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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas i ifY3Q TX Y PWDAY JUNE 18 2004 LD SPORTS WASHOUT Rains keep some Little League teams behind the dugout as some games were postponed for second time Pago SA FORUM BAD POLICY NBISD boards media policy doesnt pass the smell test when elected officials lose the right to speak freely Pago Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 12 pages 2 sections WWVIF 8 Partly cloudy High Low 93 73 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 3B Teen mother guilty of injuring infant son By Brand Grissom Staff Writer A jury Thursday found 17 yearold MandyAnn Gonza lez guilty of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury Her son was in critical con dition for more than a month last October after he experi enced nonaccidental blunt force trauma that severed his colon and resulted in the sur gical removal of 10 inches of his intestines Gonzalez was arrested Oct charged with poking and squeezing her son causing the life threatening injuries She was a ninthgrader at Canyon Lake High School at the time Her boyfriend the babys father Salvador Pineda Leon 17 was also arrested He was released from custody and has not been indicted John Esman Gonzalezs defense attorney asked the jury during closing arguments to consider the role Leon played in injuring the child Thats the mentality that did this damage This was done in anger and violence to this Leon said It seems like to me thats the profile for him You saw him He was up here almost gloat ing and cavalier There was See TRIAL Page 2A Signs of change City to grant permits waive fees for 21 Gruene business signs in rightofway By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After learning that 21 busi ness signs along Gruene Road in Gruene werent permitted the New Braunfels City Council allowed the signs and waived permit fees Frank Robbins director of planning said 21 business signs along Gruene Road were in the citys rightofway and were never permitted How did that happen I dont Robbins said I literally dont know the facts but when the Gruene River Grill sign came to our atten tion our staff drove out to Gruene and literally walked the toad loofcingat way and the sign Thats when we understood the magnitude of the Robbins said earlier this week that current regulations did not match the uniqueness of Gruenes historical district The existing ordinance says there cant be any signs in the rightofway but there are 21 signs in the rightofway along Gruene Road Plus there are other encroachments in the rightofway like outdoor tables and plants The point is we dont have an ordinance Grucne JEWEUN ANHQUB Business signs line the streets in Gruene but 21 of them didnt have the proper city permits City council will grant the permits and waive fees for the businesses that applies to downtown After determining how many were fcvthe citys rightof way Robbins brought the mat ter to councils attention Mon day The staff needs direction from council as to what coun cil wants to he said District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull who represents Gruene moved to permit all 21 signs and to waive permit fees However Mayor Adam Cork expressed a concern that the signs presented a sightdis tance problem Photos by DAVID Tourists walk past one of several signs located within feet of Gruene Road in the Gruene See SIGNS Page 3A Historical District Thursday afternoon Ken Valentine City tax election may be at odds with state By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to set a November election date to vote on freezing property taxes for senior citizens but the Secretary of States office said the city doesnt have the authority to call the election with out a petition The difference of opinion may be a matter of interpretation said Mayor Adam Cork Senior citizens have asked city and county officials to adopt a state measure that allows city and coun ty governments to freeze property taxes for homeowners 65 and old er and disabled homeowners Comal County officials said last week they wouldnt adopt the measure but would call an election if supporters presented a petition Wayne Rudolph who has led the drive to get local governments to support the tax freeze said seniors have already begun the petition process The county attorney said the county cant set an election without a he said But Charlie Zech the city attorney said Mon day during the council meeting the city could call an election without a See TAX Page 3A Outvoted Valentine seeking signatures By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Frustrated from being con tinuously outvoted by a majority of council New Braunfels District 6 Council man Ken Valentine plans to wage a peti tion drive Saturday Valen tine who has been the constant minority voice on council said he wanted to ban aluminum cans on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers to designate the Comal County Fairgrounds as a city park and to designate the convention and visitors bureau a city department Well start the petition drive Saturday at the Plaza down he said Ive tried to get things done with council but I keep getting outvoted So Im sponsoring three grass roots petitions to place specif ic issues on the ballot this Valentine said glass con tainers and foam products were currently prohibited on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers but aluminum cans should also be banned This petition will minimize the visual pollution from bright cans along the river banks and on the river bot he said He wants to designate the 31acre Comal County Fair grounds as a city park to force the city to get voters approval before swapping the See VALENTIN Page 2A i JUDAH CHRISTIAN CENTER Pastor Adam I Denomination Nondanominatian gospel Attendance 50 Location Court yard Plaza 201 S 135 Website Style Mission To bring the world into the fullness of His Pastors unorthodox style driving Judahs membership to grow By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Pastor Adam Haley and the Judah Chris tian Center congregation are going hog The church just celebrated its second anniversary Plans are under way to build a new building and in October church members will help put on a motorcycle rally I am a motorcycle Haley said I want to provide a place for cyclists to come and Haley said the rally would include a concert vendors and riders from all over the state During a recent sermon serfes titled Haley donned a do rag and brought a custom chopper on smgewithhim Haleys unique ministry approach is pe tbjng mejoher Bon ioves about time I went to church there I knew it was the place for me Were reaching people through the motorcycle ministries that wouldnt normally go to Stacey said he was looking forward to opening the doors of the new church building Im positive when we get the church built mat its going to he said Were trying to open as many doors as we Stacey and other congregation mem bers will get a handson opportunity to work on the new building once the fond is cleared There are quite a few carpenters in our congregation who will do some wort Haley said We hope to finish early next year but it may extend to fa the mean time Haley and his con gregation will continue to have a good time doijig church where tiiey are Pastor Haley is coaLv about as dose to Slack Gospel as you 3A
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