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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas l IW 781 IUMUSVI SQUTHUFST nTrROflltLTSHI1 2627 E DR fi3i ix mm SPORTS FOOTBALL New Braunfels coach Rick Rhoades assesses the state of his Unicorns halfway through the season Pages SA 8DAY SEPTEMBER 30 RALDZEITUNG COUPON FREE PASS Fiesta Shrine Circus offers a free pass for children and a buy one get one free adult pass Page 2B Vo 153 No 276 12 pages 2 sections CLICK P County since 1852 DEARABBY 4B cloudy High Low 89 69 Details 1B mi HI ill llHlfmi CISD to seek advice in wreck suit By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees will seek legal advice tonight regarding a law suit filed by a former employee Last year Kay Klock filed suit over circumstances surround ing a fatal accident in 2002 that killed her stepdaughter Kayla The jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan 10 The accident occurred on FM 2673 when a CISD school bus rearended Klocks Nissan Quest minivan on the way to school the morning of Nov 14 Mark Einfalt a lawyer for the firm representing Klock said his client was seeking unspecified damages from CISD as well as Nissan North America Inc and Ricky Lee Spriggs the bus driver Although the trial is supposed start in less than four months an out of court settlement is still possible It is not possible to know if it will go to Einfalt said If the matter is decided out of court or if the jury finds in See LAWSUITS Page 2A COMICS 36 CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 4fi AT A GLANCE What Comal Independent School District school board meeting I When 6 tonight Where Specht Elementary School FREEDOM TO CHOOSE DAVID New Braunfels High School student council members Angelica Delacerda left Evan Powell and Bonnie McGlothlin are preparing to participate for the first time in the American democratic three seniors are busy get ting people to sign pledge cards promising to vote High school students prepare to vote for first time Early voting Earjy voting begins Oct 18 ana runs Mon day through Friday until Oct 29 at DNBISD Edu cation Center 430 W Mill 8 to 5 2 The Comal County Court house 150 N Seguin 8 to One early vot ing Saturday is scheduled from 8 to 5 Oct 23 at the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill S Day 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 Mailin ballots must be returned to th Education Center by Oct 26 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels High School senior Bonnie McGlothlin has big plans tonight She is not going on a date or meeting friends for a movie McGlothlin has cleared her schedule for an educational experience watching the first presidential debate of the 2004 election I want to know the truth about the she said I have pretty much made up my mind who Im going to vote for but I still want to hear what each candidate has to McGlothlin and fellow NBHS student council members Angel ica Delacerda and Evan Powell are preparing to participate for the first time in the American democratic process Unlike the 40 percent of voters who did not cast votes in the last presidential election they are excited to be a part of the process We fought to be a democracy so we could vote and now peo ple McGlothlin said I dont understand Every election cycle has its round of get out the vote ini DONT MISS I What The first of three presi dential debates I When 8 tonight I Where Network and cable tele vision tiatives but this year is special This is the first presidential elec tion to include the generation that came of age with the Sept terror attacks Hip initiatives like Rock the Vote and MTVs Choose or Lose campaign are bombarding Amer icas youth with a slew of enter tainers assuring teens it is cool to have a say at the ballot box McGlothlin Delacerda and Powell all plan to cast their votes on Election Day and they are encouraging their elders to do the same Using Freedoms Answer a program endorsed by the National Association of Student Councils the young voters are making announcements hand ing out flyers and getting people to sign pledge cards promising to vote Pledging is a serious commitment students will use the list to make phone calls on Election Day eve to remind voters about the big day Because not all firsttime vot ers are as informed as they should be about the issues Sponsor Julie Estes and council members have created an informative newsletter called the Stall Street Journal They leave it in the schools bathroom stalls to appeal to a captive audience Powell who plans to join the Marines after he graduates said he believed the election would be decided by one issue the war on terror That is the one issue that will decide what will happen to us in the future whether we will have more attacks here in Amer he said All three students said the ter ror attacks which happened during their freshman year of high school and the subsequent awareness of Americas vulnera bility were defining the nations future Their goal is to make sure they are not the only ones who see the importance of voting We hope people who see how much its impacted us will want to vote he said Agreement to delay annexation of ranch farmland Adam Cork By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braun fels City Council agreed it would give attorneys time to work out the details of a nonan nexation agree ment that would temporarily delay annexa tion for landowners involved in agriculture Council approved the sec ond reading of annexation ordinances Monday night for almost acres of land outside the city limits including acres of ranch and farmland sur rounding the municipal air port The agreement called a restrictive covenant would require landowners to main tain the current use of their land but the city would agree not to annex the land Mayor Adam Cork said Tuesday the intent of the agreement was to give relief to landowners involved in agricul ture until the Legis lature could find a permanent solution for protecting ranch and farmland against annexation State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels has said she would work to find a permanent solution But since the city pro posed the idea of restrictive convenants other landown ers scheduled for annexation have expressed an interest in signing the agreement Were working with landowners in other areas not just people who own said Director of Planning Frank Robbins Council added part of the Word Ranch Monday night to the list of landowners who are interested in the agree ment So its not just farm land owners were talking to about restrictive Cork said council would See CITY Page 2A HEALTHALERT Tbeltexas Commission on Environmental jxents has declared today an Ak Health Alert Day Pollution levels online at are wvmtwee Health Alert Incentives approved for Home Depot Supply call center By Scott Mahon StaffWriter New Braunfels City Council approved financial incentives for a new squarefoot Home Depot Supply call cen ter to be built at Common Street and Gruene Road Two years of negotiations culminated in July when state and local dignitaries announced that the home builder supply company selected New Braunfels for a call center that would employ approximately 350 workers Officials said the financial package included a rebate on half the local portion of the sales tax generated by the call center for 10 years A division of The Home Depot Home Depot Supply fills orders from institutional and commercial builders through a call centers and distribution centers The companys only call center is currently in San Diego and there are three distribution centers in Texas Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Pres ident Michael Meek estimat ed the New Braunfels call center would generate million in sales a year The city and county would get 2 percent of that in sales tax he said Thats about million in Before approving the finan cial incentives council con vened a public hearing Mon day night to give local resi dents the opportunity to voice their opinions Joy and Paul Martinka who have owned Henne Hard ware since 1996 said that giant chains like WalMart and The Home Depot have
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