New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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or Harry Botkin at (830) 832-7345Saturday, February 26, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3ASchools rev up for round 1 of TAKS
By Will Wright
It’s that time of year again for area public school students, as the first round of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests begin Tuesday.
Students in grades 4 and 7 (writing skills); grade 9 (read
ing); grade 10 and exit levels (reading and language arts) will be taking the required assessment tests in all-day sessions.
About 2,600 students are expected to take the examination in New Braunfels Independent School Districts, with about 5,370 slated to take the test in Comal ISD.
The second and third rounds ofTAKS testing are in April.
Make-up dates for the first round available through the end of the next week.
Students are urged to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good, nutritious breakfast before entering the tests. Teachers and administrators at all schools will help the kids
get through the usual nervousness and anxiety issues that accompany testing.
Parents are urged to immediately contact schools in cases of illnesses. They also are encouraged not to schedule any activities on Tltesday that might make their students feel they have to rush through completing their tests.
Bridge workers to cut away sidewalk on Walnut project
Construction may require that both bridge lanes be closed for installation
By Greg Bowen
Workers on the Walnut Avenue reconstruction project expect to begin cutting away one side of the Dry Comal Creek Bridge this week as part of their efforts to widen the bridge.
“We should be saw-cutting the bridge, cutting the concrete at the sidewalk and through the deck and removing the handrail on the downstream side,” said Assistant City Engineer Octavio Garza.
Once that’s done, workers will begin bringing in new bridge beams for instaUation.
Drivers are asked to be aware that two lanes across the bridge will likely have to be closed during the delivery and installation of the beams. “We may have to close Walnut completely to install the beams,” Garza said. If so, that work would be done on a Sat-
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A crew continues work on Walnut Avenue on Friday.
urday while the traffic is light, he said.
Elsewhere on the $27.8 million reconstruction project, which began in September, workers continue installation of the big, new stormwater line.
“We’re close to Stonewall right now and marching up the hill (toward Elliot Knox),” Garza said.
On another part of the job, from the Dry Comal bridge
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toward Landa Street, workers are moving utility lines and installing new utility poles.
“After New Braunfels Utilities move their lines, AT&T and l ime Warner will come in and move theirs,” he said. “Then well pull the old poles out.”
That will make room for installation of the big stormwater line to begin from the
bridge toward l>anda, Garcia said.
Work on the reconstruction project is expected to take a total of three years to complete. When it’s done, the widened Walnut — which has been regarded as the city’s worst major street—will have two lanes in each direction, left-tum lanes, new sidewalks, landscaped medians, improved railroad crossings and utilities, hike-and-bike trails and pocket parks.
T he corner of West San Antonio and Walnut will become an entrance to downtown that will feature a landscaped plaza.
For more information on the project, visit the project website www.nbtexas.org/Wal-nutConstruction.
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RACANELLI PRE-TRIAL RESETTO MARCH 17
A non-evidentiary pretrial hearing in (he case of former New Braunfels Independent School District administrator Elisa Racanelli has been reset to March 17.
Indicted in January on allegations of tampering with government records in the case of two New Braunfels High School seniors applying to the University of Texas, Racanelli waived arraignment earlier this month.
A plea deal is expected in the case.
NEW BRAUNFELS MUNICIPAL COURT EXPANDS SERVICES
New Braunfels Municipal Court announces enhanced customer services that include an online payment option and expanded lobby hours.
“Payments can be accepted online if certain criteria are met,” said Larry Cudd, court administrator.
Details on this alternative are available by visiting the city’s website at www.nbtexas.org and selecting Municipal Court’ under the Departments pull down menu.
Effective March 1, the
court also will offer extend ed lobby hours, remaining open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and T hursdays, and opening at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays (staying open until 3:30 p.m.)
BEASTFEAST WILD GAME DINNER TODAY AT WURSTHALLE
Gruene United Methodist Church’s Beast l east wild game dinner is 5:30 p.m.. today at Wursthalle in New Braunfels.
Don Wright is this year’s chairman, and two local charities will share the proceeds along with Gruene United Methodist Church -Fisher House and Returning Heroes Home.
GUMC’s Barbeque Ministry, led by Bill Horan and John Pinto, is preparing for 650 people with an expanded menu that includes: pulled wild pork, axis chili, venison and pork sausage, carne guisada, jambalaya, vermicelli salad, Texas caviar, pinto beans and “a wide array of desserts.”
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
BeastFeast also includes a performance by Americana and country singer Libby Koch.
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$57.00 Auto Acquisition Event Opens To Public Cars Starting At $2,995.00.
Staff Writer - Curt Lentz San Marcos, TX - Due to the national increase in defaulted automotive loans, banks are having to store and stock pile vehicles that at one point and time had owners with good credit.
Jim Stienke, General Manager of San Marcos Toyota was asked for help in storing and disposing of the desired inventory, “Helping the banks is the right thing to do. After all, I can’t count the number of times that they have loaned money to customers of ours that were turned down all over town.”
Vehicles included in this three day event will be domestic and imported sports cars, vans, sport utility vehicles, and trucks, many still under factory warranty.
JamesTodd, Used Car Manager, explained, “This is a great deal for bargain hunters. Simply pick out one of the 239 vehicles that have been traded, repossessed or purchased from around the country, pay a
“Vehicles may be sold for pennies on the dollar!”
- Jim Stienke
$57 acquisition fee and start making payments. This is not a lease program.”
“The banks are making buy of a lifetime offers, thus making it very attractive for the person who wants a super clean safety inspected car or truck.” Todd continues, “First of all we mark down all prices at least $1,200 below Blue Book value and also include at least a 50,000 mile warranty on many of these cream puffs, at no charge to the buyer. Last, but not least, huge discounts will be given to whoever wants to pay cash.” This three day sales event runs Thursday, Feb. 24th from 10:15 am - 7:45 pm, Friday, Feb. 25th from 9:45
am - 7:15 pm and Saturday, Feb. 26th from 9:15 am - 4:45 pm. It will be open to the public, and promises to be the biggest thing San Marcos has ever seen!
“If anyone has doubts I will be more than happy to show them the N.A.D.A. value on the vehicle that they are interested in.”
During this one time only sales event, cars that normally sell for five to ten thousand dollars will be sold for three to five thousand, even cars for $2,995.00.
Bank Reps will be on hand to help preapprove you before the sale. Stienke went on to say, “Even with slow, no or bad credit, the banks will do whatever it takes to loan good people with bad credit money, provided they are currently employed.”
San Marcos Toyota is located at 5101 IH-35 South, Exit 199 in San Marcos. Any phone calls should be directed to James Todd at Toll Free 1-800-639-7320.
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