New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, MAY 19,2007
New Braunfels, Canyon football teams conclude spring drills with annual scrimmages. Page 8A
Officials agree to fund manufacturing technology academy for high schoolers at technology center. Page 2A
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mmCanyon High School principal retiring
By Gerard MacCrossan
Principal Bob Wiegand’s announcement late Friday that he will retire from Canyon High School on June 30 probably surprised some of his staff.
The 29-year veteran of public education said he chose to announce his decision outside the school board setting and before next week’s graduation to not distract from Canyon
■Wiegand’s eight years in Cougar red ends June 30
“It’s not about me. It’s about kids,’’ he said. “Last night, we had (student) recognitions at the board meeting. We have graduation next weekend. I
wanted to announce it ... give it a chance to be digested and settled.” Although he is retiring from Canyon, Wiegand hasn’t decided on what he’ll do next. Staying in New Braunfels is likely as his wife, Julie, is the Communities in Schools mentoring coordinator, and the San Marcos native’s parents still live up Interstate 35 in Hays County. Wiegand
also said he has gained many friends working at Canyon.
Education could play a part in his future, although Wiegand said he hasn’t gone the next step and obtained superintendent’s certification. And a central office job would take him away from even the limited contact a principal has with students, he said.
“I have some interests and things I’ve been looking at,” he said. “I’m keeping some options open.” Wiegand is ending his eight years in charge of Canyon I Ugh School, the smallest of the three public high schools in Comal County, but nonetheless a school that has experienced substantial change in its facilities and student body. The 4A school has grown to more titan 1,600
See CANYON, Page 10A
Couple s move leaves 2 boards’ seats empty
■ CISD, 4B must fill positions
By David Saleh Rauf
The Comal Independent School [District's Board of Trustees and the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors will have to IIH spots left vacant by a local couple who resigned from their respective positions Thursday night.
Laura Linhart Kistner resigned from her position
as Comal ISI) school board trustee at the end of the board’s regular monthly meeting. Kistner and her family are moving to tile Pinnacle subdivision, located outside the district in which she served. State election code requires that board members reside in the district which they serve.
“My family is moving within Comal ISO, but we
See MOVE, Page 3A
■ Man safely rescued after boat capsizes
By Suzanne Ashe
See RESCUE, Page 10A
New Braunfels police and fire department personnel successfully rescued a man from lake Dunlap Friday after his small boat overturned.
River Officer Zachary- Armstrong said the call came in to the police department at about IO a.m.
“An elderly man was sitting on the edge of a small boat when another boat’s wake knocked him out,” he said.
Armstrong said when police officers located the man between the H-E-B baseball fields off of Kuehler Road and River Bend, they threw him a rope and life preserver.
“The fire department showed up with their jet skis and got him out,” he said.
The man, who police did not identify, was not injured and did not require medical attention.
This was the first incident on the city’s rivers tiffs season, according to Armstrong. However, he said river police are out on the city’s waterways now.
“We have been out all week," he said. “Well be out there all summer.”
Stacey Laird, director of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, said accidents occur on the city’s rivers, but wearing life jackets and learning to swim could save lives.
“I would recommend to any adults who aren’t strong
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Mick Bautizta, left, and Michael Skelton from New Braunfels Fire and EMS inspect a small capsized boat after rescuing a man from Lake Dunlap on Friday morning.
Braunfels fire and police personnel talk with a man after rescuing him from Lake Dunlap. The man told authorities he was knocked out of the boat, which capsized, by the wake of another boat Friday morning.The man was not injured in the incident, authorities said.
Feeling bored? Here’s a few things offered this weekend in New Braunfels. I Big names will be taking the stage from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday for the annua! Americana Music Jam benefit at Gruene Hall.
B Locks of Love benefit from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tavern in the Gruene features live music.
■ Vendors will be selling their art and crafts at Gruene Market Days in downtown Gruene this weekend.
Auditor could become top paid county official
By David Saleh Rauf
Comal County Auditor David Renken could be gaining an extra zero to his annual income by next year.
State lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would give Comal County Commissioners the power, and flexibility, to set
the county auditor's annual salary.
Currently, the auditors salary is set by the state district judges in the county and capped at the same amount of compensation of the highest paid elected county officer, other than the two County Court-at-Liiw judges.
See AUDITOR, Page 3A
Law enforcement appreciation week ends
By Suzanne Ashe
The Comal County Citizen Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association capped off Law Enforcement Week with a luncheon Friday to honor the men and women of the Comal County sheriff’s office.
The luncheon held at the
Comal County sheriff’s office was the culmination of a week-long effort by the CCCSA alumni to show their appreciation of law enforcement officers.
Throughout the week, the alumni association made it their mission to ensure sheriff’s deputies were well fed.
Belinda Frisk and Patty Johnson, coordinators of the CCCSA
alumni effort, and a host of other citizen sheriff’s association alumni, met patrolmen Monday at the Comal County sheriff’s office Sattler Annex at Canyon Lake witli breakfast and served food to the deputies who were working the 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. shifts.
See APPRECIATION, Page 3A
Comal County sheriff's deputy Preston Davis samples the sweet desserts during a barbecue lunch provided by the Comal County Citizen Sheriff's Academy Alumni Association Friday at the Comal County sheriff's office.
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