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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY The Plaza BandstandBoys district basketball schedule starts tonight. See Sports, Page 5. 50 CENTS New Braunfels WW____|    J iterate ,-(j r {•' I't D ii' 18 pages in one section ■ Friday, January 12,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of GEORGE HARTMAN wig IMAN Vol. 144, No. 43 Editorial.............................. .............4 Sports................................. .............5 Comics............................... 11 Market Place..................... 13-17 | Stammtisch Inside Judge clears way for CISD bond salebirthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: George Hartman (90 years), arris Grier, Joe Stoeltje, Elliott (nox, Brian Clenman (21 years), Naomi Sosa (belated, 12 years), Jamie Schendel (15 years), Bryan Ott (20 years), Johnny Joe Carrillo (belated), Tracy Gaston, Ellen Barsch and Jen Gomez Jr. (51 years). Pollen Count Cedar — 3,620 Mold —910 Pollen measured in paris per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel Water Information Comal River — 294 Cubic Feet Per Second, up 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.16 feet above sea level, sameSewer work on Faust Street and Casted Avenue The sanitary sewer line will be replaced from the intersection of Faust Street and Gross Avenue, along Faust Street to Casten Avenue - then along Casten Avenue, crossing Nacogdoches Siree* and ending at the railroad crossing on Casten Avenue. New Braunfels Utilities is doing the work to increase the system's capacity. Excavation will begin Wednesday, Jan. 17 and will take three to four weeks. NBU will restrict work to minimize disruption of traffic to area homes and businesses.Chamber Banquet tickets on sale Tickets for the 77th annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Civic Center, will remain on sale until Friday, Jan. 19. The banquet, whose theme is “A Sesquicentennial Finale," will include a drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt. The evening will also include the sealing of the time capsule and the presentation of the Besserung Award. For more information, call 625-2385Boof stow dinner at Masonic Lodge The Seguin Chapter #555 Order of the Eastern Star is sponsoring a beef stew dinner on Jan. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1945 West Kingsbury. Donations are $4 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12.Troutiest continues About 1,000 trout and 1,000 pounds of catfish have been stocked in the Olympic pool at Landa Park for Troutiest, which runs through Jan. 14. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a m. to 8 p.m. weekends. Children can take home 10 fish for $3 and adults can take 10 fish for $5.Senior Citizens Foundation meeting The Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation annual meeting will be held at 3:30 p m,, Sunday, Jan. 14 at the Senior Citizens Center for the election of board members and officers. Expansion and renovation plans will be discussed and a fellowship time will follow the meeting. By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District can now proceed with the sale of bonds after a visiting district judge dismissed the suit alleging the October bond election violated education codes and election laws Thursday. Lois Duggan and Wallace Greene, both of Canyon Lake, filed the petition in November. However, a district judge ruled in December that the plain tiffs needed to refile their petition to clarify several points. The petition was refiled, and Thursday’s hearing was based on the amended petition. Paul Hunn, an attorney representing CISD, told the court the first suit was “incomprehensible,” and needed clarification on several points, including the cause of action and the relief sought. However, at the hearing on Thursday, Hunn said “those exceptions have largely been ignored.” Hunn proceeded to walk the court through the petition, calling various sections “whimsical,” “unintelligible,” and “gibberish and legalese.” Duggan, who was representing the plaintiffs’ side, addressed the court, saying she “takes exception to the language used.” “When all we presented to the court are statutes...he’s arguing that the court is also unintelligible and gibberish,” said Duggan. Hunn also pointed out a reference to the education code and the election laws that he said do not exist in the books. Duggan maintained they do exist, and do apply to the case. The judge called a 20-minute recess, during which he met with both sides of the suit in his chambers. When court was resumed, Judge Donald Morgan issued the ruling to grant the motion to dismiss the case. “You won on a lawyering point, not on the strength of the issues, Mr. Hunn,” Duggan told the district’s attorney following the hearing. In a short interview following the hearing, Duggan simply said “the court grants us the right to appeal.” “I’m certainly pleased with the outcome. Now we can start moving forward on the sale of the bonds,” said CISD Superintendent Jerry Major following the hearing. The district has now scheduled for Jan. 25, the sale