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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY MARCH 2 2004 ZEITUNG DOUBLE TROUBLE The Murray Ssan and Aaron may their soccer e inNBHSssu Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 JOKES ON US Chamber Director Michael Meek writes the joke could be us without the citys efforts ireate new retail Page 4A 10 pages 1 section CLICK WWW 1 s 20 chance of showers High Low 71 61 Details6A j DEARABBY 8A I CLASSIFIEDS i COMICS 7A I CROSSWORD 7A I FORUM 4A j OSlTUARiES 3A SPORTS SA I TVGRIDS 8A DeWalts attorney FBI move to reopen case By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The attorney who represented Suzanne DeWalt called the verdict against his client said Monday he was glad the FBI was reopening the case Michael Ducote also said he would tell his client to come forward and cooperate with the he knew her whereabouts Ducote is a New Orleans attorney who specializes in child custody cas es involving abuse allegations In 2002 he represented Suzanne DeWalt in a twoweek custody trial in New Braunfels At the end of the trial DeWalt fled with her son Jeremy then 5 rather than turn him over to his father Navy officer Michael DeWalt She alleged that Michael DeWalt molested and sexually abused their son on an outofstate trip Michael and he knows Ducote said in an inter view Monday The FBI agent who investigated thisxase wanted to arrest htm as soon as the investiga tion was Ducote said he did not know what new information had prompted the FBI to reopen its DeWalt investiga tion but he said he welcomed die move i Im happy to hear that theres additional Ducote said What happened in this case is atro cious If the trial had been conduct ed fairly and the jury would have been allowed to hear from the FBI I believe we would have had a differ ent Ducote blasted 207th Judicial Dis trict Judge Jack Robison saying vital evidence was kept from the New Braunfels jury He called the jailing of Suzanne DeWalts parents Margaret and Edward Kearns an outrageous criminal The Kearnses are being held on allegations of interfering with child custody and hindering apprehen sion of a felon Bail for Margaret Kearns 68 is Bail for Edward Kearns 71 is Michael DeWalt Ducote has said See DEWALT Page 3A FRONTand CENTER DAVID Interim Director Mike Morphew talks about the future of the Central Texas Technology Center in an area that will soon be occupied by students using computers at the campus which is located next to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport CTTC awaits students educators begin work on curriculum By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Educators are busy cur riculum and course schedules for the first two semesters of the Central Texas Technology Center now that construc tion is complete Seguin and New Braunfels officials handed over the buildings keys Mon day to Alamo Community College Dis trict officials ACCD representatives are charged with building the curriculum ACCD instructors and resources will be used to teach basic academic cours es in the summer and several technical training classes in the fall CTTC Jnterim Director Mike Morphew and Federico Zaragoza vice president of St Philips CollegeSouthwest Cam pus in San Antonio have begun to plan these courses with trustees and admin istrators from New Braunfels Comal Seguin and Navarre school districts The educators are rushing to finalise The million facility is scheduled to open its doors to students this summer the schedules and course offerings so registration can begin this spring Thecenter will offer students a smooth transition from high school to college and into the local work force Zaragoza told area educators last week We have a tremendous opportunity to help our young people grow and also to help the economy he said Local students will have access to pro grams already in place at ACCDs four See CTTC Page 3A Trustees warned Dont handicap our educators By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer More than 150 teachers parents stu dents and New Braun fels Independent School District trustees Monday night not to handicap educa tion when they cut a possible million from the budget to avoid a deficit It takes a diverse community of pro grams to meet the needs of a diverse pop ulation of said Deborah Armstrong a NBISD special education teacher Consultants recornmended the district make million in staff cuts and cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from operating and programming budgets Teachers and parents told trustees that the cuts hit students too hard and advised the district to seek alternative plans Winki Smith a parent substitute tea cher and volunteer asked trustees to think carefully about the consequences before they start cutting programs What is sometimes the most effective is not the most economical and what is sometimes the most economical is not the most Smith said The 24 people who addressed trustees had similar warnings Some suggested raising taxes or cutting sports and other extracurricular activities to preserve NBISD academic standards Two New Braunfels High School stu dents spoke against changing the school day from a block schedule to a seven day period which the district is consid ering Thats a big deal to a lot of the stu See NBISD BUDGET Page 3A BUDGETSAVING OPTIONS Some of the cost saving options made by consultants Eliminate high school block scheduling Eliminate middle school team plan ning period Reduce nonteach ing support posi tions Reduce custodial Eliminate gifted and talented pull out program Consolidate with county tax collec tion office Eliminate cafete ria competition such as vending machines Increase commu nity education fees Increase student attendance by 1 percent Lack of ceremony doesnt diminish importance of Texas Independence Day By Dylan Staff Writer The Battle of the Alamo wasnt just a movie when Texas rebels declared rhpjr TPIH IVtedM 168 years ago tt was to stand that allowed Tex to interim government Today Texas Independence Pay is celebrated Locally no major celebrations are scheduled fox the public or for the Although the holiday will be less visible in New this year its importance is not diininished It was important because Texas became said Charlie the Sons of the Bepublic of Texas After independence and rule of law was established the republic The also gave Texas claim to land that stretched up to Wyoming niaJdngU more attractive to the United States he said On March 2 1836 delegates from more than SO Texas settlements met at the village Washington on the Bra zos They drafted the Texas Declara tion of Independence while the Alamo was under attack by Santa Annas Mexican army Delitha Guenzel District 8 repre sentative of the Daughters of the Republic received reports from the Alamo When a message was received urg ing all the delegates to hasten to the relief of the Alamo Sam Houston took the floor in opposition to such a move and declared it would be treason to the people Guenzel said He said that Houston stated that it was the duty of the delegates to remain at their posts and provide against this lack of organized govern ment in Texas I the doomed group at the hadnt made its stand and if the Texas delegates hadnt stuck out the convention at Washington on the Brazos we might be speaking Span ish instead of Guenzel said The Alamo feU March 6 It delayed Santa Anna 13 Briggs said and he lost a tot of men The battle was important because it was the beginning of our battle for freedom We became the only state in the union that was a republic for almost 10 years before it became a REPUBLlCAiM O IV A i o n i y U it 1
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