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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY APRIL 29 2004 ZEITUNG SPORTS LIADERSHIP Two Canyon High School seniors hope to lead softball team to playoff wins Pages SA SAVE j WestPoint Stevens factory outlet blowout sale offers an extra 10 percent off Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 163 No 146 12 pages 2 sections CLICK 5O0 0 chance of showers High Low 80 64 Details18 DEAR ABBY 3B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 3B ty approves m drug task f By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It could become a little hard er for gang members and drug dealers to do business in New Braunfels next year Monday night city council unanimously gave preliminary approval to spending to hire and equip two new police officer positions in 2005 Each year afterward the posi tions would cost Chief of Police Russell John son and Sheriff Bob Holder are discussing using the two posi tions to beef up the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force which both agen cies operate Currently NBPD has one detective assigned to the task force and the sheriffs office has three detectives and a secretary assigned Johnson said the larger task force would target gangs and burglaries in addition to drug dealers There are things Ive want ed to do in this city that dealt with other issues but all relate back to Johnson said It seems like if youre involved in narcotics youre involved in other crime as Johnson said he and Holder talked of forming a unit that would deal with drugs gangs and burglaries together Holder said what developed would depend upon the city See CITY Page 3A FRONT and CENTER DAVID Todd apd Robin Cox play with toy cars with their son Gore in his bedroom was born 10 weeks premature and weighed just 3 pounds and 2 ounces One of every eight babies born is premature WALK AMERICA 5K Information regarding the event Date Saturday I location Unda Park picnic site No 11 I Time Registration begins at 8 am The begins at I You Should Know The walk will include a picnic lunch and award I Information Call Laurie Bauman 830 885 ABOUT THE RACE I 200 participants in last years March of Dimes annual 5K walk or run raised to help premature babies March of Dimes research helps premature babies This year 500 participants are expected to run and walk in New Braunfels and raise another The money goes to the March of Dimes the goal of which is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant death Anyone can participate as a team or individual By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Gore was born 10 weeks premature to Robin and Todd Cox of New Braunfels Seven years later the Cox fam ily rejoices in physical and mental health and ability thanks in part to the March of Dimes He was supposed to be very Robin Cox said Were just lucky He turned out In October 1996 Gore was bom weighing 3 pounds and 2 ounces One of the most important reasons for research on prema ture birth is so physicians can determine how to prevent it Robin said One of every eight babies is born premature according to the March of Dimes but doctors dont under stand why half of these prema ture births happen Robin was ing regularly staying away from caffeine and alcohol and boost ing her folic acid intake Even though Robin did every thing she was told to do to have a healthy baby still was pre mature More than likely doc tors say her next child would be premature even earlier than There is absolutely no reason for why I had a premature Robin said was born quickly just 15 minutes after Robin arrived at the hospital was bom face down and full of bruises with the umbili cal cord wrapped around his See FAMILY Page 3A Fire chief NBFD will honor current agreement EMS services to still be provided in Guadalupe County By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels Fire Chief John Herber said NBFD would continue providing EMS services to Guadalupe County resi dents living just across the county line at least until that contract expires Sept 30 Guadalupe County has had a joint agreement with Seguin and Schertz to provide EMS services in the countys unincorporated areas since 2001 New Braunfels and Hays County also provide EMS services in Guadalupe County as part of the joint agreement Under our current agreement with Schertz we cover an area in Guadalupe County that includes all of Zipp Road out FM 758 past the airport Southbank and Lake Herber said We do not however respond to emergency calls in Geronimo although we provide mutual aid to the Geronimo Vol unteer Fire Depart ment Residents in South Bank Lake Dunlap and other areas we cover in Guadalupe County will see no change in EMS services until we negoti ate a new agreement with Her ber said Guadalupe County Commissioners voted Tuesday to negotiate a new three year contract with Schertz Herber said he expected Schertz to work with NBFD Seguin and Hays Coun ty to keep the current service intact after Sept 30 Dudley Wait Schertz EMS director said Tuesdays decision by Guadalupe County commissioners would require negotiations They voted to give Schertz the new he said But now well have to sit down with the commissioners and negotiate certain details in the con tract And at some point well also get together with Seguin New Braunfels and Hays County and see if we can con tinue the coalition weve had the past three John Herber Casteel discusses school finance reform with education officials ByUighJonw Slaff Writer AUSTIN State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels took time away from special session wrangling Tuesday to rneet with from District 73 to easier to We need a plan that more than six people in fee stete can she said School finanrg is a nightmare IF District tendent Nancy Fuller and New Braunfels 1SD Siipfrrinrpndf nr Ron foam as weU as superin tendents from Boerae Comfort Harper and Utopia made the trip here to share their thoughts on various finance reform proposals Robin Hood system nest year QSD will have to pay back roughly mjJJion Fuller said with 628 new students anticipated next year her districts budget is still in the red Im concerned that were already behind and will stay that way under all these she said Thats without any staff Not only is Fuller having trouble including raises in next years budget but she also is reduc ing administrative positions to avoid cutting services to children VVhen you have mote lads money you toinstructor ratio is lower than the state I am very concerned about losing local con trol of property Reaves said If the state takes all the money it takes away control from the board of trustees to raise more Reaves encouraged Casteel to look for three elements when making a choice on schcui fund ing equity adequacy and capacity VWe need to have an equitable financial system far all schools adequacy of money we can rely on for sufficient funds and the capacity to generate new funds when we need he said Although the recent school finance reform Sea
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