New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM BA OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 4BJudge dissolves restraining order on city
By Scott Mahon
District Judge Charles Ramsay dissolved a temporary restraining order against the city of New Braunfels, and
denied former U.S. Sen. Robert Krueger’s request for a temporary injunction to prevent the city from donating the Comal County fairgrounds to the Comal Coun
ty Fair Association.
Krueger, who intimated before the Nov. 2 election that he would initiate legal action against the city if Proposition 2 failed, obtained the tempo
rary restraining order last week.
Proposition 2, which was initiated by a petition spearheaded by District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine, would
have designated the fairgrounds city park land had it passed; however, the measure failed Nov. 2 by a margin of2 to I.
Before the election, Krueger
claimed city officials intentionally misled voters by tampering with the ballot language.
See ORDER, Page 2A
Veterans to be honored at events
By Leigh Jones
Framed against the backdrop of casual- I ty reports coming out of Iraq, America will j remember its veterans Thursday.
I luring a time of war, it might be hard to I believe Nov. 11 was originally set aside to I celebrate the end of the war that was sup- j posed to end all wars.
I Resident Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. i 11 Armistice Day, one year after America j signed a treaty with Germany, ending I Worldwar I.
Although Armistice Day became Veterans I I )av in 1954, after America sacrificed anoth- I ei generation to another global conflict, Wil- j sot is original proclaii un ion still has meaning. I “To us in America, the reflections of I Armistice Day will be filled with solemn I pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation,” he wrote.
The following events will take place tomorrow to honor veterans:
('ouial Independent School District
■ Bill Brown Elementary — presentation of Hags and reception, 8:30 a.m.
■ Comal Elementary — ceremony at flag pole and breakfast, 7:30 a.m.
■ Frazier Elementary — in-class programs throughout the day
■ Goodwin Primary— reception in library for veterans, 8 a.m.
■ I loffmann Dine Elementary — breakfast and musical program, 8 a.m.
■ Mountain Valley School — musical tribute and recognition, 9 a.m.
■ Babe Bulverde Elementary — flag ceremony and slide show, 8:30 a.m.
■ Rebecca Creek Elementary — assembly including two SVI IS seniors talking about why they are joining the armed forces, 1:45 p.m.
■ MJI. Speclit Elementary — assembly with patriotic songs, 7:45 a.m.
■ Anon Seay Intermediate — assembly with military guest speaker, 1:45 p.m.
■ Canyon Intermediate — reception and assembly, 7:45 a.m.
■ ('anyon Middle School — reception with
See VETERANS, Page.3A
HEART OF TEXAS MARINES DINNER, DANCE
** Before Americans commemorated Veterans Day, or
Armistice Day, members from one of the nation's most esteemed military branches celebrated a birthday. The United States Marine Corps was founded Nov. 10, 1775.
I* The Heart of Texas Marines will gather to celebrate 229 years of Semper Fidelis with a dinner and dance Saturday. "There are no ex-Marines," said retired Capt. Marvin Fey. "It stays with you all your iife."
• Don Maxwell, owner of Maxwell Chevrolet and former Marine helicopter pilot, will offer the evening's remarks.
• Tickets are $20 and must be purchased by 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.
• For information, call 629-4626.
First round coverage of Smithson Valley, New BraunfeLs’ games in football playoffs.Comal Public School Foundation gives 11 grants for long-term projects
By Leigh Jones
lur six yean*, yearbook teacher Eaylyun McMahon has wanted to teach a photography class at Spring Branch Middle School.
She has a darkroom, but it is empty — funding was never available for development equipment.
That all changed Monday when representatives from the
Comal Public School Foundation presented McMahon and art teacher Thomas Rogers with a $4,987.31 grant check.
“We were very surprised,” McMahon said. “We put a lot of work into the grant request and just kept our fingers crossed.”
McMahon and Rogers will ast* the money to purchase development equipment for the lab arid cameras for every student inI BLUEBONNET
■ For a complete list of the projects funded by the Comal Public School Foundation, see additional story on Page 5A.
the new photography elec tive scheduled for next semester.
Every semester, the foundation awards grants to teachers throughout the district who have plans for long-term classroom projects their schools
could not otherwise afford.
This semester, 11 projects, including eight corporate-sponsored “innovative teaching grants,” received almost $40,000.
The smallest grant, $754, went to Margaret I lamilton for the Mountain Valley School Post Office.
“We want to motivate our kids to write well and often,” she saki “Writing skills, which are diffi
cult for some kids, are an important part of standardized tests.” The on-campus post office will be a miniature replica of the real thing, complete with mail carriers, sorters and student-designed stamps.
To make sun* the mail is delivered to the right place, each I tall -way will get a name and the classrooms will be numbered. Students will be encour
aged, but not required, to send notes and cards to their friends and teachers. Hamilton even persuaded the IJ S. Post Office to donate an authentic blue mailbox for tile front of the school building so parents can “mail” birthday cards or notes to their children.
See FOUNDATION, Page 3A
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Walter Cheeseman asks the board of trustees of the Comal County Senior. Citizen Center “was Gerri Webb asked to resign?” during a heated meeting at the center Tuesday afternoon.
Seniors discuss recent changes, events at center
By Ron Maloney
The Comal County Senior Citizens Center experienced some growing pains at its board of trustees meeting Tuesday.
Trustees of the Comal County Senior Citizen Foundation have recently seen completion of a $10,000 long range plan — paid for by a Kronkowsky Foundation grant — and are moving forward preparing for what they expect will be a period of growth and increased programming.
But Tuesday, IOO center members attended a trustees meeting that typically sees attendance of IO or fewer — and sometimes none — to express concerns over the recent departure of Executive Director Gerry Webb and a resulting staff shake-up.
Hie I ierald-Zeitung was unable to reach Webb at her home Tuesday night.
Alter an hour-and-a-half discussion of Webb’s departure in which the board said little, more than three-quarters of those who attended left without staying to listen to other business on the agenda.
Board President Mary Breitung opened the meeting saying Webb had resigned and her resignation was accepted at the conclusion of a three-hour-long closed session meeting Oct. 20.
Under tile Texas ()pen Meetings Act, personnel matters can be conducted in private. Any action to lake place as a result must then he taken in public session.
A very vocal Simone Lambdin, right, questions why the board of trustees for the Comal County Senior Citizen Center won't discuss what happened with former employee Gerri Webb.
Breitung said she could not comment on why Webb left past making the statement cleared by an attorney.
In the wake of Webb’s departure, four paid employees left the senior center and two of the board’s 11 members resigned. Also departing were an unstated number of unpaid volunteers.
As part of her opening remarks, Breitung described the long range plan, which took seven months to complete, and made brief comments.
“Change isn t easy, especially for us kids
over 50,” Breitung said. “This plan gives us new opportunities. We started this program with (ieny Webb and it will take everyone here together, working as a team to accomplish our goals.”
John I larper called for the board to reverse Webb’s departure or resign and call a special election.
“I feel like I represent a good portion of those people who are members of this center," I larper said. “We have a serious problem.’’
See CENTER, Page 2A