New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS an '^1 COUNTY / Homa of Jollna S. ErtoenFriday-November 15, 1991
One Section, 14 Pages
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung wishes “happy birthday” today to Bob Bums, Cidelia Saenz, )iego Saenz, Barbara Doeppensc-hmidt and Troy Graschel.
“Happy birthday” on Saturday to Renee Slim pin, Rachel Ie Rene Garza, Daniel Patton, Patrick Voss, Nola Waldo, JefTrey Juarez and Pidencio Luna.
Belated birthday wishes to Renata Rittimann; Alan, Robert and Judy Bracks; Sylvia Lagunas Martinez; and Mark Anthony Aguirre.
“Happy anniversary” on Friday to Vernon and Carol Freimuth and on Saturday to David and Amelia Cantur.
Christmas Dinner Dance
Reservations for the New Braunfels Newcomers Club Christmas Dinner Dance — scheduled for 6:30 pjn. Dec. IO at the American Legion Hall, 410 N. Coll — are due by Dec. I.
The Seven Dutchmen will perform music from the 1930s and ’40s. Ice, mixes and cups will be provided; partygoers must supply their own alcohol. The cost is $13 a person, with reservations and payment due by Dec. I. Checks should be made payable to Jean Heck and mailed to Heck at 246 Loma Vista. The club will not meet Dec. 3 for its regular monthly meeting.
Family Focus Workshops
A series of parenting discussion programs will be presented every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Mill Store Plaza Conference Room beginning Dec. 2. The free series for parents and others interested in an effective working guide for dealing with children and teens is sponsored by the Teen Connection.
Principles to be shared in this informal setting are effective and practical for the home and in aiding a child’s performance at school.
“It isn’t easy being a parent, Bid these meetings are designed to help support parents,” said Janet Fischer, outreach counselor.
Information will focus on the age groups from birth through adolescence and cover a variety of topics, such as actions a parent should take immediately, developing positive learning outcomes, ways to help drag-proof a child, and children’s development from birth.
For more information, call the Mill Store Plaza at 620-6806 or call the Teen Connection at 629-6571.
The C1SD Tax Payers Association invites concerned taxpayers in the Comal Independent School District to a meeting scheduled for 2 pm. in the Saltier VFW Hall, located on FM2673 and River Road. The topic of the meeting will be obtaining signatures for the group's petition for an election to allow registered CISD voters to vote for or against a property tax rollback. For more information, call 620-3032 and leave a message.
New Braunfels High Schoo Band Boosters will meet in the hand hall at 7:30 pjn. Tuesday, Nov. 19. All interested residents are invited.
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Vol. 139, No. 258
Killeen official talks about tragedy
By MARK WARNKEN City Editor
A Killeen school district official says the value of his district’s crisis management plan was proved after the nation’s worst mass shooting incident last month.
Bob Massey, the communications coordinator for Killeen Independent School District, discussed the value of the plan at a regional meeting of the Texas School Public Relations Association Thursday. The meeting was hosted by New Braunfels Independent
Killer George Kennard of Belton look the lives of three Killeen 1SD administrators at a Luby's Cafeteria in the city during his methodical killing spree on Oct. 16.
In total, Kennard killed more than 20 people,
after driving his truck through a plate-glass window during the noon lunch hour and shooting his victims at point-blank range.
Massey sucsscd die necessity for each school district of his 20 or so col -leagues who attended the meeting lo develop such a crisis plan — just in case.
“I was very pleased how my district handled the pressure of everything dial happened over those two days,’’ Massey said.
While no district could be totally
prepared for such a tragedy, KISD probably was in a better position than many school districts, he said. Because KISD officials rn Killeen. home to Fort Hood, had developed an extensive counseling and public information plan for anticipated casualties from Operation Desert Storm, Massey said. The district also had prepared how to communicate with relatives of soldiers killed in the war, he said.
