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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Rangers prepare for state finals See R NEW BRAUNFE URSDAY r 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in scan HERALDZEITUNG 26 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Pinto accepts citys employment offer BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Now its Charles Chuck Pinto accept ed an employment agreement with the City of New Braunfels that will make him its next city New Braunfels City Council vot ed 70 Monday to pay Pinto annually and up to as a temporary housing Pinto gave the Orange City Coun cil his official notice Tuesday and expects to be in New Braunfels by Were in good and I look forward to coming Pinto Pinto said he expected to devote his first two months in New Braun fels reviewing the current opera tions and future Having already been in a lot of I would never come and say Id do something here just because it has worked some place Pin to Til use my experience to analyze whats happening and what direction the city wants to We might do brand new things Ive never done before to get New Braun fels going to where it wants to The 52yearold Pinto has been Orange city manager since PINTO but his central Texas roots include serving as both city manager and chief of police in Live Orange has a population of nearly and is on the western bank of the Sabine River separating Texas and Pinto was city manager in Seabrook from 1990 to 1993 and also in Midlothian from 1986 to Pinto spent Wednesday picking up his 20yearold son from college for winter Pintos son is a student and a member of the Corp of Cadets at Texas Universi ty When informed that New Braun fels Mayor Stoney Williams is a University of Texas graduate and a diehard Longhorn Pinto Well convert Pinto will replace Mike who retired in July with an annual salary of Hector former New Braunfels city manag has been acting as interim in the Defense opens case in rape trial BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer When Michael Villegas first became a suspect in the sexual assault case that could send him to prison for 99 he didnt call an attor Detective Tommy Ward testified Wednesday that Villegas called a cop his Terrell Hills police Derek Ward was questioning Vil legas at a Spring Branch fire station about two weeks after the sexual assault and asked him if he would submit a blood sam ple for DNA testing in the He absolutely Ward recalled under ques tioning by Ed Jen Did he give a reason Jendrzey asked He said he wanted to talk to his Ward Villegas called his brother at but failed to reach He then paged but before the police officer called Ward and Texas Ranger John Martin asked Villegas if hed agree to sub mit a saliva Why did you do that Jendrzey asked We figured there might be some reason why he was afraid to give such as he was afraid of Ward Villegas consented to giv ing the saliva While he was doing the fire station phone Ward telling the sus pects brother that he would put Michael Villegas on the line They finished taking the sealed the swabs and See Hail Storm rains on music show CHRIS Johnnie keyboard and steel raises his hands as Travis Cortey front fin ishes his first set during the Comal Country Music Show Wednesday in the New Braunfels Civic Corley plays in a band called Hail Storm from San The next music show is scheduled for HOT committee takes requests at fund dance BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The Greater New Braun fels Arts Council wants to bring seven mem bers of the Houston Metro politan Dance Company to The Heritage Society of New Braunfels needs to save a 19th century home from The Comal Community Band will not get a cent because new uniforms do not promote Then there is the New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Associations million request for New Braunfels Civic Center The song and dance started Wednesday for six local orga nizations eligible for a share of tourism tax pend ing the New Braunfels Hotel Occupancy Tax committees funding recommendation expected early next For the sevenmem ber committee will consider proposals from 12 organiza tions totaling nearly mil lion before submitting a pri ority ranking of projects to the New Braunfels City Council for approval in either late January or Two more groups will present proposals at the HOT com mittees January The HOT Committee votes Requests 2002 Hotel Occupancy Tax requests Total Arts requests Total Historic Restoration requests Civic Center request million 2001 HOT total alloca tion to allocate tax dollars to groups promoting historical the New Braunfels Civic her itage or city promotional pro The committee voted 70 to remove from consideration four organizations that both the Office of the Texas Attor ney General and New Braun fels City Attorney Charlie Zech determined were ineli gible for municipal hotel occu pancy tax Voted off the HOT island were The Comal Community the Historic Outdoor Art Braunfels New Braunfels Com munity Chorale and New Braunfels Theater The groups proposals failed to meet the primary criteria for HOT money because rev enue can only be used for See Local schools on high alert after FBI warn of threat FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS State Officials and the FBI have alerted schools through out Texas that a vague threat has been received suggest ing two people might retali ate against an unknown Texas school for the bombing in Canyon High which is located on Interstate increased security Wednes day due to its accessibility and Kari Hutchi Comal Independent School District spokes The which usually keeps one of its three entrance gates unlocked dur ing the will lock all she A sheriffs deputy will be on standby as usual and reg ular safety procedures will be observed at all CISD cam The procedures include identification checks on all visitors checking in at the front Students are Hutchison New Braunfels Indepen dent School district went into high security mode Stephanie Fer New Braunfels ISD In the district dis tributed a memorandum to all alerting them of the Ferguson said the district is locking all doors and iden tifying anyone entering the During high all schools arc allowed one See INSIDE The HeraldZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund Troy and Delores Burch James and Myrtle Clark and James Streety Claude Dickens James Send donations to the HZ at 707 Lancia Key Code 76 Gas prices go down just in time for holiday traveling FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Got gas Texans hitting the road for holiday travel will get more bang for their buck at the pumps this The statewide average price for regular selfserve gasoline is a down 34 cents from this time this past accord ing to an American Automo bile Association motorists are paying an average of for a gallon of selfserve gasoline the lowest price since March when the average was 97 cents a gal See CHRIS Shirley Baggarly of New Braunfels fills up her car Wednes day at the Exxon Tiger Tote 2 on Walnut   

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