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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas iiJNFELSHerald-Zeitung.....................1....................................... Vol. 150, No. 48    14    pages    in    2    sections    January    6,    2001 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents CISD photo Betty Kyle, home economics cooperative education teacher at Canyon High School, will be featured on KENS 5 this week. CHS teacher ExCELs in classroom Kyle named Comal ISD teacher of the year By KARI HUTCHISON Special to the Herald-Zeitung Betty Kyle, home economics cooperative education teacher at Canyon High for 26 years, was selected Comal Independent School District’s KENS5-TV/San Antonio Federal Credit Union’s ExCEL Teacher of the Year. She will receive $1,000, a special award and a visit from KENS 5’s Deborah Knapp-Bonilla next week. Kyle’s story will run on KENS5-TV at 6 p.m. Thursday and again at 9 a.m. Jan. 13.    . The other secondary teacher finalists*for the ExCEL award were Karen Arnold of Canyon Middle, Ron Middleton of Smithson Valley Middle, Troy Mann of Spring Branch Middle and Colby Evans of Smithson Valley High. “In her 28 years of teaching, Betty Kyle has touched a lot of lives as a teacher, role model, student council sponsor and all-around cheerleader for high school students,” Comal ISD superintendent Jerry Major said. “All of our finalists for the award are outstanding teachers. It was difficult to select one, but Betty exemplifies the best in teaching.” The New Braunfels native received her bachelor of science in home economics from the University of Texas at Austin and immediately started teaching at Troy High School outside of Temple. She took eight years off to raise four children before returning to the classroom at Canyon High. She said she really had been teaching since she was 5 years old and used to set up her classroom on her parents’ screened porch. The neighborhood children would participate in her “Go To the Head of the Class” game. As the home economics cooperative education teacher at Canyon High, she has taught classes on home and family living, child development and career preparation, to name a few. See TEACHERS NB crime holds steady in 2000 I Crime Stats By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Crime statistics in 2000 revealed good news — New Braunfels is still a safe place to live, a city official said Friday. From January to November 2000, crime in New Braunfels was up a little less than I percent from the first 11 months of 1999, reports Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. “We’ve basically held our own, and that’s encouraging when you consider the growth we’ve been experiencing,” Ferguson said. “What’s especially encouraging is we’re continuing to see a decline in motor vehicle burglaries.” In 1999, New Braunfels saw a substantial jump in the number of auto burglaries from previous years, Ferguson said. Through November this year, they declined 8 percent, from 566 in 1999 to 516 in 2000. All burglaries, including homes and other buildings, were down as well, 838 in 1999 to 786 in 2000. In other areas, New Braunfels escaped 2000 with no murders, as opposed to one in 1999. Sexual assaults were down, 31 to 21. See CRIME/4A 1999 2000 Murder 1 0 Sexual assaults 31 21 Assaults 841 732 Thefts 1,442 1,645 Auto burglaries 566 516 Burglaries, all types 838 786 Major crime calls 3,305 3,341 Getting to know you i rn Escapees spotted in San Marcos K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung In preparation for their Communities In Schools-sponsored trip to see the Korean Children’s Museum next week, second- and third-graders from Memorial Elementary learn a little about Korean culture from local resident Kim Ha on Friday. Official says many sightings being reported Staff and wire reports SAN MARCOS — Two members of a gang of fugitives accused of killing a police officer after escaping the Connally Unit prison in Kenedy were spotted at a bank in San Marcos, police said Friday. But state investigators have said the sighting was unconfirmed. On Wednesday, another unconfirmed sighting was reported in New Braunfels. A New Braunfels Police Department official said all leads would be investigated. The latest reported sighting placed the escaped inmates at a bank in San Marcos. San Marcos Police Chief Stephen Griffith said witnesses twice identified two of the fugitives as being at the bank in his city. » “It is our belief at this point and time, based in witness identification of two sets of photos, that we have an accurate sighting,” he said. “We believe there was bank casing going on.” But Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Larry Todd would not confirm the sighting. “We’ve had simultaneous sightings in San Marcos, Texas, Durango, Colorado, a small town in southern Oklahoma and someplace in Louisiana,” Todd told reporters in Austin. Police were analyzing security camera footage and possible fingerprints, Griffith said. Officers are on high alert and SWAT teams were on standby, Griffith said. The seven convicts — two killers, two armed robbers, a child abuser, a serial rapist and a burglar — broke out from the state prison on Dec. 13 by stealing clothing from staff members and bluffing their way to the rear gate, authorities said. The group is accused of pulling off the Christmas Eve holdup of a sporting goods store in Irving that ended with the death of a police officer. Officer Aubrey Hawkins was shot 11 times — six times in the heard — and also was run over by a vehicle. A San Marcos bank clerk called the police after a suspi-cious-looking man asked about opening an account. A witness outside the bank observed seven to eight people standing around three vehicles, and said the man from inside the bank left with them. The cars headed toward Interstate 35, according to police reports. Todd would not say whether See ESCAPEES/4A Waterwise committee tackles new project By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Comal County Waterwise Growth Study Committee opened the New Year Friday afternoon with a new project. The committee rewriting county subdivision rules to protect water resources began work on new drainage and impervious cover rules in its first meeting of 2001. “Impervious cover” is material, such as roofs or concrete, that doesn’t allow water to seep into soil. Friday’s meeting began with a drainage presentation by a Guadalupe-Bianco River Author ity consultant. Paul Jensen of Austin discussed water runoff, water quality and aquifer recharge. “If you find some way to avoid an increase in runoff volume, a lot of problems could be avoided downstream,” Jensen said. Jensen said that the best place to control runoff is at its source — on individual lots and in projects as they’re designed. “If your goal is to design every site to maintain pre-development runoff conditions, there’s a lot to be said for it,” Jensen said. Impervious cover and other improvements associated with development typically cause more water to run off of a prop- Inside Abby.................. ..............SA Classifieds........... ............5-8B Comics................ ...............4B Crossword........... ...............5A Forum.................. ...............6A Local/Metro......... ..............4A Movies.................. ................5A Obituaries............ ...............3A Sports................. ...........1-3B Today.................. ..............2A Coming Sunday rn nwww win mil iii—fi wmmmrnmmmiimmmmmmmiSSSmmmmmmmmmmmmtmmMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Key Code 76 Music and math can go together. Find out about upcoming music classes that could help improve your child’s math skills JL ifestyle IC New eatery opens Jan. 23 By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Montana Mike’s Steakhouse is interviewing applicants and training employees as it prepares to open in New Braunfels. The restaurant plans to open Jan. 23 in the former Molly Joe’s restaurant, 1153 Oasis near Business 35 and Loop 337. Long-time restaurateur Tom Ford is the majority stockholder of Fordtex Investments, the owner of the restaurant. He described Montana Mike’s as “family dining.” “Ifs a mid-scale steakhouse with moderately priced large portions,” Ford said. “We s£rve a really good meal for a very reasonable price.” A 12-ounce sirloin steak with a choice of vegetables, salad and homemade rolls is $7.99, while a 22-ounce steak is $11.99. Ford said that is the same price one might pay for a 12-ounce steak at other restaurants. “We cut the steaks in-house, age them and cut them,” Ford said. See EATERY/4A erty than had when that piece of land was unimproved, causing water quality and flooding impacts that multiply downstream. The rules the Waterwise committee seeks to develop next will reduce those impacts, officials hope. Jensen said they also could save developers money. Mark Gonzales, manager of the new Montana Mike’s Steakhouse in New Braunfels, stands next to a fireplace in one of the dining rooms at the restaurant. JO LEE FERGUSON/ Herald-Zeitung ;