New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, Jan, 27, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of JA YOE WHITE
I Vol, 143, No 54
Church Life............................6A, 7A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to. Phillip Neff, Jayce White (I year!), Karren Sims (Saturday), Kevin Korpi (belated), Carolina Ortiz, Jennifer Anton, Tiffany Holder (belated), Faye Clarke, Daniel Vorpahl, Ray Neuendorff, Robert Schultz.
Happy Anniversary to Joe & Flo Hernandez.
Cancer Society to benefit from ‘Rumors’
Circle Arts Theatre’s Sunday, Feb. 5 performance of the Neil Simon play "Rumors" will benefit the local unit of the American Cancer Society, and is the premier event promoting the annual ACS Starlight Gala to be held on June 16 this year
There will he a wine and cheese reception for everyone attending the 7 p.m. performance. Doors to the theatre will open and serv ing will begin at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets arc available through Gala committee members and at Circle Arts Theatre
For more information, call Linda Gabbard at 629-6153 or Laurie at 620-1379
FPO Youth Choir are taking orders for Super Subs
The members of the High School Youth Council of First Protestant Church are taking orders for Super Sub Sandw iches for Super Bowl Sunday.
Sales proceeds will he used to support FPC Youth Projects and the S.O.S., Inc. Community Food Bank.
Cost per 12-inch sandwich is $6. Send your order (with payment) to: SUPFR SUB SANDWICH, First Protestant Church. 172 W. Coll St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130.
Sandw iches can be picked up atter the 10:30 serv ice, Jan 29 (Super Bowl Sunday).
Third Doll & Toy Show date is changed
The Third Annual Doll & Toy Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center will be moving to a new date - Saturday, Feb. 11.
The event w ill be held from 9 a m. to 4 p.m.
Tile agenda for the show will remain the same
A rattle of several beautiful and valuable dolls is held at 4 p m with proceeds going to the Comal County Children's Shelter
For more information, call Dorothy 625-3245.
Family reunion being planned for March 19
Dependents of the founding family of Stephan and Margaret^ (Hoffmann) Klein are planning their first family reunion tor Sunday, March 19 at the Eagles Hall.
For more information, call Jeannette Felger at 629-3272 or Dena Rittimann at 609-3017.
Pick-up, semi collide
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL An accident which took place this morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. caused severe damage to this 1990 Dodge Ram pick-up which collided with a semi-tractor/trailer rig near Watson Lane on I-35. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the accident. No injuries were reported. Information on the identities of the drivers and passengers was unavailable at press time.
County commissioners en Jorse SB 1477
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County Commissioners Thursday passed a resolution supporting Senate Bill 1477 and any amendments which may come forth in the current state legislative session.
The bill was passed two years ago in the last session and created among other things, an Edwards Aquifer Authonty (FAA) which could regulate pumping of the aquifer.
Tliat a ut lion ty, however, came under fire from the Justice Department which said replacing the Edwards Underground Water District (EUWD), an elected board, with the EAA. an appointed board, would violate the Voting Rights Act.
"We are supporting Senate Bill 1477 as it was passed by the Legislature and limited amendments necessary to comply with the Voting Rights Act,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
The county would support changes as long as Comal County residents were represented, either by the current EUWD hoard members, or commissioners’ appointees.
The hill should be one of the first
NBU passes SB 1477 measure
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
NBU trustees passed a resolution last night supporting SB 1477. the state law which created the Edwards Aquifer Authonty (EAA).
Trustee Robert Orr stressed th urgency of fighting to retain SB 1477. “San Antonio’s about to steal our water.” he said.
City council and commissioners court have recently passed similar resolutions. “The idea is to get the leadership of New Braunfels to get together and put forth the message to Austin to keep the bill in place," said Orr.
San Antonio interests would have .ontrol over the the Edwards Authority if representation were based on population.
addressed by the Legislature this session. according to one local representative.
“We will visit it very quickly," said Rep. Edmund Kuempel of Seguin. "That is probably the most important thing this early, for Comal and Guadalupe counties."
County water negotiator Doug Miller, an original appointed member of the EAA, told the court he would travel to Austin next week with the resolutions. The city council passed a similar resolution Monday.
Miller said the EAA is under a vicious attack at tile Legislature right
now and defended the purpose of the ongmal bill.
"It is a compromise, not everybody likes what the result is...There is no law (currently) that governs withdrawal of w ater."
EUWD officials opposed SB 1477 because it ongmally called for the abolition of the EUWD. Farmers in Medina and Uvalde counties opposed it as well, clanning age-old pumping nghts.
Although the city' of San Antonio is trying to implement strict building standards, it is still the largest city in America to pump solely from a natural underground w ater source.
CISD finalizes purchase of land for school
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The final piece was officially signed Thursday, as the Comal Independent School Board gave approval to the purchase of 62.75 acres of land for an intermediate school near State Hwy. 46 and U.S. Hwy. 281.
"We have been working on this a long time. We had a lot of community input, parents, teachers," said Superintendent Jerry Major.
Dr. Major said about one-third of the property, which the district purchased at $6,500 per acre, will be used for the intermediate school. Tho distnct will use the other land tor possible future expansion.
