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Parents blast NBHS’ Williams’ policies
By Dylan Jimtnez
New Braunfels High School Principal Rickey Williams needs to work on his communication, parents of NBHS juniors said Tuesday.
Williams hosts series of parent meetings this week, and parents echoed their children’s concerns that Williams more strictly enforces rules than his predecessor.
“The school is seeming less academic and more penitentiary,” one parent said.
“I don’t know about that,” Williams said.
“We do,".one man said.
Williams admitted he is tough on tardiness and monitors students’ activities in the hails during class.
At the beginning of the school year, students complained they had five minutes between class.
They were given seven minutes last year because of ongoing construction.
Williams met with students earlier this year after talk of a student walkout circulated. He
added a minute to the transition period.
Parents insisted their children needed more time to navigate the crowded hallways and travel from one end of school to the other. Students barely have time to make it to the bathroom, parents said. Williams said he would be open to adding another minute to the breaks if parents were willing to extend the school day.
See WILLIAMS, Page 3A
Ulloa guilty on 7 charges
By Ron Maloney
A Comal County jury that listened to a week of testimony deliberated less titan two hours Tuesday before convicting Terry Ulloa on seven of eight charges.
When 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel sentences Ulloa in about 45 days, the convicted chug peddler faces more than two life sentences and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Steel raised Ulloa’s bail from $250,000 to $1 million and remanded him to Comal (/nm -ty Jail while a pre-sentence investigation is conducted.
Jurors returned guilty verdicts on charges of possessir >n of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, two charges of delivery of marijuana and found that some of the offenses occurred in a drug free zone — within 1,000 feet of a Head Start facility.
He also was convicted on a bail-jumping charge.
Ulloa was found not guilty of one charge of delivery of between 114 ounce and five pounds of marijuana that allegedly happened lune 21, 2000.
The drug charges and drug-free-zone charge enhancements. coupled with Ulloa’s 1986 federal conviction for conspiracy to distribute I .OOO pounds of marijuana, mean Ulloa, 45, might never get out of prison because his sentences will be consecutive or “stacked.”
A Comal County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested Ulloa july 13, 2000, after a month-long undercover investigation by die Department of Public Safety and the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force.
A year later, he disappeared and was arrested earlier this year after officials were tipped that he could be found in a mobile home in Guadalupe County.
District Attorney Dib Waidrip and County Counsel Geoff Barr prosecuted Ulloa’s case.
Colleges, universities look for more than academics in admissions game
This is the third in a four-part series about the college application process, academic preparation in high school and financial resources required.
By Dylan Jimenez
Class ranking pits students against their peers, but college admissions representatives also look at the activities in wiiich seniors have been involved.
Since 1998, the state-mandated “top IO percent rule” lias allowed iiigh school
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seniors at the head of their class automatic admission to public universities.
The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M, which are considered the most selective of Texas’ public universities, are trying to manage enrollment because they’ve gotten so big, said Ray Grasshoff, spokesman for the Texas I Uglier I foil cation Coordinating Board.
A&M has a freshman attendance goal
See RANK, Page 3A
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FBI officials in San Antonio said Tuesday the agency is investigating the Scooter Store is, but that no charges have yet been filed.
Special Agent Ren6 Salinas, spokesman for the FBI’s San Antonio office, confirmed the investigation, but said little else.
• “The FBI is involved in an investigation. All I can tell you is we’re investigating the Scooter Store,” Salinas said.
Salinas added that the investigation is unrelated to an ongoing probe in Houston that recently yielded indictments for health care fraud.
The agent would not divulge whether criminal allegations were made.
Scooter Store CEO and President Doug Harrison said FBI agents began interviewing dozens of employees during the weekend and defended his company’s business practices.
No public allegations have been.
Harrison said he wasn’t certain what
See SCOOTER, Page 3A
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Allyson Huston, owner of the Prince Solms Inn. sits on the bed in Sophie s Suite, where a ghost is storied to
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have awoken a sleeping guest. Below, Huston slips through a door near the fabled hotel's entrance.
Ghost tales part of Solms Inn’s character
By Ron Maloney
Walk up the steps to the double-arched doors of the Prince Solms Inn and step over the threshold into history.
The hinges on the doors creak with corrosion.
Its squeaky hardwood floors — screwed down in places to try to quiet the noise — lead to IO rooms, including suites named for founder, Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, and his bride, Sophie.
Emilie (Ruse) and Theodore Eggeling, owners of the former Plaza Hotel, built the inn in 1898. The Eggeling family operated it for 50 years, first as the Eggeling Hotel and later as the Comal Hotel.
The once-elegant and still-romantic old inn, with its decades-old watercolor wallpaper, is host to
One of them is a ghost story.
Owners and innkeepers Doug and Allyson I luston, who have owned Prince Solms since February, have heard the story — although Allyson said Monday they haven’t seen the ghost themselves.
But then, one probably wouldn’t admit it if he wanted to keep rooms rented.
“It’s a romantic story — kind of a lost-soul type of thing,” Allyson said.
As the story goes, a beautiful young lady whose name is lost to time came to the inn shortly alter it opened to be married.
Allyson said the inns former owners told her many couples visited the inn to exchange wedding
See GHOST Page 3A
FBI has eye on Scooter Store
Agents interviewed staff over weekend
By Ron Maloney