New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Violence in schools continuesWimberley group plans youth rally
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
In a week when schoolyard rumors fed a wave of panic, local teachers, students, and parents once again have come face-to-face with the ugly reality of school violence.
A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire on his fellow students at Heritage High School in Georgia Thursday morn-
wiiiiamr ing, injuring six. WILLIAMS The gunman, who
apparently broke up with his girlfriend recently, carried a 22-caliber rifle and a .22-caliber revolver into the school in Conyers, Ga., just 20 miles east of Atlanta.
The gunman was taken into custody by authorities. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.
The shootings occurred exactly one month after the Colorado high school massacre that left 15 people dead.
Smithson Valley High School principal Brad Williams said the Thursday morning shooting incident had not yet sunk in with students.
“Most people are just saying, i can't believe it happened again,"* he said. 'To us (school staff), its still scary. I think itfc a statement about what's happening to our kids in America now."
Williams said children were under a tremendous amount of pressure and the problem would not go away soon.
"There’s no IOO percent safeguard, and you can’t ever predict it. What we hope to do is appropriate intervention. Give kids a place to vent and hear what kids have to say. That’s the best bet," he said.
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A send-off worthy of champions
Rangers boost spirits of fans, students
By Peter Brown
The Smithson Valley High School softball team set out for the 1999 University Interscholastic League Class 4A state tournament on Thursday on a wave of cheers and good wishes from friends and classmates hoping for the
Schedule, directions to state softball tournament in Austin
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first state championship in school history.
The Rangers, Region IV-4A champions, play Region I-4A champion Weatherford at 3 p.m. today at the Pleasant Valley Sportsplex in Austin.
The winner of today’s game will advance to the state championship
game, set for 4 p.m. Saturday.
Smithson Valley athletic director Larry Hill said the Rangers’ success made a visible impact on students.
T think it has affected the whole campus," Hill said. "You see kids encouraging the players everyday, and the stands are full... the mood of the campus, in the halls and classes is up. This is a very special team."
Smithson Valley softball fans say goodbye Thursday as the Rangers leave for the state tournament in Austin. SVHS WHI play Weatherford at 3 p.m. today.
ROBBI CORNETT/ Herald-ZeitungSB 1772 remains in holding pattern
By Peri Stone
AUSTIN — A bill that would allow New Braunfels to use a portion of its bed tax revenue for river cleanup still is pending in committee.
The Ways and Means Committee met Wednesday evening and Thursday at lunch but look no action on Senate Bill 1772.
"There was considerable testimony against it," said committee clerk J.J. Garza.
At Wednesday’s meeting, more than IO people representing New Braunfels and other cities went on record against the bill. Three people went on record for it, including New Braunfels City Council member Juliet Watson and her parents.
Others who vocalized opposition were Sherrie Bram-
■ mall, public relations director at Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort; Dan Henry, manager of Rodeway Inn in New Braunfels; Sharon Toeller, general manager of the Holiday Inn in New Braunfels; and Carol Artz, president of the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Committee chair Rep. Rene WATSON Oliveira, D-Brownsville, said of the feedback he had received, 99 percent had been negative.
The bill was not discussed at Thursday’s lunchtime committee meeting, Oliveira said, lf a committee meeting is called today, it could be discussed.
"Things move very quickly now," he said.
Saturday is the last day to turn in committee reports.
Councilman hints at surcharge compromise
By Chrs Crews
After weeks of rancorous discussion about green fees at Landa Park Golf Course, a spirit of cooperation might be in the air.
New Braunfels City Council member Randy Vanstory called a meeting for Saturday morning with seven residents to discuss possible alternatives to a golf fee ordinance being considered.
Vanstory said he would be the only council member at the meeting. Three members of the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board were invited.
Course manager Ward Watson and two other interested parties also were asked to attend the meeting.
Vanstory said he was not seeking a compromise but welcomed possible alternatives to ideas that had been considered.
"I’m going to see if there is some consensus that can be reached regarding the golf course fees," he said.
Vanstory said no one had presented a plan that provided for all people who used the course to pay "a reasonable and customary fee for a round of golf."
In April, the council declined to meet with the golf advisory board to discuss the fee situation. Vanstory said Saturday Is meeting was to try to obtain a consensus among a smaller group that could present an alternative recommendation to council.
Watson and the advisory board each presented plans that would have raised the annual fee. Vanstory countered with a plan that would add a surcharge of $2 per weekday round and $5 per weekend round for annual fee players.
The surcharge proposal brought an angry response from many of the annual fee players at Landa Park.
"It seems like the surcharge has gotten everyone up in arms," Vanstory said.
Vanstory has stood by the surcharge through two council meetings.
lf passed in a third reading at Monday’s council meeting, the ordinance would be approved and the new green fees would be implemented.
Vanstory said there was a “chance" he would take the surcharge proposal off the table before Monday’s thud reading and replace it with another proposal.
Judge sends teens to Kerr County
By CHRM Crews
State District Judge Charles Ramsay Thursday ordered two New Braunfels teens accused of firing gunshots at the homes of two Canyon Middle School teachers to be detained at a Kerr County juvenile center.
Ramsay also ordered psychological evaluations of the pair be completed in time for their next detention hearing on June 4.
Carol Robison, the county’s director of juvenile probation, said such testing
was common in cases in which juveniles faced serious consequences if found guilty.
Robison said the charges of deadly conduct against the pair was a third degree felony.
They could be sentenced for up to IO years in a Texas Youth Commission facility.
The two would be eligible for parole in one year, Robison said.
The boys also face charges on two counts of criminal mischief for defacing property at the teachers’ homes and shooting five plate glass windows
at New Braunfels High School, defacing property at OakRun School and one count of unlawful restraint.
In a separate incident, the pair were accused of taking a teen-age girl on a ride and not letting her leave the vehicle.
Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said a jury trial for one of the juveniles scheduled for Monday had been postponed with no new date set.
Robison said no trial date had been set but the juveniles could enter a plea at the next detention hearing.Inside
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Water district bill gets backing of Scheel, Minikin
By Chris Crews
Though it barely resembled the resolution they sent to the Legislature, county officials decided Thursday that a shell of an underground water district was better than none at all.
County Judge Danny Scheel and Commissioner Jay Minikin excused themselves from Thursday’s commissioners’ court meeting numerous times to field inquiries from Austin. Legislators wanted to know if they wanted to be included in a compromise bill creating more than 20 underground water districts in the state.