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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas FELS 2 0 3 3 2 ll OO 9 10/22/99 S 0 UJ E S T ll I c R o PIJ II LIS l l IN G 20 2? E YR N DF I I.. DRHer ald-Zeiton u Vol. 148, No. 81 48 pages in 3 sections March 14, 1999 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside ► Horizons parr: The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung presents its annual Horizons sections starting today with Business and Industry. Take a look at how business has changed during the past IOO years. / 6A, InsideSpecial OlympianI ive I. ^ rv * OL )    .    rn    jsm    I Canyon Lake resident Leinev^ber’s winning put heron the poster for the Special Olympics./ 10AGarden of Eden Eden Home, Inc., is not just for elderly residents anymore. Now cats, dogs and other pets help residents improve the quality of their lives./ 1B »? SPIWeather The winds will calm down and temperatures will become more moderate during the next couple of days. See Page 2A for the extended forecast. Index Abby................................. ........2B Business..................... .......9A Classified......................... ...6-16B Crossword........................ ........2B Forum............................... ........6A Local................................. .........4A Obituaries......................... ........3A Sports............................... .10-12A Today................................ .........2A Television........................Montage Top steer fetches $32,000 CHS frosh gets grand champ title at Comal show By Chris Crews Staff Writer Every day for the past 14 months, 15-year-old Dustyn Cox of New Braunfels poured a lot of time and energy into a Maine-Anjou steer to show at contests across the state. On Saturday, his work and persistence paid off as his steer was named grand champion at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show at the Comal County Fairgrounds. But besides the honor of being named champion, the matter of money and how much the prize steer would bring remained. Cox said he wanted to see the steer bring more than the $30,000 paid for this past year's grand champion. “I’m telling all of my friends to yell for me,” Cox said minutes before entering the auction pen. The support Cox said he got from his parents, friends and teachers paid off as a confederation of six area businesses bid $32,000 for the steer. Cox, a freshman at Canyon High School and a member of the Comal County 4-H program, said he would take the money from the sale of the steer and buy another calf and possibly put a little aside for college. It was unclear Saturday exactly how much Cox would get from the sale. Show officials said the money from the sale of all animals in a particular category would be distributed among all entrants on a point system, with the champions receiving the most. Representatives from Alamo Crane Service, ConcreteSee STEER5A ROBIN CORNETT/HeraH-Zeitung Dustin Cox tugs on his steer’s halter to showcase his grand champion animal during the auction at the Comal County Youth Livestock show. Six local businesses joined efforts to buy the steer for $32,000. Seventeen years after the slaying of Sandra Ray Griffith in her Bulverde home, her family continues to struggle with their pain. Living in grief ROem CORNETT/HerakJ-Zesting Donna, daughter of murder victim Sandra Griffith, is an executive legal assistant for a private Midwest firm. She is standing in front of a picture of her mother and is flanked by her sons Brandon, 12, (left) and Burgan, 14. Children, parents remember Griffith as ‘quite a lady’ By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer Howard Lipsey visited his daughter’s grave Friday morning. He crouched low, brushed aside grass clippings and leaves that had cluttered on the headstone, then stood and put his hands in his pockets. “She was quite a lady,” he said. Sandra Griffith’s grave sits on a hill at Mission Burial Park in Southeast San Antonio. Her headstone reads “He Touched Me,” a song she often performed as a church soloist at Lackland Baptist Church. Little other physical evidence can be found to show that San- & & GRIFFITH Last of a four-part series (Ira ever existed. Shot, clubbed and burned alive at her Bulverde home in 1982, the 37-year-old mother of two left behind few reminders from her life. “There’s a lot of heartache that went into that grave,” her father said Friday. The flames that engulfed Sandra and her Bulverde Estates home on April 7, 1982, destroyed most of her personal belongings. Blackened jewelry and other personal items recovered from the blaze remain locked away in the Comal County Courthouse attic, reminders of a heinous crime and failed murder trial. “That was one of the worst homicides I’ve ever seen. ThereSee GRIEF/5A ROBIN CORNETT /Herald- Zertung Sandra Griffith’s father, Howard Lipsey, rearranges flowers at her San Antonio gravesite. Sandra was murdered in her Bulverde home in 1982. Trustees pick areas for grade schools By Heather Tooo Staff Writer Comal Independent School District patrons will have some idea where three proposed elementary schools will go before they vote to have them built. CISD trustees approved an administrative recommendation outlining proposed locations for new school facilities in a 5-1 vote Thursday night. The construction of three new elementary schools and a third high school are elements in a $ 141 million bond package set to go before district voters May I. Trustee Scott Watson, who cast the dissenting vote, said, “There are pros and cons to stating a location. Once you pinpoint an area, the issue to voters might become where the location is as opposed to whether we need a school.” The administration recommended three new elementary schools be built at: • U.S. 281 and Cibolo Creek area; • Farm-to-Market 306 and Hoffman Lane; and • FM 306 and FM 484. The two-proposition bond package, at $89 million and $52 million each, was developed by the board as a 10-year plan to handle the district’s rapid student growth and facility needs. Proposition one includes construction of three pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade elementary schools for 800 students each; expansion of Smithson Valley High School to 2,000-student capacity; expansion of Canyon High School to 1,750-student capacity; expansion of Canyon Middle School to 1,000 students; and expansion of Comal Elementary School to 800 students. Proposition two includes construction of a new high school for 2,000 students, with construction to begin in 2002, and additional technology upgrades. Superintendent Jerry Major said a facility in the FM 306 and Hoffman Lane area would relieve overcrowding in the Goodwin Primary, Frazier Elementary and Canyon Middle School zone. A facility north of Canyon Lake near FM 306 and FM 484, in the Mountain Valley school area, also would address growth in the north part of the district, he said. A facility on U.S. 281 in the Cibolo Creek area would serve the Timberwood Park area, which is estimated to be the district^ largest growth area in the next five years. The subdivision is the largest in Bexar County and will have an estimated 3,300 new home sites in the next few years. Trustee Lester W. Jonas said he also wanted to pinpoint a central location within the district for tire third high school. The administrative proposal recommended the new high school serve students in the Canyon Lake area. ;