New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, Jan. 18,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of THELMA LEE ■ Vol. 143, No. 47
Earlier start gets approval at NBISDSchool year to begin three days sooner in ’95
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District approved the 1995-% school calendar Tuesday night at their regular meeting.
The calendar had caused some concern amonq. hi iciness people in the community because the start of school continues a trend toward the earlier date. The 1995-96 year will begin on Aug. 14, three days earlier than this year.
“Never have we had as much imput on our calendar as this year,” said Supcnntendent Charles Bradberry. “...It meets the needs of most people, not all, but most.”
School traditionally has started after Labor Day, or the first weekend in September, which is also the last big weekend of the summer tourist season. Most schools have now pushed their starting date earlier each year, causing concern among those who employ many students.
“A lot of the business people would like to see school start as late as possible," said Bradberry. “The problem comes with having the appropnate number of days in the fall.”
In order for mid-year exams to be taken by the Christmas break, school must start earlier, he said, or students would have to take exams immediately following the break which runs Dec. 20-Jan. 3.
The spring semester has 92 days compared to the fall's 88. Spring break will be March 15-22.
School Board President Dick Robinett said the district would have to be even more flexible with its scheduling during the next few years due to building projects throughout the district, "Hie NBISD needed 90 days for summer construction this year. School will end May 23 in 1995-96, three days earlier than this year.
In other action.
■ The board extended the contract of Superintendent Bradberry one year, making his contract good through IWX Bradberry has been with the NBISD 12 years. His term includes the passage of several bond packages, including the massive $15 million project recently approved by voters and covering almost every campus in the district.
"The only thing we worry about is losing you to a higher authonty,” said Robinett.
"...It would have to be a real high authonty,” said Bradberry, who said he hopes to finish out his educational career in New Braunfels.
■ Speaking of bond packages, the board upon recommendation by the administration, approved the architectural finn of Jessen, Inc. to design work on the first part of the $ 15 million project.
The first part includes four classroom additions to Memorial and Carl Schurz Elementanes and the 11 classrooms at the high school.
Herb Crume of the Austin-based firm has worked on several projects within the distnct through the years, including the Memorial schools and current work at Seele. He told the board Tuesday night he expects bids to go out no later than the first week in May.
Tough questions, creative ideas fielded at meeting
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Seguin man injured
New Braunfels emergency personnel carefully put Daniel Cox of Seguin on a stretcher after he was injured in an accident on the 1-35 access road (west side) between Seguin Ave. and Walnut St. yesterday at approximately 8:30 a.m. Cox' vehicle collided with another after he slowed to yield the entrance ramp to 1-35. He was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. There were no other injuries.
Local Red Cross chapter collecting donations to assist earthquake victims in Japan
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels residents wishing to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan have several options, according to the Red Cross office in San Antonio.
Monetary donations earmarked for Japanese relief can be sent to the New Braunfels Red Cross or the American Red Cross at P.O. Box 37243, Washington D.C. 20013.
Donations can also be charged on Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express by calling 1-800-842-2200 for English or 1-800-257— 7575 for Spanish
The Red Cross will take inquiries about the safety of Japanese relatives who are immediate family and have been in contact within the last six months.
For inquiries about U.S. military in Japan, call the Red Cross in New' Braunfels at 625-2473.
Tile U.S. Navy has reported no injuries of Navy officers in Osaka.
Inquiries about U.S. citizens in Japan should be directed to the State Department Citizen Emergency Service at (202) 647-7310 or (202) 647-7311.
As of yesterday, the Japanese Red Cross had evacuated approximately 60,000 Japanese people from their homes and is now lodging them in temporary shelters such as schools. Food, water and blankets are being provided to evacuees.
The Japanese Red Cross reports that 7,713 buildings have collapsed, most of them homes.
Fifteen medical teams have been sent out by the Japanese Red Cross to treat the injured on site.Inside
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The Marketplace....................4B-8BStammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Antonio Medina, Dorothy Brinkkoeter, Jesus Luna, Sr., Thelma Lee (83 years!), Heather Fest, Jose D. Garcia, Martha Mitchan (82 years!), Janet Suzanne Ward, Judy A. Perez, Tyler Reviea, Elsa Houghton, Gail Dolle, Lucille McDavid-Neuse, Jerry Scheel, Ashley Bird (ll years!).
Happy Anniversary to Ronald & Sandra Schneider, Rudy & Gloria Castro (26 years!)Quilt guild to moot Saturday
The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9:30 a rn. at the New Braunfels Christian Church Fellowship Hall on Loop 337. Membership is open to everyone.
The Wednesday Quilting Bee meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome.Book Review Club to moot Tuooday
The Book Review Club will meet at the Senior Citizen’s Center. 655 Landa Street, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1995, from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Coffee will be served at 9:30. Howard Schulz will review “Those Who Love” by Irv ing Stone. Plan to bring a friend with you. Guests will be asked for a donation of $2.00.Nowcomors sponsor International Night
The New Braunfels Newcomers Club will host an International Night at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, beginning at 5:30 p m. on Jan. 19.
Guests arc asked to bring a covered dish from the favonte countries.Project Graduation pop rally sat
A Project Graduation pep rally will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Luby’s Cafeteria.
