New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dave Duvall, Celena Buskirk, Chris RoUo (16 years), Victoria Farnsworth (7 years), Rosalinda Alvarez, Denise Acosta, Scott Bartos, Christine Douglas, Melissa Hernandez, Nota Clem, Clint Whitley (4 years), Ernest Sotelo (belated) and Ricardo Sotelo (belated).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Mr. and Mrs. Chad Goodwin (3 years) and Debbie and Mark Watson (9 years).
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mold —2,668 grass —10
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second, up 1 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.60 feet above sea level, up .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,113 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —993 cfs Canyon Lake level — 912.10 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 5.589 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 2.512 million gallons of well water were used.
Rain chances look slim today, Thursday
lf the weather has been your excuse for not working outdoors, your excuse may be about to disappear for a couple of days.
There is less than a 20 percent chance of rain today and Thursday with skies partly cloudy today to mostly cloudy Thursday morning. Winds will be from the south to southeast at 5 to 15 miles per hour.
H'gh temperatures both days will be in the mid-90s with overnight lows in the mid-70s.
Qruane Bridge closed again
Gruene Bridge is closed again today because of the high flow of the Guadalupe River.
According to the U S Army Corps of Engineers, the release rate from Canyon Dam was 5,113 cubic feet per second today.
Lamar Smith hosts town hall meeting
Congressman Lamar Smith invites his constituents to meet with him Saturday in New Braunfels.
The congressman will conduct a public "town hall" meeting at 11 a m. at Comal County Senior Citizens Center at 655 Landa St.
"I look forward to this opportunity to hear directly from the residents of Comal County on issues that are of concern to them," Smith said.
Went to win rn car?
The American Cancer Society still has raffle tickets for sale for a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu donated by Don Maxwell Chevrolet.
The winning ticket will be drawn during the ACS's Starlight in Red, White and Blue gala June 20 at New Braunfels Civic Center.
Tickets cost $10 each or $25 for three. Call 606-4115 for more information about how you might win the new car.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Jessica Gomez looks at the Juneteenth and black heritage exhibit at New Braunfels Children's Museum Tuesday afternoon. The exhibit explains the history of black families in Texas and illustrates the story behind Juneteenth.
New Braunfels celebrates Juneteenth
Black Heritage Society sets Saturday events
By DENISE DZIUK
Thursday marks the day more than 200 years ago when a race of people found out they were free, and local residents will commemorate that day Saturday.
Nathan Millett, president of the Black Heritage Society of Comal County, said Juneteenth Black Emancipation Day commemorated the belated news of emancipation for Texas slaves.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, but official word did not reach slaves in Texas until June 19,1865. That date became known as Juneteenth Black Emancipation Day and became an official state holiday in 1980.
Millett said Juneteenth was a major holiday for the black community. He said many communities, like San Antonio and Austin, celebrated all week. Locally, however, the events are con
fined to one day.
“It's not (that big of a celebration in New Braunfels) basically because there’s not a lot of blacks in New Braunfels,” Millett said. “Only about 2 percent of the population is black, but almost all of that 2 percent participates.”
Millen said the Juneteenth celebration was a way for the Black Heritage Society of Comal County to raise funds for operating expenses and scholarships. He said the day would include a barbecue dinner, a style show, the crowning of Miss Juneteenth, an awards presentation and a dance.
“It’s just a one day event for us,” Millett said. “We do a lot of our stuff in February for Black Heritage month.” An additional feature for Juneteenth is an exhibit at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. Millett said the display, on loan from the Institute of Texan Cultures, featured 26 different sections on black history, including famous leaders and segregation. The exhibit would be on display until the end of the month, he said.
“It’s an excellent, excellent display,”
What’s on tap
■ A barbecue dinner sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 536 Clearfield Circle Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Bayseas Cafe or New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Office
■ A style show, dance and crowning of Miss Juneteenth will begin at 7 p.m. at Saengerhalle. The cost is $5.
■ For information, call 606-6936 or 608-0772..
Source: Black Heritage Society off Comal County
he said. “It’s very educational.”
Since only 2 percent of the city’s population is black, Millett said Juneteenth’s success relied heavily on support from the other 98 percent of the population. He said that support always had been forthcoming.
“The Anglo community is most supportive. New Braunfels as a w hole is a very supportive community,” Millett said.
NBISD hires new assistant school chief
Former Conroe ISD educator fills slot
By DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday hired an assistant superintendent for instructional services, a move officials said would fill two vacant positions in the district.
Incoming superintendent Ron Reaves said the assistant superintendent position would replace the position of executive director for education services, which Karen Simpson left at the end of the school year. The new position, which also would include most of the responsibilities of the director of curriculum, was at one time an assistant superintendent position. Reaves said this was a return to the original title.
“We’ve put an emphasis on instruction in this district, and this position deserves a title that reflects that emphasis,” Reaves said.
The board hired Rosalyn Bratcher to fill the position. Bratcher served as director of alternative programs last year in Conroe ISD.
She began teaching in 1972. and her experience includes terms as junior high and high school principal. She received statewide recognition as a principal, and one of her schools w as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in 1992-1993.
While her credentials were impressive. Reaves said her references convinced him she was ideal for the position.
“I think the thing that really hit me was she’s the kind of person that doesn't let kids fall through the cracks,’’ he said. “This is something that any district would want."
