New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon beats NB
in three-game thriller
The Canyon Cougarettes proved to be kings of the district volleyball hill Friday by beating New Braunfels in the Unicorns’ gym. Canyon remained undefeated after the hard-fought 19-17,9-15,15-5 victory, while New Braunfels fell to 3-1.
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4-H programs involve youth in fun projects
Hundreds of area children “learn by doing” through Comal County 4-H, one of the agencies assisted by the 1989 United Way of Comal County fund drive. 4-H is the largest out-of-school educational youth organization in the United States.
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Vol. 137, No. 226
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Five Sections, 54 PagesLions lob opposition into city court Maids find body
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Players in the struggle of where to put the proposed HEB Tennis Complex will come to the net Monday night to possibly put an end to the volley of conflict.
New Braunfels Noon Lions Club members will ask the New Braunfels City Council to deny the recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the New Braunfels Tennis Association to put four proposed tennis courts in Prince Solms Park.
“All we’re going to do is ask the City Council to keep the area as a green area,” said Lions Club member Bill Kolodzie. “Prince Solms Park is kind of our pet peeve ... we’ve invested a lot of money there and we are trying to do everything we can just to keep it a green area.”
Noon Lions passed a resolution Thursday in opposition to the proposed site. Since 1970 when the club donated $15,000 to help purchase the Pearce Property — now Prince Solms park — almost $39,000 from the organization has been spent to beautify the park, Kolodzie said.
Funding to build the proposed courts is made possible by a $35,000 grant from HEB Foods. The Tennis Association will add $22,000 cash and City of New
in motel room
The body of a former New Braunfels man was found in a room at the Shaefer Motel around noon Saturday when maids went in to clean the room, New Braunfels police say.
Joe E. Ayers, 37, of Houston, was found lying across the bed in the room. Next of kin were notified Saturday.
The Travis County medical exa
miner will perform an autopsy at 9 a.m. today to determine Mr. Ayers’ cause of death.
“There was no evidence of any foul play,” said Lt. Felix Roque said. “We’re doing an investigation to find out what happened.”
The motel manager reported Mr. Ayers checked into the motel, located on Interstate 35, after 8 p.m. Friday
Proposed law aimed at adult responsibility
Braunfels will contribute $23,000 cash and land for the project. The only requirement HEB requires by donating the money is to name the
tennis courts the HEB Tennis Center.
HEB withdrew its grant portion in 1984 when the city applied for
the grant, but the parties couldn’t agree on a site for the courts. The
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The weather’s great and it’s gonna stay that way for a couple of days. Today’s high is expected to reach about 79 with northeast winds between IO and 15 mph. Tonight’s low should drop to about 49. Monday will be sunny with a high about 82.
Volunteer tutors still needed; project training starts Monday
The Comal County Fair Association will host the annual Fair Queen’s Contest tonight at the Canyon High School Commons at 7:30 p.m. Twenty-eight young ladies from the three area high schools will be vying to be part of the Comal County Fair Queen’s Court to represent New Braunfels in area parades during the 1989-90 year. The admission price tonight is $1 and audience members will be participating in a portion of the judging process by voting for the candidate of their choice....
Hundreds of New Braunfels ISD parents have taken the opportunity to visit their children’s campuses this month. Two more “Meet the Teacher” nights are scheduled this week. On Monday, Memorial Elementary parents will visit the campus and meet the staff at the second- and third-grade school.
The evening begins at 7 p.m. Carl Schurz Elementary will host “Meet the Teacher” night Tuesday. After a brief FTA meeting at 7 p.m., teachers will be on hand to meet their students’ parents. Babysitting will be provided during the meeting...,
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More volunteers are needed to help kids learn to read, two state compensatory teachers told a group of local citizens during a luncheon at Carl Schurz Elementary to discuss the Help One Student to Succeed (HOSTS) program.
Mayor Doug Miller, Louis Haass of New Braunfels National Bank, Ron Erbcn of HEB Food Store, Christine heels of Executive Banc Savings, Rita Kaufmann of Texas Commerce Bank and Marshall Schaake of the Breakfast Lions Club were among those present to hear teachers Linda Bingham and Vicki Krejci discuss the HOSTS program and the benefits of community volunteers.
