New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 54 18 pgs. in 2 sections February 2, 2000
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50 centsMcCain defeats Bush in New Hampshire primary
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Arizona Sen. John McCain scored a convincing win oyer George W. Bush in New Hampshire’s leadoff primary Tuesday, puncturing Bush’s self-styled aura as the Republican’s inevitable nominee. Bill Bradley, the Democratic underdog, battled Vice President Al Gore in a high-stakes race of their own.
It was a typical New Hampshire primary, with voters delivering a lecture to front-runners in both parties. Gore and Bradley were in a close race, according to voter interviews that showed McCain winning easily in his showdown with Bush.
“We beat him amongst everyone, men and women, Republican and independent, young and old,” McCain said in an interview with The Associated Press. He cred-
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“When I pointed out that I would be the one to be able to tell Al Gore that I’m going to make what he did illegal, I think that was one of the turning points in the campaign,” he said.
McCain invested most of his time and money in tile nation’s leadoff primary, gambling that New Hampshire’s independent-minded voters would be drawn to his reform agenda. Though his campaign is
more national in scope. Bush also invested millions of dollars in hopes of winning New Hampshire and stopping McCains insurgent candidacy.
“New Hampshire has long been known as a bump in the road for front-runners and this year will be no exception,” Bush told The AP. He congratulated McCain and pledged to campaign hard against the Arizonan in follow-up primaries, starting with South Carolina on Feb. 19.
“The road to the Republican nomination is a long road. Mine will go through all 50 states and I intend for it to end at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” Bush said.
McCain's victory was projected from interviews conducted by Voter News Service as voters left their polling places. VNS,
a consortium of The AP and major television networks and cable news outlets, showed conservatives Steve Forbes, Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer in the back of the back and fighting to remain viable.
The interviews showed McCain w inning in every age, income and education group. He won among men and women, Protestants and Catholics, young and old, rich and poor. Most tellingly, he was well ahead among independents in a state that allows its non-partisan voters to cast ballots in either primary.
And he defeated Bush among Republican voters, a constituency that Bush had expected to dominate. McCain's advantage over Bush among GOP voters bodes well for their next confrontation in South Carolina,
a state that tends to back establishment candidates like Bush.
The tangible primary yield was 22 delegates to the Democratic convention and 17 delegates to the GOP convention, a tiny fraction of the totals needed to w in the nominations. The true rewards of New Hampshire are momentum or simply validation of a candidate’s campaign.
New Hampshire’s primary is the springboard to a five-week stretch of campaigning that could determine the presidential nominees. Fourteen states have contests on March 7 and half-a-dozen more on March 14.
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Comal goes all 4A in UIL realignment
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Old rivalries could be renewed for the New Braunfels Unicorns w ith the shuffling of districts for high school football and basketball.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, the University Interscholastic League announced the realignment of its 1,238
--high schools into classifications and
districts around the state.
The UIL governs extracurricular activities in Texas public schools and realigns football and basketball districts every two years.
The UIL uses enrollment data to
- determine which of the five UIL
classes a school will compete in for the following two school years.
New Braunfels High School, which competed in District 14-5A for the past two years, moved down to District 27-4A. The Unicorns will now compete against Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools in district play.
For the 2000-2001 and 2001 -2002 seasons, Smithson Valley, New Braunfels and Canyon will compete against Boerne, Fredericksburg and Kerrville Tivy in District 27-4A.
Two years ago, the UIL set the enrollment minimum for 5A schools at 1,780. up 130 students from the previous realignment.
This year, schools must have a minimum enrollment of 1.865 to be classified 5A.
Schools are classified 4A if they have enrollment between 845 and 1,864.
The UIL enrollment figures are the average daily attendance figure for each school on Oct. 28 last year.
NBHS has been classified 5A for the past four years.
For the past two years, NBHS competed in a 5A district that included predominately Austin-based schools. Previous to that, NBI IS competed in a 5A district with mostly San Antonio schools.
Although some speculated San Marcos and Smithson Valley high schools would move up to Class 5A, they both remained in Class 4A.
