New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Bradberry: Senate plan good for school district
By ROSE MARIE EASH Heratd-Zettung
According to New Braunfels Independent School District officials the state Senate’s school funding program, though more advantageous to NBISD, had little chance of passage.
"Although the Senate plan is more advantageous to NBISD, I do not foresee the plan receiving the number of votes it will need to pass in both houses," said Superintendent Charles Bradberry Tuesday. The House plan or some amended
version appears to be the one which will come much closer to acquiring the appropriate number of votes to pass.”
As Bradberry predicted, House representatives defeated the proposed amendment after nine hours of debate.
The Senate proposal called for a constitutional amendment that would redistribute fonds among school districts in an amount not to exceed 2.75 percent of the sum of the state revenue appropriated for public schools and the revenue from local ad valorem taxes levied and collected for public schools.
The plan was sponsored in the House by Representative Libby Linebaiger, who introduced a floor substitute for parts of the plan, including a constitutional amendment which would have allowed voters to vote for or against "the constitutional amendment providing for the fonding of schools."
Linebarger’s changes also called for redistribution of ad valorem taxes, creation of county education districts and the limit of 2.75 percent The original Senate plan recaptured more money from wealthier districts
according to NBISD officials.
Comal Independent School District officials see problems with passage of the House version, too, however.
"I seriously doubt that CEDs will be approved by voters," said Comal Independent School District Business Manager Abel Campos. "What then?"
Campos said he had no problem with the 2.75 limit, saying it would not affect CISD. He said Linebarger’s plan was similar to the "settlement plan" propped by a consortium of schools.
Under that plan, CISD would lose some
money in year one, but would maintain the status quo in years two and three and in year four or five the state would folly fond.
CISD favored that plan.
Campos also expressed CISD’s concerned about the closing deadline for the constitutional amendment "I think the judge is extremely serious about closing the schools,” said Campos. "If the legislature doesn't come up with something palatable to all the voters, I believe he really will close the schools as Ow SCHOOLS, pap*
Warrant issued for rape suspect
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeitung
An arrest warrant has been issued for Curtis Wayne Brooks in connection with the Jan. 27 sexual assault of New Braunfels woman, police officials said Tuesday.
The warrant for Brooks* arrest was issued Feb. 7, and his bond has been set at $200,000.
Brooks, who was injured in an auto accident following a bank robbery in Dallas, has been released from Parkland Memorial Hospital according to FBI Special Agent Malone Poche in Dallas.
He is being held in Mansfield Prison in Dallas, where he is awaiting trial for bank robbery and use of a weapon, the agent said.
Poche said it is still possible, althouth unlikely, that Brooks will return to New Braunfels to stand trial.
"Given the state of the Texas penal system, we filed federal charges,” Poche said.
Brooks also was indicted on two federal counts of carjacking in Tulsa, Okla. Carjacking carries a minimum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.
Detective Mike Osborne of the New Braunfels Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, said, "If the feds want (Brooks) that’s great."
If convicted of federal charges, Brooks would serve the foil term of his sentence without any chance of parole, and he would not be able to receive "good time” or time off for good behavior, Osborne said.
"If you’re sentenced to 15 years in federal court, you do 15 years — period,” Osborne said.
“Our main concern down here is that he gets put deep, deep into the well,” Osborne said. "If the feds want to put him in jail for 60 to 80 years on federal charges, I think that Bill (Reimer) would say OK to that and let them have him.”
Poche said if the government can get a conviction, they will "stack" the sentences, running them consecutively, or back-to-back, as opposed to concurrently.
"I would hope that he would get a fairly hefty sentence,” Poche said.
Brooks was paroled from the Texas Department of Corrections after serving 20 years of a double life sentence and 5 to 99 years for sexual assault in 1970.
His sentences ran concurrently as opposed to consecutively which is why he was up for parole after only 20 years.
Kim Brunette, a Canyon freshman, tries to drive around Smithson Valley's Loretta Triesch during the Cougarettes' 52-42 victory Tuesday night at the Cougar Den. The game was the season finale for both teams, as Triesch, teammate Laurie Kearns and Canyon's Tammie Michelson, Alma Lara, Mystee Wunderlich and Nneka Cleaver played in their last game as seniors. Triesch was the game's leading scorer and rebounder with 17 and 15. For the complete game story, Sports, page 10A. Photo by John Huseth.
