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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas nil fOK ADC MAY SPORTS GOOD START The Smithson Valley baseball team opens the playoffs with a convincing win over SA Page 6 CINCO DE MAYO HEALTH FAIR The Cinco De Mayo Health and Fitness Fair will take place Saturday in New Page 8 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County 145 16 1 sections CK www 5O0 Partl Cloudy High 83 Details y dy Low 62 10 DEAR ABBY 12 CLASSIFIEDS 12 COMICS 11 CROSSWORD 11 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 12 The Scooter Store fires back at government By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A prominent political power bro ker and attorney Wednesday fired the latest shot in what could be a fight for the very existence of Comal Countys largest private sector Attorney Marc Racicot called on the federal government to end bur densome and illegal practices he says are designed to drive down uti lization of government medical ben efits to purchase mobility scooters and power could drive The Scooter Store out of busi The allegations come one week after the federal Department of Jus tice alleged in court documents that Scooter Store employees submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare and Those assertions came in a federal countcrsuit to an action in which The Scooter Store seeks reim bursement for hundreds of scooters and power wheelchairs provided to clients The Scooter Store says meet federal guidelines for the Such a countersuit is a routine action in a civil While The Scooter Store has been the subject of a twoyear federal investigation in which the FBI has reportedly interviewed many no criminal charges have ever been and Scooter Store founder and CEO Doug Harrison has steadfastly maintained during that time that his company and its employees have broken no Racicots threepage obtained by the I was See SCOOTER Page 5 Mayors race bringing voters to the polls By Scott Mahon Staff Writer If early votes are any indi Saturdays municipal election seems to be bring ing more voters to the polls than the last time the city elected a In May total votes were including votes from early This City Secretary Michael Resendez reported that early votes were cast during early In the May 2003 city elec when only city council seats were up for about votes were But in the November 2004 presidential almost vot ers showed up at the I Based on I this years I early votI ing I the big j draw in the I election seems to I be the maI yoral race between incumbent Adam Cork and challenger Bruce The largest turnout came from two districts without a council District 3 had See VOTERS Page 5 OUR VIEW For a recap of the Herald Zeitungs endorsements for the city see pages 4 and 9 30 YEARS OF MUSIC After months of vot ers in New Comal County and Buhverde will have their say Saturday New Braunfels ISD could face budget shortfall By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School District trustees have a tough choice to make if they approve the adminis trations preliminary budget raise taxes or spend fund balance Trustees got their first look at the general operating fund budget And while the negotiating process is just in required cost increases and in recommended Family Praise toe salary raises would put the balance sheet in the red using last years maintenance and operation tax The bottom line looks bet ter thanks to a 2cent drop in the interest and sinking tax the amount required to make the districts bond interest This decrease would allow trustees to raise the tax rate the same 2 cents without changing the overall See BUDGET Page 3 MANDY The Rick Cavender Band performs for guests at Gruene Hall during a benefit Wednesday For 30 Gruene Hall has hosted bands and many known Gruene Hall celebrates three decades of country fun By Scott Mahon Staff Writer GRUENE For 30 Gruene Hall has attracted tourists and locals into its his toric venue to hear the best in The oldest dance hall in Texas will kick off its 30th anniversary celebration Built in the Gruene Hall was revitalized 30 years ago by Pat Molak and Mary Jane Nalley and still stands at the end of Hunter Road and the intersection of Gruene Road in historic downtown Under the ownership of Molak and the dance hall has hosted a long list of countrywestern including Willie George Jerry Jeff Walker and Lyle When Molak opened Gruene he said he saw an opportunity to spotlight progressive country music and put Central Texas on the country music But he never dreamed that his interest in country and independent Texas music would make Gruene Hall one of the areas foremost live music Even with Molak and Nalley continued to developing the sur rounding ghost town until the hall became the center piece of one of the top local tourist Gruene Hall is popular because it has an authentic charm with corn meal on the ceiling screenless proppedopen windows and a variety of dancers moving around the dance To celebrate its 30th Gruene Hall will be full of music this week Junior Brown will take the stage at 8 Brown is well known for creating the See MUSIC Page 3 m HOUSE OF LEGENDS Some of the musicians who visited Gruene Hall over the last three decades were a Junior Brown ES Bo Diddley BS Dixie Chicks S3 Merle Haggard Hal Ketchum ESI Kris Kristoffersen B Jerry Lee Lewis S3I Little Richard H Lyle Lovett B Marshall Tucker Band n Michael Martin Murphy ES Willie Nelson George Strait Hank Williams III Family Praise Center taking hold in NB FAMILY PRAISE CENTER Pastor Church of the fel United ostal I35 Phone 830 Meeting By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Leon Suggett and his waited 21 years to move to New They discovered the beauty of the Texas Hill Country while living in Houston in the late 1970s and always knew they wanted to settle here one Its a wholesome Rinnae After traveling around the country for the last 14 years as fulltime the Sug getts finally got their Shortly after arriving in town this they held services for New Braunfels newest church Family Praise We are part of a conserva worldwide movement of New Testament latterday Suggett the Pentecostal preacher will give his third ser mon to his young congrega Mothers Day provides a fit ting backdrop for his family My greatest goal is to see families dedicate their lives to the he Our pri mary focus is family During their the Sug getts conducted yearly semi nars on titled Mar riage on the Now that they are they plan to continue their out reach closer to We preach preventative measures against the daily rela tionship Suggett The couple ministers with authority they will be mar ried for 34 years in They also like to incorporate material from financial guru Dave After good finances lead See CHURCH Page 2 DAVID Pastor Leon Suggett stands in front of Family Praise UJIlJLiliUJIUJUJU
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