New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of KEVIN SCOTT
Vol. 144, No. 38
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Luise Valdez IV, Larry Rheinlaender, Doris Fox (belated), Dakota DeLano (six years, ligated), Ronnie Burkhardt, Richard Ramirez and Henrietta Salazar.
Cedar — 440 Mold—1,820
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Comal River — 290 Cubic Feet Per Second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.21 feet above sea level, down .02
Red Stocking Revue organizers to meet
The Advertising Committee for the Red Stocking Revue will meet in the Schneider Room of the Victoria Bank and Trust annex on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
Gloria DeLaCerda, chairperson, invites anyone interested in helping on this committee to attend. For additional information, call Gloria at 625-5760 or 625-6216.
The Comal County Women's Center needs a working refrigerator for a family moving into a safe house.
Call the shelter at 620-7520 if you can help. Also needed are blankets.
Garden Club to meet
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ella Hall.
The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March.
Jobs needed for women at shelter
The Comal County Women’s Center is making an aggressive call to the community at-large to help with job referrals for adult survivors of domestic violence residing in the shelter. Individuals and organizations in the county are encouraged to contact Lynette Whitlock, the house manager, at 620-7520 with any job referrals so that they can be posted on shelter bulletin boards for the residents' information.
On-the-job training is also welcomed for these special individuals.
Please help by giving these women and men and their children a chance for a new life.
The caption of a Page 1 photograph in yesterday's Herald-Zeitung had the wrong ending date for Troutfest. The event runs through Jan. 14.
About 1,000 trout and 1,000 pounds of catfish have been stocked in the Olympic pool at Landa Park. Hours are A p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a m. to 8 p.m. weekends. Chil dren can take home 10 fish for $3 and adults can take 10 fish for $5. Adults need a valid fishing license with a trout stamp.
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Electrical cord blamed for house fire
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A coiled extension cord is blamed for a fire yesterday morning at a Comal Avenue home. The fire caused extensive damage, but the house might have been completely destroyed if the New Braunfels Fire Department had not been close by.
The NBFD went to 259 Comal Avenue at about IO a.m. yesterday. Edward and Mary Richardson and an adult son live at the house. The son was home when the fire started.
Three units worked to keep the fire damage confined to three rooms. “The actual bum damage included the closet where the fire started, a bathroom, and both bedrooms,” said NBFD Captain Wayne Rousseau.
Most of the house was damaged by smoke. “There was heat damage — things were melted around the whole house,” Rousseau said.
The fire started at an extension cord in a closet — the excess length of the cord had been wrapped around nails in the closet. “That causes an overload to the electrical system and excessive heat,” said NBFD Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn.
“I was amazed at how fast the fire spread,” Rousseau said. “By the time we got there it was fully charged w-ith smoke.”
A firefighter rescued the Richardsons’ black Labrador from the smoking house.
“The guys who went inside really put the fire out in a hurry,” Rousseau said.
Following a few safety rules about extension cords can help prevent fires at your home, Friesenhahn said. Only one extension cord should be plugged into an outlet at a time, he said. The cords shouldn't be plugged end to end, and excess cord should never be coileu up.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A New Braunfels firefighter walks to refill his oxygen tank at a fire on Comal Street yesterday, while the owner watches the house bum.
4-H practice show is a chance for kids to polish presentation skills
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The cows will be coming out of the bam and lambs, steers, goats and hogs will be summoned out of the pasture for the 4-H practice show coming up on Monday.
"This practice show is an opportunity for new 4-H members who have never shown animals before to get the skills and the expenence needed,” Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said. “It is their one chance to show their animals before the county youth livestock show (in March) or a major stock show.”
The 4-H practice show will be held at the county fairgrounds beginning at 7 a.m. Lambs, goats, steers and hogs will be judged in several classifications: Pee Wee (for children under third grade), pre-junior (third-eleventh grade), junior (ages 12 & 13) and senior (ages 14 & up). An Over the Hill
division will be held for former 4-H members in the beef and hog showmanship competitions. Dirk Aaron, Bexar County extension agent, will judge the entries.
Taylor said this is the tenth year the show has been put on by the extension service.
On the average, the practice show has been able to attract 150-175 kids a year with 300 animals entered, Taylor said.
“The show will help the kids hone their skills in clipping, grooming and help them with their pre-show preparation,” Taylor said.
The 4-H practice show schedule will be like this: 7-9 a m., weigh-in and classify lambs, goats and steers; 9:30 a m., lamb show; IO a.m.-noon, weigh-in and classify hogs; 10:30 a.m., goat show; 11 a.m., steer and heifer show; 12:30 p.m., beef showmanship; and 1:30 p.rn, market swine followed by showmanship.
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The pile of old Christmas trees continues to grow in the swimming pool parking lot at Landa Park. The city will turn the trees into mulch, which will be used in city parks and given away free to residents.
