New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Church burnings continue2 BO Huratd-Zettung O Friday, June 21,1996
Pictured are the Canyon Middle School students selected to attend the southwest Texas siaie university Nrtoral Sdenee Foundation Summer Science Camp, and CMS alternates: Ashley Hernandez, Amy Bond, Mod Rayne, Tony Masse, 8etti Edwards, Gloria Cantu, Adream Gomez and Jay Brooks.Students selected to attend science camp
Six Canyon Middle School seventh grade students were selected by South* west Texas State University to attend the University National Science Foundation Summer Science Camp.
Two additional students were chosen as alternates for camp attendance. "The will live in dorms at SWT while attending foe four-week program," Stacy Seefliammer, CMS counselor, said.
Students will participate in a wide variety of science, math, computer literacy and communication skills classes and field research activities, including trips to scientific industrial facilities and museums.
"The science camp and university pay the approximately $2,000 per-stu-dent costs," Seelhammer said "Seventh grade science teachers nominated
a total of 12 students for foe science camp."
Significant aspects of the program, according to the university, include industrial mentors, college students to work with camp participants, high school teachers to help with teaching activities, and involvement of parents and counselors.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A racially mixed church was heavily damaged early today in an arson fire, the latest in a series of suspicious blazes at churches around foe country.
Across the country, two black men charged with arson in the burning last month of a Mack church in North Carolina appeared in court today. A further hearing was scheduled for July I. The county sheriff declined to discuss a possible motive.
Portland Fire Bureau spokesman Rob Ware said investigators were not revealing what evidence they had that pointed to arson.
The fire at the Immanuel Free Methodist Church broke out shortly before 3 a.m. Flames destroyed the sanctuary in the wooden building. No one was hurt.
“It’s just toast,” Pastor Mark Strong said.
Investigators found a broken window on foe side of the church but did not immediately say what caused it to break.
The church serves a congregation of about 150 people in a predominantly black neighborhood just north of the Willamette River.
In North Carolina, Rodney Bullock, 21, and Curtis Gilbert Jr., 32, were charged Wednesday with burning a building they were remodeling at Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo, about 20 mites from Whiteville in the southeastern part of the state.
Both men were released Wednesday, Gilbert on $20,000 bond and Bullock on $10,000 bond. At today’s hear-
‘It was Intentionally set, and that’s a tragedy. But there was no racial motive involved.’
— AR. Stevens, investigator
mg, Gilbert asked for a court-appointed attorney; Bullock has hired his own lawyer. A probable cause hearing was set for July I in Whiteville.
Sheriff Jimmy Ferguson said an anonymous tip the day after the May 23 fire led authorities to the suspects. Ferguson said Gilbert was a contractor hired to remodel foe former school on foe church grounds and Bullock was his employee. He declined to discuss a possible motive.
“It was intentionally set, and that’s a tragedy,” said A.R. Stevens of the State Bureau of Investigation. “But there was no racial motive involved.”
In neighboring Robeson County, authorities ruled out race as a motive in foe arson of the largely black Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Volunteer firefighter Billy Shawn Baxley, 17, who is white, was arrested Tuesday and confessed to starting the blaze, said William Bryan, assistant fire chief.
There have been more than 40 fires at predominantly black churches across foe South since January 1995, raising fears of racism. President Clinton has mobilized federal agencies to help in foe investigations.
In the North, a fire of undetermined origin damaged a racially mixed church in Portland, Ore., early today. Arson investigators were called to the
Immanuel Free Methodist Church but Fire Bureau spokesman Rob Ware declined to speculate that the fire was
Investigators found a broken window on the side of foe church but did not immediately say what caused it to break. The church serves a congregation of about 150.
— In Berlin, Md, a fire at 100-year-old St. John's United Methodist Church was traced to a kitchen electrical socket and ruled accidental.
— Alabama Gov. Fob James released statistics showing Alabama has had 38 suspicious church fires since 1990, with arrests made in 20 of them. In those 20 fires—eight at black churches and 12 at white churches — race apparently was not a motive, he said
—The National Council of Churches, the American Jewish Committee and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops announced they would try to raise $4 million to help rebuild burned black churches. Contributions already have been pouring in and a group of foundations plan to announce major grants today, the groups said.
— An Atlanta security company, Masada Security, said it would donate $200 smoke-detector systems and provide six months of free monitoring for churches in foe area. Also in Georgia, ministers of some of Atlanta’s largest churches said they plan to provide 24-hour unarmed guards, called Peace Keepers, to deter vandalism and arson at churches.
GUADALUPE BASIN RIVER FLOW 6-13-96
This Information is provided by foe Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority on a weekly basis during drought to provide foe public with low flow conditions on the Guadalupe River.
