, will begin placing filters next week in an attempt to eliminate any trace of lead in the sediment found in pipes. Unnsitz said they hope to have the problem solved by the end of January or Hist of February. City, towers unclear on new law Law designed for trucking leaves towing companies, city in dark By TECLO J. GARCIA Staff Writer On another issue, the district is looking at the problem of traffic in front of Smithson Valley High School and Smithson Valley Middle. At SVHS, Linnaitz said the district asked the Texas Department of Transportation to look at possibly moving warning lights further bock in the school speed zone. “We asked them to look at making it a safer situation,” said Unnsitz. He said st least three accidents have occured this year on State Hwy. 46 near the intersection of SVHS, despite a reduced speed during school hours. Unnsitz said TxDOT does plan to install warning lights on Farm-to-Msrioet Rood 311 in front of SYMS. Perplexed state and local government officials are taking a wait and see stance concerning a federal law that might affect foe way they regulate towing companies. What has left officials scratching their heads, experts say, is that the legislation was not intended for towing companies. It was aimed at cross-country trucking. In August 1994, the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act was signed into law. It included a provision dealing with “motor carriers” of property. While “motor carriers” normally refers to trucking companies, wreckers and towers also fall under that category. The law, which will go into effect Jan. I, may pre-empt state and local laws regulating prices, routes, or services-of motor carriers (towing companies) of property. Currently foe New Braunfels Police Department calls local wrecker service or towing companies on a rotation basis when it needs towing services * from an accident or otherwise. The law might take away the city's authority to do so. It could force the city to devise another system for non consent towing if towers not included in the rotation wart in. The inclusion of towers into the law by Congress was inadvertent, said Brian Schaible, director of information services at the Railroad Commission which regulates the towing industry in Texas. A last-minute attempt to add an amendment to the bill to exclude towels was rejected. “Up until now, dries had foe opportunity to control what towing charges were,” he said. “There has been some concern recently about how much tow trucks charge and no one can tell the truck what to charge. “You are not going to have the city and state to protect you anymore,” he said. According to foe police department, New Braunfels currently does not control wrecker service prices for non consent towing, such as that from an •cadent The only regulation imposed by the dty is a rotation. It keeps eight wrecker services on to respond to acci dents, where towing is needed The City of San Antonio, which has one towing firm under contract to do all its towing, has a ceiling of $60 for a tow, excluding sped a1 towing services and storage charges. City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said the aa was not clear, and she does not think the legislation was aimed sped focally at munidpal and county towers. “The legal bottom line is that there is nothing I can recommend except to keep the status quo,” she said. “We have to protect the public interest.” Cullom said it would be chaotic if the city could not regulate towing because then several wreckers could show up to a car accident, or maybe none would respond to late night mishap. The current system provides for some organization and stability, she said. Jenneoe Rash, president of the Texas Towing Assedation, said while the new law will benefit towers, it may open up foe industry to unscrupulous entrepreneurs who jure ware to make a quick buck. “We’re fighting with everything we can, everything,” she said “We don't want the wrecker industry to get a black eye for this. It was congress’ doing. We want the industry regulated “We are very concerned about non consent towing.” Sylvia Sanchez, of Harold’s Towing, said she could not speak for all local towers, but Harold’s did not have a problem with the rotational system of calling towers in New Braunfels. “If no wreckers are avtilable(fbr an acddent) then what are you going to do?,” she said “It makes sense to keep it the way it is.” Sanchez, however, was optimistic about the law’s deregulation of state services. The law will allow towers to pull vehides across county lines without requiring a costly permit from the state, Sanchez said “That is benefldal to us because if you did not have the money to get the permit, it would limit you to county service,” she raid “I'm glad it went through because we lost revenue the other way.” Sanchez said during the summer months Harold's turned away dozens of requests for towing to Houston because it did not have an intrastate towing permit.Too high for bridge NsnMMtow photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Title rife—I truck attempted lo go under the MI overpeee yeetarday at approximately 830 pjn. but wee too tall for the olaartnoa. ■gnMeant damage was dona to th# rig, but not tho evorpeeo. Comal ISD, New Braunfels ISD to send out AEIS reports after Christmas holiday break By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Wit* The tart) local school distr!.'- will send out their Academic Excelled Indicator System (AEIS) reports after the Chriatmai break, say school officials. The AEIS reports, commonly known aa the school report caids, will be sent home with students when student report cuds are released The state has been trying to oome with these fat several yean,” Mid Assistant Superintendent Karen Simpson. Each student will toke home a report up with t NBISD caid tor his or bar    school Tbs reports reabandonTteas Amassment of Academic Skills (TAAS) torts and show various comparisons. A percentage of passing scores for each school is given for reading, writing, math and combined portions of the teat. The passing grades are compared to the district average at that level, state, and group, which is “a aet of IOO other Texas schools that are rim-ilar to this school,” according to the report. Each school or grade’s acorea are also compared to the previous year, although the stare just recently started tarting all grades in the spring. Before, some were tasted in the fell and others in the Ruing. ‘That's one of the reasons foe state wasn't able to this before,” Mid Simp son. The school report caids even go so for aa to break down teat results for each school into ttudent groups, indud ing African-American, Hispanic, White and Economically Disadvantaged It also shows the characteristics of the school such as ethnic make-up, attendance, program enrollment, dropout rata, #**4 expenditures per au- J rn mg (MBL Graphs are also used to show the comparative acorea of the various groups. The principals of each school path vide a page highlighting the improvements of their respective schools. Simpson said ties questions should ba iwcrroG lo mo pnnctptii of mo icnooi. Only 5 more shopping days until Christmas! Shop New Braunfels First! ;