Judge Carter Casteel will serve as emcee for the fundraising event and will be joined by both school distnct supennten-dents as well as pnncipals of all three high schools.
All area students as well as the general public are invited to attend.HEB colobratos 90th anniversary today
An unprecedented state-wide event will be held today as each of the 227 HEB grocery stores in Texas will simultaneously hold a cake-cutting ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of the company.
The ceremony will be held today at IO a m. locally at the New Braunfels HEB.
The company is planning a year-long senes of events in celebration of the anniversary.
City and county officials, as well as the general public, are invited to participate in the ceremony.
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Rabies scare causing little change in local policy, tactics
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Caution, not alarm is the message authorities are sending to county residents regarding the rabies epidemic felt in South Texas. The state recently declared a state quarantine for those transporting animals across state lines.
County Animal Control Officer David Young said the only change regarding county policy would be that dog owners can no longer institute a 10-day home quarantine after their dog has bitten someone. Instead, authorities will confine the animal.
Rabies is a common disease among animals, but strains have now spread in large numbers across South Texas, prompting the quarantine. It would take five or more cases here in Comal County to call for a local quarantine, said Young, and that has not occurred.
Those wild animals who have been hit hardest by the current strain include coyotes, foxes and raccoons, which are nocturnal creatures.
“lf it is during daytime (animal acts strange), chances are the animal has got some type of illness,” said Young.
Property owners outside city limits, on IO acres or more, and not in a platted subdivision could shoot a wild animal that appears sick.
Because there is only one testing facility in the entire state, these animals would not be sent to Austin unless they bit someone or a pet, such as a dog. Young said residents should call his office if this occurs.
City officers deal mainly with dogs and cats, although critters such as opossums, raccoons, and foxes often show up within city limits.
Sgt. John "Mac” McEachem said the city has no need to change any guidelines because of the quarantine and will continue to operate under set regulations.
"Certain types of attacks on animals or humans results in the animal being quarantined for IO days," said McEachem.
If an animal is infected, it will show signs of the rabies infection and die within that 10-day penod, he said. Tests must then be conducted in Austin.
City code prohibits stray dogs and cats from roaming the neighborhood and fines owners for such, lf the ani-I ma! has a tag, officers will try to identify the animal and capture it.
The same goes for unowned animals. Officers will try to capture it, but will shoot the animal if required.
“We will catch it if we can, but we’ll shoot if we have to,” said McEachem.
Three main rules usually apply when fines are involved: at-large animals, no license, and no rabies shots.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Speakers fielded tough questions and heard some creative ideas from the sparse crowd at the Dist. I Town Meeting held last night at Lone Star School.
“How come we’re looking to fill positions like the chief of police from outside the city?” City Manager Mike Shands was asked by one city resident.
Shands replied that the city only searches outside New Braunfels limits to fill positions when no qualified applicants have come forward from New Braunfels.
Recycling Committee Chairperson Susan Curtis addressed concerns about recycling. “Well, it’s another charge to
pay,” said a resident, “you ask people to participate, but give them a reason. Why can’t the money coming back (Tom recycling be designated for a project to benefit the people, like library improvements or parks?”
Curtis liked the idea and encouraged the resident to attend upcoming recycling meetings and approach Shands regarding use of recycling revenues.
City council member Ambrosio Benitez several times urged Dist. I residents to make their voices heard at council meetings,
“We need to go and be at the city council meetings and be participants,” he said.
The great importance of education was stressed by several of the speakers, including County Commissioner Cnsti-
na Zamora, who along with Benitez set up the town meeting.
Local businessman Ted Alexander noted that bnnging more job opportunities to New Braunfels was dependent on an educated work force. “It’s not the chicken or the egg. Education is first. Period,” he said.
Alexander outlined the new San Antonio College classes in New Braunfels and heralded their success "This is the very first time these classes have been o fie red, and already enrollment is at 150. We would have been happy with 40,” he said.
Safe C ity Commission Chairperson Cheryl Scott urged Dist. I citizens to organize neighborhood watches. “Neighborhood Watch is the single most effective weapon against crime,” she said. A resident youth was con
cerned that New Braunfels might institute curfews for youths, as San Antonio has. “My mother trusts me to take my sister out to run an errand at night, why can’t others?’’ she said.
Scott agreed, saying the Safe C ity Commission, along with the city, still preferred to trust the youth of New Braunfels, and that was why no curfews are iii effect here.
Luis Ramirez of the Community Council of South Central Texas Inc. outlined the many services available for local residents through the community council
He noted that New Braunfels’ Head Start was one of the first ten in the nation to purchase its own building.
He described services such as ACT, Alamo Consortium Transit, a free public transportation system available to
residents; the Laurel Senior Citizens Center; Women Infants & Children (WIG); the family planning center; USDA food commodities assistance; and energy assistance, where state funds are available to help residents make their homes more energy efficient and thus cheaper to own.
Ramirez urged residents to call the community council at 625-6268 for information on available services. “We’re everywhere in the community,” he said, “ and we’re here to help you."
David Whatley outlined the plans for further improvements to Etkel Field while Charter Review Committee member Gloria Sasser fielded questions.
A major concern among residents was having safe walkways to Eikel FieldThe Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!