New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, October 22,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of DENNIS WAYNE KOEPP
Vol 144. No 246
Binnoay wisnos ttovti the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gloria Luna, Sandra Mendoza (14 years), Dennis Wayne Koepp (40 years). Candy Sober, Tracy Valentien, Dixie Presley, Jack Crain, Rebecca Dunn, Kay Hand-ey, Randy Johnston, Jennifer Clark, Courtney Klepac (6 years) and Frieda Martin (IOO years).
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keoghan.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Cedar Elm —4 Cedar —8 Grass —6 Ragweed —70 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —168 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.95 feet above sea level, down .02 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 95 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 60 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.44 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 7.617 million gallons of surface water, and no well water was used Thursday.
Barbecue lunch to
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A barbecue lunch from 11:3Q
a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at PXI Park will benefit the local United Way. Plates are $5 each. Call the United Way at 620-7760 for more ticket information.
Luncheon to address
Women in business are invited to attend a round table luncheon at noon Thursday at Pinto Ranch Grill. This is a networking group that is forming to address concerns of women and small business owners.
The guest speaker is Ginger Purdy, author and president emeritus of the San Antonio Women s Chamber of Commerce. Bridgette Sopper Oliva, the current president of the San Antonio Women s Chamber, will also attend. Everyone is invited to bring a special guest, and lunch is dutch treat. For more information or to make a reservation, call Susan Phillips, EVENTS! at 609-5030.
Community Choral# concert on Sunday
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present a concert of familiar songs of Gershwin, Berlin, Carmichael and others at 4 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church.
Lights On, Drugs Out Day Is today
The Safe City Red Ribbon Campaign “Promoting a Drug-free New Braunfels" has designated today as Lights On, Drugs Out Day. Motorists are asked to drive with their lights on while residents are asked to turn their porch lights on to show their support for a drug free community.
Wednesday is Wear Red Wednesday, and residents are encouraged to wear red along with their red ribbons.
Thursday is Pledge Thursday, and drug-free pledge cards and posters will be distributed to students for their signature. They will be delivered to the mayor of New Braunfels on Monday. A public forum on the community's drug problem will be at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Education Center.
Jury seated in Ullrich trial, arguments begin today
By ABE LEVY
SAN MARCOS — Lawyers in the murder trial of Paul Scott Ullrich selected a jury Monday at the Hays County Justice Center after only 28 percent of the potential jurors responded to summonses.
Ullrich, 39, is charged with the Jan. 22 stabbing of Ben Kiesling, a 34-year-old deputy constable, who was off duty at the time of his death.
The trial, which is expected to last one week, was moved to Hays County earlier this month due to a ruling that media reports and the popularity of Kiesling in Comal County made it impossible for Ullrich to get a fair trial there, lawyers said.
Sixty-three of the 225 people summoned anended jury selection before the court of State District Judge Jack Robison.
After granting special pardons and exemp
tions, the judge trimmed the jury pool to 54 qualified members.
Lawyers then began the process of questioning the pool of potential jurors for about four hours and then presented their lists of nominees.
The judge decided on six men and six women, including two Hispanic men and one African-American woman. The two alternates are Anglo women.
Many of the potential jurors who were struck from the list said they would not consider probation for Ullrich if he were found guilty.
Others stricken from the list said they could not be objective if the defendant did not testify.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say this. It bothered me in that O.J. (Simpson) trial. It’s upsetting and there’s no way for me to put that aside,” said one man, who was not selected as a juror.
Ullrich sat next to his attorney and helped
him scan through jury cards and took notes throughout the questioning phase.
Security was tightened during the first day of the trial as three armed bailiffs guarded the courtroom and a metal detector was stationed at the main entrance.
After the jury was selected, Ullrich pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment.
Ullrich faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a S10,000 fine.
Ullrich already has chosen to have the jury decide on his punishment if he is found guilty.
The defendant is expected to claim self-defense, but the prosecution is expected to present a case that Ullrich intimidated, harassed and abused Kiesling and his wife. Ullnch’s former wife, on separate occasions between 1985 and last January .
The prosecution subpoenaed numerous police officers. New Braunfels city officials and Ullnch’s 9-year-old daughter, who wit
nessed Kiesling’s stabbing.
“There will definitely be some sensitive evidence I may have to go into.” Comal County Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip told the pool of potential jurors
Members of Kielsing’s family attended the jury selection and arraignment
Opening arguments are scheduled for today and then the prosecution is expected to begin its presentation.
About I .(KH) people attended the late January funeral for Kiesling. w ho w as a deputy constable for Precinct I in C omal County .
Police records show the stabbing took place at about 7 a.m. Jan. 22 near a convenience store on Highw ay 4b.
Ullrich, 39, reported the incident to the New Braunfels Police Department about 45 minutes later, according to police records.
Kiesling later died in McKenna Memorial Hospital, w here rescue workers took him
I to WM competition Saturday
HgrakJ-Zeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
to top ranking
The New Braunfels High School band had a knockout pafommiw at the Uni-vcrsity Interscholastic League Region 12 lunching contest Saturday at Alamo Stadium.
The Unicorn Band received a ranking of “all tim division” among Clara 5A bands for its performance.
Unicom Rand Director Beth Bronk said thia was the first time the band achieved the ranking since it entered the Ctaaa 5 A classification.
