New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, May 23,1996
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of RAY FARIAS SR.
Vol. 144, No. 138
Birthday wishes from tho HorakMoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ray Farias Sr, Bert Lin-nartz, Shaurice Heard (27 years), Jon Michael Armendariz (four years), Andrew Dominguez, Becky Guerrero and Tammy Cramrine.
Happy anniversary to Pearl and Carl Marion (59 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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River Inf ormation Comal River—153 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed —622.62 feet above sea level, down .08 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam dtocharge —130 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—36 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.96 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
Guadalupe to flow at 130 cfs all weekend
The current release of 130 cubic feet per second from Canyon Reservoir will be maintained through Memorial Day Monday, May 27, said Bill West, general manager of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
West said reservoir inflow determines the release rate.
The May 23 inflow into Canyon Reservoir measured 36 cfs and the reservoir level was 905.96 feet above mean sea level. GBRA monitors this data on a daily basis.
•We will review conditions immediately following the holiday weekend to determine if changes need to be made to the release at that time,* West said.
West encouraged everyone using the river to practice water safety. Wear a life jacket protect your feet, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic drink, but remember, no glass or foam containers are allowed on the river.
Public Moly Fair planned Saturday
New Braunfels Emergency Services will present a Public Safety Fair from 10 a m. to 4 p.m Saturday on the Main Plaza in front of New Braunfels Utilities.
Fun and games for the kids. Learn about water safety. Free blood pressure checks, dunking booth, face painting, food and refreshments.
Bavbocuo chicken fund-raiser
The Texas Army National Guard is holding a barbecue chicken plate fund-raiser Saturday, at the New Braunfels Armory. The plate with trimmings is $4, serving is from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are sold by Guard members and may be purchased on the premises. Proceeds go to the Armory Facility Fund.
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Frontage road work winds down, police urge caution
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Highway crews are close to finishing the conversion of New Braunfels’ frontage roads into a one-way system and local police are urging die public to use caution on the access roads until everyone gets used to the change.
“We have gotten everything north of the (Guadalupe) river done,” Texas Department of Transportation Assistant Area Engineer Greg Malatek said.
“Today, we will concentrate on getting Walnut Avenue and everything south of the river and up to Loop 337 (on the south side of town) done. On Walnut, we will turn the signals over to a one-way system.”
Wednesday, work crews finished the road work between FM 725 and Walnut.
Malatek said work on the one-way frontage roads should be finished tonight with “touch up work” left to complete Friday. This would accom-
‘You have to realize this has been in place for 20 years and this is something new that will have to be dean with.’
— Sgt. John McEachem
plish the department’s goal of converting all frontage roads from Business 35 and IH-35 south to Loop 337
into one way before the Memorial Day weekend.
“The striping crews have tentatively been planned to start (painting) next week,” Malatek said.
Sgt. John McEachem of the New Braunfels Police Department said his department is anticipating problems related to die switch from two-way to one-way frontage roads.
“I suspect there will be problems with it, there always is,” McEachem said. “You have to realize this (two
way frontage roads) has been in place fen- 20 years and this is something new that will have to be dealt with.” McEachem said city police officers will give people time to adjust to the new one-way system.
“With any new regulations or guidelines, we try to be lenient, unless it is particularly hazardous, until people get used to iC McEachem saki So far, McEachem said, the police have not seen any problems or accidents related to the construction.
Henkt-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Canyon Lake emergency personnel usa the Jaws of Ufo to free a man from a wrack on FM 306 Wednesday afternoon.
Lake area sees three wrecks in one day
By ABE LEVY
and DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — In just two hours Wednesday, three car wrecks ripped the area, leaving two people seriously injured, a tragic beginning to the approaching Memorial Day weekend.
An unidentified man suffered apparent leg injuries after his Nissan 240 SX swerved into oncoming traffic and then about 150 feet into a telephone pole on the northeast side of FM 306 at the West Sorrel Creek Bridge, witnesses said.
The Department of Public Safety report was not turned in at press time.
The man was driving south at about 1:50 p.m. when he tried to pass Lawrence Malek’s vehicle, said Malek, who works for Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op. Malek said the man did not see a northbound van, which he avoided by veering across the oncoming lane into a ditch.
The man was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio.
The man, who breathed from oxygen tanks during the rescue, was trapped inside the vehicle for more than an hour before firefighters and
EMS could remove him,.
Canyon Lake Area EMS and the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department used Jaws of Life to pry open the driver-side door in 100-degree heat to gain access to the man.
The string of accidents continued with a two-car wreck in nearby Rolling Hills Estates at about 3:20 p.m.
A man broadsided a station wagon and skidded about 20 feet onto the shoulder, witnesses said.
Bulverde EMS and Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene since Canyon Lake rescuers were working at the first wreck.
The man’s vehicle was a Chevy S-10 pickup, which hit a 1994 green Subaru station wagon at the 300 block of Sir Winston Drive.
The Chevy truck was rounding the top of a hill and did not see the Subaru, which was following an oversized mobile home, a witness said.
Rafael Rodriguez, the driver, 45, was treated and released from McKenna Hospital.
