New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Beck! Ann Braize (3 years ok! on Saturday), Tres Ellis, Debbie Martinez, Carroll Russell, Johnny Simmons, Kart Du Bose (Monday), Shealee Brumfield,
Brandy Klabunde, Adon Nowotny, Jan Perron, Stave Markins, Exa Damon (Monday), Bob Davis (Monday),
Albert Owens (Monday),
Cheryl Parchman (Monday), Larry Hill (Monday), Wendy Gettys (Monday), Leigh Anne Schwope (Monday), Charlie Baker (Monday), Alyssa N. Cames (2 years old), Karen Ken namer, Justin Vacek, Fernando Diaz (Saturday, belated), Wilburn Schuttze, the Rev. Darye Higgins, Henry Silva, Laura Sacundo, Gunnar Hank (4 years old, belated), Justin Weinman (16 years old, Saturday), Daniel Loyola (Saturday) and Steven Schriewer (Saturday).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Glennye and Bob Woggen-er, Cindy and Mike Miller (seven years), Scott and Michelle Yogas (four years), Rsmon and Marla Caballero (belated) and Lee and Gladys Wamke (49 years, Saturday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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A dance is set for 7 p.m. to 'midnight today at the Fiesta Ballroom in Seguin to benefit Xavier “Hobby” Guerrero and his children.
There will be door prizes and a raffle and music by Texanna, Rio Band, Grupo Alegria, El Pavo Band and D.J. John in the House.
Donations of $5 are sought.
Program to offer support to victims of cancer
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the North Building next to Norerest Bank, 1000 N. Walnut Ave.
Cancer victims and their significant others are invited to attend.
For more information, call 629-1763.
Demeoretie Party schedules meeting
Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the party's headquarters.
For more information, call 606-1987.
ABM Club ta show tape of Saturday’s game
The Comal County A&M Club will show a tape of the Texas A&M football game against Kansas State at 7 p.m. Thursday at CC. s Pizza.
Christian academy plans spaghetti supper
A spaghetti supper fund-raiser to benefit the New Braunfels Christian Academy is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the school gym at the intersection of Mission and Kerlick. For more information, call 629-6222.
School districts plan community fair
The Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts will hold the first Community Resources Awareness Fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Representatives from 80 federal, state and local service agences will be available to speak to students and parents about the transition from school to post-secondary education or the work force.
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Vol. 144. No. 245
Women work to promote own interests
By ABE LEVY
Working women may soon have a new local group looking out for them in Comal County.
Organizers are planning to meet for the first time at a noon luncheon Thursday at Pinto Ranch Grill, 190 S. Seguin Ave. Although only about 40 invitations were mailed out, organizers are opening the meeting to anyone interested.
The organization, which would be non-profit and non-partisan, would primarily include professional women who are interested in networking and promoting business issues relating to women.
Susan Phillips, a local advertiser who is spearheading the effort, said the group’s vision is to form a viable women’s organization that could eventually form into a women’s chamber of commerce.
Phillips plans to pass out a questionnaire to
•We want to unite all tho different woman’s groups together to find out what their needs are and to form a power base.’
— Susan Phillips
participants in Thursday’s meeting to determine how much interest there is and how people want to participate.
No dues will be collected yet and no name for the group has been selected, Phillips said.
“We are going to endeavor to find out the needs of these woman and how our group can address these needs,” Phillips said. “We want to unite all the different women’s groups together to find out what their needs are and to form a
“San Antonio and Austin have organizations like this, and we don’t have something like that here. I don’t feel this need is being met as of now on the scale that I’m talking about.”
While no women's chamber currently exists in Comal County, other significant women's groups, such as the League of Women Voters and Business and Professional Women USA, have been meeting in the area for a number of years.
Phillips wants those organizations to be a part of the group.
Ginger Purdy, founder and president emeritus of the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, is the featured speaker at the group’s first meeting.
Purdy sees New Braunfels as a ripe area for a professional women’s group to form and even-
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Police grant cuts into gang trouble at Comal schools
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District is apparently seeing positive results from a state grant that placed police officers on the campuses at the district’s middle and high schools to minimize gang activity and delinquent behavior.
“It’s a proactive program,” Smithson Valley Middle School Principal Fernando Palos told the Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday. “It wasn’t a result of a drug bust or fight or anything.”
Sheriff Jack Bremer said the Alamo Arca Gang Task Force made the grant available, with matching funds currently coming from seized property.