“These children need some people who can be a friend for them,” said Charles Bradberry, superintendent of New Braunfels Independent School District. “They need someone who can sit down with them and help them learn to read."
Community volunteers are asked to devote one hour each week to tutoring
fourth- and fifth-grade students while these students learn to read. The HOSTS program revolves around the idea that community volunteers working one-on-one with the students improve these students’ reading skills and their chances for success.
Volunteers will help students learn reading, vocabulary and language skills during the study sessions. Each session comes complete with its own set of instructions; all the volunteer does is help the student carry them out.
The only requirements a community volunteer needs are basic reading skills and a desire to help someone, the two teachers said.
Approximately 80 persons have committed as volunteers. A total of 125 would be ideal for the operation of the program.
Dr. Jane McDonald, principal of Carl Schurz Elementary, said reading success is critical to keeping students in school.
“We’re not going to be able to get
them reading ourselves,” she said.
Susan Kuehler heads the HOSTS drive for volunteers. Bradberry, MacDonald, and Secretary Susan Stehle
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
An increase in juvenile crimes in New Braunfels could be decreased by a curfew-type ordinance if the Safe City Commission can get the public and City Council to rally behind it.
“What we really hope to do is to be able to take it to the community in a true grass-roots type of way,” said Safe City Commission Chairman Dennis Clarkson.
The framework of the proposed ordinance — referred to as a parental responsibility ordinance — recently was drafted by the Safe City Commission to curb late-night vandalism, thefts and assaults committed by the younger generation. The framework is now in the hands of City Attorney Barry Moore, who will draft a proposed ordinance.
Tile ordinance is designed to keep youngsters out of public places during designated times and make parents, along with their children, responsible for ordinance violations. Violators will be cited for Class C
“We’re not citing the kids,” Claik -son said, “We’re citing the parents.”
Hondo’s City Council recently reactivated a 1971 curfew ordinance restricting juveniles from public places late at night.
Hondo City Manager Mike Rhea said in a telephone interview last week community response has been favorable for the ordinance, which also cites parents for roaming juveniles.
“During the summer months ... in a small town there’s not that much to do. Kids tend to want to hang out,’’ Rhea said. “You name it, we’ve had it happen.”
New Braunfels also has seen a variety of crimes occurring. Between May 1988 and June 1989, more than 20 thefts, more than $2,000 worth of criminal mischief damage and five burglaries were linked to juveniles in the downtown area alone, said Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson.
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Sm-thson Valley Coach Joe Matulich who said he was thrilled to De able to watch I nday nqht's foot nail game. waves to the excited home crowd after his Rangers tamed the I dander I ions with a Jeff I eineweber interception on the final play of the game The 21 19 win improved the Rangers to 3 0. the best start.in tire school s history (Photo by Deryl Clark)
New Braunfels Parks Director David Whatley, left, Guada Coma Garden Club member Joyce Kolodzie and Mark Peterson, staff forester with the Texas Forest Service are concerned about the sightings of Oak Wilt in Comal County. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Founders Oak threatened by disease
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The deadly tree disease — Oak Wilt — has been identified in areas close to New Braunfels’ city limits and concerned officials are taking needed precautions to ensure city parks and Founders Oak are safe.
“We follow prevention methods that are set by the Texas Forest Service as far as pruning and trimming,” said New Braunfels Parks Director David Whatley. “When you spot something, you need to move quickly.”
A patch of Oak Wilt has been iden
tified in an area across from the New Braunfels High School. The non-eurable disease also has been identified in areas off FM 3009 in Comal County. The fungus Ceratocystis Fagacearum causes Oak Wilt, which kills live oak and Spanish oak trees quickly. The disease spreads mainly by insects and root systems.
“Since there’s no cure we have to rely on preventauve methods,” said Mark Peterson, staff forester with the Texas Forest Service.
Preventative measures include pruning oak trees only in January and February. Ii persons do prune, they
should apply tree paint to the wounds Avoid moving oak wilt-infected firewood to areas not known to have oajv wilt.
The Guada-Coma Garden Club, which sponsors the Arboretum, will educate the public about the deadly disease and precautionary methods.
“We hopefully will be working with the city officials to help spread the work to educate people,” said member Joyce Kolodzie.
For more information, call the Texas Forest Service in San Antonio at 223-9963 or the Comal.County Extension Service Office at 625-9178.