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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Opinion.    .....................4A Comics.........................................33 Sports Day...............................1-2B Marketplace...........................4-12B Dear Abby....................................3A SLimmtisch Im HgtbIcI reitunq! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: George Baeten, Bees Mulhollan, Jason Chanel Dolores Lozano, Frances Baird (Monday), Jannette Allen, Monday), Cynthia Smith (Monday), nee Stone (Monday), Sarah Christie (Monday), Stacy Jo Skne (Monday), Larry Roes, Mary Caballo, Vince Velez, .lassies Thomas. Nolan Behrens (Mondovi. Joel ss ess see isvvwf ssssbi w my sesi^^^s Rodriguez (belated, Saturday), Ernie Mendez (belated), James Lartton (belated, Saturday), LHIIan Jacoby (belated, Saturday), Lola Richards (97 years old, belated, Saturdtay), Linda Bilch (belated. Saturday). ^sssss s I wwiwi wSiim sm w Ma Staphanl Zapata (12 years old), Mark Moreno (18 years old), James R. Dry (Monday), Edwin Pantermuehl, Carlyn rWUTiif, Happy anniversary wishes go to: Michelle and Craig Crenshaw, Laud and David Schroeder (7 years), Edgar and Patti Westbrook (24 years, Monday), Nolan and Martha Behrens (Monday), Goo. and tsealee Walt! spar ger (SO years, belated, Saturday), Ruben and Gina Gomez (5 years, belated). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Atm students get break front classes Area students will have a break from classes this week, and that means drivers will need to use extra caution when driving in residential areas. The central office and all the schools in the Comal Independent School District will be closed this week for the midwinter break. Classes will resume on Feb. 17. Students in the New Braunfels Independent School District will'have Thursday and Friday off for a staff development day, and the staff and students have a holiday on Feb. 17. The school closings mean students will be out in the community during the day. This means drivers need to use extra caution when driving through subdivisions or residential area where children could be playing near the road. Republican Family Club meets Tuesday The Republican Family Club of Comal County will hold its February meeting at 7 p m Tuesday, at the New Braunfels Christian Church Fellowship Hall on North Loop 337 Joy Streator, Comal County Clerk, will be featured speaker She will speak about county government. The public is invit ed to attend Families are welcome. Oifdtn Ridge garage sale scheduled The Garden Ridge Women s Club is now taking space reser vations for its annual Citywide Garage Sale and Flea Market, scheduled for March 15 at the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department For information call (210) 651-4372 or 651-6905 Volunteers offer help with tax returns Tax-aid volunteers will pro vide tax preparation assistance to senior citizens and others on a first-come basis. This is a free service Please bring supporting paperwork (W2 and 1099s) and last year's tax return. Times and sites are 10 a m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Sat urdays at the Dittlinger Memor iai Library, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a m to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Senior Center, and 1 to 4 p m Wednesdays and 9 a rn. to noon Saturdays at the Canyon Lake Action Centar. New Braunfels Herald 20332 MOO9 .10/22/99    7.1 S 0 -WES! MIC: R 0 P (J D L I S HIN G 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 7990 S' - 26 pages in two sections ■ Sunday, February 9,1997 Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Mary Caballo SUNDAY Si JOO Vol 145. No 63 Virus causing serious problems for infants By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A vims making its way around San Antonio has left many infants hospitalized, and a health official said proper measures could keep the number of serious cases in Comal County to a minimum. Roger Sanchez, an epidemiologist with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, said his department has recently noticed a large number of people suffering from Rotavirus. “It’s nothing new,” said Sanchez. “We have people get the virus every winter. It’s just that for some particular reason, it seems to be more present and more aggressive this year.” Sanchez said Rotavirus is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting and fever. He said typically, the vims is not lifethreatening, but could turn serious if proper precautions are not taken. “In third-world countries, it could be life-threatening,” said Sanchez. ”ln the United States, the big problem is dehydration.” Sanchez said this was a particularly serious problem for infants, who do not have a lot of weight or fluids to lose. Sanchez said that while there have been no fatalities, more than two dozen children have been hospitalized at San Antonio’s children’s hospitals during the past couple of weeks. “That’s just a flag for what's really out there,” said Sanchez. “Those are the ones getting dehydrated.” Sanchez said thousands more were sick, but they just were not affected as badly by the vims Several day-care centers in the arca said they have had children, employees and parents out with typical flu symptoms, but had not seen any signs of the vims. “Not yet, knock on wood,” said Shirley Smithers, owner and director of Happy Days Day Care Center. “Hopefully we won't. We’ve been really fortunate so far.” Local pediatrician Dr. Tim Owens said that although he had not had any lab confirmed cases, he said there had been a handful of patients that he thinks is full of bull "My** said. "We Ganta’a ta Marion tag bun ri nibs Ural got *0 sport of bull riding. M1 watched a lot of guys fide the bulls,” Garza, a 1992 Marion High School graduate, said. “Once I began to fide them it came pretty quick to me. It wasn’t as hard as a tat of people made it out to be. It became a simple way to make money ” Garza got his bull riding * .    