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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels, Canyon make sectional playoffs, See Page 10 50 CENTS The Plaza bandstand New BraunfelsHerald 410 NOI6 10/22/99    191 SO-W E S T NICK 0 F‘ I) E< LIS HIN 6 2627 E YANDELL UR Obituaries........................ ...............3 Opinion............................ ...............4 Letters.............................. ...............5 Arts & Entertainment ..............8 Sports Day....................... ...............9 The Marketplace............. .10-15 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zoltung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Mary Quzzman, Arnold Schroad-ar, Robert Melat, Vance Braune, Melinda Aqulrre, Patrick Oeefoeeee, Marla Leach, Marla Zamora, Loyd W. Pleater, Jovlta Gonzalez (belated), Marian Stone, Belinda McGrath, John Stoker, Javier Sanchez, Jim Bingham. Good afternoon! Today’s weather Tonight, mostly clear Low in the lower 60s Light and variable wind Thursday, mostly sunny High near 90. Southeast wind 5-10 mph First founders invited to participate in parade The Comal County Genealogy Society extends an invitation to the "First Founders" descendants to participate in the Sesquicentennial Parade on April 22 1995 in New Braunfels The Society is trying to reach the families by mail; however, we do not have addresses and names of all the descendants lf your ancestor arrived by July 31, 1845, to what is now New Braunfels, we would like for you to be in the parade or have somebody to carry a sign with your family name on it We would prefer that you dress in clothing of that period or you may wear casual clothing lf you want to ride a horse or ride in a horse-pulled wagon or buggy, you are welcome to do so Family groups are also welcome. Forms can be picked up at the Comal County Genealogy Society at 200 N Seguin St, New Braunfels, 78130 or call 210-629-1900 for more information These forms must be filled in and returned no later than April 10 Aggie Muster set for April 21 at K of C Hall The 1995 Aggie Muster will be held Friday April 21 at the New Braunfels Knights of Columbus Hall. Fellowship will begin at 6 30 pm, with dinner starting at 7:15 pm The guest speaker for Muster will be Mr Donald Powell ‘56, Director of Business Services for Texas A&M University and co-author of "The Fightm’ Texas Aggie Band," a comprehensive history of the Aggie Band from 1984 to present Aggie Muster is open to all former students and their families, parents of students, and students and friends of Texas A&M Reservations can be made by calling 620-0704 Reservation deadline is Tuesday April 18 Cost including dinner is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 11 and under This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Texas Legislative Conference begins Thursday at civic center By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Gov. George Bush lf a person is interested in state politics, he or she would probably want to be in New Braunfels this Thursday, and especially Friday, as the 29th Annual Texas Legislative Conference begins. The Governor of Texas, the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, a U S. Senator and six state legislators, all committee chairs, will be on hand for the conference which begins Thursday night and runs through noon Friday at the Civic Center. Thursday night at 7 p.m., Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock will be honored as Texan of the Year. Former Lt. Gov. William P. Hobby will present the award at the I cooption. On Friday, the heart of the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with remarks from Bennie Bock, ll, a former legislator and Chair of the TLC Arrangements Committee, Mayor Paul Fraser and Dane Harris, President of the Texas Association of Businesses and Chambers of Commerce. Local State Rep. Edmund Kuempel will dedicate the conference to the memory of John A. Tracger followed by an opening address by Bullock and a keynote address by Gov. George W. Bush. which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Comal County Judge Carter Casteel will introduce Gov. Bush. Following Bush’s address, a "Hot Potatoes" session will begin, featuring a panel of six key state legislators who will answer questions about important or "hot” topics from the audience. Then, at noon, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will address a luncheon focusing on national issues. Obviously, interest in attending the conference is high. "We get them from all over the state," said Tom Purdum, President of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “We have about 640 registered for the conference (Tuesday) and about two-thirds of them are from outside New Braufels.” The Chamber is sponsonng the event, which is co-sponsored by Bank of America, Texas, Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-Op., Inc., PacificCare in the Southwest and Southwestern Bell Telephone. Purdum said the conference was the brainchild of local attorney lorn Hutrus, and was originally called the South Texas Legislative Seminar. The goals were, and still are, to "put another face of New Braunfels out there,” create a special event to draw attention to the city, and give local people the opportunity to examine state affairs on a personal level. Attendees, who must register, will have the opportunity to pose written questions to each of the state legislative panel members, including State Sens. Ken Armbns-ter(D-Victoria), Gonzalo Bamen- Sen. Ray Bailey Hutchison Man of the Hour Herald Zeitung file photo Bob Bullock at last year's Texas Legislative Conference. Bob Bullock understands both small town and big city issues By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A familiar face to many Texans will be honored Thursday night as Texan of the Year, in coordination with the 29th Annual Legislative Conference. Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, who some say holds the most powerful position in our state process of government, will be honored as Texan of the Year with a reception Thursday night at the Civic Center. Former Ll. Gov Bill Hobby, whom Bullock replaced in 1991, will make the presentation. Bullock, who has attended several of these conferences, has had his nameplate somewhere in Capital-area political offices since being elected to the State House of Representatives in 1957. He has been Assistant Attorney General (1967-68), Secretary of State (1971 -72) and Comptroller of Public Accounts (1975-90) among other things. Bom in the small town of Hillsboro, he said he still feels a tie to his small-town roots. Bullock, who has spent a good deal of time in Austin, said he realizes the shift of this state from an rural to an urban one. “I’ve had the best of both worlds,” he said. “Growing up in a small town there were no locks on doors...people cared about one another. That was a way of life there.” Bullock said he doesn’t always agree with the urban vs. rural analysis that often comes into play in the political world, as well as others. “The people who moved into the urban areas, they didn’t lose their small-town roots,” he said. ive had the best of both worlds. Growing up in a small town, there were no locks on doors •.. people cared about one another. That was a way of life there.’ "They maintain a tie network. For many of them, their hearts are still back in the rural areas.” Like New Braunfels, Hillsboro sits next to lnterstate-35 and has seen the growth that this particular corridor has provided in our state though not on the scale of New Braunfels. Bullock said he realizes the state must adapt to its changing times and continuing growth, providing basic services but at the same time not stifling that growth. "It’s hard to reach a balance,” he said. "Sometimes, we (government) go overboard.” Bullock joins a select list of honorees at the conference, a list that includes a former President of the United States (George Bush, at that time Vice-President) and noted leaders on both the state and national level. "The committee felt the only thing we ever heard about those in public affairs was negative,” said Chamber President Tom Purdum of the idea for the award, which began in the early 1970s. "We wanted to do something positive, to honor someone who had served honorably in the field of public affairs.” tos (D-Austin), David Sibley (R-Waco), Reps. Toby Goodman (R-Arlington), Paul Sadler (I) Henderson) and Mark Stiles (D-Beau-mont), all key chairs of important legislative committees. This session, which begins at 10:10 a.m., will be moderated by Harvey Kron-berg, editor of Hie Quorum Report, a newsletter dealing with the topics of state government. Purdum said Lt. Gov. Bullock and U.S. Sen. Hutchison have also agreed to answer questions. One dead, two injured after Tuesday night shooting rage Case remains under investigation By 8U8AN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Two people are hospitalized and one is dead following a shooting incident near Zipp Road last night, said Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin L. Harborth. Randy Whitmicr of Route 2, Box 559, Lot SU was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead. His wife, Barbara Whitmicr, is in the Coronary Intensive Care Unit of Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. Jennifer Blackstock, Barbara Whitmicr’s daughter, is listed in critical condition in Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. All three suffered gunshot wounds to the head from a handgun. The number of gunshots is still undetermined, Harborth said. Gaudalupc County ShcnPTs Dept. received a 911 call at 9:08 p.m. to respond at a mobile home ofTofZipp Road, Harborth said Officers found the three victims at the Whitener residence. The 911 call was made by neighbors when Barbara Whitmicr’s 6-year-old child ran to their house. The child was uninjured. Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department officials said that the case is still under investigation were not sure of who was responsible for the shooting or how it took place. However, they suspect an attempted homicide/sui-cide. NBISD board adopts new health textbooks By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District adopted textbooks they will order from the Texas Education Agency Tuesday night, an annual process that is usually standard except for one area this year. The health textbooks were not issued by the state last year after controversy developed in many places over the subject of sex education, namely how it was presented through the textbooks This year the state offered four choices for health books. The NBISD chose the book, "Health: A Guide to Wellness” by the Glencoe Co., but did not accept ancillary materials that go with it, such as workbooks, videotapes, etc. “We didn’t feel they were appropriate to our abstinence-based program,” said Karen Simpson, who is director of the Education Center and monitors curriculum for the district. “...The book is very safe, very clinical." The controversy that has developed in many districts doesn’t so much involve the fact that deadly diseases such as HIVAIDS exist, rather how they are approached in classrooms. She said the book contains various data on that and other diseases. Four to five years ago, this was not the case. Health classes generally last half a year and are for the most part taken by high school freshmen. Schools and communities have struggled on how to deal with issues such as these, and others such as teen pregnancy. Recent reports show' AIDS to be the leading cause of death in men ages 18-45, and is expected to be the same for women of those ages by the year 2000 The area schools held a textbook heanng in early February where companies showed their books to both teachers and parents. Simpson and Superintendent Charles Bradberry said it was heavily attended They said they had received very few calls, however, about the issue. A committee met to discuss selection of the textbooks, most of which were of the standard mathematics, accounting and geography variety. Blood drive for Aguirre to be held at Tree of Life Fellowship By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Stall Writer New Braunfels residents can help critically ill Hector Aguirre by participating in a blood drive Wednesday. Aguirre is listed in very seriously ill condition at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was injured in a freak accident Saturday, March 4, when a discus thrown by a student athlete struck his head. The blood dnve hours have been extended to 1-7 p.m. at the Tree of Life Fellowship on Loop 337 The drive can stay open even later if necessary. All blood types are needed Aguirre attended the track meet at Smithson Valley High Sctuxil to watch his son. DeAngelo, compete. DeAn-gelo is a sophomore on the New Braunfels High team. Police continue investigation into wreck From staff reports New Braunfels Police are not ready to disclose any new information about the auto accident in which Smithson Valley High School teacher Annette M. Hanley was killed. “I have interviewed some witnesses and taken some statements but they’re not ready to be put forth to the public yet,” said NBPD Lieutenant John Wommack. The wreck occurred at about 5 p.m. Fnday, March IO im Highway 46 near Clear Springs restaurant A pickup truck driven by tonner city council member Dan Bremer skidded across the center line and struck Hanley's car. ;