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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TX 7W5 JESDAY SEPTEMBER 3RALDZEITUNG SPORTS REDPISH BITING Outdoors columnist Keith Warren writes that anglers can soon enjoy some of the years best redfish action Page SA FORUM SEX AND KIDS I Guest columnist Kathryn McLeod urges parents to pay attention to the states pending decision on I health textbooks Page 4A CountY 12 pages 2 sections CLICK 5O0 tly cloudy High Low 86 61 Details1B DEARABBY 38 COMICS 2B FORUM SPORTS TV GRIDS 4A 6A 12 city street department employees fired 1 employee could face criminal charges in wake of investigation By Ron Maloney Staff Writer City officials have fired 12 street department employees in recent weeks and criminal charges are being considered against one of them New Braunfels police Det Bob Parchman said he would present to District Attorney Dib Waldrip allegations that a recently dis charged street department employee had committed theft as a public servant between and If proved the allegation is a thirddegree felony punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and a fine Parchman refused to identify the fired employee because no for mal charges have been filed I was contacted by the assis tant city manager because they were investigating complaints that came up when one of their city street department employees was Parchman said Mr Mike Short city engineer and Mr Don Ferguson assistant city See 12 FIRED Page 3A This involves employees in streetand drainagerelated jobs from super visor down to labor Chuck Pinto City Manager Once a Ranger always a Ranger Council Stands pat j JL I on fairgrounds vote By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Public discussion to rescind a pre vious vote to donate the county fair grounds property to the fair associa tion was abruptly cut off Monday by a majority of the New Braunfels City Council And then council members voted against rescinding their earlier vote In July council voted 43 to donate the 41acre cityowned property to the Comal County Fair Association if voters didnt vote to designate the property a city park in the Nov 2 election That vote followed a series of events including a landswap proposal by Schlitterbahn an appraisal of the property and a petition to designate the property a public park After District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull made a motion Monday night to rescind the July vote Mayor Adam Cork said the discussion had to be focused on the motion Theres an item on the Nov 2 bal lot so we cant have a discussion that promotes or tries to defeat the item on the he said And I dont want a twohour discussion of what we did on July 26 So we need to keep the discussion focused on why we should change our District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil who said last week she See COUNCIL Page 3A NBISD ELECTION DAVID John Christopher Wommack greatgreat grandson of Johann Schnabel reads Schnabels life history to those gathered Saturday at Comal Cemetery to honor the formerTexas Ranger German immigrants 15 months of service honored more than a century after his death By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Johann Schnabel was honored posthumously Saturday at Comal Cemetery by the Former Texas Rangers Association Born in 1831 in Ger many Schnabel im migrated to the Unit ed States in 1851 and eventually settled in New Braunfels Schnabel was called to duty with the Rangers on Dec 14 1854 and was under the command of Wil liam R Henry in Compa ny C of the Mounted Volunteers He was discharged March 14 1855 He served as a pri vate and reportedly was in a number of fights with said Schnabels great grandson John Wom mack who is a lieu tenant with the New Braunfels Police De partment In the ear ly years the Texas Rangers didnt have uniforms They wore the clothes they had They were called to duty to handle a spe cific problem and Johann Schnabel Stephen F Austin organ ized the Texas Rangers in 1823 Today the Texas Rangers are a branch of theTexas Department of Public Safety There are 113 Rangers today When the Civil War broke out Schnabel served with the Confederacy He served as a private in the Texas 17th field bat Wommack said Schnabels wife died Oct childbirth Their fifth child John was the father of Alixia Schnabel Hampe and Carmen Sch nabel both who attended Satur days ceremony Schnabel eventually retired from farm ing He died on July at age 66 Max Wommack also Schnabels greatgrandson also attended Satur days ceremony Three of Schn ables greatgreat Travis and Lance a greatgreatgrand dauehter Alyssa Wommack D4 candidates agree with boards pause on employee bonus 2OO4 By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The Comal County Fair Parade was the perfect place to launch a local political campaign and Bill Biggadike took advan tage of it With red white and blue signs and a truck full of supporters Biggadike publicly announced his intention to replace his wife Penelope in the Dis trict 4 New Braunfels In dependent School Board seat campaign is go ing really he said The support from across the district is great I have a crosssection of people supporting Biggadike who held the seat for one term before his wife took his place knows what it takes to get elected He plans on mak ing a lot of phone calls and going doortodoor And of course he will have the obligatory yard signs His opponent Matthew Bettersworth is off to a slower start I havent done a whole See NBISD Page 2A Familiar name unfamiliar territory spice up D21 congressional race DAVID Members of the FormerTexas Rangers Association began marking graves in 1999 Locklear attended the cere After family and friends read the Rangers prayer Saturday Martinez unveiled a Texas Ranger memorial mony Retired Texas Ranger Ray cross on Schnabels grave In the Martinez said the Former background Dean Schilling played Association taps graves of far Once a Ranger ahvays a Martinez said By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Congressman Lamar Smith wants voters to re member more than to merely vote Smith when they cast ballots for Dis trict 21 representa tive Thats because Smith has drawn for a Democrat opponent Rhett Smith also of San Antonio We no longer say Vote for the congress man quipped at a cam paign stop Monday in New Braunfels We say Viva Lamar Smith who has served in Congress since 1987 was in New Braunfels seeking support for anoth er term in Washington He serves on the House Judiciary and Science committees and has gain ed seniority over nearly two decades that Smith hopes could bring him a full chairmanship if re See SMITH Page 3A I Early voting begins Oct 18 and runs Mon day through Friday until Oct 29 at 1 NBISD Edu cation Center 430 W Mill Street 8 to 5 2 The Comal County Court house 150 N Seguin Ave nue 8 to One early vot ing Saturday is scheduled from 8 to 5 Oct 23 at the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill Street fey I On election day Nov 2 each district will have one voting loca tion District 2 is at Lakeside Baptist Church 2719 FM 725 District 4 is at Lamar Primary School 240 N Central I Mailin ballots must be returned to the NBISD Education Center by Oct 26 Texas mer Texas Rangers in 1999 The first ceremony was at Center Texas Rangers assist local law he said Thirtytwo former enforcement Martinez when the situation ended they returned to their regular Schnabel married Elizabeth Troeste Oct They had a Tessas Rangers were buried at Center said Theyve been a branch of me children and owned a farm Texas Department of Public Safety between New Braunfels and Man There are over members of since on the association today There are 113 Texas Rangers today COMING FRIDAY I
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