New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS STATE FINALS
New Braunfels tennis players P.J. Hendrie and Ashley Turpin advance to state finals at UIL tennis tournament. Page 6
Readers sound off on Cinco de Mayo, violence in the home, and troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan Page 4
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Vol. 154, No. 148 12 pages, 1 section
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DEAR ABBY 9
CLASSIFIEDS IO COMICS 8
TV GRIDS 9
CISD to look at interim superintendent
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District trustees will attempt to whittle down their stack of interim superintendent candidates
tonight and select two for formal interviews Saturday.
The deadline for applications is today, but board President Dan Krueger had received six already by Monday.
Krueger said he did not expect the interview process to take long because while important, the position was only temporary.
“Most of these guys are well
qualified to do what we need them to do,” he said. “They are mostly retired superintendents who have served in interim positions before.”
The selected candidate will
serve in the district’s top position until around the end of July, if all goes as Krueger has planned.
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AT A GLANCE Ut What: Comal Independent School
District board meeting
■ When: 6 p.m. today
* Where: Goodwin Primary School, 1297 Churchill Drive, New Branfels
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit curbside parking along West Common St. from Loop 337 to South Liberty Ave.
The new no parking n tie would be effective from May I to Sept. 30 to alleviate summer traffic congestion along Common Street.
An amendment to exclude curbside parking for funerals and shuttles from the ordinance failed; however, an amendment to allow shuttle parking from Liberty and 180 feet along Common Street was approved.
For years, shuttles belonging to Corner Tubes have been allowed to park on Common Street, and on Monday owner Joe Breads argued that without the ability to park shuttles on Common Street he wouldn’t be able to operate any shuttles.
“People will just have to walk,” he said.
District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine said, however, he felt the city wasn’t responsible for Bread’s potential problem.
“I guess I’m saying I really don’t have much sympathy for you,” Valentine said. “It’s not the city’s problem.”
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Tour of Faith
Another church will be profiled in the weekly series of churches in and around the county. _
NBMS mourns student’s death
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Middle School students and teachers were in mourning Monday for eighth-grader Calvin Spencer, who died Friday after being hit by a Union Pacific freight train alongside Landa Street.
Tile mood on campus was somber as students smuggled to realize their friend would not be coming back to class.
“There were a lot of tears tliis morning,” said Principal Demetria Cummins after schtxjL “Calvin was very well-liked, so he had a lot of sad friends."
Because many families traveled out of town for Mother's Day weekend, many students were unaware of the accident T eachers read a prepared statement to their classes after morning announcements.
Highth grade Counselor Rene Vega said most of the students were still in shock.
“They’re having a hard time understanding how tliis could happen,” he said. “That’s what we dealt with mostly today.”
While counselors from other New Braunfels
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
State Rep. Carter Casteel talks with Marine Lance Cpl. Matt Sevald, whose left hand and arm were severely damaged while serving in Iraq. Sevald was taking part in a picnic for injured Marines and their families in Landa Park Saturday afternoon.
Injured Marines honored for service to country
Marines and their families from throughout the United States take part in a picnic in Landa Park Saturday afternoon.
By Bon Maloney
That there are no ex-Marines is as big a truism of military life as the fact that there are no atheists in foxholes.
The U.S. Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis!”—always faithful — underpins that truism.
Saturday, a couple hundred Marines and their families who belong to a group called “I lean of Texas Marines” came to Landa Park to prove it to half a dozen enlisted men injured in the war in Iraq. The soldiers are recuperating after treatment in the burn and amputation units at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Those gathering to honor the injured soldiers included veterans of every war and many of tile operations mounted fry the USMC since World War II, including some heavy
hitters — Gene Overstreet of Guadalupe County and I lave Sommers of New Braunfels, former USMC sergeants major of the Marine Corps — the rank denotes die top enlisted man in the elite organization.
Also among tile participants were Comal Comity Sheriff Bob I Inkier, retired 1st Sgt. Roil Sommer, and District 73 state Rep. (barter Casteel.
They were there for gixxl reason — to make slue that today’s service members know their sacrifice has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.
"We know tile jobs these men did tor us overseas anti we know wiiat happened to them,” Sommer said. “We want to make sure these young Marines know that we support them.”
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Group focuses on relationship between father, children
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Guadalupe-Comal Fathers and Communities Summit
■ When: 7:45 a.m. Saturday
■ Where: Seguin ISD, 1221 E. Kingsbury St.
■ For information call (830) 372-5771
By Leigh Jones
Four years ago, New Braunfels I Ugh School Assistant Principal Mike Reinter made a decision that changed one boy’s life forever—he called his father.
The boy, a fresliman at die time, took regular trips to Reimer’s office for discipline.
“I finally called his father, who lived in Hoagie Pass, and told him what was going
on with his son,” Reinter said. “I ie took off work that morning, drove up here and took the kid to lunch. I never had any more problems with him after that."
After years of dealing with students in trouble, Reinter knows from experience how important fathers are to a child’s performance, or lack thereof, in school.
“The majority of our discipline problems come from families where there is no father in the house. That’s a big problem,” he said.
Members of the Guadalupe-Comal l athers and Communities Coalition agree and are stepping up to change the trend of fatherlessness.
The group, founded in September 2004, is hosting its first fatherhood summit Saturday, an event encouraging fathers to become more involved in their childrens’ education.
"We want to stop treating fathers like
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City takes step toward curbside parking ban