New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, May 8,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Doyle Brtnkkoatar
Vol. 145, No. 126Inside
StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The Alew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Doyle Brinkkoeter, Steffanie Mendoza, Sarah Stahala, Catherine Jockusch, Bobbie Hanover, Melissa Kennemer.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Leslie and Anna Lane (60 years).
Mold —1,428 Oak —50 Pecan —40 Mulberry —108 Elm —6 Grass —18
Comal River — 274 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.01 feet above sea level, same as Wednesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 3,040 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910.74 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 5.867 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 753,900 miion gallons of well water were used.oWbibUPTraffic delays on Interstate 35 today
lf you’re driving south on Interstate 35, expect delays this morning. Work crews will be channeling traffic into a newly constructed center lane from Sol ms Road to FM 2252/FM 482 near Bussey’s Flea Market.
That means no exits will be accessible from Solms Road to FM 2252 while the transition occurs, officials said.
The center lane has two lanes and will continue to serve as the main thoroughfare for south bound traffic for six to nine months.
The move is part of an ongoing project to expand the high way to six lanes.
And beginning Monday, that southbound lane will be whittled down to one lane. That move is scheduled to last for one week to allow work crews to set up barriers along the sides of the highway.
The moves may be subject to further changes depending on weather conditions, officials said.Soggy weather In the outlook for tonight
lf you’re planning an activity outside, you might want to start before tonight.
Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-80s and southeast winds near 15 mph. Clearly a nice day.
But rain looms on the horizon for tonight with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms with lows in the low 60s and southeast winds of 10 mph
Friday the chance of rain increases to 50 percent with highs in the mid-70s and a north wind of 15 mph.UIL. trackand Bald ma#t Friday and Saturday
Championship Week comes to an end Friday and Saturday with the UIL track and field meet at Memorial Stadium and Clark Field on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
Athletes from New Braunfels and Smithson Valley high schools will be competing, with field events beginning at 9 a m on Friday. Running events follow at 5:45 p.m.
Six enthusiastic thumbs up for Reaves
Full speed ahead for NBISD with new leader at the helm
By DENISE DZIUK
Ron Raa vat
The mood was upbeat at Wednesday night’s meeting as the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees unanimously approved offering a contract to Dr. Rem Reaves to become the next NBISD superintendent.
The board’s action was met with applause, cheers and a standing ovation.
Board vice president Carlos Cam
pos called the evening a “happy and historic” day for die district. He said the unanimous vote signaled a “new era” where the board “will start anew.” “I think we brought a focus here to a gentleman that I think will take us to the next level of excellence,” Campos said.
Trustee Bette Spain made the motion to make an offer to the Port Neches-Groves ISD superintendent, and trustee Sylvia Sanchez seconded the motion. As the trustees voted, each voiced support for Reaves.
“You got the full support of this board member,” trustee Leo Chafin
Trustee Steve Weaver said he was “one of the fortunate ones” who got to visit Reaves’ district. He said after talking with teachers, administrators and parents, “it was very apparent to me after the first meeting that we had a real jewel ... I think we’re united on who our next superintendent will be and that’s Ron Reaves,” Weaver said.
Sanchez said Reaves was professional, direct and had proven success with academics. Trustee Anne Miller added that he was caring and supportive of his staff and administrators.
“I’m very confident Dr. Reaves can lead us in a positive direction,” she said.
Spain said the district had a huge responsibility ahead of it, because various groups the trustees met Monday and Tuesday at Port Neches-Groves Turn to Reaves, Page 3
RON REAVES AT A GLANCE
Terms off the Contract
■ Length- 3 years
■ Effective Date-July 1, 1997
■ Base Salary-$95,000
■ Earned a bachelor of science degree in education and a master of education degree from Southwest Texas State University.
■ Was awarded his doctorate in education from Texas A & M University.
■ Began his education career in North East ISD as a teacher and coach.
■ Worked in NEISD for 21 years. In addition to teaching and coaching, he also served as principal of Robert E. Lee High School, Omar Bradley Middle
School and Will W. Jackson Middle School.
■ Served as the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Alief ISD from 1989 to 1994.
■ Since 1994, he has been serving as the superintendent of Port Neches-Groves ISD. PNGISD has an enrollment of about 5,500 students, a staff of 686 employees and an annual budget of $29 million.Family Facts:
Children: a daughter, Regina, 25 and a son, Reagan, 21
Source: New Braunfels ISD Office of Public Information
Safe bikes for everyone
Bay Scout Justin Parchman chack# his blk# for safety.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Oarnall
City’s bike safety is Scout’s personal goal
By DENISE DZIUK
When 12-year-old Justin Parchman read about two teenagers who had their bicycles stolen in New Braunfels, he decided to do something about it and help prevent other youngsters from falling prey.
