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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas EL fm TX 79903 lliilUnliliilliinilliii uicnMcSDAYf MAY MAY KALDZEITUNG GRADUATION CLASS OF 2005 The HeraldZeitung takes a closer look at the graduating classes from the area high INSIDE SPORTS SPURS ROLL San Antonio takes a 20 series lead over Phoenix with a 111108 Page 7 A 161 16 2 sections CLICK 5OO Braunfels and Comal County since j Partly Cloudy High Low 95 70 Details2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 3B CROSSWORDS FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 48 aiwui JUIIP i jii i n MI n u nupp u i u m ji IHBHV Hi pi mM wu wUTreny 4B Board could fund airport expansion By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The City of New Braunfels Indus trial Development Corporation 4B Board of Directors will consider spending million to expand two city facilities Half of the money will go toward building a control tower at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport as part of a deal to expand Silver State Heli copters Economic Development Corpo ration Directbr Rusty Brockman almost laughed he was so excited about the new deal There are so many positive things going on with the airport that its hard not to get silly about it he Theres so much to this it could be really huge for Once the tower is in Silver State will begin to offer air traffic control something Brock man had hoped would be part of the Central Texas Technology Cen ters Phase 2 Those plans fell through earlier this thanks in part to a million price While Brockman could not sell his dreams for the CTTC the proposal sparked Silver States interest in its own See EXPANSION Page 3A A STEP FORWARD IN LIFE CLI students battle through adversity to graduate By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Ana Gonzalez did not think she would get a chance to walk across any stage for high school gradua tion one year She attended four schools dur ing the first semester of her junior year before finally ending up at Smithson Valley High I lost all my credits because I moved so she I thought about dropping but I really wanted a high school diplo in March 2d64vC5orrzate2 entered Comal Leadership Insti the Comal Independent School Districts alternative Thriving in the selfpaced cur riculum she completed her coursework in 11 Thursday Gonzalez joined 50 of her CLI classmates for graduation a if conclusion to her high school The students did not look much different from their traditional counterparts at Canyon and Smithson Valley high but CLI Principal Sandy Hancock said looks could be Every kid is here because they had to overcome which makes them extra she Oblivious to their leaders emo tional the stu dents laughed and chatted next to the civic center stage while Coun selor Shawn Pierce tried to get them in Its very Pierce We havent seen some of these kids for a while because they grad uated sometime during the Like many students were already working or prepar Photos by MANDY Fernando Smithson Valley assistant gives a big congratulatory hug to Bert Santibanez before the graduation proceedings for the Comal Leadership Institute class of graduates wait in line to cross the stage at the New Braunfels Civic CenterTuesday evening to accept their ing to head off to Im working and saving for col Gonzalez Since I have been in Child Protective Services most of my Im going to get some help paying for She did not have to come back for the formal graduation ceremo but Gonzalez said she would not have missed it for the I wanted to come back because Ive always wanted to walk across the even though Im nerv she During my eighth grade I which See GRADUATES Page 6A Garden Ridge expands to deal with rapid growth By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter GARDEN RIDGE The City of Garden Ridge is expanding to match the needs of its growing Plans are under way to build a new city public works building and The new buildings will be located off Municipal Parkway on the same property as the Feibelman Community The buildings will be more centralized and much more convenient to the com City Administrator Nancy Cain The city hall and library will encompass square The new facilities will be larger and much more Cain The city will begin soliciting bids for the projects in Construction is expected to be completed by spring Construction on the new named Tonkawa has The street will skirt the city limits and act as a bypass for Bat Cave The pass will initially be a twolane construction but is planned to expand to four The new buildings and roadway are being constructed to meet the demands of the residential growth in the The growth had been absolutely phe Mayor Jay Feibelman We have been growing at 14 percent a Feibelman estimates the current popula tion at close to which means Garden Ridge has grown by nearly a third since according to Census See GROWTH Page 3A COMINGSUNDAY Bane of the couhtyj A continued look at the problems illegal drugs have on Comal Police We will be ready for holiday crowds DAVID Tubers take a leisurely float down the Comal RiverTuesday By Ron Maloney StaffWriter When the anticipated tens of thou sands of tubers converge on New Braunfels and Comal County this local law enforcement offi cials will be ready to look after New Braunfels Chief of Police Russ Johnson said eveiy available supervisor and staff member of the NBPD would be Were about as prepared as we can be with the manpower we Johnson Were working every body on Johnson said he hoped four years of emphasis on the rivers within the city limits had shown returning vis itors that police in New Braunfels are serious about correcting lewd and raucous Were going to do our best to keep everybody in Johnson Police Joe Vargas said his department activated its summer river management plan two week ends to work the winter kinks out of the system and make sure everythings ready for the sum mers first holiday we try to start two weekends before Memorial Day to give us a little time to prepare and get everybody in the Vargas said Where the past two weekends police had 12 officers working the rivers in addition to the citys nor mal weekday river complement of four this there will be Were as ready as we can Var gas our personnel shortages are something we have to work but the people we do have recognize this is part of the job in the summer in a town thats geared toward the tourism Vargas said all offduty officers would be working including administrators and supervisors who are normally off on Ill be out as will Capt Villar real and Lieutenants Rust and See POLICE Page 3A Be Selective
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