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Wednesday, February 17.1993_Serving Comal County/ Home of Glyn Golf Vol. 141, No. 64 — Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
Sheriff cited for war on narcotics
By OAR Y P. CARROLL Harakf-Zattung
The Comal County Sheriff* Department it a part of one of the top narcotic* task forces in the state, according to a letter from the director of the Texas Narcotics Control Program, Jimmy Willbom.
In a letter to Sheriff Jack Bremer, Willbom said the "Alamo Area continues to rate among the best? of the 50 multi-jurisdictional task forces in Texas.
Bremer said several jurisdictions within Comal County decided to join forces to be more effective in their battle against drugs.
"We opted to pool our resources and train people so that when they come back to our agencies they will be valuable to us," Bremer said. “It gives us the opportunity to call on a larger number of people to respond to any kind of problem we may have."
Bremer said it is difficult to devote the time and the manpower to narcotics enforcement, and what makes it worse is that rwfot now Bremer has only one officer he considers a narcotics officer.
The task force is valuable because it allows for resources that otherwise would not be available, according to Bremer.
Before the formation of the task force about six years ago, Bremer said it was like a game of "pick-up baseball” and whoever was around was called upon to help.
But the task force allows law enforcement agencies access to specially-trained officers.
This way we can call on some trained people and, of course, they have specialized equipment, such as a computer ... which is made available to a lot people who ordinarily couldn’t afford it manpower-wise,” Bremer said.
Over the past four years, Bremer said the task force has taken more than $750,000 away from drug dealers.
Bremer said the success is a result of the task force and the fact that law enforcement agencies are able to be more actively involved with narcotics control.
"We know there’s a drug problem out there and we know there are a lot of things that need attention,” Bremer said, ’hut if I didn’t have this task force to fall back on I might only be able to devote one or two people at any one time to doing that kind of work."
Hie money seized from drug dealers goes right back into the law enforcement agencies and helps to train officers and purchase new equipment Willbom commended the agencies record and told Bremer, "It’s agencies like yours that help in the anti-drug effort andln keeping the Texas Narcotics Control Program at the top.”
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NBISD approves 25 new positions
for 1993-94 year
Officials hear report on effort to help TAAS scores
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Ze thing
New Braunfels school officials approved the addition of 25 new employees last night for teaching, administrative and support positions for the 1993-94 school year.
In its monthly meeting, the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees approved a recommended district personnel plan for the 1993-94 school year, which includes an addition of 25 employees.
Thirteen will be hired as aides, secretaries or clerks, secondary and elementary school teachers.
The remainder will be hired for school nutrition services, transportation, plant operation and plant maintenance.
A Texas Education Agency waiver request permitting the teaching of algebra and geometry courses over a longer period of time to address the needs of some students was also approved by the board.
In other business, the board heard a report on "strategies for success," which listed the various efforts made in the district to positively affect the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test scores without specifically tutor
ing just prior to the tests.
At the high school level, those efforts include a better identification of English as a Second Language students, special remedial classes for those who fail exit level TAAS tests, the appointment of student leaders, summer tutorials and practice essays for the TAAS writing tests.
In the middle schools, tutorials are available both before and after school, individual lesson packets are prepared for each student based on TAAS results and the district takes advantage of programs, such as HOSTS, BOOST, AT-RISK Academic, Attendance and Discipline programs and TESA Training.
The HOSTS program provides reading tutoring by community volunteers. BOOST is a self-esteem building effort using district and community volunteers.
AT-RISK programs identify students at risk for not graduating due to academic weaknesses, attendance problems or discipline problems.
TESA training addresses strong teacher expectations and student achievement
At the elementary schools, TAAS weaknesses are identified and retaught, before and after school tutorials are available and cooperative learning and student contracts are utilised.
The board also adopted the recommended 1993-94 school calendar, which includes Christmas holidays December 20-31 and spring break from March 28 through April 4.
