New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, May 23,1995
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serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of AMBER DURCAN
Vol. 143, Mo. 137
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
Tile New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Cheryl Koepp, Amber Duncan, Elton Rosales (21 years), Diana C. Rodriguez, Steve Serna, Stefany Serna, Bonnie Moreno, and happy belated birthday to Silvia Morales Russell. Happy 33rd anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Camarcno.
Riley’s Backbone Chili Cookoff coming
Riley’s Backbone-PI. Chili Cookoff will be Saturday, May 27 at 3971 FM 32 in Fischer, Texas. Call 964-2612 for information. Entry fee is $10. Judging begins at5 p.m. Also, live music, shuffleboard, pool and blackjack. Proceeds benefit Disabled Veterans Chapter 163.
Canyon High School graduation
Canyon High School's graduation practice will be held Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. It will be a full dress rehearsal, so graduates should wear caps and gowns. Parents, bring your cameras for photos. There will be a photographer available to take pictures also.
Graduation will be Friday,
May 26 at 8 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. Graduates need to be at the Cougar Den no later than 7 p m. Friday.
More than 150 positions available .at Target
A New Braunfels Target job fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p m. May 22-24 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May^24) at the New Braunfels Civic Center. More than 150 managerial, supervisory and guest service positions will be filled. There will be free refreshments, entertainment and videos at the fair.
Democrats to hold
The Comal County Democrats will hold their annual picnic in the park at Landa Park, Site 15, located by the Children's Playground. The picnic will be held Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Public invited. Bring a covered dish and a lawn chair.
For information, call Gloria at 606-0864
Canyon Lake Chamber hosts events
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be held at noon, Wednesday, May 24 at Rio Blanco Cafe Segundo in Hancock. Guest speaker will be Don Avery of Let's Organize a City at the Lake, speaking on the Canyon Lake incorporation effort. Everyone is invited. Call for reservations at 964-2223.
The monthly mixer will be at 6 p m. Thursday, May 25 at Country Village Center for chamber members.
NBHS Project Graduation sat
The New Braunfels High School Project Graduation Party will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 138 W. Austin, on May 26 from 10:30 p.m. to 5 arn.
Herald-Zeituna photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Emergency workers inspect a pickup truck involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning. The driver died.
Highway 281 wreck kills S. A. man
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
One man is dead and two other people are hospitalized following an accident on U.S. 281 Sunday morning.
Leticia Gonzales of Spring Branch was driving a 1993 black Jeep Wrangler northbound on U.S. 281 with passenger Jesus Zuniga of Spring Branch, according to Texas Department of Public Safety reports. Allan Deshon Owen of San Antonio was driving a 1991 white and blue GMC Sierra SLE pickup southbound.
Gonzales was arguing with Zuniga, DPS reports said. She raised her right hand to defend herself and crossed into the southbound lane, striking Owens’ truck at about 8: IO a.m., reports said.
Gonzales’ car caught on fire and a passer-by put the fire out, DPS reports said.
Fraser made mayor for another year
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The city council gave Paul Fraser the nod to be New Braunfels’ mayor for another year at last night’s meeting. Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers nominated Fraser and he was elected four votes to three. Councilman Tim Walker, Councilman Juan Luis Martinez, Fraser and Bowers voted for Fraser.
“We’ve got a very full plate, there’s no doubt about it,” Fraser said. Continuing to cooperate with county government and consolidate city-county efforts will be a high priority, he said.
City council should give the utmost attention to drawing the lines for new city council districts as mandated by the passage of Charter Amendment I on May 6, Fraser said.
Forming two impartial boards to allo-
committee should also command the city council’s attention, Fraser said. “The only thing static about our charter
is that it is in change,” he said, “that’s because our lives are in change; certainly our city politics are in change.” According to Charter Amendment I passed in the May 6 election, Fraser will be the last New Braunfels mayor elected by the city council members. In a year, the city will elect a new mayor at-large. Fraser’s term as city councilman ends in May 1997.
Councilwoman Brenda Freeman nominated Councilwoman Jan Ken-nady for mayor. Kennady, Freeman and Councilman C. Ray Schoch voted for Kennady.
Bowers will remain mayor pro-tem
CISD reaffirms TAAS policy
Last-ditch effort to allow seniors who failed test to participate in graduation ceremony thwarted
By DENISE DZIUK
The driver of this Jeep Wrangler was injured in the wreck.
Owens was killed. At press time Gen- good condition at Uni verity I lospital. zales was listed in fair but guarded con- The Department of Public Safety is dition in surgical intensive care at Uni- investigating the accident. No charges
versify Hospital. Zuniga was listed in have been filed.
Students, teachers, and parents began to cry as the Comal Independent School District upheld an earlier decision to ban students who failed the TAAS test from participating in commencement exercises.
The CISD Board of Trustees called a special meeting Monday night to reconsider whether or not students should he allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies if they failed the state required exit test.
“I was one of the members who requested this meeting. I can’t see anything that is beneficial with this policy. I can only see that it is detrimental to the student,” Treasurer [gerald LaRue said.
Students, parents, and teachers spoke in favor of changing the policy, which docs not allow these students to participate.