“It is indicative of a superior performance,** Bronk said. “It has been done in 4A. This is our fifth year of superior rat-mg.
The Unicorns will advance lo the area
— Beth Bronk NBHS band director
marching contest at foe Berger Center in Austin on Saturday Bronk said the Unicorns will be taking an 25 bands from an area stretching from Sin Antonio to Killeen.
This is the third time in four years that the hand has advanced to the area marching contest.
* The top three bands at Hut competition will go an to the state contest, which is set for early November in Waco, Bronk said.
“They really earned their success,” Bronk said. “They started preparing tor this on August I, arui then we polished it
up. It was really our best performance so
For its award-winning performance, the Unicom Band performed a 9 1/2-minute show that included the songs "Malague-na,” “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” “Danza Final” and “La Sue rte de Los Fonto6.”
Bronk said her 260 students are eagerly awaiting the area compet ition.
“It will be a challenge getting to state,” Bronk said. “Since they are taking three teams, we have high hopes. Our arca,
Area D, has really excellent SA hinds.
“We will have to clean up our play and individual mistakes. We will have to make our sets tighter and more accurate.”
Assistant band directors Clay Zientek, Becky McGuire and Melissa Townsend have also helped with the band.
TNRCC asked to test lake water
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A group concerned about the environmental eftects of a chemical used to eradicate hydrilla in Lake McQueeney has asked the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to tost the lake.
Robin Richardson, a Lake Placid resident. said a few members of Health Awareness and Water Knowledge have requested the TNRCC to test for monometh y I formal n I de (MMF). Richardson said the compound causes miscarriages and damaged fetuses in rats and mice in lab tests.
MMF is broken down from tluridonc, the active ingredient of Sonar The Guadalupe-Ulanco River Authority used Sonar and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in March sprayed it chi IOU acres of the lake near Treasure Island to eradicate hydrilla, a non-native plant that was choking waterways and made boating and fishing impossible.
Sonar helped reduce the hydrilla dramatically.
‘We want th* TNRCC to stop up to tho plato for tho good of tho community and tall if it Is safo and to know if tho water is not a risk for tho community.’
— Robin Richardson
Lake Placid resident
"We waul the TNRCC to step up to the plate for the good of the community and toll if it is safe and to know if the water is not a risk for the community,” Richardson said.
In late September, Richardson had asked GBRA to test the waler for MMF.
Debbie Magin, UBRA regional laboratory director, said she researched data on MMF from the Environmental Protection Agency and SePro, the Indiana-based company that makes Sonar.
Say math, English not available on daily basis
By DENISE DZIUK
Some New Braunfels High School parents are saying it is impossible for their children to take English and math courses on a daily basis, even though school administrators say they can.
Karen Simpson, the high school’s interim principal, said a well-planned sched-
‘You cannot get math and English •vary day under accelerated block scheduling — period.’
Tricia Cogdell NBHS parent
Magin said a few weeks ago she felt comfortable with the information given to her and how the treatment was administered by both GBRA and I P&W
She doesn t believe there is a need for testing.
She repeated that claim after Richardson announced the request to the TNRCC to test I ake McQueeney.
“MMF doesn t occur in the environment,” Magm said. “It has been done in laboratory studies but never been done in the environment.”
Magin said the threat of MMF being in the water after the chemical is used is not on the Sonar label.
“ The label is the law,” Magin said. “The LPA not only reviews the mtounation, but they register it and they write the law.”
Richardson pointed out that Sonar has not been tested by the L PA since 1986 and that she wished that GBRA and the Lake Management Work groups, who worked with GBRA, had not used the chemical end until it was retested.
ule can include daily classes in English and math.
A pilot class at the freshman level that offers daily 45-minute classes in math and English also gives students options for taking advanced placement classes, tech -
prep classes and electives, she said.
But Simpson said she also realizes that the schixil needs more math electives.
"We absolutely, positively have to have some more math electives,” Simpson said. “I will take from the math department what they think those should be, and I will then go after the staffing to make that happen.”
Some parents believe it is just not possible for a student to have math and English every day.
Parent Rue Ann Roeder said there are not enough electives, and students exhaust the possibilities in their sophomore or junior year if they do not take an advanced placement class.
“We have 18 months out there where you are lunging without English or math on a daily basis,” Roeder said. “English and math is not available on a daily year-long instructional schedule.”
Even if more electiv es were available, some say the schedule is still not practical.
NBHS parent Trivia Cogdell said even with a wide array of electives, students cannot take daily classes in math and English and still have room for the other basic requirements and extracurricular activities.
“You cannot get math and English every day under accelerated block scheduling period,” Cogdell said. “It just won’t work.”
Simpson said it is possible to arrange classes over the four years so that math and English classes are taken back lo back, but this means other electives may have to be dropped.
“You’re going to have to make some choices if you’re going to do that,” Simpson said “You would have to use those as your electives ’
C’ogdell said students should not have to choose between having the two core classes daily and taking .in elective course She said the schedule needs to Iv modified or changed to make it possible to have English and math each day without having to give up an elective or extracurricular activ ny.
“There are sonic really good electives. Ihere’s just not enough slots,” Cogdell said. "W hat they really need to do is take the courses they already have and make them available on a year-long basis.”
A committee is looking into the accelerated block schedule at the high school and should be ready to make some kind of recommendation to the boaid by the end of December.Gang activity not tolerated on Comal Independent School District campuses. See Opinion, Page 4.