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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas IT W MAY HERALD XKXXXXXMXMXNHHXK NIXED ADC 781 SOUTHWEST 2627 E DR EL PASO TX 79903 imiii EITUNG SPORTS The Smithson Valley Softball teams continue to march toward state Page 7A FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Ashleen Kelly says hardworking Hispanics can overcome Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 162 14 2 sections CLICK I Partly Cloudy High Low 84 69 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 8A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B Parents ask for mercy for admitted killer By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The parents of the man who pleaded guilty to murder in a 2002 stabbing sought mercy for their testifying they couldnt believe he had committed the Santiago Suarez and his painted a much different picture of their Santiago than the one portrayed by the prosecu tion of a coldblooded killer who trying to impress the Mexican who attorneys said was known as Crazy Jimmy among gangland pleaded guilty in April before 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel to stabbing Pablo Esquivel to death the night of April Two codefendants in the John and Daniel Campos have previously been Correa pleaded guilty at what was to be the start of his trial with Hernandez in May 2004 in exchange for an 11year prison Prosecutors believed he was the back seat passenger in the which was driven by Hernan A Comal County jury heard a two week found Hernandez guilty and sentenced him to 55 years in In exchange for Suarezs Dis trict Attorney Dib Waldrip agreed to a 50year sentence Prosecutor Joe Soane III made a brief opening statement at a day long hearing dominated by testimo ny by defense expert See MERCY Page 5A Parents join in debate over school dress code By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer While clothing fashions trends may have Changed over the the New Braunfels Independent School district secondary school dress code has teachers and administrators met Wednes day night at Holy Family Church to haggle over cloth ing definitions and revisions to the fourth draft of the Sec ondary School Dress The recent series of meetings is the first time the code has been discussed in 15 The purpose of the meet ing and subsequent revisions is to establish a consistent sixth through 12th grade dress Rules are different from one school to and for a that can be very said Assistant Superintendent Janet We want to establish the same rules all the way The code will be enforced during the instructional day and 30minutes before and People at the meeting Wednesday spoke against additional restrictions on pictures and writ ing on The adjust ment will allow students to wear clothing sponsored by organizations and clubs not affiliated with the school as well as popular sports Audience members spoke in favor of the wording No clothing that advertises tobacco prod profane or obscene lan guage or sex or vio The racial or symbols of death was also This is to keep kids from reading offensive material all day long as they sit behind See DRESS Page 5A NBHS students move on Seniors at New Braunfels High School take a big step forward in their lives at graduatioa 4B Board offers to support civic center plans By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Both the airport control tower and the civic center got nods of approval from the City of New Braunfels Indus trial Development Corpora tion 4B board of directors Through two nonbinding the board indi cated its willingness to spend million on each project in the Both votes were unani Now that City Manager Chuck Pinto knows how much 4B is willing to con tribute to the civic center he likely will ask city council members to set a final budget for the project in late June or early July and determine how much they are willing to contribute from general Council voted previously to cap the total project expense at Before construction can the old police station Chuck Pinto must be demolis hed to make way for a new parking lot and the city must final ize an agre ement with the Texas Depart ment of Transportation to move their maintenance yard to TxDOTs yard on I In die city will provide inkindwork on TxDOTs new The 4B board also unani mously approved extending to ALert Roofing to relocate its operations from Seguin to New Braun Director of Operations John Bagley told board mem bers the company had looked for a new facility in Seguin for two years with no Rather than move out of See 4B Page 4A PLEASE SLOW DOWN Residents stunned when council votes against stop signs By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Bernice Martini feels like a spectator at the Indianapolis 500 standing on her North Ranch Estates Boulevard front While some drivers obey the 30 mph speed Martini and her neighbors have observed many using the straight shot to County Line Road as their person al drag racing Fed up with the excessive 78 of the streets residents sighedapetition requesting stop signs to help slow down They got a green light from the Traffic and Transportation Committee last but city council put the brakes on the plan when they voted 43 to decline the Councilwomen Gail Valerie Lynn Limmer and Sonia Munoz Gill voted against the signs and Kathleen Beth Sokolyk and Mayor Bruce Boyer voted for Martini was We thought they would be concerned about our safety and she said standing next to the stop sign at North Ranch Estates Boulevard and Frances We just want some Residents thought their request was a sure The cross streets coming into North Ranch Estates all have stop includ ing a nub of a street that is only about 30 yards after two onecar accidents which demolished mailboxes and sent bricks flying across several neatly manicured front they felt sure council would see the need to slow down Our big issue is said Holly whose 9yearold was almost hit by a speeding car while she was riding her bike in front of her You would think a child could ride across a neighborhood street Although she said she was concerned DAVID Bernice Martini holds up a petition signed by 78 residents who live on North Ranch Estates Boulevard asking city council to consider the installa tion of stop signs along the straight roadway to help slow down traf Council voted 43 to decline the request Monday children walk along the about the streets MunozGill led the vote against the in part because City Engineer Mike Short rec ommended not to have them Short used the Manual on Universal Traffic Control Devices to judge whether the intersections met the stop sign The MUTCD requires equivalent numbers of vehicles on each he Those intersections do Following the established guidelines is said City Manager Chuck to protect the city from potential See STOP Page 4A Comal ISD forced to wait before rewarding teachers By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District teachers are waiting on pins and needles to find out what kind of raise they can expect next While they will get their first look at the proposed salary schedule tonight when adminis trators present the numbers to nothing can be final ized until legislators decide what they want to require as part of the school finance The proposed raise bandied about most often in Austin would give teachers over two but district adminis trators would to do more than that for most of their class room Under the proposed most teachers would get more than next Firstyear teachers would make more than last Teachers who have 10 years of experience stand to gain the most But until legislators have had their the teachers must Administrators are concerned that if they set the schedules before the end of the legislative any money legislators will require the district to spend will be added to what the dis trict has already committed to do for the creating an additional expense it might not be able to See RAISES Page 3A AT A GLANCE m What Comal Independent School District board meeting where trustees will get their first opportuni ty to look at the 200506 budget H When 6 Where Smi thson Valley High 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