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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY January 4 2003 v m if aw V 12 pages In 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 46 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 30 cents Womans throat slashed K JESSIE New Braunfels personnel transport an unidentified woman whose throat was cut Friday night She was airlifted to University Hospital where her condition was unknown BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer An unidentified New Braunfels woman whose throat was slashed in a West End home Friday night was flown to University Hospi tal Her condition was not known at press time but public safety officials said she had sustained a major injury and lost a lot of At midnight a University Hospital official said only that the woman age 24 had been taken into an operat ing room New Braunfels Police Sgt Sean Gabbard said officers responded to a home near the intersection of West Mill Street and Walnut Avenue just after 9 Right now were carrying it as an aggravated assault with a deadly Gab bard said We received a 911 call of a woman with her throat cut Officers arrived and we found a woman in the back room who had been stabbed across the Gabbard said She was taken by EMS to a landing zone where she was flown to University Hos pital It appears the suspect fled the Gabbard said Were continuing our inves tigation to try and apprehend Police Chief Russell John son and other officers drove West End streets looking for a suspect A canine search was mounted of the immedi ate area and detectives took witnesses back to the NBPD for statements Gabbard said the investi gation showed that the vic tim knew her assailant but he did not say how We can say that theres a relationship there that the victim knew her assailant We dont want people con cerned that someone is going around breaking into homes This was not a random Gabbard said Gavel passing Judge says its time to add a second county courtatlaw BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer When Brenda Chapman took office four years ago for her first term as Comal County CourtatLaw judge the county was exploring whether it was time to open a second court Let me see what I can Chapman said That first year 1999 County CourtatLaw han dled criminal cases plus civil and family law dockets In 2000 there were criminal cases In 2001 there were criminal cases In 2002 the cases tailed off somewhat with cases but the workload hasnt The county legal system has gotten busier under the indigent defense bill which requires people arrested to have an attorney appointed and to appear before a mag istrate or judge within 24 hours for a felony or 72 hours for a misdemeanor Commissioners have been working to deal with increased caseloads by build ing a courtroom at the jail for the magistrations A job that used to take a justice of the peace an hour can run on to four hours or more each day Now Chapman agrees it is time to create the second court I told the commissioners then that when I get to the point that I feel like Im doing 150 percent of what I can do it was time to talk K JESSIE Comal County CourtatLaw Judge Brenda Chapman with help from visiting judges handled almost criminal cases this past year She says its time for a second See courtatlaw to be set up to help share the growing workload Grant boosts effort to rebuild Hidden Valley sports park BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Comal County has moved a step clos er to getting a grant to help restore Hidden Valley Sports Park The Lower Colorado River Authority through its Part nership in Parks program will make the money which is expected to come in July avail able On Dec the LCRA Board of Directors approved a business plan for next fiscal year that includes million on park projects in a number of counties including Comal Krista UmscheidMt Joy of the LCRA said the next step will be for LCRA staff to create a proposal for how the money will be used in construction of baseball or football fields and restoration of existing flood damaged fields The money will not be avail able for parking irrigation or for the four entities that lease the park It will be earmarked toward construction or recon struction work UmscheidMt Joy said What the board has done is basically gone through the first UmscheidMt Joy said Hidden Valley Sports Park which included a recreation center and ballfields was in the process of being expanded by 13 acres when the July flood struck The Canyon Dam spillway overflowed for the first time in the history of the reservoir cut ting a deep channel across Dam Access Road and strewing rocks and debris throughout the park County Judge Danny Scheel said he and County Engineer Tom Homseth who manages the countys park system were staggered by the degree of damage when they first sur veyed the area in July We said Oh my God scratch this its Scheel recalled The county contacted the Lower Colorado River Author ity looking for help rebuilding the park and was told there was no money available Scheel said LCRA officials did direct the county to its Partnership in Parks program and recom mended that local officials apply for a grant when the application window reopened in September Commissioners Court Administrative Assistant Ruby Castilleja applied for the grant In the meantime the state corrections department was contacted and an inmate work crew was placed in the park moving the debris and boul ders A few days ago the LCRA announced the grant would be awarded to Comal County This isnt the first grant money Castilleja has found for the county Its not the first money she secured for a park either In 2000 she sought and received in funds for Solms Park which is in Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamoras district Hidden Valley Sports Park is used by constituents the dis tricts of Precinct 1 Commis sioner Jack Dawson and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady The money would go to restore the park develop play ing fields in the new area just acquired and to improve drainage To use the money Coma County would have to match it either through its own cash investment in the park inkind services toward the work or a combination of both Castilleja said INSIDE Key Code 76 B Longtime Zeitung society editor Lottie Miller dies at 98 BY MICHAEL GARY Staff Writer Lottie Nebergall Miller the Grand Dame of the Herald Zeitung died Wednesday Jan 1 in Marlin at the age of 98 Miller was born Nov 10 1904 in New Braunfels to Ben F and Meta Wetzel Nebergall She grew up here and graduated from New Braunfels High School She was a bookkeeper at the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung when her father was an investor in the business The newspaper began publishing in English and Miller began writing society and garden columns and was the society page editor She was 75 years old when she retired in 1979 She was the last of the old timers the ones who had grown up in New Braunfels and knew everybody in longtime Herald Zeitung editor Roger Nuhn said Friday I think she was a unique Nuhn said when he was hired to convert the German MILLER language newspaper into English he recruited Miller to write society columns and taught her how to take her own photos at the numerous social functions she attended over the years She knew everybody in town and knew how to approach Nuhn said She developed a readership that was enormous and everybody in town sent infor mation about thtir social events to Nuhn said Miller wrote in a style peifect for the New Braunfels residents she cov ered in her society stories was a jewel in her Nuhn said I dont think you could compare anybody in this community or in the business as far as the soci ety reporting she was able to do She was outstanding as a newspaper woman and this town lost a lot when she left the In addition to her society columns Miller wrote gar dening stories and an occa sional travel piece for the Her aldZeitung Nuhn said despite the fact that the newspaper was printed only in black and white Miller was able to shoot excellent photographs of flow ers to be published along with her garden column New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Editor and Publisher Doug Toney expressed sor row when tpld of Millers death Mr Nuhn so eloquently described Millers con tribution it wpuld be hard for me to better describe what she meant to New Braun Toney said As Mr Nuhn said she absolutely the best at what she did with a wonder ful nyle and form of journal ism that sadjy isnt seen any Toney said It was a of writing and reporting that could only exist in a snjall town where ijJee