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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY August 2003 v 4 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG VbL 230 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Democrats say GOP escalating war against rights SPECIAL SESSION OntrwWeb Texas Legislative Council FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS AP Democrats boycotting the Texas Senate over congression al redistrictinglashed out Fri day againstthe states Repub lican who have gone to the Texas Supreme Court to try to compel Democrats back to the The court action by Rick Perry and David Dewhurst Thursday signals anotherhostileact in an esca lating war on the constitution al rights of Hispanics and African Americans in the state of said Eliot Shap DE1 Dewhurst has said the Democrats gave him no other We in good con stand here when there is work to be done and not be able to do the job we were elect ed to when our 11 colleagues are effectively thumbing their nose at the Dewhurst said this week as he announced the filing of a writ of man damus that asks the court to determine the 11 absent sena tors are acting contrary to their duties and seeks their return to State Carter R See JESSIE Dancers at the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala Friday night swing fo the music of the The gala raised funds to support research for cancer American Cancer Society Gala raises funds for cancer research JESSIE Carter Casteel and Dib Waldrip encourage the crowd gathered at the Starlight Gala to bump up bids for auction items donated to help cancer patients in Comal BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Cancer had affected the lives of nearly all 240 local folks who attended the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala Friday This is a celebration of life and the opportunities of State Carter RNew Were cel ebrating the fact that the American Cancer Society is an important player in the Were but we know what were here ACS provides Comal County with about each year in said Beth chair of the The gala began 11 years ago to help give some of that money back to she This more than was raised from ticket donations and Suzannah ACS field has been working on the event for four She said this years gala was as successful as Its important to be aware of the disease and to know what the community can do to fight Casteel Casteel lost her mother to cancer when she was because of advances in her mother would have been able to fight cancer and probably Casteel See Ritter retires after 26 years with DPS BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer John Ritter is putting him self out to pasture at the end of the He is retiring after more than 26 years as a Depart ment of Public Safety That doesnt mean the man who has been commander of the local DPS office for a decade wont be Tm going to do a little bit of said who grew up on bis Clin ranch in Comal My dad was a big rancher in Comal County through his I kind of picked it up from his Ritter Ive always been interest ed in the beef indus Ritters been slow to get back to ranch ing full decid ing to pursue a career with the but that didnt bother his RITTER He was excited for He always wanted me to do what I wanted to do and not nec essarily what he wanted to Ritter Ritter married a local and they have a son whos at ITT Technical Institute in San He and Phyllis have been together 30 Ritter said he was lucky his wife accepted the lifestyle of a DPS The family of any law enforcement officer sacrifices due to the schedules we have to work the night hours and the If a hard on and it takes a very special lady to put up with Ritter Ritter spent 11 years as a INSIDE 1 Fees for using city park facilities to take a hike BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Park fees in New Braun fels will soon Since New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board updated the parks ordinance and approved a revision in city council members have been debat ing details of the ordinance that would increase fees for some Sonia MunozGill fought for lower proposed fees at Ernest Eilcel Field and Solms which currently are The proposed fee was reduced from to There will be no charge for use of the pavilions Monday through Parks and Recreation Director Iris Nef Mayor argued for minimal fees for residents to use picnic He suc ceeded in reducing the pro posed fee by for Picnic tables would remain free Monday through and residents still would not be charged for the first table used on Sundays and Nonresidents would be charged per Fees for the citys 200 pic nic tables generate about each mostly from Nef fendorf said at the last coun cil Use of the tables Monday through Friday will still be and fees are not antici Neffendorf The ordinance also would revise family pool pass regu which park staff said were difficult to Proposed fees Proposed fees Facilities DanceSlab yearround Gazebo year round Pavilions yearround for nonresidents Sunday and holidays for residents Ernest Eikel Field Pavilion Solms Pavilion Cypress BendPavilion Picnic tables Monday to free for residents and non holi get one tiblQ f addjtlonal nonresidents pay per The resident family pass would be reduced from to and would pay for two adults and two children under the age of 18 living in the same Children could be added to the pass for Were still probably going to have but its a little better defined than it was Neffendorf The ordinance would extend glass container and alcohol regulations to new park Glass containers are prohibited in all sports facility and in all park areas next to a lake or Alcohol is prohibited in some parks or in the park ing areas and roadways of some NBISD to purchase 154 acres off Klein Road BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The New Braunfels Inde pendent School District will pay about million for a 154acre property on Klein Road west of FarmtoMar ket Road Superintendent Ron Reaves said the land could be used for two or more new schools in the The precise purchase price will depend upon a final sur vey of the which is owned by Arthur Neil Reaves The purchase price will be per Money for the transaction will come out of the mil lion 1999 bond issue approved by district The sale will close Reaves said the land is located in the city limits in Guadalupe County between the Angelfire and North Ranch Estates subdivisions Property purchase I Cunent Memorial I Avenue Bdension NewBiaurilelslSD will purchase 154 I i sties neat Klein Road and a proposed WalnU fcwue No specik use huh M has teen at on the west side of Klein The Walnut Avenue extension proposed in the citys master thoroughfare plan will run along its north Were very gkd were able to acquire this We think we got it at a good Its actually below what some other land out there is selling Reaves See
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