New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, July 12,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of E,
Vol. 143, No. 173
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Erin DeBerjeois (eight years), Jodi McCullough, Elly Jarlton, Michelle Hubertus and Juan Aguirre. Happy annver-sary to Tom and Marsha Kies-ling.
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 308 cubic-feet-per-second, same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.89 feet above sea level, down .07 from yesterday.
Guadalupe River —581 cfs
Hispanic Chamber hosts monthly mixer
The New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its first monthly mixer Thursday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p m at the Adobe Cafe on Highway 81.
Chris and Judy perform in Landa Park Thursday
The Concerts in the Park series continues Thursday with children's and country musicians Chris and Judy.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park It is free Bring your lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed.
Cardiac Support Group meets
Jan Harrison of the Medical Team Home Health Agency will facilitate a new Cardiac Support Group at the Comal County Senior Center, 655 Landa. The first meeting will be held Wednesday, July 12 at 3 p.m. and the group will meet every second Wednesday of the month.
lf you have questions, call Jan at 629-8181 or 1-800-700-1008
All you can eat barbecue
The Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425 will hold an all you can eat barbecue July 15 from 11 a m. to 2 p.rn at VFW Post 8573 in Sattler.
Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Public invited
Gruene Market Days this weekend
Historic Gruene Market Days will be July 15 and 16 from 10 a m to 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Guadalupe Valley Winery.
More than 100 Texas artists offer everything from homemade hot sauce to hand carved furniture. Musical performances at Gruene Hall will include Tracy Lynn, Rotel and Hot Tomatoes and the Tailgates
Republican Women to host Patriotic Luncheon
The New Braunfels Republican Women will host a Patriotic Luncheon July 17 in the home of Robert and Cristabell West (our newest U.S. citizen), 1220 Fox Glen in Gruene Royal Masset from the Republican Party of Texas will be the guest speaker.
Guests are invited to wear patriotic colors to this “Appreciate America" event Join the fun at noon.
Vandals destroy American flag
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Destroying the American flag took a new and disturbing twist in New Braunfels recently. The Court Appointed Special Advocates' “Build a Flag” fund-raising display was vandalized three times over a period of three weeks, CASA Board President Pen-nie Koopman said. Because of the vandalism, CASA had to halt the Build a Flag campaign mid-stream.
“We actually had people desecrating the American flag, which is even more disturbing than the damage done to our fund-raising efforts,” she said.
People were stealing the stars and
Repeated attacks force CASA to halt annual fund-raising campaign
turning the actual frame for the flag down, Koopman said. “It takes six to eight adult men to move it.Jt wasn’t just one or two kids,” she said.
CASA trains and maintains volunteers for abused and neglected children, Koopman said. Volunteers act as a voice for the child in the court system.
Fifty-six people had a chance to contribute to Build a Flag this year before
it was stopped, CASA Director Cindy Stauffer said. Only about half of the money expected had been donated when the exhibit was taken down, Stauffer said. CASA has two major fund-raisers each year, Koopman said. One is an evening donated by Circle Arts Theatre and the other is Build a Flag. “We operate off of a small state grant, a Victims Of Crime Act grant and the United Way,” she said.
A huge flag is built on a framework each year as people contribute, Koopman said. “As people make their contributions of $25 we add a star and for $10, part of a stripe,” she said. “By the end of the month we have a flag.” “We’ve got people who contribute year after year to help build the flag,” Koopman said. “Many people have missed watching that this year.”
To help CASA reach its financial
We actually had people desecrating the American flag, which is even more disturbing than the damage done to our fund-raising efforts.’
— Pennie Koopman
goal despite the setback with its fundraising campaign, send a contribution to P.O. Box 311832, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1832.
CISD reverses itself on graduation policy
Even students who don’t finish course work will participate
By DENISE DZIUK
Every member of the senior class in the Comal Independent School District will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies, following a change in policy by the school’s board of trustees Monday night.
Jerry Major, CISD Superintendent, said that according to the new regulations set by Senate Bill I, a student who passes all the required courses but did not pass the TA AS test could receive a certificate of completion and participate in commencement exercises. Major said the school looked at this new wording in the bill and came up with four options.
“It goes from the most stringent, which is what we (previously) have, to the most lenient,” said Major.
Major recommended that the board approve the fourth and most lenient option, which would allow everyone to participate with either a diploma, a certificate of completion, or a certificate of membership.
“lf everything’s completed, you get a diploma. If all courses are met, but not the TA AS requirement, you get a certificate of completion, lf you meet neither, you get a certificate of membership,” said Major.
Several board members felt changing the policy would either lower students’ efforts, or devalue the meaning of the ceremony for those who do meet all the requirements.
“I believe you have to complete something to get something. That’s why I have a problem with this,” said board member Lee Ikels.
“I worry about the board lowering its standards. But, the human side of me feels for them,” said board member
However, several board members felt the policy of not allowing the students to participate was not really benefiting anyone and may have actually been doing harm.
“I don’t see what we’re gaining by standing hard on this,” said Board President Jim Middleton. “I guess if you have someone involved in it and you’re personally involved, which I don’t, you look at it differently.”
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Brad-berry said the NBISD policy has always been to allow within a credit of graduating to participate.
He said this is because the student can take the class during the summer and meet the requirement. He said the district applied the same rationale to the TA AS requirement because the student has one more chance to take it during the summer. He said most students usually pass it during the summer.
