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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas hm****#**#*#** AU FOR ftDC 780 Sur^gfncwputtiswRS «Tr,, ..I iiiiiiiiiniiiiiii ii"'1,11 SPORTS SERIES BOUND Houston's 5-1 win captures NL title, first-ever World Series berth. Page 5A FORUM SOUND OFF Guest columnist Penni Salge writes how overzealous neighbors nixed request for permit. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 285 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW?5 '56825 00001 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BDistricts get unacceptable ratings changed By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Unacceptable ratings were overturned for two local middle schools Wednesday after the Texas Education Agency accepted district appeals. Both the Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts appealed the unacceptable ratings originally given to Canyon Middle School and New Braunfels Middle School. The ratings were based on scores from the SDAA II, a new alternative lo the TAKS test designed for special-needs students. Both districts claimed that there was confusion about how to prepare students for the first year of the test. “We are so excited,” said Vickie Pursch, director of instruction and curriculum for CISD. “Now the schools are back where they should have been in the first place.” Rosalyn Bratcher, NBISD assistant superintendent for instructional services, said her district also was pleased that its middle school’s rating had been overturned. She said the district will continue with a self-study and improvement plan created before the appeal was accepted, in order to help students and teachers achieve See TESTS Page 3Aft* H«W>lnSU"'^^Wi«in8lnSUrl,nC£'t0'” Board to consider donating money for remodeling project By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Institute for Public Health and Education Research is gearing up to remodel its new facility on South Krueger Avenue, but it needs some extra funds to complete the project. The Industrial Development Corp. (4B) board will consider donating $25,000 to the project tonight. Allan Seelhammer, chairman of TIPHER’s board of directors, said the money would be used to turn the residential home into food storage and office space. “We’ll make it go as far as we can,” he said. TIPHER received the Plan- AT A GLANCE • What: Industrial Development Corp. (4B) Board meeting ii When: 6:30 p.m. today SP Where; Conference Room A, City Hall, 424 S. Caste!! Ave. ning Commission’s blessing Oct. 4 to rezone the house and an adjoining vacant lot to com mercial property, allowing the group to expand its general equivalency diploma and English as a Second Language class offerings. The group also hopes to begin offering “soft skills” classes to teach business manners and appropriate office behavior. See BOARD Page 3A A defiant Saddam pleads not guilty in case By Leigh Jones Staff Writer TXl-Hunter Cement is gearing up for its 11 th United Way Benefit barbecue lunch, the company’s yearly fund-raising drive for local charities. All of the funds raised from the event will go to United Way chapters in Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties. TXI matches all money raised through the event and their corresponding employee drive. Organizer Katrina Storch said the company was looking forward to welcoming the community to its biggest party of the year. “The park is such a pretty area, and the weather is supposed to be great,” she said. “We’ve never been rained out. Its See CAMPAIGN Page 3A I AT A GLANCE I El What: Annual United Way Benefit Barbecue Lunch I ■ When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. I Friday j ■ Where: TXl-Hunter Cement Company Park, 7781 FM 1102 MARCHING TO SUCCESS CHS band learns steps for area competition By Hamza Hendawi Associated Press Writer BAGI IDAD, Iraq —Adefiant Saddam Hussein quarreled with judges and scuffled with guards at tile opening of his long-awaited trial Wednesday, rejecting the tribunal's right to judge him and insisting he is still the president of Iraq. Sitting inside a white pen with metal bars, Saddam appeared gaunt and frail and his sait-and-pepper beard was unkempt as he pleaded innocent to charges of murder, torture, forced expulsions and illegal detentions. He wore a suit with a white shirt and no I ie. Gone were the I tombing hat, the cigar, the shotgun tired from a rev iewing stand. So were a few pounds alter nearly two years in an American military prison. Still, the swagger and the smirk remained, the bearing of a man accustomed to 23 years of unchallenged power. If convicted, the 68-year-old Saddam and See SADDAM Page 3A By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Singing may not be their forte, but Canyon High School band members are willing to do just about anything to get to the state University Interscholastic League competition. To a throbbing drumbeat, students marched their way across the field Tuesday afternoon replacing their instrumental sounds with “dah, de, dah.” “Good bands know how to sing their parts,” director Walt Sparkman told his students. “If you are uncomfortable with singing, then you need to get over it.” The Canyon band’s hard work paid off Monday with a Division I rating at the Class 4A Regional UIL competition, allowing the group to continue to an area-wide competition. The Area UIL area competition includes 11 to 15 other bands and will be held Oct. 29 at Canyon High School. Sparkman said that during the area competition only two bands will be selected for the state competition, to be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Canyon’s band went to state for the first time in 2003 and is looking forward to another chance. “I’m excited about the prospects,” Sparkman said. “I know the kids can do it — it’s just a matter of how well they do their job on contest day and the opinion of the judges.” Charlene Schwab, a senior clarinet player, said that the band’s experience and dedication will help it succeed at any level of competition. “We have people who have been there before, and we have the motivation to make it happen,” she said. The band performs the entire concert program at each Canyon football game, complete with a racing tempo and elaborate moves. The program features three songs from Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich: “Symphony No. IO Movement 2,” “Fire of Eternal Glory” and “Festive Overture.” Sparkman said he has always enjoyed See BAND Page 3A Above, Dalia Villa, right, Tiffany Gilbreath, center, and Jesseca Mendez watch the tosses of their sabres during Canyon band marching rehearsal Tuesday afternoon. Right, Cougar drum major NoanTian leads the Canyon Marching band through rehearsal. All three schools received honors at district competition. Photos by MANDY REARY/ Herald-Zeitung Football fever Smithson Valley, New Braunfels play homecoming games, Canyon looks to rebound from last week’s loss. Barbecue lunch to benefit United Way ;