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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW A FELS 20332 MH09 SOWEST MICROPUBL ISHTNG 2627 E YONDHI L LR PPM TX 7ft HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 211 20 pages in Z sections September 10 1999 FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Tax dollars will pay for defense Judge says Hartwig is eligible for aid BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Taxpayer dollars will help pay for the defense of capital murder sus pect Adele Hartwig accused of deliberately trying to kill her hus band by setting fire to their home earlier this year Judge Jack Robison of the 22nd Judicial District ruled Thursday Hartwig was eli gible for indigent aid after she testi fied she did not have sufficient income to afford hiring an attorney State law requires counties to provide for the defense of persons financially unable to provide an ade quate defense Comal County District Attorney HARTWIG Dib Waldrip said counties deter mined a persons eligibility for indi gent aid by examining income and assets Hartwig 61 was arrested on June 3 after she was indicted for the May 4 death of her husband 72yearold Harold Hartwig She is accused of killing Harold Hartwig by setting fire to the log cabin they shared on Hueco Springs Loop Road in the early morning hours of May 4 See Man indicted for June murder BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury indicted a 35year old West Texas man Wednesday on a capital mur der charge for the death of a New Braunfels man found strangled in his apartment in June Douglas Edward Journeay of Mel van is accused of killing 62yearold Ted McReynolds whose body was found in his apartment on June 9 in the 1000 block of Sanger Avenue Family members found McReynolds body at his home in the Mill Bridge Apartments after he failed to appear at a family function and did not respond to phone calls McReynolds probably died sometime in the early morning hours of June 6 investigators said Comal County District Attor ney Dib Waldrip said the grand jury also indicted Journeay on a charge of indecency with a child by contact which is second degree felony and unauthorized use of a vehicle which is a state jail felony Waldrip said the charge of indecency with a child stemmed from a separate incident in See MAN JOURNEAY A United kickoff WAI United Way of Comal County president James Dunks gives the opening presentation Thursday night at the organizations kickoff at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center United Way begins 1999 fund drive with goal BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer United they met Volunteers directors and committee members of United Way of Comal County gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the kick off of their annual fundraising drive United Way president James Dunks began by thanking all of the volunteers who helped raise last year through floods fires and drought This year United Way has a fund goal to raise by the end of November Dunks said the United Way could easily surpass that amount with the help of the community Every year we set our goal Dunks said We feel we can exceed our goal and raise close to a half a million dol WAI Leah Dunks 7 daughter of United Way of Comal County president James Dunks listens to her fathers presentation And with 98 cents of every dollar staying in the county that is a lot of bang for the buck Dunks said United Way is a national charitable orga nization that raises money for children the elderly and the disadvantaged In Comal County United Way supports 29 local agencies including Adult Literacy See UNITED NBISD bonds bring increase in tax bills BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A districtwide plan to renovate school campuses could mean more modern facilities and better educa tional opportunities for students but not without a price If voters approve the million bond package proposed by New Braunfels school district the average homeowners tax bill would go up by 2003 Patrons will go to the polls on Oct 2 Early voting begins Wednes day at the Education Center 430 West Mill St Early voting runs until Sept 28 Voting hours at the Education Center are 8 to 5 and 7 to 8 at Lone Star Primary The million package includes recommended expansion and reno vation projects at all district cam puses and auxiliary facilities More than million will fund campus improvements million will be used to repair and renovate maintenance kitchen and business office facilities and million will be used for technology needs No new campuses are being pro posed in the bond package Duane Westerman with South west Securities said district patrons could see a total increase of on their tax bills during a fouryear peri od The average homeowner will pay in school taxes for the 1999 2000 school year Westerman said the district planned to sell the bonds in mil lion increments beginning in 2000 and ending in 2003 During years when the bonds are sold the debt service tax rate would increase which would in turn increase taxpayers property tax bills But Westerman said a fluctuation in the debt service tax rate would result because the bonds would not be sold in 2002 The years bonds Superintendent outlines plan at forum Page 3A are not bought the debt service tax rate would decrease he said Westerman estimated the debt ser vice tax rate would increase cents in 2000 followed by an increase of cents in 2001 But the rate would decrease 13 cents in 2002 when no bonds would be sold hi 2003 the debt service tax rate would increase cents The tax rate would drop by cents every year thereafter until the bonds are paid back in 2023 he said The average home in New Braun fels has an estimated value of Comal Appraisal District reports The average tax bill cur rently is The owner of an average home in New Braunfels would see an increase of per year during the f irst year the bonds are sold The second year the bond are sold in 2001 will see the average tax payer paying more on his annual tax bill In 2002 when the bonds are not sold a decrease in the tax rate would mean a decrease of on the average tax bill In 2003 taxpayers will see anoth er increase on the tax bill The cent increase on the debt service rate will mean an increase of on the average homeowners tax bill A decrease on the tax rate in 2004 would mean a decrease of on the average home owners annual tax bill Taxpayers then would see a decrease on their tax bills for every year until the bonds are paid off in 2023 Superintendent Ron Reaves said the million package included enough funding for inflation ot GISD trustees lend support to battle for pregame prayer BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Independent School District trustees took a stand on the issue of pregame prayer Thurs day night by publicly supporting one Texas school districts fight to allow studentled prayers before football games C1SD trustees voted 60 with trustee Dora Gonzales abstaining to support the Santa Fe Independent School Dis tricts appeal of a recent court ruling against prayer at high school games Superintendent Jerry Major said CISD would be joining in a grassroots movement with a number of other school districts across Texas and the country to get a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed A number of districts have jumped in to say they support the Santa Fe effort And if we do this we will put a See PREGAME INSIDE Key code 76 Pilot makes emergency landing near airport no injuries reported FROM STAFF REPORTS A flight student from San Antonio was forced to land his plane in a field near the New Braun fels Municipal Airport on Thursday The student was not injured and the plane which experienced engine problems was not damaged Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Max Sink said The pilot took precautionary action and land Sink said Airport manager Darrell Phillips said the plane a Cessna ISO started to lose altitude City officials tow an airplane from a field where it made an emergency landing about 1 Thursday during a touch and go exercise City staff members were working in the field northwest of the airport at 5 trying to
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