Filing opens for city seats
Three of five expected to run have filed
Tuesday was the first official day to file to run for the three open positions on the New Braunfels City Council.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, only three of the five candidates who previously announced their intentions had officially filed with the city secretary’s office, according to city officials.
Those candidates include Cheri Stratteman, Rusty Brandt and Chris Bowers.
Chris Mosel, and Jan Kennedy who have announced they too will be running for city council, are expected to file today.
One of the three council seats will be vacated by outgoing Mayor Clinton Brandt.
Council Member Bill Arnold is up for re-election in May.
The last day to file to run for city council is March 17 at 5 p.m.
‘Dare to Love’ program gets boost from Rotary Club
By BARY P. CARROLL Herald-ZeHung
Hie Comal County Child Welfare Board’s "Dare to Love" program recently got a shot in the arm from the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club.
Nile Reidel, president of the downtown Rotary Club presented Child Welfare Board President Tara Kohlenberg with a $1,500 check — enough money to sponsor four children in the program for one year.
The child welfare board, a non-profit agency comprised of a 15-member board appointed by the County Commissioners Court, ie designed to educate the community about child abuse and neglect and
generate money to provide for the children in custody in Comal County.
The "Dare to Love” program is an outgrowth of the welfare board, according to Kohlenberg.
The program was originally begun in San Antonio and was adopted by us,” Kohlenberg said. "We are the first rural child welfare board to adopt it.”
The money received by the board for sponsorship goes toward supporting the children in the program beyond what the state provides.
The state, since they are in the state’s custody, is responsible for the children’s welfare; beyond that, the Dare to Love program takes over.
"It basically provides things that you or I take for granted,” Kohlenberg said, "it’s basically for esteem builders.” Itdms such as clothing, sporting equipment, toiletries and other miscellaneous items that help the children fit in are the target of the program.
Kohlenberg said the program’s first participant, tha Police Auxiliar, sponsored a child and threw her a birthday party — something she had never experienced.
They took her shopping, took her to have her hair done, they bought her presents — she had ntver had these things before,” Kohlenberg said.
Also covered by tha program ars medical emergencies not covered by Medicare, she
said. All hinds raised by the Child Welfare Board are spent on the children.
Although Kohlenberg said she is extremely grateful for the current sponsors, the child welfare board is trying to line up additional participants to sponsor the approximately 20 children in the system, and said that lucent cut backs in the budget of the Child Protective Services may put a strain on the Child Welfare Board.
Thsre are currently 29 children in the Comal County system.
Along with the Downtown Rotary Club and the Police Auxiliary, the child welfare board has one anonymous sponsor.
For more information on how to sponsor a child, call 629-3884.Index
Th* New Braunfels Herald-Zoitung sends birthday wishes to Corey Doyle, Paul Bursch III and Linda Dominguez.Defensive Driving
Defensive driving classes will bt held today and Thursday from 6 p.m. to IO p.m. at the New Braunfels ISD Community Education Cantar at 430 Watt Mill. Class will also ba held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Por information, call 620-6200.Chicken Barbecue
A Chicken Barbecue plats fiind-raiser will ba held from ll a.m. to
4 p.m. March 6 to benefit the New Braunfels Mexican-American society scholarship Awd.
Plates will be $3.75 and can be bought from any member or by calling 625-3439,620-4235 or 62541760.Teen Connection
His Board of Directors of Teen Connection will moot at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Fab. 18 at tbs Housing Authority of tho City'of Now Braunfels, 300 Laurel Lens to rooonsidor tho vote taken on Jan. 21, 1993 to close the alternative school at tho conclusion of tho 1992-93 school year.
Tha New Braunfels Unicorns 61 -38 victory over Clemens putt them In a three-team district tournament with Alamo Heigh* end Boerne lo decide District 28-4A‘t playoff representatives. AN three teams finished with an 11-2 mark In district play.
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