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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                THE SUNDAY AUGUST 29 2004 HERALDZEITUNG LIFE COMFORTING 91yearold blind woman leads volunteers who make 365 quilts per year for relief group Page 1B COUPONS SAVE OVER Clip and save on a variety of items with coupons from and Smart Source Inside I Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 249 26 pages 4 sections CLICK 30 rain chance High Low 90 70 Details1B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS B6C Woman stabbed in chest i By Ron Maloney StaffWriter SOLMS Sheriffs deputies were looking Satur day night for a mail who stabbed a 37yearold Solms woman Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Jimmy Limmer said the woman who suffered sever al stab wounds to the upper chest was driven to Univer sity Hospital in pretty seri ous condition They were pretty bad Limmer said She was having trouble breath Because of her condition Limmer did not release the womans name Saturday night Limmer said the woman was stabbed at about 6 in a private residence located in the 5100 block ofFM482 The victim crossed the street to a business and found someone who called it Limmer said New Braunfels Fire Depart ment paramedics Bo John son and MarkTisdale treated the woman at Comal Auto Salvage She would have been flown to the hospital an official said but the weather didnt permit it She was an official said of the halfhour highspeed trip to the hos pital It was excruciating for her She went immediately into Hospital officials released no information Saturday night Limmer said deputies were looking for a 36yearold local man in connection with the incident He released no further information Crowded classrooms mark new school year By Leigh Jones Staff Wrjter Two weeks into the new school year some classrooms are tjoo full some are too empty and some ajre just right Overcrowding in Comal Independent School District is particularly bad at Comal Elementary where Principal Jan ice Tubb has 778 students making order ly processions through the halls We have about 11CJ more kids than we did last Tubb said The growth itself drjiven primarily by new home developments on Morning side Drive did not catch administrators by surprise but the tinjing did We knew we would have big growth but in my experience in three years in this district it does not usually crest until Tubb said Administrators estimated Tubb would have 760 students 18 fewer than she has today If the numpers keep rising finding enough classrooms and desks for the young learners might be a problem The state mandatesf a 221 student teacher ratio for kindergarten through fourth grade and CISIJ requires a 261 ratio for fifth and sixth grade We dont have much room to expand but theres always the li Tubb said Although enrollmenj is highest com pared to last year at Carnal Elementary other CISD schools are seeing high er numbers of Students DAVID Students at Comal Elementary wait to be picked up after school in a crowded computer lab See CROWDING Page 8A Friday school has 110 more students than it did last year Most w MANDY Comal County Sheriffs deputies talk outside of the house off FM 482 where a stabbing was reported The victim stabbed in the chest was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in San Antonio Future road plans will take a ctolT on county By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Comal County will begin planning to form a board with authority to set tolls to help payfor future road construction County Judge Danny Scheel made the announcement this past week as commis sioners wrestled with budget issues exacer bated by everincreas ing unfunded state mandates to local gov ernments in Texas From the state down to counties cities and school dis tricts governments are fighting funding shortfalls The state in recent legislatures has passed more and more of its shortfalls on to local governments An unfunded mandate is a law passed at the state level imposed on a local gov ernment without the funding to meet its requirements Scheel has been meeting with a group of judges that calls itself the South Central Texas Counties Transportation Alliance They have been discussing how future road projects will be paid for and the leg islation that authorizes counties to create a body called a Regional Mobility Author ity to help the state fund local transporta tion projects That funding would come through bonds or tolls Comal County has proposed highway projects such as the expansion of See TOLL ROADS Page 8A Danny Scheel Related Local bus service for elderly disabled gets boost By Ron Maloney StaffWriter When Comal County commissioners approved their 2005 budget this past week it was not before sev eral thousand dollars were added to help subsidize increased public transporta tion here A bus system called ART Alamo Rapid Transit established here a year ago to provide transportation assistance to the elderly and disabled of New Braunfels is expanding its service Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora worked with Dr Carlos Campos and the Alamo Area Council of Governments to bring the service here one year ago Thursday she local match funding in the 2005 county budget Now she said the word needs to get out to increase usage of the service Transportation assis tance for the elderly is great ly Zamora said There are residents in Precinct 3 who cant get out of their homes and have no one to take them anywhere We need to make people aware of the service weve made Beverly Lutz AACOG transportation manager said ART whose vehicles locally are based at the sen ior center sought to increase ridership in New Braunfels Were trying to meet more of the needs we know exist in this she said Zamora thanked commis sioners for increasing local funding and said the trans portation service would become increasingly impor tant in coming years This is another example of how working together we can make a difference and get things she said NEED A RIDE ART can bring you to doctors appointments the grocery store or the Comal County Senior Citizen Center among other places Cost for those over age 60 is a recommended but not required donation For those under 60 cost is unless the rider is a Medicaid recipient Call 1866889 7433 MILLER MILLER Check us out on the web at 6283000 186 S CastellAve Downtown Now Braunfels   

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