Inflow 45 cfs Release IMI cfs
• 60 cfs Pass Through
• 20 cfi From Storage Full Res. Elev. 909 msl Reservoir Elev. Today 905.52 93% of Capacity t
San Marcos Springs*
47% of Monthly Normf
Guadalupe River at Victoria*
9% of Monthly Norm
San Antonio River at Goliad 154 cfs
Sources of Flow at Victoria Total Flow 9% of Monthly Norm
Canyon Reservoir 25.9% 68.6%
Comal/San Marcos Springflow
Natural Baseflow 5.5%
’’cfs” ■ Cubic foot/second (449 gallons/minute) “msl” - Mesa Sea Level * Diagrams Reflect Sources Looses and Diversions Net Included "Fluctuation is due to hydroelectric operations tCalculations of % of storage Ac springflow have been adjusted to more accurately reflect conditions
System ready to fine tune routes
U.S. won’t allow Boutros-Ghali a second term
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Members of the transit customer-focus teak force are finalizing their plum* to modify foe current routes for foe NaBus in an attempt to provide
targeted bus service to foe com-gutty. The tentative start date for the IWW routes is September — foe day (Bar Labor Day. Plans call for foe cur-not N*Bus routes to be converted to taproot routes. This will mean fewer
stopt* more (toque* service and better
Two caprate detigns are being contend. The flite dealt with foe early morning intel hour, foe second with ndd-tfcy dboppere: senora, teens, stay-at-home parents and others, and the thud with visitor needs.
Four of New Braunfels' largest
employers lteve agreed to trave as test
sites for a nub-hour express. Early monte* runs between 6 and I am
will pick up wethers from three specially designed stops and take them directly to the work site. Then, in the evening between 3:30 and S p.m., N*Buses will pick up employees at foe work site and drop off employees where they picked up the bus in the morning.
For mid-day service, a “shopper’s express” will run from approximately 9:30 am to 3 pm and focus on transporting people by foe most direct route possible from home to shops and back. Under the present system, those who wish to go from any point on the gold, purple or red routes to shopping areas on the green route must transfer.
Under the new express route, riders will still be able to get to downtown shops and other shopping areas without the time-consuming task of transferring. Another major change will be to run foe same routes Monday through Saturday. This means that the “blue route” will be dropped in favor of a
WASHINGTON (AP)—The United States threatened today to use its Security Council veto if necessary to bar Boutros Boutros-Ghali from a second term as secretary-general of foe United Nations.
“I hope they will change their minds,” Boutros-Ghali told reporters today in Bonn before meeting President Roman Herzog of Germany, which like fellow European ally France has voiced strong support for the secretary-general.
In Washington, White House spokesman Mikp McCurry, asked about a second ftte-year term forthei Egyptian diplomat, said: “There is no possibility of that.”
Does that mean the United States will use its veto?
“Yes,” McCurry said.
At the United Nations, Boutros-Ghali announced his intention Wednesday to run again. “The secretary-general has decided to nm for a second term,” U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi announced. “Boutros-Ghali has taken this decision in view of the strong encouragement he has received from member states.”
The decision to oppose Boutros-Ghali pits the administration against stalwart opposition in the United Nations, likely including three of the five powers with Security Council vetoes. In addition to France, China and Russia probably would vote for Boutros-Ghali. The fifth veto belongs to Britain, which has been silent on the matter.
“After careful consideration, President Clinton and the secretary of state have decided new leadership is needed in the United Nations,” said State Department spokesman Nicholas Burner “ Baaed onfoat assessment, the United States will not support an extension of his term as secretary-general.”
“We respect him as a very distinguished international public servant, and we wish him well,” Bums said.
He said Secretary of State Warren Christopher had conveyed the decision to Boutros-Ghali. In Bonn, German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel said foe visiting secretary-general gave him foe impression that “announcement of the Americans’ rejection of a second candidacy” spurred him into making public his intention to run.
Administration spokesmen characterized the decision as strictly a move to bring better management to the world organization.
“We need, all of us internationally, to identify someone capable of reforming foe U.N. bureaucracy, increasing its cost effectiveness, reducing foe budget and streamlining the organization,” Bums said.
But Washington has been at odds with Boutros-Ghali over peacekeeping policies in Somalia and Bosnia, as well as over what administration officials and several members of Congress considertnadequate spending cuts.
Additionally, foe United Nations and America’s relationship with it have brought strong criticism from conservatives in the Republican party, especially the idea of putting U.S. peacekeeping troops under U.N. command. The question even threatens to become an issue in the presidential campaign.
Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a number of Republicans and Democrats have been vocal in insisting the United Nations needs an overhaul.
more consistent and frequent service to places where more interest has been demonstrated.
It appears that the conference and convention traffic is best handled through special advance booking arrangements. Pre-arranged shuttle service is possible. In addition, the express route design can be expanded to add hotel-to-convention center stops when the need is there.
There is much to do between now and September when the conversion to foe express service will take place. The service plans, when finalized, must be approved by the Main Street Transportation Committee and a marketing plan pix together to educate residents about the changes. Bus stop signs must be adjusted and new route schedules printed up. Every effort will be made to make the transition to N*Bus express service as smooth as possible.
(Lynn Fountain is the city of New Braunfels Main Street director.)
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