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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY_New Braunfels Taft knocks Unicorns from playoffs. See Page 1B 50 CENTS Herald “irSr”..... ■MSO, 'X ’'111 16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, March 19, 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of ...Jig Owens Vol 145, No 90 Inside Editorial........................... 4    A Sports......................................1B-2B Comics................................  3B Market Place    4B    88 Dear Abby ............3A SLimmlisch th* Hwld ZiHungl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: PM Baker, Darld Owens, Johnny Romero, Josie Sanchez, Milton Franklin, Jamen Mutt, Bryce Houlton (9 years old. Minted), Key Gannett, Keith Butler, Laura Haley, J. J. Houlton (IS years old, belated), Amber Houlton (14 years old, Minted), Nancy Jackson, Inertly Zavala Jr. (9 years old). Happy anniversary wishes go to: Puny and Dave Supdver (20 ream, belated). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold — unavailable (Posen weaned rn ports pm cubic molar of rn wmnrmoon pfOVKBO oy Dr rfwm rwnptN J awe. a—a----as-- nivff ivivw ivvOTOn Comal River — 246 cube leat per sec* and awns ae Tuesday Edwarde Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 524.31 teat above sea level, same Canyon Dam dtecharge — 761 cie Canyon Lake Inflow --066 cfs Canyon Lake level — 011 02 feet above aaa level. (Above ooneervation pool) NBU reports pumping 5264 muon gallons Brown Brr lunch tho inly or ooncoflod * Friday’s regular brown bag lunch with New Braunfels Mayor dan Kennedy hat been canceled because of the Texas Legislative Conference The lunches will resume at noon April 4 at the Municipal Building. Visitor Center The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open In mid-May. The Chamber cur rently has a great volunteer core, but new volunteers are needed to staff the new center Anyone interested can call Lyn di Moon at the Chamber office. 625-2385. VotMHtssrfiBt Books Your non-profit organization is invited to raise money April 19 by selling food or bake sale Items during Volunteerf-est 97 at the Wursthalle Please con tact Karen if your organization wishes to participate, fax 625 2984, phone 620-7520 UffOUp not STTVIISISO with Csrtcsr Society Be aware that the Pacific West Cancer Fund is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society Cancer funds and vol unteers being solicited for an April 1997 fund drive in Coma County are not sponsored by the American Cancer Society Comal County residents desiring to donate money to the American Cancer Society can do so by contacting your Comal County unit at 625-8619 or 625 3252. (Submined by Bob Peterson chairman, American Cancer Society, Comal County unit) Boy Scouti available foe odd jobs Boy Scouts will clean out your garage, room, closet, etc, to earn funds to attend summer camp, They will haul off unwanted items, Call 629-3811. Bush will address conference By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Organizers of thin year's T exas Legislative Conference expect at least 500 people to participate in the two-day event that will begin Thursday night with the presentation of the Texan of the Year Award to Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first female senator from Texas. Last week, organizers were notified that Gov. George W Bush was confirmed to attend the 31st annual conference to discuss his school financing plan. Other state officials are scheduled to speak or serve on one of the five panels friday, including Speaker of the House Pete l.ancy, state Rep. Rob Juncll, and state senators Bill Ratliff and David Sibley “It's really a high-level and informative conference,” said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels (’hamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event. “There arc 24 speakers from across the state involved with the sessions.” Questions from the audience will he taken in writing and passed to Turn to Bush, Page 3A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS George W. Bush The 31st Annual Texas Legislative Conference is sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and is slated to begin at 7 p m Thursday at the Civic Center, 380 S Seguin Ave with the Texan of the Year Award in honor of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. The cost of the reception is $40 per ticket and $40 for the Friday conference Call the New Braunfels chamber at 625 2385 for more information Friday morning's events include ■ 8:30 - call to order B 8:40 opening address by Hutchison, presentation of "City of Princes s" decree by chairman of the board Doug Miller ■ 9 05 - panel discussion on Federal Revenue Policy Impact on Texas ■ 9 50 - panel discussion on Deregulation of Electricity ■ 10:35 - panel discussion on Financing Texas Schools to the 21st Century ■ 11:20 - Gov. George W Bush address ■ 11 45 - panel on State and National Predictions on Major Issues ■ 12:35 p.m. - luncheon Bluebonnet romp Herald Zaitunqpftotf J try M* haul Oar nail Aldln and Chtoa Pamall run through a patch of bluebonnets Ty day naar Land* Strait and Loop 337. Tho abaction of wtldnowara ahould Incraaaa thla yaar ainea tha ralna hava incraaaad in raoant months. Rains hasten blooming of state flower By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Patches of beautiful purplish blue have begun to dot Ok ( mitral Texan landscape, an the mate flower responds to the gentle nudging of recent rains Locally, bluebonnet have started to bloom along North Loop 337 and should noon appear in tha Canyon Luke arca and other stretched in went C omal County, local lutanists said The Lone Star State flower in a favorite among young and old alike and markn the imminent approach of npring. Also known an the buffalo clover, wolf flower and el Conejo (rabbit in Spanish), bluebonnets became the male wildflowcr in 1901 on the suggestion by the Society of Colonial Damn in Texan and subsequent approval by the 27th Legislature Bill Schumann, a retired 