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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                SPORTS R1ADY TO RUMBLE New Braunfels area boxers set to take to the ring in the Big Brawl II Saturday night at the civic center Page SA JULY 30 2004 fij RALDZEITUNG FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on tax freeze for seniors banning cans on rivers other hot topics Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 223 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW BOO 6 140 rain chance High Low 92 74 Details1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS If COMICS 3B CROSSWORD m FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV6RIOS 4B i Kerry pounds Bush on Iraq war Getty Images Presidential candidate John Kerry waves to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention Thursday in Boston By David Espo AP Special Correspondent BOSTON AP Sen John Kerry forcefully challenged President Bush over the war in Iraq in the climactic speech of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night and pledged to be a com mander in chief who will never mislead us into Saying there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq doesnt make it said the Massachusetts senator a dec orated Vietnam War veteran battling an incumbent presi dent in the age of terrorism Saying we can fight a war on the cheap doesnt make it so And proclaiming mission accomplished certainly does nt make it Kerry said in remarks prepared for delivery to thousands of delegates packed into the FleetCenter and a nationwide television audience of uncounted mil lions In Comal County Kerrys sentiments on the Iraq war resonated with local Democ rats I think the message for our party is one of said Ramon Chapa who was recently appointed to the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors and back in March lost the Democratic primary race for Precinct 3 county commissioner I know in the last election I voted for George Bush in large part because hes a Texan But as a veteran I dont like the way the war has materialized If we change leadership we go in a new In a speech that launched the general election phase of his quest for the White House Kerrys allpurpose refrain was America can do better And help is on the He vowed to reverse poli cies that he said send jobs overseas and promised to expand health care improve education and fight a smarter more effective war against terror As president I will restore trust and credibil ity to the White he See KERRY Page 3A Bulverde comes of age with new city hall Clean air By Brand Grissom Staff Writer BULVERDE Empty boxes are scattered throughout the building that smells of fresh paint and new furniture Wall hangings lay on the floor marking spots that will deco rate offices in Bulverdes new city hall City staff began working Monday in their offices at 30360 Cougar Bend City councils last meeting at the senior center was Tuesday Their first meeting in the council chambers in the citys first true home will be Aug 10 Were coming of said May or Bill Cole Construction of the buildingbegan in December 2003 Taxpayers approved a bond that will pay for the building over the next seven years Cole said Cole said he especially looked forward to new technology in the council chambers It will be completely computer ized with the recording of the meet ings and the audiovisual set he said We can put everything up on the board from maps to photos all the agenda items so the citi zens can read along with For Phyllis Peterson city admin istrator the flaglined council cham bers is the crowning glory of the new building From what they tell me its big ger than New Braunfels and of course Im biased but I have to say it looks much Peterson said Charles Cantu Jr donated the Texas flags lining the chamber Can tu directs the Hill Country Region of the Texas Historical Commissions Heritage Travel Program Local fam ilies donated the flags to him last year for a travel program celebra tion I thought this would be a won derful match instead of having them sitting there in my Cantu said He hopes the flags will serve as MANOY Bulverde Mayor Bill Cole holds the door and welcomes Colby Krenz into the new City Hall building at 30360 Cougar Bend Drive plan might not work By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The threepart plan to clean up tliis regions air by 2007 and stave off fed eral sanctions might not work said an official who worked for its passage Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin president of the Alamo Area Council of Governments Air Improvement Resources Committee said the San Anto nio region could see stiff federal meas ures imposed to clean up its air including vehicle emissions testing San Antonio and Comal had its second Air Quality Health Alert of the year Tuesday but stayed just within federal clean air standards In 1999 the fourcounty San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes Bexar Wilson Guadalupe and Comal counties began work to fend off a federal finding that it had violated the Clean Air Act If the Environmental Protection Agency finds a region in nonattainment of clean air standards it requires the region to enact rules designed to clean up the air These include measures such as See AIR Page 3A inspiration for both city leaders and Bulverde citizens The Texas flag as it is presented in red white and blue with a star reminds everybody of the blood that has been shed the loyalty and the purity of heart which almost everyone who came to Texas ini tially had and which even now allows us to have a better tomor Cantu said The flags complement the 60 blue cushioned chairs the city pur chased from a church supplier Cantu and his family also donat ed historical maps of early Texas and Comal County that will greet folks in the city hall entrance Working in the new building is much more comfortable than in the old office at the Bulverde Mar ket Center Peterson said Before we were in an open room everyone could hear every conversation The biggest thing is that were going to be able to get things done have a little bit of pri vacy and be able to conduct busi Peterson said Were just tickled Petersons office is on the first level along with seven other offices a conference room a kitchen and council chambers See BULVERDE Page 3A GRACE BIBlfi CHURCH Pastor BUI Cooley Denomination ncmdenominational Attendance 35 Meeting time Sunday Location Canyon Late Community Resource and Recreation Center I Phone 830 899 6851 I Worship style tra ditional I Mission statement To reach our com munity and the world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ Churchs small helpful congregation aging with grace By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON LAKE The majority of Grace Bible Churchs congregation no longer drive to an office every day but that does not mean they are slowing down Our couples might be retired but they want to serve said Pastor Bill Coo ley Our most senior member who is over 80 years old soil drives for Meals on Grace Bible Church was started in 1996 by a group of friends who wanted a non denominational church experience We really wanted to study the Bible and not worry about doctrinal differ said member Ed Tennyson Although the church has remained smaU its members would like to see the congregation grow to include young Ham Uies Weve had a hard starting a pro people want to be where something is already Cooley said Par ents who do not come to our church with their children are missing showing them some of the best examples of faith fulness to Cooley said he and his wife at age 52 the churchs youth were con stantly impressed by the service of their elders They look for opportunities to serve where they he said Oftentimes it involves providing help to older people who need someone to look after Bill Collins said he was happy to give his time and assistance to others We take care of those that become ill or need extra he said It is a joy to me to be able to do The churchs location in the Canyon Lake Community Etesource and Recre ation Center makes volunteering for Grace Bible Fejlow ships Pastor Bill Cooley 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