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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYA Look Ahead at Smithson Valley Hoops See Spo COUNTDOWN! 483 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennl March 21,1845 March 21,1996 New Braunfels 10 Pages in one section ■ Nov. 23,Herald -Zeitung ,1993    Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of LORINE STARTZ Vol. 142, No. 8 INSIDE Obituaries.......... ....2 Opinion........... .....4 Farm & Ranch news. ....5 Sports Day......... .. .7.8 Classifieds......... ..9,10 STAMMTISCH Birthday wlsliesl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Billie Albrecht, Irene Scholz, Mark Lyon, Raven Gomez, borine Slant, Monica Vargas, Diana Vela, Ruben R. Leal, Stuart Browning, Carolyn Clancy, [ Frances Crowe Mildred Krause, Lucille Pope, Carolyn RupeL Herald-Zeltung Cheer fund donations sought The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer fund campaign to provide food for local needy families is continuing with much success, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery. Avery said that any type of non-perishable food item can be donated, as well as money. The Cheer fund goal is to assist 200 local families this year. To donate, call the Herald-Zeltung at 625-9144. Today's donations were from: ■ Mr. Bl Mrs. Troy Burch, Sr. - $25 ■ Anonymous-SIO ■ Senior Citizen Club - $100 Today's Total - $3,443.02 Plaza Ira# lighting ceremony slated The annual Plaza tree lighting ceremony and holiday festivities will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, beginning at 5:45 p.m. This year's program, sponsored by the Downtown Association, includes Lone Star Elementary Choir, Hospice tree. Community Band, Mariachis and photos with Santa, who will arrive in town by firetruck. Call 620-5683 or 608-2100 for more information. Jingle Bell Run The First Annual Downtown Jingle Bell Run will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30 before the Plaza tree lighting. Wear a costume and join the fun! Registration is $12 (children $8) through Nov. 23, $16 after that date. Call 625-3778 or 629-4832 for informauon. Mountain Valley needs trees Mountain Valley Elementary School is in need of artificial Christmas trees for the classrooms. Please call 964-3755 daytime, or 899-7963 evenings for any donations. Comal Democrats meeting Nov. 23 The Comal County Chapter of Texas Democratic Women will meet 6:30 p.m. today at Comal Bowl, 1205 Huisache. The Comal County Democrats will meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight following the TDW at Comal Bowl. For more information, call 620-0664 or 629-0441. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, HStammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) AREAL WORLD Educational forums designed to send message of meeting real world needs By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Writer_ The first of the New Braunfels/Comal County “Real World Forums” designed to determine the skills and knowledge young people need to be successful in the real world was held at the New Braunfels Civic Center Monday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The effort, called “Raising Expectations to Meet Real-World Needs,” is being conducted in cooperation with the Office of Governor Ann Richards, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Department of Commerce, the Texas Employment Commission and the Texas Business and Education Coalition. Last night’s session was given by the two local school districts in conjunction with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. The major feature of the sessions is citizen participation in determining what students need to know and be able to do by the time they graduate to be successful in higher education, in the workplace and in other adult settings. Citizens responses to this question will help guide state policy for public schools in curriculum, student assessment and classroom instruction. All groups — community, civic, professional, business and industry, labor, college and university, governmental, religious, educational and others — are encouraged to participate in this public involvement process by holding a Real World Forum. “Anyone can hold one of these forums,” said Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for curriculum at Comal Independent School District, who conducted the forum. “In fact, I highly encourage these participants to go back to their own groups and host their own forums. The more groups that can give input statewide, the better.” According to Hall, anyone interested may contact her at CI SD, the New Braunfels Independent School District, the Region Educational Service Center or the Texas Education Agency for information ai how to get the materials and training the state provides to conduct the forums. Real World forum Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH A full room audience listened to the educational “Real World" forum. From left, are Jackie Heitkamp, Dennis Heitkamp, Dr. Charles Bradberry, Mike Fitsko, Ken McGuire and Karen Simpson. The forums started in October and will continue into December. About 40 participated in Monday night’s session. After an overview presentation and a 20 minute film on the “real world,” participants were divided into groups of about ten to discuss and fill out two simple forms. One asked “what should high school students know and be able to do by the time they graduate?” The other asked “In what settings do young people function after they graduate from school? (meant to help participants think about the many different skills and knowledge young people need and help the discussion leader organize the ideas from the discussion) and “For which of the settings listed do you believe schools should have significant responsibility for preparing young people?’ Hall said she will compile the infor mation gathered, summarize it, provide participants with a copy and send a copy to the Region XIII Education Service Center in Austin. They in turn will put together a regional report, a copy of which will be returned to local participants, and that will be sent to TEA who will consider all the Regional Education Service Center reports in curriculum revision, assessment revision and instructional revision. City council okays C&VB budget plan By JENNIFER ROM PEL Staff Walter The New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved the 1994 budget of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau during the council’s regular meeting last night. The operations of the C&VB are conducted by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. The chamber first presented the budget to council members at their meeting on Nov. 8. The council opted to table approving the budget at that time until the budget could be approved by the chamber’s board of directors. Chamber President Tom Purdum presented the budget to the council Monday night. He said he was pleased with the council’s decision. “I am pleased we can put this to rest. I thought everybody was very cooperative. I am pleased with the results. I am glad to have an unanimous decision,” he said. This year’s C&VB budget is $852,406. This is an increase of almost $100,000 over the 1993 budget. According to chamber officials, some additional items in this year’s budget include $60,000 for television advertising and $15,000 for a conversion study on the C&VB’s tourism campaign. The C&VB is funded by hotel and motel sales taxes. According to state law, the funds can only be used to promote tourism. During Monday’s council meeting, Purdum and members of the city council also discussed the possibility of finding a way for the two groups to work together to renovate or build a kitchen in the Gvic Center and possibly add a storage room. The suggestion to renovate the kitchen was made by Mayor Rudy Seidel and supported by Council Member Chris Dowers. “What I would like to see is for the chamber to set aside some of the money... so that the kitchen could be fixed up in the Civic Center,” said Seidel. Purdum said he cannot say the chamber will help with the renovations until he can talk to the chamber board of directors. “The chamber has a track record of helping the city with a lot of things, especially the Civic Center,” he said. “The chamber has done a good job. I’ll hand you that every day of the year,” said Seidel Purdum explained he was not sure if money from the C&VB could be used for the Civic Center, but suggested the renovations could be a project the city and chamber to work on together. Illegal cargo Herald-Zeitung photo by ROSE MARIE EASH Department of Public Safety Trooper Scott Haag displays the $300,000 worth of Marijuana seized in a traffic stop this weekend. The drugs weighed approximately 306 pounds. Thirty-one-year-old Thomas Mendoza Fegundo was arrested In connection with the confiscation. ‘Pssst. Wanna run for a city council seat?9 No candidates have stepped up to run for for vacant council positions By JENNIFER ROMP EL Staff Writer_ As of Monday afternoon, no candidates have filed to mn for the position of city council member for District 2. Officials at the city secretary’s office said three candidate packets have been picked up but no filings have been made. Candidates have until Dec. 15 to file for the office. Filing began last week. Those filing must be a registered voter of New Braunfels and must have lived in District 2 for a minimum of 12 months. The position was left vacant after District 2 residents recalled city councilman Dan Bremer. The election to fill the seat will be held Jan. 15. In addition to this seat, an at-large position for city council is now open. However, officials said this office will not be filled until the regular May election. The at-large position was left open after a judge determined this week that James Goodbread is not eligible to serve on the city council. Officials at the city secretary’s office said the election for the at-large candidate could not be held on Jan. 15 because the U.S. Justice Department requires at least 60 days between the time an election is called and when it is held. City council officials have not called the election for this position. Officials said the election must also be held on a uniform election day. The next uniform election day is not until May. At that time, elections will also be held for two other council members. City council delays vote on mayor pro tem By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council opted last night to once again delay electing a mayor pro tem. The decision has been delayed until after the May 7 election. The motion to delay the election was made by Council Member Chris Bowers. “I feel it would be more appropriate to elect a mayor pro tem at a point in time when we have a full council,” said Bowers. The council was originally set to elect the mayor pro tem in June. However, the decision was delayed at that time until a judge could nile on whether or not former Council Member James Goodbread was eligible to serve on the council. The council also conducted the following business: ■ Approved the final reading of an ordinance of the city council establishing procedural roles for an impact fee advisory committee. ■ Scheduled a workshop to discuss land acquisition at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 in the New Braunfels Municipal Building ■ Presented the Public Housing Management Assessment Program High Achiever Award to representatives of the New Braunfels Housing Authority. ■ Presented a proclamation to the Unicom Girls’ Cross Country Team for winning first place at the state meet and presented a proclamation to Melinda Valdez for participating in the Miss 1994 Texas Teen Event. ■ Approved the first reading of an ordinance adopting the most recent edition of the city map as the official map of New Braunfels ■ Denied a request by McKenna Memorial Hospital for free use of the Civic Center for a town forum on health care. ■ Approved a request of New Braunfels Utilities to vacate, abandon and close portions of Rock Street and North Central Avenue. ■ Authorized the city manager to advertise for bids for emergency light bare for the police department.For    news, subscription, or advertising information, call 625-9144 ;