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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas COOGS POUNCE Canyon baseball team wins its tournament opener against San Antonio Pox Teen High School Page BA FORUM MOLLY I VIMS Syndicated columnist says even though John Kerry is bor ing Bush is comical enough to make campaign fun Page 4A and ComalCounty since 1852 Vol 163 No 100 12 pages 2 sections www Mostly sunny High Low 72 SO Details1B DEAR ABBY 6A CLASSIFIEDS 34B COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 2B 28 4A 3A 6A 6A NB manufacturer gets city loan for expansion By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Infra structure Improvement Corp 4B board approved a loan Thursday to help Star Manufacturing to expand its New Braunfels operations Formerly known as Sterling Manufacturing the company was reorganized under the name Star Manufacturing said Matt Harrison 4B board chairman James Worth owner said the company acquired Sterling Manufac turings assets Weve expanded our cus tomer base and were work ing doub6 shifts so we need to he said In order to expand we have to acquire a 200ton stamping press which we needed help Worth said the company was a precision metal stamp ing company that manufac tured parts for the automo tive electronics and appli ance industries We also are going to attempt to become a suppli er to he said The terms of the loan include interest payments at a rate of percent on a quarterly basis Harrison said The terms of the loan also include the hiring of 11 addi tional employees within four years at a wage rate in excess of the average hourly wage for Comal Harrison said And if the company meets that goal 20 percent of the principal of the loan will be Harrison said the company currently had 23 employees and an annual payroll of Their payroll could increase to a year if theyre he said CISD cuts 2 grades from Specht school By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer Fifthand sixthgraders will not attend Specht Elemen tary next year Specht now will be a kindergarten through fourth grade school And fifthand sixthgraders near the school will have to attend Arlon Seay Intermediate School for the 200405 and school years Comal Independent School District trustees have scrambled the past few weeks to find places for students attending overcrowded schools Nancy Cobb assistant superintendent for adminis tration said Frazier Elemen tary and Specht are near their capacities arid would be cri sis situations next year Two portable buildings will be placed at Frazier to ease overcrowding The plan should ease growth for two years while the district develops a more See CISD Page 3A FRONT and CENTER Right now Im a much better candi date and Im a much better person We didntknowmy opponent would resort to these mud slinging tactics Ramon Chapa Jr Cristina Zamora Im busy with my campaign and I dont have time to be involved with any thing except my campaign If he has a problem I have nothing to do with it Chapa beat wife DAVID Alma Caples conducts a press conference Friday at the Comal County Courthouse refer ring to court documents that detail Ramon Chapa a candidate for Precinct 3 Comal County commissioner pleaded no contest to three charges of hitting two women Candidate served probation for incidents in 1990s By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Precinct 3 com missioner candidate and former New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tern Ramon Chapa Jr has been charged three times with assault for allegedly striking a woman Alma Caples a former Hidalgo County deputy constable who recently moved to New Braun fels conducted a news confer ence Friday on the steps of the Comal County Courthouse She produced court documents from Comal and Bexar coun ties showing Chapa no contest to striking a woman in New Braun fels in 1992 and Pleaded no contest to striking his wife in San Antonio in 1994 and 1999 The charges are misde meanors In all three cases Chapa was placed on probation Caples said she investigated Chapas background after she called him on a radio talk show and he acknowledged past mis takes he regretted She only asked she said because of con cerns about politicians who get elected and then turn out to have legal or ethical problems in their backgrounds She had never heard of Chapa or his background before she said Caples said she was shocked and offended by what she found when she investigated Chapa Wheres the accountability See CHAPA Page 3A The primary elec tion will be con ducted Tuesday The winner of the Democrat Precinct 3 county commissioner race will face Republican Greg Parker in November World Day of Prayer event unites local women of faith By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The theme of this years World Day of Prayer hosted by Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church was in faith women shape the world Roughly 60 women and a men from churches aJl over New Braunfels gathered together at noon for a worship service written by women from Panama They are telling us about said JoAnn Buro one of the everts The program sponsored by Church Women United began in 1941 as a way to unite women from all Christ ian denominations around the world in prayer Each year women from coun tries write the worship service and include prayers and music specific to their cul tures and experiences After the benediction a number of women remained m the pews to offer individual supplication Judith Wuensch said her prayers range from altruistic to personal I always pray for my fami ly and in a meditative state there are such a variety of things that cross your she said Wuensch was drawn to the service by the power of join ing other women in prayer n think its a wonderful thing to think there are peo ple all over the world praying at the same she said Judith Mackie another event coordinator has enjoyed getting to know women from different Weve gotten to know women from churches all over the community who we never would have known she saM its helped us come together and weve found we have a lot in com mon Its easy for us to pray In addition to two prayer days this next one occurs in November New Braunfels church women will sponsor a fundraising iunch eorj April 16 All proceeds benefit the Community Ser vice Center Judith Wuensch takes part in services at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church Friday dur ing the World Day of Prayer OAVU tUOBAM HeraldZeitung Check us out on the web at MILLER MILLER CutaUAm Downtown New Bwunfels