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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY AUGUST 21 2004 ZEITUNG and Comal CountY since 1852 New Braun Smithson Valley scrimmage other teams before season kicks off next week Page SA MOLLY IVINS Now that we know reasons for war with Iraq were false dont let it happen again with four more years of Bush Page 4A Vol 153 No 242 14 pages 2 sections CLICK i Community connection Photos by MANDY sun bn SVwroW Alexis cheek block parfrTridariff HkeT Park Below Long lost friends from high school Delia Puentes left and Kookie Barboza greet each other at the party They ve seen each other just three times since graduating high school Sonfest helps bring growing neighborhood closer together By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Delia Puentes and Kookie Barboza were high school friends more years ago than either would want to count and have seen one another three times since then Friday they met again at Sonfest in Eikel Park the community block party spon sored by Cross Community Church and Primera Iglesia Bautista They were among hundreds who met to share stories bar becue and a sense of neigh borhood community in an event the pastors of both churches hoped would bring friends together It worked for Kookie Bar boza and Delia Puentes Delia and I used to hang in school Barboza said Ive seen her three times since I didnt know she belonged to this Puentes a member of the Primera Iglesia Bautista con gregation was a Sonfest vol unteer Barboza visits several churches but hasnt stayed with one But Friday night in Eikel Park wasnt all about churches Weve been catching Puentes said Weve been talking about kids and Barboza said In a little while Ill talk to her about the Puentes said A short distance away Butch Benitez spoke with friends and neighbors Benitez felt some satisfac tion seeing families picnick ing and children playing in Eikel Park He spent a turbu lent three years on New Braunfels City Council in the 1990s as mayor pro tern fight ing for the ly for the alcohol ban that helped drive out the drunks and thugs and reopened it to families His fight made him less than popular and he was ousted after one term Im really glad to see this going like Benitez said Theyve got this park going good They need to keep it like Benitez said the two churches which he described as two important Protestant houses for His panics in the West End were trying to reach out to their community and help bring it together The neighborhood has grown and has changed some Benitez said While still close compared to many modern suburban neighborhoods it still has some needs he said There have been a whole See SONFIST Page 3A 30 rain chance High Low 98 74 DetailsIB DEAR ABBY 3B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A si State grant pays teachers back for school supplies By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Mary Kay Covington a sixthgrade science teacher at Comal Elementary used to spend a large portion of her first paycheck on supplies for her class room Its just understood that every year youre going to spend your own mon ey for some she said After teaching for 25 years Covington now knows she can find resources to help her pay for material the school district does not provide We have a very supportive Parent Teacher she said They are very willing to give money if its for the kids This year they gave me for consumable items we need for sci ence Covington knows where to go for help with supplies but not all teach ers do According to a study conducted by the National School Supply and Equip ment Association in March the aver age teacher plans to spend on school supplies glue paint paper pencils markers arts and on instructional materials workbooks educational software math See TEACHIRS Page 3A NBISD Education Foundation Fund raiser Night with the Arts 7 to 10 today New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music 1259 Gruene Road per person Former students and district sup porters will be honored arts and music will be celebrated Funds raised sup port grants for teachers to expand existing curricula and develop new and innovative approaches to teaching provide classroom and library resources cultural pro grams software upgrades and advanced tech nology programs Not a telemarketer county tests phones By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Beginning Monday the county will begin calling most businesses and resi dents and officials want everyone to pick up the phone when it rings Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said no one will be asked to buy anything Comal County is testing its Emergency Notifi cation Call Back System The test to be conducted during business hours over the next two weeks is to ensure that the county can reach all county prefixes served by both major tele phone companies It is also intended to famil iarize residents with the sys tem Edgett said Were going to start testing to let people know what weve got how it works and what theyre dealing with when they get a Edgett said The system based in the sheriffs office and the New Braunfels Police Depart ment uses the Bexar Metro politan 911 system for tele phone access to every land line in the county It is designed to enable officials to contact residents in an emergency The county has already used the system twice once in early 2003 when a chemi cal plant south of New Braunfels burned and again in June to warn residents in lowlying areas of potential river flooding Officials can bring a map up on a computer screen draw a line around a partic ular neighborhood or group of addresses and the system sends out a message to every telephone in the area Mondays test will not use the 911 phone system which is reserved only for See PHONI Page 3A Rope em cowboy HANDY The ninth annual Comal County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo and Barbecue Cookoff takes place today at the rodeo arena off Morningside Drive and 135 between Rueckte and Solms exits Team penning kicks off at 9 am and barbecue judg ing begins at 4 pm The codec begins at 7 and live music at helps cap off the d NBU responds to groups land concerns By Scott Mahon Staff Writer An Austinbased environ mental group said New Braunfels Utilities was very responsive to its request for documentation pertaining to NBUs vacated service yard on KUngemann Street The 13acre tract located at the corner of KUngemann Street and Lakeview Boule vard was used as an NBU service yard since 1968 but was vacated in April Mostly covered with con crete the property lies adja cent to the Comal Springs headwaters A spokesman for SOS Alliance originally formed to protect Barton Springs in Austin said last week SOS did nt get much of a response after requesting information from NBU However NBU officials said last week the city owned utility sent 83 pages of documentation to SOS and invited the group to review other documentation They said we could look at more documentation and we intend to do said John Fritfchie SOS attorney Theyve been very respon sive and we have no com The city bought the 13acre tract in 1907 for In 1968 NBU built a warehouse on the property Although the property was vacated in April NBU still stores utility poles on the site Fritfchie said SOS was con cerned about future devel opment of the property Ideally wed like to know that it would never be he said Right now its zoned for industrial use and it shouldnt be because its near the headwaters of the Comal Springs So wed like to see a zoning change in See NMI Page 3A