New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ndrose Koepp, Jenny Kneupper, Robyn Carrizales, Melissa Yeoman, Timmy Richter, Rhonda Cantrell, Raymond Abel, Eligene Jekei, Dennis Rios, Erin Hand (16 years), and Lenora Rodriguez (88 years).
Mold —NA Elm —NA Cedar —NA Ashe —NA (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Roarings taken yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 250 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.32 feet above sea level, down .06.
The Canyon Lake Republican Women will celebrate their annual membership brunch at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op at 11 a.m., Feb. 21. Jan Kennady will be the guest speaker. For information, call Vi Duncan at 364-4044.
Meet the OOP candidates
The public is invited to the primary candidates* forum, sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women on Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the board room at the NBISD Administration Building. All Republican candidates will be invited to speak and answer questions. Call 629-0388.
Herald-Zeitung searches for Eagle Scouts
The Herald-Zeitung is attempting to develop a list of all those in Comal County who have attained Scouting^ highest honor, the Eagle.
lf you are an Eagle Scout, please call the newspaper at 625-9144 so that your name may be included. We will request your address, phone number and the year you earned the award.
Creation of a local organization of Eagle Scouts is being considered and, should that materialize, the list compiled by the Herald-Zeitung would be used to contact potential members.
As the list develops, it will be published periodically so that readers may look for the names of Eagle Scouts they know, and may offer names of those not yet on the list.
Help the Community Band get to Germany
Spaghetti and Sousa will be on the program when members of the Comal Community Band perform at a fund-raiser supper and concert Feb. 29 at the Oak Run School.
A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the band will perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person, with proceeds going to help the band travel to Germany this summer. The New Braunfels High School Jazz Band will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For information, call Ken McGuire at 625-7728.
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Local schools brace for federal cuts
By DENISE DZIUK
If congressional efforts are successful, school districts across the nation will be faced with cuts in Title I funding, and officials with both districts are looking at ways to take the cuts without losing services.
Title I is federal funding that is used to provide additional staff and resources to help students improve in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. This includes individualized instruction, curriculum improvements, smaller classes, extra time to learn, technology resources, and assistance to train parents.
“It’s part of all the federal funding
we get and it goes to giving additional help in reading and math,” said Carol Hall, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Comal Independent School District.
According to the United States Department of Education, the new Congress has failed to pass a 1996 budget for the U.S. Department of Education. Under current funding allocations known as a continuing resolution, Title I is reduced by $1.1 billion or 17 percent. Under these cuts, Comal County could lose $211,400 in funding.
“Layoffs, teachers transferred out of their classrooms, and doors once open for students learning suddenly slammed shut will be the shameful result of inadequate stop-gap funding,” said U.S.
‘Vie would do everything possible to maintain and keep those teachers.’
— Carol Hall, CISD
Education Secretary Richard W. Riley.
However, officials with the two local school districts said they are looking at ways to maintain their number of teachers despite the cut in funding. Hall said six of 11 campuses qualify for funding, and they receive about $300,000. She said losing any of that funding would be a “bad move educationally.” However, she said the funds are also used to defray the costs of
supplies, traveling, and other items, so the cuts may not have to come from instruction.
“Hopefully we would be able to continue offering the help. We would do everything possible to maintain and keep those teachers,” she said.
Joe Parra, Coordinator of Special Programs for the New Braunfels Independent School District, said the Texas Education Agency has not been able to tell the district what to expect. He said he has heard any cuts would be in the neighborhood of 17 percent, so he is preparing his budget as if there were a 20 percent cut.
Parra said the district has been making an effort to save 15 percent of its funding and roll it forward to the next
year. He said this will help deflect the blow of the cuts. However, he said the district, which received a total entitlement of $724,000 this past year, will still have to make cuts. Parra said the current programs will not be able to expand, but teachers and programs should remain in place.
“When you expand services or personnel, it costs money. It’s not always easy to roll forward 15 percent either. So far, (the 15 percent) has served us pretty well. This year will be kind of tricky,” said Pana. “I would hope we wouldn’t be losing any services. We just may not expand right now.”
Paira said the district is expecting final word on what kind of funding will be received by April or May.
S.A. man charged with trying to sneak drugs into Comal County Jail
From Staff Reports
Christopher Cohen of San Antonio was allegedly caught trying to deliver a hallucinogenic mushroom to one of his friends housed at the Comal County Jail Saturday.
Cohen, 21, was hiding a psilocybin mushroom in a San Antonio newspaper when he was coming to visit his friend at the jail at about 2 p.m., Sheriffs Department officials said. He was trying to pass the newspaper to his friend during visiting hours, according to Sheriffs Department records.
“Every six months or so, someone tries to bring prohibited substances like drugs or tobacco into the jail,” said Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Corrections Officer David Saenz searched the paper — common jail procedure — and found the mushroom hidden in one of its sections.
Saenz told Deputy C. Vargas about the illegal newspaper insert, and Vargas arrested Cohen in the visitation section of the jail.
Cohen was charged with bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility, a third degree felony. He was released on $20,000 bond set by New Braunfels Municipal Court Judge David Perkins.
“The correction officers do a great job of prevention,” Bremer said, “and Officer Saenz alertly caught Mr. Cohen. Mr. Cohen and his associate in the jail must be really close friends.”
