New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Mauro praises bills for alternative fuel
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro says two bills signed into law by Gov. Bill Clements represent the “biggest environmental steps Texas has ever taken. This legislation gives Texas the strongest alternative fuels program in the United States,” Mauro said Monday. See Page 4
School financing plan inadequate, says official
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court is the only hope for achieving equity in funding among poor and rich school districts, following enactment of a school finance law that failed to correct the problem, says the president of Equity Center. _
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wKia. tAL*; — just when it appeared he had survived months of turmoil, Barry Switzer resigned as football coach at Oklahoma. He announced Monday he was walking away from the football program he guided to three national championships.
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Vol. 137, No. 157
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Jurors fall illLawsuit delayed
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A lawsuit filed in 1987 by former concessionaire of the city-owned Prince Solms Park Tube Chute against the City of New Braunfels was postponed two days this morning when two jurors became ill.
Visiting District Judge Charles Lance of Milam County sent the other IO jurors home today, told them not to discuss the case with anyone and to report back Thursday.
If the jurors continue to be ill Thursday a new jury will be selected June 26.
The trial began Monday with opening statements and former concessionaire Richard Hampton taking the stand explaining the lease agreement he had with the city.
Hampton is suing the City of New Braunfels and Aquatics Director Marcus Tonish. Hampton claims the city terminated the lease before it was to expire and therefore lost profits. He is suing Tonish for slander when he reportedly stated Hampton was stealing tubes from the city.
The City of New Braunfels filed a counter-suit against Hampton claim-
Scout master arrested on indecency charges
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
An assistant scout master is out on $15,000 bond from the Comal County jail today after he was charged Monday with *two charges of indecency with a child.
Kenneth Clark, 28, Canyon Lake, was arrested Monday after a Comal County sheriff’s office investigation
linked him to a June 13 incident at the El Rancho Sima Boy Scout Camp where two 11-year-old boys were reportedly molested. One bond was set at $10,000 while the other was at $5,000.
Clark turned himself in to authorities after Sgt. Detective Dennis Kocpp called him at work and said he had two warrants issued for his arrest.
$120,000 budget amendment
CAD approves new computer
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Richard Hampton was the former concessionaire for the city-owned Prihce Solms Park. Hampton filed suit against the City of New Braunfels in 1987 following a contract dispute. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
CI SD reviews test results
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A clogged and overworked computer at Comal Appraisal District prompted the board of directors Monday to amend the budget and replace the system with a $120,000 IBM computer.
Despite the 3-1 vote, board member Ned Craigmilc questioned the legality of amending the budget to buy the computer without notifying the taxing entities of the Comal Appraisal District.
“Die board can amend the budget at any time, but notice must be given to the taxing entities 30 days prior to
that action being taken,” said Craig-mile, who is the board’s secretary.
Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes told the board a California computer company would pay the district $53,000 for the old system. Then, $58,098 from the budget’s carryover fund, $10,(XX) from the appraisal services fund and $9,120 from the contingency fund could all help pay for the new system.
“The other option, which doesn’t require a budget amendment at all, ... is to approve entering into a finance agreement,” Rhodes said. “I was
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By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Comal Independent School District board members received lite results of the Texas Assessment of Minimum Skills test results during their regular board meeting Monday and were pleased with what they saw.
In 1989, C1SD third, fifth, seventh and ninth graders all scored higher, on the average, on each test than the state average. The ninth graders did exceptionally well in the writing portion of their test, almost 20 percent better than the state average.
“We’re still not satisfied with any of these scores because we’re always striving for improvement,” said Carol Hall, CISD curriculum director. “Still, the scores are quite good.”
A higher percentage of the students who took the test two years ago mastered the objectives of the 1989 test. Ihird graders in 1987 did much belter as fifth graders in 1989. Three percent more mastered the math objectives, 12 percent more mastered the reading objectives, and 14 percent more mastered composition.
Similar increases were seen in the seventh- and ninth-grade tests. A full 16 percent more of the 1989 ninth graders mastered the TEAMS compostion test than they did as
in 1989, CISD third, fifth, seventh and ninth graders all scored higher, on the average, on each test than the state average. The ninth graders did exceptionally well In the writing portion of their test, almost 20 percent better than the state average.
seventh graders in 1987. Ten jicrcent ot this year s sevcnin graders did better on the TEAMS reading test than they did as fifth graders in 1987.
In comparison to other area school districts, CISD students did as well or better. A higher percentage of students passed the ninth-grade reading test and the fifth-grade writing test than students in New Braunfels Independent School District, Kerrville Independent School District and Scherz/Cibolo/Universal City Independent School District. The number of students who mastered the ninth-grade writing test and seventh-grade reading also is comparable. Only NII ISO students had a higher percentage of
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Trustee seeking NB re-election
Jean Ward, a three-year member of the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees, has announced her candidacy for another term in die District 2 position.
