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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas T SALDZEITUNG KICKOFP TIME SVHS prepares for Warriors CHS launches against LaVernia Marion Navarro in warmup contests Page 5A FORUM GUEST COLUMN Bulverde City Councilwoman Sarah Stevick rails against the illconceived capital improvement plan Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 247 12 pages 2 sections CLICK i DEAR ABBY 3B H 4 COMICS Partly cloudy High Low 98 76 Details 1B 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SPORTS 56A Schertz teen shoots brother then self By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SCHERTZ Two brothers died Thursday in a shooting incident officials believe was a murdersuicide Schertz Police Department spokesman James Schindler said Charles Neddo 15 and David Neddo 12 died of gun County employees get raises after all By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County employees excluding elected officials will get pay raises in the million budget commis sioners adopted Thursday The county conducted a pair of public in the morning and one in the evening attended by only two members of the public The budget was adopted on a 31 vote with Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin voting against it County Judge Danny Scheel by tradi tion abstains from voting on the budget because he pre pares it During the morning meet ing Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson moved to add 2 percent costofliving raises into the budget which was seconded by Precinct 4 Com missioner Jan Kennady Dawsons budget amend ment specifically excluded raises for any elected official as well as five senior appoint ed county officials human resources director emergency management coordinator county engineer assistant county engineer and the 911 coordinator This has been a really tough budget year and next year will be even Kennady said She noted that insurance copays and other costs for employees will go up in 2005 and that budget pressures from possible appraisal caps or tax freezes will squeeze the county even more in coming years See COUNTY Page 3A shot wounds about We had a 15yearold boy shoot his Schindler said We believe it was a mur The shooting at a North cliffe home remained under investigation late Thursday but Schindler said police believed the older boy turned the weapon a 357 Magnum on himself after shooting his brother He offered no other details and didnt state a pos sible motive Police and EMS were dis patched to the residence located in the 3400 block of Sherwin Drive David Neddo was flown to University Hospi tal where Schindler said he was pronounced dead on arrival Charles Neddo was pro nounced dead at the scene of the shooting The boys are the sons of Guy and Josephine Neddo Their mother Schindler said had left the home min utes before the shooting which he said he believed occurred as the children were preparing to leave for school Charles Neddo was a soph omore at Samuel Clemens High School David Neddo was a seventhgrader at Dobie Junior High School Police were interviewing Josephine Neddo Thursday Schindler said Obviously shes very dis traught very shaken he said Schindler said Schertz Chief of Police Steve Starr was head ing the investigation See SHOOTING Page 3A DAVID Parks Supervisor Jeff Wisenbaker and Parks Director Stacey Laird discuss the new master plan for Landa Park Thursday afternoon as children playonone of the slides City revisits parks master plan By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Rapid growth has forced officials to take another look at the citys 4year old master plan for its parks and recreation department The departments current master plan which was adopted in 2001 projected a million expansion over seven years But Parks Director Stacey Laird said the plan was being reviewed for revisions Master plans are typically updat ed every five she said But so much has changed since Of the 450 acres of parkland owned by the city 200 acres belong to Lan da Park golf course and 48 acres belong to Landa Park Hinman Island Park is 56 acres Camp Comal is 44 acres and Pan ther Canyon is 40 acres The remainder of parkland takes up a small cluster within a fivemile Laird said But most of our parkland is north of 135 and along the There are approximately 20 parks in New Braunfels Only two parks are south of 135 Camp Comal and PARKS AND RECREATION BUDGET BY field utilities Northridge Park which is just two be to find out what recreation servic lots with a basketball court on North es community residents want park Ridge The Recreation and Parks Associa We have gaps south of Laird tion recommends communities ded said A lot of new development is icate seven to 10 acres of parkland for taking place on that side of town so every residents our goal is to update the master plan Our deficiency is neighborhood this year The first step is to update Laird said A compilation of our inventory or to determine how surveys in the current master plan much parkland we have and how showed that the number one thing much equipment we currently The next step Laird said would See PARKS Page 3A CISD sets tax rate names new member By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees approved the 200405 budg et and set the tax rate at per valuation after lauding administrators for their fiscal responsibility I have never seen administration put so much effort into a said Trustee John Bertelsen I dont know how you did it but you did an out standing Despite having to include an almost million Robin Hood payment to the state Superintendent Nancy Fuller and her staff submitted a million budget only higher than last reduced the tax rate by one penny Setting a new precedent for the dis trict Fuller started the budgeting process in January Department heads and principals were asked for the first time to present their own budgets to board members during workshop ses sions that started in May This is the first time we feel like were getting a grasp on our said board President Nick Nichols See CISD Page 3A COMING TUESDAY Now Oakwood counseling center spurs support ministry OAKWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Ray Still Denomination Baptist Attendance Meeting times 8 and Sunday Location 2154 loop 337 N Phone 6250267 Website I I Mission The pur pose of this church shall be to exalt Christ as Redeemer and Lord and in His name witness to the world minis ter to the needs of others disci ple the mem bers and love each other as God loves us By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Behind a door labeled Counseling Oakwood Baptist Church minis ters to hurting families The center located at the churchs main campus offers reduced cost Christian counseling from six licensed profession al counselors Pastor Ray Still said the unique min istry was the answer to an important question If we value families what will we do to help he asked When the center opened two years ago most clients were Oakwood members The oream was to open it to the whole said center Director Judy Walter Now other churches refer mem bers to us and are opening their doors to us to come do sessions at their loca The hourly cost for individuals and for families makes counseling possible for people who cannot afford to spend much for the help they need Counselors saw 60 families in July usual ly a slow month We are full to Walter said Its exciting because you do see lives The center has spawned a new min istry support groups Still calls them recovery groups for people with habits hangups and hurts Counselors hold chemical dependen cy divorce recovery and sex addiction groups for adults Another divorce recov ery group allows children to share their feelings Both Still arid Waiter said they hope to expand the groups during the next 12 months Oakwood members are familiar with up ministries they were thf first to OMflO offer a Bible study for mentally handi Oakwood Baptist Churchs Teaching Pastor Shawn canned Corane left Creative Arts Director Delia Stevens ers Sea CHURCH Page 3A Conine left Creative Arts Director Delia Stevens and Pastor Ray Still go over next Sundays morning service worship plan
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