New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 220
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Swinging for a recordThe area outlined in green shows the region to be included in the regional wastewater treatment plant feasibility study.Little League All-Star Majors heading to state
GBRA approves lake study
Driver’s Ed teacher:
Teen driving law a step in right direction
By Martin MALACARA
Texas teens will have new restrictions placed on their driving starting in January.
Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 577, known as the Graduated Driver License Bill, into law at the end of the legislative session.
The law will phase in driving privileges for drivers younger than 18.
Under the new law, drivers under 18 will not be allowed to drive between ll p.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years old or older.
This provision, however, will be for a six-month period after the driver receives his or her Class A, B or C license.
‘Texas teens will be given an extra six months to practice and comprehend the complexities of driving skills,” AAA Texas spokeswoman Anne O’ Ryan said.
The law will take effect Jan. I, 2002.
New Braunfels High School student Amber Batey said, “I think it’s a wonderful idea.”
Batey, who is 18 and taking driver’s education during the summer, said she has seen too many wrecked cars belonging to teens wind up at her father’s body repair shop.
Drew Woody, 15 and also
a summer driver’s education student, said, “In a way it’s good. It helps us get more practice because it’s scary out there.”
And while some students saw the benefits of the law, others were not as receptive.
“It helps, but I don’t like it. It’s too strict,” Amanda Jones, 15 and also a driver’s education student, said.
But the man charged with the task of teaching New Braunfels High School students how to drive said any measure that gives teens more experience on the road is a good one.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Walter Schulle, driver’s education instructor at New Braunfels High School. “It benefits them to have more experience behind the wheel before they get turned loose on their own.”
Schulle said his students already have a tough enough time practicing driving skills at the high school.
Curious about the amount of traffic in front of the high school, Schulle made his students count cars passing by and discovered, on the average, about IOO cars pass in front of the school every five minutes.See DRIVING/7A
By Martin Malacara
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority board of directors approved a feasibility study for a regional wastewater treatment plant at Canyon Lake Wednesday.
GBRA director of water quality services Debbie Mag-in said the study would investigate the effects of population growth, land use and septic tanks on the overall water quality at Canyon Lake.
GBRA will contract with
the Austin engineering firm PBS&J to perform the study.
The project area would be the portion of the watershed from Farm-to-Market Road 306 to the north, Farm-to-Market Road 3159 to the south, Farm-to-Market Road 2673 to the east and U.S. 281 and Farm-to-Market Road 311 to the west.
The study would help develop a regional water quality protection plan for the lake.
The study will begin today and should be completed by
Aug. 30, 2002.
Total cost of the study is $130,000.
Half of the cost will be covered by a $65,000 grant the river authority recently received from the Texas Water Development Board.
GBRA will contribute $60,000 to the study and Comal County will contribute $5,000 worth of “in kind” services, Magin said.
Part of the study calls for public participation, so Magin said she will discuss the matter with Comal County
Commissioners and the engineering firm to determine which groups could participate.
Project information will also be posted on a special Web site on GBRA’s existing Web page.
The water quality study would run simultaneously with an economic and environmental impact study proposed earlier this month by GBRA.
River authority officialsSee STUDY/7 A
Driver’s education student Kevin Hannan tunes the radio before begining class Wednesday at New Braunfels High School.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
The top Little League teams in Texas meet this weekend in Waco to decide who’s best.
And for the first time in the half-century history of Little League baseball in New Braunfels, this community is sending its finest 12-year-olds to battle the seven other finalists for the Texas title — this time in the “Major League” class, which includes ll- and 12-year-olds.
In 1995, a team of 13-year-old New Braunfels boys went to Waco and brought home the state championship.
This team, the New Braunfels Red All-Stars, intends to follow their example. The team begins tournament play at IO a.m. Friday against the Northeast San Antonio All-Stars.
Like New Braunfels, the San Antonio team is undefeated in district and regional competition.
Theres no question, says New Braunfels coach R.C. Irwin, that San Antonio has a very good team.
But so does New Braunfels. The team that will take on the best 12-year-olds in this country’s second-most populous state aren’t your average 12-year-olds, although they would claim to be.
They live, breathe and sometimes bleed baseball.
Most, if not all, play baseball IO months out of the year, and have played with, or against one another, somewhere over the years.
All have played ball at least since their t-ball years, but some have played even longer.
Leonel “Junior” Rojas, at 5 feet 8 inches tall, must be the biggest 12-year-old
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungAbove: With a total of eight pitchers to draw from, these All-Stars cast a big shadow. Right: Trenton Irwin snags one from the sky at practice Wednesday.
in New Braunfels. He’s a Canyon Middle School student who has a reach and a throw that rival those of players half again his age.
He also has experience. “I’ve been playing since I was 3 years old,” Rojas said. ‘It’s a fun game, and its what I like to do.”
Cade Gaddy, 12, is 5 feet 4 inches tall. Is he big for a 12-year old? He laughed.
“You haven’t seen Junior,” Gaddy said.
Like his tall friend, Gaddy’s been playing ball a “long, long time.”
“I love this game. I’ve played it ever since I learned how to walk,” he said.
All 12 of the New Braunfels Red All-Stars were nominated by their Little League coaches.
When other kids are atSee SWINGING/7A
City trying to find new home for Sophienburg
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
If talks between city and Sophienburg Museum and Archive officials are fruitful, the former Dittlinger Memorial Library building could become part of a “campus” of local history and culture.
New Braunfels City Council Monday night directed staff to continue talks with the Sophienburg Museum and Archive about either a lease or gift of the city’s former library building, which is located across a parking area from the Sophienburg Museum.
Originally the city talked of leasing the building to the museum at only $1 per month. But being owner of a leased building raises possible future liability issues, so the city is now exploring the idea of donating the building outright.
City Manager Mike Shands introduced the topic.
“This proposed agreement is either a donation or a lease. If council were going to surrender the building for 50 or IOO years for $1 a month, it is essentially a gift,” Shands said.
Calling the transaction what it really is, and deeding it over, Shands said,
could relieve the city of civil liability or other potential problems faced by landlords.
Anna Lee Hicks, director of the Sophienburg board, said use of the building would enable the museum to create a “campus” at West Coll Street and Academy Avenue, increasing educational program offerings.
“We intend to have a campus for education and historical research,” Hicks said. “The gifting of this library to the Sophienburg would allow us toSee SOPHIENBURG/7AInside
Key Code 76CorrectionIn a photo caption that ran on the front page of Wednesday’s New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, Councilmember Larry Alexander was misidentified as Councilmember Robert Kendrick. In a story about redistricting on page five of the newspaper, Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez was also misidentified. The Herald-Zeitung regrets the errors.