New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150 No. 253
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Commissioner Schwab hanging it up in 2002
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Comal County Pct. 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab says he will not seek a fourth term.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County Pct. 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab announced Thursday that he will not be a candidate for a fourth term in office.
“I want to put all the rumors to rest,” Schwab said during the remarks segment of commissioners’ court. “I’m not going to seek a fourth term. So all you wannabes who wannabe, get in line.”
Schwab’s term ends on Dec. 31, 2002.
The commissioner said he’s talked to five people so far who have“So all you wannabes who wannabe, get in line. ”— Moe Schwab Comal County Pct. 4 Commissioner
expressed interest in running for the position he’s held since 1992.
So far three people, Roy Larssen, Tim Schlichting and Mary Serold have filed paperwork in the Comal County Clerk’s office naming cam
Schwab, 69, is a lifelong Comal County resident and businessman who served a decade on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees before running for commissioner in 1991.
He said after court Thursday that he believes it was time to retire.
‘Tm 69 now and FII be 70 and 1/2 at the end of my third term. I want to retire,” he said.
Recycling, the nine-pin bowling revival and Schwab’s commitment to the Republican Party after switching over from the Democrats decades
ago — about the time Ronald Reagan did — are important parts of Schwab’s political and civic legacy.
Schwab pushed Comal County into recycling in the early 1990s — making it the first Texas County to have a countywide recycling program. Later, he joined up with the county’s largest city, New Braunfels, in a recycling partnership that has become a model to be copied by other counties.
In 1994, there weren’t ready markets for recyclable commodities, and recycling was an idea that was still way, way ahead of its time in Texas.See SCHWAB/5A
Rains dampen river turnout
By Martin Malacara
The Labor Day weekend got off to a quiet start for rivergoers and outfitters on Saturday.
This past week’s rain kept river flows high but also kept crowds to a minimum.
The crowds that did show up took advantage of the break in the clouds to soak up last-minute summer fun.
“We had some folks, but it’s not at all what a long weekend would look like,” George Cushanick said.
Cushanick, manager for Comal County’s Water Oriented Recreation District, estimated the number of people out on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers to be in the thousands, instead of the tens of thousands out on a typical weekend.
“We’ve got folks in the campgrounds, but its not packed,” he said.
Cushanick said campground owners reported that some people were willing to take a chance Saturday and visit, despite any hint of rain.
The National Weather Service had predicted a 40 percent chance of rain Saturday and a 30 percent chance today.
For Labor Day and the rest of the week, the NWS predicted partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of showers.
The outflow from Canyon Lake was 136 cubic feet per second, but Cushanick said because of the rain, some parts of the Guadalupe were flowing at three times that amount.
“The river flow is fantastic. If we had more people out, they would be enjoying it,” he said.
Cushanick remains optimistic about the rest of the See DAMPEN/5A
You do the math -
■ These are sample questions students might encounter on the algebra end-of-course exam.
1) The area of a rectangle is
given by the equation X2+3x=180 where x is the width of the rectangle, what is the width? a. 9; b. 10; c. 12; d. 15; e. 18
3a2 c2 + 4 x3 + 8 a2 c2 - 5 X3y4 + 2x-9x
2) 11a2 c2 - x3 y4 - 7x
s finding ways to subject
By Martin Malacara Staff Writer
lgebra — who needs it? Without it, you have diffi-adding on a new room your home, figuring out compound interest on your home mortgage or sending a space probe to Mars.
But if you ask the Texas Education Agency, officials will tell you every student needs it to keep pace with an economy more reliant on technology.
According to the American Electronics Association, Texas is the second largest technology state in the country, leading the nation in technology job growth between 1990 and 1997.
The average annual salary of the state’s technology workforce is 80 percent higher than other private sector employees.
However, TEA reports that most students lack the basic math skills necessary to fill those high-tech jobs.
In spring 2000, 45 percent of Texas students passed the Algebra I end-of-course exam, according to the TEA.
In spring 2001, that figure rose slightly to 51 percent.
So now that the state requires mastery of algebra and geometry, it wants to make sure students
understand the concepts behind the math skills so they can compete successfully in the future workplace.
For Kathy Birdwell, New Braunfels Independent School District’s math coordinator, that means bringing a “hands-on” approach to algebra.
“We want students to get a feel for what it is, rather than just algorithms,” Birdwell said.
NBISD is using a program called Texas Teachers Empowered for Achievement in Mathematics and Science, which teaches teachers how to broaden their teaching styles to accommodate the different learning styles of their students.
The teachers use activity-based learning and graphing calculators to keep student interest at a high level.
“With the graphing calculators, they see what happens more quickly. It’s more fun for the kids,” she said.
NBISD students did better than See QUOTIENT/5A
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Kaylynn and Doug Gass take a break from the lunch rush at Doug’s Barbecue. Both used to work at Krause’s Cafe, the restaurant owned by Kaylynn’s parents. When it closed, the couple decided to go into business for themselves.
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A slew of tubers drift down the Comal River Saturday under threatening skies. While some people professed, “Wet is wet,” and continued down the Comal, others didn’t like the cold pelting of the rain and ducked under the cover of the bridge to wait it out.
Restaurant keeps family formula working
By Amy Clarkson
Using more than two decades of experience from one of New Braunfels’ most well-known restaurants, Kaylynn and Doug Gass opened a new restaurant known as Doug’s Barbecue.
They both worked at Krause’s Cafe, once owned by Kaylynn’s parents. For about 22 years, Doug was responsible for the cafe’s market and barbecuing all the meats. Kaylynn started at
the local business as a child.
“I worked there most of my life,” she said. “Started as a girl, reaUy.”
When the Krause’s sold the restaurant earlier this year, the couple decided to launch a business aU their own.
“We found a location that we liked, and now it belongs to us — us and the bank,” Doug said with a wry grin.
Located on Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 306 at Hunter’s Drive, the small restaurant features the same homey atmosphere that makes
Krause’s popular in downtown New Braunfels. Theres plenty of room at the wide, picnic-style tables for the generous helpings of food the Gasses serve their customers.
Opened only a few months, Doug’s Barbecue has attracted a loyal following.
“We stay pretty busy,” Doug said. “Considering we haven’t really done any advertising, word's gotten around pretty well.”
And the word has gotten around. During lunch, most See RESTAURANT/5A