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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-ZeiTUNG — Sunday, January 5, 2003Lone Star Elementary gets new look in new year By Tony Cantu Staff writer Like a resolution-maker intent on self-improvement for the New Year, the Lone Star Elementary will begin undergoing its own transformation this month. The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees recently approved construction documents related to major remodeling of the elementary school, which was built in 1945. Later this month, bids for a contractor will be released. Board members set the stage for the work to begin after hearing a report from Pfluger Associates Architects. The design concept will improve and enhance the school with focus on someA New Look Construction to Lone Star Elementary set to begin later this month includes: ■ renovations to the library; ■ renovations to the faculty workroom and lounge; ■ making classroom space more efficient; ■ improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; ■ techonology enhancements; ■ new air conditioning; ■ new administration offices; and ■ two new classrooms. key enhancements: The library is set to be renovated, as well as the faculty workroom/lounge and specialty areas; existing classrooms will be revamped toward a move for efficiency of space; other spaces will be refitted to comply with guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act; technology enhancements will be added throughout; and indoor air-quality systems and high-velocity air conditioning (HVAC) units will be improved. The work also calls for new construction, including the addition of an office administration area, two additional classrooms, a gym stage and additional storage space. In a memorandum, district officials noted the key areas of improvement and enhancement at the school were identified after exhaustive analysis. “District representatives and the architectural design firm have spent many hours of analysis, research and planning to provide effective solutions to district concerns,” the memo reads. “This is in addition to the development and review time spent in creating the construction documents.” Last month, school officials decided changes at Lone Star Elementary would not involve the stuMANHUNT/From 1A on San Antonio Street and into the heavily wooded Dry Comal Creek near Loop 337. New Braunfels and Comal County dispatch called out everyone they could. Within moments, sheriff’s deputies, Department of Public Safety troopers and New Braunfels police officers cordoned off the wooded area along Comal Creek between the Sheriff’s office, Kuehler Avenue, Landa Street and Loop 337. ONGOING ORDEAL “This had been an ongoing ordeal since last night,” Villarreal said. “We obtained the arrest warrant after the incident, and we tried to serve it at his mother’s residence at 3:30 a.m. But he wasn’t there. He apparently walked all night.” Police officers with dogs searched an eight-square- block area of the West End for hours Friday night without finding Chandler. Detectives collected evidence at the scene of the slashing, the residence where the couple lived in the 1200 block of West Mill Street, until 4 a.m. After that, police cut back the search effort to a single shift of officers. CANINE SEARCH Officers John Sullivan, Spencer Gremmer and Bill Spence and their dogs searched the wooded area near the Loop Saturday evening. As darkness approached, police called in a helicopter with infrared equipment. While Villarreal talked to the helicopter crew on his radio, Sullivan, his covering officer. Joe Tbvar and his dog, Cezar, walked into the Dry Comal under the Loop 337 bridge. “As it turned out, he hadn’t gotten that far,” Sullivan said. “We had just doubled back when we found him ” Chandler, who had report-edly told his mother he wouldn’t be taken without a struggle, gave himself up at the end. “He was squatted down under the bridge behind a pillar. He complied with every command I gave him," Sullivan said. Sullivan and Tovar called for backup and numerous officers from all three law enforcement agencies converged on the scene, which was at the end of the access road that passes the Hill Country Kart Club track. Chief of Police Russell Johnson participated in the search Friday night, but was not at the scene of the arrest Saturday. “That’s fantastic!” Johnson said. “I’m proud of the work they did working with the other agencies and grateful to the sheriff’s office and the DPS. That’s what law enforcement is supposed to be about — everybody working together for a common goal. I’m proud of my people. They handled this well all the way around, and Pm really glad they got him,” Johnson said. He expressed sorrow for the families of the victim and her alleged assailant. The injured woman is the daughter of Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christine Treadway. “I’ve met the sergeant and shes a neat gal. Its a shame this had to take place because there are other means of handling domestic problems,” Johnson said. SCAM/From 1A of fraudulent telemarketing operations call Americans with questionable deals. Deceptive trade practices seemed to blossom in a year marked by industry turmoil as smaller telecommunications companies struggled amid intense competition. Consequently, some providers turned to deceptive marketing practices to bolster their bottom lines. “The market is very competitive now, which we obviously feel is a good thing,” Lee said. “But on the other hand, there are a lot of companies out there who were either undercapitalized or lacked a solid business plan.” As a result, many of these providers turn to “slamming” to increase their business, a practice which involves the unauthorized switching of phone service providers without the customer’s consent. The most common slamming-inspired trade practice centers around telemarketers falsely alerting SBC was going out of business or merging with another firm, which would require a change of provider, Lee said. Another common scheme had telemarketers falsely claiming to be SBC agents and misleading customers to make unauthorized changes in their service. Failing that, fraudulent operators simply resorted to confusing consumers to the point where they unwittingly agreed to something that was not adequately explained or understood. The company warned of other scams: ■ The first quarter of 2002 saw a 31 percent increase in slamming complaints, the most common techniques involving telemarketers gaining signatures for prize drawings or other legitimate-sounding reasons without consumers knowing the secured signatures were used to switch their telephone service. Another popular scheme involved sending unsolicited checks to customers without adequate explanation that local or long-distance services would be