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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas W V THURSDAY AUGUST 19 2004 ERALD SPORTS STILL SWINGING New Braunfels golfer Terrence Miskell advances to the second round of match play at the US Amateur tournament Page SA FORUM CHARLEY REESE Columnist says Bush Kerry arent that different twoparty system has evolved into Socialist programs Page 4A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since Vol 153 No 240 12 pages 2 sections CLICK i 500 www 130 rain chance High Low 94 75 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B ma 20 COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM SPORTS TVGRlWl 4A 3A 5A 3ft Zwarun gets 6 years for sex with girl 14 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer An Austin man who plead ed guilty in June to eight felony counts for having sex with a 14yearold girl was sentenced Monday to six years in state prison Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane said Alex Gregory Zwarun 31 would be eligi ble for parole after serving half of his sentence He was also ordered to pay a fine by 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel The sentence came after Zwaruns victim a Comal County resident testified in his sentencing hearing Zwarun arrested Dec 5 2002 by Comal County sheriffs detectives was convicted on three charges of sexual assault of a child one of indecency with a child by exposure and four charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact Under a Texas law that allows stacking sexual assault sentences Zwarun faced heavy prison time if convicted and if Steel sentenced him consecu tively which Soane said provided strong incentive for the plea bargain reached in June Soane said the sentence would serve justice because Zwarun would do some prison time and have to register as a sex offender Sheriffs detectivjes said Zwarun was planning to take his victim to a motel room in San Antonio when they arrested him in the parking lot at Srnithson Valley Middle School TxDOTs vision would double width of Texas 46 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Texas Department of Trans portation Wednesday showed about 250 people what Texas 46 could look like in 25 years The vision for the main thoroughfare across Comal County will call for doubling the existing 100foot rightofway an extra 150 feet in areas close to New Braunfels and 281 It will be four lanes two in each direction and be wider smoother and faster than the existing route orig inally designed in the 1930s for 40 mph It will ir elude a 64feet grassy mediarj in rural areas and a raised median in urban areas with turnaround breaks every mile between major inter sections Overpasses are anticipated at the intersections of FMs 1863 2722 3009 and 3159 according to Judy Friesen hahn TxDOT planning engi neer See HIGHWAY Cage 2A DAVID Staff Sgt Jonathan Fortner works his way through the tall grass behind the National Guard Armory to help in an attack on an enemy building during training exercises Wednesday afternoon Fortner is one of almost three dozen guardsmen who have volunteered to deploy to Iraq Friday REAL AMERICAN HEROES National Guard troops volunteer for Iraq deployment FAREWELL TO ARMS A farewell cere mony for about three dozen National Guard smen who volun teered for service in Iraq will be held at 4 today at the Texas Army National Guard armory on I35 South in New Braunfels By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Almost three dozen National Guardsmen with the 4th Batta lion 133rd Field Artillery unit in New Braunfels volunteered to be deployed to Iraq The soldiers will leave Friday for Fort Hood and will join the 56th Brigade Combat Team of Fort Worth for additional training before being deployed A farewell ceremony will be held today at the Texas Army National Guard armory on 135 South in New Braunfels said Capt Reginald Barnes Formerly the 49th Armored Division the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery units responsibility is to provide indirect fire support More than 450 guardsmen belong to the unit Specialist Ramon Ruiz 23 has been a National Guardsman five years Im excited but also said Ruiz who works for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Austin I made the decision to volunteer in June and my wife supported my Capt Barnes said Ruiz and oth er Guardsmen who volunteered could be deployed to the Middle See HEROES Page 3A Restoring county courthouse costly By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A committee examining whether to restore or renovate the county court house will review Thursday a report by an architect and discuss a recent visit to another county Comal County has been working to determine how to proceed with repairs to the climate control and utility systems at the countys historic courthouse which was designed by renowned architect J Riely Gordon and built in 1898 for In May county officials found it would cost considerably more to either restore the courthouse or renovate its service systems Architect Tere OConnell of the firm Volz and Associates reported it could cost million to renovate the courthouse or million to restore it as a historic million of which could be oflset See COURTHOUSE Page 2A Courthouse Preservaton Committee 10 today Commiss oners Courtroom 199 Main Plaza In other business commissioners will Consider tempo rary early voting locations for the Nov 2 general election I Consider number of election clerks per polling place Open bids prescript 3n for jail inmates and deveopment of the paking at Jumbcj Park Pastors reaching out to Westside By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Ask a Marine of any age no matter how long hes been off active duty and hell tell you there are no for mer Marines Thats how it is for Gilbert Cantu and Will Wonsang Cantu served in the Marine Corps in the 1960s while Wonsangs active duty came in the 80s Both better known as Pas tor Cantu and Pastor Won sang now work in the West side fighting under a differ ent flag and for a different Christ We have a common Cantu said Now were working together for the cause of Cantu serves at Primera Iglesia Bautista at San Anto nio Street and Grape Avenue while Wonsangs congregation is at the new Cross Community Church founded in the former Cross Lutheran Church by the Oakwood Baptist congrega tion Beginning at 5 Friday in Eikel Park Wonsang Can tu and their congregations are throwing a community block party designed to spread the word about Christ and help build a sense of community on the Westside The event is free and open to the public It includes food and scores of free door prizes donated by area busi nesses stores restaurants and supporters Its family said Wonsang Well have free See WMTSIDI Page 3A for drugs Jot Evans MANBY Pastor Gilbert Cantu of Primera Iglesia Bautista invites Clifton H Williams and his sisters Kelly and Anna to the Westside block party which takes place Friday at Eikel Park TUN NELL INSURANCE HOME AUTO