New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYRangers’ basketball tournament starts today. See Page 5.
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14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, November 14,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of LAUREN HERRERA
Vol 144, No 263
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The New Braunfels Hercdd-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Allen Giacobbe, Kathy Ann Flores (20 years), Joel Graham, rleidi Herrmann (6 years), Annalia I. Meraz (I year), Lauren Herrera (5 years), Kyle Mauer (I year), Christa Leyba and Christal Jumette.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Sandra and the Rev. Ray Still (16 years) and Mike and Karen Usey.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, cedi 625-9144.
MOW — 728 Cedar Elm — trace Ragweed —6
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of Or. information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 171 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622 fF feet above sea level, down 01 from Wednesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —170 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.48 feet above sea level. (Below conservation
reports pumping 7.S63 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and no wen water was used.
Water lily forum
A public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters to discuss water issues will be at 7 p.m. today at the New Braunfels Independent School District Board Room, 430 W. Mill.
Featured speakers are Bill West of Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, John Ashworth and Steven Densmore of the Texas Water Development Board, and Doug Miller of the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
A question and answer session will follow. For more information, call Rose Marie Eash, (210)980-3188.
<pac— available for craft sal# Saturday
Craft fair spaces are available for a Saturday fair at Peace Lutheran Church. Call 620-0618 in the morning or 606-0313 after 6:30 p.m. for more information.
liedatwlniiing pianist performs Sunday
The Mid-Texas Symphony Society and Texas Lutheran University present Tchiakovsky International Gold Medal pianist Barry Douglas on stage at at 4 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. Douglas was the first western pianist in almost 30 years to win the Tchiakovsky Gold Medal.Tickets are available at the Jackson Auditorium box office or at the door for $15 or $14 for seniors.
Wentworth Ie guest of Republican group
New Braunfels Republican Women will meet and elect board members at noon on Monday at the New Braunfels Republican Headquarters on San Antonio Street. State Sen Jeff Wentworth will be the guest speaker. Visitors should bring a covered dish or pay $5 for lunch.
Mack Heritage Society together
The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will be meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
For more information, call 606-6936 or Nancy Green at 608-1625.
Positions to fill in NBISD
B New Braunfels High School Principal — Former principal John Turman requested reassignment, and the Board of Trustees approved the move on Oct. 1. Turman became assistant to the superintendent on Oct. 3. Karen Simpson, NBISD executive director of education services, took over as interim principal through December.
B NBISD Superintendent — Superintendent Charles Brad-berry announced Monday night that he will take over as the superintendent of the Keller Independent School District, lf the board approves his resignation at its next meeting and releases him from his contract, his move will take effect Jan. 1.
B NBISD Director of Curriculum — Dr. Ellen Bell decided Wednesday night to accept a position with the Texas Association of School Administrators. She will ask the Board of Trustees to accept her resignation at the next meeting and will assume her new responsibilities Jan. 2.
Bell says she’s leaving NBISD
By DENISE DZIUK
Staff Writer .
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees can add one more person to the list of positions it must fill.
Dr. Ellen Bell, NBISD director of curriculum, will as“k the board to accept her resignation at the next board meeting.
Bell, who has been with the district for 3 1/2 years, has taken a position with the Texas Association of School Administrators in Austin as the director of professional development.
If the board accepts her resignation. Bell will assume her new responsibilities as of Jan. 2.
“I’m going to miss New Braunfels, but I’m excited about returning to Austin,” Bell said. “We lived there for 25 years and
have family there. It's also a great opportunity.”
In her current position. Bell said she works primarily with teachers and principals on instruction programs and curriculum.
She also analyzes state assessment data and organizes staff development for the district.
In her new position, she will conduct training for superintendents and staff, handle curriculum auditing, follow legislation and write policy statements.
Bell's decision Thursday evening to leave the distnct came just days after Superintendent Charles Bradbury announced he would ask to be released from his contract with the district.
Bradberry has accepted the position of superintendent with the Keller Independent School Distnct in the Fort Worth area and will become that school system's top administrator Jan. I.
Smithson Valley collision
Trooper Linn Manton)
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
records details of the accident, which occurred st 8:20 a.m. today.
Three injured in morning collision
From staff reports
Three people involved in a two-car accident this morning in front of the entrance of Smithson Valley High School were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Joseph Wilson, 19, of Canyon Lake, Vicky Lynn Erwin, 36 and her daughter, whose name was not
known at press time, were taken to McKenna.
Wilson was traveling west on Highway 46 in a maroon Ford Bronco II when Erwin, who was driving a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup, pulled out of the high school entrance and was broadsided on the right side by Wilson, a Department of Public Safety trooper said.
A passenger riding with Wilson was was not injured.
DA promises fair treatment of Brandt case
By ABE LEVY
Reinter axes two CA’s office staffers
By DAVID DEKUNDER
County attorney-elect Bill Reinter admitted Wednesday that his dismissal of two employees in his new office was politically motivated.
Reinter, who will take office as county attorney on Jan. I, gave termination notices to both Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Smith-Burris and legal assistant/docket clerk Yolanda D’Antuono. The dismissals take effect Jan. I.