C1SD joined the program, and currently has an officer at each of the four high schools and middle schools.
Deputy C.T. Morales, who is stationed at Smithson Valley High School, said area high schools definitely have gang problems, and a large part of the problem appears to be students who have had problems in other schools before moving into the area.
Morales said his presence will not end the problem, but it does ease it.
“We’ve had gang problems at the school for some time now. We just haven’t seen it," Morales said. “Unless we have somebody there, it's going to get worse.”
Palos said Morales has built a rapport with the students, and they feel comfortable giving him information about students in gangs or in possession of illegal drugs.
Teachers also appreciate having someone who can take action on campus, Palos said.
“Teachers feel rewarded because they have a resource they can go to and see steps taken,” Palos said.
Morales said there have been altercations between various gangs, but his presence either prevented a fight or brought an early end to them.
He named several groups that are visible at the high school, including white supremacists, and showed the court various articles he has taken from gang members.
Palos said Morales has helped some students decide to leave gangs.
“(Gangs are) there and it’s present, but this program has kept it down,” Palos said. "We’re getting our money’s worth.”
Lawyers set to begin Ullrich murder trial
By ABE LEVY
Lawyers in the murder trial of Paul Scott Ullrich, who is charged with stabbing to death an off-duty Comal County deputy constable in earlier this year, said they’re ready to go to tnal in San Marcos.
Jury selection begins Monday, and Dib Waldrip, Comal’s assistant district attorney, said he expects to begin presenting his case Tues-day.
“We’re looking forward to picking a jury and getting along with the case,” Waldrip said.
Jury selection was under way for the trial on Sept. 30, but new evidence that the District Attorney’s Office discovered three days earlier led State District Judge Jack Robison to postpone the trial to Oct. 14.
Lawyers agreed a few days later to move the trial to the Flays County Courthouse on Monday because of the trial’s increased publicity and the popularity of the victim, 34-year-old Ben Kiesling.
“I think the change of venue was a good thing, and we look forward to getting started and getting finished,” said Ullrich’s attorney, Wade Arledge.
Nearly 1,000 people attended the January funeral for Kiesling, a deputy constable for Precinct I.
Robison will preside over the trial, but Hays County residents will make up the jury.
Arledge and Waldrip have subpoenaed at least 25 people, including Ullrich’s daughter, New Braunfels city officials and numerous police officers and investigators.
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Modified block scheduling finds fans
By DENISE DZIUK
School districts are turning to A/B or modified A/B block schedules as an alternative to accelerated block scheduling or the traditional schedules with six, seven or eight periods.
Under the regular A/B block schedule, students enroll in eight 90-minute classes for an entire year, taking four one day and the other four the next day and then repeating the process. At the end of a two-week period, the student has had each class five times.
Some schools have modified the A/B rotating schedule.
Judson High School, which is in its fourth year on the schedule, is one of them.
Principal Eddie Parsley said his district modified the schedule so competitive classes meet daily for 45 minutes, with the remaining 45 minutes spent on academics.
Parsley said the school chose the schedule because the district could strengthen its graduation requirements and allow the students more time for hands-on work.
Judson rejected the accelerated block because students who took an advanced placement class in the fall would not be tested on it until the spring.
Parsley added that students who took a math or English class in the spring semester would only have a couple of weeks worth of instruction before having to take either the placement test or TA AS test.
The district ruled out traditional schedules because students and teachers are tired at the end of the day, and the students are not learning as much during the last periods of the day, Parsley said.
“We were looking at making sure our youngsters have what they need,” Parsley said. “We can do everything we need to do, and kids don’t need to take summer school or correspondence classes to meet the requirements.”
Parsley said the A/B schedule is flexible and closer to a traditional schedule. It also offers the opportunity for more higher-level classes. For example, Judson increased the number of physics classes from three to 11.
He said the schedule was an “easy sale” because of the research the school conducted and the training and development given to the staff.
Now, 90 percent of the students and 96 percent of the teachers said they never want to return to the traditional schedule, he said.
But some still have doubts.
“We had kids who didn’t like school when there were six classes, and we have kids who don’t like school when there’s four classes,” Parsley said.
The year before Judson High School started the A/B schedule, the composite score on the SAT after retroactive recentering was 997, compared with the 1996 score of 992.
Turn to Schedule, Page 3AYew Braunfels High School principal reports on block scheduling. See Opinion,