New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 152, No. 284 14 pages, 2 sections
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IRONY BLOWS IN
Smithson Valley shellacks San Antonio Highlands 57-13, clenching a homecoming victory in district opener. Page SA
I Molly Ivins offers that the I season for irony is in full bloom. | especially with President Bush I in the White House. Page 4A
Program reaches out to Hispanics
By Dylan Jimtnaz
, Staff Writer
Aurora Zekos brings her children to the New Braunfels Public Library each Monday night.
She and her children attend bilingual story time, a program aimed at encouraging library use by Hispanics. Volunteers read Spanish books to the children and facilitate educational games.
“For me, it’s important to help my children and me," Zekos said.
Zekos and other parents meet for a brief English-as-a-second-language lesson and a presentation about local programs for Hispanics.
The bilingual story time is a
modification of a program that had been in existence for several years. The program continues through Oct. 20.
Usually about a dozen adults and children attend the weekly meetings.
Many of the students are in Sylvia Mayer’s Goodwin Primary bilingual class.
She encourages her students and their parents to come to bilingual story time.
“When parents get involved, they get more involved in the education of their kids, and that’s important for any teacher," Mayer said.
Spanish-speaking residents new to the area might not know of the local programs available to them, organizers said.
The next two Mondays, Texas Workforce Commission and Hope Hospice will present.
The idea of a local library is uncommon in Mexico, said Albe Samuels, bilingual program coordinator.
The library has recently
increased the number of Span-ish-language resources on its shelves. Along with a larger Spanish book collection, the library now offers English literacy media, audio books and films in Spanish.
librarians also have produced a library map in Spanish and Spanish-language fliers to promote services.
“It seemed like there was a need in the community,’’ Samuels said.
The increased resources Itave increased library use among local I lispanics. Parents are get
ting more library cards for their kids and signing their children up to use the Internet.
“Were trying to make the library a habit,” Samuels said.
One of the most important accomplishments is for the children lo get their own library card, said Sally Zamora, Goodwin Primary teacher who coordinates bilingual story time for the children.
“It gives them some ownership as to what they want to do on their own," Zamora said, “lf they want to learn about snakes or dinosaurs, they can look it up.”Both houses OK pushing back primary
By Natalie Gott
Associated Press Writer
AUS FIN —The six-month legislative battle over congressional redistricting hit another busted quorum Friday night when most of the I louse Democrats and a few Republicans disappeared before a vote on a separate government reorganization bill.
After attempts to round up missing legislators failed, the House adjourned until 2 p.m. Sunday and the Senate voted to postpone further action on redistricting until 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Texas House, in a 76-58 vote, approved the House-Senate compromise congressional redistricting plan Friday afternoon. The Senate finished debate on the bill by late afternoon. It then delayed a vote until the House took up legislation to reorganize certain aspects of state government.
Farber Friday, both houses voted to move the date of the states 2004 primary election so new Republican-backed congressional districts could be used.
The Legislature in the spring approved moving up the states primary to March 2, an earlier date that wouldn’t interfere with school spring breaks and would give Texas more prominence in the 2004 presidential race.
See BUST. Page 3A
James Startz, son of Startzville s namesake couple, dies at 79
By Ron Maloney
STARTZVILLE — (Canyon Lake lost one of its most prominent citizens Thursday night.
lames Startz, 79, passed away at Northeast Baptist I lospital in San Antonio.
The Startzville community got its name from his parents, Curt and Alice Startz, and the store they operated for years.
Historian and author Alton
Rahe said James and borine Startz took over the store in 1963 and operated it until Inrine’s passing iii 1997.
Monica Wetz, operates it today.
Rahe said Curt and Alice bought the store about 1946. The name Startzville reportedly was coined by an artist who painted a rendering of the store in 1950.
After Curt’s passing in 1959, Alice continued to operate the family store. When James and borine took it over, they added the now-famous cafe.
“James Startz has very strong ties to the community,” Rahe said. “In the true sense, it was James’ dad that Startzville was named after.”
In later years, the grocery closed, but the cate continues as a lake landmark.
Retired County Commissioner Moe Schwab said the lake community has always been important to Startz and his family.
“James was a citizen who always did his part,” Schwab said. “Some guys, you have to remind them, lames, you didn’t remind. I Ie was always good for holding up his end."
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By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels Planning officials are looking back to the airport for next year’s annexation plan.
In 2003, New Braunfels City Council annexed two areas along Texas 46 south of the city on either side of Saengerhalle Road.
A third proposed area on Texas 46 — Area 8 on this year’s annexation plan — was not annexed after a split council vote halted the effort in its final stage. Area 8 is a 0.8 square mile block further south.
Residents from the three areas near the airport were vocally opposed to the annexation, saying potential development would be an intrusion on their lives.
City officials say annexing undeveloped areas with commercial development potential will increase commercial tax revenue.
The area along Texas 46 near the airport is an example of this potential with die construction of flit' Central Texas Technology Center and expansion of the airport.
Tuesday, planning commissioners held preliminary discussions about annexing the land in 2004. They were reacting to a recent council move to study expanding one of the two airport runways. Council also recently named airport expansion as a high priority.
See ANNEXATION. Page 3AIn ’04 plan, city again eyes Area 8
for bilingual story time.
Sally Zamora reads from a book in Spanish to children attending bilingual story time at the New Braunfels Public Library. Below, children
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
listen to a volunteer read a story. The library's bilingual story time is part of an effort to reach out to Spanish-speaking patrons.with quorum bust
John Deere Gracile
See photos of the winners of the Kiddie Tractor Pull at the Comal County Fair.
Archaeologists dig up history of Comal County’s earliest residents in Sunday’s Lite feature story, Age IC