New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Doyle Brinkkoeter, Ronnie Ruhl (nine years old, belated), Catherine Jockusch, Bobbie Hanover and Jessica Padilla.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollen Count Mold—910 Grass—trace Oak—trace Pecan—0 Crape Myrtle —31 Ash—68 (Polsn measured in parti per cubic malar of sir. Fteadngs token yesterday. WomeSon provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Hivuf imormauon Comd River —184 cubic feet per second, down 7 (rom yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We! —62325 feet above sea level, dovm ,03 from yesterday.
Restaurants help Cancer Society
The Plaza Diner is showing its support for the American Cancer Society by matching the cost of each dessert sold at the diner during the week of May 6 to May 12 with a donation of the same value to the ACS Starlight Gala.
The fourth annual Gala is aal tor Saturday, June 15 at the Civic Canter and ii the only fund-raiser of the yew for the local unit of the ACS. For more information, call 629-6153.
Women’s Center needs volunteers
The Comal County Women's Center needs volunteers on Saturday, May 11, to assist children in decorating cakes for Mother's Day. lf you are able to share some of your time so that a child can honor his or her mom with a special gift, call 620-7520.
Diagnosing end treating arthritis
May has been designated National Arthritis Month, and the week of May 13 will be Nursing Home Week. In observance of both, Colonial Manor Care Center is hosting a public presentation on 'Arthritis: Diagnosis and Treatment.' The event will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday. May 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Horan will be the speaker.
AmsrleanQI Forum to most
The American GI Forum Chapter 1014, holds its monthly meeting Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Coll Street
Young Fsrmsrs awards pionio
Comal County Young Farmers annual awards picnic will be held Wednesday, May 8 at Area #15 in Landa Park (near the playground) at 6 p.m. Barbecue and drinks provided. Bring a covered dish and dessert.
Youth thoatsr presentation
Circle Arts Theatre will present its touring youth company, The Inner Circle, in its annual end-of-tbe-schooi-year show, Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday. May 19 at 3 pm
The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales, comedy and music. Tickets are available at China-n-Things in Landa Plaza.
NBHS drop out rate plummets
By DENISE DZIUK
After the high school received a “low performing” designation from the Texas Education Agency (br the Hispanic drop out rate, the New Braunfels Independent School District took steps to reduce those numbers.
The board of trustees received a copy of die official 1996 Accountability Ratings, and die drop out rate is less than one percent in every category measured.
“In virtually every area, we are the same if not lower than what we projected (in December),” said Joe Parra, Coordinator of Special Programs.
School district officials thought last year's tow performing label was due to
a bookkeeping problem, in which students whose families moved to another school district were not tracked. If the district does not know that die student is attending another school, drat student is counted as a dropout. The district put a new emphasis on finding out what happened to students who stopped attending classes here.
The TEA'S 1995 Accountability Ratings designated New Braunfels High School as “tow performing” due to the Hispanic rate being six-tenths of one percent more than the six percent limit during the 1993-94 school year. The 1996 Accountability Ratings show die Hispanic rate to now be 0.70 percent at the high school. The white drop out rate was 0.20 percent and the Eco
nomically Disadvantaged rate was 0.20 percent. All other areas at the high school were zero. At New Braunfels Middle School, there was one dropout to make die white drop out rate 0.20 percent and the overall rate 0.10 percent.
“We didn't find drat student, but we found the family. However, they wouldn’t talk to us about die student,” said middle school Principal Ken McGuire.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry was pleased with the new numbers. He said die reduction was due in large part to concentrating efforts on finding out what is happening to the students. He said there are also several programs in place that have been helpful in keep-
The** numbers ar* about as enviable as you can get.’
— Superintendent Charles Bradberry
ing students in school including the GED program, the alternative school, and some of the tech-prep classes. He said the staff has also been a big factor in the reduction.
“These numbers are about as enviable as you can get,” said Bradberry. “Our biggest problem now is students not passing the TAAS.”
Bradberry said die board had a longterm goal of reducing the drop out rate
by half of a percent cadi year. He said that cannot be done now because they are already less than one percent He also added that the TEA has reviewed the steps the district has taken and the rates since the “tow performing” designation, and simply told the district to continue doing what it is doing. Bradberry added that the ones that are left are not really drop outs, but are students who have been in school for four years and haven't passed the TAAS.
“To have a low performing rating was an embarrassment to the high school and this district, and it never should have happened,” said Bradberry. “Now we can concentrate on other areas, like getting our students to pass the TAAS.”
If your street needs repairs, speak now
By ABE LEVY
Tired of die gaping potholes along your neighborhood street? Would a paved sidewalk benefit your community?
The City of New Braunfels, backed by $425,000 from half-cent sales tax revenue, is taking applications for street or drainage repairs until June 17.
Tbs profits reflect 1/8 of the revenue generated (tom last year's increase in sales tax and will be added to the $160,000 allocated Air street maintenance from the general fund. The city plans to take requests on a quarterly basis.
“Some people have asked us for over a year or more to fix a street,” City Manager Mike Strands said “We look at where we can get the most improvements for the least amount of money.”
The New Braunfels Infrastructure and Improvement Board will review the applications and make recommendations to the council fra1 approval. Criteria includes traffic volume, number of residents the improvement will benefit and the number of times the request was made.
Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the city secretary's office at 424 S. Caste!! Ave.
