Thursday, April 8, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY APRIL 8 2004 RALD PWJ TX 7990 Jlmil LU ill II AJJJ1JL ONSLAUQH Canyon Cougars baseball team pounds Del Valle 200 in dis trict game scoring 16 runs in first inning alone Page IB FORUM MOLLY IVINS Columnist says its time to declare victory and get out of I Iraq rather than just muddle j along indefinitely Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 128 12 pages 2 sections CLICK I Mostly sunny High Low DEAR ABBY CLASSIFI COMICS 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES iA SPORTS MA TV GRIDS It Murderer caught with gun gets 60 years By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 37yearold New Braun fels man once sentenced to 45 years for bludgeoning a Mend to death is going back to prison for threatening a local family with a gun A jury of nine yvomen and three men deliberated about 15 minutes before convicting James Edward McGruder of illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and then deliberated an hour before sentencing him to 60 years in state prison McGruder will have to serve at least 15 years of his sentence less time off for good behav ior before he is eligible for parole Because of his three previous felony two for burglary and one for murder he faced 25 to 99 years in prison The verdict and sentence came after a oneday trial before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison in which prosecutor Ed Jendrzey revealed McGruder was con victed in 1987 for killing a friend with a barbell weight Members of a New Braun fels family he threatened with a 45caliber automatic pistol asked jurors for a light sen tence See MIIRDIRM Page 3A FRONTand CENTER DAVID Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School sixthgrader Thomas Anderson portrays Jesus Christ during the Living Stations of the Cross performed by students at the church Wednesday afternoon Deals stave off annexation for local farmers By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Plan ning Commission gave farmers and state lawmak ers 30 days to draft nonde velopment agreements to protect airport areas from residential development without annexing it The commissions decision was a response to state Rep Carter Casteels town meet ing Monday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Dur ing the meeting Casteel and representatives from the Texas Farm Bureau suggest ed alternatives to annexa tion including nondevelop ment agreements between the city and landowners The commission was scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday to recommend annexing acres includ ing acres adjacent to the airport most of which belong to generations of farming families Local farmer Curtis Tim mermann asked the com mission to postpone its rec ommendation Theres no advantage to us and theres no advantage to the he said I under stand the citys concern about residential development around the airport but Rep Casteel said there is the pos sibility of drafting some kind of agreement that would sat isfy the city So Id like to ask you to postpone annexing the areas adjacent to the air port for 30 days so we can meet with Rep See FARMERS Page 3A SOLEMN OCCASION Churches set special services to observe Easter By Leigh Jones Staff Writer This weekend is Easter the three days in the Christian calendar when the death and resurrection of Jesus are observed Churches all over the city will hold spe cial services open to everyone We have the church open for prayer on Good Friday from noon to 3 during the hours of the said the Rev Daryl Higgins pastor of First Protestant Church Children have come to love Easter because of chocolate bunnies and bright ly colored eggs but First Protestant wants mem to understand the meaning behind the holiday Vyeve been doing an Easter egg hunt for several Higgins said The egg symbolizes the tomb and the baby chick en represents resurrection or new Fifst United Methodist Church will start the weekend with a service of dark ness At 8 Good Friday the three church choirs will sing Song of the Shad The Tenebrae service will begin See IA9TIR Page 3A EASTER SERVICES FIRST PROTESTANT Sunrise service 7 Mo and Jo Schwabs ranch Sunday services 8 am Easter pageant Sunday Easter egg hunt 10 Sunday FIRST UNITED METHODIST Tenebrae service Sjjm Friday Sunrise service 6 Landa Haus Landa Park Sunday services 8 and 11 STS PETER AND PAUL Stations of the Cross 1 2 7 Friday 5 Sat urday Liturgical service 3 Saturday Sunday services TREE OF LIFE Drama portraying crucifixion 6 to 10 Friday and Saturday Sunrise service 7 Sunday Sunday services 9 and 11 NBISD set to begin new principal search By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School District officials will begin next week the process of hiring a new high school principal Last week Midland ISD announced New Braunfels High School Principal Rickey Williams would take over as Midland High School prin cipal The MISD board will approve Williams appoint ment April 13 MISD Super intendent Robert Nicks said NBISD officials will adver tise for the position before the Easter break and expect applications to come in dur ing the next sev e r a 1 we eks The posi tion will be posted on the districts Web site and pos sibly the Texas Education Agency regional Web site Officials hope to have a principal named by late May NBISD Spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson said July would be too late because principals like to See PRINCIPAL Page 3A Rickey Williams New Braunfelsers urged to help Piedras Negras flood victims By Leigh Staff Writer The scars left in New Braun fels from the 1998 and 2002 floods are still visible and it not take much to remind residents of the devastation several inches of rain can cause Sunday night and Monday morning residents of Piedras Negras Mexico just across the border from Eagle Pass expe rienced their own disaster wjien heavy rainfaJ rauwri fee Escondido River to rise 25 feet At least 33 people are con firmed dead The Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce has appealed to chambers throughout Texas for help Michael Meek New Braunfels chamber president said this community should feel a special sympathy for its southern neighbors VNfere fortunate in our afflu ence here that enables us to help he said They are not so fortunate in Piedras Negras They need help now before and until Mexican government aid can kick Supplies needed include cleaning supplies personal hygiene items blankets mos quito repellent overthe counter antibiotic ointment and canned goods Babyrelat ed items such as formula and disposable diapers are also requested Theo Escovedo Eagle Pass chamber secretary is moved by the desolation just across the river My husband personally took two boxes she said i This big man who received I them was so thankful he start i ed to cry He didnt know what I else to 1 She said Mexican authori j ties were preventing clothing i from coming across the bor j der but that might change in a fewdays j She continues to hear sto ries of the suffering in Piedras i Negras that break her heart i Its real she said Its not j something someone made up j DONATE ITEMS Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce 400 Garrison St Eagle Pass 78852 DONATE MONEY iBCBank Account 6001059632 routing number 114902628 in a movie MILLER Check us out on the web at 186 8 CuMI Ave Downtown New Braunfels