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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY April 2001 pageg jn HERALDZEITUNG 136 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Witnesses in child injury trial describe girls condition Photo courtesy of the Williamson County Sun Yevette and Joseph Heiser sit in court at a previous BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Witnesses said Wednesday a 7 yearold girl who allegedly was nearly starved to death by her par ents looked like a cancer victim or Holocaust survivor when school offi cials called in Child Protective Ser vices investigators this past The trial of Yevette and Joseph a Williamson County couple accused of injuring and endangering their 7yearold entered its second day in District Court Wednesday with prosecutor Jane Starnes presenting a a second CPS investigator and a school employee as The Heisers are on trial before 26th Judicial District Court Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield for allegedly injuring their daughter by depriving her of food and not seeking med ical attention and endangering her through the same acts or The charge of injuring a child is a firstdegree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to The child and her then 15month old half sister were removed from See NB sales taxes dip Revenue up in down slightly overall in 2001 JESSIE Tammy Miller mans the register at Gruene General Store Wednesday afternoon as Irish Jones makes her BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer A drop in New Braunfels sales tax revenue for 2001 is almost insignificant for the citys City Man ager Mike Shands Accord ing to fig u r e s released from the ate comptrol New B r a u n fels sales SHANDS tax rev enue for 2001 so far is down threequarters of a percent for the same time in revenues for the month of February were up the report The state reports that the citys share of sales tax was for the the first quar ter of any year is Shands Our slowest as far as sales tax is Our highest month is June when the tourist season Shands said the city planned its budgets ade quately to take in fluctua tions from year to year and month to For exam the figure for February is well more than the amount budgeted for Feb ruary sales We budgeted he So at we are well within our projec When we we looked at the historical fig ures and pretty much split Shands said the city bud geted total revenues from sales tax at million for the fiscal As of Decem revenue from sales tax was 18 percent more than budget were doing really he Even if peo ple get really afraid about the economy and stop buy ing we should be in good shape for the While Shands said he See SALES Sales Taxes NEW BRAUNFELS Net payment this period Same period this past year percent increase First four months of 2001 Same period in 2000 percent decrease BULVERDE Net payment for this period Same period this past year percent increase First four months of 2001 Same period this past year Increase of per cent SEGUIN Net payment for this period Same period this past year percent increase First four months of 2001 Same period this past year percent increase SAN MARCOS Net payment for this period Same period this past year percent increase First four months of Same period this past year percent increase KERRVILLE Net payment this period same period last year percent increase 2001 payments to date Same period this past year River activities panel changes wristband plan BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The River Activities Com mittee tried to bridge the gap between the citys wristband ordinance and the outfitters complaints at its meeting Wednesday The committee wants to change portions of a plan to require wristbands for tubers on local two other proposals from outfit ters and shuttle operators also were distributed during the committees meeting Those proposals eliminate the use of wrist bands and will be discussed at a 6 meeting today of the city council and The committee removed any additional paperwork requirement from its origi nal wristband took the fines away from the out fitters for any tuber who is found without a wristband and changed the look and the way the wristbands will be With input from outfitter Janie who owns Riv er Bank the com mittee decided to remove any additional paperwork Under the ordi nance passed in out fitters would be required to keep a record of addresses and birth dates for every person who rents a tube for purposes of enforc ing the The new proposal removes that Another problem that Lackey said she had with the wristbands was the onus placed on the Youre fining the outfitter for people who dont wear a she Thats not fair to What if we gave them a wristband and they didnt wear it the new proposal fines the individual who is not wearing a removing any kind of blame for the The final phase of the pro posal to go before council and river outfitters tonight involves the bands them Lackey says she already requires a band for people who use her CISD breaks ground on elementary Students from Rahe Primary and Pulverde elementary schools help Karen Grant chief executive officer for Affirmed General Contracting break ground for a new elementary Piptur4 nwllo Qrani m Abfels viyri Joey Larice Sottgrdy BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer and contractors for Comal Independent School District gathered in northern Bexar County Wednesday to break ground for a new elementary The new scheduled for completion in will alleviate overcrowding at Rahe Primary and Bulverde Elementary schools in Comal The new school will be built in the Lookout Canyon sub division on Overlook Park way west of It will accommodate 800 students in prekindergarten through sixth The school will cover squarefeet and have 39 classrooms with a library and Funding for the million project comes from the dis tricts million bond issue approved by voters in Two more elementary schools and a new high school were included in the bond Both the schools name and its attendance zone have yet to be Bulverde officials were on hand Wednesday to toss dirt with gold painted Im excited to be part of it to shovel Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton The new school is indica See Speakers limited during todays meeting BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Only members of the River Activities Commit the City Council and the river outfitters will be allowed to speak about the proposed wristband and other funding options at tonights Mayor Stoney Williams Weve never had a spe cial meeting like he And Im not real sure how it will The regular citizen I cant imagine that they would want to speak but it will defi nitely be We have to get something The three groups are meeting at 6 today to discuss funding ideas for the river management Part of the plan includes the controversial wristband proposal requiring tubers on the Comal and Guadalupe Elvers who use public exits inside the city limits to buy Under the the outfitters would be required to buy the wrist bands from the city and sell them to their cus Todays meeting also will address the issue of setting shuttle fees for businesses who bus tubers from the exits back to their said Irene a mem ber of the River Activities No fee has yet been she Participants at the meet See the committee decided to create a band for the outfit ters that would serve dual purposes the outfitters can use them to identify their customers and the city still can collect the fee for Under the each out fitter will be assigned a color band or if an outfitter uses more than one color to iden tify different pickup loca See INSIDE Key Code 76
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