D’Antuono’s husband. John, asked during a hearing Wednesday in the Comal County Commissioners Court whether his wife’s firing had anything to do with his wife’s support of Smith-Burris, who lost in a close race against Reimer in the Republican Primary in March.
“I was under the impression people would not be fired,”
'I feel by evaluating the situation that I would bo more comfortable with someone I would have a better rapport with.’
— Bill Reimer County attorney-elect
John D’Antuono said. “Then my wife is given a letter of termination. T here was nothing derogatory in her personnel folder. Is this politics?”
Reimer answered, "Yes, sir.”
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Officials from the Comal County District Attorney’s Office said they will handle the theft charge of Rusty Brandt without regard to his standing in the New Braunfels community as the Wurstfest Association president and a well-known local businessman.
“The arrest charge will he handled fairly and quickly as we handle this and all other cases in the community,'' Distnct Attorney Bill Reimer said.
The timing of Brandt’s arrest just three days atter the close of Wurstfest — was prearranged even though the police officer investigating the case. John Bailey, said he had enough evidence to make the arrest before the 10-day event.
The officer said the theft charge is in no way related to Brandt’s duties as Wurstfest president.
Officials in Reimer’s office said they asked Bailey to delay arresting Brandt until atter Wurstfest so a certified public accountant could review some of Brandt’s critical business records.
"Because the DA’s office had issued a subpoena for business records and had an agreement for a CPA to review these records and make a report, it was inadvisable to make an (arrest) until the CPA made the report,” Reimer said.
Bailey said he made the arrest Wednesday morning on Walnut Avenue shortly after Brandt left his house at 215 Preston Hollow.
“Wurstfest is good for the community. Because of who he is and the way things are, it was a serious request (to delay arrest),” Bailey said. "I would have arrested him before Wurstfest because that was the time to do it, but there’s no need for a bad light to be shed on Wurstfest before it starts. I
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By ABE LEVY
The son of the Comal County sheriff-elect was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, police said.
Jason Robert Holder. 19, of the 1600 block of Pahmeyer Lane, was arrested at 9:28 a.rn. on a warrant involving a prior burglary incident, police said.
I Ie was taken to the Comal County Jail where he posted SI (MHH) bond that day.
Holder's father. Boh Holder. said he has not seen his son in almost two years.
But the sheriff-elect said that if the charge is true, then his son should be treated like any other member of the public.
"I know the police department makes good investigations,” the sheriff-elect said
“I’m a great believer in personal responsibility, and if it turns out that he or any other member of my family has committed a crime, then they should be as accountable as any other citizen. I bat’s not to say that he has, but I just don’t know.
"He will be 20 years old in March.” Holder said. “I don’t plan to get personally involved. The bottom line is he’s an adult.
"I don’t know what lie’s done. No parent wants to be put in this position, hut that's the way it is.”
New Marion library ajoint school, community project
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MARION — Marion public schools will celebrate their past and usher in the 21st century this weekend.
The Marion Independent School District Community Library opens at 3 p.m. Sunday.
At the same time, a historical marker commemorating the 118-year history of the Marion school system will be unveiled in front of the new library.
“With the dedication of the marker and the library, we are bridging the past to the future,” MISD Assistant Superintendent Tom DeKunder said.
DeKunder, who wrote the history behind the marker, will give a presentation on the history of the Marion school system.
The Marion Public School (District 50) opened its first schoolhouse in 1878, a year after the town was founded with the arrival of the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad.
Herald Zeitung photo by DAVID DEKUNDER
Wilma Baumann raadiaa th# Marion library for Sunday’s opening.
T.W. Peirce, the railroad magnate who owned the GH&SA Railroad and laid out the town, donated $3,000 and land for free public schools in Marion.
The Marion Community Library, which was completed this fall, is located in front of Marion Middle School on Bulldog Drive.
Head librarian Kathy Waller said the staff moved into the new building three weeks ago from the former location inside Marion High School.
The first known Marion public school library was established in 1938 "We had a library btxik chain of students and adults w hich stretched from the high school to the library who put the books in the library,” Waller said The new library consists of a circular vestibule foyer/lobby f ront entrance, an arched forest green roof, a sand colored brick facade a meeting room and will contain extra shelf space for Marion ISD students and the community.
The new community library cost $500,000. T he 5,000-square-foot facility can hold 20,(KH) volumes of books and periodicals.
The library also can provide the Internet to students and Marion residents in the future.
The meeting room will house literacy classes and offer space for non-profit organizations to hold their sessions.
‘With the dedication of the marker and the library, we are bridging the past to the future.’
MISD assistant superintendent
During the grand opening, Waller said the library w ill start a card drive to gain more members in the Marion community.
The library received a Lower Colorado River Authority-Guadalupe Valley Electric C ooperative grant for $25,000 Donors and businesses who bought bricks will have their names displayed on the pathway lo the library and in the foyer.
Waller said the new library will be open from 8 a m. to 3 p in. Mondays and Fndays, from 8 am to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and T hursdays and from IO a m. to I p in. on SaturdaysSchool district’s 40th anniversary a milestone to cheer. See Opinion, Page 4A.