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Vol. 148, No. 125 16 pages in I section May 13, 1999Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852
Local theater feels The Force’ as fans devour seats for ‘Phantom Menace’ premiere
Moviegoers lineup across the nation
— Page 5
By Christina Minor and Peri Stone Staff Writers
Many of the fans who lined up Wednesday in front of Marketplace Cinema 12 to snag tickets to “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace*’ came prepared like any Jedi knight would.
Some brought food, others chairs, books — even a crossword puzzle. But they all brought “The Force.”
More than 20 people showed up in hopes of buying tickets to the first showing of the science fiction film. In New Braunfels, the first showing will be at 12:15 am. on May 19 at the theater, 651 North Business 35.
“I’ve been a fan of the movie since the first ones,” said Ross Wood of San Marcos, the first “Star Wars” fan in line. “I enjoy the excitement. It’s an adventure. You can get away.”
Wood arrived at IO a.m. to wait for the tickets, taking off from his job to free up his day.
“I have friends in Houston and Austin who are trying to get the tickets,” he said. “We are going to see who gets them first.”
The sci-fi fan said the fust movies were ahead of their time and expected the new ones to have plenty of special effects.
“It* definitely cutting edge,” he laid.
Charlotte Lott of Marion said she remembered how impressed she was when the fust three movies came out.
“Star Wars” was released in 1977, “The Empire Strikes Back” followed in 1980 and “Return of the Jedi” came in 1983.
“The Phantom Menace” is the first of three prequels to the original series.
Lott, who is retired, came to the Marketplace about I p.m. to buy two tickets to the fust showing and two more for a May 20 evening showing.
“Why not?” she asked. “I’ve been waiting for this for a while.”
Tickets went on sale at 2:15 p.m.
Randy Bulgenn, assistant manager of Marketplace Cinema 12, said, “We sold out for four shows in 35 minutes, a total of400 to 500 tickets.”
Lucas film and 20th Century Fox instructed a
Raymel Johnston fKpe through a magazintyvNte sitting on a bench from her vehicle during the wait for tickets to “Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace” on Wednesday at Marketplace Cinema 12,651 North Business 35. Johnston was surrounded by friends who took time off (rom work to get seats for the film’s first screening at 12:15 arn on May 19.
maximum of 12 tickets per person. Also, theaters cannot honor passes for the Hrst eight weeks.
Lott, who brought a book to read and a lawn-chair to sit in, said she planned to attend a “Star Wars” convention at the end of the month in Plano.
So, is she a fanatic?
“No,” she said. “It* just fun.”
And Lott is tired of the violent and sexually-explicit movies that she said were so prevalent today.
“Star Wars” is more light-hearted, she said, and it has believable and lovable characters.
“They were like people who really lived,” Lott
said. “And when you saw that starship go over your head, the whole theater was quiet.”
“And Darth Vader* breathing,” Nancy Ewald of Seguin piped in. “When you first heard that, it sounds so menacing.”
Ewald said she planned to buy tickets for the fust day for her son and others for herself.
Thirteen friends from San Antonio drove up to to wait for the tickets. They arrived at 11:45 a.m. after calling in sick to their jobs.
“We figured there would be less of a line up here,” Mary Pisder said.
Bulverde Northwest, Ingram locking horns
By Chrm Crews
The newly incorporated city of Bulverde Northwest and Ingram Readymix are squaring off over the future of the Texas 46 corridor in Comal County.
Ingram has an option to buy a plot of land on Texas 46 and, if granted an exemption by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission on June 30, the firm plans to build a concrete batch plant there.
The tract of land where Ingram would like to build is within the city limits of Bulverde Northwest, incorporated by a
vote of the residents on May I.
Gary Johnson, Ingram vice president, said the incorporation was designed to prevent the plant from being built.
“What they are trying to do is ram this zoning through so we can’t build our plant,” Johnson said.
Malcolm McClinchie, president of the committee that organized the incorporation election, said his group* objectives were to stop San Antonio from encroaching into Comal County, participate in the development along Texas 46 and maintain the rural and residential lifestyle in Bulverde.
Ingram officials said the line denoting the city* boundaries was about 200 feet wide along most of Texas 46 but widened to about 700 feet where Ingram had the property option.
