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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, May ll, 2001Local/State Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144 ext. 200. Dispatch — ►Bus accident BULVERDE —A Comal Independent School District bus was involved in a minor traffic accident Thursday afternoon, but no students were injured. The accident occurred on Ammann Road near Rahe Primary school about 3:15 p.m. Thirty-four Bulverde Elementary and Arlon Seay Intermediate school students were on the bus. ‘ Sheriff’s deputies reported no damage to the bus and only minor damage to the other vehicle involved in the accident. ►Vehicle burglaries Police reported compact discs was taken in a vehicle burglary Wednesday afternoon. ; A customer of a business in the 1000 block of IH 35 North reported that between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., someone broke into a 1996 sport utility vehicle and took a case of CDs worth about $300. .In another burglary that occurred overnight May 3 or May 4 in the 300 block of Hayselton Avenue, someone broke into a 1974 Volkswagen and stole a CD player and guitar worth $700. The incidents are under investigation. ►Hogtied death HOUSTON (AP) — A Harris County jury awarded about $800,000 to the family of a man who died in 1994 after being beaten and hogtied during a confrontation at a Houston Dillard’s store. The jury, which deliberated for five days, ruled that two off-duty Harris County sheriff’s deputies working as security guards and a Dillard’s manager were mostly responsible for Darryl Robinson’s death. ►Ex-principal charged LAS VEGAS (AP)—A prosecutor said Thursday that Nevada has the strongest case and should get first crack at trying a former Baptist school principal on charges he kidnapped and sexually assaulted an 11-year-old Indiana girl. “This is an extremely heinous and extremely troubling case,” Deputy Clark County District Attorney Doug Herndon said after reviewing the girl’s 50-page account of her 11-state cross-county trip with William A. Beith, 28. The prosecutor spoke after an initial Las Vegas Justice Court hearing was postponed because of a “jurisdictional custody issue” with federal authorities. Meetings NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Municipal Building, council chambers. GUADALUPE-BLANCO RIVER AUTHORITY — board of directors meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 933 East Court St., Seguin. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, at the Comal County Courthouse, 150 North Seguin Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE/IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION — regular meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Municipal Building, Conference Room A. NEW BRAUNFELS PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION — workshop to discuss annexation and transportation Issues, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Municipal Building, council chambers. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, at the Comal County Courthouse, 150 North Seguin Ave. Farmers Market returns today File photo The New Braunfels Fanners Market returns to New Braunfels Marketplace from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. The market will open each Friday afternoon through the growing season, which typically lasts through mid-November. Area growers will have the freshest selection of produce including peaches, watermelons, tomatoes, peas and okra. Homemade bread, hanging baskets, jellies, pickles and honey also will be available. Union Pacific upgrading seven crossings TPWD plans grass carp meeting Special to the Herald-Zeitung SEGUIN —The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will conduct a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Seguin Independent School District Board Room, 1221 East Kingsbury Street in Seguin. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority has applied for permission to stock three sterile (triploid) grass carp in public waters in a pond area of Lake McQueeney, and a public meeting is required before TPWD can issue the permit. Debbie Magin, GBRA director of water quality services, said the pond size was about 0.1 acre and is in the spillway below Dunlap Dam. It is infested with two non-native aquatic plants — hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil — that could spread downstream and School districts set tech fairs Saturday eventually establish themselves in other portions of Lake McQueeney. “The carp eat aquatic vegetation and have been used successfully before in the GBRA hydro lakes to keep non-native aquatic plants under control,” Magin said. ‘We hope these three sterile grass carp, used in combination with an application of aquatic herbicide, will be able to remove most of the nuisance vegetation and limit its regrowth.” \ By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Union Pacific Railroad workers are making New Braunfels railroad crossings safer — thanks to funds from federal and state governments. Working through this month, crews will install warning lights, bells and gates at railroad crossings, part of a federally funded program aimed at upgrading railroad crossings, said Jerry Pavilinski, design engineer for the New Braunfels office of the Texas Department of Transportation. Workers started April 26 at the Live Oak Street crossing, near Landa Street, he said. Crews plan to continue work throughout May, completing seven crossing improvements by June. “It just depends on the weather and if they have any emergencies — like to repair tracks somewhere else,” Pavlinski said. “But their plan is to finish by June. They’re working on more than one crossing at a time.” The work takes about two weeks to complete, he said. The other crossings that will be worked on are: • North Hickory Street; • North Union Avenue; • Santa Clara Avenue; • North Walnut Avenue; • Rock Road; and • Hinman Island Drive. The work includes “all the bells and whistles,” Pavilinski said. ‘We know there are other areas that don’t have the lights or gates,” Pavilinski said. “But they did a study and decided which ones to do with the available funding — they looked at traffic patterns and safety issues. The most traveled streets are the ones that are being fixed first.” The federal government funded 90 percent of the work; the state matched IO percent, Pavilinski said. The railroad company provides IOO percent of the labor. No local funds are used, he said. Authors talk mystery Saturday “Who Goes Where and Why,” a panel discussion about the effect of setting on characterization, will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hastings Books, Music and Video in New Braunfels, 651 Business Loop Interstate 35. The event features three area authors: Diane Fanning, Rick Riordan, and Carol Thurston. By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Parents can see their tax dollars at work Saturday as both area school districts conduct technology fairs. Comal Independent School District will conduct its fair from I p.m. to 3 p.m. at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35. New Braunfels Independent School District will have its fair from I p.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Intermediate School, 1911 S. Walnut. CISD will have 35 technology demonstrations from students and teachers with such topics as “E-Pals from Around the World,” “History of Mountain Valley Elementary,” ‘Tales Mummies Tell” and “Reach for the Stars ” “It’s to show what we’ve done throughout the school year. It’s amazing to see some of the stuff they’re doing,” CISD technology director Glen Rogers said. Rogers said students from Arlon Seay Intermediate School had built 30 computers for use at the school. Rogers said students working with robotics and auto technology would show how what they have learned applied to real world situations. Although Rogers is a fan of robotics, the biggest thrill for him, he said, was showing the community what the district was capable of teaching students with the $7 million voters approved for technology programs. “We’ve used their money wisely. Now (students) will have the skills to succeed,” he said. Despite the growing dependence on technology, Rogers said he believed technology fairs kept parents and students from losing the “human touch.” NBISD instructional tech-See TECH/5A New Braunfels ISO presents Surma Technology Showcase •NBISD students from kindergarten through 12th grade will demonstrate software, hardware and special protects. ’The latest technological advances will be on display as teachers, technology specialists and students demonstrate what Is being Satddes Hey12.2001 Mjun isms. 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