New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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..Thousands slip and slide down area rivers
Saturday showers don t hamper enthusiasm as tubers flock to Guadalupe, Comal rivers
By Leigh Jones
Memorial Day weekend got off to a slow start Saturday when the city awoke to a torrential rain shower.
But by mid-morning the sun was out, and by mid-afternoon, so were the tubers.
Kristina George and her friends from Houston beat the crowds to
the Comal River, ending their first trip at lunchtime.
"It was as awesome as ever,” said George, who travels to the family condominium in New Braunfels regularly.
Her main complaint was with the temperature.
“It was a little chilly and too short,” she said, laughing. “We’re going to
do it again.”
The group that joined her on the steps leading up to Lincoln Street had their arms Rill of tubes and coolers, but they appeared mostly sober.
Although they had been in the water for several hours, most did not plan to take a break before heading
New Braunfels Police Officer Randy Bryan, left, helps clear a conin front of Schlitterbahn.
See TOURISTS Page 9A gested Comal River at a tube chute
CLASS OF 2005 CELEBRATES
Canyon seniors look to the future
By Melissa Johnson
SAN MARCOS — The Canyon High School Class of 2005 concluded their high school years by looking forward to its future without forgetting its past during graduation Saturday.
In keeping with custom, as the seniors filed into the Strahan Coliseum, they turned around and faced away from the stage, toward the incoming procession.
“We stand that way to show respect to the other students who are entering,” graduate KelleWood explained.
Four groups of students were also asked to stand and be honored before the reading of the graduates. The names of seniors who had earned the distinction of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude were read, as well as students who had achieved perfect attendance for one or more years of high school.
Senior Drew Garrison was singled out as the only student who had never missed a day in four years.
But not all of the school s traditions are quite so formal. Ibis year, as each student walked across tile stage, he or she placed a bottle cap on Principal Bob Wiegand’s podium.
The mementos signified one last protest against the unpopular open bottle policy created in the fall semester. The policy states that students cannot have open con-
Photos by MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung
In a sea of red, one Canyon High School senior pays close attention to the last words of his valedictorian at commencement Saturday afternoon. Below, Heather Farrar, right, allows Canyon teacher Jennifer Hester to fasten bobby pins to her graduation cap before the ceremony begins.
tainers of any kind outside the cafeteria.
“It’s tradition that we give the principal something significant to our senior year,” Wood said.
Senior choir members also chose to sing “Good Riddance (Time of Your life)” an acoustic ballad by popular punk band Green Day.
The choir asked the graduates to join in as they sang the chorus:
“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your life.”
See CANYON Page 10ARehab offers help to those who abuse
By Ron Maloney
How much drug j abuse affects a person’s I life — how central it j becomes to an individ- I ual’s lifestyle — is one I of the measures thera- j pists use to determine I how serious a drug j problem is.
And unless it kills j you, a drug problem j doesn’t get much more j serious than when an I abuser ends up in jail, j
According to Eva i Perry of the Rehabili- j tation and Reentry :
Program, a division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, fully 75 and perhaps 80 percent of the 151,000 prisoners locked up in Texas are there directly or at least indirectly because of abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs.
That’s the bad news.
See DRUGS Page 8A
THE COUNT Y ■ This is the fourth part of a continuing series looking at the impact of drug use on New Braunfels and Comal County.ESDAY
Smithson Valley honors one of its own
By Melissa Johnson
SAN MARCOS — Armed with 13 years of public education, the Smithson Valley I iigh School Class of 2005 looked ready to take on the world as they marched into Strahan Coliseum in their dark navy gowns Saturday.
Smiling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd, the graduates took their seats with the support of whistles and camera flashes.
The commencement ceremony began by closing a chapter from the previous year. The Aret student
to receive her diploma was a young woman critically injured in an automobile accident just days before her 2004 graduation.
Last year, two friends accepted a diploma on Laci Lee Belcher’s behalf, but Saturday’s commencement allowed her to experience graduation firsthand.
The crowd rose as one and gave Belcher a standing ovation as she walked across the stage.
Salutatorian Jay Croley reminded tile graduates that commencement marks a pivotal point in all of their lives.
“Some of you will head straight
out into the workforce armed with your diplomas and others will move on to higher education,” Croley said. “Graduation marks the transition to bigger and better things.”
After watching her son, Steven, take his diploma, Holly Nichols cheered wildly in the stands.
“I’m just overwhelmed," she said. “I feel all different kinds of emotions — I feel overjoyed, proud and nervous all at the same time.”
Parents were not the only ones See HONORS Page 10A
Truxton Fox receives his diploma from Comal ISDTrustee Rose Cervin.
Nancy Fuller ends her tenure as superintendent of the Comal Independent School DistrictNB man dies in two-car accident
By Ron Maloney
A 43-year-old New Braunfels man died Saturday morning after a traffic accident on Loop 337.
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mabe said the victim, who he did not identify, was trapped in his Mazda pickup.
Family members identified the victim as Ruben Castilleja, 43, of New Braunfels.
Fire and EMS were dispatched to the 1700 block of Loop 337 at 6:18 a.m., Mabe said.
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