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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY JANUARY A m SOUTHVtSt 2627 E VWfDELL OR EL PASO n 79903 jr ON THE UPSWING NBHSgrad Michael Sehaeffer who plays for UTSA hopes to turn his love of golf into a viable career Page SA TANNING Vanity Tan offers special I discounts on five different unlimited tanning packI ages Page 3A www I 1 New limmfefs and Cemai County 1852 u 500 Mostly cloudy High Law 88 43 Details 13 COMICS 28 FORUM 4A SPORTS 6A FhONTand CENTER Admirable Admiral o DAVID Jne T the after befog named Texan of the Year Wednesday morning at the Carver Academy in San Antonio Robinson will accept the award at the 38th annual Texas Legislative Conference which takes place March 25 and 26 in New Braunfels Spurs legend David Robinson honored with Texan of the Year PAVID Robinson talks to the students from Carver Academy He is being honored for his work in education and his efforts to sup port programs addressing the physical and spiritual needs of the family through the David Robinson Foundation Also shown are former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller left and Texan of the Year in 2000 Red McCombs By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN years Texan of the Year award recipient towers above all the others in the 38year history of the Texas Legislative Con Recently retired San Antonio Spurs center turnededucator David Robinson was announced Texan of the Year at his San Antonio Carver Acad emy The award will be presented March 26 in New Braunfels at a reception during the annual Texas Legislative Conference The recognition announced by former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller and 2000 Texan of the Year Red McCombs aptly came in the Spurs Reading Room at the school which educates in a faith leadership and technologybased cur riculum As Robinson 7 feet 1 inch tall took to the podium to receive the award he bent to 10 Carv er elementaryaged students who sat on the car peted floor before him and greeted each child individually smiling and shaking hands Here comes the tall one said smiling Whos the Texan of the Year McCombs asked See ROBINSON Page 3A DAVID ROBINSON NOT ONLY IS BIG OF STATURE HE CASTS THAT HUGE SHADOW WE ALL ENJOY STANDING RED McCoMns FORMER SPURS OWNER AND FORMER TEXAN OF THE YEAR UPDATES Tracking the news A1USI SUSPECTS LAST WE KNEW Raymond J Fierro 38 and Michelle Lacy May 41 were booked into Comal County Jail a week 390 pn charges of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury LAIlSTi May and Fierro remain in jail The boy I has been placed in foster care as he recovers NEXT Mays initial court hearing scheduled for Tuesday was reset to Politicians offer their takes on Bush speech By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Responses to President Bushs State of the Union Address fell along party lilies in the chamber and m comments afterward Im obviously a big fan of Geojrge said State gep Carter Casteel BNew Hraunfels but I bjeUeve the comments he made on Iraq were informative and truthful He accurately explained why we had to Sne said she particularly ted his never asking permission from any other country in order to defend our own The presidents request to make tax cuts perma nent also resonated with Gas teel The more money I can she said the more money I can spend locally to improve the Congressman Lamqr Sfn jfh P San Antonio saJd he agreed with 98 percent of what Bush said 1 think he dM an outstanding jobofconjiectjngwiththeAmer ican Smith said ft was a strong and effective speech i only disagree with him on his immigration Smith believes that gradual amnesty for illegal irnmigrants will encourage more illegal immigration He is concerned the potential for millions of for vvill depress wages of dozens and legal Unrnjgrarus in lowskill jobs Tbf guest worker program Smuh warned is also a tempt ing vel for po togetinlotnecourury See NBISD trustees pass grass touchup By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer New Braunfels High School practice field will be fully renovated this spring but the stadium field will only be patched for now New Braunfels Independent School District trustees who are rushing to find ways to save mon ey before the budg et process picks up next month decid ed Tuesday the estimated renovation cost for both fields would be too much right now During the past year Athletic Direc tor Rick Rhoades became increasing ly concerned with the condition of the practice and stadi saying holes and uneven ground create safe ty concerns I fear for the ath letes that practice there every Rhoades said The stadium field has not been resur faced for 20 years and its been even longer since the practice field has been reconditioned Yankee Camaril lo grounds director said the real problem was overuse He has maintained the fields for 14 years and said the two months between soccer and football seasons is not enough time to repair the fields properly Board President Jorge Maldonado who runs Maldonado Nursery said the estimate seemed high To save money trustees Paul Fisher and Rob Johnson recommended solicit ing donations from local businesses for the renovations My suggestion is we find out whos in eighth grade and find out what his daddy does for a Johnson said Proposals need to be issued by the end of February for work to be done in time for football season said Daryl Stoker facilities manager Trustees and Camarillo said the dis trict needed to develop a plan that would allow ail fields to be regularly repaired Rhoades said a second practice field would be needed in the future Its going to be hard to maintain the asset if we cant get off the Rhoad es said j ACTION i iff New Braunfels ISO trustees heard a presenta tion by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber to let manufacturers keep in annual tax rev enue The free port exemption would allow manufacturers and distributors to store goods shipped out of statefor 178 days tax free and would target sup pliers to the planned San Antonio Toyota plant Coma County and the City of New Braunfels have already passed the freeport exemption The board took no action and might ask chamber offi cials to answer more questions at a later meeting Page 3A
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