Tuesday, April 27, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ZEITUNG SPORTS TOP TEN As the school year draws to a close the top 10 sports stories male and female athletes are profiled Pages SA FORUM LETTERS Readers respond to letters regarding vegetarianism versus right to eat meat recent col umn by Woodall Pago 12 pages 2 sections CK I WWW 8 tly I cloudy High Low 79 58 Details1B DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV6RIDS 6A Kearnses plead gmlty in child custody case By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The grandparents of a New Braunfels boy missing since October 2002 in a child custody case pleaded guilty Monday to hdpingAeirclaughterhidehini Judge JackRobison accepted guilty pleas from Margaret and Edward Keams in plea bargains reached between defense attor ney RonZipp andAssistant Dis trict Attorney Ed Jendrzey in 207th Judicial District Court Robison will sentence the couple June 7 Edward Kearns 71 pleaded guilty to two charges of hin dering the apprehension 6f a felon for his part in enabling his daughter Suzanne DeWalt to escape authorities with his grandson Jeremy at the con clusion of a custody trial and stay on the run since On the first allegation a class A misdemeanor Kearns would be sentenced to 180 days in county jail which he has more than served since his Oct arrest On the second charge a thirddegree felony Kearns would be placed on deferred adjudication probation for two years If he meets the terms of probation the charge would be removed from his record Margaret Kearns 68 dis appeared with DeWalt and the child at the conclusion of a twoweek custody trial without turning the boy over to his father Michael DeWalt as ordered by the court Suzanne DeWalt and the boy have not been seen since and their whereabouts are not known Margaret Kearns pleaded guilty to interfering with child See CASE Page 3A Parking issue gets nudge By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The tugofwar over parking between New Braunfels City Council and residents in riverside neighborhoods got a nudge Monday Mayor Adam Cork who has resisted expanding permitonly parking asked council to paint stripes to denote No Park ing zones in front of residential driveways in an area bounded by Union Avenue Mather Street South Street and South Cen tral Street Last week Cork asked for funds to hire a fulltime code enforcement officer who would enforce the No Parking zones Id like to hire someone Cork said I thinkit will offer some relief to those people in the neighborhoods that wanted permitonly Cork said a code enforcement officer would be a certified police officer with authority to write citations for parking lations I asked for a budget amendment of to fund the he said During the summer the officer will enforce parking in neighborhoods adja cent to the river but his other yearround duties would include enforcing city codes I think this will also give the police depart ment some relief during the See CITY Page 2A TAKS testing begins today By Leigh Staff Writer Parents may think their children exag gerate when they complain about having tests almost every day of the week but this week they would be telling the truth Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills TAKS testing begins today and runs through Thursday Attendance is very said Comal Independent School District pub lic information officer Kari Hutchison Makeup tests are only available in math and While there are no repercussions for individual students who may miss a test period the school districts suffer Each schools rating exemplary rec ognized acceptable or not is based ori its studentsperformance on TAKS Hutchison said although state fund ing is not directly related to TAKS results it would be affected after several years See TAKS Page 3A FRONT a n d CENTER Family uses loss to benefit others I DAVID Kelli Leffingwell holds her son Trenton 5 and a portrait of her and her latehusband Tony Looking on are Kellis parents Lonnie and Dorthy Curtis of New Braunfels A golf tournament in Tonys memory will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Tony Leffingwell Memorial Golf Tournament is May 14 By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Tony Leffingwell never gave up during his twoyear fight against leukemia So why should his widow Kelli Two years afterTony died thelbny Leffingwell Memo rial Golf Tournament has raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society She loved Tony so said Tonys father Hal I was just so proud of her for doing it Its a huge effort Ifs herway of fighting back afcthe r Tony Leffingwell was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 29 eight months after his son Trenton was born Chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant helped him recover until in August 2001 the leukemia Kelli and Tonys friends began talking about a gold tournament in his memory the day of the funeral Tony was an avid golfer He played on his high school golf team and attended college on a golf scholarship The tournament seemed like a perfect way to memorialize him My attitude is rather than being negative I wanted to use my energy for something Kelli said The Tony Leffingwell Foundation was created in 2002 The gotf tournament is the iroyorftjndraiser for Ihe year All net proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which is charged with finding a cure for blood related cancers and improving the quality of life of vic tims of these diseases Two tournaments to date have allowed the foundation to give Last years event was twice as success fid as the first year and Kelli hopes support will contin ue to Were driven by trying to find a cure for Kelli said Were on a missipn a difference in peoples lives We cant change the past but we feel like we can make a In August it will be three years since Tony Leffing well died father said deajing with the loss still is tough but he is proud of KeUi The golf tournament helps over shadows most of the feelings of loss And seeing Trenton Tony and Kellis fiveyearold son moves Hal Leffingwell Trenton hits the first ball to ceremonially start the golf tournament He was three years old when the first tournament was held but had a strong swing like his father Hal said Tony had to be there wrapped around his little arms for him to hit the ball so Hal said TONY LEFFINGWELL MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT CASINO NIGHT PARTY Information regarding the days events Date May 14 Location at Golf Club of Texas 13600 Briggs Ranch San Antonio Dayof registration begins at am Registration in advance is prefered Casino play opens at 7 and lasts until 10 Dayof registration begins at Information Call 210 6908801 site EVENT FEES Corporate golf and casino Corporate casino night Individual golf player 175 Individual casino night and dinner Commissioners view drawings of proposed conference facility By Run Maloney Staff Writer County commissioners have viewed drawings of what might become the new home for the largest county junior livestock show in Texas District Attorney Dib Waldrip who is active in the Comal County Junior Livestock Association pre sented drawings Thursday of a pavilion and conference facility eight times larg er than the New Braunfels Civic Center The associa tion hopes to break ground on the facility in spring 2005 to addition to the annual latewinter livestock shcav now conducted at the Comal County Fairgrounds the facility could be used for meetings ban quets car shows or other events The 20acre property located directly behind the countys rural recycling center and road depart ment off Texas 46 was purchased two years ago It will house a new home for the livestock association and the county Extension service office The livestock association has a 50year lease on about half of the land which has been designated as a county park Waldrip said preliminary esti mates put the facilitys cost at million or more Theres a lot of work you cant see going on behind the scenes but were heading in the direction of begin ning a fundraising he said See FACILITY Page 3A