Bill Zeis, an attorney for Ingram Readymix, said, “We don’t think the laws that allow for incorporation allow them to do it that way. They can’t just grab land like they have.”
Zeis said 90 percent of the city* 500 residents live in two subdivisions that cover about 14 percent of the incorporated area.
McClinchie said the expanded area
along Texas 46 might include the Ingram property, but the city limits were not drawn to target them.
“If you held a gun to my head and told me you were going to shoot me if I couldn’t identify exactly where the Ingram property is, I’d be dead. I know about where it is,” McClinchie said.
McClinchie said the city needed to have input on what happened along Texas 46 if the area was to remain a decent place to live.
“If it* unincorporated, anything goes,”
Wiegand chosen to lead Canyon
Medina Valley principal began career in NBISD
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
After two hours of discussion in closed session Wednesday, Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved Bob Wiegand as the new principal at Canyon High School.
Wiegand currently serves as the principal of Medina Valley High School in Castroville but is no stranger to the area.
“I’m pleased to be here and I look forward to bringing my family here. It feels like coming home,” Wiegand said following the board meeting.
Wiegand grew up in San Marcos, but had his Hrst teaching/coaching job at New Braunfels Middle School.
“This area is very attractive to me and I think this is one of the most attractive principal positions here,” he said.
Wiegand, who spent the last three years at Medina Valley, said he has two children who will attend high school next year.
Board president Dan Krueger said Wiegand was “community-minded” and would fit in well with the New Braunfels area.
“He* really an innovator. He shared some excellent ideas and thoughts with us and I think he’ll take CHS to that next level,” Krueger said.
Wiegand will replace Will Klieg, who is retiring. He was approved in a 5-2 vote after the board postponed a decision May 6.
Trustee John Clay said the board wanted an opportunity to visit with another candidate before making a decision last week.
Trustees Dora Gonzales and Lester Jonas voted against the administrative recommendation.
“I feel very strongly about creating history,” Gonzales said. “Never in the history of CISD have we had a woman principal. One candidate was a woman and I felt that we should have given the opportunity to a woman.”
Gonzales said the decision sent a message to employees and patrons that a “glass ceiling” for women existed at CISD.
“We’re sending a message that women are competent enough to be principals at the primary, elementary, and middle school levels, but not quite good enough to be a high school principal.”
Gonzales said the other finalists recommended to the board were a woman and a Hispanic man.
“We spend thousands of dollars each year on diversity plans, but a board of six men and one woman couldn’t grasp that golden opportunity to walk the talk,” she said.
An interview committee recommended three finalists to CISD superintendent Jerry Major, who then recommended Wiegand to the board. Nancy Cobb, principal at Canyon Middle School, and Cristobal Luna of Columbus High School were the other finalists.
Charles Adams, assistant principal at CHS, Carolyn Pittman, assistant principal at CHS, and Rusty Brockman, purchasing and maintenance coordinator for CISD, also were in-district candidates who applied for the position.
Four out-of-district applicants were interviewed.
CISD mulls time schedule changes
Canyon High School junior Helen Burge waits for her ride after school on Wednesday. CISD officials will meet this month to discuss changes to start and end times for the 1999-2000 year.
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Changes to school bell schedules for Comal Independent School District students are in the works — unless the district can find a way to fatten its pocketbook.
School administrators and district transportation officials are looking at revamping school start and end times for the 1999-2000 school year by staggering bell schedules at elementary and secondary schools.
Currently, elementary school stu
dents start school between 7:45 and 7:55 am and are dismissed at 3 p.m.
Middle and high school students begin school between 8:25 and 8:30 am. and end between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.
Ken Franklin, transportation director for CISD, said the district* bus drivers — mote than IOO — needed an hour and a half difference between elementary and secondary school bell schedules to transport students to and from campuses.See SCHEDULE/5Ring My Bell
Comal Independent School District parents and patrons who have ideas about adjusting the bell schedules can contact their school principal or call the central office at 625-8081.
Principals will meet on Tuesday. The board of trustees is scheduled to consider a bell schedule change at 6 p m May 20 at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 West Business 35.
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