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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY JANUARY 13 2004 TUP A SPORTS Guarded Optimism freshmen have stepped up to the starting guard positions for the New Braunfels Unicorns varsity basketball team Page SA FORUM Our heroes Its time to recognize the Unsung of our community Read how on Pafla 4A ISfiiOi iKlfi County since 1852 10 pages 1 section CLICK www 18 i DEARABBY CLAS3IPIE09 0A i COMICS 7A 5 rafft s FORUM 4A High Low I OWtWrttt tA 67 53 SPORTS SA 6A I girl 20 di By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 10yearold Austin boy died in an Interstate 35 accident Monday morning in New Braunfels one of two kffied in area auto accidents in two days New Braunfels police Sgt Sean Gabbard reported Gregory Castelo was dead at the scene of a 7 accident on 135 just south of Texas 46 Gabbard said Castelos mother Guadalupe 48 was northbound on 135 just north of FM 725 when her car a 1991 Geo Prizm crossed the median into the path of a 2001 Ford Focus which struck it broadside A 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier was also involved in the accident although its driver a Colorado man was not hurt The driver of the Ford was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Campos pronounced the boy dead at the scene of the accident Gabbard said His mother was flown to University Hospital in San Anto nio where patrol Lt John Villarreal said she was in critical condition Police shut down southbound I 35 for more than two hours while they investigated the accident diverting traffic through New Braun fels In another fatal accident early Sun day Amber Marie Batey 20 of New Braunfels was found dead in the wreckage of a 1991 Chevy Blazer off FM 2722 about miles south of Startzville Department of Public Safety Trooper Anthony Rodriguez said his preliminary investigation into the cause of that accident suggests that Batey fell asleep while driving down FM2722 She had been driving on the improved shoulder overcorrected to the right and lost control off the US Army 369t Transport road to the Rodriguez said The Blazer vaulted over the end of a guardrail and rolled four times down an embankment Rodriguez said He did not know exactly when the accident occurred Were working to reconstruct that Rodriguez said She wasnt seen until a motorist flagged down a Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jen nifer Saunders pronounced Batey dead at Rodriguez said i DAVID Ginger left and Philip Rogers were glad to see their daughter Sarah arrive home last Wednesday from deployment in Kuwait Rogers said that while she was overseas she missed good food and the little things we Americans tend to take for granted FRONT and CENTER Tug of war She followed her heart and found honor in service By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Jjke most students Sarah Rogers just want ed to finish college Instead she ended up halfway around the world in a war in the Mid dle Bast She said something inside tugged at her so she followed her heart and joined the Army Reserves On March she was deployed to Kuwait She came home Wednesday after a njne jnonth deployment Pressed in her military uniform and sitting between her mother and father the 22year old seemed more poised and mature than the typical college student She sat perfectly straight and with a military bearing while she talked about her war experience Her parents Philip and Ginger Rogers lis tened quietly as Sarah spoke about the war Yet Ginger Rogers eyes welled up with tears as Sarah spoke It was obvious the young war veteran in the starched uniform was still in many ways the Me girl they watched grow up A1099 graduate of Bracken Christian School Rogers went on to Houston Baptist University At the end of her sophomore year the war with Iraq was a threat not a reality something told her she should join the Army I called my parents and told them I wanted to join the she said It was just some thing I felt I needed to do to serve my coun try kind of a patriotic We were shocked when she told us what she was going to her mother said But Sarah has always been a responsible person and weve always supported her in whatever she wanted to After completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri Rogers was sent to job training at Fort Eustis where she was trained in transportation management After she graduated from her job training for the See BACK HOMI Page 3A 6 Council will meet today wito auditors from Cable pact amended start date of 2008 annual audit The audrt cows fa 2003 tea ended July in t mom Chuck fates Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braujtfels City Coun cil amended Grande Com iMhat toy dont lite and afcich ment Monday to give the company time to build a bllt Officials with the San Mar cos company asked councU to amend its June 2QOD con tract because me availabili ty of djebi and equity capita has to recover as aAtic suuction begin by Jan 1 I The company intends to build a fiheropiic cable tel along the 135 corridor between San Antonio and Austin But officials said a poor economic recovery has delayed the plans They just wanted more time to complete the sys said Assistant City nager ton j BraunMs and other areas Last bonds of 99 vote for schools to be issued Superintendent Growth could send NBISD back to taxpayers in 2 years By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District soon will issue the last mil lion in general obligation bonds from the million bond issue passed in 1999 But Superintendent Ron Reaves said growth could force the district to ask tax payers to approve another bond issue possibly within two years Financial adviser Duane Westerman told the board Monday night that the timing is right Youre about at the time when you would be needing the money and the market is such that it wouldnt be a bad time t o do Westerman said Bond ratings have been as low as per cent in June 2003 But Westerman said those rates could go up this year over 20 years at between and percent Any time you can borrow money at less than 5 percent its a good idea if you have to borrow the Wester man said Westerman would initiate the sale of the bonds but would come back to the board to approve the actual sale That should be soon based on rates Wester man said The money would be used primarily on technology upgrades and on the Oak Run School and Seele Elementary proj projects should be completed by2006 Reaves said he is looking into whether growth in the district might require another bond issuance Probably within two years were going to have to make some preliminary deci sion to get a newsshaol out he said The district might he able to borrow anoth er million at that time COMING FRIDAY Sw Page 3 A   

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