New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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FENCED IN Suit focuses
By Dylan Jim6nez
Water providers battling over Bulverde want Comal County to join the fight.
Comal County commissioners will decide in January whether to join a lawsuit over the right to provide water service in Bulverde.
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the City of Bulverde sued the Bexar Metropolitan Water District Thursday, claiming BexarMet is “exceeding its statutory authority” by trying to serve Bulverde residents.
“We just got a copy of the lawsuit yesterday,” said Danny Scheel, Comal County judge.
Scheel met with CBM officials Friday to discuss whether the county should become a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Scheel gave the information to the county’s attorneys, asking them to prepare and present a summary of the lawsuit to commissioners’ court.
Tile court will discuss the issue in a workshop Jan. 8 and will decide the following week
whether to join the suit.
Scheel said he wanted to give commissioners the opportunity to understand the issue and its implications in Comal County.
After the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality gave GBRA the right to use Canyon Lake water to service Bulverde, BexarMet sued.
BexarMet also had applied to provide retail water to Bulverde.
BexarMet was denied, although it recently built a pipeline from Canyon Lake down Texas 46 to serve parts ol Bulverde. BexarMet is challenging the certificate TCEQ issued Bulverde that gives the city the right to provide water to 68,000 acres in and around Bulverde.
Chuck Ahrens, BexarMet deputy general manager, said it would have made sense to allow BexarMet to provide the services, since it was able to do so.
Bulverde residents have been dependent on well water provided by the city.
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Woman upset prisoner gets break for holidays
some halls that are not enclosed.
The school has a sign-in system to track who is on campus. But many entrances give easy access to the facility
“My staff has been very vigilant,” Vasquez said.
Vasquez taught at Seele for eight years starting in 1978. She has been the principal there for six years
When she started there it felt safer.
“Times have changed,” she said. “Everybody knew everybody in New Braunfels and felt safe with their kids."
She and staff have always enjoyed the “open, airy” feel of the campus.
She and New Braunfels Independent School District officials hope to maintain that feeling.while securing the campus when it begins renovations.
The estimated $1.6 million project will correct drainage
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From Staff Reports
A Houston man accused of sexually assaulting a minor in New Braunfels will be released from Comal County jail to spend Christmas with his family, according to Evie LaFleur, New Braunfels resident.
Christopher Muton has served five months in jail of a six-month sentence for a probation violation, she said.
According to media reports, Muton was indicted on charges of sexual assault of a child — LaFleur’s daughter, who was 13 at the time of the allged incident and is 19 now. Muton pleaded no contest and was sentenced to IO years probation for aggrevated assault.
LaEleur said Friday she is outraged at officials who are releasing him.
“They don’t have to deal
with my daughter, who comes home from work at 11 at night crying because of how this affects her as a victim,” LaFleur said.
She said she was also worried he will be with his family near a young niece, whom she said he is forbidden to see during his probation.
“He will be in Harris County unsupervised,’’ LaFleur said.
Media reports said Muton will be out Tuesday through Dec. 30.
A Comal County jailer, who would not give his name, confirmed Muton would be released Tuesday but gave no other details.
Judge Gary Steel, who LaFleur said signed the order to release Muton, did not return phone calls for comment.
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Students begin winter respite
By Scott Mahon
School’s out for the holidays.
New Braunfels High School students finished their mid-term exams and were released at 11:30 a.m. Friday, said Stephanie Ferguson, public information officer for New Braunfels Independent School District.
But students and faculty in other schools enjoyed Christmas programs and parties, delaying the holiday releases until early afternoon.
“There were a lot of holiday programs Friday and all week,” Ferguson said. “Most of the students were released
With more than two weeks off for the Christmas holidays, students may find it easy to not think about school.
“There’s very little homework, if any, for the holidays, but we’d like to encourage students not to spend all their holiday time in front of the television and at least try to do some reading or something to keep their minds active,” Ferguson said NBISD students return to class Jan.
“The teachers will have an in-service on Monday, Jan. 5,” Ferguson said.
Aaron Herrera, 5, shows off artwork he created in class to parents waiting to pick up children at Lamar Elementary Friday.
Classes resume for Comal ISD students Jan. 5, while NBISD school is back in session Jan. 6.
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Seele Elementary Principal Cris Vasquez watches as third-grade students use one of the many openings from the school's halls to the outside. These openings provide easy access for outsiders to enter the campus unnoticed, which has caused concern for district officials.Improvements will restrict access at Seele
By Dylan JimAnez
. There was a time in every small town when everyone knew each other, and residents felt like they could leave their doors unlocked.
The times and New Braunfels have changed, and its schools must, too. Seele Elementary, built in 1950, is one school that will undergo a security facelift when it is renovated next year.
Friday at Seele, students were enjoying Christmas parties on their last day of school before the holidays.
Several classrooms at the front of the school have doors accessible from outside, less than IOO feet from the street.
“Some parents come in if they need to bring something
Seele Elementary third-graders Nicole Harrison, left, and Gary White, right, take turns reading from Harry Potter books to Principal Cris Vasquez on a bench just outside
into the classroom — they just walk across there. We never know they’re here,” Principal Cris Vasquez said, pointing to the lawn in front of the school.
Many classrooms and halls open up direcdy to the outside. Children on restroom breaks or going to the front office walk outside around the buildings or through