Altogether, 18 KISD staff members were eating in the cafeteria that afternoon. The KISD administrators lulled
were honoring their supervisor on National Bosses Day. The supervisor was wounded rn the leg, Massey said.
Massey heard about the incident rn the administration building parking lot as he returned from lunch at home, and he went to work immediately. His fust priorities were to notify each campus and school board members, gather as much information as possible, and monitor local television and radio sumo!is.
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The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain today and tom-morrow with unseasonably high temperatures in the low 80s. The high temperature in New Braunfels Thursday was 75 and the low was 67. For more weather information see page 2.
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Citizens garnering signatures for vote
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
After the first day of a petition drive to recall two council mem hers, New Braunfels residents uivolved in the campaign said Thursday night they were off to a solid start.
Meanwhile, Mayor Clinton Brandt, who along with Council Member Bill Arnold has been targeted by the recall group, said he will issue a public statement today and declined to commem further until that time.
Arnold is in Hawaii until next week and cannot be reached for comment.
Carolyn Phillips, a New Braunfels resident and sales represents live, said she and two friends wert able lo collect about 40 signatures Friday by visiting neighbors.
“A couple of people were kind of hesitant.” she said. “They were afraid that something would come back on them, that kind of thing.” The two petition*, one for the recall of Arnold and the other for
Brandi, state as grounds the “fat lure to invesugale allegations of voter misconduct by former City Manager, Paul Grohman ”
The recall group must collect 875 signatures from registered voters — a number equalling 30 per cern of the votes cast in the last election — whereupon an accused council member can call for a public hearing to present facts in his defense before a recall election.
“I think it’s unfortunate that this is happening,” said Council Mem ber Ramon Chapa Jr. “I believe that this will not help our purpose of try • mg to get unified All of us seven (council members) have been through a lot lately and I would just hope that one of these days, it would end.
“As far as the peunon or anything else goes, I am just going to sit it out.” he said.
David Wallace, who organized the recall group after the council chose Brandt for mayor Monday nlghL said he spoke with a petiiion-See RIDALL, Pete I
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Managing Editor
Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance for the New Braunfels Independent School District, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at a San Antonio hospital today recovering from a heart transplant.
“He’s doing wonderf u 11 y well," his wife Dorothy said today from Medical Center Hospital. “He’s breathing on his own.
He will probably be in intensive care for about a week. The doctors Curtis are saying he’s responding as good as he can. There are just no complications.”
Curtis, who has continued working, was informed Thursday afternoon that he would receive a heart from a 21-year-old man from Waco. The surgery ended this morning around 3 o’clock. Curtis has been on a beeper system connected to the transplant unit since the middle of August.
The Rev. Kenny Wood, who is the pastor at the church Curtis’ daughter attends was with the family during the surgery.
“When I think of Lonnie I think of Dorothy,” Wood said. They fit together. The whole family takes care of each other. Then I think of him as a responsible steward of the earth; and as a sensitive Christian. He always makes me feel important.”
NBISD Superintendent Charles Birdberry said Curtis was first hired by the district as an assistant principal for New Braunfels High School in 1974. He now, according to Bradber-ry, is a “one-man show in terms of finance."
He oversees purchasing, accounts payable, payroll, and supervises a number of directors.
“We’re all just pulling together,” Bradberry said. “Our main concern is Lonnie and that he is going to be OK.”
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Members of the First United Methodist Church youth choir, above, sing during me Children's Choir Festival sponsored by the New Braunfels Music Study Club presented Thursday night at the church. Also presenting choral numbers were th| New Braunfels Presbyterian Children’s Choir, St Paul Lutheran’s Children’s Choir, The Gerhardt Family and The Singing Saints of St. John’s Episcopal Church. While everybody elses attention was focused on me performers.^ youthful fttotrtjar of the St. Paul Lutheran Children’s Chit found the photographer’s activities more fascinating. (Photos by BIN Ervin)