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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY May 14 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 144 ELECTION 2003 Candidates in CISD race hope for big voter turnout BySEANBoWLIN Staff Writer Seven candidates seeking two seats on the Comal Independent School Districts Board of Trustees square off in Saturdays election Four candidates are vying for the District 5 position in Spring Branch and three are seeking the District 7 slot which rep resents Garden Ridge and Solms In the CISD 214 voters cast early ballots In District 5 Derald LaRue did not seek reelection But four hopefuls John Zimmer man Rose Cervin Randy Shel ton and Lee Iredale did file for the post The winner will serve a threeyear term District 5 residents may vote from 7 to 7 Saturday at Bill Brown Elementary School Zimmerman is an architect Cervin is a parent who has run twice for the District 5 slot and Iredale is a transportation direc tor for the Judson ISO Shelton a senior at New Braunfels High School filed as a writein candidate Cervin said she wants voters to question the qualifications of all candidates running for this years school board elections I just want to urge everyone to try and find the time to investigate each of the candidates for this election ask questions of the candidates under stand their qualifications and not only make a 7 attend mayors town hall meeting BY DYLAN Staff Writer New Braunfels Mayor Adam Corks town hall meeting turned out to be a casual exchange with seven people Cork said he was disappointed at the bw turnout but expected it considering the high volume of meetings among council members recently The meeting focused on annexation and river issues One man asked what impact the recent reduction in city staff would have on annexation Cork said the citys new philosophy on annexation would relieve city services instead of straining them by avoiding the annexation of residential areas The citys new approach to annexation is based on a serious costbenefit analysis of prospective areas he said See NOTES COVERAGE INSIDE New Braunfels City Council candidate FRIDAY An indepth look at Propositions Candidate ques Preview of the Bulverde municipal election Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 SO cents Grown men do ciy Top After completing spray training exercise NB Police Officer Dairy Felpel left gets rid of as much residue as he can while Officer Craig Christopherson lends a steadying hand Above Officer Terry Flugrath helps Detective vlllarreal clean his eyes Left River patrol officer Steve Hanna receives a full shot of pepper spray during handson certification course Wednesday NBPD trains with new weapon pepper spray After ordering badguy Officer Chris Culak to the ground Detective John Bios holsters Ms plastic pistol and cuffs Culak all while suffering the pain and confusion of having been liberally doused in the face with pepper spray STORY BY RON MALONEY Photos by K Jessie Slaten How do you make two dozen big tough cops cry In pepper spray training The New Braunfels Police Depart ment is outfitting all of its officers with gas which is made from food grade cayenne pepper The gas is a modern replacement for a chemical product the military calls gas known as tear gas or It is intended to debilitate a violent person by irritating his eyes skin and upper respiratory tract The symptoms disappear in half an hour or so Wednesday 24 NBPD officers took an eighthour pepper spray certifica tion course offered by the Alamo Area Council of Governments AACOG Instructor Larry Pearson gave the course See right there Pearson said show ing the label on a pepper spray device If you notice it says nontoxic food grade Its safe and it lim its the situations in which an officer must use deadly Chief of Police Russell Johnson who was first in line to be sprayed in the face as part of the training said the pepper spray would give his officers a sort of middle ground in dealing with violent situations What this does for the department is give our officers another way to control a situation without resorting to deadly force or causing permanent injury to Johnson said See PEPPER Cancer survivors say support is key DAVID Cancer survivor Becky Voges says Every day is a blessing and you dont take anything for friends your family your Voges says one of her favorite things to do now is directing the childrens choir and her grandson Jordan Tomerlin at St Pauls Lutheran Church BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Two women who survived breast cancer say those bat tling the disease today no longer face the struggle alone And its events like the annual Relay For Life that have helped improve public understanding of the need for better support systems for cancer victims Becky Voges and Ann Rogers are on the Comal County Cancer Board Voges said the worst thing about having breast cancer was the uncertainty Tm a real control person I like to control things And this was the first time in my life I couldnt control Voges said Once Voges decided to have a mastectomy things got bet ter because she was involved in the decisionmaking process But it was very dif ficult for her husband because he didnt know how to help her He was in shock and so Voges said And so was I Most people think theyre gonna die when they hear the word Voges said her emotional state improved markedly when in her travels around New Braunfels she met many cancer survivors Rogers had breast cancer 25 years ago this Septem ber Reconstruction There was nothing like that for me at that Rogers said And I knew a lot of people with cancer and they Rogers was afraid to go through a year of chemother apy but she knew a little bit about it because her sister inlaw had gone through it So it wasnt a total shock to she said Voges and Rogers eventu ally beat their cancers And each said that good things came out of the experience Voges said she no longer worried about little things life was now precious When you walk out of that doctors office and you have that diagnosis everything has changed Every day is a See INSIDE TV Key Code 76