New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 68 14 pages in 2 sections February 22, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Top Americana station
KNBT New Braunfels brings home prestigious national award
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KNBT Radio program and music director Mattson Rainer says the Gavin Americana Award for Top Commercial Station is an honor and challenge for the station.
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
KNBT Radio (92.1 FM) just won the prestigious Gavin Americana Award this past weekend, but program and music director Mattson Rainer already is feeling the pressure.
“I’m compelled to work even
harder to make sure everyone knows they made the right choice,” Rainer said.
Record label employees, radio station employees and others in the industry cast their ballots in several categories, including Americana Station of the Year.
For the fourth year in a row, KNBT was nominated for a Gavin
Americana Award in the category of Top Commercial Station of the Year among more than 85 stations across the U.S.
The national honor is awarded to the radio station that most actively pursues innovative Americana programming.
To be eligible for the award KNBT submitted weekly play lists
to Gavin, an industry trade magazine.
Stations from Dallas, northern California, Georgia and Virginia also were nominated but KNBT made the final cut.
The announcement was made in San Francisco this past weekend inSee AMERICANA/5A
Residents start filing for CISD seats
By Heather Todd
Comal County resident Deraid LaRue is challenging trustee Lester W. Jonas for the District 5 trustee seat on the Comal Independent School District board.
Both filed Monday, the first day CISD accepted applications for a place on the ballot.
The District 5 position is one of three seats up for election on the CISD’s board of trustees in May.
Applications for a place on the ballot are available at the district’s central office, 1421 N. Business 35. Interested candidates can file at central office during regular business hours through March 22. The election is Saturday, May 6.
Early voting begins on April 19 and ends on May 2.
The school district is divided into seven single-member districts, each represented by a member of the board of trustees.
People interested in filing for election must be registered voters, live in the single-member district they are filing for and have been a resident of the district for six months.
For 2000, only patrons in single-member districts 1,2 and 5 will vote in the CISD school board election.
Trustees Dan Krueger, 2, and Dora Gonzales, I, have not yet decided if they are running for reelection.
Jonas represents a portion of western Comal County bordered by the Kendall County line, US. 281, Farm-to-Market 2673 and the Cibolo Creek. His area includes Smithson Valley north of FM 3159; Bulverde west of U.S. 281 and north of Cranes Mill Road, the Woods at Spring Branch and the CISD portion of Kendall County
Jonas, who recently retired from the hospitality industry, said his
Haggard in Gruene
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A sold-out crowd danced in the aisles and sang along as Merle Haggard performed Sunday night at Gruene Hall. From “Silver Wings” to ‘The Old Man from the Mountain,” the country and western legend performed the standards that made him a star. Many who couldn’t get tickets set up folding chairs outside the “oldest dance hall in Texas” to listen to ‘The Hag.”
TMS changing some students’ schedules
From Staff Reports
Some students at Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools will have modified schedules today, Wednesday and Thursday because of Texas Assessment of Academic Skills testing.
Canyon High School juniors and seniors will not need to report to school until 11:50
a.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday because of TAAS testing.
Sophomores will be taking the exit-level TAAS all three days starting at 8:30 a.m. Freshmen will be taking another series of tests those three days starting at 8:30 a.m. as well.
Buses will run at their regular times.
Students who ride buses but are not being tested will need to report to the old gym.
At SVHS, freshman, juniors and seniors do not need to report to school until 11:30 a.m. today through Thursday.
But sophomores, who will be taking the exit-level TAAS, need to report to school at the regular time each day.
Officials say new court will aid foster kids
By Heather Todd
In 1999,1 IO children living in Comal, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays counties were removed from their homes by Children’s Protective Services because of abuse or neglect.
Often, those children have prolonged stays in foster care because of an overburdened court system that must hear criminal matters first.
Officials with the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, which oversees CPS, said a newly created “cluster” court to serve Comal, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays counties would significantly shorten children’s foster care placement.
Judge B.B. Schraub, presiding judge of the 3rd Administrative Judicial Region, which includes Comal County, will swear in associate judge Andrew Hathcock, who was selected to preside over the new specialized court, at 11 a.m. today at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin.
The ceremony is open to the public and will take place in courtroom I on the third floor.
Senator Leticia Van de Putte and PRS Regional Director Rose Osborn also will attend.
The new cluster court, which is the fourth such court in Texas, will handle only CPS
Judge Schraub, who helped spearhead the effort to secure a federal grant for the cluster court, said the specialized court would “be beneficial to the children by assuring resolution and permanency of their cases in a timely manner.”
Carole Hurley, Children’s Justice Act Project director and Court Improvement Project director, said cluster courts were funded by federal Court Improvement Projects funds.
As an associate judge, Hathcock, who has experience with CPS cases, was selected by Schraub for the position rather than elected.
In February 1999, the CIP issued a Request for Proposal, which was distributed through the nine administrative regional judges, to fund additional cluster courts, Hurley said.
Janece Keetch, PRS public information officer, said Schraub recognized the need for a cluster court in the area and, with the approval
New web site links NBHS, Canyon alumni
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Just in time for the rekindling of the rivalry between Canyon and New Braunfels high schools next year, former Cougars and Unicorns now can cheer on their alma maters just by logging onto the Internet.
Tonya (Welch) Watterson, a CHS graduate from the class of 1990, created a new site on the World Wide Web to help CHS and NBHS alumni keep in touch
— whether its to revive old friendships or old rivalries.
Watterson, who lives in College Station with her husband and CHS graduate Phillip Watterson, created a web site exclusively for CHS alumni and faculty in September 1999.
She recently moved the CHS alumni site and combined it with a NBHS alumni site, which CHS and NBHS alumni and faculty can reach at
And, the new site is just in time as the Cougar and Unicom football teams prepare for battle next fall in a new 4A district.
Despite the long-standing rivalry, the site also allows Unicorns and Cougars to embrace their common bonds as well as their differences.
On the opening page of the web site, Watterson writes, “If you went to school in New Braunfels, you may have fond
memories of lazy days on the river, the smell of popcorn at the football games and, most of all, the rivalry of the two local high schools that resided in this wonderful city. Here, Unicorns and Cougars come together.”
Once alumni enter the web site, they have the option of clicking on the CHS or NBHS sites or browsing both sites.
“There are a lot of people out there who have friends at each school, so this allows them to
access both,” Watterson said.
Anyone can access the site and search for alumni or faculty, but only alumni or faculty who register can put their contact information on the site.
And, Watterson said she looked over any information submitted to make sure it was appropriate before posting it on the web site.
Both sites ofter a range of features, including an alumni and faculty search, an alumni and fac-See WEB SITE/5A
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