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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY JUNE 4 2004 SPORTS PLAYOFFS New Braunfels soft ball fans enjoy cheering the team on as it plays in the the state playoffs Pages SA FORUM COLUMN Charley Reese writes about that while we live in the Information Age we are becoming the Age of Ignorance Pago 4A New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 isriSjia 14 pages 2 sections ICK Chance of storms High Low 92 70 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 3B Seniors ask county to enact tax freeze By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A dozen seniors Thursday asked the county to enact a tax freeze allowed under a 2003 constitutional promising to petition for a vote if commissioners dont act Acting County Judge Jay Millikin and commissioners Jan Kennady and Cristina Zamora will place the ques tion on next Thursdays com missioners court agenda for full discussion Proposition 13 passed by more than 80 percent of Texas voterswho cast ballots in the September 2003 constitution al amendment election pro vides a way the disabled and property owners over age 65 can receive the same tax freeze from county municipal or junior college district property taxes that retired people now have with their public school district property approval of the taxing entities The freeze would mean that county property taxes on a home owned by someone over age 65 would be locked and could not be raised regardless of the homes appraised value So far approval hasnt come in New Braunfels or Comal Cotmty although county staff has begun to look at the issue The tax break was raised in See FRIEZE Page 3A Listen to the Concerts in the Park opens for the 2004 season Photos by DAVID Leah McDonald 4 left and Emily Hancock 5 take a spin on the dance slab at Landa Park during the first Concerts in the Park of the summer Thursday night TAKS passing level lower than tests By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Juniors who passed the Texas Assessment of Knowl edge and Skills TAKS test in orderto graduate next year would have a tough time pass ing a midterm test on the same subjects Thats because the passing level for the four llth grade TAKS tests ranges between 40 and 49 percent The passing level for regular school classes is 70 percent Vickie Pursch Comal Inde pendent School District exec utive director of instruction and curriculum said although the passing standard was set low it was higher than previ ous versions of standardized testing Would it be better if We set the standard at 70 percent which is what everybody assumes is passing she asked It would probably give us clearer information on where we actually are and it would give the public clearer See TAKS Page 3A Jury continues to sex case By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Comal County jury adjourned after six hours of deliberations Thursday with no verdict in the trial of a local woman accused of indecency with a child Just before 6 Thursday 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay sent home jurors who will decide the fate of Jacqueline G Merrill 49 They wfflietum at9 am today to continue deliberations Comal County Sheriffs detec tive Wayne Lehman arrested Merrill Oct afterathree week investigation into what the detective alleged was sexual mis conduct with a 14yearold boy that took place over about 10 months Merrill was indicted in Janu ary 2003 on three charges of indecency with a child by sexu al contact If convicted the offense is a See JURY Page 2A Maigen Mujkey 8 plays a game of hopscotch while waiting for Peace Riot to take the stage Chris Wallisch of Chris and Judy warms up the crowd gath ered around the dance slab before Peace Riot took the stage at the Concert in the Park Thursday night in Landa Park The series continues every Thursday at through Aug 12 CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Pastor Richard Jonas Denomination Presbyterian Church in America Attendance 226 Meeting time am Sunday 1620 E Common St Phone 830 629 0406 Worship style Traditional Web ate Mission state ment Our desire istouuUda church pleasing to Christ Presbyterian bringing speakers to address Christian issues By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The members of Christ Presbyterian Church dp not believe in busy work According to Pastor lUchard Jones all work is a spiritual calling understand that every Christian has a calling from God Vocation is a calling from God to work but not necessarily in Jones said We view all jobs as tioncan mean the diEfepewce between eight hours of drudgery or eight hours of satis faction If a job is a spiritual calling from God it makesadiffiBrenceinthewayyouappjxach it especially your attitude and JonessajdMJfajobisjustameanstomake money you will not feel fulfilled after a The theology of vocation is important to Jones and bis congregation because it moves the idea of ministry outside the church doors and into the ajtaus where people interact The location and focus of ministry dictates the way Christ Presbyter ian prepares its members to live out their faith We believe Christ is Lord of all including our Jones said Faith should touch all areas of life We encourage our mem bers to be involved socially and To keep members and the community informed on current cultural issues the church began the Patriotic Speaker We bring people to the community that wouldnt normally come to a small town to speak on cuttingedge issues Christians are interested Jones said Ken Starr best known as the Inde pendent counsel for President Bill Clintons impeachment proceedings will take the podium July 1 Former speakers include Alan Keyes Gal Thomas and Kay Coles James While the speaker series receives a lot of attention Jones said the dujrchJs building See CHURCH Page 2 A MAMOy Christ Presbyterian Church Pastor Richard Jones MILLIR ft MILLER Check us out on the web at 6253000 188 ft Downtown New BraunMs
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