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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle NB Art League prepares Painters Eight Business Carter helps raise the bar for safety issues at NEWBRAUNFELS Sports Five local athletes qualify for state track and field SUNDAY April 27 2003 j 34 jn 4 scctjons HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 141 Serving New Braunfcls and Comal County since 1852 Council considers eliminating 28 city positions WHATV New Braunfels City rrKietlfig j WHEN Monday WHERE Council Chambers Municipal Building 424 8 Castell Ave BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfele city staff will recommend council elim inate 28 positions through out city departments saving the city during a budget crunch If council approves Mon day night 13 staff members would bo laid off Last week city department heads presented their bud get requests Most said they needed major funding for additional equipment and staff positions they had been requesting for several years Some department heads including the police and fire chiefs said they were not able to provide even mini mum services to residents without major additions Now council will look to reduce every city department except golf sanitation and the airport the money making departments Eliminations would include Administration one administrative secretary in the city managers office Fire three firemen one administrative secretary one deputy fire chief Police four police offi cers one assistant police chief Planning one code See Chamber meating t Well Fire Cookers mascotmaker Babar Lallmger Is out with her crew of cookers for a third year helping the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Barbecue Cookoff fundraiser CL Chamber of Commerce hosts annual barbecue cookoff BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Fun under the sun and plenty of cooked meat were what a lot of people were having at the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerces Annual Barbecue Cookoff Saturday afternoon This our major fundrais ing event for the year and this will provide us with operating funds for the rest of the said chamber Executive Director Cheryl Gottfried Plus it provided for a scholarship for a deserving Smithson Valley High School student and the money promotes the lake and tourism Gottfried said The lake the rivor and tourism not forget the said chamber President Ed Wetzel Gottfried said more than 60 volunteers and 27 cook teams came to the event located near the Guadalupe Rivers fourth crossing There were plenty of peo ple eating and jamming to music under tents and in UVs as barbecue pits siz zled See K JESSIE Janeda Gray center left outbids Bobby Barclay center right for the last time Saturday afternoon during the live auction at Rio Raft Co The fifth annual Barbecue Cook off drew hundreds to sample the food music dancing auctions and childrens art show Second round of TAKS testing gets under way Tuesday BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer liven though Texas Assess ment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS testing this week wont determine whether stu dents progress to the next grade local school district officials are busily preparing students for the first math science and social studies TAKS tests to be given Teachers and principals have been working really hard all year with individual mid Rosalyn Bfatch er New Braunfols Indepen dent School District assistant superintendent for instruc tion Weve focused really hard on teaching the TEKS At a glance Upcoming TAKS Testing 38 and 11 mathematics Wednesday grades 3 reading grades 48 read Ing grade 10 mathematics Thursday grade 9 mathe matics grades and 11 social studies grade S science Friday grades 10 and 11 science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills the curriculum plan on which TAKS is based and teaching TEKS well And thats what we think is the best preparation See Realtor No plans yet for block of properties By DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Almost overnight last weekend several properties went up for sale along the 500 block of Walnut Avenue and Sycamore Street on the corner of Business H5 Four properties on Sycamore and five on the parallel South Walnut have for sale signs erected in the yards of the residences Mrinkkooters Transmission and Lube shop on the cor ner of Business J5 and Wal nut also is for sale The available group of properties is situated in a hightraffic volume areu The block of property is and CU which opens it up to several com mercial opportunities Any thing from an apartment Lots for sale EdMfttaifcn NoitoJcrlMgniptflMliM bagnwnourcnulngmnini Nulo Graphic ml In complex to a gas station to a lumberyard or KV park could be built if the small homes art torn dowti Century United mil estate agent Bob Seeger said he would consider Helling the property in chunks or alto gether See Elites retirement stirs flood of wellwishers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Just after the July 2002 flood Canyon Lake Manag er Jerry Brito led Army Corps of Engineers officials on a survey of the damage wrought by the Guadalupe River His boss Greg Pope remembered it well Friday ut Brites retirement luncheon They went into a home that had been flooded to its sec ond floor A woman was shov eling out the smelly Guadalupe mud She said to Jerry Here you need to help me do Pope recalled Each time Write tried to take the shovel tried to help she pulled it back She wasnt done chewing on me Brito recalled When water flooded over the Canyon Dam spillway for the first time ever a lot of people who didnt understand what had happened blunted the Corps of Engineers Tliat woman was convinced that Brite who manages the lake was responsible for whut had happened to her homo Brite kept trying to get the shovel and she kept pulling it back yelling at tlw 34year veteran public servant u little more Finally she said Never mind I dont want you around here You probably dont know how to use it Brite does know how to use a shovel and Briten crew at Canyon Irfiko proved they all knew how to use one too In the aftermath of the flood Corps workers went out into the community and helped wherever they could We had park and mainte nance workers cleaning peo ples homes They were get ting puid and they were doing the federal job but they were even asking to come in on their days off and Brite said Friday those staffers put on comedy skits They roasted him They hugged him and thanked him for being the See DAVID Jerry Brite hands a brochure on Canyon Lake to Shirley and Vemon Carathers from Austin who were enjoying a mini vacation at the lake Brite is retiring after 17 years as Canyon Lake Manager with the Army Corps of Engineers He and his wife Susan are starting their own nature tour business INSIDE
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