of school bonds for 1995, the remaining 1994 bonds, and the refinancing of 1974 and 1985 bonds. The combined amount of these bonds is approximately $32 million. Target date for local transit service pushed back to March By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer New Braunfels residents won’t be lining up at bus stops until March 11 or so. That’s the new target date for the start of New Braunfels’ mass transit trial. Setting up the system “is obviously a monumental task,” said Main Street Director Karen “K.C.” Crandall. “We want to be sure we do this absolutely right.” Winning logos and slogans have been chosen for the new system. “Remember that when we began the logo contest we reserved the right to merge designs," Crandall said. An artist is in the process of merging two of the logo designs, she said. Committee members have spent long hours testing bus routes, both with cars and buses. “We're hoping that the initial route testing will be done Friday (today),” Crandall said. The Transportation Committee is wading through a mountain of paperwork so the trial bus system can be legally signed, sealed and delivered. An interlocal agreement has been drafted between the Community Council of South Central Texas and the City of New Braunfels, Crandall said, but has yet to be signed. Formal written permission must be signed by each business where the buses will pull up and stop. The transportation committee has performed far above and beyond the call of duty, Crandall said. “I’m so proud of this community that I can’t stand it,” she said. “It’s community in action.”Release rate at Canyon Dam cut back to 130 cfs The release from Canyon Reservoir was reduced to 130 cubic feet per second (cfs) at IO a.m. Thursday, and will continue at that rate until further notice, according to Tommy Hill, chief engineer for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA). Hill explained that reservoir level and inflow help to determine 4hc release rate. The current level of Canyon Reservoir is 907.56 feet mean sea level (msl). Reservoir water between 800-909 feet msl falls within the “conservation pool” range and is managed and released by GBRA. The Corps of Engineers is responsible for controlling water in the reservoir’s “flood pool” (909-943 feet msl), which captures flood waters to protect people and property downstream. The current inflow at Spring Branch is 113 cfs. The present release rate is determined based on natural inflow, plus water from die conservation pool that is already committed to cities, industries and other downstream users. “Water safety is important at all levels of river flow and during all seasons of the year. Always wear a lifejacket, even when fishing; don’t take glass or foam containers on rivers and lakes; and remember, alcohol and water recreation don’t mix,” said GBRA general manager Bill West. Hemkj-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Gangs ars a dead end option for young people, speakers Tyvon Morris and Jeorrick High told students at Canyon Middle School last night Good Advice Former gang members share stories of tragedy, pain By DAVID DEKUNDER Steff Writer Jeorrick High and Tyvon Morris had a simple, but powerful message for students at Canyon Middle School on Thursday night — stay away from gangs. “It is all about the choices and decisions you make,” High said. High and Morris told about their years growing up as teen-agers in Baytown, Texas - years in which they both got involved in gangs, sold drugs, robbed and were involved in drive-by shootings. High was involved in a dnve-by shooting in which he got shot in the back leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Now, he gets around in a wheelchair. High said his dad got involved in selling drugs and was shot to death when a deal went bad. “When my dad was shot, I told myself I would not be like him,” High said. However, it only got rougher for High. After his tether was shot, High said his mother had to work two jobs and he looked for a job, but was turned down because he was underage at the time. When he entered his freshman year at Robert E. Lee High School, he played football and everything was going okay. But High began to get into trouble when he discovered through a cousin and his unde that there was a let of money to be made through die drug business. “I saw my cousin had everything — nice jewelry and clothes,” High said. “I began to sdve the money my cousin gave me and began to buy drugs. I figured I could sell those drugs for $600-$800.” He began to miss school and hang out on the streets until the wee hours of the morning. High was kicked out of school a couple of times because he missed so many days. Then a group of his friendsformed a gang and stole guns, which they used for drive-by shootings. High said when it got to that point he began to reassess what he was doing in a gang. But in the summer of 1991, High was a passenger in a car of one of his friends while they were riding in Baytown one afternoon. A man with a gun in another car approached them and told them he was going to shoot them. High’s friend then sped off with the other car chasing