New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, September 17,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Roma Fattnar
Vol. 145, No. 215
Birthday wishes from the Harald-Zattung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Andrew Fuentes, Marisol Padilla, Cris Vasquez, Roma ettner, Leora Swenson, Ataraxia C. Martinez (IO years), Teresa Snow (26 years belated), Edward Alan Campos (7 years (elated), Cora Fanning, Maria Corona (30 years) and Jeannie and Jimmy Lagunas Jr. (twins).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
Molds —1,240 Pigweed —8 Ragweed—130 Grass —8 Cedar Elm —178 Cocklebur — trace (Poler measured rn parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hamper)
Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.47 feet above sea level, up .05 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 908.97 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBL) reports pumping 7.856 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 1.295 million gallons of wed water were usod.
Tonight — Partly clouee Low in the upper 70s Southeast wind 5-10 mph.
Thuisdiy — Morning cloudiness then sunny. High in the mid 90s Southeast wind 10-15 mph.
Friday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 90s.
Saturday — Partly cloudy with a good chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the 70s. Highs in the 90s.
Sunday — Mostly cloudy and much cooler with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the 60s Highs in the 70s.
Oman# Market Days coms this waslrsnri
Old Gruene Market Days will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a m. to 6 p.m. in historic Gruene. There will be more than IOO vendors on hand featuring a variety of arts and crafts items.
Rid Cross training voluntssrs Saturday
Red Cross will conduct an orientation for those interested in becoming volunteers at 9 a.m. Saturday in the second floor conference room at McKenna Memorial Hospital. For information, call 625-6148 or 606-2170.
Htfluin hosts housing fair
The city of Seguin, the Seguin Housing Authority and the Seguin Board of Realtors will sponsor the second annual Seguin Housing Fair from 1 30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Seguin Guadalupe County Coliseum.
Smith staff mombor visits Canyon Laka
A member of Congressman Lamar Smith’s staff will be in Sattler today to assist Comal County residents with problems or questions.
Shelby Graves will be available to meet with constituents from 1 to 4 p.m. at Canyon Lake Action Center. No appointment is necessary.
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Elementary student Andree Gomez shows claesmates a traditional Mexican dance In the cafeteria Tuesday during lunch periods. Tuesday wee the celebration for
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HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael DemaN
NBISD falls, Comal gains on SATs
By DENISE DZIUK
Both local school districts received students’ scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and while one district improved by more dan IOO points, the other dropped by 41 points.
The Comal Independent School District composite score on the SAT went from 896 in 1995-19% to 1003 in 1996-1997. The New Braunfels Independent School District scores went from 1055 to 1014 for that same period, but administrators said they were not alarmed. Scores on the ACT tests tracked the SAT results.
NBilSD assistant superintendent of instructional services Rosalyn Bratcher told the board the administration was “con-cemedT about the scores but was not over-
Scholastic Aptitude Test Results
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ly alarmed about the results. She said during die past five years, test scores fluctuated and even dropped more than 80
points between 1993-94 and 1994-95.
“Of course, we’ll be very alarmed if it happens two or three years in a row and we see a trend,” Bratcher said. “I think our scores are still strong, but of course, we always want them to do better.”
Bratcher said determining exactly why the scores dropped this year would be difficult. The number of students taking the test increased from 145 to 156, and that could have affected the average, because not just high achiev ing students were taking it.
She said other factors, including differences in programs or student achievement level, also could affect the scores.
“There are just so many factors that can influence this, it can be hard to ferret it out,” she said.
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WORD mulls early warning system
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The topic of an early warning system to save lives on the Guadalupe River during floods will be discussed at the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District meeting tonight.
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority general manager Bill West will talk to the board about the early warning system. The meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler on Farm-lo-Market 2673.
The system would be a set of stations and gauges along the river that would gather information on weather conditions and send that information to GBRA in Seguin. OBRA then would notify local authorities to evacuate campers, rafters and tubers along River Road if necessary.
GBRA has estimated that the project would cost around $85,000. It is asking the city of New Braunfels, Comal County and WORD each to commit $20,000 funding to the project.
WORD manager Jim Inman said the WORD board delayed committing money to the project until it received more details from GBRA on how the warning system would be used to alert recreationalists along the river.
“We don’t know how we get (the information) back to the businesses and campgrounds where the people are sleeping,” Inman said. “That is where we don’t have the answers.”
City manager Mike Shands said the city council was waiting for more specifics from GBRA before it decided to enter an interlocal agreement with the county and possibly WORD on the early warning system.
