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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas JkV New Herald FELS c?o\^“3w cropublishino aS?_3m Et. POSO, TX • Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today. Well users with addresses ending in 8 or 9 can water today after 8 p.m. 'UNG Vol. 149 No. 145    22    pages    in    2    sections    June    9,    2000 F RIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Celebrating success Bulverde NW Communities in Schools helps city, county help schoolchildren By Heather Todd Staff Writer Texas Supreme Court Justice Greg Abbott applauded Communities in Schools of Comal County at its fifth annual luncheon Thursday for helping to prevent juvenile crime before it occurs. Abbott joined state legislators, local educators, and community members at New Braunfels High School to congratulate the CIS staff on another successful year educating Comal County youth. As a judge, Abbott said, he often sees the faces of troubled youth after their lives already have taken a turn in the wrong direction. “My capacity as a judge is to focus on the rear-view as opposed to the future,” Abbott said. “The best way to deal with crime is to deal with it at the front-end. “We spend more money on someone in prison than we do on someone in school. If we make sure kids stay in school, we’ll save much more money in the future. And that is exactly what Communities in Schools does.” Communities in Schools, the nation’s largest stay-in-school network for at-risk students, served more than 12,000 students at 21 program sites during the 1999-2000 school year. CIS also reported 99 percent of students together for ow munit/s Youth! C* K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Supreme Court Justice Greg Abbott congratulates Communities in Schools Thursday. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels High School student Hariet May told the crowd at the Appreciation Luncheon of the many rewards and benefits she had seen through CIS programs. the CIS program stayed in school and IOO percent of eligible CIS Comal County seniors graduated. CIS, a non-profit organization that began six years ago, provides at-risk students and their families with services and materials, such as school supplies. CIS staff and volunteers work one-on-one with students through tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs. Chris Douglas, director of Communities in Schools, said the organization set a goal at the beginning of the year to serve more than 2,000 stu dents. “Continuing into the summer, I’m happy to announce we’ve served 2,100 students this year in case-managed services,” she said. CIS is funded in part by monetary donations from local residents and businesses and also gets a share of state education funding. Douglas said the program faced an uncertain fixture this past year because of looming budget cuts. The state’s allocation formulas threatened to decrease funding to Comal County, she said. See SUCCESS/5A officials want another try McCLINCHIE F ormer mayor, aldermen seek old seats By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE NORTHWEST — The former mayor of the recently re-incorporated Bulverde Northwest filed Thursday as a candidate for his old job — along with three former city council members. Mal McClinchie said he was seeking to be mayor of Bulverde Northwest again. Former aldermen Carolyn Benham, Charlie Lebrecht and Harry Trappe all filed applications with McClinchie at the Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels Thursday. The other two former council members, Jim Winegar and Nancy Wehrung, said they would file as candidates before the deadline, which is 5 p.m. Monday. The only other candidate to file for an open office in Bulverde Northwest is Bill Utter-bach, who is running for marshal. If elected, Utterbach will take the position formerly filled by Mal “Kip” McClinchie — McClinchie’s son, who has moved to San Antonio. “If all goes well, we’ll have the same mayor and cit)- council as before,” McClinchie said. “I (am) pleased because we had some rocky times. They’ve all agreed to re-up and stay with it and see if we couldn’t get it done right this time. They were really rocky times. The city of Bulverde Northwest was incorporated for the first time about 13 months ago. Afterward, the slate of officers were elected on a platform that included regulating development in the city, which sits astride Texas 46 to the north of the city of Bulverde, and merging with the rest of Bulverde. The fledgling city became embroiled in a dispute with Ingram Readymix that ended up in a lawsuit. In an out-of-court settlement, the city of Bulverde Northwest was dissolved before it could vote to merge. On May 6, voters decided to re-incorporate the city by a vote of 29-15. On Aug. 12, the city will elect its new government. “What I see as good news is that since this same group enacted all the ordinances and regulations of the former city, we should be able to readopt those rather quickly,” McClinchie said. “They’re familiar with it, and we intend to do the same kinds of things as before.” High on McClinchie’s priority list is getting Bulverde Northwest merged into the rest of the Bulverde community. “We’d like to pick up where we left off and continue and conclude the process of consolidation,” he said. Such a merger would require two votes: one by Bulverde Northwest seeking to join Bulverde and the second by Bulverde, which would nave to decide whether to accept its neighbor. McClinchie is working to determine how quickly the merger process can begin. “We’re talking with the state elections people, and I haven’t yet run into any reason why we can’t have the question of consolidation on the Aug. 12 ballot,” McClinchie said. To do so, he’ll have to have I OO signatures on a petition more than 45 days before the election, which would be June 28. “We had 116 signatures of people who agreed on a petition in January,” McClinchie said.Hugged your lifeguard today? NB guard saves kids, mom grateful By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A woman in Seguin says she would hug lifeguard Will Slaughter today if she saw him. Fancy Bofanko brought her children, Trey Dunsim and Nicole Bofanko, both 8, swimming in the Comal River SLAUGHTER Wednesday afternoon with her cousin, Priscilla Mitchell, 15, of San Antonio. “We decided to go to the tube chute. I’d been there when I was younger, in my high school years, but it had been a long time,” Bofanko said. Bofanko said the kids, who she described as excellent swimmers, took tubes down the Prince Solms tube chute a little after 4 p.m. “I remembered an undercurrent when I went through a long time ago, so I decid ed to wait at the end where the undercurrent was,” Bofanko said When they came out, the water bounced them against the cement wall and their tubes all flipped over in water several feet deep, Bofanko said. Bofanko was across the river from the concrete wall — too far away to help. Slaughter, 20, of New Braunfels, is working for his third summer as a city Department of Parks and Recreation lifeguard. He was sitting above the concrete wall, saw what happened and tossed a rescue tube to Nicole, but she failed to grab it, he said. See LIFEGUARD/5A Inside Abby.......................... ......7A Classifieds..................... ..4-1 OB Comics........................ SA Crossword.................. ......8A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... .......7A Obituaries.;................. ......3A Sports.......................... ...1-3B Today.......................... ......2A Television....................... ......8A Key Code 76 Water district seeks comment on well regs BULVERDE — The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board of directors has invited well drillers and interested residents to comment on proposed rules for aquifer well construction standards at a 6 p.m. public hearing Monday at Bulverde City Hall, Suite 236, U.S. 281 and Farm-to-MarketRoad 1863. The board plans to vote on approval of rules that would outline standards for well construction to prevent contamination, including the size of the well casing to be used by drillers. The proposed rules, designed to regulate and protect the Trinity Aquifer, were discussed at a May IO public hearing. However, board members decided to postpone adopting the rules until several gray areas in the text could be clarified and amended. The text of the proposed rules is available on the district’s website at Submit comments about the proposed rules to: STGCD, PO Box 203, Bul- drilled holes and the depths and types of "verde, TX 78163.FM 3009 wreck Three men were injured Thursday afternoon in a rollover accident that demolished this truck and flatbed trailer. Texas Department of Public Sendee Trooper Max Sink said the truck was southbound in a rainstorm just after 5 p.m. when its driver lost control and ran the vehicle off the side of the road just south of the entrance to Natural Bridge Caverns. RON MALONE Y/HemW-Zeitung ;