Friends reach out to family in need
By GARY P. CARROLL Hersld-Zsltung
Friends of Rosita Hernandez, a New Braunfels woman killed in a Jan. 31 automobile accident, and Wal Mart employees, have scheduled a clothing drive this Saturday to help out her 12 children.
Lisa Alvarez, Wal Mart employee, is one of the four people spear-heading the effort to provide the children, ranging in age from IO months to 16 years, with the immediate necessities.
This weekend we’re having a clothing drive at Wal Mart from IO a.m. to 2 pm,” Alvarez said, Twit the kids need money too."
Isabella Campos said the long term plan is to raise money and build the family a house big enough to accommodate 17 people.
The children are being cared for by their grandmother, and their aunt and uncle who themselves have two children.
Campos said that although the children have always been self-supportive and very family-oriented, the younger kids need supervised day care so the aunt and uncle can go to work.
Dr. Carlos Campos, Isabella’s husband, has said he will sponsor one child to attend day care, and Wal Mart distribution center drivers and Happy Days Day Care center have agreed to sponsor the remaining two.
Both said that the key is to keep the family together.
The department of human services would separate them and that's not what they want,” Campos said.
A trust has been set up for the Hernandez children at Victoria Bank and Trust on N. Walnut in New Braunfels.
Money will go toward supporting the children and constructing a house for the family.
For more information on relief efforts for the fondly, call Becky Nodal at 625-1757.
CSC back in business
The Community Service Center is back in business in temporary quarters at 205 S. Casten.
They’re still working on the new building," said Suzie Garcia, the director. “So we still are not accepting clothing donations.” Garcia said General Education Department classes and citizenship classes are being held at the new location, however.
The center is accepting donations of school supplies and office
"We’re having to start all over,” said Garcia. "People who havo not gone to the food bank this year need to come by and get recertified."
The remodeling work on the new quarters for the Community Service Center has been accelerated Garcia said. *
The original plan callod for much of the work to be done slowly on a volunteer basis.
Brandt to run for council
Russell "Rusty” Brandt of New Braunfels has announced his intention to file for one of the at-large city council seats in Ute upcoming May election.
"I want to continue to see New Braunfels grow in a positive direction, maintain a healthy economic pace, and still keep the hometown felling that makes New Braunfels so special,” Brandt said. "I want my children id have the opportunity to be able to live, work and enjoy life in New Braunfels as I have.”
Brandt, 35, said issues he
hopes to address include Comal Spring flow, city taxes, city reserves, infrastructure and uniting the city council.
The New Braunfels' native and his wife Pam have two children, Chris, who attends New Braunfels Middle School and Mandy who attends Seele Elementary School.
He is president of New Braunfels Resort, Inc.; secretary of the Downtown Rotary; vice president of the Wurstfest Association and a member the Chamber of Com merce board of directors.
Bowers intent on city seat
Chris Bowers of New Braunfels has announced his intention to file for one of three at-large city council seats in the May election.
"I feel that I possess skills that New Braunfels needs at this time," Bowers said. "If elected to the city council, I would bring a strong business approach to the decision making process."
Bowers, 38, has attended council meetings regularly, and has taken part in several community activities.
"Issues that I feel are important are preparing for the Alture,
protecting New Braunfels heritage and beauty, updating zoning laws, proactive planning in regard to tourism, and continued support of the downtown revitalization program," said Bowers.
Bowers has lived in New Braunfels for four years, with his wife Cindy, daughter LeeAnn, 8, and son Chris, IO.
He has served as a board member of the Comal County United Way for three years and was recently appointed by city officials to serve on the Omens River Bridge task force.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Alvin Sachsenmeyer, David G. Gonzales, Kimberly Guerrero, Randy Leos and Lorenzo Herrera. Anniversary wishes go to Johnny and Karen Friesenhahn, Edgar and Patti Westbrook and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Brandenburg.
Watson Lane closing
Comal County Road Department will be reconstructing two drainage structures along Watson Lane East. This project is scheduled to begin Feb. 8 and be completed in approximately four weeks. During the construction of these drainage structures Watson Lane will be intermittently closed. Traffic will be detoured
to Kolenburg Lane and York Creek Road. Call 625-5719.
Purple Martin seminar
Jim Schulz will conduct a Purple Martin seminar from 10-11 a m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Schulz Nursery in Marion.
New Braunfels Rotary Club will hold a dedication ceremony for their Main Plaza Landscape Illumination project at 6 p.m. today. City officials, club officials and members of the New Braunfels High Band will be on hand to celebrate the lighting of the tree canopies, gazebo and fountain.
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