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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZE n Vol 149 No 108 20 pages in 2 sections April 19 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Early voting starts today in school district NB and Bulverde elections FROM STAFF REPORTS Early voting starts today for a local school district trustee race two city council races in New Braunfels and Bulverde and a million bond election in New Braunfels Comal County residents will elect two new representatives to the New Braunfels City Council a mayor and five aldermen to the Bulverde City Council and a representative to the Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees New Braunfels City Council Residents in New Braunfels will elect two new representatives for districts 3 and 4 currently repre sented by Randy Vanstory and Jan Kotylo respectively While both are eligible to run neither plan to In the District 4 race candidates are Mary Cameron Wall director of managed care at Alamo City ical Group retired architect Robert Kendrick and life insurance agent Dave Pryor Debbie Flume a selfemployed businesswoman Don Talley a spe cial agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and Gale OHara Pbspisil a residential real estate appraiser have filed in the District 3 race Residents can participate in early voting 8 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Comal Coun ty Courthouse annex Room 101 through May 2 Special voting III Candidate Sample ballol7A hours will be offered 9 to 2 on April 29 New Braunfels residents also can cast their ballots on seven proposi tions as part of million bond election and Special Election 1 and 2 City officials said New Braun fels residents living in Guadalupe County on the south side of Coun ty Line Road who were annexed into the city limits in 1998 are eli gible to vote Bulverde City Council Eight Bulverde residents have filed for five aldermen positions in the May 6 election Incumbent War ren Alston Rick Cravens and Bill Krawietz filed for reelection New candidates are Richard Parker William Cole Stan Blaylock Beverlee Lemes Michael Sorbera and Phyllis Peterson Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton is running unopposed for reelection Candidate Donald Weidow with drew after filing closed Bulverde residents can vote early at Bulverde City Hall 30070 See Seeking the spirit Local Christians prepare for Easter BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Even though most kids might think so the true purpose of the Easter holiday is not to get dressed up in uncomfortable clothes scram ble for brightlycolored eggs and gorge on basketfuls of gooey choco late marshmallow candy For Christians Easter is the holi est day of the a joyous time to celebrate Christs resurrection from the dead and his forgiveness of sin New Braunfels residents from a cross section of denominations will gather in fellowship this week by sharing and witnessing longheld traditions of their faith and Jesus message which is the apex of the Christian belief Msgr Eugene OCallaghan of Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church said Christians should remember the true meaning of the Easter hol iday is not just that Jesus suffered and died for us but that he con quered death and sin the true meaning of faith By rising from the dead and through his death and resurrection he gives all of mankind OCallaghan said Like Paul said If Jesus has not risen from the dead then indeed our faith is in The holy season actually began March 8 Ash Wednesday for many Christians and continued through the Lenten season and cur rently Holy Week which cli maxes Sunday beginning with the rising of the sun and celebration of the resurrection The universal message of Jesus can be celebrated one and all by local residents Friday afternoon at the annual community service Hosted this year by New Braun fels Presbyterian Church 373 Howard Street the noon prayer and praise service gives different denominations the opportunity to worship together associate pastor Fran Shelton said The service is designed to be K JESSIE Ginni Smith above Robin Miller and approximately 60 other cast members will be in the final per formance of Eye of the Needle today at 7 at First Baptist Church 733 Cross St including below left to right Phil Baker Ted Cook Bob Landrum and Buz Farrell over by the end of the lunch hour so everyone is able to Shel ton said This weeks pageantry will include commemorative and col orful services and events like the Live Passion play at Holy Family Church and the drama Witnesses Before the Cross at First Protestant Church Live Passion which chronicles the passion of Jesus Christ from condemnation to crucifixion will be performed at 8 on the Holy Family grounds outside the church 245 S Hidalgo Ave The play will be open to the lie and organizers are preparing for a goodsized crowd coorga nizer Jane Granado said See NBISD seeks million budget cut BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The administration of the New Braunfels Independent School District will face some tough choices this spring as officials look to cut 1 three of a budget it is now projecting at more than million The move is one the district hopes will address a revenue short fall of leave a little leeway for fixed costs and allow money for pay raises for district employees who are being hit hard by increases in health insurance costs And the district intends to do it without raising its school property tax rate said district business manager David Rastelli ni at Tuesday nights meeting of the NBISD Board of Trustees Were trying to find 1 million in Rastellini told the board WJiat that us is Rastellini said the above the revenue sfibrtfall would give the district room for pay raises and to address costs that could rise throughout the year such as utility ot other fixed expendi tures But the pay raise was foremost on his mind Tuesday night In light of the fact that employees are faced with a significant increase in health care costs I think it becomes important that the board find a way to help employees deal with that Rastellini said The budgetary issues will be difficult ones said NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves but he echoed Rastellinis commitment to employees We have to look at making up the short fall and try to keep our employees up with the inflation Reaves agreed About 80 percent of the district budget goes to district salaries Reaves noted while another 12 percent is spent on utility costs That doesnt leave much to play the superintendent noted You have to go to each of your departments and start asking them what they can live Board President Bill Biggadike doesnt like the prospect a bit but accepts it Its the most difficult part of my job on the board of he said We put a lot of time into trying to make this budget work We really struggle with The board will hear a presentation on pro posed budget expenditures May 8 Rastelli ni said I dont think that the administration will be ready for any final decisions but youre going to see what were considering and where our concerns are as we look for that million Rastellini said In other agenda items the school board voted to approve a new health insurance package for district employees that will see pre mium costs rise by per employee per month as the NBISD moves toward partially insuring itself BIGGADIKE REAVES INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds MOB Comics 2B Crossword 7A Forum 6A Movies 7A Obituaries Today Television 7A Key Code 76 Forensic evidence could help identify sexual predator BY ERIN MAQRUPER StafffYriter of night a 19yearold Seguin woman was pulled over on Texas 46 near the county line by a man she thought was a police officer He was not The man approached the womans car shjned a flashlight in her face and men forced her into the back seat of his car He cuffed aifi drove har to an ww location and SjBxuaUy To this day the mans identity remains a mystery But Braunfels Police t detective John A Rios is hoping new forensic evidence finally wm lead investigators to the sexual man he also believes tried to kidnap another 19 yearold Seguin woman on Texas 46 jwt three moams later evidence from the Department of Public Safety crime laboratory in Austin that could link the Affjd hag lift to JHF the investigation and in my opinion there is no doubt Uie same person did both of these The sexual assault occurred about 3 June when the woman headed home on Texas 46 in New Braunfels city limits noticed red and blue flashing lights behind her vehicle Rios said The woman described the car aa a late model dark blue or black 4door Because the man was shining a in hei face and ft WM J abedidWStagood look at him Rioi said She described the man as His panic between 28 and 30 years old about S feet 11 inches tall with dark short hair Alter he sexually assaulted the woman he drove her back to her car and dropped her then just drove away Rios said Rios said a similar incident occurred in Guadalupe County about am Sept on Texas 46 when a 19yearold woman QQ her way home from IshouwioNew The woman noticed a vehicle behind her that she thought was a police car and slowed down because she thought she might have been exceeding the speed limit Rios said The woman said she noticed red blue and white lights coming from the dashboard area of the vehicle behind her The man approached the woman and told hW to get out of her Rios said Then he grabbed her and tried to force he i his car but backw 8M FORENSCAfc   

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