22-year Comal County Extension agent, said the flower is blooming because of fall rams and a steady downpour throughout February. Schumann said bluebonnets, which arc of the Lupine claim, will continue to appear in such ( mitral Texan regions un Fredericksburg, Llano, Schulenburg, Flatonia and an arca northwest of Lampasas I wan in a field where they were so thick you couldn't walk without stepping on them,” he said He said that bluebonnets provide a “splash of color” that catches people’s attention “I think they arc the moat beautiful flower," he Maid, adding thai they have been found to lie white, maroon and even orange The noti-tradittonal colors were discovered shortly before 1986 when organizers of the suite's Sesquicentennial celebration were looking for variations of the state flower While die wildflowcr averages about six inches, he said the long-stern variation of the bluebonnet can reach about IK inches and grows naturally in the Big Bend area of Texas. In addition, the flower finds success on hillsides and sloped pastural because they need sufficient drainage Roger Huvluk widi lite (anility Extension (Mike said bluebonnets did lux thrive las! year because of the drought but dull this year tile rants liavc brought a change, ‘Tin seeing a total turnaround," he said “It’s just a mght-and day difference between this year and last” In today'i odium of New Horizons, tho Herald-Zeitung takes a look at the history and heritage of our community. From the people here long before Prince Gail to the area's first tourist attraction, explore the rich culture of our area. Board OKs after-school program By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In response to a survey sent out several months ago, the New Braunfels Independent School District hoard of trustees Tuesday night approved an cxtendcd-day program to be implemented in the 1997-98 school year. The hoard was presented with survey results in January that showed parents wanted an aflcr-school program for their children. The survey* were sent home with students in prekindergarten through the fifth-grade Of die 636 survey! returned. KO percent said there was a need for afterschool programs Of that KO percent, 56 percent said they would participate in die program A surprising 12 percent said they currently do not use any type of child care atter school. In addition to the need for an after school program, the survey also indicated parents' concerns, The top concern, with 43 percent, was that the program assist in academics. I he next two concerns were that the program involve qualified and trained supervision and planned Activities Debbie Fitsko, administrative assistant for career and technology, community mid adult education, said that in response to the survey, representatives from tour entities offering extended-day programs made presentations to principals and administrators. Fitsko said the consensus among the NBISD staff was ti ult the YMI A program wax hest suited for the district. "F.vcrythmg that our survey mdi cated as important, the YM( A program covered,” Fitsko said Joe Bueno, executive director fix the Northeast YMI A, said the program would be run entirely by the YMCA arui its stall, and tile district would not luive any liabilities or costs He said the tuna si would he between $20 mid $27 a week, hut would he based on a sliding scale with scholarships available. “The tuition plus whatever we get from United Way plus other contributions we will seek will cover those costs (of the program),'* Bueno said. Bueno said the program will he an cxtendcd-day program, which means it will include academics, luminous snacks. Turn to Program, Page 3A 1 Students may choose to exempt two tests on the testing date ii they meet the following: a Students enrolled in regular classes may have an average of 70 or better and no more than one absence, an average of 80 or better and no more than two absences or an average of 90 or better and no more than three absences and be exempt from that final. b. Students enrolled in accelerated, honors or advanced placement may have an average of BO or better and no more than two absences and be exempt from BUIES FOR EXI MPTION that final Students enrolled in dual enrollment classes must take the final according to the contract with Die colleges offering the classes 2 Final exams must be given al the designated time No students will be allowed to take a final early to adjust his or her schedule to have a full day off Final exams will be given in one day on the last day of school A student that meets the exemption criteria may choose up to, but no more than two finals to be exempt A student must apply for exemption by completing a form and acquiring the appropriate signatures from Hie parent as well as ti ie teacher No student is exempt unless this process is accurately followed and all signatures are on tfie application, 3. A parent and/or student that wishes to have the exam administered to that student may state in writing this wish voiding the exemption policy for that student A form will be available for this purpose Source Now Braunfels Independent School District Exemptions in future of NBHS students By DENISE DZIUK Stat! Writer In an effort to boost attendance, New Braunfels High School will implement a policy that will allow student* to be exempt from taking a final exam NBHS assistant principal ( art Hall told the New Braunfels Independent School Distnct Niard of trustees Tuesday night tliat a committee wax formed in November to address concerns that attendance wax not high enough. He said the students needed an incentive to come to school on a regular basis, arui the chance to skip a final increased attendance in the past. ‘That means they have tile* possibility of taking two less finals than they would ordinarily have to take," Hall said “They'll take any time off they can get." Hall said tile* original exemption policy had to be rewritten after the Texas Education Agency said the district Turn to NBHS Page 3A Board makes right decision on “ a ” program, Page 4A, ;