New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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County, dtysay floods a lesson
By Ron Maloney
Local officials learned two lessons during the July 2002 flood: It pays to plan, and practice makes perfect.
Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett was the assistant emergency management coordinator for New Braunfels when the rain-swollen Guadalupe River and Dry Comal Creek flooded into downtown Oct. 17,1998.
“When it started flooding, we set up in municipal court,” Edgett said. “We didn’t have an emergency operations center at county or city level.” There were plenty of other things they didn’t have in 1998 either.
Radio communication was at best inadequate and in some cases nonexistent. Telephone service went down and in some instances took 15 to 20 minutes to get a dial tone.
“We didn’t have e-mail, we were deficient on radios. We were fortunate to make it through 1998,” Edgett said.
County Judge Danny Scheel was Precinct 2 commissioner in 1998.
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I Comal County's emergency management spent $61,655 in the 2003 fiscal year.
I About $35,000 was funded by state grants.
I The county spent $43,211 on emergency management in 2002 and $31,533 in 2002.
By Dylan Jiminez
The surest way for New Braunfels High School freshman Angelica Medina to know what she has accomplished is to look back on the win after crossing the finish line.
Medina is new to the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program, but not to competing and pushing her body.
* “I’ve always loved to run,” Medina said. “The longer the better. I just want to be in it to spin my rifle and do the PT (physical training].”
Although the 14-year-old, 90-pound cadet is difficult to spot in a crowd, she is beginning to distinguish herself among peers — including her male compatriots.
Medina won three medals last month at a Marine JROTC military skills competition in Round Rock against cadets
of all grade levels from four other schools.
She won first place in the girls 800-meter run, third in the flex arm hang and was instrumental in winning the girls 1,600-meter relay.
Medina’s 50-plus trophies and medals are spilling out of her glass trophy case at her home.
Medina started running at age 7 when she won third place in an eight-mile run.
The race fueled her love of running long distances.
“I think she liked it because she knew she couki do it and other kids her age couldn’t,” said Cassie Olvera, Medina’s mom.
Medina loves to compete, accomplish and win. Running is a clear way to measure an accomplishment.
“I like to run and then stop and be able to say, ‘I did that’ or ‘I beat that person,”' she said.
Medina was one of eight freshmen who
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■ CISD trustees plan to hire Fuller by the end of October
■ lf hired, she would begin her post in January.
By Dylan Jimtnaz
Nancy Fuller, Comal Independent School District superintendent finalist, wants to focus on protecting the district’s finances and dealing with fast growth.
The community might be able to take advantage of state programs that could keep more taxpayer dollars in CISD schools, Fuller said Wednesday at the first of three public meetings for Fuller to meet the CISD community.
She also told the group of about 40 parents, administration and staff
that she intends to produce the first Blue Ribbon Schools in CISD.
A Blue Ribbon School is a national designation for campuses that produce superior academic achievement.
“We need to immediately begin training and review programs to prepare to be national blue ribbon campuses,” Fuller said “I want to be able to capitalize on talent.”
She would like to increase technology-based instruction and dual-language programs. Technology and bilingual experience are two of the most important skills for students entering the
tried out for JROTC this summer. Three of those left the program.
Col. Jim Reid, head of the JROTC program, began to notice Medina’s ability early this school year when she started outdoing some of the boys, he said.
Reid said he thinks Medina will be one of the premier cadet leaders as a junior or senior. She is quiet and humble, but also strong, he said.
“For her size, she’s got a big heart and a lot of drive,” he said.
Medina’s tenacity drove her to come from IOO pieters behind in the Round Rock relay to win by IOO meters.
She won the race by using a winning strategy she learned in middle school, Medina said. When shes behind, she imagines tying a rope around her opponents one at a time.
"I think of someone in front of me, and I reel 'em in," Medina said.
work force, she said.
Fuller said she believes in ongoing staff development, empathetic communication and team leadership.
“Do the right thing for the kids, and you never have to apologize," Fuller said, explaining her educational philosophy.
Fuller is in talks with CISD officials about a contract. The school board plans to hire her at the end of October. She will be on the job by january, she said.
Superintendent Jim Grunert will leave his post at the end of the year.
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Jim Kern, left, greets Nancy Fuller Monday night as Mountain Valley Elementary Principal Denise Kern and Maggie Hanna look on. Fuller is the finalist for superintendent of Comal Independent School District. CISD is conducting three meetings for Fuller to meet the community.
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Angelica Medina, 14, a New Braunfels High School Marine Corps JROTC home many honors at JROTC competitions this year. She has tremen-freshman cadet, spins her 11-pound rifle with ease. Medina has brought dous upper-body strength for her size, instructors say.
Freshman reels in cache of contest medals
At 90 pounds, 14-year-old Angelica Medina isn’t an imposing figure. Don’t let looks deceive you.
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