New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 20.1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas ta more than 144 years ■ Home of TIMOTHY BRINKKOETER
Vol 144. No 267
Birthday wistios from I tho HorokUoltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sherry King, Rudy Castilleja, Timothy Brinkkoeter, Michael Hernandez (belated), Robert Parchman, Brooklyn Chandler (17 years), Ashley Perring (12 years), John Mullins, Dr. Jerry Major (50 years), Katey Usey (5 years). Sarah L. Zamarripa (2 years), Dylan Fischer and Katy Crocker (11 years).
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Veda and Idus Gipson (29 years) and Armando and Gloria Ramirez (25 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —2,453 Cedar Elm — 4 Ragweed — trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 177 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.08 feet above sea level, same as Tuesday
Canyon Dam discharge —106 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 149 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.59 feet above sea level. (Below conservation
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 6.528 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and no wen water was used.
YMCA group to meet today
The YMCA’s planning committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at Carl Schurz Elementary School at 633 W Coll St.
For more information, call Allen Seelhammer at 606-0965
BuMdors association plans Thursday avant
The Comal Builders Association meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at Tree Tops Restaurant. Cost is $10 at the door. R.S.V.P. by today. Call Steven Lange at 625-6939 for information.
Vatarans for Christ callactlng clothing
The Veterans for Christ Ministry is collecting donations of blankets, adult coats, jackets, sweaters and gloves (men and women) for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach. The program provides these items to homeless veterans.
Call 625-6375 for details.
Wattmachtsmarfct tickets on sale
There are still tickets available for the Thursday Weih-nachtsmarkt Preview Gala at the New Braunfel^Civic Cen-
Tickets are $15 and include a buffet and preview of “All That Glitters" in the German Christmas Market held annually to benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
The $15 gala ticket also covers admission to the market through Sunday. Call 629-1572 for information.
R—ding council to moot Thursday
The Comal County Reading Council meets at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Primary School library, 1200 W. County Line Road in New Braunfels.
A representative from Rigby Publishing Co. will present the company’s new materials. Admission is free for members Non-members must pay $5, but they will be able to attend the rest of the council’s meetings during the school year at no cost.
Modified block schedule approved
By DENISE DZIUK
Staff Writer -
7:51-9:21 First Period (90-minute
9:21-9:27 Passing Period 9:27-10:27 Second Period (60-minute class)
10:27-10:32 Announcements (5 minutes)
10:32-10:38 Passing Period 10:38-11:38 Third Period (60-minute class)
11:44-1:44 Fourth Period (90-minute block + 30 minute lunch)
11:44-12:14 A Lunch (30 minutes)
12:14-1:44 Class (90 minutes) 11:44-12:14 Class (30 minutes)
12:14-12:44 B Lunch (30 minutes)
12:44-1:44 Class (60 minutes)
11:44-12:44 Class (60 minutes)
* 12:44-1:14 C Lunch (30 minutes) 1:14-1:44 Class (30 minutes)
11:44-1:14 Class (90 minutes block)
1:14-1:44 D Lunch (30 minutes)
1:44-1:50 Passing period 1:50-2:51 Fifth Period (60-minute class)
2:51 -3:01 Channel One (11 minutes) (Can be at the beginning of Fifth period)
Months of debate came to a quiet end Tuesday night when the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed modifications to the accelerated block scheduling plan in use at the high school, to take effect next fall.
The new schedule will mix some elements of a traditional school schedule with those of the accelerated block schedule.
Under the system that has been in use for the past three years, students take four 90-minute classes a day. Students complete the classes by the end of Karan Simpson the semester, rather than at the end of the year, and classes for new courses begin the next semester.
Superintendent Charles Baldberry appointed a consensus building committee in April to look into the high school schedule after parents and teachers expressed some coneen is.
The main concerns dealt with the lack of core subjects on a daily basis and the impact of extracurricular activities, which can account for a fourth of a student’s day.
Karen Simpson, interim principal at New Braunfels High School, said committee members and faculty spent an enormous amount of time and energy on the plan.
Although the discussions became "heated" at times, the group continued to remain focused, Simpson said.
“I think more than anything else, we’ve had commitment to the student body at New Braunfels High School." Simpson said.
