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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas MAY RUM Serving New Braunfels and Comal Cpunty since 1852 DOWN NOT OUT Smithson Valley drops game 31 against firstranked Corpus Christ Moody teams square off again today in Corpus Pago SA THE END Jubilant gradutes close the book on high school LETTERS Readers urge people to honor fallen heroes on Memorial Day thank officers for helping brokedown motorist Pago 4A Vol 163 No 171 16 pages 2 sections CK I www Partly cloudy High Low 98 72 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 346 COMICS 2B FORUM 4A OBfTUARIES 3A SPORTS 67A TVORIDS 3B Senior Shawn Magargee lifts NBISD School Board Trustee Penelope Biggadike off the ground in a bear hug after receiving his diploma Thursday night at Strahan Coliseum By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Salutatorian Amber Laird told the New Braunfels High School class of 2004 to smile Life is eas ier when you And so they did all 457 of them as they tossed their mortarboards into the air Thursday night at Strahan coliseum in San Marcos But the night wasnt without the usual graduation jitters Parents with cameras hoped to capture that one special moment Graduates smiled nervously and waved at friends and family Administrative officials checked gowns for hidden beach balls pri or to the ceremony Amberly Medina Bethany Perez and Amanda Medrano fid geted prior to the ceremony checking their graduation gowns fixing each others hair The three girls said theyve been friends all through school And well remain friends for a long long Medina said High school was a great experi ence It was dramatic but we learned a lot of good lessons like trust and Dorothy Urban sat quietly in the bleachers prior to the cere mony She had come all the way from Alabama to watch her grand daughter Missy Greenhalgh graduate She wants to go to Abilene Christian University after gradu said Debbie Greenhalgh Missys mother David McDonald of Ohio was there to watch his son Matthew Photos by DAVID graduate Above Cap and diploma in hand senior John Bishop celebrates as graduation for the He wants to eo to community New H9n School Class of 2004 comes to an end Thursday night at Strahan colleee in Austin after erarlua Coliseum Below left Ashley Aguirre left Casey Aguirre and Lisa Alanis sing the New tion McDonald said Braunfels High School Alma Mater for the last time Below right Senior Brooks Wilson lets his cap express his feelings on graduation Jury to decide if Hernandez killed for gang By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The homicide case against John Hernandez will go to the jury this morning in 207th Judicial District Court Attorney Glen Peterson ended his defense of Hernan dez Thursday with testimony from Rodolfo Gomez a for mer jail inmate who told jurors a codefendant Santia go Crazy Jimmy Suarez had said he committed the crime himself Hernandez 32 stands charged with organized crim inal murder in the April 28 2002 stabbing death of Pablo Esquivel If convicted Her nandez faces between five and 99 years in state prison Suarez has not yet been tried in connection with the crime He remains in protec tive custody in the Comal County Jail Gomez 40 testified he was in H Block of Comal County Jail in February 2003 because his bond was revoked in a drug case Suarez he said was in pro tective custody in G Block directly across the hallway In testimony under Peter sons questioning Gomez said Suarez who told detectives he and his codefendants were Mexican Mafia members admitted to knifing Esquivel See TRIAL Page 8A new advice on insurance dictorian Leslie Schwind urged graduating seniors to do what you love look for your talents and Christine Huddleston who gave the farewell address said New Braunfels would always be your home This is the last time well be together so always remember the See GRADUATION Page 8A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees have directed admin istrators to seek additional advice on insurance policies from local consultant Frank Witting The districts current con sultant Neal Welch of Hous ton is in the process of mak ing recommendations to get the districts selffunded health insurance plan out of its projected million deficit for 200405 Witting told trustees the dis tricts 40 percent increase in claims and spiraling deficit should have been managed better With 800 employees your losses should be he said With a selffunded insur ance plan premiums are col lected in afund that pays claims During a year with higherthanaverage claims the fund can dip into the red Trustee Lee Edwards said two bad years did not neces sarily indicate that losses would continue See INSURANCE Page 8A HiaWDt FHJLOW8HJP Pastor Dave McCall Denomination Evangelical free Church of America AttendancB 260 9 Meeting time Sunday location BiH Brown Elementary Phone number 830 9803994 Web site hillside Worship style Blended Mission state ment We exist to glorify God by encouraging all to enter into a per sonal maturing relationship with Jesus Christ and to equip each to serve and reach others for Him Hillsides small groups part of something much larger By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Hillside Fellowship is about activity not passivity I constantly challenge the congrega tion to be the body of Christ and not just do said Pastor Dave McCall McCall said the distinction between actively meeting others needs versus simply attending a church service is important as the church prepares to break ground on its first building Hillside Fellowship began 10 years ago as Smithson Valley Evangelical Free Church It was founded by Wayside Chapel in San Antonio The congregation met in local schools until it was able to acquire 15 acres 3 miles north of Texas 46 on 281 Were in the middle of a giving cam McCall Weve hired an architect and engineers We looking for ward to being in our own McCall said the plan was to break ground at the first of next year but the buildings timeline was not as important as its contents The word church is associated with a building but the church is the McCall congregation is begin ning to see and Jive The primary vehicle for ministry at Hillside Fellowship is small groups of 20 to 24 people who meet in homes where the setting is conducive to more person al sharing McCall said the groups motivation was to encourage the congregation to meet each others needs As church growth mushrooms who gives out care McCall asked Without small groups it falls to the staff but staff cant meet all the needs Small group ministry is the lifeblood of the Nita McCarty has learned that concept white working on the churchs vacation Bible school See CHIIBCIi Page 8A BMAD Pastor Dave McCall stands next to the sign designed by one of the church members announcing the future home of the Hillside Fellowship BLUE BON NET it A I U
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