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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas \ ..-vs? ■ THURSDAY ’ t h- V * •'*'.'    {gfc#.    ,v*.r.^f    .jit-,-,,.,,' - * -■-•■■■ Rangers hire new baseball coach. Page 8 50 CENTS New Braunfels ,-.f' * 4,if Herald "si-™“w™ 14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, May 29,1997 ti. V-f>S0 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas1.... mule man 145 years ■Home of Susan MimNot Vol. 145, No. 141 Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports......................................8 Comics.........................................9 Marketplace...........................10-14 Dear Abby......................................3 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herakf-Zeltung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Janet Brosig, Linda DuFour, Susan Mueller, Ecila Hutson, Matt Pesetari and Janice Wagner (50 years) Happy anniversary wishes to: Norfaert Lee and Janice Wagner (32 years), Ramon and Marion Perez (7 years) and Paul and Lupe Caballero (24 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Mold — 4,124 Grass —66 River Information Comal River — 282 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.27 feet above sea level, same as Wednesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 3,1 OO cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,204 Canyon Lake level — 912.70 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) The outflow will remain the same throughout the weekend unless heavy rains occur. New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 5.145 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 648,900 million gallons of well water were used. School’s out, so watch for children Wednesday was the last day of classes for New Braunfels Independent School District. Students in Comal ISD will attend classes until Friday. Drivers on their to and from work should keep an eye out for children. Look for local students tomorrow on Today* A fresh-faced group of local youngsters may make their network television debut Friday. A group of students from New Braunfels Middle School will show up at the “Today" show studios at Rockefeller Center in New York Friday hoping to get some air time and send their greetings back home. “Today" airs locally at 7 a m. on KMOL, channel 4. Local residents can help tornado victims The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are accepting monetary donations to help victims of Tuesday’s tornado north of Austin. Donations may be made by: • calling the American Red Cross hotline at 1 -800-928-4271; • contacting the local American Red Cross at 606-1999. The local address is 178 E. Mill St., Room 202, New Braunfels, Texas 78130; • contacting the Salvation Army at 1 -800-880-5707 and The Salvation Army, Texas Division, P.O. Box 2608, Dallas, Texas 75221. Donations should be marked for Disaster Relief — Jarrell, Texas Front hooded this way Friday night The weather will be a bit warm but pleasant until a front hits the city Friday. Today will be partly cloudy with a high in the upper 80’s with an overnight low near 70. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy and a little warmer, but the front * expected to come through Friday evening will bring a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Leap frog Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnell Jed Hutto, 3, plays on the spitting frog at Landa Park kiddie pool Tuesday. Good weather is expected through Friday evening. Another NBHS administrator resigns By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Another administrator at New Braunfels High School tendered his resignation this week to take a position at a high school in South Texas. Assistant high school principal Carl Hall said he would leave NBISD to become the principal of a high school in Carl Hall Kingsville, which is slightly smaller than NBHS and has an enrollment of about 1,350. However, he said, it will be an opportunity for advancement. “I evaluated the possibility. It’s going to be a good move for me and a positive step for my career,” he said. “It’s a chance to be a high school principal. I’ve had those goals.” Hall is the fourth person to leave the high school this school year. Interim principal Karen Simpson is taking position the Keller Independent School District She has been serving as interim principal since October, when Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Chuck Engler were reassigned. Assistant Principal Judy Seifert also is leaving the district for KI SD. Assistant Principal Kevin Brown, who replaced Engler in October, has been moved to the position of principal at Carl Schurz, replacing Jane MacDonald. MacDonald accepted a principal position at Wylie High School. Hall said several staff members and students talked to him about the recent resignations. He said they had concerns that the high school would lose its continuity by losing all the administrators. He said this figured into his considerations. However, he said, the school is filled with top notch personnel who would help the district continue forward. “This district is not going to miss a beat,” he said. “(The staff) runs the show. We’re just here to kind of direct.” Incoming superintendent Ron Reeves said losing good personnel was upsetting. However, he said the district had extremely qualified people in it and strong applicants had shown Turn to Principal, Page 3 Worth waiting for Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Nicole Gumpert wears a smug look on her face while throwing a pie in teacher Tim Beam’s face Wednesday afternoon on the last day of school at Memorial Elementary. Sixteen teachers received pies from random students who passed both the math and English sections of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test this year. Aunt gets custody of Miller infant By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City dedicates monuments Friday By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Organizers of an effort to refurbish city monuments are planning a short dedication ceremony on the traditional day of Memorial Day Friday, officials said. