New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2004
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rnSVHS stadium field painted with graffiti
By Leigh Jones
SMITHSON VALLEY — Vandals struck Smithson Valley High School Friday paint
ing “KKK” and profanity in nel discovered the message to remove it quickly from the Rodrigue. football matchup with San
red paint on the Ranger Sta- when they arrived on cam- field’s artificial turf. This latest incident of van- Antonio’s Judson High
diumfield. pus Friday morning. “We just wiped it down and dalism comes two weeks School.
Comal Independent School Because the paint was are moving forward,” said after a similar incident
District maintenance person- water-based, they were able Campus Manager Jim occurred during SVHS’s first See SVHS, Page 3A
Entity similar to WORD may be created for river
By Scott Mahon
City, county and local business leaders who attended a brainstorming workshop Friday with state Rep. Carter Casteel agreed an entity similar to WORD should be created for the Comal River.
The meeting was held at the Spas I laus at the Wurst-fest grounds. In attendance were Police Chief Russ Johnson, Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder, Schlitterbahn representative Sherrie Bram-mail, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek, Kevin Webb, chairman of the city's River Task Force, Mary' Jane Nalley, Judy Young, Bill Norvell and Kay Kote, WORD marketing director.
Scott Joslove of the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association moderated the 4-hour meeting.
Casteel, R-New Braunfels, initiated action in July with a meeting at McKenna I los-
pital. The discussion revolved around a variety of issues relating to the Comal River, including the need for more law enforcement, funding for more law enforcement and the need for more parking.
Friday, Joslove took the group through a list of priorities, or issues, and attempted to get a consensus as to what the most viable solution would be for each issue.
Holder said the issues needed to be addressed, but suggested finding a consultant.
“We’re holding an elephant by the tail,” he said. “Tourism will always be a part of the community. We need to address the issues, but we need professional help to plan for more and more tourism in the next 20 years."
Meek said whatever the group decided, a message needed to be sent to the tourism industry before next summer.
See RIVER, Page 3A
Review of charter completed; to make recommendations
By Scott Mahon
After three months, New Braunfels’ Charter Review Committee completed its review of the city’s charter.
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City Attorney Charlie Zech
said the committee’s recommendations would pertain mostly to language in the charter that does not coincide with state law.
“Basically, the committee looked at outdated provisions, and most of the changes it will recommend to council will be to update the charter to be in line with state laws,” he said. “But any changes to the charter have to be approved by voters, which could occur in a special election next May.”
Committee members include John Lovett, Monroe Miller, Beronica “Bonnie” Sarkozi, Ramon Chapa Jr., Paul Finley, Mike Norris and Jack Ohlrich.
Miller said some provisions in the current city charter are too restrictive.
“The language in the
See CHARTER, Page 3A
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Clinton, left, and Doris Acker wait for Hunter Weilbacher to read the next English phase for them to translate into German. The Ackers participated in a University of Texas project to preserve the Texas German dialect.
Local couple records Texas German dialect as part of project
Clinton Acker translates English phrases into German while his wife Doris listens.
“I’m interested because a lot of my relatives are Texas German speakers. ...It’s fun and interesting. People are usually surprised at how much (of the language) they remember and can use.”
- Hunter Weilbacher
On why he wants to pursue graduate studies in linguistics
Hunter Wielbacher waits for the German translation of the phrase “the red ants are angry" from Clinton and Doris Acker.
By Leigh Jones
(Hinton Acker does not speak much German these days, hut last week, he spent four hours reciting childhood memories in his parents’ native tongue.
Acker and his wife, Doris, struggled to remember a language they have not spoken in years so they could participate in a University of Texas project to preserve the Texas German dialect.
The project was founded by professor I laos Boas, who first heard the unique dialect in Central Texas after slopping in Fredericksburg for lunch on his way to Austin from Berkeley, Calli.
Boas wants to record as much of the old language as possible before everyone who speaks it Is gone — most Texas German speakers, like Acker, were bom before World War ll and are well into their fids and 70s.
The Ackers were interviewed by I lunier Weilbacher, a New Braunfels I Ugli School alumnus who speaks fluent German and wants to pursue graduate studies in linguistics.
“I’m interested because a lot of my relatives are Texas German speakers,” he said. “It s tun and interesting. People are usually surprised at how much (of die language) they remember and can use.”
Although Acker learned German at home from liis parents, he stopped using it when he went to school.
“My parents always spoke to me in German, but I would answer them in English,’’ he said. “That was pretty common among kids our age.”
During WWII, speaking German in public became even less common.
“lf you knew who was around, you would speak German, but it there was a stranger, you would be more careful. It
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Although the words were halting at first, they came more quickly the longer they talked.
During the second hour of the interview, Acker gave the couple a word list in English and asked them to translate it into (Selman.
The dialect spoken in Central T exas is a mixture of German dialects from around Europe as well as the other European languages spoken by area immigrants. It is more similar to the German spoken in the 19th century than the language spoken today in Berlin.
Weilbacher said many of the words that are different were technology-related —
See DIALECT, Page 3A
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