People entenng any county building, including the parking garage at the courthouse, will have to leave their weapons behind. Comal County Commissioners Court voted Thursday to prohibit any type of weapons from entering county buildings.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said the current concealed handgun law is clear about the carrying of a gun in a courtroom or governmental body’s meeting room. However, she said, there is a question of what will be done if someone brings a gun into the building and then cannot take it into the courtroom. County Commissioner Danny Scheel said he believes it’s a safety issue, and he favors prohibiting any type of weapon rn any county building.
“The only ones that would be excluded would be law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry a weapon,” he said.
Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said he believes there is a good reason to prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun in county buildings. However, he said it will be very difficult to enforce, and the county will have to decide how to enforce it.
“I can understand why we have an interest in doing this, but I’m not clear on what we expect from it,” said Evans.
Scheel said the prohibition would be similar to a speed limit sign. He said that unless the county approves an order and posts signs stating it, people can claim they were unaware of any ban on the carrying of the gun. He also said that with the ban, the individual could be held legally responsible.
The court voted unanimously to approve the order banning any weapon in any Comal County building. Efforts will begin immediately to post the required signs so the order can take effect.
In other business, the court approved requesting proposals for courthouse security. The proposals will be made in three parts, which will make it possible to approve portions while rejecting others. Casteel said another meeting will also be held in the next few weeks to answer any questions department heads may still have.
The court also adopted a resolution requesting plans for a grade separation at U.S. Highway 281 and FM 1863 be moved ahead due to the recent increase in speed limits on 281.
Hoffmann Casualty Agency changes its name
Hoffmann Casualty Agency has changed its name to Huddleston & Company. David Huddleston purchased Hoffmann Casualty Agency, then a division of Hoffmann Agency, Inc., in March 1991, Founded in 1983 to provide property and casualty insurance for businesses and fam
ilies, Huddleston maintains that the mission of the finn will remain the same: “We will continue to offer supenor insurance products, advice and service at the same location and phone number.”
Huddleston and Company’s office is located at 447 S. Seguin St., where Hoff
mann Financial Services and HFS Sec unties also conduct business. Huddleston believes that the three firms under one roof allow for a greater array of products and expertise in the financial services field to be offered than are available at any other location in the New Braunfels area.
NBISD officials say technology grant is money well spent
By DENISE DZIUK
The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District was able to see first-hand how money from a technology grant is being used for the good of students at a board meeting Thursday night.
NBISD Superintendent Charles Birdberry said the district applied for an innovative grant from the Texas Education Agency. The district received the largest grant, and was the only one to receive IOO percent of the funds requested. He told the board the money has been used to train staff and implement technology in the classroom.
Southwest Texas State University Professor Dr. David Caverly helped
the district write the grant application. He said the process began in June, and he has been undergoing training with six teachers from the Carl Schurz Elementary and Memorial Elementary to “get the training on technology for curriculum” in grades two through four
“It’s one of the best examples, I think, of a distnct using money and hardware that may have been wasted otherwise to train teachers on sophisticated equipment to use with students,” said Memorial Elementary Pnncipal Sharon Tate.
Several groups of students shared with the board stones, slide shows, and research projects they have completed. Some of these projects included narration, music, and illustrations, all done by the students. Two boys even walked the board through the process, devel-
‘Having the hardware doesn’t do any good unless you have the training to use it.’
— Dr. David Caverly
oping the pictures and text. The only assistance the teachers gave dunng the presentations was helping the students get over their bashfulness.
‘Tonight we (showed) you what our students can do,” Baldberry told the board. “It’s kind of nund-boggling ” Caverly said the computers and the applications integrate various aspects of instruction, including science, math.
and language arts. He said the work done on the computer was just “an end-product" of an entire lesson.
“We want them to realize that technology is just a part of it. It ends up becoming an opportunity to share w hat they’ve learned with others in a variety of ways,” he said.
The six teachers currently using the applications have undergone extensive training, said Caverly. They spent four weeks in training over the summer, and still meet twice a month Each of these six teachers will now train two more teachers at each campus, which will mean 12 additional trained staff members. Once these arc finished training, another group will begin, said Caverly. He said as each teacher begins training, he or she will get two computers in the classroom, compared to
the one they have now.
“Having the hardware doesn’t do any good unless you have the training to use it,” he said. “Slowly, but surely, we ll get everybody trained at those two campuses ”
Bradberry said the district is completing an application for a federal grant that will be used to augment this program. He said the training and technology will eventually be implemented throughout grades K-4 Carol Cochran, a computer literacy teacher for the New Braunfels Middle School. said she has seen a large interest iii computer classes, and her class size continues to grow She said the program gets them ready for later classes “They can take their little ideas from down herCand make them into big ideas w hen they get up here.” she saidFor subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144