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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Kingsbury could start Heisman race See JHLERAL SATURDAY December 2001 14 pages in sections lilTUNG 40 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Local party chairs ponder scramble for Senate seat BY REY SIFUENTES The general election will take place Current Republicans in the run man Antanacio Campos said the works well with the Staff Writer ning include Texas Attorney Gen winner of next years Democratic He is a good negotiator and a good mij 1 i i 1 1 1 1 1 11 T7 1 BY REY SIFUENTES Staff Writer Phil Gramms retirement from the Senate has many candi dates wanting to take his During Gramm decided not to run for reelection in Afiling deadline of 2 looms for the March 12 The general election will take place The current list of Democratic candidates include Ken Bentsen of Gene Kelly from Universal former Dal las Mayor Ron Kirk and school teacher Victor Morales from Current Republicans in the run ning include Texas Attorney Gen eral John Cornyn of Austin and business Douglas Deffenbaugh from San Local party chairs have their own thoughts about the candidates run ning for Gramms seat next Comal County Democratic Chair man Antanacio Campos said the winner of next years Democratic primary would be probably He has a good Cam pos I have known him since we attended law school together in and he is very well My experience with him tells me that he is the kind of person who Rush hour for drivers license New law requires more steps for teenage drivers BY ERIKA DURHAM Staff Writer Texas teens will be required to progress through three phases to drive unsupervised when the Graduated Driver license Law takes effect The law is being passed by the Texas legislature in order to save teen American Automobile Association spokeswoman Rose Rougeau Any individual who receives either their instruction permit or provisional license before 1 will not be affected by the new graduated They are grandfathered out of all phases of the new graduated Texas is the most recent state to adopt the policy among 45 others and the District of Other states report success with graduating including with a 33 percent reduction in and with a 23 percent reduction AAA spokeswoman Anne ORyan said motor vehicle acci dents were the 1 killer of Texas Inexperience and immaturity are factors in most of these crash she What it all boils down to is that teens shouldnt have to pay for inexperience with their lives or the lives of Starting teen drivers will be given instructional per The teen must carry this permit for at least six months regardless of according to the Department of Public The licensed driver in the front as required under an instructional will have to be at least instead of the cur rent minimum age of Once a teen has successfully completed the six months of phase he or she will graduate to a provisional During the first six months of this dri vers cannot carry more than one passenger younger than 21 who is JESSIE Department of Public Safety Trooper Jim Nicholson goes over paperwork before administering the dreaded parallel parking test to Jason At Walsh was going for his first His new license cost him several hours and while his buddies Justin Lassiter and Douglas Biggs far right entertain Walsh prepares to show off his driving skills to after waiting in a line that went outside the April Yancey is not amused to find out that she will have to return to the DPS building another day to take her driving not a family In teens cannot drive alone between midnight and 5 unless it is necessary for school or school related activities or medical DPS officials After drivers turn they are granted regular drivers Penalties for violating the new law are the same as any other violation of a such as not wearing DPS Senior Trooper Travis Hall Hall said a violation against this law would classify as a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to With any type of violation on the graduated system there is the possibility that you will not grad uate to the next he They teens would probably have to stay on a certain phase John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police Department said his officers would not change the way they work We cant stop people because we suspect they are violating the he Wommack said his officers were abiding by the clause in pol icy A law officer cannot use this law as probable cause for a traffic He said that a person might be cited for a violation against the graduated license law only if he or she is stopped for another offense such as The law also targets parental involvement in teen 0 Ryan Many driving schools now offer classes for and a brochure provided by AAA includes a driving log for parents to note their childrens David who runs a drivers education program in said he taught courses with parents and Parents helping their teens is absolutely Many people are waiting later these days to avoid any classroom or trainer he So who is left except for the parents Officials expect hundreds at local firefighters funeral works well with the He is a good negotiator and a good Kirk is not the only strong can didate coming out of the Democra tic Campos Bentsen also has a good He is the nephew of retired United See Member loses post on county district BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners reappointed every sitting member of the rural fire protection and emergency ser vices districts who sought to continue in their jobs on Thursday except for 1 Commis sioner Jack Daw son nominated John president of the board of Emer gency Services District for a third twoyear But the nomination and Ber telsens service died for lack of a second by another 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab nominated Ernie Paulack to serve on the That nomi nation was seconded by 2 Com missioner Jay Millikin and passed See 94yearold justice of the peace retires FROM STAFF REPORTS BULVERDE Comal Countys longestsolving Justice of the Fred will not seek ieelec tion next has served 27 years as 3 Justice of the Comal County Judge Danny said he had known Stewart for 15 Judge Stewart is a very dedicat ed He has always been very loyal to Comal County and has assisted commissioners court in providing the best possible service to this Scheel Whoever wins the position in next years election will have quite an See BERTELSEN FROM STAFF REPORTS SPRING BRANCH Fire and public safety officials expect members of as many as 100 fire departments to attend the funeral of David Butler a Spring Branch volunteer firefight died on Monday while responding to a house A Spring Branch Volun teer Fire Department offi cial said Friday that seating arrangements have been made for several hundred at the fire Farmto Market Road 311 and After the 1 ceremo Comal and Blanco coun ty sheriffs deputies will escort a funeral procession See INSIDE Classifieds 3B Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies Obituaries 3A Today Key Code Interim city manager in stable condition BY REY SIFUENTES Staff Writer New Braunfels Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo remained hospital ized McKenna Memo rial Hospital Spokesperson Patty Toney Hes still in stable condi tion in the intensive care same as Toney At this point that is all I can Paramedics responded to a call from Tamayos Lori Lane homo Thurs day morn From he was taken to a Station 2 official Toney did not disclose the specifics of his Assistant City Manager TAMAYO Don Ferguson said the citys thoughts and prayers were with Tamayo and his family and that operations would continue as normal in his New Braunfels City Coun cil hired Tamayo as the inter im city manager on 1 after Mike Shands retired from the position in Tamayo had served as city manager for New Braunfels from 1989 to
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