New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Johnny Dm and Rocket 88’s kept things Jumping Friday night at Oruana Hall at tho opening of Qruana Music Fast The thrss day music festival continues today, with events starting at noon
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Abigail Santana, John Rhsinlandar (90 years), Stephanie Ackerman (Monday), Sharon Feuge (Monday), Judy Myers, Margo Mendoza, Jennifer Young, Melissa Ann Guerrero (19 years), Wilburn Granzin, Larry Bottenfieid, Gays McCoy, Heather Maloy (Monday), Nathan Eastin (4 years Monday), Gerry Eof! (Monday), Harmony Brundrett (Monday), Jessica Dominguez (14 years Saturday), Shirley Hank, Brian Hubertus, Weston Pacharzina and Brant Free (Monday).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Roger and Dorothy Brinkkoeter (Monday), Jesse and Liah Rosales, Debbie and James Welch (4 years), Billie and Bill Rudd (54 years Monday), Joann and J.T. Pedler (19 years) and Noland and Joyce Koepp (Saturday belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Altar Society plans Thursday moating
St. Ann’s Christian Mothers Altar Society of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will hold • their regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The guest speaker will be Carol Belton.
Buiidars group to gather this waak
The October meeting of the Comal County Builders Association will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Treetops Riverside Grille.
The meeting, sponsored by G.S. Roofing and Williams Insulation, will focus on comments from County Judge Carter Casteel and Mayor Jan Kennady. Members and visitors should make reservations by calling Shelly at the association office at 625-6939.
Democrats holding dobate party
The Comal County Democrats will host a Presidential Debate Party on Wednesday at the Comal County Democratic Headquarters, 194 W.
San Antonio St. Everyone is invited to attend and watch the debate.
For more information, call the Democratic Headquarters at 608-1987.
CHS Homo coming hag tallgato bash
The Senior Class of Canyon High School will be sponsoring a tailgate party before the Homecoming football game Friday.
Tickets for the barbecue dinner, catered by Bill Miller BBQ, will be $5 and can be purchased from any Canyon High School senior or in the front office.
AAM Club to show game film this wook
The Comal County A&M Club will be showing the Texas A&M vs. Iowa State football game at 7 p.m. Thursday at C.C.’s pizza.
TATA prooidont to spook at OakRun
Richard Kouri, president of the Texas State Teachers Association, will speak to a combined meeting of the New Braunfels Educators and the Comal Educators associations and guests at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 at OakRun School. He will speak about the role of TSTA in promoting public education. A question and answer period will follow. The public is invited
46 pages in four sections O Sunday, October 13,1996
Serving the Comal County area for more than 144 years O Home of JOHN RHEINLANDER
Bar owners hope to push back ‘last call’ hour
By DENISE DZIUK
A hearing has been set to determine if the Comal County Commissioners acted outside their authority when they voted last year to rescind late night drinking hours in the unincorporated areas of the county.
In February 1995, the county commissioners voted to rescind a 1979 order extending drinking hours in the county. The order, signed by the commissioners, said the hours should be rescinded “in order to protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Comal Coun-
That's pretty significant damages. It’s definitely hurting them.'
— Sam Katz Attorney representing bar owners
The order went into effect March 5, 1995, which meant bar owners had to stop selling alcohol at I a.m. on Sunday and at midnight the rest of the week. The previous hours had been 2 a.m. every day.
Bar owners said this caused a loss in business
and income. Sam Katz, an attorney representing six bar owners, said since the change in hours, the owners have lost income, and some have had to file bankruptcy and have lost their business and home.
“That's pretty significant damages,” Katz said. “It's definitely hurting them ”
A suit was filed against the county and the commissioners almost immediately in Comal County.
In November, that suit was dropped, and another was filed in Travis County. In addition to the county and its commissioners, the new suit named the state and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Com
Katz said naming the state and TABC allowed the plaintiff's to decide which county to file the case in. He said there was a question of impartiality in suing the commissioner in Comal County-
“We thought it would be very difficult and near impossible to find an impartial judge and jury.” Katz said.