‘Students may be tense, ill or under stress when they take this test.’
— Curtis Bremer
“We’re not asking you to change the law, break the law, or compromise either school’s integrity. What we’re asking is for you to recognize the significance (of the graduation ceremony)," said Julie Hetherington, mother of a Smithson Valley High School senior.
Kathy Simmons, a teacher in the CISD system, said she attended a meeting with the department chairs, in which they were in agreement that students filling all other basic requirements should not be denied the opportunity to participate due to this one test.
Curtis Bremer, of Smithson Valley, said one test should not be the deter-
‘We’re not asking you to change the law, break the law, or compromise either school’s integrity.’
— Julie Hetherington
“Students may be tense, ill, or under stress when they take this test,” he said.
The New Braunfels Independent School District allows students who fail the TAAS but fill all other requirements to participate in the graduation ceremony.
However, not all present were in favor of changing the policy.
One citizen said she believed that if the policy is to be changed, it should be changed during the summer so the board does not appear to be favoring any certain class.
“This change should not and must not occur tonight. Look beyond the tears, the disappointment, and the pain. The board has one issue to deal with. . . should it change policy—period,” said Dora Gonzales, of 246 Elvis Lane.
She said parents complained two years ago and the board refused to change the policy. Ste said changing it now would appear to be arbitrary enforcement of their own board policy.
Another citizen present told the board that if parents thought the policy was unfair, they would have voiced concern before it applied to their child.
Only four board members were present and the motion failed with a tied vote. The policy will now be evaluated after the school year has ended, which was the original board decision.
another year. Kennady was also nominated for that position, but Bowers was elected four votes to three, with himself, Walker, Fraser and Martinez voting for him.
Martinez and Schoch were sworn in as council members for distncts I and 2.
Outgoing Council Members Ambro-sio “Butch” Benitez and Mary Serold were honored with proclamations. Serold was not present at the meeting.
“I have nothing but praise for the city staff — they have done a wonderful job,” Benitez said. “I think that the city is moving in the right direction ”
Local man struck and killed by train Saturday
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels man was killed Saturday afternoon when he stepped into the path of an oncoming f reight train.
Witnesses told New Braunfels police they believed Justin B Higginbotham was heavily intoxicated
when he stumbled onto the train tracks near Jahn Street at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday,
The Union Pacific train could not stop in time and collided with Higginbotham, police said.
He was transported by AirLife but died soon after of massive internal injuries.
Higginbotham was 27.
NBU offers new billing service
New Braunfels Utilities customers will soon be able to have their NBU payments deducted directly from their checking or savings accounts.
Customers wanting to pay this way need to sign a form requesting autodraft payment. To get the form, customers should come to the NBU Main Office at 263 East Main Plaza or phone 629-8400 and request,that a form be mailed.
Customers using the bank draft payment method will still receive bills. If the payments are being drafted, the words “Bank Draft” will be printed beside the current due amount. If “Bank Draft” is not printed there, the customer is responsible for payment of the bill.
Funds will be withdrawn for draft bills on the last day to pay the net
amount. Cycle I bills will be drafted on the fourth of each month; Cycle 2 bills will be drafted on the 16th of each month.
There is no charge for auto-draft payment. If the bank account doesn’t have enough funds to cover the NBU bill at the time of the draft, however, NBU will assess a SIS service charge as it would on any other bounced check. After three insufficient funds drafts, NBU will take the account off of bank drafting and notify the customer.
lf a customer receives a bill he thinks is incorrect, he should contact NBU at least seven days before the due date.
To discontinue auto-draft NBU payment, customers should call NBU, mail the request, or stop by in person at least 20 days before the next due date.
Put On Y our Armor planning another day at the races
By DENISE DZIUK
People with a competitive streak, who enjoy races, can sponsor a racing armadillo to help fight drugs.
Put on Your Armor Foundation, a national nonprofit organization aimed at fighting drug use is having its annual armadillo race fund-raiser on June IO, to help raise money for the drug prevention program.
“The message is you can have fun without using drugs. We show them how,” said Executive Director Dr. Thomas Ayers.
The fund-raiser includes the “Armadillo Derby 150” and a dinner. Individuals can sponsor an armadillo. The sponsor has the option of being the jockey or having a child be the jockey. The cost to sponsor an armadillo is $50 per armadillo. This tax deductible donation also
pays for two dinner tickets. Tickets for the Fajita Dinner are $5 and can be purchased at Henne Hardware, Kwik Kopy, Landa Pharmacy, and Librado’s.
“Last year we raised about $2,500,” Ayers said. “This year, we’re hoping to raise $5,000.”
The foundation goes into schools and shows kids how to "put on your armor” to protect them from crime, violence, and drug abuse. The funds raised from the event will be used for the program.
The race and dinner will be on June IO from 4 to 8 p.m., and will be located at Conservation Plaza. Finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. Clowns, food, music, and armadillos will all be present to help families have a festive time with neighbors.
Individuals or businesses wanting to make a donation or sponsor an armadillo can call 210-629-4980 for more information.IAfrite your elected officials. Learn where to find them on Page 4.