New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Employees of Commercial Credit and The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce cut a ribbon on a new
I Herald-Zeitung ■ Tuesday, June 20,1995
Snyder students take eated rivalry to court
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Courtroom maneuvers have overtaken the rivalry for grades between two top students at Snyder High School.
The co-valedictorians faced off Monday in a lawsuit filed to determine who gets her college tuition waived for one year.
Holly Jones, 18, and Veana Clay, 17, both took the stand during a hearing called to help settle the dispute.
Miss Jones went through four years of high school and finished 0.0123 of a point behind Miss Clay, who graduated after just three years by taking correspondence courses through Texas Tech University.
Sayder Independent School District officials this spring named them co-valedictofians — and put No. I rankings on both transcripts — while des
ignating only Miss Clay for a tuition voucher from the Texas Education Agency.
“We felt like they were so close, such outstanding students, we wanted to honor both,” high school Principal Larry Scott testified.
Robert Nebb, attorney for Miss Jones, accused the school of interpreting its rules on a whim.
U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings said he will rule Friday whether to grant the preliminary injunction Miss Jones is seeking.
That injunction would prevent officials from submitting Miss Clay’s name for the TEA scholarship awarded to each school district’s top graduate.
The scholarship pays for one-year tuition at a state school.
Here’s the issue: Whether the school’s “Tiger Tips” student handbook allows top recognition for a three-year graduate.
Miss Jones alleges that school administrators committed breach of contract by violating the handbook, which states: “At the end of four years of high school, students shall be ranked according to the total average of points earned.”
But officials denied that “Tiger Tips” represented a contract. And they interpret the handbook to mean the equivalent of four years of coursework.
Superintendent Gayle Lomax testified Monday that administrators decided Miss Clay’s higher grade-point average makes her the sole choice for the TEA’s tuition voucher.
High Court OKs gay ban at parade
BOSTON (AP) — The veteran’s group that organizes the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade says it was a victory for hee speech and family values when the U.S. Supreme Court allowed them to bar gays and lesbians.
But the homosexual organization that challenged parade organizers says its members are being excluded from their “rightful place among the Irish family.”
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that since the parade is a private event and symbolic form of free speech, the veterans group has the right to decide what groups and messages are included.
The ruling reversed lower court findings that the parade was a public event with no particular message, and therefore subject to a state law that forbids discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in any public accommodation.
“It was always just a family day. The Supreme Court had the wisdom to see that, even though the courts in Massachusetts did not,” said John “Wacko” Hurley, spokesman for the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. “It’s a great victory in South Boston and a great victory for the whole country.”
“This is a total vindication of everyone’s First Amendment right to speak as they please in a public forum — the streets,” said Chester Darling, lawyer for the veterans group, which has run the parade with city funding since the 1940s.
But the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, or GLIB, said the veterans’ stance has divided the Irish community and spoiled the parade.
“It’s a hollow victory for them because they have mined the event by their discrimination,” said Cathleen Finn, GLIB
co-chairwoman. “They have prevented us from taking our rightful place among the Irish family.”
Co-chairman David O’Connor said his group does not want its own parade. And he predicted that the decision would someday be regarded the same way as rulings that justified discrimination against blacks, if they were provided with separate but equal facilities.
“Separate but equal is not what we believe in. We believe in one parade for everybody,” O’Connor said.
The parade has featured as many as 20,000 marchers and a million spectators. It traditionally honors not only Irish-Amcricans, but also “Evacuation Day,” George Washington’s victory that forced British troops out of South Boston in 1776.
The high court’s narrowly focused decision, written by Justice David H. Souter, does not allow the veterans group to prevent gays and lesbians from marching as members of other, approved parade groups.
It does say that the veterans council should not have been forced by lower courts to let the gay group march in 1992 and 1993 under its own banner, since the veterans group disapproved of the banner’s message. Sponsors canceled last year’s parade rather than allow the gay group to participate.
“We use the word ‘parade’ to indicate marchers who are making some sort of collective point, not just to each other but to bystanders along the way,” Souter wrote.
“Parades are thus a form of expression, not just motion ... the parade’s overall message is distilled from the individual presentations along the way, and each unit’s expression is perceived by spectators as part of the whole,” he added.
Business and Professional Women
The Business and Professional Women selected new officers recently. They include (front row, from left) Cathy Grein, president elect; and Brenda Sullivan, current president; and (back row), Linda Boessling (correspondent secreatary), Christy Davis (1st vice president), Susan Caldwell (2nd vice president), and Kristine Eilers (treasurer).
Receiving $300 scholarships from the BPW and president Brenda Sullivan were (from left) Jessica Nix (Smithson Valley High School), Kara Birdwell (New Braunfels High School) and Brandy Elliott (Canyon High School.)
paul Sanchez, 19, of 274 Napoleon in New Braunfels, was charged with alcohol violations May 28.
Richard Torres, 51, of 1501 Bell in Houston, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Robert Medellin, 18, of 506 Dittlinger in New Braunfels, was charged with alcohol violations May 28.
Jorge Rivera, 25, transient, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Margaret Ramos, 28, of 808 W. Kingsburg in Seguin, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Travis Crim, 24, of 4IO E. Coll in New Braunfels, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Robert Vincent, 35, of Rt. I Box 856 in Kaplan, was arrested on unspecified charges May 28.
Robert Gnsham, 29, of 15111 Plaza Ledrc Drive in Houston, was charged with possession of marijuana May 28.
