New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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nickel files for NBISD seat
By DENISE DZIUK
A local homemaker and mother of , two has filed for one of the at-large : seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees that voters will fill on Aug. 9.
Stacie Rickel, 41, filed one of two . at-large seats in the election. Incumbent Bette Spain filed for reelection last month. Incumbent Leo ; Chafin said in a May meeting that he : had not decided whether he would * seek another term.
Rickel, who is currently a I homemaker, formerly worked as a ; sales engineer and pharmaceutical representative. Rickel is married to ’ sties consultant Alex, and will have . been married IO years Hi December.
. The couple has two sons. Luke, 7, and Andrew, 6. Both boys will attend Lone Star in the fall. nickel said the fhmily moved almost four years ago ; to New Braunfels from the San Diego area because of the community and education system.
“As we had our children, we started talking about where we wanted to raise our kids . .. That's when we decided to come back to my roots Hi Texas,” Rickel said. “We just felt like it was a great place to raise children.'*
Since moving to New Braunfels, Rickel has been active in her sons’ education and activities. She has served on the superintendent's parent
since 1996, was
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1995 to 1997 and
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smew incarn 1996 She was a
HOSTS volunteer and classroom reading volunteer at Lone Star from 1996-1997. Rickel helped organize various teacher appreciation lunches at her church and Lamar, and is an active soccer and baseball team mom. as well as room mother for both boy's.
Rickel said over time, she became interested in how the school board worked, the job it does and the effect it has on the education of children. She said she is an “independent dunker**, and decided running for the board would be a good move.
“Children are my highest priority, and our children’s education is a high priority with my husband and I,** she said.
lf elected, Rickel said she will strive to keep the lines of communication open between her, taxpayers and other board members. She said effective and open communication “is extremely, extremely important.”
Another top issue for Rickel will be accountability. She said board
members need to continually make sure patrons are getting the most for their money, and need to be accountable.
“What you want to do is provide the best that you can for your teachers and students with the dollars you have in a responsible manner,” she said.
Rickel is also confident in the leadership capabilities of incoming superintendent Ron Reaves. She said the great families, students, faculty trustees and administrators put the district is a prime position for success.
“New Braunfels does have all of the components to become an exemplary district,” said Rickel. “I believe that with all my heart.”
Rickel added that serving as a trustee would ie both an honor and a privilege “because it is an awesome responsibility to make sure each student succeeds.”
Also up for election in August are the District I and 4 seats.
Sylvia Sanchez currently holds the District I seat. Sanchez has filed for re-election. She will be challenged by computer technician Henry Garza.
District 4 became vacant in April when Jaime Padilla resigned with a year remaining on his term. No one has filed for that seat yet.
NBISD trustee elections will be held Aug. 9, and filing for a seat on the ballot ends June 25.
PEMA denies Texas disaster status
By MCHELLE MITTELSTADT Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas isn’t getting the presidential disaster declaration Gov. George W. Bush requested to deal with the aftermath of the killer tornadoes that hit Central Texas with a vengeance last week.
• But that doesn’t mean federal help of one sort or another won’t be forthcoming.
As residents of Jarrell and Cedar Park work to rebuild lives, homes and businesses, they may be eligible for low-interest loans and other relief from the Small Business AfoilulMklluii, the Agriculture Department, and the Department of HousinginTJiban Development.
Nonetheless, Bush and other state officials expressed disappointment Friday that they were denied a major disaster declaration and its promise of greater federal bounty.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (ratified Bush that the property devastation from the May 27 twisters, which claimed 28
lives, didn’t meet the threshold required to trigger the help.
“Based upon a review of all available information, we have concluded that the impact of this event is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration,” FEMA chief James Lee Witt wrote in a letter Friday to Bush. “Recovery costs for this event seem well within the combined capabilities of the state and local governments.”
Some 239 homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged when the twisters hit May 27, striking Jarrell with the greatest violence. Total damages are estimated at $20 million.
Bush, who had voiced concern that his disaster request would be denied, expressed disappointment at the rejection.
But, he said: “Texas will continue to do everything possible at the state level to assist the people of Central Texas whose lives were impacted by the tornadoes.”
SBA will provide low-interest loans for eligible homeowners and businesses not fully covered by private insurance in Williamson, Bell, Travis, Milam, Bastrop, Burnet and Lee counties.
And, farmers will be eligible for low-interest Agriculture Department emergency loans to rebuild farm structures, replace lost livestock and compensate for production losses.
HUD is allowing Texas to shift nearly $1 million in Community Development Block Grants to rebuilding efforts in the recovering areas. Another $1 million will be available for bousing replacement and repair under the HOME program.
Under federal law, a major disaster declaration is given only when the scope of the damage exceeds a state’s ability to handle, said FEMA spokesman Morrie Goodman. Federal officials also examine whether there is adequate private insurance coverage and eligibility for SBA help.
New Braunfels Police arrested three New Braunfels men early Thursday morning near Loop 337 and Hanz Drive after a witness reported they had broken into Comal Saddlery A Western Wear, police said.
The owner, who was working late, confronted the men, ages 25, 19 and 22, at about 1:30 a.m. and saw them take off with a saddle and some pairs of boots, police said.
The owner reported the incident to police who made an arrest of the driver a few minutes later and then chased the other two men into a field where they were arrested, police said.
The men were charged with burglary of a non-habitation and were held in custody at the Comal County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bonds each, police said.
The stolen property was recovered, police said.
Comal County Sheriffs Office
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■ Arrest on charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Spring Branch woman, 43, bond $5,000.
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■ Arrest on charge of failure to attend school, New Braunfels woman, 42, bond $200.
New Braunfels Police Department
■ Arrest on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and placing serial number with intent to change identification, Laredo man, 49, bond $20,000.
■ Arrest on charges of public intoxication and violation of a city
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Meta E. Schmidt
Meta E. Schmidt, of New Braunfels, died Thursday June 5, 1997, at Colonial Manor Care Center at the age of 87.
Mrs. Schmidt was bom on April 30, 1910 in New Braunfels to John A. Doeppenschmidt and Augustine (Kunke) Doeppenschmidt. On May 7, 1931 in New Braunfels, she married Emil Schmidt, who preceded her in death. She was a resident of the city for 29 years, and was a retired inspector for Mission Valley Mills. She was a member of the First Protestant Church and a charter member of Eagles Auxiliary and Hermann Sons Lodge.
Survivors include: sisters-in-law, Alice Schmidt, of New Braunfels, Hattie Vetter, of San Antonio, and Lonie Breecher, of San Antonio; numerous nieces and nephews and a very close friend, D. Jane Alberthal of San Antonio.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Monday and continue until service time on Tuesday. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June IO, 1997 at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Carse officiating. Burial will be at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Charity of one’s choice.
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On the agenda
■ The Edwards Aquifer Authority will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at its office in San Antonio, 1615 N. St. Mary’s St., to consider a proposal that would enact aquifer management fees for all permitted well owners. For more information, call (800) 292-1047.
Here is the current fee proposal with payment due by the end of August:
• Municipal and industrial - $11 per acre foot of water
• Agricultural - $2 per acre foot
■ New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St.
The meeting is a workshop. The board will study the 1997-98 budget, but no action will I*
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■ The New B^fljjnfels City Council will meet at 7:15 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
Topping the agenda is a proposed holiday lighting project at Cypress Bend Park. The initial cost is estimated at $277,000, with $21,000 in profits estimated for the first year and $100,000 estimated for subsequent years.
Braunfels man, 19, bond $5,000.
■ Arrest on charges of expired license plates and no driver's license, Houston man, 36, bond $224.
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