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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY MARCH 16 2004 A T ZEITUNG SPORTS ON THE LINE Canyon Highs Matt Schumann and his teammates are ready for the start of district baseball competition Page SA Bast Army Charley Reese says as long as politicians run the military the force wont be the worlds best trained Army Page 4A Vol 153 No 108 10 pages 1 section CLICK cloudy High Low 78 SI since j DEARABBY 8A 1 CLASSIFIEDS 9A j COMICS 7A I CROSSWORD 7A j FORUM 4A I OBfTUARIES 3A j SPORTS Police department lets officer go Jeffrey Childs wife implicated in alleged killing for cash plot By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels police officer placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into an alleged killing for cash scheme involving his wife has lost his job Police patrol Lt John Villarreal issued a statement Monday after noon announcing officer Jeffrey Childs no longer worked at the police department To maintain the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation the integrity of the internal investigation and to ensure employee privacy rights I will make no further com ment on this Villarreal said Police Chief Russell Johnson would not say whether Childs resigned or was fired Johnson declined to dis cuss the criminal case against the officers wife of one month Saman tha Childs 23 or his high school friend Jonathon Gene Benavides 29 of Houston See OFFICER Page 2A Samantha Childs Benavides I Bail hearing held for the two suspects in case Page 3A DAVID Above Paul Hartmann gives his son Christopher 4 a few pointers on catching fish while they participate Sunday after noon in KIDFISH along the banks of the Guadalupe River near Canyon Lake But the big winner was Stormy Clifton right who caught the largest fish a 19 whopper The annual event is sponsored by the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County City mulls tax rate hike of 7 cents City Manager Chuck Pinto JFRONTand CENTER Young anglers reel in a string of fun By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The threat of rain could not deter 250 young fishermen who gathered Sunday on the banks of the Guadalupe River for the 8th annual KIDFISH We were concerned about the weath er but two years ago in the rain we had the largest group said Kay Cote marketing director for the Water Qri ented Recreation District WORD of Comal County Cote was pleased to see so many fam ilies interested in having their children learn about fishing Education is the goal of the she said Early Sunday morning J P Brazeal from The KIDFISH Foundation released 600 trout into the river Although there was nothing to prevent the fish from swimming downstream the release area provided the perfect encouragement to stick around There are a lot of trees in that spot where the fish like to feed and hang said Cote where a lot of the big ones were After some fishing technique and eti quette instruction from Brazeal the chil dren dropped their lines in the water Corn was provided for bait although some anglers brought their own worms Stormy Clifton from Canyon Lake caught the largest fish at id inches Sydney Marburger and Madison Mata 3 both from San Antonio tied for first place in the youngest age group with their catches of 11112 inches All fish were returned to the river after their measurements were recorded Although none of the children could eat their catches for dinner each re ceived a KIDFISH certificate ribbon and glass fish statue to take home Trophies were also given to the top five fundrais ers Children raised a total of for The KIDFISH Foundation which organ izes similar events around Texas KIDFISH was held at White Water Sports on FM 306 Sponsors included WORD GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and Guadalupe Valley Tele phone Cooperative Inc By Scott Mahon Staff Writer City taxpayers would have to pay 7 cents more per of assessed valuation under a budget plan being discussed by the New Etraunfels City Council The extra tax rev enue would be used to pay for a million street and drainage improvements and to hire more firemen At Mondays budget work shop City Manager Chuck Pinto said the hiring of addi tional firemen would add another to the 2005 budget plan or an additional cents to the tax rate And a million bond issue will increase the tax rate another cents Pinto told council members the projected 2005 budget calls for a tax rate of cents A 7cent hike would raise that tax rate to 42 cents per valuation That means a homeown er with a home with a home stead exemption would pay about a year in city property taxes The citys current tax rate is cents Mayor Adam Cork said the proposed tax hike is a bargain I think its still a heck of a deal considering all the city services we he said If council approves the tax hike public hearings would have to be held on the pro posal said Pinto If you propose a tax rate thats more than 3 percent above the effective tax rate well have to go through the process of public he said The 2005 budget includes a 3 percent salary increase for city employees except for department heads whose See BUDGET Page 3A 2 early candidates draw no opponents in city races Swint Burt face opposition in CISD races By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writers Voters will have a choice May 15 in both county school board trustee races Cindy Kelly and Klaus Weiswurm have challenged Comal Independent School Dis trict incumbents Charles Burt District 6 and m Swint Dis District 7 represents the Gar den Wdge and Solms areas in dudJjTgCnmaJ Pigmentary Most students in this area attend Smithson VaUey High School District 6 Includes the area along 281 North in Bexar s ami Comal counties including Rahe Primary Bulverde Ele mentary and Speeht Elementary Most students In this area attend Canyon High School In District 7 a new high school in the Canyon Lake area will be built soon to ease overcrowding atSVHS District 6 is one of the fastest growing areas in the county Specht Elementary was buiit in 2001 to ease overcrowding and will be at capacity next year Trustees alsDwiJl be faced wi tli a budget crunch as the districts property values continue to lim it its state f Kelly a Speeht Elementary par ent is a medical technologist for the Health Science Center in San Antonio Wieswuriris four children have attended CISD schools He is president and CEO of instru ments TecrmologyMajdiinerym Schertz By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Only two candidates filed for the city council election before the filing deadline end ed Monday District 1 Councilwoman Sonia Munoz GUl ajnd Beth Sokolyk who filed in February for District 2 Councilman Larry Alexan ders seat Alexander has served the limit of two terms and is restricted from running again Munoz ran unopposed for District 1 three years ago City Secretary Michael Resendez said writein can didates have until March 22 to file If there are no other candi dates JU have the right to can cel the election for both dis Resendez said If a See ILICTION Page 3A
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