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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas u 7990 DAY SEPTEMBER TALDZEITUNG hi SPORTS SET FOR PLAY Canyon and New Braunfels begin their District 274A volleyball seasons tonight Page 5A FORUM VOTE ABSENTEE Nicki Falukos urges citizens to vote by absentee ballot to avoid the problems of voting machine Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 268 12 pages 2 sections CLICK I 8 Partly cloudy High Low 91 70 Details 1B DEARABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 2A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Victims of Saturdays lake accidents identified By Ron Maloney StaffWriter CANYON LAKE Officials have identified victims killed Saturday in two accidents at Canyon Lake Comal County Sheriffs detective Sgt Tommy Ward said William Charles Franklin 19 of San Anto nio was the man who drowned off Comal Park Texas Parks and Wildlife Warden Danny Villalobos said Christopher M Avee 32 of San Antonio was killed in an accident near Canyon Dam when his personal watercraft was struck by another operated by a 17yearold San Antonio boy He was basically Vil lalobos said He was in the process of making a turn and the other rider failed to make the turn hit him on the right side went over his vehicle and knocked him Avee who owned both vehicles involved in the accident was face down in the water afterward Villalobos said an autopsy had been ordered to determine the cause of his death He said that charges were possible depending upon the outcome of the investigation into the acci dent In the drowning incident two hours later San Marcos Area Recov ery Team dive team commander Dan Misiaszek reported Franklin was swimming in an area locals call the According to witnesses he was swimming between the islands at about when he began call ing for help and thrashing in the Misiaszek said Two friends attempted a rescue but were unable to keep Franklin above the Sheriffs deputies were called at and SMART a division of the South Hays Fire Department was called shortly afterward Using highintensity underwater lights Misiaszek said divers found Franklin at minutes after going into the water Witnesses provided enough infor mation that divers were confident they would find Franklins body with in a small area He was found 50 yards from shore in 23 feet of water COUNTY FAIR Crowning moments Blevins Bigbee chosen queens for fair rodeo By Leigh Jones StaffWriter As Jessica Bigbee guided her horse Angel Fire around the Comal Fairgrounds arena Sat urday she did not look like she was in a competition she looked like she was having fun The judges must have thought They never said whether it was her beaming smile or the jaunty angle of her black felt hat but they selected Bigbee as the 2004 Comal County Rodeo Queen Bigbee 14 from Canyon High School is joined on her court by Princess Devin Fel ger 14 from New Braunfels See QUEENS Page 3A Resistance puts NBISD bonus plan on standby MANDY Newly crowned Fair Queen Kendall Blevins hugs outgoing Queen Shannon Kohlen burg as former Duchess CristinaTalcott and Fair Princess Chelsea Laning look on ADMISSION WEDNESDAY FREE THURSDAY FREE FRIDAY Students FREE until 6 11 until 11 Adults 12 Over Children 611 yrs Under 6 yrs FREE SATURDAY 10 until 11 Adults 12 Over Children 6 11 yrs Under 6 yrs FREE SUNDAY 11 until 6 Adults 12 Over Children 611 yrs Under 6 yrs FREE After 6 FREE FAIRGROUNDS PARKING Free parking and shuttle is avail able Friday and Saturday night from Schlitterbahns Surfenourg on Union Avenue Shuttle bus service schedule Friday Sept to Saturday Sept to am CARNIVAL TIME Heart of America Shows 2004 Tuesday Sept 21 Open 6 to midnight Arm Bands 6 to 11 By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfels Indepen dent School District employ ees will have to wait another month to find out if trustees will give them a bonus A proposal by Superin tendent Ron Reaves to spend of the districts mil lion surplus for the bonus met fierce resistance Mon day night from Trustees Rob Johnson and Lee Edwards Johnson first ex pressed concerns over the legality of giving employees Trustee Rob Johnson District 5 and administrators attend a sixhour team building work shop on a Saturday in Nov ember so they could have their bonus in time for Christmas When Reaves and Trustee Ed Clark assured Johnson Texas Association of School Theres always a tendency to spend money if we have it Now were opening the door for peo to think they can approach the cash extra money after the dis tricts budget was already approved 1 need a letter from a law yer saying we can do it before Im willing to he said Its a constitutional During his proposal Rea Board lawyers said the pro posal was legal he said he was concerned about spend ing district reserves Theres always a tendency to spend money if we have he said Now were open ing the door for people to ves explained the Texas Con think they can approach the stitution will not allow the cash district to give additional After the meeting Trustee compensation after the em Paul Fisher who joined Clark ployee salary schedule has jn voting against the post been adopted and contracts ponement rattled a plastic have been signed A loophole bag holding in change allows districts to require you know what this employees to perform extra he asked This is rough duties and compensate them Reaves proposed contract employees mostly teachers ly the increase teachers saw See NO BONUS Page 3A DAVID The 2004 Comal County Fair Rodeo chose the Queen and her court Saturday after noon From left is Rodeo Queen Jessica Bigbee runnerup Morgan Leach Duchess Samantha Owens and Princess Devin Felger IN OTHER ACTION NBISD trustees approved for outofpocket expenses matching funds from the Classroom Supply Teacher Reimbursement Grant 82 fundraising projects throughout the district for the 200405 school year First quarter budget amendments including for three new school buses Task force wades into controversy over river tubers By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Members of the citys River Task Force agreed the Comal River can accommo date only so many tubers but they havent decided how to limit the number of tubers on the river Task force members who are sched uled to meet at 6 Wednesday dis cussed many control options last week Some members suggested expanding the last public exit others suggested regulating the number of tubers outfit ters can put on the river The volunteer committee was formed by city council following a weekend in June when the closing of the Guadalu River resulted in overcrowding of Comal River Mayor Adam Cork who is a commit tee member said getting tubers out of the river is the crux of the problem Tubers dont float down the river at the same rate so they bunch up and the last public exit gets Cork said We just dont have an ade quate way to move people down the riv Kevin Webb said the task force mem bers should consider a permanent solu tion rather than discussing temporary solutions that would be enacted when the Guadalupe River forces tubers to the Comal River See TASK FORCE Page 3A NBCT HOTTING What Citys River Task Force When 6 Wednesday Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave
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