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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas CISD board candidates discuss issues in forum Increasing teacher salaries, combating drugs in the school, and teaching sex education to students will be some goals of all four candidates running for a slot on the Comal Independent School District school board. See below Benavides, Patterson shine in Unicorn win Rudy Benavides pitched a no-hitter and Matt Patterson belted a grand slam home run Tuesday night as New Braunfels ripped Smithson Valley 14-0 in a District 28-4A baseball game at Ranger Field, It was the seventh consecutive district victory for the Unicorns. See Page13A SO-WEST MICFOPUBLISHING 2201 BROOKHOLLOW PUZ SUITE 300 APLINGTON, TX 76006 juti your meals Diossom with healthy applesauce Stand in the middle of an apple orchard in April and you’ll feel springtime in the air. With a couple of jars of applesauce on your kitchen shelf, though, you can enjoy the lightness of springtime all year long. See Page 2B Mew Braunfels JBL Vol. 137, No. 113 Wednesday April 19, 1989 25 Cents 707 Landa St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 3.77-880) 512-625-9144 Two Sections, 24 Pages Rain testing new system By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer When it rains it pours. And when it pours in New Braunfels the Landa Street, Fredericksburg Road intersection is going to puddle significantly during downpours, but will recede faster since recent drainage improvements, say city officials. “This morning I would say was unpredictable because it all came down at one time,” said Don Buskoho, draftsman and inspector for the City of New Braunfels. “You just didn’t have time for it to run off. It shouldn’t really pond too much there.” “Landa/Fredericksburg was again backed up because of the pure volume of water it was getting there, but it was being carried off very quickly,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “I don’t think anybody could ask for a better program than what we have right there.” In October 1985, City of New Braunfels voters passed a bond election to improve public buildings, streets, drainage and parks and recreational facilities. On Sept. 19, 1988 city crews started the allocated project, which cost almost SI million, to improve the Landa/Fredericksburg Road area. It was finished in March. The arca including Wood Road, Inspiration Drive, Lockener Avenue, Howard Street, Parkview Boulevard, Prince Drive and Fredericksburg Road fared well under pouring rain conditions this morning because of additional inlets, piping and culverts added during the project. “I drove Inspiration, Wood, Howard, all the streets this morning, and every one of them was extremely drivable the entire time — even during the heaviest rain,” Grohman said. Provisions were made to control standing water at the intersection. “They put one big inlet there at the corner al Towne and Country Realtor company and then they moved down Fredericksburg and put another big inlet to more or less handle what was coming across See DRAINAGE, Page 2A A driver eases his car through water at the intersection of Santa Clara and San Antonio streets this morning. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Safe City meetings Report names 342 concerns NB trustees approve goals A framework for goals for New Braunfels Independent School District was approved by trustees Tuesday night. Board members voted unanimously to approve the mission statement and governing values for the district that were put together by a strategic planning committee of 45 parents, citizens, board members, administrators, teachers and counselors. The committee was “really a cross section of the community," said Superintendent Charles Bradberry. “They met for one basic reason — and that was what NBISD should look like for the next three lo five years. “I couldn’t have said it better myself — and I didn’t really have much input,” Bradberry said. The statement of governing values includes 18 points concerning quality education in the district. The mission statement reads: “Our mission is to develop responsible and productive citizens through an educa tional process built on pride and tradition, provided by dedicated and motivational school and community people who guide the development of each individual’s mind, body and character in a positive, supportive and challenging environment.” “When we get this going,” said trustee Jean Ward, “we will be the envy of every school district in the state and nation.” “I was skeptical that we could do somthing this good,” said trustee Bob Clarke. “I feel better about education now.” “The next thing we do — in the next eight to 12 months — is start looking at critical issues, the strengths and weaknesses of our district,” said Mike Fitsko, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “Then we will set short-term operational objectives arid action plans,” said Fitsko, who added that a one-day See GOALS, Page 2A Attempting to make New Braunfels a safer place to live, the Safe City Commission has identified 342 neighborhood concerns, mainly a lack of streci lighting and speeding motorists, during 25 neighborhood meetings. “I was real pleased with the input we received from the people,” said Safe City Director Don Ferguson. “I think the residents of this town arc very concerned about improving the conditions of their neighborhoods.” The commission’s goal is to get residents involved in improving their neighborhoods and protecting their property against crime. “The better a neighborhood looks, the more organized a neighborhood looks, the louder message it sounds to Clues in theft sought A recent burglary at TCBY Yogurt is this week’s Crime Stoppers Crime of die Week. Unknown suspects forcibly entered die store, located at 208 N. Loop 337, while the store was closed. Suspects took an undetermined amount of cash from the registers. Nothing else in the store was disturbed. The burglary occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. April I. Persons with information about the burglary should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS. Crime Stoppers pays up to SI,(KH) for information leading to the arrest and indictment of persons involved in any felony crimes. CISD candidates face issues during meeting Increasing teacher salaries, combating dr.ugs in the school, and teaching sex education to students will be some goals of all four candidates running for a slot on the Comal Independent School District school board. The candidates — incumbent school board president Carter Casteel, Dan Mitchell, William “Bill" Smith, and Martin Allen — answered questions from approximately 60 people Tuesday night at a forum at Mountain Valley Elementary School in Sattlcr. The event was sponsored by the Canyon Lake Republican Women’s Club. All four candidates agreed teachers should be paid more and additional drug awareness and prevention programs should be offered to students. Candidates also expressed pros and cons about a proposal to consolidate tax collections with the Comal