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, the city of New Braunfels and the Sesquicentennial Commission’s Historical Committee plan to conduct the ceremony at IO a.m. Friday at the Main Plaza. Sesquicentennial funds have been used to refurbish and repair eight monuments and 21 plaques and fund four new plaques in the plaza, Landa Park and elsewhere within the city. Postmen try new route plan By ABE LEVY Staff Writer U.S. Postal Service officials are asking New Braunfels customers to be patient as they implement a new restructuring plan for mail delivery. The new routes began Tuesday and are causing delays in residential service. Those delays would be eliminated once earners learn the new routes, postal officials said. Ken Robinson, officer in charge of the New Braunfels post office, said he created the new plan that would end delivery between different service districts and improve overall service, drive time and fuel costs. On one previous route, one carrier delivered mail in the Main Plaza area and then drove several miles to Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 306, Robinson said. ‘Give this thing an opportunity to work. Everyone wants to know, ‘Where’s my mail?” — officer in charge Ken Robinson Now that carrier will not have to drive through other carrier territories to deliver mail. The new plan would serve commercial customers first who have a large volume of mail and then residential customers all of whom are in one generalized area, he said. “We always want to have progress,” said Robinson, 48, w ho came from a San Antonio post office in August. He is filling the vacant postmaster posi tion that became open this week. “Give this thing an opportunity to work. Everyone wants to know, ‘Where's my mail?’ Our carriers are very conscientious of their jobs and very conscientious of their customers. They need an opportunity to learn their routes.” Postal officials are accepting applications for the New Braunfels postmaster job until June 6. Robinson said he had applied for the spot. Robinson said when he first came, he met some opposition to the restructuring plan, but he believed it would result in better serv ice in three to four weeks. “They told me that it had always been that way,” he said. “To me, you can always improve. If you keep doing flamboyant things, it’ll be like Europe where it costs $6 to mail a first-class letter.” A Comal County District Judge transferred custody of Dylan Michael Miller from Child Protective Services to the child’s aunt Wednesday two weeks after the infant's father took his own life in Spokane, Wash., court officials said. Judge Jack Robison gave temporary care to Katie Kennedy Cape of Austin until the boy’s mother, Alison Kennedy, recovers from gunshot wounds in Austin’s Brackenridge Hospital, court officials said. Court officials said the mother’s condition was beginning to improve as she continued to undergo intensive neurological rehabilitation that was expected to keep her from being paralyzed permanently . The aunt had been taking care of the 21 -month-old child as a foster parent of CPS and now has parental rights until the mother recovers, court officials. The judge also ordered that a child psychologist, who had been treating the infant, continue treatments as needed, court officials said. Dylan Miller was the subject of a custody battle between his father, Kevin Ronald Miller, and Kennedy since March. Kevin Miller was accused of shooting to death his ex-mother-in-law earlier this month and then attempting to kill his ex-wife and abducting his son. Police said he then lied to Spokane where he held the infant hostage and then shot himself. Bexar, Comal and Travis county police conducted an all-out manhunt for Miller, who had lived in a trailer home in Indian Hills near Spring Branch. Miller was scheduled to attend a child-custody hearing at the Comal courthouse four days before he shot himself to death in Spokane. Graduations take place, rain or shine It’s graduation week! New Braunfels High School will conduct graduation ceremonies at 8 p.m. today at Unicom Stadium, lf it rains, ceremonies will be moved to the gymnasium and only individuals with tickets will be admitted. Smithson Valley’s graduation also is tonight at 8 p.m. at Ranger Stadium. In case of rain, ceremonies w ill be moved to the main gym. Canyon High graduation ceremonies will take place at 8 p.m. Friday at Cougar Stadium. In case of rain, the ceremonies will be moved to Cougar Den. Each senior will be given IO tickets marked for gym ceremonies. School officials said the location for the ceremonies w ill be determined at the last possible minute so ceremonies can remain outside if at all possible. Some parents, officers harbor doubts about tobacco bill By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A bill intended to crack down on teen smoking won the applause of anti-tobacco groups and overwhelmingly passed both houses of the state legislature and now only awaits the signature of Gov. George W. Bush before becoming law. Some parents, teens and those charged With enforcement of the proposed law are less than unanimous in their support of the bill’s provisions. "The bill is intended to attempt to restrict access to tobacco by minors,” said Rep. Edmund Kuem- pel (R-Seguin). Kuempel voted for the bill which passed the House by a margin of 124-5. Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) sponsored the bill in the Senate. Zaffirini said the measure was the toughest teen smoking legislation in the country. “We believe other states will look at this legislation as a model,” Zaffirini said. The bill makes it a Class C misdemeanor for anyone under the age of 18 to possess cigarettes. Offenders are subject to a fine of between $125 and $250. First-time offenders may attend a tobacco awareness class in lieu of the fine and the violation will not appear on their criminal record. Parents of the offender may be ordered to attend the classes as well, lf the offender fails to attend the class, the bill allows for suspension of their dnver’s license. Bob Peterson, chairman of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, said he heartily endorses the legislation and called for action against the parents of the smoking teens. “You can tell a teen-ager what to do and they will do what they want to anyway,” Peterson said. "I think they should line the parents as well. That will wake them up.” New Braunfels resident Larry Vodron said he allows his 16-year-old son to smoke and feels the proposed law infringes on his parental rights. “It ought to be at the parents’ discretion what their children do,” Vodron said. “lf a parent wants to buy cigarettes for his kid, that should be all right.” Vodron said he supported age restrictions for selling cigarettes to minors, but he objected to penalties imposed on minors for possessing an otherwise legal substance. “Kids 15- or 16-years-old don’t have $200 to pay fines — the parents will end up paying (the fines),” Vodron said. “It’s just one more step the Turn to Tobacco, Page 3Nowotny resignation gives school district chance to heal. Page 4 ;