“We’ve always felt like if they’re that close to graduating and can meet the requirement during the summer, they should be allowed to participate,” said Breadberry.
The CISD board approved the change by a four to three vote without any comments from the public. The change in policy is effective immediately and will apply to the 1995-96 graduating class.
In other business, the board hired Lance Jonas to replace Mike Renner as the vocational agriculture teacher at Canyon High School. Several parents were on hand and a spokesman for the group said the parents were concerned that the new teacher would not have enough experience in swine for the CHS program.
Wesley Odell, vocational coordinator, he believes Jonas has plenty of experience because he has held a supervisory position for two years. He said Jonas also has several years of experience on a meat judging team, which requires him to be very familiar with all the animals.
Assistant DA Waldrip gamers state award
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip was named the Texas Narcotic Officers Association 1995 Prosecutor of the Year. In a letter informing Waldrip of his award, the association’s president. Mark Wohleking, said it was Waldnp’s efforts to go above and beyond the normal role of prosecutor, which earned him the award.
“Your outstanding service and tireless efforts to prosecute those criminals law enforcement officers strive to place in jail have not gone unnoticed,” said Wohleking.
“There are good people nominated and sometimes there are great people not nominated. We try to get the message out all year to nominate these people because they’re working with them and know who they are,” said Helton.
Allen Helton, executive director tor the association, said the award is a way to recognize people who are working hard to clean up the streets. He said prosecutors are recognized because they’re a big part of the process.
“We’re looking for those that do a little more hard work and get a little more results. We’re not looking for people doing their regular jobs. We’re looking for the ones doing something extra” Helton said.
Waldrip was nominated for the award by an individual who was an agent for him during the period of January I,
1993 to August 31, 1993, when Waldnp was Assistant Commander for the 81st Judicial Distnct Narcotic Task Force.
Waldnp, who has been with Comal County since Sept. I, 1993, said he is able to continue his efforts here because ^ w of the close working relationship he
■ has with the narcotics officers.
MBB ■ Waldrip said he won the award
because lie uses a “sixth sense" to know when there is something more behind a case and to dig deeper. He said the people paid to transport the drugs from one location to another are often picked up. However, these are not the ones the system really needs to be going after, he said.
“Whenever you have that kind of money flow, you’re going to see someone willing to take that nsk," Waldnp said.
He said he believes he won the award because he takes each case and looks at it and tries to get to the source or the owner of the drugs. “Those are the people I’m trying to help the officers build a case against,” said Waldnp. “Those are the ones that need to be off the streets.”
Distnct Attorney Bill Renner said he thinks the choice for the award was a great one. He said Waldnp is a dedicated man who makes a huge contnbution to Comal County.
County and city get closer to Eikel Field, Faust St. Bridge projects
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Eikel Field Park and the Faust Street bridge will get face lifts — if the city and the county can work out a few key kinks. The Comal County Commissioners Court and the New Braunfels City Council held a workshop last night to discuss cooperation on the two projects.
The county will donate $10,500 to help improve Eikel Field Park on the basis that it will directly benefit the county as well as the city, Casteel said. “You put up $10,500, we put up $ 10,500," she said. “We just can’t give money to anyone without getting something back,” she said
The county will not specify what the city should do with Eikel Field, Casteel said. “You’re just looking for value for your $10,500,” Council-
ill the final analysis, the question is going to be who’s going to own it. I think the county should continue to own it.’
— Mayor Paul Fraser
woman Brenda Freeman said.
Town meetings have come up with priorities for Eikel Field Park improvements, paries board member dona Sasser said — I) a walking track, 2) individual picnic sites, 3) a playscape.
Coming to an agreement on the Faust Street bridge will be a harder nut to crack. Commissioners Court has pledged $90,000 to restore the bridge for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, Casteel said. The state would pay the balance of the
restoration cost. “I see this as an adjunct to the historic walking trail,” Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. said.
The bone of contention comes with who owns and maintains the bridge once it is restored.
"In the final analysis, the question is going to be who’s going to own it. I think the county should continue to own it,” Fraser said.
The commissioners want to turn the restored bodge over to the city and let it become a part of the city parks department, Casteel said. “It’s not in our interest to own a bridge in the middle of New Braunfels,” Casteel said. “We want to fix it up and turn it over to you. If you’re not going to own it, we probably won’t do the project,” she said.
“I think the stumbling block is the maintenance,” Councilman Juan Luis Martinez said.
Splitting the maintenance costs in half might be
a good idea, Councilwoman Jan Kennady said.
Routine maintenance wouldn’t be a problem, City Manager Mike Shands said. Being stuck foobng an enormous bill for a catastrophic repair job concerns city officials, he said. “In the roughest language, don’t stick us with a lemon,” Councilman Tim Walker said.
Both groups will have their staffs consider options for restoring the bridge before they meet again. “I think the two staffs have to work together,” Kennady said.
"We did have a very good meeting — we’re not trying to hand over a lemon," Casteel said. “We just don’t want to own a bodge in downtown New Braunfels.”
“I think there’s a general consensus that we want this bridge — it’s just a matter of hammering out the details on who will handle expenses,” Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers said
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Learning to swim
Instructor Valerie Schoener teaches Ferguson Lynch, Emma Lynch, Erica Rivas and Travis Paul to swim at a recent lesson at the Olympic Pool in Landa Park.Restaurant health inspection reports make their return. Inside today's paper.