The passenger riding with Rodriguez, Ingrid Hack, 37, of Canyon Lake, received no major injuries in the accident.
Department of Public Safety
Trooper Scott Haag said Rodriguez was driving a 1995 red Chevrolet pickup northbound on Sir Winston-Drive . The station wagon driven by John Collins, 58, of San Marcos was southbound on Sir Winston Drive.
Collins attempted a left turn onto Kings Row and did not see Rodriguez before it was too late, Haag said.
"Both of them hit left front to left front,” Haag said.
Finally, about 3:45 p.m. and about one mile away from the second wreck, a 1977 Chevy Suburban turned over after rounding a sharp curve near 905 Oblate Drive in Canyon Springs Resort.
Lee McCready, 16, said he flipped the vehicle trying to catch up with a friend shortly after getting off of school.
McCready was uninjured and climbed out of the suburban without assistance from rescuers.
Al Bohne, a captain in the Canyon Lake Fire Department, who helped oversee rescue efforts for the last two wrecks, said it is “very rare for the area” to have three wrecks in the same day.
“That’s very unusual in Canyon Lake," Bohne said. “But then again, it is summer time.”
Communities In Schools touts accomplishments
From Staff Reports
A network of Communities in Schools intervention programs and one-on-one counseling is rescuing at-risk students from hardship and helping to lower school drop-out rates, CIS president Carola McNeill-Davis said.
The Greater New Braunfels CIS organization has implemented its holistic management approach locally as part of a state and national program targeting students at risk. And in three years here on New Braunfels campuses, more than 5,200 students have been helped.
“It’s all about working with children who seem to fall in the cracks,” McNeill-Davis said. “Typically, they’re at-risk children — dad walks out the door, or mom’s diagnosed with cancer. It can happen to anyone, in any economic or ethnic situation.”
The GNBCIS is a non-profit program, funded through federal and state grants, as well as through monetary
Figures tell the story
■ Communities In Schools served 1,200 students this year, and more than 5,200 students in the three years since it started
■ The at-risk students enrolled in tile program have a 94.5 percent attendance rate.
■ Ninety-six percent of the CIS students are promoted to the next grade.
donations and donations of goods anc services locally.
That money has been well spent, McNeill-Davis said. Attendance rates for CIS students soared to 94.5 percent this year, and % percent of those students were promoted to the next grade level.
“The coat is probably $30,000 a year for incarcerating one person,” she said,
which is much higher than the $400 needed to service a CIS student.
“That is a small dollar amount of investment,” she said. “We’re in a very unique community, of which we’re all very proud. But we can be lulled into thinking these things don’t happen here. But they do.”
To celebrate the organization’s success and to encourage more community involvement with local students, GNBCIS is holding its first-ever Celebration Buffet Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 30 at the New Braunfels High School cafeteria.
The free luncheon (donations will be accepted) will feature guest speakers State Rep. Edmund Kuempe! and State Sen. Judith Zafflrini, with a special message from State Sen. Jeff Wentworth.
To RS VP for the luncheon, call 625-2385.
Early figures show rising TAAS scores
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The early numbers for Texas Assessment of Academic Skills tests show significant gains for 10th graders in the New Braunfels Independent School District.
The NBISD school board received the news at Tuesday’s meeting. Tenth grade test scores for reading, mathematics and writing went up for the fourth year in a row.
In reading, 85 percent of 10th graders passed, which is four percent above the state average of 81 percent. This was a four percent increase from 1995.
The biggest increase was in mathematics. In 1995,62 percent of the students tested mastered that section. This year, that figure rose to 71 percent, a nine percent increase. That figure was six percent above the state average.
“The jump in the math scores was a significant gain," NBISD Executive Director for Education Services Karen Simpson said.
The writing section of TAAS had the highest mastery at 89 percent, which was four percent above the state average of 85 percent. This was a two percent increase from 1995.
The school board also approved the continuance of the State and Federal Pregnancy, Education and Parenting Program Grant and the Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers Grant.
“This is the third year we have had these grants,” Administrative Assis
tant for Career and Technology Debbie Fitsko said. “We just applied for renewal for these grants.”
Fitsko said in 1995-96 the school district received a Texas Education Agency giant of $21,143 and that the state has approved that amount for 1996-97. The federal grant, the Carl Perkins Career and Technology Fund for Single Parents and Displaced Homemakers, could be possibly funded at a 15-20 percent decrease because of federal cutbacks, Fitsko said. The district received $36,000 from the federal grant in 1995-96.
All the grant funds go towards the Parenting Piognmt jjqr tepnragftflareois at New Braunfels High School.
“No local funds go toward the program,” Fitsko said. “All of it is paid for by the grants.”
The board set the school board trustee elections for Saturday, August IO. Two seats, District 3 and District 5, are up forelection. Dick Robinettand John Seidel hold District 3 and District 5, respectively.
The first day to file for tile election is Monday, May 27 in the Superintendent’s Office at the NBISD Education Center on 430 W. Mill Street Times to file are: 7:15 am to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday. For Friday, arrangements need to be made to pick up filing forms. The filiog deadline is June 26 at 5:30 pm Early voting will be at the Education Center from July 22-August 6.
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