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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                THE SUNDAY MAY LIFE SUPPORT Word has different meanings for mothers with children over seas serving their country in the war in Iraq 1C SPORTS SHOWDOWN Local playoff action contin ues with Pee Wee Major and Minor league champi onships Page IB Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 173 30 pages 4 sections CLICK WWW ightchance of rain High 93 Details Low 74 3B DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS 6C 16 4C 4C 4A 3A IB TV GRIDS B8C The climb to the future is long but it will be a satisfying journey Enjoy your CHS 2004 Salutatorian SAMANTHA JOHN Oh happy day Photos by DAVID Canyon High School senior Mike Rowe gestures to his fellow graduates as he walks across the stage to receive his diploma Saturday morning at Strahan Coliseum Intense buildup worth the wait for 2004 Canyon High graduates By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Today we take off the train ing With those words Jarrett Dziuk Canyon High School 2004 valedictorian welcomed his fellow classmates into adult hood Before commencement began seniors clustered in hallways helping each other with caps and gowns Charles Verner said he had practical matters on his mind when he woke up graduation morning The first thing I thought was Where are my black pants he said Mary Claire Bradshaw said the buildup to graduation was intense Weve been in school so she said Brandy Meyer held a dis posable camera in one hand as she helped her boyfriend Zach Flores adjust his collar Im so she said Im going to Texas in the Flores who is headed to the See QUADS Page 10A Parks Johnson gives the thumbs up to his family before tak ing his seat at the start of the graduation ceremony for the Canyon High School class of 2004 City wonders if it can afford senior tax break By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As more cities across the state opt to freeze property taxes for people 65 and over some New Braunfels senior citizens wonder when city council will do the same In September 2003 state voters approved Proposition 13 a measure allowing local governments the option of freezing property taxes for those 65 and older and the disabled According to the Texas Municipal League about 20 to 30 cities around Dallas approved the measure immediately after it went into effect on Jan 1 And some cities around San Antonio have approved the measure including Selma City Manager Chuck Pinto said Windcrest residents will vote on the measure in Sep tember Cities across the state are watching Windcrest because a large proportion of its pop ulation are people 65 and he said IfWindcrest voters approve the measure itll make a Proposition 13 also allows counties and junior college districts to establish an ad valorem freeze for people who are 65 and older and the disabled The measure was intended to give elderly and disabled See TAXES Page 3A Annexation plan still includes farms By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Com mission will send its final recommen dation for annexation to city council Tuesday including unincorporated areas adjacent to the municipal airport Frank Robbins director of planning and community development said Fri day he has reviewed a nonannexation agreement drafted by lawyers for landowners near the airport He claims it didnt solve the fundamental dough nut problem creating unincorpo rated holes inside the city limits Consequently I think we should pass this on to council and see if they See ANNEXATION Page 3A Frank Robbins AT A GLANCE What New Braunfels Plan ning Commission When Tuesday Where Muni cipal Building 424 Castell Ave Wellbehaved crowd presents few parking problems By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Summers first big weekend kicked into gear Saturday with reports of no uncommon parking problems in city neighborhoods Repeated trips into the Frank Cano right walks down South Union Avenue Satur day afternoon with his family am friands to their car at Prince Soims Part terhahn Saturday revealed the vast majority of vehicles along Liberty Avenue and the con nector streets to Union Avenue were legally parked not blocking driveways or yel low stried curbs In a few instances where they were not police officers were seen writing citations Tow trucks were also seen in the area Frank Cano of Dallas didnt get a citation Saturday he paid to park in Prince Solms Park But the walk back during the evening schlepping his wheeled beer cooler was a drag he said Its hot he exclaimed He would have liked to have parked closer to the Comals last public exit but there was no place If parkings allowed we do but theres a lot of places you Cano said If you park in these neighborhoods some people in the houses get on By and large though Cano said the locals were friendly He should know he makes the trip to New Braunfels reg ularly We come at least three times a Cano said While river revelers kepj emergency medical busy law enforcement offi cials reported the crowds were largely wellbehaved Comal County Sheriffs Lt Mark Reynolds reported the largest crowd believed to have been on the river since the 2002 flood Theres a big crowd out See MViR Page 3A TUNNELL INSURANCE HOME AUTO   

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