start, most appropriately, in his backyard. ’The only place I started was behind the house.'’ he said. "I got an the bulls here for probably six months before I went anywhere else to practice." The long hours of practicing have paid off for Garza, who competed at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo on Wednesday night at the Freeman Coliseum. After San Antonio, Garza hit the road for El Paso where Ne competed in the El Paso Livestock Show and Rodeo on Thursday. With El Paso in his rearview mirror, Garza left for St. Louis where he competed in the city's annual fair and rodeo this weekend. Being on the road is nothing new for Garza, who competes in three to four rodeos a week. Turn to BuN, Page 2A Object identified as part of rocket’s fuel system By DA VK) DEKUNDER Staff Writer Defense Department officials said they believe a strange sphere found by a local rancher near York Creek two weeks ago is part of a rocket’s fuel system which fell from space. Tech Sgt. Steve Smith, public affairs officer at Randolph Air Force Base, said he received a call from officials at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization cm Thursday about the 28-inch metallic diameter sphere. The object was found in a field by rancher Ed Longscope on Jan. 24 while he was feeding his cows near York Creek. The sphere is being kept at Ran dolph. The BMDO is part of the Pentagon and reports directly to the Secretary of Defense, Smith said. “They believe it could be debris from a Delta rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California last April,” Smith said. Smith said the rocket was part of a space experiment dealing with a missile defense system. ‘The purpose of the mission was to use sophisticated sensors, radars and cameras to track objects and identify them in space as part of a developing technology to intercept and destroy hostile ballistic missiles,” Smith said. BMDO spokesman Lf. Col. Rick Lehner said officials are sure the KO pound object is from a Delta rocket whith was launched into space as part of a missile defense program “We will look into it,” Lehner said “We are pretty sure it is it because another Delta piece fell in Georgetown, Texas, at the same time the sphere did.” lx*hner said the object tliat was ti Hind on farmland in Georgetown weighed 1,5(X) pounds and was part of the rocket’s propellant tank. The sphere found in Seguin was a pressurized tank which was also part of the propellant tank. The propellant tank contains fuel. Both Turn to Object. Page 2A Barry Halve* bon County Sheriff* Deputies Stephen Moore. left, and Todd Frieaenhahn discovered ha* been identified. had the virus. He said one was even hospitalized. “It’s kind of like the granddaddy of stomach viruses,” said Owens. “With a typical stomach virus, a person might throw up all day or all night, and that’s it. This one just keeps hanging on. They might be sick for a week and be very ill.” Owens said if symptoms persist for a couple of days or dehydration occurs, the parent should seek medical Turn to Virus. Page 2A Search moves to phase two Information will be used in brochure for prospective superintendent applicants By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer    „ Atter two days of profiling the Npw Braunfels Independent School district «nd members onhc community, the superintendent search consultants are ready to move to the next step. Hank Wheeler, search consultant for the Texas Association of School Boards, said everyone had had an opportunity for input on what kind of person should replace Charles Brad-berry, who went to the Keller ISI) on Jan. I. He said the next step is to pull the information together in a brochure that can be sent to applicants. “It’s going to go out to anyone interested in the position, anyone recommended to us and anyone we find that might he good for tins position," said Wheeler. He said these were typically the three ways candidates are found Although Wheeler’s finn recruits people, it does not have a candidate pool. He said this includes attracting the interest of candidates who already have what they consider to be ginnl jobs. "We just start from scratch and we know a lot of people,” said Wheeler. “lf they’re just good people, we start talking to them and try' to get them interested.... There are a lot of different things that attract people.” Wheeler said the application deadline was April 5. He said candidates could be from smaller districts, assistants from larger districts or superintendents who just want a change. Wheeler said that by the time the search closed, about 30 or 35 individuals should have applied for the district’s top administrator position. “We’ll have in that group probably 15 giHHl ones that we can really l(M»k at,” said Wheeler. “Then we go through the applications and recommend IO.” On April 14, the board would consider the consultants* recommendation and choose the top six or seven candidates. The hoard will provide the public with the names, titles and current districts of the candidates. Wheeler said the board will then interview those candidates April 17 through 19. The list of candidates will be narrowed to three and their spouses will return for a dinner and followup interview April 24 through 26. “Most of (the searches by other groups) are slimier, bul they maybe meet with the candidate only once,” said Wheeler “We think it’s uupmtant lor the board to meet with tire candidate three separate times in different situatunis.” Wheeler said the board would then visit the home district of the top candidate May 5 and 6 and the new administrator will be approved May 7.Public input right way to go about superintendent search. See Opinion, 4A. ;