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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY February 1 2003 V4V4A J JL JW 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 69 Serving Braunfeh and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Casteel picked for county reform committees CASTEEL BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer AUSTIN Thursday Speaker of the House Tom Craddick announced com mittee assignments for the Texas House of Representatives State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels will serve on the Government Reform Committee the House Commit tee on County Affairs and the Rules and Resolutions Committee After the committees were announced Casteel said 1 am honored and pleased to be named to these three committees Now its time to get to Then Casteel explained what her pres ence on the committees will mean to the people of New Braunfels The Government Reform Committee that committee will be charged with cleaning up waste inefficiency and dupli cation in state Casteel said This new committee is charged with jurisdiction over everything relating to the organization operation powers reg ulations and management of state departments agencies and advisory committees It will seek to streamline government Casteel said if that committee can do a lot of that it might be able to reduce the billion budget shortfall and accomplish the yeomans task toward ensuring no new taxes and putting more money back into education From a statewide focus to a more local one Casteel said her assignment to the County Affairs Committee means the people of Comal County will have a rep resentative who can address the issues See CASTEEL73A Small animals larger show SVHS sisters head to San Antonio Livestock Show BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Laura Beth 12 and Jana Hardin 9 are two local girls headed for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo They will be two of nearly children competing in San Antonio this year Their goats and lambs will have to stand out in a sea of more than market goats and more than lambs Of the thousands of animals exhibited 20 goats and 308 lambs will be sold Theyll be real happy if they just get a the girls mother Lisa Hardin said This will beJanasfirst year to show in San Antonio Laura Beth is going to the show for the third year The girls father Craig Hardin said Jana is used to attending and participating in shows so she will be ready for San Antonio Shes been handling ani mals since she was 4 years Craig said The only thing new is that shell be out there in the show room with 100 other Laura Beth said she under stands the scope of the San Antonio show but will be ready I dont get nervous any she said Laura Beth is a fiveyear veteran junior livestock exhibitor She started show ing in the third grade The Hardin sisters both are in Junior FFA at Smithson Val ley High School and 4H At this years FFA show Jana took prejunior grand champion lamb and Laura Beth a couple of show manship classes You get cool prizes for doing Laura Beth said Laura Beth has won 12 buckles four grand champion goats and one grand cham pion lamb Jana has won six buckles and two plaques from showmanship classes With all that experience Laura Beth said she likes the big San Antonio show but prefers the friendliness of the Comal County show because you get to show with To the Hardin family showing is not only about friends but also is about fam ily See K JESSIE Above Laura Beth Hardin right and other Smithson Valley students show off their goats in the arena Saturday at the chapter livestock show Laura Beth and her sister Jana also in the arena both took home two belt buckles for their hard work this year Left After their evening feedings Laura Beth and Jana Hardin spend a little time with their goats and lambs in the familys bam Craig and Lisa Hardin play a big part in thier childrens agricultural lives but also make sure the kids do the work themselves so they can learn from their experiences Flume ethics complaint dismissed BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Ethics Commission Friday night found the ethics complaint lodged against District 3 Council FLUME woman Debbie Flume groundless The com mission unanimous ly dis missed James N Patricks allegation that Flume acted improperly in voting to delay consideration of flood plain maps and ordered that he pay Flume up to in legal fees Members Paul Fraser Walter Sears John Mathis and board chair Rod Cherry attended the hearing Mem bers Lorraine Kraft Ronald Karchmer and Elisabeth Dietert were absent Flume has privately said since the complaint was filed that she did nothing wrong but refused to be quoted before Friday nights outcome Everyone says they did nothing Flume said Friday Most people dont intentionally do anything She said she was grateful for the outcome and singled out her attorney who testi fied he spent 10 hours looking into the matter I thank Mike Smithers because without him researching the law it could have been Flume said She added that she would like to see the citys ethics ordinance rewritten See Cleanup stalls at Horseshoe Falls BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The longawaited cleanup of the Guadalupe River is under way but county com missioners Thursday learned of another hitch in the process While contractors working for the federal Natural Resource Conservation Ser vice have been making progress in the Guadalupe riverbed areas of Horseshoe Falls Estates where rubble and debris are piled high have not been touched And those piles commis sioners learned are not likely to be removed under the cur rent contract Earl Moore president of the Horseshoe Falls Estates homeowners association thanked the county for its sup port of the cleanup process but said much work around his subdivision has not been finished Theyre doing a pretty good job on the river but one of my main concerns is our Moore said Were sitting up there with a rock pile We have no park right Moore said Other problems he told commissioners included piles of flood debris within the sub division where the water that overflowed the Canyon Dam spillway jumped the banks of the river County Engineer Tom Hornseth told commissioners two issues pertaining to cleanup were at work in Horseshoe Falls First he said a number of property owners didnt return permission forms allowing the county to clear the interior of their properties That meant they werent included in the bidding process for the NRCS cleaning con tract now in progress Hornseth said a second con tract for some of the properties missed in the first one would soon enter the bidding process They didnt have a good mechanism for adding prop erties to the first Hornseth said Their sense at NRCS is the additional work will be done by another Comal Countys newest See INSIDE Church Key Code 76 e i NBCA closes because of flu school resumes Monday BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer New Braunfels Christian Academy closed Friday due to high rates of student absenteeism caused by flu like symptoms Our current absentee rate for NBCA is 16 percent over said John Cox head master of the school Our high school rate is higher at 25 percent while the main campus is at 14 There are 87 students in the high school Director of Development and Admissions Margy Pryor said There are 397 students in the lower school and 17 percent of those students were out Thursday said Richard Ramirez head of the lower school Ramirez said both cam puses sanitized desks chairs and classrooms Thursday and Friday Pryor said the decision to close the school was made Thursday afternoon It was getting more and more difficult for the teachers to keep caught up Pryor said So it was decided it would be better for everyone to stay at home But Monday school is back on Everyone will come back Monday ready to Pryor said
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