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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 64 18 pgs in 2 sections February 16 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bed tax petition submitted council calls special meeting BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer New Braunfels residents who hope to limit the citys use of bed tax revenue sub mitted their petition initiative Tuesday although some say its unnecessary after Mondays city council meeting Because the initiative has more than 30 percent of registered voters who voted in the last general election city council must consider Friday the proposal which elim inates using the citys 30 percent of bed tax revenue for a convention center A special meeting to consider the initia tive has been called for 6 Friday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Meeting Room D In excess of registered voters signed the petition according to petition organizers The city will verify the signa tures today at least 929 are needed Council will not approve Mayor Stoney Williams said Tuesday It will go to a If council votes against the petition ordi nance the issue must go to a vote May 6 the same time residents will consider the million bond issue approved Monday The petition asks the city to spend a min imum of percent of its 7 percent bed tax revenue for maintenance and improve ment of the civic center historical restora tion and preservation projects arts cityoperated promotional programs allowed by state law tax is a dedicated tax and must be spent on the promotion of tourism by state law The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce which receives 55 per cent of the tax for tourism promotion has proposed that council save more than 20 percent for two years and use it toward a down payment for a convention center At its meeting Monday council voted to freeze about 20 percent of revenue made from its tax for two years It will decide in two years how to spend the money Petition organizer Betty Dunkin said downtown needed that money sooner two years was too long But city attorney Floyd Akers said coun cil legally could change Mondays deci sion at any time and unfreeze that money Williams said that if a worthy project came along council would consider doing just that Because of this flexibility chamber pres ident Michael Meek said a vote on the petition initiative wasnt necessary The petition supporters shouldnt go forward with the initiative he said Downtown can approach council at any time with a he said But the chamber wont approach council during this time We wont usurp the twoyear Meek said several of the petition sup porters as well as downtown business own ers actually stood up at Mondays meet ing supporting the twoyear wait A family affair NB resident donates kidney to brother BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Javier Morales can thank his sister Erlin da for his new lease on life After spending more than one year on dialysis 35yearold Morales was given a new kidney by Erlinda Erlinda 37 said she spent no time debating whether to under go the fourhour transplant operation which took place Jan 25 and the weeks of often uncomfortable recovery that lie ahead I only have one brother and I wanted to give him a longer she said Before the operation he was very grouchy and now he is a happy Javier Morales first was diag nosed with kidney failure for unknown reasons more than a year ago and was told by doctors he would need a kidney trans plant about six months later he said I would go in for dialysis three times a week for three hours and I was always tired and thirsty because I was not allowed to drink many liquids I missed the little stuff like crushed ice from Dairy Javier Morales said When I found out I would need the operation I didnt even have to ask my sister she just vol Erlinda said Javier was espe cially nice to her in the months ERIN Erlinda Morales far right donated a kidney to brother Javier Morales left Mother Delia R Morales middle says faith in God pulled them through the ordeal before the operation which took place at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio I would say to Javier Dont make me mad or I wont give you my Erlinda said Although the recovery process is slow both Javier and Erlinda Morales said they felt good and expected to be back to 100 per cent soon Javier who has two sons from a previous marriage ages 11 and 15 said the experience brought him closer to his family and changed his priorities in life I plan to do more Javier Morales said I want to do some traveling with my kids and I want to go back to school All I did before was work at a textile NBISD hires Rhoades as new football coach RHOADES BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels High School football defensive coordinator Rick Rhoades will have some big shoes to fill this fall but he says he is ready for the challenge New Braun fels Indepen dent School trustees unanimously approved hiring Rhoades as the new Unicorn head football coach and ath letic director Tuesday night a position left vacant by the retirement of Tim Kingsbury last week Kingsbury announced Friday he would step down from the coach ing position to spend more time with his family including watching his son KliflfKingsbury start as quarterback for Texas Tech University next year Tim and his wife Sally also have an older son Klint Kings bury who will graduate from Texas University this May Kingsbury who served as head football coach and athletic director atNBHS since 1995 will remain with the district in a teaching or administrative capacity another year Kingsbury started his more than 20year career in NBISD in 1974 when he took a football coaching position at New Braunfels Middle School In 1991 Kingsbury took the defensive coordinator position at San Antonio Madison High School Kingsbury returned to NBHS in 1995 as head football coach bringing Rhoades with him as his defensive coordinator On Tuesday night Rhoades thanked Kingsbury for bringing him to New Braunfels five years ago My experiences and my fami lys experience here is something well never forget and I am deeply indebted to he said I want to thank the board and Superintendent Ron Reaves for giving me the opportunity to coach and be the athletic director I believe that we have one of the greatest schools in the state and the greatest kids in the Rhoades said Rhoades said his main goal was to make all athletics at NBHS a source of pride for the community and school Other sports are just as impor tant as football We have a great athletic program We are strong in all he said Rhoades also added he would ensure all athletic programs were taken care Rhoades will maintain his cur rent duties until he takes over as athletic director and head football coach July 1 Rhoades appointment Tuesday night fulfilled the wishes of play ers coaches and Kingsbury to find a replacement within the existing coaching staff Kingsbury said Tuesday night he recommended Rhoades to the coaching position after he decided to retire Im tickled to death he is going to take over I think its best for the kids the athletic program and the Kingsbury said This is the smoothest transition I could have asked for and I think its See Swimming to state Junior Shana Shedrock is one of several Cougar swimmers advancing to state compe tition this INSIDE Key Code 76 Sexual assault case remains unsolved FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County Sheriffs Office detec tives continue to search for the man who sexually assaulted a Spring Branch area woman and burglarized her home Friday night in the Indian Hills subdi vision The woman was attacked about when she entered her residence in the Indian Hills subdivision off 281 near FarnHoMarket Road 306 The man bound the woman assaulted her and departed the residence after about two hours The victim was transported to a San Antonio hospital where she was treated and later released Sgt Brent Paullus with the Comal County Sheriffs Office declined to release many more details citing the ongoing investigation Some Indian Hills residents told the HeraldZeitung they heard rumors that similar attacks had been reported near Blanco We are not aware of anything like that in Paullus said Its not being investigated as being linked to anything Anyone with information about Fri days assault and burglary is asked to contact CCSO detective Tommy Ward at 6203417 Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person responsible for commis sion of the crime All calls are confi dential and the caller will remain anonymous Residents need to be aware of their surroundings and who their neighbors are Paullus said They need to know who is supposed to be in the Paullus said If they see suspicious people in the area they need to report it and not wait until three weeks
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