Two teens were nding their bicycles on East San Antonio Street Feb. 13 when four passengers in a car following them got out and took the bikes. The story in the Feb. 16 edition
of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung recounted the incident and reminded bike owners of the need to register their bikes as required by a city ordinance. Parchman read the story and was inspired to use it as his Eagle Scout Project.
“I talked with my dad about it and we decided this would be a good project,” Parchman said.
He said he decided to conduct a bicycle safety day for local youth. He has distributed flyers at local ele
mentary schools, trying to get them to participate in Saturday’s activities, He said this would give people an opportunity to learn about bike safety, have their bikes registered and have fun participating in a bike rodeo.
“It really helps out the police department (in recovering stolen bicycles),” he said. “I think it will prevent kids from getting hurt."
To pull the event off, Parchman convinced several community organizations to participate. The New
Braunfels Police Department will register bikes, the New Braunfels Optimist Club will sponsor the bike rodeo, McKenna Rehabilitation Net-woik will provide free helmets to the first 50 participants, and critical care nurses from McKenna will distribute child safety information. Refreshments will also be prov ided.
“(The organizations) are very excited about it,” Parchman said. “It Turn to Bikas, Page 3
Garden Ridge puts the squeeze on its garden hoses
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GARDEN RIDGE — The Garden Ridge City Council approved new water restrictions Wednesday night which would ban the use of sprinklers for landscape watering year round between the hours of IO a.m. and 8 p.m.
Mayor Jay P. Minikin said the council voted for the measure which will take effect immediately.
The council voted for the new landscape watering restrictions as a way to show that the city is serious about conserving water, the mayor said.
The restrictions would be in effect even if the city is not under drought management stages.
The watering of lawns with handheld hoses, buckets and drip irrigation systems would still be permitted anytime during the day.
Last May, in response to the severe drought which was ravaging South and Central Texas, the city went into Stage IV drought management restrictions, At that time those restrictions prohibited the watering of landscapes and yards with sprinklers or automatic sprinklers. Watering could only be done with hand-held hoses, buckets and drip irrigation systems.
A month later the council amended the restrictions to allow watering with sprinklers every IO days based on the last digit of a homeowner’s address. The council did this because some residents were concerned their landscapes would suffer.
IN OTHER BUSINESS
■ Canvassed the returns and declared the results of the May 3 city elections.
■ Rescinded the appointment of Wendy Katleman as chairman of city parks and recreation committee.
■ Appointed Dan Rein as chairman of the city park and recreation committee.
■ Accepted the resignation of Roger Johnson, city treasurer, effective Tuesday.
■ Voted to initiate a request to
the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to amend the current Certificiate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) for the city of Garden Ridge Water Company to eliminate the provisions for water service to areas outside city limits between Mar-bach Lane east to Garden Ridge city limits.
■ Approved a resolution to dedicate Garden Ridge City Hall in the memory of the late Mayor Walter A. Yohey, Jr. who served from April 1987 to May 1990.
Guadalupe cleanup planned for May 17
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK — Grab your bathing suits and bring out your canoes and boats. The seventh annual Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup is around the comer.
The cleanup will concentrate on the section of the Guadalupe River from Bergheim on FM 3351 in Kendall County to Rebecca’s Creek Crossing in western Comal County, covering 23 miles, Guadalupe River State Park ranger Deirdre Hisler said.
She said this year’s river cleanup will be shorter than in years past, because the cleanup has gotten most of its support from Comal County.
During the past few years the cleanup started at the Guadalupe River near Boerne and ended at Rebecca Creek, covering 51 miles.
Hisler, cleanup coordinator, said each year the cleanup gets better because so many people are committed to cleaning up the river.
“We customarily have 300 to 400 people,” Hisler said. “We don’t necessarily have the big numbers but we have the commitment of the returning people.”
The Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup attracts boating and canoeing groups from many parts of the state which volunteer time to clean up the river.
Hisler said the upper part of the Guadalupe River does not receive the trash or debris prevalent on the lower part of the river because private landow ners do a good job of taking care of the river.
As was the case last year, the cleanup will be held at the Weidner Ranch.
“Helen and Charlie Weidner have been on this section of the river for most of their entire life and they arc opening their ranch for free camping for the volunteers,” Hisler said.
Registration at the Weidner Ranch will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cleanup will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. After the cleanup is over at 5:30 p.m., a dinner for volunteers will be served at the Weidner Ranch.
Pre-registration forms can be obtained from Guadalupe River State Park by calling (210) 438-2656.
The cleanup is sponsored by Guadalupe River State Park, Weidner Ranch, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, Friends for Rivers, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission River Clean-Up Program, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Comal County Water Oriented Recreation Distnct, BCI International, Texas Rivers Protection Association, Texas River Recreation Association and Texas Waste Systems.
For more information about the cleanup call Hisler at (210) 438-26S6.Rodeo on wheels. See Page 4.