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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY April 26 2003 16 pages in EITUNG Vol 152 No 140 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents NBFD reduces first response in county fires BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Fire Chief John Herber said Friday budgetary and staffing shortfalls left him no choice but to reduce the New Braun fels Fire Departments initial response to structure fire calls outside the city limits Effective May 1 NBFD will roll only two trucks an engine and a tanker and six firefighters on all fire calls in county areas outside the city Currently NBFD sends the same response to fires in the county as it does within the city limits three trucks an ambulance and 14 fire fighters Herber said the city would look to the county and to vol unteer fire departments for mutual aid help in outlying The biggest part of this Johnson passes certification named NB Police Chief whole change in our philoso phy is were going to continue to respond to county fires but in a limited capacity because of the need to make sure we have adequate capacity in the city Horber said Once a crew gets to the scene of the fire report it will report what it finds back to the battalion chief The chief will then decide whether the department can or should send more help 1 want to make sure I dont get the wrong message out there and say the City of New Braunfels will stop at the city line and let Home ones hoUBo burn Im not say ing that at all But the amount we can do in going to be less than in the Herber said The choice was not an easy See BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels no longer has a temporary police chief City Manager Charles Pin to announced Friday that Russell Johnson was named Chief of Police Johnson 56 who had recently retired as assistant chief of police department had been interim police chief since June 3 2002 when he replaced Ray Douglas Douglas stepped down to take advantage of retirement incentives the city offered senior staffers in 2001 and 2002 Within weeks of Johnson taking the office the police department was rocked by turmoil that resulted in the firings of five officers most longtime veterans and the resignations of others Pinto had said that the per JOHNSON m a nen t position waa John sons if he wanted it once he became a certified peace offi cer by the Texas Commis sion on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Edu cation Johnson had been study ing to take the license exam and Friday morning he passed the test When he was informed Pinto wrote a twoline mem orandum to Johnson Effective Friday April 25 2003 you are appointed to the position of police chief for the City of New Pinto wrote See One PAC outspends the other by 10 times BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer In the May 3 New Braun fels municipal elections a proeconomic development political action committee has outspent by 10 times a PAC supporting two propositions that would reduce economic development dollars Finance reports filed Fri day outline campaign contri butions and expenditures recorded after the April 4 finance report Propositions 2 and 3 would divert sales tax dollars from economic development to street maintenance The political action com mittee Citiuens for Commu nity Improvements opposes Propositions 2 and 3 The PACs campaign trea surer Ray Schoch reports in total political con tributions in con tributions of or less and in political expen ditures The PACs contributors are Gary Gum New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Association Greater New Braunfels Home Builders Association The PAC Citizens for New Braunfels First supports Propositions 2 and 3 The PACs campaign trea surer Ralph Duller reports in total political contri butions in contribu tions of or loss He also lists a loan He has spent The PACs contributors are Claudia Valentino and See For medals confidence ix TU Photos by K JESSIE Above Volunteer Kay Thurman helps Smithson Valley High School student Chris Jones celebrate his 40meter race victory Friday afternoon at the first day of Special Olympics competition in Austin Below Lyndee Seeger gets some positive reenforcement following her third attempt at the Softball throw in Austin Friday afternoon With all the volun teers around her shouting and clapping even the somewhat quiet youngster managed a little laugh bally challenged do for the athletes Itsfun Its fun because 1 get to do it with my said Krystal Elliot H New Bruunfels Indepen dent School District Special Olympics Coordinator Nan cy Edolun nominated Elliot an a torch carrier for the opening ceremony Krystal is mich u learn player thats so impor tant to her She has no idea that shes going to partici Edelen said Hut Elliott wan partici pating along with toani mateH NB1S1 teammates Kaci Melle Emily Villunuo va and Tiffany Gallagher And their parents were anx iously watching feeding See Special Olympics helps athletes build self esteem BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer PFLUGERVILLE learning social interaction winning medals and gain ing selfconfidence in front of proud parents and teachers was what 23 special athletes from New Bruunfels were doing at the Area 13 Spe cial Olympics at John B Connully High School The twoday event kicked off us the highly challenged athletes mostly in wheel chairs competed for medals in events like the softbull throw 25meter wheelchair races and the 25 meter walk Friday after noon And the athletes touch and parents talked about what the events seemingly simple to u per son not physically or ver INSIDE TV Key Code 76 YLNB program grooms future city leaders BAYLEA Youth Leadership pj New Braunfels Class of 2003 members Cole Gleason and Kyle Jonas listen intently to guest speaker On Newsberry give his speech on Sculpting for Leadership Friday night during their YLNB graduation in the New Braunfels High School Cafeteria BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer A small group of county high school students got a different kind of education than their pours thin school year While most students wore being lectured in the class room the 29 students of the Youth Leadership Now Braunfolw program received a hundaon focused experience developed to mold them into community leaders The students are picked from the three local high Bthooltt by a ttereening com mittee which lookn at grades extracurricular activities attendance and a slew of oth er character information We want to try to get the cream of the said Itita Kuufmunn director of small business council for the Greater Now Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc This your 29 students grad uated out of more than 200 who applied The graduates attended monthly classes from to throughout the regular school year Their last class was ear lier this month Morgan Timblin junior was one of three students from Smithson Valley who made it into the program Her parents Mury and Kan dull said Morgan was always ulove Morgan said Youth Leaderuliip turned an idea of leadership into a complete llaadull said the program also helped his daughter mature It broadened her perspec Mury said Kvery your Youth Leader ship New BruunfolH teaches a group of about IM high uchujl sophomores and juniors a curriculum focused on com munity involvement and leadership Were trying to promote the youngsters into loader ship roles in their communi Kaufmann wuid At u graduation ceremony Friday several students said they gained un understand ing of leadership and how the community works The curriculum included both class time and excur sions all toward the goal of creating communityminded See
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