New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2004
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By Ron Maloney
With any luck, recent rain could break—or at least substantially lessen — after today for the Fourth of July holiday.
Tuesday, Comal County escaped the brunt of weather
that caused problems elsewhere in spite of several brief local downpours.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Baskin reported .59 inches of rain at the New Braunfels airport through 5 p.m. Tuesday, with
.81 inches recorded Monday.
“I don’t think Comal County’s been hit that bad,” Baskin said. “They’ve been in pretty good shape.”
This month is the second-wettest on record for the Austin-San Antonio area with
nearly ll inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
Comal County Engineer Tom Homseth reported some closures at low water crossings, but no serious problems.
“Once again, we’re receiv
ing a good rain event,” Homseth said. “Our crews are out setting barricades. We’ve decided to have crews stay on until evening. We’re receiving moderate rain but having no big problems."
Coordinator Carol lidgett said it appeared Tuesday evening like the county would squeak by without serious problems.
“Hopefully, we’ll get out of this and get a little dry spell Thursday and Friday,” Edgett
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New high school a treasure chest’
By Leigh Jones
Gary and Alex Penner will have no excuse for being late to class when they start attending the new Canyon Lake High School in 2006.
“We live just down the road,” said Gary, who will be an eighth-grader next year. "Now we can walk to school. That’s good because it would have been a long bus ride to Smithson Valley I Ugh School.”
(Annal Independent School District stall, board of trustees and community members gathered Tuesday for an official ground breaking ceremony on 88 acres at the corner of Texas 32 and EM 3424.
CISD officials have not yet decided who will go to the school, but one plan calls for seventh- through 10th-graders to fill the halls initially, expanding to include 11th and 12th grades over
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CISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller talks about the future of Canyon Lake High School with a small crowd gathered for ground breaking ceremonies north of Canyon Lake Tuesday morning. The school is scheduled to open August 2006.
the following two years.
Under that plan, Gary would be one of the first graduating seniors, and Alex, who is going into fifth grade, would be in the youngest
class on campus.
“Is there gold in them there hills” asked Superintendent Nancy Fuller, quipping on the ceremony’s theme, “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Treasures.”
Board President Nick Nichols said the level piece of land they found for the sch(x>l was a “nugget” itself.
“There is not a lot of ground that approaches being level at the lake,” he said. “Treasures are hidden in these hills. People have no idea how many residents are tucked away up here.”
Fuller said the community's best assets were its young people.
“Our students are our treasure,” she said. “Today is a landmark day for CISD and the population of the Canyon Lake area. (This new school) reconfirms we believe in our schools.”
To help remind its guests the school was for the students, not the adults, Fuller turned tilt* ceremony over to a group of seventh-graders in white hard hats.
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Schools teach good parentingHome
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By Loigh Jones
Kaquei Wallace, Comal Independent School District Pregnancy, Education and Parenting (PEP) coordinator, knows firsthand what can happen when a young mother loses her temper.
When a Canyon High School freshman was arrested in October, accused of intentionally injuring her 5-month-old son, her fellow student parents wondered why she did not come to them for help before she lost control, Wallace said.
“I have worked with some incredible kids,” she said. “They really want to
be good parents.”
Wallace works with an average of 75 teen parents between the district’s two middle schools, two high schools and alternative school.
The PEP program curriculum focuses on teaching students to be good parents and productive members of society. Dropout prevention is the primary goal.
“Teen parents need education to break the teen parenting cycle,” Wallace said. “Many of them come from broken homes, and a lot of their parents were
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Petitions could still make Sept. 11 ballot
By Scott Mahon
With only IOO more signatures needed for each of his five petitions, District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine could still meet the deadline for a Sept. 11 election.
I lowever, Valentine said Tuesday he would settle for a Nov. 2 election.
“The rain is hold-ing us up, and we’ve resigned ourselves to the idea that council wouldn’t do what it needed to do to call a Sept. 11 election,” Valentine said.
According to City Manager Chuck Pinto, there is still time to call a Sept. 11 election.
“ The council has to calI die election 60 or 62 days before Sept. ll,” he said. “But in order for council to call an election, the petitions have to first be certified by city staff. The maximum time stall has to certify the peti-
dons is five days. Council then has IO days to review the petitions and to approve an ordinance to set the election, and it would more than likely have to call a special council session to adopt the ordinance. So yes, it s still possible that we could have a Sept. 11 election."
Valentine is spearheading petitions to ban aluminum cans on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers; to designate the Comal County Fairgrounds as a city park; and to designate the convention and visitors bureau a city department.
I Ie is also supporting petitions for city and county elections on Proposition 13, which would f reeze property taxes for senior citizens.
Each petition requires 1,300 signatures.
“We’re less than IOO signatures away on each petition,” he said Tuesday. “But I guess we’ll settle for a Nov. 2 date.”
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New Braunfels Fire/EMS personnel prepare to take to the hospital a bicyclist who hit a car Tuesday evening at the intersection of Jahn Street and Casted Avenue
Houston bicyclist injured after flipping over vehicle
From Staff Reports
A 26-year-old Houston man was injured Tuesday when his bicycle collided with a vehicle about 5 p.m. at the intersection of lahn Street and Casten Avenue.
New Braunfels Police Department Sgt. Sean Gabbard said the cyclist was westbound on Jalm when he entered the intersection without yielding at a posted stop sign to a 1995 Fold Contour southbound on Caste!!.
“It struck the front, right corner panel, and he was thrown into the windshield and over the top of the vehicle,” Gabbard said.
The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported by Air Tile to I Jniver-sity I lospital in San Antonio. I lospital representatives said he was in stable condition.
The driver of the car, a 65-year-old New Braunfels man, was uninjured.
Gabbard said at the scent* no charges were anticipated in connection with the accident.
The investigation closed (Estell Avenue between Jahn and Elm streets for about 30 minutes.
The bicyclist’s name was not released pending notifi cation of family.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Michelle Roberts, 12. tries on her hard hat before helping Comal ISD School Board members break ground on the Canyon Lake High School Tuesday morning. Several soorvto-be seventh graders, who will be the first class to attend the new high school, were on hand to turn the dirt for the school to be located on the north side of Canyon Lake.