“It’s probably not enough." added Major, speaking of the entire district. “We’ll probably have to buy more."
The Smithson Valley intermediate school (5th and 6th grades) is the third of three approved in a bond package passed by CISD voters last year. The other two schools, at the Old Canyon Middle and at Mountain Valley in Saltier, are ahead of the western site schedule.
Maintenance Director Roy Linnartz said the Smithson Valley site’s soil has passed tests and cleanng work will begin as soon as the paper work has been cleared.
Lmnartz said the Old Canyon Middle and Mountain Valley locations are awaiting final approval on architectural designs. The distnct plans to demolish most of the Old Canyon Middle, except for portions of the cafe-tena and gym. Construction at Mountain Valley would almost double the size of the campus area currently there.
Cafeteria and library expansions and other upgrades are scheduled at all campuses except the high schools.
With growih continuing in the distnct, the board approved the hinng of 20 new' teachers at the secondary levels next year. These teachers are needed for core classes such as science and English, say officials, with more staff expected to be needed.
"We will need 20 new teachers based on current enrollment as these classes roll forward,” said Dr. Caroline Wemli. "That enrollment does not take into account growih ”
Dr. Major, w ho mentioned the dis-
Board okays extension of contract for Jerry Major
By CRAIG HAMMETT
After about an hour of deliberation. the Comal Independent School Board approved an extension of Supcrintcndnent Jerry Major’s contract Thursday.
The contract now extends from July I, 1995 until June 30, 1998.
The vote went 4-2, Jim Middleton, Lee Ikels, Norman Gerlich, and Deraid LaRue for, and Douglas Kirk and Thomas Bruce against.
Kirk favored letting the contract run through 1997, as already written, give the superintendent a list of improvements needed, and review the contract at that time.
"Let’s give him the opportunity to improve," said Kirk.
Major has been w ith the distnct since the summer of 1993. He said he felt the distnct had improved on several items.
"We’re maktng progress in a lot of areas. Increased performance in academics is the bottom line,” he said
Dr Major mentioned refining the budget plan, holding the tax rate the past three years, and not having to borrow to meet payroll for the first time this year as some of the accomplishments.
tnct may need even more space than the recently acquired land, said campuses such as Smithson Valley High jumped from 920 students last year to 1,250 currently.
Another such rise would put the school into a Class 5A-type enrollment.
"We're expecting 500-600 new kids in the distnct next year. We think that may be low. The growth is more intense than ever,” he said
SVHS, CHS students prep for Academic Decathlon meet next month in S.A.
By CRAIG HAMMETT
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Students from Smithson Valley and Canyon High schools will be participating in the state Academic Decathlon meet next month in San Antonio.
Both teams qualified with outstanding performances at regional competition last weekend in Austin.
The squad from Smithson Valley captured the regional title in the medium-size school category, while C anyon High also qualified for the state competition by finishing fourth.
Both schools have dominated competition in the ’90s Smithson Valley won the state title in small schools in 1990-91, just ahead of Canyon. The Cougars finished second in region to the Rangers the following year, 1991-92, hut turned the lables at state by winning the small-school division
Canyon took the regional title in 1992-93 to Smithson Valley’s second in the medium-size schools Both schools finished second and third respectively at region last year.
Members of the champion Ranger team this year included Jessica Nix, Mike Novak, D’Lane Compton, Heather Smith, Courtney Robbins, Mike Yamaguchi, Jennifer Bardos, Nathan Elledge, and Tony Feyer Coaches are JoAnn McBrayer, Larry Hooker and Anne Rider
Canyon members are Travis White, Tim Ous-ley, Kelly Meyer, Alfred Denny, Greg Smith, Sabrina McDonald, Sarah Goodwin, Cliff Gal-legher and Danny Johnson Coaches are Larry Anderson, and Kathy Simmons Academic Decathlon, known as AeaDec, began in the late sixties in California and eventually spread to Texas, said Rider, the Smithson Valley coach. It includes IO events, from math and science to essay and speech Teams consist of nine members, three of w hom must have an A aveiage, three a B average, and three C averages.
"We take averages from the last two years, but only the core classes and those such as computer, accounting, business law , the heavy book-load-type classes.”
Each team member competes in every event, but gains points only against those in the grade category, such as A’s vs. A’s. Total points determine the winning team.
Smithson Valley’s Jessica Nix and Mike Novak won medals for overall high individual score in their classes. Greg Smith won the same for Canyon.
Rider said students must work under pressure iii older to succeed in the two-day event Most tests have a short time period, and the Super Quiz portion allows only IO seconds per answer, in front of an assembly. Smithson Valley won the Super Qui/ portion, while Canyon took third
Photo by BILL HAAS
‘Don’t you lie to me!’
Claire (Joy Lindsey), left) overhears some juicy gossip, as Cassie (Cindy Lynch) berates her husband, Glenn (William Day) in a scene from the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors," opening Feb. 2 at Circle Arts Theatre. Benefit performances are slated for the American Cancer Society on Feb. 5 and the League of Women Voters on Feb. 9 Tickets for all shows are available at China-N-Things in Landa Plaza. For reservations, call 609-3092, Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. only.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week