New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Houston Astros lose to the St. Louis Cardinals 10-7 in game 1 of the NL Championship series. Page 7A
City Councilman Ken Valentine discusses pros for voting yes to Proposition 2. Page 4A
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LULAC to help fired city employees
By Ron Maloney
employees, asking that they be preparations for a lawsuit
reinstated — and threatening against the city, if necessary, in
A Hispanic advocacy group faction. connection with the firing of
has questioned the city’s firings And a local attorney said one of the employees, a 21-
of 12 street department Wednesday he was making year veteran street depart
Glen Peterson, representing Roland Martinez against possible criminal charges in connection with items allegedly
taken from homes flooded in 2002, said he had consulted with the League of United Latin American Citizens in connection with the firings.
“I assume jurisdiction will lie in federal district court. Even if the city were to back off now
See LULAC, Page 3A
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Gavin Jackson (left) and Whitney Thorpe of Coach Donovan Dove's seventh grade class enter in their answers to the quiz question posted on the screen. The computer will register their answers, and points will be given.
2 SYMS history classrooms benefit from foundation grant
By Leigh Jones
Seventh grade Smithson Valley Middle School students leave their pens and pencils at home when it’s time to take a test in Donovan Dove’s Texas History class.
Paper tests and essay books are a thing of the past. Students can now take tests using remote controls.
Dove propelled two SVMS social studies classrooms into the 21 st century with a $3,785 grant from the Comal Public School Foundation last year. The gifted funds purchased two 32 remote Classroom Performance Systems.
With the new technology, Dove can create quizzes and tests on the computer and project each multiple-choice question onto a screen in front of the class. The students use remote control devices to beam their answers back to the computer.
“The students really love it,” Dove said. “It's been great
AT A GLANCE B What: Comal Cajun Celebration
B When: 7 p.m. Saturday
B Where: Garden Ridge Community Center
because it has sparked interest in history. It’s a lot more interactive for them than sitting and listening to a lecture.” Students prepare for tests by dividing into teams and playing a remote-controlled version of Jeopardy. The winning team gets IO points added to their test scores.
Dove keeps up with Iris students’ daily learning progress by starting every class with some warm-up questions. Because the answers are collected by the computer, the results are available instantly.
If less than 70 percent of his students answer a question correctly, he has the opportunity to do some re-teaching.
As soon as Dove saw the system in use at a technology conference in Austin, he knew
it would be a valuable teaching tool. He did not think it would be something he could have until the Comal Public School Foundation grant application arrived in his mailbox a week later.
CPSF raises money in the business community and passes it on to teachers who have a plan for innovative classroom projects.
Since it was founded three years ago, CPSF has awarded $131,000 for 44 grants.
Comal Independent School District supporters will kick oil this year’s fund-raising events with its first banquet - the Comal Cajun Celebration. For $50, attendees will be treated to Cajun food and music, live and silent auctions will help raise additional funds.
CPSF board President Dallas Cloud said the group hoped to raise between $15,000 and $20,000.
“We have wonderful teachers in this district," he said. “T heir dedication is worth all the funds we can raise.”
Gavin Jackson, a seventh grader at Smithson Valley Middle School, clicks in his answer on his two remote controls during a quiz competition in Coach Donovan Doves class.
Bush, Kerry trade charges over jobs, health care, taxes
By Mary Dalrympla
Associated Press Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. — Sen. John Kerry said Wednesday night that President Bush bears responsibility for a misguided war in Iraq, lost jobs at home and mounting millions without health care. The incumbent cast his rival in campaign debate as a lifelong liberal bent on raising taxes and government spending.
“There’s a mainstream in American politics and you sit right on the far left bank,” Bush said in the final debate of a close and contentious campaign for the White House. “Your record is such that Ted Kennedy, your colleague, is the conserva-
George Bush/ Dick Chenney
tive senator from Massachusetts.”
But the Democratic challenger said many of the nation’s ills can be laid at Bush’s feet.
He “regrettably rushed us into war” in Iraq, Kerry said, and is the first White i louse occupant in sev-
John Kerry/ John Edwards
en decades to preside over a net loss of jobs.
As for health care, the Democratic senator said, “5 million Americans have lost” coverage under Bush’s watch. “The president has turned his back on the wellness of America, and there is no system and it’s starting to fall apart,” Kerry said.
Kerry and the president also
See DEBATE, Page 5A
to serve jail time for 2003 wreck
By Ron Maloney
A man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in a 2003 accident that killed a New Braunfels motorcyclist began serving a six-month jail sentence Tuesday.
judge (Charles Ramsay, presiding in the 22nd Judicial District, sentenced Nolan Bees, 39, to five years’ probation and six months in county jail in connection with the April 18.2003, accident on Texas 46 in which Pedro D. Barrera. 45, was killed.
As conditions of his probation, Bees will receive alcohol counseling, perform public service and have an alcohol interlock installed on his vehicle when he gets out of jail.
Bees, also of New Braunfels, was westbound on Texas 46 about 1.5 miles west of the EM 2722 intersection when he turned left in front of Barrera, whose motorcycle slammed into the front of the four-wheel-dri vc pickup Bees was driving.
Bees and Department of Public Safety
See TRIAL, Page 4A
Tour of Faith
Our weekly series of churches in Comal County takes a look at St. Joseph’s Anglican Church.
Fall Festival to include health fair, screenings
By Ron Maloney
lf Holy Family Church’s annual Fall Festival goes to the dogs this year, it ll be for good reason.
T he dogs in question, Clifford, the Big Red Dog, and McGrufi the Crime Dog, will be on hand to bring a healthful bent to one of the West End’s biggest annual gatherings — the Fall Festival.
It will he conducted at the church, located at I iidalgo and West San Antonio, from 2 p.m. to alter midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
I Inly Family has conducted the event for nearly 50 years as an annual get-together for its parishioners and the community, said Chairman Ray Mendez.
New to Fall Festival this year will be the Community Resource and I lealth Fair, to be conducted from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and will include free health screenings.
About 50 agencies and community businesses will be participating in the program.
“We felt these services were needed in the community in a single setting,” Mendez said. “We want to make them available to
See FESTIVAL, Page 5A
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