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Playing with the pros
Heraid-Zertung photo by Michael Carnal!
Braunfels High School sophomore Michael Schaeffer pounds a bell to the not La Camera Golf Course in San Antonio. Schaeffer wan playing nine hole* FOA gorier Loran Roberta in the Cheatee Pro-Junior Steno Game. Roberts the CVS Charity Ctaooic teat weekend in Sutton, Mass. Sea Sports Day for information.
San Antonio wants to buy Canyon Lake surface water
By DAVID DEKUNDER and DENISE DZIUK
.Another water entity has put its signature on the dotted line to receive surface water from Canyon Lake.
On Tuesday, the San Antonio Water System board approved a preliminary agreement with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to pump 2.000 acre-feet of water from Canyon Lake to an area in northeast San Antonio by the turn of the century. —--------------
SAWS is one of a few agencies trying to make an agreement with GBRA. This spring the Canyon Lake W ater Supply Corporation board of directors approv ed a joint agreement to join in the project.
The contract is expected to cost SAW S SLI million a year, SAWS director of water resources Greg Rothe said. He said SAWS customers were expected to receive the Canyon Lake water within the next three or four years.
“We think it will serve about 6,000 households because one acre-foot of water is enough for three households," Rothe said.
Rothe said the surface w ater probably w ould serve customers in the northeast part of San Antonio.
SAW'S decided to make the deal w ith GBRA because of the city’s need for alternative water sources and to reduce dependence on the Edwards Aquifer.
“Our citizens committee group appointed by the mayor was directed to pursue additional sources of w ater to supplement our Edwards supply,” Rothe said. “It is a firm supply of water "
Rothe said the new GBRA contract would cost SAWS 25 to 30 cents per customer per month, Rothe said. That w ould not necessarily translate into a rate increase, he said.
The San Antonio River Authority and the Bexar Metropolitan Water Distnct, the city of Fair Oaks Ranch and w ater companies in western Comal County are looking into contracting with GBRA for Canyon Lake w ater. The project codd prov ide 8,000 acre-feet of w ater to both western Comal County and northern Bexar County.
Roger Biggers, New Braunfels Utilities assistant general manager for technical operations, said the deal actually w ould benefit some residents in Comal County. Residents in the far western portion of the county w odd have access to the water without hav ing to carry the entire cost burden.
Biggers said another benefit of the plan w as that it would reduce the burden on the Edwards Aquifer.
Survey: Many lack basic knowledge about Constitution
By ANICK JESOANUN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pop quiz: How many U.S. senators are there?
One in two Americans do not know the answer is IOO, according to a survey on the U.S. Constitution released Monday. And two in five don’t know there are three branches of government, let alone what they are.
Mayoi Edward G. Rendell of Philadelphia, where the Constitution was signed 210 years ago this Wednesday, said the results were disappointing “That shows an appalling lack of knowledge for a document that determines what we do,” said Rendell, chairman of the National Constitution Center, created by Congress in 1988 to increase awareness of the document. ’‘Every day, issues important and central to us as people and government are affected by the Constitution.” Fewer than one in five surveyed were able to correctly answer at least
Local bells ring on 210th anniversary
From staff reports
Today marks the 210th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the document that laid the framework for our federal government.
At 3 p.m. today, bells at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, First Protestant Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cross Lutheran Church and Comal County Courthouse were to ring to commemorate the occasion.
And today through Sept. 23 has been proclaimed U.S. Constitution Week. The Texas Society of the
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Daughters of the American Revolution, including local members, is taking advantage of the opportunity to educate the public about the Constitution.
Gov. George W Bush wrote in his proclamation, “The Constitution went into force in 1789 and has been amended only 27 times. This document is the longest-lasting constitution in history.”
Local attorney Esther Seidel eom-
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eight of IO basic questions, such as how long senators serve (six years), who nominates Supreme Court justices (the president) and what the first IO amendments to the Constitution
were called (the Bill of Rights). ■Rendell, whose group sponsored the survey, did find a ray of hope in find-
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Test your knowledge off tho Constitution
1. When was the Constitution written?
2. Where was the Constitution written? 3. What are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
4. Do you recall what the introduction of the Constitution is called?
5. How many branches of the federal government are there?
6. How many senators are there in the U.S. Congress?
7. How many years are blere in a Senate term?
8. How many voting members are there in the House of Representatives?
9. How many years are there in a representative’s letm?
10. Who nomlnalan the justices of the Supreme Court?
Baa Peoe2A tor ansMri erui how you compered with the rest off the nation.
Mid-Texas Symphony launches 20th season — Page 8A