Bratcher, who assumes her new position July I, said there were several reasons she was drawn to New Braunfels. She said she was encouraged by Reaves’ leadership qualities. In
‘K’l children first and students first with ms. I have met many people who share that philosophy, and I’m glad to bs hers to help kids succeed.’
— Rosalyn Bratcher
addition, she said, she met great individuals on each trip to the community. She also said these people were a great asset to the district, and she was looking forward to helping it succeed.
“It’s children first and students first with me,” she said. “I have met many people who share that philosophy, and I’m glad to be here to help kids succeed.”
The board also approved two reassignments to fill administrative vacancies created earlier this year. New Braunfels Middle School math teacher Gary Schlather was reassigned as director of transportation.
New Braunfels Middle School counselor Truett Goss was reassigned to the middle school's assistant principal position.
Reaves said that left only a couple of vacancies in the administrative team to be filled. He said those should be filled soon.
The district will add another new position — a director of instructional technology, said administrative secretary Susan Stehle. "The district has to be brought up to date on technology," Stehle said.
No timetable has been set for filling the instructional technology director position.
“We’re coming along,” Reaves said. “I’m anxious about getting the team together and getting started.”
Shelters get $91,000 grant
From staff reports
Teen Connection received a $91,000 federal grant last week to upgrade its two youth homeless shelters in New Braunfels, officials said.
This was the third year the nonprofit group was awarded the grant from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, which gave a total of $3.4 million statewide.
Teen Connection director Kyle Barrington said the grant would help restore the boys’ shelter on Comal Avenue and the girls’ shelter chi West San Antonio Street.
“This one is the most important in terms of maintaining certain equipment. It allows us to do things other (grants) do not,” he said.
The shelters operate on a $600,000 budget, part of a $2.5 million budget under which Teen Connection operates in a 14-county area.
The group has seen the number of youth in its program increase from 200 in 1994 to a projected 410 by the end of this year.
The grants were awarded to 58 organizations across the state through the federal Emergency Shelter Grants Program.
Budget stalls in wake of new laws
By DENISE DZIUK
Number crunching to reach a budget for New Braunfels Independent School District will have to be put on hold until the state can explain to districts the impact of recent legislative actions, a district official told trustees Tuesday.
“You cannot really do justice to a budget unless you know what kind of revenue you’re looking at,” Lonnie Curtis, NBlSD’s assistant superintendent of finance, told the board Tuesday.
Curtis reviewed the effects of a state-mandated pay raise for teachers.
Although districts would be reimbursed by tile state for a portion of the financial burden, he said, districts still would he responsible for the majority of the cost. He said some districts that already paid their teachers above the state minimum would not receive any assistance.
“They’re going to be penalized for it, because if they want to stay ahead of the game as they have in the past, they’ll have to carry the full burden," said Curtis.
NBISD will be reimbursed by the state for about $250,000, but that will not cover the costs of raising salaries, Curtis said. He said the district would have to come up with the remaining
funds, which would make giving a pay raise to all employees difficult.
"It’s going to be tough to get the pay raise in there that I’m talking about because of the restraints,” he said. “The state has different ways to balance the books. We don’t.”
Curtis told the board, however, that not giving all teachers a pay raise of some size would hurt morale.
Part of the dilemma, he explained, was because of a loss in revenue based on appraisal caps and a potential increase in homestead exemptions. “Basically I think once the smoke Turn to Budget, Page 3A
Miss New Braunfels sets her sights on June 30 state pageant
By ABE LEVY
Tiffany Holder said she hopes her experience in previous pageants will help her place high in this year’s Miss Texas USA Pageant at South Padre Island.
The 21 -year-old New Braunfels High School graduate will be one of more than IOO delegates in the event that will be televised statewide at the end of this month.
She became eligible by finishing fourth-run-ner-up in the San Antonio pageant in April. Two years ago she placed 11th at the same competition.
“You really need the experience. It’s kind of
tough when you don’t know what to expect,” she said. “I think IMI do well. I’m an open person, and I do well in the interview section.”
Right now the Yoakum native is exercising three to four hours per day and obtaining sponsorships from members of the community. She said she planned to attend college this September to become a second-grade school teacher.
“I love kids. They are so interesting. I always baby-sat when I was younger,” she said. “I’ve
always loved being around them.”
The competition, she said, would be intense. She will leave Monday and begin eight days of preliminary competition that includes numerous parties and dinners each night.
Each day will begin at 6 a.m. and continue late into the evening, she said.
“I’m glad she has enough confidence to get out in front of everyone,” her mother, Lorene Cooksey, said.
Her relationship with her mother, she said, was important to her developing confidence.
“We’re real close. I tell her everything,” Holder said. “That had a lot to do with it.”
The winner of the pageant will represent Texas for the Miss USA Pageant in February, 1998.
About the contest
The Miss Texas USA Pageant will be broadcast at 8 p.m. June 30, on CBS, channel 5. The pageant wiK be conducted at the South Padre Island Convention Centre beginning Saturday, June 28.
The first-prize package is worth more than $100,000, including a new sports car, $10,000 in cash, a mink coat and two diamond rings. Tickets range from $15 to $73 and can be ordered by caning 1-800-787-2373, ext. 3003.Local cosmetologist helps cancer victims feel better about themselves. See Page 6A.