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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 51 20 pages in 2 sections January 28 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Union vote contested Corning workers seek better benefits treatment BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer jSeven contested votes will leave management ajjti disgruntled workers at Owens Corning Fab rics waiting to see whether the local plant can Have union representation uin an election Thursday 59 workers voted in favor of representation from UNITE Union of Industrial and Textile Employ efejjO according to an Owens Corning employee arid a UNITE organizer Fiftyseven voted against And seven votes are contested has contested four votes that it says yjgre submitted by management other votes are contested by manage ment which could have been submitted by non employees No one from Owens Corning Fabrics man agement confirmed these numbers At least 50 percent plus one vote of the hourly workers must vote in favor of UNITE in order to receive its representation in this case 62 votes Corning Fabrics 1851 S Seguin which manufactures woven glass fiber employs about 120 hourly workers in New Braunfels and more than employees worldwide In 1997 a union vote failed by 10 votes sev eral workers said This vote likely will be settled in a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board union organizer Debi Nilsen said matter what the outcome not all Owens Cprning workers will have to join UNITE A yes vote at Owens Corning however would allow workers to have union representation if they want Members must pay a week to receive UNITE representation Jonathan Cornwell who has worked at the plant for 12 years said he believed UNITE would bring human dignity to the plant We have he said They have humil iated us threatened us and intimidated They have played favorites and cut benefits he added Management at Owens Corning referred all questions to an office in Lubbock A represen tative from the Lubbock office said she didnt know anything about the union vote Another representative didnt return repeated phone calls on Thursday But managements thoughts on the issue were than one management employ K JESSIE Jonathan Cornwell left and Adam Miller right wait outside the Owens Corning Fabrics plant for the outcome of the union vote Thursday night ee donned a button that said Vote I dont feel I should have to pay for someone A supervisor at Owens Corning who asked to represent me at a company Ive been at for not to be named said he didnt want to pay nine he said weekly dues See Wright man for the job Comal trustees pick East Bernard coach to head Canyon High football BY MIKE MOGUIN Special to the HeraldZeitung Just the approval of the school board was all that was needed for Brad Wright to become the next head football coach for Canyon High School Comal school district trustees voted Thursday to accept the rec ommendation of a selection com mittee comprised of four Canyon High staff and community mem bers The recommendation was forwarded to Superintendent Jer ry Major who made the final recommendation Wright was selected from a field of 100 applicants Wright was at Thursdays board meeting and already mak ing plans for the Cougars He will take over his duties on Feb 7 Its a high profile job in this he said Im looking for ward to getting started on Feb 7 and getting after Wright comes to Canyon after a 93 season at the 2A level with East Bernard where he worked as both football coach and athletic director Wright had led East Bernard to a 93 record this past season which included a victory in the playoffs against Shiner East Bernard lost in the next round The process for Wright to become coach at Canyon began when he submitted an applica tion during the Christmas holi days A source said he didnt take it seriously when he was applying for the job But he was contacted this month and interviewed with Comal school district superin tendent Jerry Major this past Thursday Wright already has made the WRIGHT announce ment to his team at East Bernard about his resigna tion in order to take the Canyon job He began his duties at East Bernard this past February Hes looking at the move as a career opportunity to move from Class 2A to Class 4A It was an opportunity I never dreamed of getting and now Ive had a couple of good seasons and it puts you in a position to move he said He previously coached at Karnes City for three seasons Before arriving at Karnes City he served as an assistant coach at the 4A level with El Campo Wright is a graduate of Pearsall High School near San Antonio He attended college at Southwest Texas State University where he received a bachelors degree His intentions for the program hit the ground running Were going to come in and start working on Feb Wright said Were going to get them into an offseason program Were going to get the young men big ger stronger faster Were going to build the philosophy and talent at Canyon Wright replaces Les Goad who resigned after being placed on administrative leave in Decem ber Goad led the team to a 64 record but the Cougars failed to make the playoffs Goad was hired to replace Carl Gustafson who left after two sea sons to assume a similar post at San Antonio Churchill CISD beefs up security students parents cry for end to threats BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer after being arrested Jan 13 hi connection with one of the bomb scares School and law enforcement officials back into school are beefing up security at Smithson Valley without knowledge and before we High School after a series of bomb threats were given a say parent Tammy Wright have a bomb threat were constantly wait ing for the he said Our focus is not always on the instructions giv en to us Because of a few all of the stu dents at SVHS have to Kari Hutchison public information officer for Comal Independent School District said the district also was spon soring a Safe Schools meeting at 5 Feb 3 at the Guadalupe Valley Tele thisWeek all hoaxes and a rumor of a possible bomb at the school today Capt David Ott with the Comal County Sheriffs office said security would be increased at the school as a precautionary mqasure At the Comal Independent School Dis board meeting Thursday several par ents asked administrators about why one asked the board I dont know when I kiss CISD Superintendent Jerry Majors phone Cooperative 100 FarmtoMarket my children if it will be for the last assured parents and students that adminis An unidentified parent told the board the student should have been assessed a harsh er punishment She said the administration seemed to be covering up details about the incident and the students punishment Mark Morales a Smithson Valley High School student said he and his schoolmates Snitthson Valley Middle School student want this to be over as soon as possible wasTallowed to return to school just a week Even on days like today when we dont trators were doing whatever we can with in the scope of the law to protect children in district schools Both CISD and Crimestoppers of New County are offering rewards for any information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for the threats two of which remain a mys tery 3159 School and law enforcement officials will review the six recent bomb threats at area schools and public feedback is wel come In addition the student councils at SVHS and Canyon High School are asking their peers to pledge to keep their schools safe and The pledge is our effort to unite the stu dents against unnecessary acts that ger our SVHS student body presi dent Troy Vaughn said Our safety our school and our friends are The pledges are being passed out at both high schools this week Of the six bomb threats since Jan 13 three have been at SVHS one at Smithson Valley Middle School one at Spring Branch Middle School and one at Arlon Seay Intermediate School Four arrests have been made and the Comal County Sheriffs office is continu ing to investigate the two unsolved bomb threats the threats on Jan 21 and Jan 26 at SVHS Isnt he lovely New Braunfels High Schools Sharmonyca Mark Richards gets help with his makeup from Melissa Boyette before going on stage Thursday evening The nine Ugly Miss 3000 contestants got on stage to raise money for NBHSs drama department K JESSIE INSIDE 7A CISD trustees New school will be west of 281 BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Some Comal Independent School District citizens finally heard the words theywanted to hear Thursday night trustees agreed to build a new elementary school west of 281 in the Cibolo Creek area A packed crowd of about 200 patrons applauded when trustees vot ed 43 to look at land in an unspeci fied location on the west side of 281 Board President Dan Krueger said he had not changed his mind about the west side Borgfeld Road property which he voted against at the Dec 17 meeting Trustee John Clay who made the motion said I want the public and all the taxpayers to know that we are going to zero in on at least one site west of Trustees John Bertelsen Dora Gon zales and Lester Jonas voted against ;