In March, a Travis C ounty district judge granted the county a change of venue, and moved the case back to Comal County. Local district judges
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Rockin’ The House
photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
the 10th Annual at noon. For a complete dance
Districts juggle school schedules
Tourism money may be divided
Chamber may get contract, but others may get access to funds
By ABE LEVY
(Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on schedules utilized by different school districts across the state.)
By DENISE DZIUK
With the increase in the state’s graduation requirements, combined with student involvement in extra-curricular activities such as band and athletics, districts across Texas are having to find a way to fit it all in. Some are looking to accelerated block scheduling for the answers to meet the requirements while still giving students choices for electives.
HfattRiMlNMttABMMNribMttBj Schedules all Texas high schools are using:
A/B Block and Modified PJB — 433
Accelerated—121 Traditional 6,7, and 8 periods -689
Modified Block — 6 Other — 6
Under the accelerated block schedule, four 90-minute classes are taken for a semester, rather than six or seven classes throughout the entire year. The accelerat
ed block schedule gives students the possibility for additional credits, which means they can take more electives.
“It allows them to feel out different areas of study, and it gives you a broad spectrum of classes,” said Lu Pochelski, principal of Samuel Clemens High School is Schertz.
Pochelski’s school is in its third year on the schedule, and she said it is “very well thought of' by most parents, teachers and students.
“No matter what program you put in, someone’s not going to like it,” she said. “I think it’s harder for parents and teachers to
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The committee charged with reviewing the three applicants vying for city tourism dollars is recommending to the C ity Council Monday that it award the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce a five-year contract but set aside a portion of the money for other promotional uses at the council's discretion.
The proposed contract would give the New Braunfels chamber no more than $714,000 in the first year and raises of about 5 percent each additional year. At least $20,(XX) of the contract w ould be handed over to the city for any use by law, including special events.
The move would allow smaller promotions firms to apply for the $20,(XX) w ithout having to Jan Kannady submit a certified audit.
The audit requirement was the subject of much debate dunng the review process as the committee negotiated with the three applicants.
In fact, the review committee recommended the council disqualify the other two applicants, the Cireater Hispanic C hamber of Commerce of Comal County and Susan ll. Phillips, EVENTS! for failing to provide audited financial statements.
The Hispanic chamber and Phillips felt the audit was too expensive a requirement since they were not guaranteed to receive the tourism money they were applying for. The New Braunfels chamber paid for its audit w ith money from its existing contract w ith the city.
The proposal is subject to council consideration Monday and ends a month-and-a-half review of applications by committee members Mayor Jan Kennady, City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom and City Manager Mike Shands.
The council in May voted to include the audit requirement, and review committee members have said they need that information to ensure a return for the city.
“I can tell you that if you’re going to give away as much money as we are for a $200 million industry and a $H(X) economic impact in New
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Students form united front prior to presentation to board
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A group of students concerned about the recent changes at New Braunfels High School have formed their own committee to convey their concerns to the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees.
The Student Board, which is made up of students recommended by teachers, students and the NBIIS student council, met Enday to work on their speeches they plan to present to the school board at its meeting Tuesday night.
The students are concerned about the recent reassignments of fumier Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Engler to other positions in the school district.
The two were reassigned over “philosophical differences” with a majority of the board members over the issue of block scheduling.
Liz Grow, a Student Council representative, said the Student Board was organized shortly atter
‘We want more support for the students from the board. They (board) are not listening.’
— Liz Grow
NBHS Student Council representative
it was announced that Engler and Turman had been reassigned.
Some of the student speakers will address the reassignment of Engler and Turman while others will focus on the issue of block scheduling.
“We felt like we had to take action in an organized way,” Grow said. "We want to convey that we are angry at the decisions being made. We are not pointing fingers or getting mad at anyone, but getting involved.
“We want more support for the students from the board. They (board) are not listening Eventually
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Letters about changes at NBHS, block
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New Braunfels water usa restrictions
The city’s normal year-round water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers may be used from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used at any time.
United Way agencies there to help.
See Pages 4A and 12A.
See League of Women Voters Guide inside, with races on pages 6-