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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas JUNE SPORTS YOUNG DUFFERS Hook a Kid on Golf camps teach kids who are new to the game fundamental rules basic skills and etiquette Page BA FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on unruly river behavior and the feasibili ty of combining both local school districts Page County since 1852 14 pages 2 sections CK sot WWW7 110 rain chance High Low 91 72 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 48 CUSSES Mt COMICS 31 CRpssvTORO ar FORUM 4A SPORTS MA Man gets 50 months in prison for killing girl By Ron Maloney Staff Writer District Judge Gary Steels voice broke Thursday as he sentenced a San Antonio man who ran down and killed a 17 yearold Scherte girl a year ago Robert R McDaniel III 22 struck Samantha Stritmatter about June at Guadalupe Canoe Livery in Spring Branch as she was walking on a dirt road Steel sentenced McDaniel to 50 months in state prison for manslaughter in Stritmat ters death leaving members of McDaniels and Stritmat ters families in tears This was not an easy deci the judge said I cannot tell you the sympathy I feel for Sams family and friends My heart goes out to them I cannot imagine the pain you all are Prosecutor Dib Waldrip arguing McDaniel had alco hol and marijuana in his sys tem a defective vehicle and was driving too fast for con ditions asked for 10 years or more in prison McDaniel who pleaded guilty faced between two and 20years Defense attorney Atanacio Campos arguing the incident was a tragic accident sought a See KILLING Page 3A Area cleans up after bad storms By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The water from the Guadalupe River was up to Don Stiles knees as he and his wife Barbara hooked up their recre ational vehicle late Wednesday at the River Ranch RV Resort Most of their belongings outside had already washed away including a bar becue grill a toolbox and all their plants after heavy rains drenched the region swelling the Guadalupe River We got out just in time before the water got inside the Stiles said As soon as we got the RV relocated we came back to help But other people were stopping to help too complete strangers who just wanted to PromTucson and living tem porarily in their RV the Stiles plan to build a home at Canyon Lake Yesterday the couple decided to move their RV to the Austin area but said theyd be back Kim Brown and her husband Gary Gustafson who own River Ranch RV See STORMS Page 3A DAVID A destroyed travel trailer rests against a bridge support at the River Ranch RV Resort under Interstate 35 where it was moved by the Guadalupe River Wednesday evening Seniors to petition for properly tax break By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal Countys seniors will have to go to voters to get a freeze on their county property taxes Commissioners Thursday took no action on a request that the county provide a tax break to sen ior and disabled people locking the amount of homestead prop erty taxes a person pays after reaching age 65 As a result a group of seniors who have asked the city and the county to extend the tax break will circulate petitions seeking nearly names to call a special election on the issue in September I dont want to predict what the voters will said senior spokesman Wayne Rudolph If we go on the Sept 11 ballot well have a oneissue ballot and that will be whether there will be a tax County Judge Danny Scheel told a courtroom packed with seniors that he personally couldnt support the tax break I was elected to represent all the citizens of Comal Scheel said That isnt just people over 65 It includes people in their 20s who are just starting out in life and peo ple in their 40s who are scraping by to put their kids through college See TAX Page 3A Bedford tapped for Wurstfest s Grosse Opa By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Anyone who needed to visit dentist Don Bedford early in November should schedule an appointment soon Wurstfest AssociationThurs day announced Bedford was selected as Grosse Opa for the 44th annual ren dition of this citys signature sausage and beer festival which runs from Oct 29 through Nov 7 Its such an honor that I am just overwhelmed at doing Bedford said Bedfords wife JoAnn said he was up to the challenge of representing New Braunfels to the world I cant think of anyone who has enjoyed Wurstfest as much as he she said If having too much fun is challenging I really relish the Bedford said Wurstfest has named a Grosse Opa or Big Grandpa every year since 1968 Also known as the spass or fun Bedfords job is to represent the to ensure that the more than who visit have a very good time Wurstfest is this citys biggest nonprofit and service organi zation fundraiser Don Bedford HHl COUNTRY CHURCH Pastor Franklin 9 Phone number Watts 830 9352945 Denomination 1 Attendance 70 Matting time am Location FM 306 and Tamarack I Worship style Wended I Mission Our pur pose is to teach Die word of God as contained in Holy Scripture and to glorify Jesus Christ as the sav ior of humankind Small church has big goals with youth programs mission work By Uigh Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Hill Country Bible Church has served residents on the north side of Canyon Lake for 15 years We started by renting part of the building were in said Pastor Franklin Watts Eventually we bought it and weve gone through two remod eling projects since Watts works part time as pastor spend ing the rest of the week as a nursing home consultant but church activities and member involvement are full time In addition to close work with the Canyon Lake community center Watts said members make regular trips to the TexasMexico boarder There is a facility called Faith Mission International in Pel RJQ right by the international that feeds thou sands of Mexicans every he said We support them financially and take clothing donations several times a Since its founding the church also has supported the international mission work of two women in Papua New Guinea The women work for Wycliffe Bible Translators a group working to translate the Bible into every language in the world Later this year the missionaries will return home for a visit The missionaries1 homecoming is the most exciting thing we have coming up in the next few Watts said Although the church is snoall it has an active Awana childrens program Watts said Awana which stands for approved workmen are not curriculum is similar to Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities Older children and teens are benefiting from the attention of a new youth min ister We are very proud of our parttime See Page2A HjJJ Bibte Church Pastor Franklin Watts TUNNELL INSURANCE HOME AUTO
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