New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY June 17, 2003
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Vol. 152, No, 184Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsNBISD chooses Williams to lead its high school
By Sean Bowlin
A veteran educator with a track record of helping schools attain exemplary status has been hired as the new principal at New Braunfels High School.
New Braunfels Independent School Board trustees voted unanimously Monday night to hire Rickey Williams. He replaces Mike Fitsko, who retired after leading NBHS for the past three years.
Williams, who has 19 years of experience as a teacher and school administrator, has been serving as superintendent of the Ranger Independent School District.
When Williams, who has a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana Tech University, was hired to lead Ranger ISO, its school board wanted programs developed and wanted the district to be exemplary.
Within one year, Williams, described as very strong in structur
al organization by NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves, helped bring Ranger ISD’s three district campuses and the entire district to the exemplary level.
Williams, a former math teacher,WILLIAMS
has extensive experience in increasing the academic performance of low-
performing schools and leading teachers to high levels of accountability.
When he became principal of Troup High School, its performance rating by the Texas Education .Agency was low. When he left six years later, that school was rated exemplary.
“They hired me to get hold of discipline and to get hold of the TAAS scores there,” the former football coach said. “With in one year, we were ‘recognized.”’
Williams, who has a master’s of
education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, said his educational philosophy includes a desire to recognize students for achievements and encourage those who can to take more than just the “recommended academic plan.”
He wants to set programs up to recognize students who achieve on Scholastic Aptitude Tbsts, TARS tests, or in core subjects and electives.
“I’m a big believer in recognizingSee NBHS/3A
County residents help local police make IOO arrests
By Ron Maloney
Darrell Wayne Womack walked up to a New Braunfels police officer Sunday at the Marketplace and turned himself in.
Womack, 47, of Aust in, was wanted on narcotics and probation violation charges that could send him to state prison. His bail is $100,000.
Womack's arrest marked a milestone for a crime feature that runs each Tuesday in the classified advertising section of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
County’s Most Wanted,” it includes mug shots and other infor-m a t i o n about wanted suspects, and encour-
ages readers who have information to share it with authorities to get potentially dangerous criminals off the streets.
The “Most Wanted” feature works in conjunction with Comal County/New Braunfels Crime Stoppers, which offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of suspected criminals.
Womack was the 100th arrest since the ‘Most Wanted” feature began running in the Herald-Zeitung Nov. 13, 2001.
Herald-Zeitung Editor and Publisher Doug Toney hailed the “Most Wanted” program and its reception by readers.
“When we started this project with the sheriffs office, we hoped it would provide an opportunity for citizens to help law enforcement find persons wanted by the courts, and it has,” Tmey said.
“Newspaper readers in general are people who care
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How it Works
Reactors provide tips on alleged criminals and sheriff’s deputies go find them. A $100 reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest of anyone featured on “Comal County’s Most Wanted."
Deputy Rick Sanchez offered these examples:
■ Terry Ulloa, 44, originally wanted for bail jumping and engaging in organized criminal activity, now faces nlhe charges
related to drugs and firearms.
Sanchez and Deputy Eddy Luna arrested Ulloa in Guadalupe County Feb. 15.
“We received detailed information in a Crime Stoppers tip that he was in a location in Guadalupe County, and we moved on it. Because we knew he hadn't had time to get away, we searched the property for three hours,” Sanchez said.
The suspect was found beneath the floor of a mobile home. Sanchez and Luna had to crawl into the ductwork, pepper spray Ulloa and then lead him out.
■ Martin Corona Jr., 25, was convicted for possession of cocaine and sentenced to state prison. He was
given one month to put his affairs in order but never returned to court. An escape warrant was issued in October 2002 Luna and Sanchez arrested him April 10.
The information we were given ext Corona was so detailed that when we were en route to arrest him, we stopped a vehicle that matched the description we d been given, and Corona was inside," Sanchez said.
AIM QUAI MY
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day.
■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving
■ Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip
■ Avoid use of “drive through" lanes or services
■ Don’t refuel during daylight
■ Avoid use of gas-powered yard equipment
■ Avoid exterior painting
Pollution levels are posted
online at: www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/
Increased rain results in lifting of fireworks ban
By Ron Maloney
Recent rains caused Comal County to lift a ban on aerial fireworks just four days after it was imposed.
Fireworks of all types remain illegal within the city limits of New Braunfels, Schertz and Garden Ridge.
Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said Monday the ban on skyrockets and missiles was imposed because of a state law requiring officials to declare a ban at least three weeks before July 4.
With added weekend rain and more rain in the forecast, Scheel said it became clear that conditions for the Independence Day holiday would be relatively safe regardless of the weather over the rest of June.
The Texas Forest Service now lists the drought index in Comal County at 269. laical officials consider burn or fireworks bans only when it is above 500.
“We have lifted the ban. I talked with Fin1 Marshal Un Munford this morning, and it was his recommendation to lift it due to all the rain we’ve had,” Scheel said. “But we would still urge everyone to use caution where they aim those projectiles to make sure they aren’t going onto someone’s roof or into a deep or dry grassy area, lf people use common sense, I think it’ll be OK,” Scheel said.
Manford said the recommendation was made because of the beneficial weekend rain.
“I got an inch and two-tenths in Garden Ridge, and Judge Scheel got an inch and a half at his place,” Manford said. “I
think we’re in pretty good shape ” Manford said safety should remain a priority for anyone using fireworks or initiating a controlled burn.
“People don’t need to he complacent just because we’ve got some rain and bt1 reckless,” Manford said.
He reminded residents that state standards prohibit controlled burns unless there is wind between 6 and 23 mph to dissipate the smoke. He said his office got a number of calls Monday from residents requesting permission for a controlled burn.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Uirry Eblen said this month, following one of the driest Mays in San Antonio area history, has I xvii a wet one.
Gear sporting the World Champs' logo is a hot -commodity .
By Sean Bowlin
T-shirts, mugs, pennants — fans were busy Monday buying anything with the logo of the San Antonio Spurs on it.
The World Champion San Antonio Spurs — has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
The Spurs capped a remarkable season Sunday night with an 88-77 win over the New Jersey Nets. The victory earned San Antonio its second NBA tit Ie in five years.
And it sparked a run on Spurs memorabilia.
New York resident Andrew Lociciro made the most of the moment. For eight years he has sold sports memorabilia. When the Spurs advanced to the NBA finals, Lociciro made a mad trip to New Braunfels — just as he did in 1999, the first time the Spurs won an NBA title.
Lociciro pitched his tent on the east side of the intersection of 1-35 and Highway 46 next to a convenience store. Not even a windstorm that ripped down his tent last Thursday dampened the entrepreneur’s hopes for a San Antonio win and an economic windfall.
He and two friends, Curt Jacobson, of Sarasota, Fla., and Michael Cassan), of New York City, wen* meeting a lot of nice people.
“We’re very excited about them winning the championship,” Lociciro said Monday.
Spurs T-shirts, large mugs with Spurs T-shirts stuffed inside and pennants have been steady sellers. A smiling Lociciro said he has been setting up at IO a.m. each day and working until late. He’s making money and having fun.
As Locicero talked, Karen Koerselman walked up to the tent. Koerselman bought four Spurs mugs with T-shirts rolled up in them and two pennants.
“We’ve been Spurs fans for a
(Above) Robert Samuels collects money from Julie Estes for the Spurs memorabilia she purchased for her daughter, Joci, at a stand on Loop 337 Monday afternoon. Since the Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets 88-77 Sunday night sales have been brisk. (Right) Joci Estes, 6, shows off the Spurs button her mom bought for her.
Joci said her favorite Spur is Tim Duncan.
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