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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FPRRUARY SPORTS TOURNEYS Canyon Softball team takes thfrd place New Braunfels soft ball team wins consolation prifce In their respective tourna ments Page IB SPECIAL SECTION STOCK SHOW For hundreds of local annual county livestock show provides more than just money for college the experience is invaluable Insltta Serving New Braunfels and County since 1852 Vol 163 No S3 32 pages 4 sections 3B ac COMICS 6C Mostly cloudy High Law 68 Details FORUM SPORTS 4A 18 Man killed in early morning car wreck W By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer A Comal County man was found dead early Saturday morning in his car on Schoen thaljload A Braunfels man on his wayito work about discovered Lucian Landry 37 and his wrecked Toyota Avalon The witness didnt see what happened he just drove up on it He saw headlamps down on the creek bottom pulled over and realized what it was and called 911 right said Department of Public Safety Cpl Rick Alvarez Although at least one head light Was shining Alvarez said he couldnt say how long Landry had been there The wreck occured about a mile northeast of Farmto Market Road 3009 on Schoen thal Road near where the road sharply dips Alvarez said Alvarez said Landry lived nearby arid would have been familiar with the road People that drive Schoen thal Road are familiar with it and even those who arent they slow down because it looks like the Earth just dis appears looking Alvarez said Speed probably was not a cause of the accident Alvarez said although Landry appar ently had trouble negotiating a curve He was coming out of a curve and didnt straighten out Alvarez said He overcor rected and skidded off the east side of the road into a culvert The car rolled wrapped around an oak tree and crushed the driver The accident still is under investigation Landry might have been drinking alcohol Alvarez said Early voting starts Monday county has new machines 2004 Primary Election Early voting in per son 8 am to weekdays Monday through March 5 Room 104 first floor Comal County accepted through March 2 Applications must be mailed To get one write a fetter with name regis tered address address to which ballot should be mailed the reason for seeking a mail ballot 65 or older disabled or out of town Note If out of town ballot must be mailed to address outside the Applicants must indicate party pref erence and must include the signa ture of the voter I Early voting tem porary branches Garden Ridge Municipal Complex 9367 Schoenthal Road Garden Ridge 10 am to 7 Thursday Community Resource and ftecreation Center of Canyon Lake formerly Canyon Lake Action Center 1941 FM 2673 Sattier 9 to 6 Monday March 1 Bulverde Community Center 1747 Ammann Road 10 to 7 Tuesday Saturday voting at the courthouse 9 to 3 pm Awa Uagge of Watnm Voters By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Those who vote early beginning Monday will get to try the newest thing in the polling place for this primary election For a listing of candidates see the insert in todays New Braunfels Her aldZeitung provided by the Comal Area League of Women Voters Comal County FJections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said the countys first computerized touchscreen voting Early voting begins Monday and runs through March 5 We have the new iVotronic touch screen voting machines and weve hired extra staff to implement our new Hinojosa said Well walk the voters to the booth get them started and answer any questions they The new machines are required to be fully in place by 2006 under die Help America Vote Act HAVA was passed in the wake of the 2000 Florida voting dispute See EARLY VOTING Page 5A Candidates tie economic development to lower taxes By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Only once in the past eight years just after the 2002 Comal County raised its property tax rate which now is cents per Bart of we reason for that is steadily increasing property values caused by more residential FRONTand CENTER DAVID New Braunfels ISO Driver Trainer Roland Ward right instructs bus driver Pam Kruse in the proper setup of her triangle reflectors School bus drivers check 46 points inside and outside their bus at least twice a day Despite all the headlinegrabbing accidents drivers work to ensure buses are a wav to ride By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Its the safest way to get said Tim Kurd a National Highway Traf Pam Kruse has developed a mind for safety during the According to NHTSA comparing the past two years of driving of Rf 5 to W during school buses the school day school buses are 87 times Ive become more safer than passenger cars light trucks observant of traffic behav iorsincelVebecomeabus aU Kruse said I think buses in the die each year because we emphasize ta 30 pedes urns die each whUe getting on or Throigh daily inspections and student guidance school bus drivers help make schoolprovided transportation the safest way to get to and from school See BUSIS Page 10A I This is the fourth of a fourpart series on the county commis sioner race development The countys growth in recent years has out spend ing increases This years general fund budget is about million County officials say conservative fis cal management also helps keep the tax rate down Incumbent commissioners and the four challengers who seek to unseat them were asked this weak how they would protect the countys low tax lite and stUl provide services voters expect Page 5A City council revisits civic center study By Scott Mahon New Braunfels City council will vote Monday on a convention center study by a Minneapolis consulting firm Bill Krueger a consultant with ventions Sports leisure International told council Feb 2 his company did feasibly studies for Temple McAllen and Laredo We only do feasibility studies fer con vention and civic center type Krueger said Weve done over 350 fea sibility City Manager Chuck Pinto said Krueger advised Temple not to build a new convention center unless the city partnered with a corporate hotel Although 1 havent talked to anyone in Temple I know were advised by Mr Krueger they were too close to Waco to compete for convention center busi Pinto said And if s very possible See CIVIC CfNTfft Page 10A
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