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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY April 17 2003 7 w w 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 132 Serving New fcraunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Energy efficiency Construction technique promises utility savings BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer A builder who constructs homes through a process he said will save home owners 60 percent or more on their utility bills is erecting the homes in two local subdivisions And he plans to move his company to New Braunfels to train other builders how to construct the energyefficient homes Allan King chief execu tive officer of Energy Homes of San Antonio said the construction process is so revolutionary his company has a patent pending on it Theyre just more ener gy efficient theyre stronger King said And until now theyve always been more expen sive than a conventional built home The energy efficiency King said is derived through use of Structural Insulated Panels or SIPs which are threeinch to seveninch panels Inside each panel is an engi neered foam core Orient ed strand board is the out side skin Instead of using con ventional 2by4 and 2by 8 boards for stud walls and roof support his con struction technique uses the SIPs for the exterior walls and the roof King said Energy Homes of San Antonio is building homes in the Sungate subdivision off of County Line Road and in Champions Village west of New Braunfels on Highway 46 The model home in Sun gate is on Sunspur Drive Thats part of the first phase of construction which will encompass building 20 houses there The houses range in size from square feet to square feet and will be priced from to The 10 homes to be built in Champions Village would be square feet See DAVID BAYLEA Aboypj President of Energy Homes Johnny Brown second from left helps the framing crew by guiding a piece of a solar efficient panel into place When complete the house will be 50 to 70 per cent more energy efficient than the everage house Left Allan King CEO of Energy Homes explains to Toya Ohlrich the bene fits of the tankless water heaters in the homes his company is building in New Braunfels Judge doesnt buy con mans probation plea BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Lennic Christies boss and then his minister pleaded for proba tion in district court Wednes day morning Christie himself told Judge Juanita VasquozGardner he was a changed man Fesides Christie said hed even told the car dealers he wrote bad checks to that he didnt have the cash to cover for them He begged for probation He tried to strike a deal with the judge He even argued with her and tried to with draw his guilty pleu although this time he didnt fake a heart attack like he had in a March hearing In the end none of it helped VaBquezGardner sentenced Christie 61 to 10 years in state prison on four theft charges Mr Christie I cannot trust VasqucKGardnor said Christie formerly of New Braunfels pleaded guilty to the theft charges March 13 in exchange for a 10year sen tence cap offered by the hot chocks unit of the Bexar County District Attorneys Office Prosecutors say he wrote hot checks for eight cars K JESSIE Handcuffed and shackled fraud defendant Lenny Christie watches the prose cuting attorney wind up his case against Christie Wednesday morning during his Bexar County Courthouse appearance worth to seven San Antonio area auto deal ers Christie knew or should have known what he was up against Wednesday This office will oppose pro said Sandra K Ruedrich chief of the hot checks division And it did oppose probation See CON Meetings continue proposition debate BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Two New Braunfels coun cilmen held constituent meet ings Wednesday night cov ering similar topics to differ ent audiences District 2 Councilman Lar ry Alexander invited Mayor Adam Cork to speak to Dis trict constituents against Propositions 2 and 3 on the May ballot About 13 resi dents showed and Alexander started the meeting stating his opposition to the propo sitions Propositions 2 und 3 would divert economic development dollars to street repair Further upstream in the Landa Purk Golf Course club house District 4 Councilman Robert Kcndrick defended the propositions to about 13 of his own constituents He conducted an informal exchange about all three propositions and other issues on the minds of his con stituents The first proposition of the May ballot would allow the city to construct a new civic center in the downtown area Kendrick brought up the fact that n new convention center would soon be built in Live Oak inside Jxjop 1604 on 135 just outside San Anto nio He said there would be too much competition for u proposed new civic center und See Report says ninthgrade academy works in NBISD BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer A program designed to help atrisk students master the transition from eighth grade to high school is working New Braunfels Independent School District officials said NBISD trustees heard dur ing their regularly monthly meeting Tuesday that the ninthgrade academy has been successful in helping the academically needy freshmen at New Braunfels High School Almost 40 students are enrolled in the program academy English teacher Lisa Droege said Teacher Joey Trevino said the population is composed of 17 percent special educa tion students 81 percent at risk students and the rest are considered economical ly All have had academic trouble Several have conduct issues Were in our infancy Every day we come back and have something new to Trevino said He said for a target popu lation for the upcoming school year the academy will look at taking not only at risk eighthgraders matricu lating to high school but also freshman year repeaters School board trustees were See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 162 cast ballots on first day BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Election officials reported a brisk turnout Wednesday in the first day of early voting for the New BmunfeLs municipal elections Election workers Bernice Marti ni and Charlotte Boyd worked Mon day in Room 104 of the Comal Coun ty Courthouse which is the early voting location for the City of New Braunfels and the Comal Indepen dent School District Martini said 162 people cast early ballots in the New Braunfek elec tion In the Comal Independent School District election five people cast bal lots Wednesday Martini said For a very first day its been very Martini said It was busier in the morning We did the most this morning from 9 to 1Q3Q and then it slowed Martini said In Now Bniunfels incumbent council members Debbie Flume and Robert Kendrick are running for re election Gale OHara Pospisil is challeng ing Flume in District 3 In District 4 Kendrick is opposed by Valerie Hull Three propositions ure on the bal lot in New Braunfels Proposition 1 would broaden exist ing ordinances to allow Hotel Occu pancy Tax to be spent to build or expand u civic center in downtown New BruunMj Proposition 2 would decrease the economic development sales tux Proposition 3 would take the reduction in Proposition 2 und reded icate that money to street repair In C1SD District 5 which covers Spring Brunch four candidates are See FORUMS The League of Women Voters Cornal Area hosts forums at 7 April 23 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooper ative auditorium 36101 FM 3159 or Bulverde Aldermen CISD District 5 can didate LWV hosts a lorurn lor CISD District 7 candidates at 7 April 24 at the Garden Ridge City Hall 9367 Scnoentnal Road There will be time before and after each forum to visit with the candi