New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, September 21,1995
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Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of DANNY GARCIA
Vol. 143, No. 224
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River and aquifer information
Comal River -262 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 16.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.53 feet above sea level, up .15.
Guadalupe River — 114 c.f.s
Plane uses FM 1863
as a runway
FM 1863 looked more like an airport than a road for a while yesterday.
A small plane was running low on fuel and the pilot landed it on the road at 5:37 p.m. near the bridge construction, according to Comal County Sheriff’s Department reports. Officer James Rose responded to the call.
The pilot was not hurt and the plane was not damaged, Sheriff’s reports said. A fuel truck was brought to the site. The plane refueled and took off again — all in less than a half-hour.
Fair Quean contest Sunday
The Comal County Fair Queen's contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 at Canyon High School Commons. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. There will be 19 young ladies from the three area high schools participating in the contest. The Fair Queen and her court will represent the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year. The cost is $2 per person, with pre-school children free.
Bond election subject of forum
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum featuring a discussion of the Comal Independent School District Bond Election.
Panelists include Superintendent Jerry Majors and Scott Watson of the Long- Range Planning Committee The forum will be at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
Call Rose Marie Eash at 980-3188 for information.
Cancer support group meets
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p m, Thursday, Sept 28, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust. 1000 N Walnut.
Anyone with cancer and their significant others, are invited to attend, lf you have any questions, call the ACS at 629-5717 or Marian Hicks at 629-1763.
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SAT scores slide below national average
By DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels High School seniors' scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test dropped significantly from last year.
The average for high school seniors in the New Braunfels Independent School District in 1994-95 was 896, which was down from 983 in 1993-94. The national average was 910, and the state average was 893, for 1994-95. In 1993-94, the national average was 902, and the state average was 886.
Figures provided by the NBISD show the average for Comal Independent School District seniors was an identical 896.
Dr. Ellen Bell, NBISD Director of Curriculum, said this is only the second year the scores have shown a decrease in the past seven years. Bell said she was not surprised to see the decrease, because it mirrors results from TA AS tests and advanced placement tests.
NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said he believes the drop in the average is just a result of one year, and will not become a trend. He said current indicators, including Preliminary SAT scores and SAT scores, are suggesting that the average for this year’s seniors will be up again.
“That’s a big drop, and if it goes more than one year, we’ll be very concerned about it,” he said. “There’s a lot of people below us, but there’s a lot of people above us too.”
Bradberry said people may begin to think that the decrease is a result of block scheduling. However, he said this group was not in it.
Bell said the number of students taking the test did not change greatly either. She said 105 students took the SAT, and 78.6 percent take either the SAT or ACT test. She said the test did change this year, but she said this really is not the reason for the change either.
“All kids take the same test, so that really can’t be it either,” she said.
Bell said the district is making an effort to help students prepare for the test. All junior and senior English and mathematics teachers emphasize the SAT skills in their classes. Classes are held after school and on Saturdays to help them prepare for the test, and staff development steps are taken to ensure that teachers are up to date on the skills presented on the actual test, said Bell.
It is also important for the parents to get involved and make sure their child is prepared for the test. If the score is unsatisfactory the test can be retaken. Colleges will take the highest composite score, so it is advantageous to take the test again.
“Parents also need to take a close look at the PSAT. It’s a predictor for how the student will do on the actual test, lf they’re not happy with the score, they need to get their child in a course and help them prepare for it,” she said.
The only other time the district’s average declined in the past seven years was in 1989-90, when the district’s average was 905, the national
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average was 900, and the state average was 874.
“We expected a drop this year, but we didn’t expect this big of a drop. I can’t see much that was done differently than we’ve been doing in the past.” said Bradberry. “I think this is one year, and not a trend.”
Cold front brings relief from the heat
Herald-Zeitung pl JIO by MICHAEL DARNALL
The tracks were reopened yesterday morning, but cleanup continues in downtown Marion, where a Southern Pacific train derailed Tuesday night. Fourteen cars jumped the tracks, but there were no injuries.
Rain lets county lift burn ban
By DENISE DZIUK
The heavy rainfall experienced throughout the county Tuesday night was just what was needed to lift the bum ban the Comal County has been under since August.
On Aug. IO, County Judge Carter Casteel ordered an emergency bum ban in the county in an effort to avoid grass tires. The ban prohibited people trom burning anything in an unenclosed area. That ban was lifted effec
tive immediately, Wednesday morning.
“It’s done what it was supposed to do, and then we got good rain (Tuesday night), and now ifs time to lift it,” said Casteel. “Folks are ready to bum brush, and other items, and were ready to have it removed.”
Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Wittmann, who requested both the order and the lifting of it, said the county received one to three and a half inches of rain Tuesday night.
“lf we get into another two or three weeks of hot, dry weather and things don’t green up, we many need it again." he said.
During the time of the ban, there were only two fires that were out of control, compared to about 15 last year, Willman said.
Casteel said the request to lift the ban will go before commissioners court in the near future, to ratify the actions. However, Willmann said the lift is effective immediately.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Heave a sigh of relief and pull out the sweaters — not just yet, according to Tom Dever of the National Weather Service in New Braunfels.
“I’m afraid it’s a little too early to consider this front a season changer,” he said.
The cooler weather should last for the next couple of days, though. Lows will temporarily be in the low 60s with highs in the mid to upper 70s until Saturday, Dever said.
“It’s a direct Canadian cold front,” he said.
It may have felt like the dog days were a lot hotter than usual, but that’s not necessarily the case. It’s only been a little wanner than usual this summer. with September temperatures two to four degrees above normal, Dever said.
“But this is Texas,” he said.
To date until midnight Tuesday — “and that will change before this rain is finished,” Dever said — the total 1995 precipitation was 17.89 inches, down just slightly from the norm of 22.41 inches.
Ranging from 1.5 to over five inches, Tuesday night’s and yesterday’s rain should bong the total much closer to normal, Dever said.
All in all, the summer has been fairly nonnal and calm, both temperature and precipitation-wise, Dever said. The forecast for the next several months looks to be pretty nonnal also.
“It’s my personal opinion that since we’ve had such an active hurricane season, we’ll probably have a cooler winter than last year,” Dever said.
Mother Nature has been kind to
‘It’s my personal opinion that since we’ve had such an active hurricane season9 we’ll probably have a cooler winter than last year.’
— Tom Dever, National Weather Service
area farmers this year, said Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor. The spring rains timed themselves perfectly for planting and growing
This week’s rain came at just the right point also, Taylor said. “I think we’ll see a lot of farmers who will plant wheat and oats in the next week,” he said.
The fall crops should be good ones if the wet weather holds out through October and November. Taylor said.
The aquifer level was the same as the weather in general — right about at the normal level, said Bill Tepe of New Braunfels Utilities. “In September, when we’re usually recharging, though, we were starting to go low,” Tepe said.
The aquifer level at Panther Canyon was up .06 feet yesterday morning, Tepe said. “I would expect it to go up the next couple of days,” he said.
No real formula exists for translating inches of rainfall into aquifer gain, Tepe said. There are just too many vanables — like how much water fell over the actual recharge areas, how much was absorbed into the soil, etc.
NBU acts to ensure payments from EUWD
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Utilities is getting tough to protect local interests in a contract made with the Edwards Underground Water District.
The NBU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to intervene with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) rn a lawsuit in an emergency meeting Monday night.
“We’re going to ask the court that the District is nonexistent,’’ said NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo. “They ceased to exist on Aug. 28,” she said. “The EAA (Edwards Aquifer Authority) should have come into place.”
The move came when NBU officials learned that some San Antonio EWUD delegates might divert funds promised to NBU in a 1989 surface water agreement.
“We think there’s an attempt to cancel the contract by using funds for other projects,” DiFonzo said.
Back in 1989 NBU officials decided to build a treatment plant and use surface water from Canyon Lake — thus reducing NBU’s pumping from the Edwards Aquifer, DiFonzo said.
The EUWD — whose mission was to preserve
the aquifer — agreed with NBU to reimburse the utility $44 per acre/foot of surface water from Canyon Lake, which NBU has to puichase from the GBRA.
The treatment plant went on line in 1992, DiFonzo said. NBU began pumping and the EUWD began reimbursing.
The reimbursements have amounted to about $300,000 per year, she said, although the $44 per acre/foot amount no longer is enough to pay for the water — NBU has to make up the difference.
According to the contract, the EUWD should keep reimbursing NBU for five years after the contract’s 1992 effective start date Some of the San Antonio EUWD representatives have discussed using remaining EUWD funds for other purposes before honoring existing contracts. If that happens, it could mean about a $500,IKK) loss for New Braunfels.
“We will be seeking a temporary restraining order on the Edwards so they only spend funds on necessary obligations,” DiFonzo said - like existing contracts — not new projects.
“We still believe that this surface water agreement is important to the mission of conserving the Edwards,” DiFonzo said. “Representatives have worked hard to ensure that this stays intact.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by MELANIE GERIK
Welcome to the neighborhood
Cutting the ribbon Monday at Appiebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, located on the IH-35 access road, are owners Mickey Stahl and Joel Marks, along with Manager Gregg Spickler and Vice-President of Operations Frank DeAngelo.
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