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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY AUGUST FIELD DAY Marion Navarro football teams CHS volleyball kick off season with first day of practice Page SA FORUM LETTERS Comal County since 1852 Readers say rivers cultural impact should be weighed waterpark should keep buses off Commerce Street Vol 12 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW 8 Heat index of 104 High Low 98 74 Details1B DEAR ABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS MB COMICS 38 CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A SPORTS MA TV GRIDS 4B GET A JOB I Kohls has a 24 hour hotline 877 6395645 to accept appli cations for some of the 150 jobs at its New Braun fels store I Positions avail able include cus tomer service management security and housekeeping Kohls brings 150 new retail jobs By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Kohls a national department store chain will open the doors of its 47th Texas store here in October store officials announced Tuesday Along with a variety of brand name clothes shoes accessories and home products the new store at the intersection of Inter state 35 North and Texas 46 will bring 150 jobs to New Braunfels Michael Meek chamber of commerce president said the national retailer will boost the local economy It means our citizens dont have to leave town to go to a Meek said They dont have to drive to Austin or San A survey of local shoppers revealed a need for apparel retailers like Kohls Meek said We do have a lot of citizens that leave the local shopping area to buy he said If we could plug that hole it could leave our hardearned dollars circulating in the local economy Having a successful nation ally recognized retailer in town could also lure other bigname retailers to the area Meek said Others will certainly recog nize the Kohls brand and tell themselves if theyve come to this market there must be a comfort level that they could See JOBS Page 3A County gets formal look at 05 budget By Ron Maloney Staff Writer County commissioners Thursday will get their first formal look at Danny Scheels proposed million 2005 budget Commissioners Court meets at in the courtroom at 199 Main Plaza Assistant County Auditor Sharon Fer rell said Scheel would present the budget to commissioners and they will dis cuss for the record the probable tax rate for 2005 which is not expected to increase This is the point in the budget process where the judges recom mended budget is presented to the court and filed with the county clerks Ferrell said Its the budget of record until it is vot ed on and Once the recom mended budget is filed with the county County Judge Danny will present a million proposed 2005 general fund budget to com missioners Thursday Where general revenue will be spent Law enforcement 52 jiercent Judicial 19 per cent General and administration 13 percent Finance 7 per cent 6 percent Executive 3 percent clerk it also is sent out to the countys libraries Any citizen who wishes can review it Ferrell said Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin said Thursdays meeting was the next step in a budget process that begins in May and stretches to September So far commissioners have conducted hearings with department heads and put their own pencils to the budget forwarding individual preferences to Scheel Weve had the meetings the round table each one of us did all the plusses and minuses and made recommendations to the Millikin said He tallied the recommendations and we should see the result Most requests for additional employees Millikin believed would not be approved nor would pay raises I dont know if theres any consensus but as far as Im concerned merit raises or costofliving increases are not in the cards this Millikin said Its always sub ject to change until we approve the final budget but unless someone can come up with several hundred thousands of dol lars more in revenue I dont think if s going to PARTY for PROTECTION Photos by MANDY Above New Braunfels firefighters Scott Koehler left and Petey Bartels dance during a cakewalk at National Night Out at the Hayselton Avenue block party Left from top Roxie Moore Haley Caldwell Hayley Rutledge Rachel Davis and Tody Sindelar Neighborhoods come together for National Night Out By Ron Maloney Staff Writer They didnt have a disco ball on Hayselton AvenueTuesday night but then they didnt need one The neighborhood kids were shakin their booties to the KG and the Sunshine Band disco classic on a cakewalk against crime They were among more than 100 Landa Park Estates area residents who carried on a summer tradition getting together on National Night Out Its just an oldfashioned summer said Sam Stewart who helped organize Its become a neighbor hood duty an annual event that just sort of perpetuates itself Weve been doing it for many many The meeting one of 70 block par ties in New Braunfels and Comal County is designed for neighbors to make connections with one another help look after each other On Allen Avenue not far from Landa Park it doubles as the annual Neigh borhood Watch meeting Comal County Sheriffs Office Crime Prevention Officer Tim Kolbe said National Night Out served an important purpose as a touchstone of community action neighborhoods can carry throughout the year It can be a new beginning or a defining of what they already have and Kolbe said Thats peace and serenity in their Kolbe likes to say the best weapon against crime is a nosy neighbor The fact of the matter when it comes right down to it is that youve got to rely on one another Your near est help in an emergency is right next door If you dont know your neighbor will you ask for help and vice versa Kolbe asked In the aftermath of and with new reports of potential terror tar gets in the United States Kolbe said a new focus of National Night Out and the Neighborhood Watch program See NBIGHBORHOOD Page 3A State Supreme Court rejects Rodriguezs appeal By Badger Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO The Texas Supreme Court Tuesday turned down the chance to hear Rep Giro Rodriguezs appeal alleging mat fraud was responsible to his 58vote defeat in the Democratic primary election in March Rodriguez a sevenyear incum bent from San Antonio took his case to the states highest court after the 4th Court of Appeals ruled against him last month in his law suit against his District 28 chal lenger Laredo lawyer Henry Cuel lar In its brief order the Supreme Court said it dismissed because it did notliave a to rule on thi not come as a surprise but he was disappointed At the end of the day I never was allowed to pres ent the evidence we found of illegal voting and that is a shame not only for this election but also for the electoral he said According to the Texas Election Code the region al appeals courts are seen gone on long Jeff Mendelsohn chief of staff for Rodriguez said Tuesday that the con gressman has not decid ed whether to pursue the lawsuit in federal court Rodriguez who says he will return as a candidate in 2006 if all of his appeals Giro Rodriguez fail led by 145 votes immediately after the as having the final say in elections March 9 primary cases But Cuellar took the lead in a Arid while Rodriguez may yet try recount after more than 200 pre to take the case to federal court viously untaUied ballots were dis Cuellar again urged him to end his efforts I hope Giro recognizes that its time to move he said If he covered in Webb County where he lives and neighboring Zapata County Rodriguez sued in April He later wants to run again in a couple of amended the suit claiming some years bless his heart Bui this voters didnt live in the district while others gave false information in order to cast ballots Cuellar successfully challenged the amended lawsuit saying it raised new claims after the filing deadline But a panel of the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio later ruled 21 that Rodriguez had the right to question the legality of the votes However a 52 vote by the full appeals court July 12 said Rodriguez was trying to bring a completely different allegation to trial That decision came along party lines with the Republican majority ruling against Rodriguez As it stands Cuellar will oppose Republican nominee Jim Hopson of Seguin in the November gen eral election in the heavily Demo cratic district
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