Andrew Senskc, 29, of 11654 S. Lake in Houston, was charged with possession of marijuana May 28.
Charles Starngcr, 32, of 7347 Regency Square Court in Houston, was charged with disorderly conduct May 28.
Michael Ryer, 34, of 2418 Laurel Lane in Houston, was charged with driving under the influence May 28.
New Braunfels Police officers made the following arrests from May 27 through June IO, 1995:
Alma Guererro, 39, of 812 Josephine Street in New Braunfels, was charged with public intoxication May 27.
Susan Ivey, 24, of 540 El Dorado Blvd. in Webster, was charged with disorderly conduct May 27.
Estamsla Ovalle, 19, of 156 Baden Alley in New Braunfels, was charged with possession of marijuana May 27.
Michael Madden, 19, of 13931 Roundstone in Houston, was charged with possession of marijuana May 27.
Jose Sanchez, 29, of RR3, Hwy. 359 Box 5B in Laredo, was_ charged with public intoxication May 27.
John Burnett, 31, of 10722 Muscatine in Jacinto City, was charged with aggravated assault May 27.
Paul Byron, 25, of 6089 Village Glen in Dallas, was charged with public intoxication May 27.
David Sauceda, 23, of 405 West 18th in Travis, was charged with resisting arrest May
Came Gunther, 22, of 12515 Oakcroft in Houston, was charged with public intoxication May 27.
Maria Flores, 31, of 153 Rosedale in New Braunfels, was arrested on unspecified charges
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Local Rotarians recently made donations to several charities. Pictured are (from left) Rita Kaufman and Patty Bray of the Women’s Shelter, David Lamon (Rotary Scholarship), Diane Fanning (Communities In Schools), Gladys Badling (Senior Citizens Center), Suzie Garcia (Community Service Center), Jack Melton (Hospice), and Rotarian Robert Dingeldein.
Trenton Cochran, 19, of 35422 Old Carriage in Houston, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Susan Galick, 20, of 1810 Wendell in Deer Park, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Ronnie Eckols, 20, of Seguin, was arrested on unspecified charges May 28.
Michael White, 18, of Rt. 3, Box 277A in Wharten, was charged with disorderly conduct May 28.
Feraidoon Ashna, 32, of KH)IO West Park in Houston, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Lennart Carlson, 28, transient, was charged with public intoxication May 28.
Melanie Simmons, 19, of I IO Briarwood Lane in Harker Heights, was charged with possession of marijuana May 29.
Ralph Garcia, 18, of 2306 Carlecn Street in Houston, was charged with public intoxication and liquor violations May 29.
Michael Thompson, 22, of 953 Sundance in New Braunfels, was charged with public intoxication May 29.
Jose Anaya, 22, of 1905 Grand in Laredo, was charged with traffic violations May 29.
Jeromie Bernal, 19, of 1404 Toliver in Killeen, was charged with alcohol violations and possession of marijuana May 29.
Justin Moyer, 20, of 201 Owl Hollow Cove in Killeen, was charged with possession of
marijuana and alcohol violations May 29.
Shayne Pendants, 20, of 8014 Windsford in San Antonio, was arrested on unspecified charges May 29.
Lee Lomas, 28, was charged with theft May 29.
Mark Saldivar, 22, of PO Box 312294 Purgatory Road in New Braunfels, was charged with weapons possession May 29.
Rene Ramos, 33, of 119 Rodriguez in New Braunfels, was charged with public intoxication May 29.
Andrew Cannon, 19, of 1251 Fox Glen in New Braunfels, was charged with possession of marijuana May 30.
Rene Ramos, 33, 119 Rodriguez in New Braunfels, was arrested on unspecified charges May 30.
Wesley McGaugh, 18, of 1508 Eichen Road in New Braunfels, was arrested on unspecified charges May 31
Paul Ortiz, 37, of 246 Seek in New Braunfels, was charged with possession of marijuana May 31.
David Sotelc, 26, of PO Box 2004 in Laredo, was charged with traffic violations May 31.
Julie Maxwell, 37, of 7106 Langston in Austin, was charged with public intoxication May 31.
Elisa Strong, 24, of 8350 Timber Glen in San Antonio, was charged with possession of marijuana June I.
Mario Perez, 18, of 105 Rodriguez in New Braunfels, was arrested on unspecified charges June I.
Jose Reyes, 28, of 231 N. Lone Star in New Braunfels, was arrested on unspecified charges June I.
Rosalina Aviles, 25, of 307 S Central Street in New Braunfels, was arrested on unspecified charges June I.
Juan Martinez, 55, was charged with traffic violations June 4.
Roberto Rodriguez, 25, of New Braunfels, was charged with public intoxication June 4.
Diego Delagarza, 30, of 935 W. IH-35 in New Braunfels, was charged with public intoxication June 4.
Michalc Saenz, 21, of Rt. 2 Box 666 in New Braunfels, was charged with traffic violations June 4.
Phyllis Campbell, 45, of 6801 Wolflin in Amarillo, was charged with resisting arrest June 4.
Jeronimo Gutierrez, 39, of Rt. I Box 127 in New Braunfels, was charged with traffic violations June 4.
Joaquin Guitierrcz, 22, of Rt. I. Box 177 in Marion, was charged with public intoxication June 4.
Hector Gutierrez, 34, of 507 Stierenn in San Antonio, was charged with traffic violations June 4.