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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY MARCH SOT mum con SPORTS NOHITTER New Braunfels Unicorns pitcher Brad Bevil throws a nohitter in the district open er against Bastrop Page 8A LIFE NOT GOLDEN The Wizard of Oz production stands to lose lots of money if ticket sales dont pick up dramatically Page IB Serving New Braunfels and Comaf County since 1852 Vat 163 No 109 14 pages 2 sections CK j i Partly cloudy High Low 81 55 Details2B DEAR ABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 68A 46 Parker says Zamora violated election law Cristina Zamora Greg Parker From Staff Reports Republican Greg Parker fired the first salvo of the November general election Tuesday alleging Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamoras primary campaign broke the law Parker said he believed Zamoras Democrat primary campaign Intimidated voters Provided prohibited assistance Marked ballots other than as a voter directed and Didnt provide voters with information required under the election code The charges which pertain to mailin ballots are similar to allegations Ramon Chapa Jr raised during and after the primary Zamora beat Chapa 633 votes percent to 493 a differ ence of 140 votes Chapa claimed impropri eties in the Zamora cam paigns handling of mailin absentee ballots and said he would ask authorities to investigate At his news conference Tuesday on the courthouse steps Parker said 140 mailin ballots that supported Zamo ra were all filled out by the same person which by itself is not a crime officials say Zamoras husband Nayo said she was not available for comment Tuesday night Parker went to New Braun fels police who investigated some of the allegations and See ELECTION Page 5A CISD might cut 36 employees to save By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer Comal Independent School District officials could elimi nate 36 positions after hiring too many employees during the past five years The district began Tuesday to analyze the effectiveness of its auxiliary personnel which include custodians maintenance workers food service staff bus drivers sec retaries and clerks I want this to be a bench mark said Superintendent Nancy it dpesnt mean we have to come in and fire abunch of people because of the budget we The district could save by cutting the jobs but the district doesnt nec essarijy need the money immediately Fuller said The district spends about million more on auxil iary staff than the state aver age according to a study released Monday by Gibson Consulting Group In 200203 fiscal year there were 19 students to every one auxiliary staff member while the state average is 27tol CISD has 182 more aux iliary posi tions than the state average Nancy Fuller according to Gibson Fuller decided to conduct the study after the Texas Education Agency reported the district had hired employeestosTer tharf student growth CISD auxiliary staff grew 36 percent from 1998 to 2003 while enrollment grew 11 percent Gibson partly attributes the high number of auxiliary employees to an over reporting of fulltime auxil iary personnel Some parttime employees have beeryniscoded in CISD records as fulltime employ ees I was relieved to find that Fuller said Because the information can be corrected See Page 5A FRONTand CENTER DAVID Clinton Dietert 49 looks out over his farm land behind the WalMart Distribution Center Dietert says he feels that in 15 to 20 years farming in the area will be a thing of the past BUYING THE FARM 1 With annexation looming farmers fear losing their way of life By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Clinton Dietert a fifthgenera tion resident knew he would spend his life forming but doubts another generation will continue the heritage Dieterts greatgreatgrandfa ther settled in Gualle in Guadalupe County in the 1800s There are more Dieterts in Comal County than anywhere in the United Dietert said His greatgrandfather Julius Dietert eventually bequeathed land to his children including Paul Dietert Clintons grandfa ther My father Leon Dietert in 1946 bought about 150 acres of farm land near Zorn about three miles northeast of New Braun Dietert said I knew I was going to be a farmer and I never wanted to do anything Like other area fanners Dietert grows corn milo and wheat And some he said The majority of farm land in Comal County surrounds the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Marvin Westmeyer who farms several hundred acres northwest of the airport said the federal gov ernment bought property near the airport in 1942 They offered people an acre and said take it or leave Westmeyer said They wanted See FARMING Page 3A First in a series on local farmers and the effects city annexation will have on rural lifestyles Tracking the news MANSLAUGHTER CASE LAST We KNEW Joseph Mitchell Conrad 49 pleaded guilty in to manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in the July U 2003 accident in which Matthew Cobble 1 ef Fort Worth died UTE5T Conrad will be sen tenced at 1 today by 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel NEXT Cobbles parents Matthew and Amy are expected to testify faces up 14 years in state Prince Settlement was plot to create German state By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer SachsenAltenburg who presented his research to about 200 Daugh ters of the Republic ofTexas guests Von SachsenAltenburg is a member of one of the oldest fami The contents of a small tin can could have changed the political face of Mexican Texan and boundaries before spies allegedly Ues in European history and has found the military materials wmten extensively on us intended for Prince Carl Solms immigration of Germans Braunfels in 1844 research from German ans Word of a plot to build a Ger teeratic fcmtty records has a dif man military presence and estab ferent perspective from Texas nis Ush a Germaii state from Texas to tojy books written from a colonial Pf uice Hans von lec tures on German immigration to Texas Arizona hastened the effort to annex Texas and quashed a potential cokmkation by German aristocracy and Mexican leaders to block expansion Saturday evening at tfis New BraunfeJs So goes the theories of writer Presbyterian Ctwch perspective In German aristocrats founded an association dedicated to the colonization ofTexas These families included names like BraunfeK Anhalt and Castefi They and archedogist Prince Hans von had constant contact with Eng lands Queen Victoria with whom many were related The crown backed the coloniza tion Blocking expansion west could have led to English occupa tion of California then North ern Mexica It was an extreme insider von SachsenAltenburg said It was from the letters and archives of these families that von SachsenAltenburg based much of bjs research Hae group immediately scouted the land and even negotiated with Texas President Sara Houston for a Sea MTTUMIMT Page 5 A fftYJ KRAFT tmmumcatians Specialists   

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