In the south central Texas area, Hays Consolidated and Schertz Clemens both moved up from Class 4A to 5A.
San Antonio Jefferson, San Antonio McCollum and San Antonio Roosevelt all dropped from 5A to 4A.
School off icials did not learn of realignment results until Tuesday morning.
Community input sought on dealing with CISD bomb threats
By Heather Todd
Seeking solutions to end a rash of false bomb threats at local schools is the focus of a T hursday night meeting between parents, community members, law enforcement officers and school officials.
The Comal Council of PTAs is sponsoring a Safe Schools meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, IOO Farm-to-Market 3159.
Representatives from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, Comal County Juvenile Probation, the Gov
ernor’s Texas School Safety Center, Comal Independent School District Board President Dan Krueger and CISD Superintendent Jerry Major will be present.
School off icials said they hope the meeting will ease parents and students’ fears about school safety after eight bomb threats — all hoaxes —at CISD schools since Jan. 13.
The most recent incident occurred Monday morning at Smithson Valley Middle School.
Students at SVMS, 6101 Farm-to-Market 311, were evacuated around I p.m. when a written bomb threat
was found. Law enforcement officials searched the school, but no explosive devices were found.
SVMS students were not allowed to bring backpacks to school as of Tuesday morning because of the threat.
As of Monday morning students at Smithson Valley High School, 41 IO W. Highway 46, have not been allowed to bring backpacks into the school after a string of bomb threats, including three Friday morning.
School was dismissed Friday morning after written bombs threats including one found in a locker
and one in a pay phone booth — were found on campus.
Also, backpacks at Arlon Seay Intermediate, where one written bomb threat was found, are banned until further notice.
Kart Hutchison, public information officer for CISD, said school officials were sending a clear message to the students disrupting class time.
"We’re getting the message out that this has to stop," she said. "And we are going to start looking at lockers if things don't improve."
Because of missed class time
from the evacuations, students at both SVHS and SVMS will be in class on Friday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day and the Comal County Youth Show Day.
lf students do not report to school that day they will have to make up the day before their grades are released school officials said.
SVHS students, who were evacuated from classes three times since Jan. 21, will also have to make up the lost time in longer school days. School officials said their daysSee THREATS/5A
Key Code 76
For the health of it
By Erin Magruder
From alternative medicine to an apple a day-more than 500 area residents were given health information and advice Tuesday at the second annual KGNB Health and Wellness Expo.
The expo, which ran from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave, featured about 50 booths representing local businesses and health services and organizations.
“This event is designed to give people a variety of information, so they will have alternatives as far as their health is concerned” KGNB General Manager Fred Stockwell said.
A highlight of the event was a live taping of “Here’s To Your Health,” a popular radio show originating in Tampa, Fla., and broadcast on KGNB AM 1420 Monday through Friday and Sunday.
Regular hosts of the show, Dr. Donald Currow and Deborah Ray, along with guest panelist and alternative medicine physician Lawrence M. Cohen, answered a variety of health-related questions from audience members, Stockwell said.
The show was broadcast to over 115 stations across the United States, he said.
“Alternative medicine is a very extensive field and there is a lot of interest in it,” Stockwell said.
“Here’s To Your Health” is part of Vitalcast.com programming, which provides more than 50 different health-related shows on the Internet, he said.
New Braunfels resident Amo Voigt said he attended the expo specifically to meet the hosts of one of his favorite radio programs.
“We listen to them all of the time on the radio and wanted to see what they looked like in person,” Voigt said.
Local organizations and businesses attending the expo included representatives from McKenna Memorial Hospital, Hospice New Braunfels, Comal County Extension Service, American Red Cross and American Cancer Society.
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Top: Merv Cotter! (left) gives blood to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center at Tuesday’s Health and Wellness Expo at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Bottom right: Carole Marbach (right) poses a question to the panel of experts at Tuesday’s Expo. Dr. Lawrence M. Cohen (far left) was the guest for regulars Deborah A. Ray (ASCP) and Dr. Donald Currow from “Here’s To Your Health.”
Bottom left: Charlie Brown checks out the free raisins offered at the expo.