them on IH-10. Shots rang out and High’s friend got shot in the shoulder and the car began to swerve. Luckily, they both got to a hospital where High said later he “felt a tingling feeling in his legs” and found out that he had been shot in tire back. After he got out of the hospital, his younger brother, Keithric, was accidently shot to death when one of Jeorrick’s friends brought a gun into their house. “I began to realize the dungs I was doing was starting to affect a whole lot of other people,” High said. Morris said he was awarded a scholarship to play football at the University of Hawaii However, that dream ended when he got arrested for selling drugs and could not graduate because he missed 20 days of school. They both are taking Cadet classes, which will give them the opportunity to become drug abuse counselors. High said there is a chance he could walk again with strenuous therapy. High school students looked at in animal mutilation case By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Comal County Sheriffs deputies are investigating the possibility that one or more Smithson Valley High School students may have been responsible for the mutilation of a show steer and pet dog. Anthony Pearson came home Monday afternoon to find his son’s 1,500 pound 4-H steer repeatedly gored by a home-made spear. The family’s pet dachshund was killed with Pearson’s own ax. Obscenities and swastikas had been spray painted on the Pearson’s house. “I’ve offered a reward ou>‘ here for any information leading to the arrest of the guilty party,” said Joe Rogers, SVHS principal. One student had come forward yesterday with information. “We’re working on it, but nothing is confirmed one way or the other yet,” said Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz. “To my knowledge at this point in time, we have no one implicated,” Rogers said. Losing the steer meant losing a lot of money, thousands of dollars. “Many of our students invest in animals,” Rogers said. “And if they realize a profit, sometimes a cow or steer will bnng a tidy sum in.” The boy had been investing in the steer and was planning to enter it in the upcoming stock shows, he said. The “Ware Pair” took calls about the steer stabbing on their Wednesday afternoon talk show. "The money wasn’t the main thing," said host Ricky Ware yesterday. “The main thing was that it was an animal that boy spent a good part of his life raising.” One caller cleaned the graffiti from Pearson’s house free of charge, Pearson said. “Monty saw the worst side of human nature — I guess the good Lord is letting him see the good side too.” Pearson said the community support for his family has been heartening. “This wouln’t have happened in Houston,” he said. Pearson, who is finishing a masters degree in history from Southwest Texas State University, will do his student teaching at Smithson Valley High School. Another radio caller suggested that listeners donate five cents on the pound of the steer’s weight to help the Pearson family recoup the loss of the steer. SVHS can also serve as a clearing house for donations from area residents, Rogers said. “I’d be happy to receive any donations to help the family over the loss of the animal. Any checks can be made out to the Pearson family." Marion police are “actively pursuing” another case of animal cruelty in Marion. “It was the latter part of November, around Thanksgiving,” said Marion Police Chief Max W'ommack Jr. Hogs held in the high school agriculture bam were stabbed in the Marion incident. “There’s no connection between the two entries at this time," Wommack said. rnI*— c Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Augustine Seres end Candice Davis practice the piano at St. Juda s Ranch. New group to help children’s ranch By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A service auxiliary, whose sole purpose is to help the residents of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children near Bulverde, will meet in late January for its first meeting. “The auxiliary will be the arm for organizing special events and fundraisers for the the ranch,” St. Jude’s volunteer services coordinator Leah Anderson said. The auxiliary, which will be called Fnends of the Ranch, will have its first meeting at the Restaurant at Greene Mansion at 7 p m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. Anderson said anyone who is interested in attending the meeting should make reservations by calling (210) 885-7494. Reservanons will be accepted through Jan. 22 since dessert will be served at the meeting St. Jude’s Ranch for Children is a non-profit, residential care facility for children ages 11-17, which takes in children who are either abused, abandoned or neglected. The ranch was founded in 1983. “The Fnends of the Ranch will help build community support for St. Jude’s through financial support and volunteer services which will help Ow ranch gain name recognition," Anderson said “We are sending an invitation to the community and local churches to join is a great way to start the New Year by helping other people.”Bridal Fair prize winners get what’s coming to them. See Page 3. ;