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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                Ut 2004 SPORTS PLAYOFF BOUND Smithson Valley girls clinch play off berth by beating Harlandale 43 Canyon boys upset Dripping 5A SAVINGS COUPONS Save a total of with coupons for Jackson Hewitt and the New Braunfels Model Railroad Society Inside ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 CL 133 14 pages 2 sections CK wvwr DEAR ABBY 48 Mostly sunny High Low 76 SI Details 2B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3ft FORUM 4A OBffiJARIES 3A SPORTS 64A TV GRIDS 4ft UPDATES Tracking the news BANK ROBBERY LAM WB KIMWI An unknown man the Wells Fargo bank branch at WalMart Latest Police released this security camera photo of him Tuesday Nmrti Anyone with information can call 6082185 or Comal County Crime Stoppers at 830 6208477 or 1800 6408422 City wants river ban on bongs By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members agreed Tuesday to draft an ordinance banning beer bongs on the rivers even though cities lack authority to regulate alcohol District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine has pressed council for months to do some thing about beer bongs long tubes connected to funnels from which people drink alcohol they present a bad image and they dis courage families from using the he said Valentine asked council Tuesday to draft an ordinance allowing the con sumption of beverages from only original and factory This is not the image we want to pro Valentine said showing photos of young adults using beer bongs See BIER Page 2A Ken Valentine Office was too taxing on NBISD budget By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer New Braunfels school district will save nextyear by closing its tax office Tuesday New Braunfels Independent School District trustees voted 6 to 0 with Rob Johnson abstaining to close the office The City of New Braunfels paid and NBISD chipped in to run the tax office City council decided recent ly to use Comal Counjty to collect its tax es leaving NBISD to fund the operation entirely After closing the office NBISD will pay the county per year to collect See TAX Page 2A COMMISSIONER PCT 1 Jack Bob DAWSON WICKMAN FRONT and CENTER COURTATLAW 2 JUDGE Charles STEPHENS Randy GRAY 868 PCT 4 CONSTABLE Doug DUNLAP Shane RAPP 595 670 Runoff Thats a Rapp DAVID Shane Rapp receives a congratulatory hug from his mother Norma Keeton after being declared the winner in the Precinct 4 Constable race Tuesday night Incumbent Dawson keeps seat 2004 of registered county voters 78 per cent cast ballots in the I That is more than eighttenths of votes cast March g I In the 2002 Republican pri mary runoffs turnout was about one third that of the primary By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson will serve a third term on commissioners court In the primary runoff Tues day Dawson who pulled votes percent of votes cast in Precinct 1 defeated challenger Bob Wickman who got 868 votes Dawsons win is tanta mount to winning the gener DAWSON percent DUNLAP 868 42 percent al election because hes unop posed in November A county commissioner represents onefourth of the countys residents on com missioners court the coun tys governing body Dawson said he appreci ated voters support par ticularly those in New Braun fels who helped him offset Wickmaris strong showing in the Canyon Lake area I got nearly 58 percent of the vote which is the best Ive ever done in three terms and two Dawson said Im proud of my sup porters and thankful they put me back in office Theyre smart enough to know what they have know what they want and like what they have which is the best coun ty government in Texas And Im proud to be a part of See DAWSON Page 3A Lessexperienced challenger edges veteran for Pet 4 constable position By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Precinct 4 voters chose Shane Rapp over his more experienced opponent Doug Dunlap for constable in Tues days runoff The two squared off to determine who would replace Constable Ben Scroggin whose district was recently RAPP redrawn 670J53 percent Scroggin DUNLAP ran unop 595 47 percent posed in Precinct 1 and supported Rapp who has worked for Scroggin as deputy constable since January 2003 In January 2005 all four constables will be working together as a cohesive team in support of county Scroggin said Scroggin said that in the past county constables had worked independently but that he had commitments from the elected constables that when they take office Jan 1 2005 they would end that division Rapp was the final piece of that plan Im very Rapp said Its After the results came in Rapp and Scroggin could not stop embracing and laughing with joy Scroggin Sheriff Bob Holder and defeated primary candi date Alan Svoboda all backed Rapp See RAFF Page 3A Stephens comes from behind to win By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Coma County voters affirmed Tues day the appointment of Judge Charles Stephens electing him to a fouryear term on the County CourtatLaw 2 bench Stephens who practiced law in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake before commissioners appointed him in Sep tember to start the countys second courtatlaw defeated New Braunfels attorney Randy Gray votes percent to For Stephens election night was a comefroniDehind fight He overcame the challengers lead in early voting and STEPHENS New Braunfels pgcgifl precincts with wins in GRAY Canyon Lake and 46 percent elsewhere in the county Trie race pkyed out similar to the pri mary election one month ago in which Stephens fell short of the votes he need ed to avoid a runoff We knew it would be a little rough at the Stephens said We just had to hold Stephens thanked hjs wife campaign workers and volunteers We called people we had a hundred people doing it aiid thats See fWHIMfc 3A i volunteer Howard Freeman left and County CoyrtafcUw judge candidate Randy Gray get in a little last minute campaigning Tuesday afternoon at the Comal County Senior Citizen New TOM   

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