Under the new plan, which was unanimously supported by the faculty, the consensus building committee, the site-based management committee and the Board of I rustees, students will take five classes.
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Board updates grading system
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed a new grade-weighting system for the high school Tuesday night.
Carl Hall, assistant principal for NBHS, said a committee began looking at the current grade-weighting system because of concerns of grade inflation.
The current system also did not reward students for taking advanced placement or dual enrollment classes. I hill said.
‘‘The faculty felt the current grade-weighting system was somewhat outdated and did not reflect what we were doing at New Braunfels High School,’’ Hall said. “Our main goal here was to reward students academically.”
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Luna succumbs to viral infection
From Staff Reports
A local teenager, whom the community has continued to support in his battle with leukemia, died Tuesday in San Antonio after a short bout with a viral infection.
Charles Luna, 13, a student at Sts. Peter & Paul School, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) last September. In April, he received the bone marrow transplant he needed.
The community rallied behind the boy, providing both spiritual and financial help. Various fund-raisers were dedicated to Luna, including an auction, a spaghetti dinner, and tamale sales. A San Antonio firefighter also ran a 26-mile marathon, with the pledges going to the Luna Fund. Another resident won a new truck in a raffle and turned around and auctioned it off, with the proceeds also going to Charles Luna the fund. The money raised was used to help pay for Luna’s treatments and transplant.
Last Saturday, Luna became ill and began to complain of shortness of breath. He was admitted to the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, where he spent part of the past week in intensive care tin a respirator.
Luna was suffering from a viral infection. Doctors told Luna’s parents last week they could not treat the infection. They saki the infection had to run its course, ;uid Luna’s already low immune system would have to fight it.
Services are pending.
Touched by an angel...
Mother of four finds comfort from troubles through work in Inner Peace Movement
By ABE LEVY
Jan Waters’ life came to a screeching halt in 1975 following a stormy divorce.
A staunch Catholic and mother of four, the divorce left her feeling alone and without purpose in life.
She developed migraine headaches, sinus problems, lower-back pain and pneumonia.
Waters hit rock bottom when she underwent a hysterectomy after discovering she had cancer.
Then a television commercial prompted her to attend a lecture on communicating with angels as a method of self-healing.
About six months later her illnesses began to leave, she said.
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“I heard some teachings on how to heal myself and to communicate with my angels and my whole body stained to change with my new attitude,” Waters said.
Waters, who lived in New Braunfels two years ago before moving to San Antonio, said the experience gave her a new lease on life.
She began telling others about her experience in 1976 and eventually left her job as a social worker to lecture throughout the country, Canalis and Mexico.
Her next lectures are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn, 1051 E.
Interstate 35, in New Braunfels. The lectures take 30 minutes and are free and open to the public.
Waters is part of the Washington-based Inner
Free lectures offered
Peace Movement, which was started by artist Francisco Coll of Puerto Rico in 1964.
I PM is not an organized religion, Waters said, but a program that brings a new enthusiasm for life through connecting with the spintual energy inside every person.
She said many people experience psychic phenomena like her own that need explanation.
“I was a good old Catholic girl who didn’t believe in psychics and I wasn’t even sure if my angels existed,” Waters said. “I knew there’s got to be piore to my life then raising my family. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be doing this.” Waters said the movement has helped her understand Catholicism’s stnct teachings, which she said were sometimes hard to follow.
Eating meat on Fridays was‘prohibited for years before church leaders changed that doctrine in the early 1970s.
“We make the rules of our religion, sometimes more important than ourselves,” Waters said. “They changed the rules on me. Because I was so much of a believer in my church, I was very disillusioned. With the movement, I realized I’m not a bad person. There’s no mistakes, only stepping stones.”
The movement includes at least IOO active participants in San Antonio and a handful in the New Braunfels area. Waters said.
Waters said there is no membership or gurus iii the movement, which includes ideas from Eastern mystic religions, such as relaxation techniques, belief in reincarnation and reading auras.
Waters said everyone on Earth has varying degrees of consciousness, depending on how iii tune they are with their angels.
Angels, she said, are higher souls that have chosen to help others along the way.Texas’ highways remain economic lifeline for this state. See Opinion, Page 4A.