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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW SATURDAY August 14 pages in 2 sections 248 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Drunken in on BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Dozens of drunken drivers were convicted at the county courthouse this past and if they didnt toast County CourtatLaw Brenda they probably should She saved each thousands of dol lars they would have had to pay if convicted of drunken driving after Legislation takes effect Tuesday that will make a drunken driving conviction much more expensive GOP hunted Senate Dems in hurricane SAN ANTONIO AP As a hurricane spun toward South Texas two weeks six people from the Senate sergeantatarms office headed to the where several Democrats have The officers werent checking on the safety of the lawmakers They wanted to see if the Democrats who were boycotting a special session of the Legislature to block a Republican redistrict ing plan would return to check on their leaving them open to being served with orders to return to the A spokesman for Republi can David Dewhurst confirmed Thursday that the officerswent to the area to look for the lawmakersr The senators did not show up they still havent returned to Texas so Sergeantatarms Car leton Turner and the oth ers left after spending the night in the If they failed to try to round up the sena they would not be doing their job prop Dewhurst spokesman Dave Beckwith The sergeantatarms search came nearly three weeks after 11 Democrats fled to Albu to break a Senate quorum and stop a GOP effort to redraw the states con gressional Republicans want a majority of the congressional which is now split 1716 in the Democrats Two of the three senators whose homes were watched during the storm said they were concerned that GOP leaders would take such a They want redistricting at any and theyll resort to anything even laying in wait for us during a hurricane to get their said Eddie Lutio Judith called the effort cruel and opportunistic and said it also showed a lack of concern for Turner and others sent to South Beckwith said Zaffirini called Turner while he was in Brownsville to ask him where he Theyd all had heard about and he told her exactly where he was and what he was Beckwith I think his view hes not going to lie to a She asked him a direct I think thats probably a pretty good public policy over the long He works for the entire than it has ever been in Chapman put on extra dockets and called in visit ing Judge Charles Miller to take guilty pleas from anyone who want ed to make and many I understand this is going on all across the Miller said during a brief break from the Judge Chapman set all the pleas people want done to CHAPMAN be handled and she brought me in to dp I think that was a very conscientious thing for her to I anticipate between 76 and 100 Miller said district attorney and probation and parole staffs were working hard to keep up with the Staffs of both offices reported it had been a very busy I think weve cleared about every outstanding drunken driving case in the county this one It was really busy staff members were not sure how many cases had been District Attorney Dib Waldrip said his staff had worked into the night preparing cases and consult ing with defense attorneys who wanted to plead their cases The phones are ringing off the Waldrip Waldrip said he hoped the new penalties and fees would contribute to a reduction in drunken but he was concerned it could also result in increased driving without a license or without vvfth pending drunken cases have been pleading guilty to mttl gate their punishment before strtot new laws take effect Under the new lam Driving while Intoxicated with a child under 15 In the vehicle will be a state jail surcharge will be added forthree years for first offense of drunken A surcharge will be added for three years for each subse quent offense of drunken Youre going to ruffle some feathers when you come in and start changing some Principal Rickey New Braunfels High School Williams steps own DEWHURST DAVIO Junior KailaAnne Femandes chats with New Braunfels High Schools new Rickey while walking through the new cafeteria Thursday Some some not with principals changes BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels High School Princi pal Rickey Williams first week with students wasnt a walk in the When he informed students he would enforce the schools dress they threatened a walkout in And after he purged the classrooms of snack he was faced with a round of collec tive bargaining to negotiate water bottles and more time between But hes ready and willing to do what needs to be These are nice Williams Youre going to ruffle some feathers when you come in and start changing The resistance Williams met in his effort to maintain discipline when school started two weeks ago is not the first challenge he has faced in his educa tional At New Williams started to get tough on discipline issues impor tant to the Williams asked teachers for input about what direction he should They asked him to enforce the dress code and ensure students spend time in he district administrators wanted the renovated facility kept up because it was paid for with taxpayer Williams So he restricted food or drink the halls and Williams met with students and told them the dress code would be enforced this year and that no changes had been made to the He soon had several emails praising his enforcement of the dress curbed snacking and attendance regu Because of the tone set by the first teachers were looking forward to less distracting Those were areas they wanted me to put a little more focus Williams See INSIDE Church 4A Proposition 3 could change property tax liability for churches This story is the second in a series exam ining the 22 proposed amendment to the Texas BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Under Proposition land churches use for schools would be exempt from The amendment would authorize the Legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation any property owned by a reli gious organization that is leased for use as a school or that is owned with the intent of expanding or constructing a religious I think right if youre a religious you have three years if youve bought tond for edu cational said state Carter This is saying it ought to be exempt The upside of that is youre allowing the religious organi zations the ability to plan for the future and giving them the time to do The downside is some religious orga nizations could go out and buy property for speculative sell it for a profit when the value goes and not pay the ad valorem said RNew To a piece of land must not produce revenue for the Other arguments against the amend ment include that it removes property from the tax rolls and places a larger burden on other Proposition 4 would create a provi sion of parks and recreational fadlities by certain conservation and reclama tion A lot of water districts and reclama tion districts have developed and there are questions about whether they have the authority to do Casteel This clarifies it and is probably a good An argument against it is that parks should be a developers responsibility and not a reclamation Youre taking funds away from other purposes when you shouldnt be in the park Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Daw son said Proposition 4 only applies to a few select counties in It only affects certain larger iijduding Bexar Dawson It doesnt apply to Comal County at PROPOSITION 2003 TWty Propositions 3 and 4   

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