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A Mack truck, driven by Henry Burka, 60, clipped the guard biternate 35 exit to Highway 46 South, bi front of Luby’e, at about 3 p.m. yesterday. The truck wiped out the guard rail and landed in the drainage ditch. Both Burke and hie passenger, Jacqueline Burka, 32, were thrown from the vehicle. Both were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Preiss Heights cliff diving era may be over
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Organizers pleased with Lakefest turnout
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Judging from what organizers are saying, the inaugural Lakefest '96 held over the weekend was a big success.
“We heard nothing but good reports about it,” County Treasurer and Habitat for Humanity board member Bart Bartholomew said “I say it was pretty well attended and we had no problems. We didn’t have any emergencies and we didn't have to send someone to the slammer.”
Lakefest *96 was held on Saturday beginning with the Lakefest *96 5-K Run in the morning. Afterwards, an awards ceremony for the run and a crawfish boil and barbecue supper
were held at the Dam Red Barn Restaurant. A dance was held in the evening. The proceeds from the event helped Comal County Habitat for Humanity and Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in New Braunfels.
The Lakefest '96 run attracted about 250 runners, which was better than race organizers expected, race director Susan Phillips said.
“We were expecting IOO runners,” Phillips said'The race was the best part of the whole thing because the runners loved the pretty course.”
The 5-K run, walk and wheelchair raoe was run on a course through Overlook Park and Canyon Dam. Bartholomew said the event would
not have been possible without the help of many generous people.
“The owners of the Dam Red Bam, Sonny Coleman and Sindy Krueger, went out of their way to make it possible,” Bartholomew said. “We had Irby Judice, Elmer Long (both of Beaumont) and half a dozen people come and cook the crawfish. Mr. Judice told me he thought that we had nice facilities for this event.”
The crawfish/barbecue dinner sold 750 plates, a number which Bartholomew said he expected to be better, but he said Lakefest ’96 is just in its infancy, considering that the event had to compete with Folkfest and city elections in New Braunfels. The dinner benefited the MHMR.
“This is our first year, so you learn a lot of things about it,” Bartholomew said.
The run raised $3,500-$4,000 for Habitat for Humanity.
Bartholomew said he is especially proud of how MHMR worked hard to help put on the event.
“I thought they had the ability to do it and I am proud of them,” Bartholomew said. “I’m real happy for them and pleased for their clients since they got recognition for themselves.”
Leftover aprons and T-shirts from the event can still be bought by calling Phillips at 609-5030. All money from the aprons and T-shirts will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Silent auction benefits Women’s Center
A silent auction fund-raiser is now in progress at Headrick Country Home Antiques. All proceeds from the sale of a 100-year-old handmade, antique dresser will benefit victims of family
violence. This is your chance to walk away with a beautiful piece of furniture and help victims of family violence. The bidding continues until I pm Saturday, May ll.
For years, tubers on the Guadalupe Ar'sr have jumped off of the Preiss Heights Cliffs, but that may be a thing of the past due to the change in owners of the property.
The cliffs have been a major safety problem for years, tempting tubas to jump. Sevend injuries and deaths have occurred at the cliffs, located scree the river from the private Preiss Heights Park. The motfrecent death was last summer.
The new owner has built a large, metal fence that could keep trespassers off the cliffs.
Jack Hamlett, Seguin City Manager, said the city of Seguin owned the property, which had a back-up water well located on it He said the city never actually used the well, but still had to routinely maintain and test it. He said the city decided to sell the property. The city took bids for the property, and eventually closed the deal in late March or early April.
“We really weren’t getting any benefit from it,” said Hamlett “It was actually costing us.”
While under the ownership of the city of Seguin, the property had barbed wire fencing and “no trespassing” signs on it However, drat did not stop jumpers. An officer was also stationed on foe site during peak summer hours to discourage jumping, but accidents still occurred. The land has been purchased by a private citizen, and Sheriff Jack Bremer said it is still questionable if the jumping will end.
“Ask me after this summer. 1*11 tell you then,” said he said. “It’ll take extensive fencing.”
Bremer said the new owner has been very supportive of law enforcement efforts. He also added foal with the new land owner being a private citizen, it may not be possible to station an officer at the cliffs any longer. He said it would also have to be worked out with the owner.
“As a county, we can't do it with county money,” he said. “We will continue patrolling the area though to deter trespassing.”
The owner of the property said he believed it would be better to keep the entire issue “low key,” and said “the jumping off the cliffs has stopped.”
City, county move to create dive team
By DENISE DZIUK
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In an attempt to improve response time to water emergencies, the city of New Braunfels and Comal County will enter into an interlocal agreement to create a local dive team.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said every year there are drownings in the county. He said there is no dive team in the county, which means there can be an hour or longer wait before a dive team is available to search for a drowning victim or evidence.
Bremer told commissioners court Thursday that he will ask the court for approval on an interlocal contract with the city. According to the contract, the New Braunfels Fire Department will provide foe members of the dive team, and
the Sheriffs Department will be responsible for purchasing the equipment for it.
“I would do that out of narcotics money, and it wouldn't cost the county a thing,” said Bremer.
Bremer said he has been working on having a dive team available for quite some time.
“We would have a dive team right here in the county available to us whenever we need it,” he said.
Bremer said he plans to bring the contract to the court for approval next week. He said die specifications for the bidding process for the equipment have already been written. However, he said there would still be the bidding process and a training phase to go through. He said it could be the middle of June before the dive team is ready, “and that’s being very optimistic.”