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Vol. 149 No. 152 14 pages in 2 sections June 20, 2000
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Singing Melitta’s praises
Founder, longtime director of Advent Vespers dies at 82Melitta Frueh, who founded the Advent Vespers, passed away Saturday.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
It seems trite to call Saturday “the day the music died” in New Braunfels.
But that’s what it was for generations of local students; for the New Braunfels Music Study Club and those who loved the annual Advent Vespers; and for the Cross and St. Paul LutheranSee Obituary/3A
churches, their pastors and their congregations.
Teacher, choir director, organist and founder and director of the Advent Vespers community Christmas concert Melitta F. Frueh succumbed Saturday to illness. She was 82. (See obituary on Page 3A.)
Riders in the sky
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Jake, Eli and Axel Frazier take a ride on an African elephant at Monday night’s circus at the Comal County Sheriff's Posse Arena. The three-ring circus made a one-night stop in New Braunfels Monday.
Chamber takes swing at enterprise zone
Some members of council balking
By Heather Todd
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. is pitching creation of a new enterprise zone to reduce unemployment and poverty in the west and south areas of New Braunfels.
But at least two city council members — District 6’s Juliet Watson and District 4’s Robert Kendrick — are not buying.
Jim Scheele, director of economic development with the chamber, said
the organization spent the past few months identifying areas eligible for the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, administered through the Texas Department of Economic Development.
The goal of the enterprise zone program is to encourage job creation and capital investment in areas of economic distress, Scheele said.
“That doesn’t mean it’s a bad area. It just means that there’s high unem-
ployment or a very high poverty level,” he said.
In exchange for a company locating in the enterprise zone, the city offers incentives, including tax abatements, sales tax refunds and interest revenue bonds.
Several areas of town — including portions of the Farm-to-Market Road 306 industrial area, the West End area around Katy Street and the south part of the city from Solms Road to the city limits — meet the high unemployment and high poverty level criteria, Scheele said.
Data from the 1990 U.S. Census shows those areas have an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent and
Bed tax committee meets
From Staff Reports
Fourteen New Braunfels residents appointed to the city’s hotel/motel occupancy tax usage committee will meet for the first time Wednesday.
The committee is charged with recommending how the city should spend its share of hotel/motel tax money and will meet 5:30 p.m. at New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Avenue.
The committee also will discuss potential uses of bed tax funds, amounts of funds collected and allocation of funds and the purpose of the committee.
District 2 councilman Larry Alexander appointed Adam Cork and Ray Schoch.
Mike Dietert and Eddie Temple were appointed by District 5 councilman Lee Rodriguez. District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick appointed Clif Courtney and Bob Watson. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson appointed Betty Dunkin and Jim Beath. District 3 councilwoman Debbie Flume appointed Walt Sears and Mary Serold. Mayor Stoney Williams appointed Dave Pryor and Jim Rice, and mayor pro-tem Juan Luis Martinez appointed Senaida Alvarado and Paul Fraser, Jr.
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Fielder will lead MV Elementary
From Staff Reports
SATTLER — The administrator appointed interim principal of Mountain Valley Elementary School in April was appointed the school’s new principal.
Jerry Major, Comal Independent School District superintendent, announced the appointment Monday of Brenda Fielder as principal of the 675-student school.
Fielder has served as the interim principal since April 24 when she was asked to fill in for former principal Hope Erickson, now at the district’s central office.
Fielder was the instructional coordinator in the district’s curriculum and instruction department before transferring to Mountain Valley.
Visitation is through noon today at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, 189 N. Seguin Ave.
Services are 2 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara Ave, with the Rev. Dr. Charles DeHaven officiating. A community choir will perform during the service.
Her husband, the Rev. Milton
Frueh, who was pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church from 1959 to 1978, preceded Mrs. Frueh in death on March 22, 1990.
“My history with the Frueh family goes back 58 years,” Rev. DeHaven said Monday. “She and her husband, Rev. Frueh, were there for my parents’ wed-See MELITTA/5A
25.5 percent of residents live below the national poverty level. The enterprise zone program requires at least 20 percent of residents living below that level.
The chamber has targeted a 5.03 square mile area that includes New Braunfels and its extraterritorial jurisdiction for a new enterprise zone. That recommendation will be forwarded to New Braunfels City Council for approval June 26. The ordinance creating the zone must be approved on three readings.
If council approves creating a new enterprise, it then would nominate a See ENTERPRISER
Ruling could affect other ceremonies
From Staff and Wire Reports
A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that school officials could not let students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games.
In one of its most important school-prayer rulings ever, the Supreme Court split 6-3 in its Doe vs. Santa Fe decision that praying in public schools must be private.
The highest court’s ruling stems from an April 1995 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two families in Santa Fe, Texas. The lawsuit, filed in a Galveston federal district court, alleged Santa Fe 1SD violated the constitutional ban on government-established religion by condoning prayer and other religious activities.
The sweeping language of the decision in the Texas case, a crushing defeat for school-prayer advocates, could extend far beyond school sports events — eventually affecting graduation ceremonies, moments of silence and more.
The court said a school district’s policy of allowing such student-led prayers violated the constitutionally required separation of government and religion.
Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the court: “Nothing in the Constitution ... prohibits any public school student from voluntarily praying at any time before, during or after the school day. But the religious liberty protected by the Constitution is abridged when the state affirmatively sponsors the particular religious practice of prayer.”
As the latest word on a politically volatile issue that has bedeviled the nation’s highest court for 40 years, the ruling offered a ringing endorsement of a landmark 1962 decision that outlawed organized, off icially sponsored prayers in public schools.
“Worship is a responsibility See PRAYER/5A
Some prayers and religious activities still are allowed in pubiic schools, despite the Supreme Court’s decision Monday barring schools from letting students lead prayer before football games. Some examples:
■ Individual students are free to pray, as the court said, “at any time before, during or after the school day” as long as their prayers do not interfere with other students.
■ Groups of students can meet for prayer or worship, either informally or as a formal school organization as long as other student clubs are allowed at school.
■ All students are allowed to pray before eating a school meal, as long as their prayers are not disruptive.
■ In some states, lower court rulings allow student-led prayers — invocations and benedictions — at graduation ceremonies. Monday’s decision could provide new ammunition for attacks against such public school policies. In other states, such prayers are banned by lower court rulings.
■ Some states and public school districts let school officials provide a daily “moment of silence" during which students who want to pray can do so.
The court struck down such an Alabama law in
1985, saying the law encouraged students to pray. But the court never has said a truly neutral moment-of-silence law runs afoul of the constitutionally required separation of church and state.
Monday’s decision could make it harder for moment-of-silence laws and policies to survive court scrutiny. “It is ... the duty of the courts to distinguish a sham secular purpose from a sincere one,” the justices said.