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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Tf TT APRIL HERALD fllXEO flPC 781 SOUTHWEST M27 E VAMLL DR FASO TX 7990 MMBV FASO TX 79903 lllllllllllllllllllllMllllllllI ZEITUNG SPORTS ISO CLOSE New Braunfels Softball team heads into the playoffs after a 32 loss to district champ Dripping Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Columnist Woodall says its time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan and Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 134 16 2 sections CL j Sunny High Low 78 45 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B NBISD refuses to turn over bullying report By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District will not release a report on middle school bully ing despite formal requests from the Herald Zeitung and concerned Based on advice from the dis tricts administrators are withholding the documents because they claim the informa tion contains sensitive student data protected under the Family Educational Right and Privacy Assistant Superintendent Janet Patton generated the doc uments at the request of Super intendent Ron Reaves after both administrators attended the March 17 Citizens for New Braunfels Middle School Improvement Their goal was to analyze dis cipline problems at the school and use the information to for mulate a plan to cut down on fights and insubordi nation on Although parents have referred to the document as a even claiming they heard it was 60 pages Reaves said it was nothing more than a single spreadsheet of It is not a written he Its just basically a list of in school suspension which we cannot While student privacy could be protected if the district removed names and identifica tion numbers from the docu administrators are con cerned people reading the information could figure out who the students were based on other statistical CNBMSI member Liza Stock well was disappointed and See REPORT Page 3A Ron Reaves SEEKING A CURE Relay walkers celebrate remember loved ones By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Yvonne Mullings was diagnosed with breast cancer two years She was 29 years After a year of six months of radiation and a mas Mullings was ready to take her survivors lap at the begin ning of New Im really she My family was so Get ting cancer was really the best thing that ever happened to It helped me focus on what I wanted to do with my As soon as she finished her last Mullings went back to college to get her making the deans list her first I was so It was a real she While Mullings told her members of her relay team were putting on their costumes in the This years theme was Go and Mullings group chose The Wizard of Oz for their The sign over their greentopped tent Emerald but the complete with a yellow brick road entrance did not offer much protection from the wind whipping up Dorothys The team of organized by Janie walks every Wearing a friends Quincinera dress and sporting a bleach blonde Mullings led the crew as Glen da the Good Phptos by MANDY Cancer survivors walk the first lap around the New Braunfels High School stadium track Friday evening during the American Cancer Societys Relay for Michele Shelton points out her grandmothers name to her at their tent at the Relay for Their banner Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a Cure for Glenda disappeared quickly in the sea of purple shirtclad sur vivors gathered at the edge of the track for the evenings first Evan probably was wearing the smallest scrap of pur ple in the The little boys energy belied how sick he already had been dur ing his short Diagnosed with Hodgkins Lym phoma five years Evan had a double lung transplant when he was followed by years of excru ciating His said he See RELAY Page 8A County pays to cover budget shortfall By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Comal County spent million on indigent health care last which along with other state mandated programs caused a cash shortfall that surprised coun ty To cover the commissioners approved an transfer from the countys general fund reserves and First Assistant County Auditor Sharon EerreU saidas a the countys gener al fund reserves would fall far below the million mark that the county tries to The reserves arent going to be anywhere near Terrell said But I wont know the final number until the end of May when we complete our yearend financial report that will be presented to the Ferrell said counties are not required to spend more than 8 percent of their gener al revenue tax levy for indigent health which in 2004 would have been We came she But other state mandated programs were also short at the end of fiscal year including expenses for public defenders and housing for juvenile Ferrell said in the county spent for public See BUDGET Page 3A Folksy fun The Kindermasken Parade and Folkfest return to New Developer plans multiuse project in mill building By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A California developer who likes to convert historical buildings first saw the Mission Valley Mill building when he was jogging in New Braunfels last I was visiting friends in Austin and we were in Gruene and New Braun said Mark I was jogging when I noticed the building and saw the real estate So I talked to the real estate broker about it and found out someone was thinking about demolishing the And I thought what a travesty that would who with his Scott operate Urban Pacific Builders in Long Beach and specialize in pur chasing older historical buildings and converting them to commercialresi dential Were starting a project in Austin that would be similar to the concept we have in mind for the Mission Valley Mill he We dont intend to demolish the In we want to preserve and enhance its his torical Urban Pacific Builders has the prop erty under and local Realtor Lee Edwards said the deal could be completed in 180 Edwards is cobrokering the trans action with the Joe Foster Company of and said the 40acre includ ing the had an appraised value of about Edwards declined to disclose the pur chase but said the transaction was still in the due diligence process and Urban Pacific Builders would have to complete an environmental and eco nomic impact The concept for developing the property would be a multiuse proj including office retail condominiums and some residential he Owned by Plains Cotton Coopera tive Association in the prop erty was being considered as a site for a new convention centerhotel com plex that would have been funded by a Tax Increment Finance a con cept initially proposed by the Coker Company of Only 14 employees still work at the See DEVELOPER Page 3A DAVID Lee developer Mark Tolley and New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork discuss plans for developing the old Mission Valley Mill building into a multiuse
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