County tax assessor-collector. CISD assesses and collects its taxes. “If we can collect taxes, cheaper why not do it — save money, lf you’re saving money then maybe more money can go to the teachers,” said Allen, who is Comal County district court administrator. “It has lo be looked at. As a board member. As a patron. As a taxpayer. Before I made any decision as to that — whether or not it would save money — I would have the facts.” Casteel, who has been vocal about the consolidation issue, resounded her concerns about the move. “I’m not opposed to saving taxpayer’s money,” she said. “I’m from the old school,-you just gotta show me Dan Mitchell that it’s going to be a savings. “lf in fact consolidation will save CISD money, we need to see it. We need to be invited to the table to hammer out an agreement — make it a contract — one that we enter freely, everybody knows what they are coming with and what they are leaving with,” she said. Comal County commissioners Neil Craigmile and Clyde Jacobs started a campaign drive recently to consolidate taxes on the county level. “If we can save money, it needs to be looked at and if we start losing revenue” CISD should be able to get out, said Mitchell, who owns and operates Dan’s Disposal Service in Bulverde. William “Bill" Smith “Collection of taxes is a very good idea,” said Smith, who is a school teacher, adding the collection rate should be considered, “lf it drops (collection rate) we lose money.” Candidates also talked about sex education. “As far as safe sex, no-sex in schools I guess I have to say I’m a believer of (teaching) no sex,” Allen said. “It’s too devastating to girls to become pregnant in school.” “Somewhere, somebody has got to stand up and talk about sex education," Casteel said. “And frankly, the public has turned everything over to the schools.” Se* CANDIDATES, Page 2A Bush criticized for indecision WASHINGTON (APj — The Bush administration faced sharp criticism today for not acting decisively enough in taking control of the Alaska oil spill, as senators called for new laws that would require the president to direct such cleanup efforts. “There has never been a time when this situation was under control,” declared Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate environmental protection subcommittee, which convened a hearing on the oil spill recovery effort. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell said that President Bush was “slow to comprehend the mag1 nitude of tins disaster” and valuable hours were lost after the March 24 spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound when the spill might still have been controlled. Mitchell, of Maine, said federal environmental laws need to be changed to require die president to either take over oil spill cleanup efforts or specifically to declare that die cleanup is being conducted properly through private efforts. Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner, the president’s point man on the oil spill recovery, who was scheduled to testify before die Senate panel later, has said that Bush rejected a federalization of the Alaska cleanup because of concern that such a move might affect Exxon’s financial liabilities. The president has said the U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating cleanup efforts. See CRITICISM, Page 2A Battleship Iowa explodes, burns NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Fire broke out aboard the Navy battleship USS Iowa after an explosion this morning, officials said. The explosion at occurred about IO a.m. on one of the battleship’s 16-inch gun turrets as the ship was taking part in a gunnery exercise about 330 miles northeast of Puerto Rico, Atlantic Fleet spokesman Lt. Commander Steve Burnett said. Die extent of damage and injuries was not known, Burnett said. He said a gun turret is normally occupied by 27 people. Another Norfolk-based carrier, the Coral Sea, was nearby, Commander John Woodlouse said. the criminal that the residents in this neighborhood are concerned about who comes in and out and are concerned about keeping it a crime-free neighborhood,” Ferguson said. “The resident has to feel comfortable in his neighborhood to get involved,” he said. “A lot of studies indicate that if a person feels more comfortable in their environment they will be more willing lo gel involved, improve their community and fight crime.” Other concerns identified during the meetings include, in order of popularity, street lighting, speeding motorists, high weeds and shrubs, See REPORT, Page 2A Good day It’s wet outside and the rain is likely to continue tonight following the cool front that pushed through this morning. The low tonight should dip into the 60s with Thursday’s high reaching into the 80s. Remember, April showers.... Inside: CLASSIFIED............................4-7    B COMICS.....................................10A CROSSWORD.............................3A DEAR ABBY...............................3B EDUCATION..............................11A ENTERTAINMENT.....................12A HOROSCOPE............................10A KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-4B OPINIONS....................................4A SPORTS...............................13-15A TV LISTINGS.............................10A WEATHER...................................2A Stammtisch Two teams of girls will compete in a Powder Puff football game Friday at 8 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. The money earned by the competition between Senior girls and Junior girls will help the-Canyon High Project Graduation. Tickets are SI.50 in advance or $2 at the gate. Project Graduation also is raising money by selling tamales. Seniors will be Liking orders for tamales April 24-26. Tamales arc $3.50 for a dozen and delivery date is April 27.... Members of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women have been collecting books for weeks and now will offer them for sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. al the St. Paul Lutheran Church activity center. AAUW will sell hardbacks, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, self-help and other books to raise money for its scholarships, which arc awarded to mature women who have returned to school.... The handbells are ringing all over town in preparation for Saturday’s New Braunfels Arca Handbell Festival hosted by the Good Vibrations Handbell Choir of First United Methodist Church. The festival will be in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist, 572 W. San Antonio; call 629-0845 or 625-4513 for more information. Five handbell choirs will participate, including First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, First Protestant Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, all of New Braunfels, and First United Methodist Church of San Marcos. The concert portion of the festival, beginning at 2 p.m., will be free and open to the public. Each bell choir will perform selections individually, and the concert will conclude with a rousing massed singing oresentation..,. See STAMMTISCH, Page 2A ;