Tuesday, June 15, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY JUNE 16 2004 ZEITUNG SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE Little League baseball launches into tournament play highlights from Mondays games Page SA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 QUEST ol 153 No 186 ages 1 section Philip Thomason how cil will 40 chance of rain High Low 90 72 Details6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIREDSIMOA COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 8A City sets election ior senior tax freeze By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council vot ed unanimously Monday for a Novem ber election to let voters decide whether to freeze property taxes for senior citizens Mayor Adam Cork said Novembers presidential election would allow more voters to vote on the issue I think we should have as many people in the community as possible vote on the he said I dont know that two months would make any dif ference But some seniors threatened to petition for a September election September is the next tion date and were going to get a peti tion to force you to put this up for election on Sept said Wayne Rudolph who has supported the drive for the tax freeze District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil made the motion to put the issue up for election Im not in favor of freez ing property taxes for seniors even though my family would benefit for Cork she said I think its unfair to peo ple under 65 But its inevitable that its going to come to a vote and I feel the voters need to decide the issue not the city Cork argued that freezing property taxes for senior citizens would shift the burden of paying for services to younger property owners If we were to freeze property taxes See CITY Page 3A Should city property taxes be frozen for senior citizens Send your By Mail to Letters to Editor HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels TX 781311328 By fax to 830 6063413 By email to Retiring flags with respect Roughly 55 US flags honorably cput to rest in ceremony flag represents so much to us You just dont throw away that important in the Cookie Barboza on why she appreciates the symbolism of the Flag Day event By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The small group gathered near an oil drum turned barbecue pit outside the New Braunfels Civic Center was not preparing for a feast Karen Driver stood in the shade clutch ing a folded flag Kaitlin Driver hung on her mothers arm looking more solemn than most middle school students at the beginning of summer break New Braunfels Police Department Lieu tenant John Wommack surveyed the scene from the fringes of the gathering They and others taking time out of their Monday afternoon to stand in the sticky Central Texas heat were waiting for a funer al of sorts They gathered to participate in the American Legion Post 35 and Auxil iarys traditional Hag Day honorable disposal of roughly 55 flags The flags which became unservice able due to fading or wear and tear were ceremonially burnt Its nice to know these flags will not be going into a trash said event Chairwoman Joan Helmke We need more people in this country who are patriotic and love their Under Helmkes watchful eye Ameri can Legion members tended to the makeshift pyre with a long metal rod After the collected flags which covered two tables were inspected to makesure they were ready for disposal people lined Trial to begin in child injury case By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 17yearold New Braun fels girl goes on trial today on charges that could put her away for up to 40 years inflicting lifethreatening injury on her infant son The girl Mandy Ann Gon zalez was a Canyon High School ninthgrader last Sept 29 when sheriffs detec tives arrested her and the babys father on allegations of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodi ly injury The infants father 17 has not so far been indicted and has been released from cus tody If convicted the suspect faces a range of punishment from probation up to 40 years in detention first with the Texas Youth Com mission and then with the Texas Department of Cor rections The charge is an firstdegree felony Monday Assistant District Attorneys Darren Umphries and Mel Koehler and defense attorney John Esman chose a jury before County Courtat Law Judge Charles Stephens See TRIAL Page 3A COMING FRIDAY Adult bookstores close as part of plea bargain Photos by DAVID American Legion Post 35 Historian Mary Obriotti watches as the American flag she was holding goes up in flames during Flag Disposal ceremonies at the New See FLAGS Page 3A Braunfels Civic Center Monday afternoon By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The adult bookstore Comal County closed in late 2002 embroiling itself in a federal First Amendmentlawsuit and countersuit not likely to reopen Under a plea bargain reached Friday in Federal Court in Austin the main pro prietors of the largest Texas chain of adult book and video stores pleaded guilty to tax evasion and transporting obscene materials As part of the plea bargain the proprietors agreed to dose down their operations in this state surrender their property and 90 percent of the inven tory John K Coil 62 accused of avoiding between mil lion and million in corpo rate and income taxes admitted mailing fraudulent tax returns and transporting See BOOKSTORE Page 3A Cbarttof Plan to help manage explosive growth By Brandi Crissom Staff Writer BULVERDE Urban refugees is what planning consultant James Vaughan calls the thousands from San Antonio Austin and New Braunfels pouring into this Hill Country town They like the rural atmosphere the dark sloes the clean air open spaces and trees and they want to preserve Vaughan said Vaughan and planner Robert D Larsen of Larsen Vaughan and Associates helped the city develop a comprehensive plan to serve as a gioide for managing the explosive growth expected here during the nest 20 years The IDchapter plan which has been in the works for PUBUC HEARINGS ON DRAFTS Two public hearings of the draft comprehensive plan will be held June 23 and July 13 The draft can be viewed at more than a year sets forth goals objectives and an implementa tion strategy for developing a Bul verde that is larger but has that rural feel drawing so many to the area City council expects to vote on a final draft of the plan by the end of July To develop the plan the city worked with Vaughan and Larsen a steering committee composed of Bulverde residents and conducted a survey that asked residents how they want their town to look and feel as it grows We were not looking for a hap py said Kenny Whistler a Bulverde architect who served on the steering committee We were looking for the best possible situation The key to that is prop er land use and proper develop ment and following those stan Survey results indicated resi dents enjoy the rural atmosphere of their town and worry that with impending growth Bulverde will become just another San Antonio suburb of scorched earth and big box development said City Ban ner Chance Sparks See MAIL Page 3A BULVERDE ITS Editors Note This is the second in a threefart series about growth and politics in Bulverde TODAY The citys soontobe implemented comprehensive plan for manag ing growth TOMORROW The political inter action of land developers and city officials in cities with explo sive growth MILLIH ft MILLER Check us out on the web at 6253000 186S CaatollAve Downtown Now Braunfels

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