Lenten season begins
Merakt-Zolhjng photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Father Eugene O'Callaghan administers ashes to a parishioner at an Aah Wednesday service this morning at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.
Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. selected for study
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation has been accepted as a partner in a statewide study that deals with water alternatives and management for the future.
In early February, CL WSC was notified by the Trans-Texas Water Program Policy Management Committee (PMC) that it had been accepted as a partner in the study, along with five other utilities around the state.
CLWSC Genera) Manager Dale Yates said being a partner in the Trans-Texas study will help both the corporation and its ratepayers.
“One thing this study will enable us to do is to use the information we
Tlw study will promote more surface water use over ground water usa...’
— Dale Yates, CLWSC general manager
gather ourselves to develop our master plan,” Yates said, “lite sooner we get the information from the study the better we will able to do a cost effective job (for our customers).” The Trans-Texas Water Program is funded through the Texas Water Development Board. The study encompasses four areas of the state The Trans-Texas Water Program evaluates a fill) range of water man
agement strategies and water supply alternatives for approximately one-third of the state’s population. The ultimate goal of the program is to identify the most cost effective and environmentally sensitive ways for meeting future water needs.
CLWSC is part of the West-Central Study Area which covers the San Antonio and Edwards Aquifer Area. It encompasses 33 counties. In the West-Central area, CLWSC joins IO other water systems, river authorities and other state and local agencies involved in the study.
Yates said CLWSC has already been doing a study in which water alternatives above the Edwards Aquifer in Comal County arc being looked at. The local study is being
funded by a $90,000 grant from the TWDB. CLWSC is putting up 50 percent, $90,000 of the study’s cost. Yates said any results from the local study will be incorporated into the Trans-Texas Water Program study.
“We will be studying outreach areas, population numbers and immediate areas,” Yates said. “We will fall in and see what others are doing around the state. It is a nice privilege to be on this (PMC) committee.”
The immediate area Yates is talking about is the Bulverde-Spring Branch area.
“The study will promote more surface water use over ground water use and the use of both of those in a conjunctive effort,” Yates said.
Teen-agers to fast for 30 hours to raise awareness of fight against hunger
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
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Comal County teens will go hungry this weekend. They’ll go without food for 30 hours Friday and Saturday to bring attention to the fight against hunger.
“About 26 kids will participate — middle school and high school age,” said organizer Susan Reynolds of Oakwood Baptist Church. “All the kids can do is drink,” she said.
Participants are asking family, friends and neighbors to sponsor them as they go without food to identify with those who are hungry.
“Fifteen dollars feeds a child for a month,” Reynolds said. “That’s really not a lot of money on our part to see that someone can eat for a month.” The kids had to be convinced at first, she said, but it didn’t take long. “The first impression was, ‘oh, man — no food.’ When they got to thinking about it, that’s really not a long time to help someone else.” The teens have prepared for the fast. They gathered food door to door for World Hunger Day. They played games and watched videos relating to world hunger.
“At Thanksgiving and Christmas they were real-
*When they got to thinking about it, that’s really not a long time to help someone els#.*
— Susan Reynolds
ly instrumental in putting together food baskets and delivenng them to families in need,” Reynolds said.
The teens gave their effort a slogan — “It’s about saving kids* lives.”
The fast will be as fun as organizers can make it, Reynolds said. “We’ll have a food scavenger hunt and then give it to SOS Food Bank”
Oakwood Baptist has challenged another church youth group to a volleyball game. “At seven Saturday night they’ll have a meal to break the famine,” Reynolds said.
This is Oakwood Baptist’s first year to participate in the 30 Hour Famine Program, Reynolds said. The international evert has been sponsored for several years by World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization.
Anyone wishing to participate in the 30-Hour Famine or in sponsoring participants can contact Susan Reynolds at 609-3010 or World Vision at 1-800-7-FAMINE.
Police warning: Take care of old warrants now — or else
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It’s now or else — if you have an outstanding traffic ticket or fine to deal with. A “grace penod” is in effect nght now for outstanding warrants, but it won’t last ’ long, said Municipal Court Warrant Offi-' cer Tim Schlichting.
“This is a grace period and it’s important that people take advantage of it,” he said.
City and county law enforcement will join forces soon to sweep the area and arrest people whose warrants are still outstanding. “We hope to clear several hundred warrants in the round-up," Schlichting said.
lf you’ve forgotten to pay a traffic ticket or take care of another charge rn Municipal Court, Comal County Court at Law or a Justice of the Peace court, you should contact one of those courts immediately, he said.
Even if you’ve lost the paperwork, but think you may have an outstanding warrant, call the Municipal Court or the Sheriffs Department and ask for the warrants division to make sure.
“Checking with the courts in the next few days and taking care of your warrants will avoid the embarrassment of being arrested,” Schlichting said.
Outstanding warrants pose a constant problem for law enforcement officials, Schlichting said. They try to take care of as many as possible during their day-to-day operations, but that doesn’t make a dent in the backlog.
“A lot of these people are out of town,” Schlichting said. “They move around and it’s hard to keep track of some of them.”
Schlichting has been working for several months to get ready for the upcoming warrant roundup. “We have made significant progress in reducing our warrant load in recent years,” he said.League of Women Voters guide to the upcoming primary election, inside this .