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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY June 10 2003 14 pages in 2sections 14 pages in 2sectic HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 178 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Candksfi Shaffer frtahd of Somanlha StriUmmtor Ive cried all the tears I could Girl killed in pedestrian accident BY RON MALONBY Staff Writer SCHERTZ Family and Mends had few answers Monday about the death of a popular 17yearold stu dent killed Saturday in a vehicle pedestrian accident Samantha Stritmatter died after she was struck by a pickup truck while walking a gravel road in the GuadalupR River Canoe Livery The victim was camping at the site which is located on the north bank of the river at 281 Comal County Sheriffs Detective Sgt Tommy Ward said deputies were called to the campground at Saturday Detectives wore called shortly afterward Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saun dors pronounced Stritmatter dead at the scene She was a pedestrian who was struck by a pickup truck in the Ward said Ho did not release the name of the driver of the truck who is reportedly from San Antonio No charges have been filed against Ward said Its still under Kim Savoy spokesman STRITMATTER for the SchcrtzCibolo Universal City Independent School and District offered a little more information about the acci dent in a news releaae She waa hit by a pickup truck Saturday night as she and a group of friends walked down a dirt road near the Guadalupe River in Comal County Witnesses say a pickup truck rounded a cor ner either too fast or too wide struck her throwing her into another truck coming from the opposite Savoy said More than 400 friends family faculty and students paid their final tributes Sunday night during a canj dlelight vigil for Stritmatter at Samuel Clemens High School Candice Shaffer was one of them She met Stritmatter injournaliflm class at the start of the 200208 school year Booster clubs secure loans for turf projects BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Athletic booster clubs from two county high schools have secured loans to cover their portions of million artifi cial turf projects Boosters from Smithson Valley High School present ed Dr James Qrunort with a check for as a down payment during last months Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting Boosters from Canyon High School presented a check to Grunert at the same meeting School district spokesper son Kari Hutchison said Monday that CiSD has yet to get checks from the banks to cover the balance duo from the booster clubs Broadway Bank and Blanco State Bank did not require co signers for their loans of about to the Smithson Val ley High School boosters SVHS Booster Club PKJHJ dent Mike Pawolek did not return several telephone calls over several days asking about the terms of the loans Calls placed to the banks also were not returned But the loan agreements were to have been signed late last week Rod Smith president of the Canyon High School boost ers said CHS boosters got a See City council keeps River Acres Park open to the public BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Kiver Acres Park will remain open this summer Instead of temporarily dos ing the park New Braunfels city staff plans to fence flood damaged homes ueraBH the street from the busy oneacre neighborhood park The 2002 flood pulled down a fence around River Acres Park and damaged several homes across the street from tho park With access to the river frontage park cleared an increased num ber of rcHidonts and tourists PINTO have begun to USD the park as a river access point Crowds have created traffic concerns for residents and have begun to trespass onto the potentially dan gerous debrisridden homes The citys first response was to close the park for about half the summer while the city demol ished three bought out homes City Man ager Chuck Pinto said This is developing every day and where were at at this point is reverse of what we put on the See RIVER Magical day with clay Tree play time benefits kids local museum BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer GRUENE Dee Buck found a way to tap into the creative spirit of children in something he read more than 18 years ago Thumbing through the pages of a book titled The Magical Buck learned that free play can have a positive effect on the cognitive development of young children Buck thought about what he had read He realized that learn that perhaps children didnt have as much time for free play I know Home kids that are busier than I Buck said His solution An unstructured day of learning the basics of pot tery that ho called the Magical Child Clay Monday 141 local children kneaded and molded clay in imaginative shapes And in the process they raised about for The Childrens Museum The children bought the clay from the museum which got it at a discount from Buck Pot tery For 13 years the work shop has bean a fundraiser for the museum See Photos by DAVID Above Paige Alnsley 4 gets a little help from Terry Buck while making an impression of her hand at the Magical Clay Workshop at Buck Pottery in Gruene Monday Looking on is Paiges grandmother Charlene Ainsley Proceeds from the workshop event ben efit the New Braunfels Childrens Museum Left Caitlyn Barber puts the finishing touches on her cowboyand horse clay sculpture Monday This Is the 13th year for the fundraiser INSIDE Commissioners to authorize magistrate for county jail In other action BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commissioners could decide Thursday whether to create a position for a magistrate at the Comal County Jail Commissioners Court meets at in the Commissioners Courtroom 109 Main Plaza Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Mil likin said commissioners will consider authorizing a position for a magistrate hiring an individual to do the job Legislation sought by Comal Coun ty and passed by the 78th Haas Leg islature authorizes the creation of the appointed position The money to pay for the position would come out of general fund reserves The magistrate would preside over bail hearings and oth er legal matters pertaining to pris oners at the jail Those hearings are now handled on a rotating basis by the countys justices of the peace county court atlaw judge and county judge Senate Bill 7 also known as the indi gent defense bill and passed two terms ago in the lexas Legislature increased the legal workload at the jail The bill requires that people arrest ed have an attorney appointed to rep resent them if they dont have their own lawyer and that they appear before a magistrate or judge within 24 hours for a felony or 72 hours for a misdemeanor The law increased both coats for counties and the amount of time judges must spend at the jail A duty that used to require a justice of the peace for about one even every day grew to a job that could take up to four hours each day In January Comal County sought legislation sponsored by District 73 liep Carter Casteel that would create a position for a magistrate and autho rise Comal County to create a second County CourtatLaw Officials will decide at a future date whether to create the second county See MAGISTRATES t fli JMHJHP rsmoval of debris left on prtvetfl prop whether to rwetthn
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