automatically switched upon cashing the checks. ■ Cases of identity theft also loomed large, a rapidly spreading fraud that involves illegally using someone else’s identity for such purposes as establishing new lines of credit or obtaining services. This is usually done by illegally acquiring a person’s credit card or Social Security number. ■ The “809 area code callback scam” encourages unsuspecting victims to answer a page or voice mail message from the Caribbean area code, unaware that by doing so they accrued charges similar to 1-900 calls. ■ Internet scams also abounded, consumers unintentionally incurring international, long-distance charges by simply clicking on pop-up ads or e-mails or downloading entertainment content during an Internet surfing session. ■ E-mail viruses reared their ugly head too, striking users with a handful of Internet worms such as Klez and Bugbear. Worming their way through the Internet, the viruses disabled firewalls and antivirus software, setting up back doors for future attacks and recording users’ keystrokes. Lee said consumers should also be wary of any third-party billing charges appearing San Antonio based INCREDIBLE JOURNEYS, INC. Invites you to a FREE PREVIEW SHOW Join us for a sneak peak of our 2003 TOURS (New Catalogs available at the show) Saturday, January 11* 3:00 pm New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Honors Hall - 390 S Sequin Ave. Make your deposit at the show & get a $25 per person discount off final payment _RSVP 210-490-8687 or 800-777-5092    m dent population. Anticipating the revamping of the physical facility, school district officials had planned to transfer third graders from Sqele Elementary to Lone Star Elementary. The plan called for the transfer of 170 Seele students to Lone Star to make up for an August transfer of first graders from Lone Star to a new building addition at Lone Star Primary school. After the student exodus, district officials even changed Lone Star’s official name to reflect an “elementary” education rather than a “primary” one. But officials in December postponed the planned transfer of Seele students for a year. While Lone Star Elementary undergoes its enhancements, it will remain a second-grade only campus through the 2003-04 school year. In postponing the transfer, Superintendent Ron Reaves and other district officials reasoned the extra room at Lone Star would be beneficial in the event that students already there would have to be moved to other classrooms in the midst of construction. Construction on the project is expected to begin in. March 2003 and continue, through the school year. A $75 million bond refer-! endum passed in 1999 allows for the school’s reconfiguring, with expansions and other enhancements being made at other campuses as well. CHIEF/From 1A to do a little better,” Pinto said. It will probably be a month or two, Pinto said, before he decides what to do. Herber said he has every intention of applying for the chief position again. “I love what I do. I love the fire service, and I believe in the fire service,” ROVE/From 1A Herber said. “I think I can show people that with deeds and not just words. I owe the city my career. I’ve gotten where I’ve gotten because of New Braunfels,” Herber said. “I want to prove myself.” Herber spent a year as an unpaid volunteer firefighter in New Braunfels before being hired on in 1979. on their phone bills. In order to promote market competition, SBC is required by law to allow space on its bills for such billing, but the consumer must check to make sure he or she legitimately owes the charges. “The first safeguard is to check your bill,” Lee said. “If the customer reports it, we in turn will check it out to see if it’s legitimate or not.” Lee urged customers to call the customer service number appearing on their bill if they question third-party billing charges. previously served on the legislative committee in New Braunfels. Rove was chosen for the honor by members of two Texas Legislative Conference committees. “We have two committees, the advisory committee and the arrangements committee,” Meek said. “The advisory committee is comprised of well-known people from around Texas, and the arrangements committee is comprised of people from New Braunfels. We meet the day after the November elections every year, and choose a Texan of the Year. “It was after the mid-term election, which was a stunning, history-making event, that put Karl over the top,” Meek said in reference to Rove’s being chosen as Texan of the Year. The Texas Legislative Conference was the brain child of New Braunfels attorney Tom Burrus, who was looking for a way to give New Braunfelsers a chance to get up close and personal with great national leaders without having to travel great distances or spend a lot of money. The first conference was conducted in 1974. “This is a great way to have an off-season event in our community,” Meek said. People come from far and wide and spend their money in New Braunfels during the two-day event. The conference will feature a reception March 20 to honor Rove, and four panels of speakers will convene at the civic center the following day from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are available at the chamber office, or online at COMING TO THE NEW BRAUNFELS’ CIVIC CENTER New Braunfels, Texas Grammy toward Winner LITTLE JOE y La Familia SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2003 ' 8:00 pm - 12:00 Midnight Presale: $12 - At Door: $15 (per person) -1    PRKSAI.E    TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: \- MARK LLAMAS    BIG AL GARDEN J P MUSIC STORE (830)237-9610    ( 830)627-0820    (830)372-4041 New Braunfels    New Braunfels    Seguin FOR MORF: INFORMATION CALL: MARK (830)237-9610 COMAL COUNTY COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Wednesday, January 8th 7:30 - 10:00 pm FEATURED ARTISTS: * Carol Cochran - Vocalists * John Beuhler - Vocalists * Chuck Miller - Vocalist Doors Open 6:(X) p.m. Barbecue Dinners & Sandwiches Available Cover Charge $4.00 Show Benefits Comal County Senior Citizens Center 830-629-4547 Xcup & SAVEX AFTER HOURS CLINIC Dora Crandall, M.D. Board Certified in Family Practice 20 years experience x IM s MI a. J o X We treat the whole family. Heated pool, Massage Therapy, Ultra Sound, Traction Table, Immunizations, Weight Loss, Colds, Allergies. (OPEN HOURS) IO A.M. to 8 PM. • Mon - Frio 8 A.M. to 8 PM. • Sat I P.M. to 8 P.M. • Sun V AB (A i m * 830-624-0248 Most insurance accepted. Call for appointment. 1323 Sea Breeze, New Braunfels. TX 7813 0 Interstate 35 to Exit 189. Take Highway 46 (South) 1 1/2 miles to Mary Blvd. (flasher light). Right on Mary    2 Blvd. 1 1/2 miles down to Sea Breeze. Right on Sea Breeze (2 blocks) to 1323. Sign in the yard. 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