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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAY FEBRUARY LIFE PASSION1 First New Braunfelsers to see controversial movie The Passion of the praise its message but say its hard to watch Pfiae 16 SPORTS GREAT EFFORT Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1SB2 Vol 163 No 95 30 pages 4 sections Unicorns push district leader Alamo Heights to the limit but come up short and drop to fourth in district Page IB K WWW SPORTS DEAR ABBY 66 Mostly cloudy High Low 72 44 Details 3B COMICS CROSSWORD 4C 4A ft ii NJC CENTER Whether you think shes JL or Vicki Langham playing FROG time Vicki Langham celebrates her 15th birthday today Born on a leap year in 1944 her parents marked all of her leap birthdays with a special photograph with Father Leap years introduced Julius Caesa 45 BC with Julian calendi Because the solar year is actu ally days the extra day every four years was need ed bring the aver age days per year to That adjustment was still incor rect and after years the calendar was 11 days behind the seasons In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII fixed the problem by moving the cal endar ahead to catch up and declaring that gnly century years evenly divisible by 400 would be leap YPars What are your chances of being born on leap day About 1 in Information gath ered from DAVID Herald Zeitung NBISD seeks public input on hefty cuts Woman says rare birthday shaped her personality This photograph of Vicki Langham was taken for her first birthday in 1948 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Vicki Langham has seen 60 winters but she is only 15 years old Impossible Not for a leap year baby Langham was born Feb 29 1944 Since then there have been 15 leap years If she lives another 40 years she will celebrate her birthday on the correct day 10 more times This year my birthday will be on a she said Thats only the second time thats hap pened and since it will be 200 years before it happens again it will be my last birthday on a Sun On her first Sunday birthday Langham was 4 or 1 depending on which years are counted The occasion is easy to remember because her parents chronicled every leap year birthday with a special photograph Her moth er enlarged each one to 8by 10 inches and displayed them in a collection on a wall of their home Through the years Langham has been singled out by more than photographs on her extremely special day Youre automatically marked for whatever she said Its an oddity because there are so few of See LEAP YEAR Page 5A By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer The public can help guide New Braunfels Independent School District officials looking to cut next years budget Taxpayers will have the chance Mon day to react to a consultants recom mendations to cut million in per sonnel and in operating costs NBISD officials need to cut the budg et to reduce a possible million deficit next year In January trustees hired a consult ant who suggested several ways to cut the operations budget including con serving electricity and changing the districts longdistance plan But most of the consultants sugges tions relate to personnel from cutting jobs to giving staff more work The district will look to cut non staffing costs but school board Presi dent Jorge Maldohado and Superin tendent Ron Reaves say it will be diffi cult to avoid some job cuts vWifo percent of the districts budget Reaves said Were going to have to address the staffing The consultant suggested cutting a middle school principal a high school counselor two elementary counselors four high school clerical staff two mid dle school clerical staff and seven ele mentary clerical staff as well as reduc ing nonteaching support staff and cus todians A suggestion to eliminate team plan ning periods at the middle school would cause some teachers there to teach six classes per day instead of five Another suggestion to eliminate block scheduling at the high school could eliminate some teachers there See NBISD Page 5A AT A GLANCE New Braunfels Independent School District public hearing 6 Monday NBHS Theater BUDGETSAVING OPTIONS Eliminate high school block scheduling Eliminate middle school team plan ning period Reduce nonteach ing support posi Reduce custodial staff EUminatagiftecl and talented pull out program Cosolidate with county tax collec tion office Eliminate cafete ria competition such as vending machines Increase commu nity education Increase student attendance by 1 percent Change longdis tance rate plan City debates changes in offsite parking rules By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Citing Gruene as an exam pie New Braunfels Qty Coun cil might revise laws to allow offsite parking lots as much as 800 feet from a business Same local business own ers including attorneys for the Gristmills owners said 800 feet is toe much Frank Bobbins director of planning and community development said the plan ning commission recom mended 400 feet The citys existing ordinance allows off site parking 200 feet from a business location The council was cerned about the lack of specifics in the existing ordi nance so u asked the plan mng staff to looi into bins when we did See Families businesses band together to support kids OAVIO Alex and Sue Mclnnis react after winning the war with bidders over a pen of rabtuts Saturday morning at me Coma County Junior Livestock Show By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Reggie and Joye Wuest got their boys Travis and Brad involved in showing livestock when both were very young Looking back Saturday dur ing the 36th annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show the Wuests knew how impor tant the time they spent together would turn out to be Reggie died in 1998 but Joye and her two now adult boys were at Saturdays annual live stock auction where as every year the family business Nat ural Bridge Caverns support ed the children through bids for show project animals They werent exactly look ing for bargains When Sarah Wallecks grand champion steer sold for theres just no other way to look at it except pricey But thats the point Its not See AUCTION Page 6A Your Specialises
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