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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas W V WEDNESDAY APRIL H T71 A T 1IJQKALls LIFE WALK FOR HOPE American Cancer Society hosts annual Relay for Life fundraiser event this weekend organizers hope for record turnout IB FORUM GUEST COLUMN Writer tells Janet Jackson if she wants to put on a show float the rivers because breasts arent censored Page Vol 153 No 139 14 pages 2 sections CK WWW 20 rain chance High Low 85 64 Details1B DEARABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 4B f NBPD arrests 3 middle school educators Jana Harter Lisa Harter Kimberly Hoyt By Ron Maloney Staff Writer a New Braunfels Middle School assis tant principal and two were arrested carry Monday after an auto accident involving an off duty police officer Arrested were Jana Lynne Harter 46 of Canyon Lake was booked for alleged driving while intoxicated second offense after allegedly refusing to take a breath test Harter teaches at NBMS She posted bail and was released from custody Lisa Kaye Harter 41 of Canyon Lake booked for alleged public intoxication She posted bail and was released from custody She is an assistant prin cipal at NBMS Kimberly Ann Hoyt 49 of Canyon Lake booked for alleged public intoxication and resist ing arrest search or transport A teacher at NBMS she posted bail and was released Abraham Jentsch 43 of New Braunfels arrested for See EDUCATORS Page 6A FnoiMTand CENTER DAVID Terry Adams takes notes on items that need attention while lifeguard supervisors test the rides before Schlitterbahn opens for its 25th season this weekend Adams worked her way up from selling Tshirts to her current position as the waterparks director FROM THE GROUND UP As waterpark marks 25 years Adams was there for each SCHLITTERBAHN OPERATING HOURS April 24 through May 16 entire park open Saturday and Sunday May 17 through May 21 Surfenburg and Blastenhoff sec tions open at reduced rates I May 22 through Aug 16 entire park open daily I Aug 16 through Aug 20 Surfen burg and Blastenhoff sec tions open at reduced rates I Aug 21 through Sept 18 entire park open Saturday Sunday and Labor Pay I Park opens daily at 10 closing time varies from 6 to 8 Call park for specific hours com I New water park to open in PAOE6A By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer The summer before Schlitterbahn opened with four water slides in 1979 park and resort director Terri Adams then 15 started working at the resort selling Tshirts Its been quite a Adams said recently of her 25year tenure at the park This year the internationally famous waterpark quietly celebrates its 25th anniversary It will not unveil a new attraction this year but it will offer special rates to locals for the first part of the season as a way of saying thanks In 1979 Schlitterbahn built four slides around a 60feettall replica of the Braunfels Germany Solms Cas tle guard tower It was quieter back then a little Adams said The park started on the grounds of the 120room Landa Resort About people visited the park which employed about 20 life guards Adams loved the atmosphere I just kept corning back summer after Adams said When it came time for Adams See Page 6A NBISD hesitates on tax year vote By Leigh Jones Staff Writer For the third time New Braun fels Independent School District Board of Trustees delayed mak ing a decision on changing the districts tax year Currently the district levies taxes in June and collects in July The proposed change would send out bills in October and collect in January Because residents would be taxed on current years property appraisals the district expects to increase revenue by Concerns over budget items rather than the tax issue became the sticking point for several members Tuesday night The point is not to drag the decision out but to come up with budget numbers we can live said trustee Ed Clark We need to know we have done everything we can to keep from cutting teachers jobs and class room The budget must be approved before the board adopts a tax rate The districts fiscal year begins in July and the board hopes to have the budget final ized by the end of May If the district changed its tax year to begin in January it would start the school year with only million on hand The pro posed budget is million Clark is worried the district might encounter cash flow prob lems before January when the bulk of the tax money would come in My concern is that we have enough funds to make it into Jan uary without having to make a loan in to payroll or to cover any other contingencies we might he said Facing a possible million deficit in the 200405 school year the district hired John Wilson and Associates a financial consulting firm to recommend budget cuts Anticipated increased tax rev enue would only cover half that amount See TAX Page 3A Former county fair official arrested on theft charges By Ron MoJoiwy Staff Writer former offioal with the Comal County Fair Association was arrested and booked fear allied misuse of the organizations credit card in early 2003 ipe County Sheriff Smith 46 was arrested Mon day morning at her home in Seguin on a Comal County warrant alleging she stole appmrimareiy through misuse of the fair assoriatioris MasterCard A Coraal County Grand Jury indicted Smith this past Wednesday If proved the offense is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jaUaiid a fine was released from custody Zwickesaid Fair Association officers including former president Ronnie Meyer declined to comment Tuesday night cit ing the criming case pending against Smith who was the associations executive assis tant until she resigiied May 22 2003 Braunfels police making a number of theft allegations against Smith The case was assigned to detective Bob Parchman who gangrelated activ ity and property crimes Parchman said the investi gation was hampered by stop py recordkeeping at the fair association and possibly
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