“The past three years have been both rewarding and challenging as we liave endeavored to meet our local educational needs and state mandates in education while maintaining the good will and cooperation of our patrons,” she said. “Tile next few years indicate even more challenges."
Ward is a retired teacher who was
elected to the board in 1986. Since dial time, she has played a role in die Long Range Planning Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. The Long Range Planning deals with such issues as building sites, curriculum and anything else that deals with progress for the future. The Strategic Planning Committee involves more citizen input and will be expanded lo include more citizen participation and input in curriculum.
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Association reports on study of districtBack to business
By MARGARET EDMONSON Stall Writer
Comal Independent School District received glowing praise from the Soudiem Association of Colleges and Schools Monday during its regular board meeting.
Gene Blanton, chairman of die CISD Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Visiting Committee, presented his formal report to the board Monday along with his recommendation for accreditation.
“I don’t know of any district that tuts been as ambitious as you were in accrediting all IO campuses,” he said. “I applaud you for it."
Blanton indicated that final approval for accreditation will come in December 1989 from the home office in Atlanta, Ga.
“It (SACS accreditation) is important to the school district," said Saudi Jackson, CISD public information
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Building figures up
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Building activity values increased sharply in May with total permit values exceeding April’s by $300,000 despite the fact that 24 more permits were issued in April.
New Braunfels Planning Department issued 157 permits in April valued at $77,791. That figure includes five single-family residences and two new commercial ventures. Although the total number of permits is up from last year’s total of 115 for April, the total value is down from $1,502,519.
May showed a sharp increase in the
value of the permits although there were fewer of them. The planning department issued 133 permits valued at $1,114,859. Seven single-family residences and five commercial ventures were included in these figures. The number and value of die permits were down from tabulations from May 1988. That month, the city issued 154 pemuis valued at $1,780 618.
West-Leach & Associates, Inc., obtained a permit for the construction of a two-story retail shop al 1507 Gruene St. The construction was
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These City of New Braunfels workers pick up their first load around 11 a m Monday following an accident involving a 16-year-old New Braunfels boy in a parking lot on U S. 81. The boy was admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospital and is listed in good condition today Police Officer Russel! Bell said the
boy, who was riding a mo ped through the parking lot of Schnewer Insurance Agency, lost control and slid under the garbage truck emptying a dumpster. As the driver backed up, he ran over one of the boy’s legs "The truck didn’t break his legs," Bell said. “He saw him right before he hit."
Koepp said Clark had been involved with the camp since December 1988.
“We’re presenting other cases to the district attorney for his consideration in case he wants to take it to the grand jury," said Chief Deputy Wayne Hohcrz.
See ARREST, Page 2Good day
Today will be mostly sunny and hot with a high of 98 degrees.
The overnight low will be 76 degrees. A few morning clouds will be around Wednesday followed by sunny and hot conditions. Tile high will reach 97 degrees. Thursday through Saturday will be more of the same with sunny and hot conditions.
Don’t forget to include in your weekend calendar the Mid-Texas Symphony Hoe-Down featuring Popeyed Famous Fried Chicken for cating pleasure and "Southbound" for dancing pleasure. Many games, a country store, doggers and more will be featured. The family event is June 24 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Sacngcrhallc. Tickets arc available at The Gold Bow, 130 S. Seguin, and Krause Books, Landa Plaza shopping center. Tickets arc $5 for adults and $3.50 for children....
The first annual installation and awards banquet for the Tri-County chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, New Braunfels. A prune rib dinner will be served at no charge to members and at $15 per guest. During the banquet, new officers will be elected arid awards presented to outstanding members. RSES is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education or persons in the air-condition, heating, ventilation, and refrigeration fields. Meetings are every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Holiday Inn For more information, call Thermal Supply at 629-5979 or lnsco Distributing at 625-7743. ..
Applications are now being accepted by the Comal County A&M Mother’s Club for those students currently attending Texas AAM University who meet the following criteria: have currently completed at least two semesters at Texas A&M; have completed 90 or more semester hours and classified as a senior; holds a scholastic grade point average of 2.5 or above; shows definite need by working during school or during the summer.
Applications and/or more information may be obtained by con-lacing Karon Haas, 629-6304. Deadline for accepting applications is July I....
Mission Valley Bible Church announces the following contributions have been made to a benefit auction scheduled for Saturday at the New Braunfels Christian Academy, 995 Mission Hills Drive; Sunday brunch for two at the Faust Hotel; a coffee maker from Wal-Mart; dinner for eight ti the Grist Mill Restaurant arid passee STAMMTISCH, Page 2