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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas If IT WEDNESDAY AUGUST HFB AT rv ZEITUNG Canyon Cougarettes have the best mindset in a battle of wills against Alamo Heights PagaCA LIFE CARB CRAZINESS Lowcarb dieting has taken America by storm but how does it work Pago IB Coma County since 1852 DEARABBY 48 Vol 153 No 245 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW heraldzeitung 8 56825M00001 Partly cloudy High Low 96 COMICS 3B CROSSWORD FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A I SPORTS 6A D 2B Woman loses leg after car runs into her By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 21yearold Donna woman is recovering from major injuries she received in an accident on rainslickened Interstate 35 Sunday after noon Brooke Army Medical Cen ter officials would release no information on Smita Bhak ta who suffered an amputat ed leg in a 5 accident on northbound Interstate 35 just south of FM 725 except to report to police she was in sta ble condition New Braunfels Police Cpl James Rackley reported Bhak ta was a passenger in a 2002 Nissan when it spun out in the rain The driver pulled over to inspect the vehicle for damage and was standing behind it with Bhakta when Sarah Haag 18 of New Braunfels hydroplaned in the same place striking Bhakta and then the rear of the Nissan A second car driven by Eryn Bryant 23 of Schertz then struck vehicle Rackley said Police Lt John Wommack Monday said no citations were issued in connection with the accident which was one of several within a few minutes that caused hours long closures on Interstate 35 and Texas 46 Wommack said the acci dent like a similar one three years ago involving a Schertz police officer underlined how critical it is to take safety measures in accidents especially in bad weather If you dont stay in your vehicle dont stand behind Wommack said Get to the side away from traffic or get well away from Criminals plead guilty to drug sex allegations By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Two criminals took plea bargains rather than face Comal County juries this week each accepting decadeslong sentences in state prison Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane said Rene Gomez 40 pleaded guilty to three firstdegree felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to 23 years in the peniten tiary Gomez was arrested Feb 25 2002 by undercover offi cers of the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force and the Department of Public Safety narcotics unit out of San Antonio Officers who served a search warrant at a mobile home off Valero Drive found large quantities of drugs and cash in the raid Soane said Because of state law that allows stacking of narcotics sentences Gomez could have faced up to 297 years in state prison Visiting District Judge Sam Robertson sentenced him to less than onetenth that time DAVID Wilbur Meyer 85 shows off a photo of himself from World War II Meyer has written at least 40 short stories in the past two years many about his experiences in Germany THE STORYTELLER World War II veteran puts tales to paper for benefit of others for parole when he serves onefourth of his sentence Soane said Gregory A Moehrig 27 pleaded guilty to a nine count indictment alleging aggravated sexual assault of a See BARGAIN Page 3A NBISD weighs its ag facility options By Jennifer McMichael Special to the HeraldZeitung Wilbur Meyer stands from his chair and walks past the plaque on the wall of World War II medals past the framed blackandwhite photograph of his crumpled twisted plane smashed into a grassy field past his greatgrandmoth ers white rocking chair more than 100 years old And thats just three steps He stands in front of a small card table scattered with threering binders and looseleaf papers his stones Meyer 85 has written at least 40 short stories since his wife Gwen died two years ago Everybody who dies has at least one or two good stories that he takes to the grave with Meyer said But he has already written more stories in the past couple years than most write in a lifetime World War n veterans are reaching their late 80s and early 90s but few share their experiences and even fewer feel others are interested Meyer counts himself in that minority and at least one man from Stillwater is grateful Mark Moseiey was 21 when his father Hubert Tuffy Moseley died in 1970 from residual effects of living in a Ger man prisoner of war camp Moseley said Meyer and the elder Moseley survived the camp but Moseley never shared his experiences with his children except to toss jokes His daughter now a sixth grade lan guage arts teacher at Brady Mid dle School said the freshness of the expe rience prevented him from sharing I keep thinking in the back of my mind that if my dad had lived this See I Page 8A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School District trustees are not any closer to finding a home for the high schools vocational agriculture facility But they are relatively sure it will not be located on county property Citing concerns over the small size of the property and problems with building a permanent building on land the district does not own trustees decided Monday night to look for other options The decision is not official because it was made during a discussion meeting where no action could be taken After setting aside the countys offer Superinten dent Ron Reaves suggested See FACILITY Page 8A Ron Reaves Refinancing debt drops CISD tax rate By Leigh Jones StaffWriter If Comal Independent School District trustees adopt Thurs day the proposed 200405 budg et administrators will have almost million to cover operating expenses After approving the budget trustees will consider setting next years tax rate The budget is based on a tax rate of per valuation one cent less than last The onepenny reduction in the debt service rate is possible thanks to refinancing debt at a lower interest rate said Direc tor of Business Services Debra Smith Although administrators had a comfort zone in debt service allocations balancing the oper ating budget was more difficult The district will make its first Chapter 41 Robin Hood pay ment this year and the main tenance and operations rate cannot go higher than the ceiling reached last year Altogether the proposed budg et is roughly million more than last years If we didnt have the million payment to the state we would be in better Smith said Fortunately for administrators and trustees property values are up again this year Higher values ensure the same tax rate will raise enough money to cover the dis tricts financial needs Unfortunately for homeown ers higher values translate to What Comal Independent School District public tax rate hearing and board meeting When Thursday When Comal Elementary School 6720 FM See Page 3A DID YOU KNOW The proposed tax rate is broken into for maintenance and operations and 32 cents for debt service inter est and is the maxi mum rate a district can set The tax bill on an average home valued at will increase i Because the dis trict is not taking on any new debt it will not need to raise the debt service rate for