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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas MAY 2005 ERALDZEITUNG SPORTS AGONIZING The Smithson Valley Softball team saw its season end with a 10 loss to SA OConnor in the regional Page 5 FORUM LETTERS Readers voice their opinions on rural schools and prob lems with the Social Security Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since w 163 14 1 sections CLICK j B vsvruin W chance of rain High Low 86 68 Details DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 9 Attorney Neal will plead guilty to murder By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The former Canyon Lake resident charged with murder and arson for allegedly killing his mother late in 2000 and then burning down her home is expected to plead guilty to the Daniel Patrick waived his right to a jury trial Thursday morning before 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles The move clears the way for Neal to plead guilty to a charge of murder Tuesday in a plea agreement now being negotiated between his attor Joseph Garcia and District Attorney Dib Neal allegedly shot his Barbara twice before set ting fire to her Canyon Lake Drive home on Canyon Lake firefighters found Caseys body in the who also went by the name of Daniel disappeared after the Comal County Sher iffs Detective Tommy Ward initiated a nationwide manhunt for He was apprehended a week later at the Canadian border in Belling after customs officials on the Canadian side found a bullet in his vehicle and turned him back toward the American Since his a trial on murder and arson charges has been repeat edly delayed because who has See MURDER Page 2 A TIME TO CELEBRATE NBHS seniors graduate in front of family By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter SAN 13 years of books and teach ers dirty the New Braun fels High School Class of 2005 closed their lockers for good Thursday night when approxi mately 415 students graduated in front of a packed house at Stra han As friends and family pairs of stiidents filed Mfe the coliseum dressed in royal blue gowns with matching The ceremony was a lightheart ed with neither students nor audience members taking themselves too Midway through student Sean Hills farewell the graduating class began tossing inflatable beach balls back and forth between the Hills speech was momentarily interrupted by the cheers of the students and crowd and the fol lowing offered when school officials confiscated the The reading of the graduates was punctuated with wolf whis plastic clappers and blaring air Superintendent Ron Reaves did sober up the crowd briefly when he offered his advice and congrat ulations to new Whatever course your future I hope your time in Uni corn country has prepared you for the challenges you will Reaves Photos by DAVID Amanda Jourden flashes thumbs up to the crowd as she walks across the stage to receive her diploma at graduation ceremonies for New Braunfels High School at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos Thursday Miguel Aguirre Hannah Albrecht and Jose Alvarez sing the New Braunfels High School Alma Mater for the last time as seniors at the end of commence ment Graduate Stacy Ester seemed eager to explore what the world has in store for Planning to study digital graphics at the Uni versity of Texas at Austin in the Ester was relieved able to move forward with her life Its like a big weight has been she Ester planned to celebrate her graduation by attending Project an annual event offer ing students a drug and alcohol free way to commemorate their Parent Margo Havekost had mixed feelings about her high school Jay See GRADUATION Page 2 Baylor named principal at Canyon Intermediate By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Comal Independent School District trustees unanimously selected Dani Baylor as Canyon Intermediate new principal Thurs Baylor replaces Sarah Towler who is moving to Washington with her Im really excited about getting Baylor Im looking forward to working with this age During her 16 year education the Texas graduate has worked with all age Her most recent as principal in New Caney was at the middle school Baylor also has served as principal in the Dime Box and Van Vleck school districts after working as a director of alter native programs and instructional tech nology Canyon Intermediate is a fourththrough sixthgrade campus with roughly 560 stu who recently moved to the hill country area from will start See CANYON Page 3 Dani Baylor Getting wet Tourists flock to the Guadalupe and Comal rivers for fun in the FAIT TOUR OF FAITH For more than a the HeraldZeitung has profiled local churches in our weekly Tour of Faith During that we have contacted every church listed in the tele phone directory and others brought to our attention If your church was not included and would like to be please contact reporter Leigh Jones at 625 9144 225 or by email at Ijones Rain or tourists expected to flock into New Braunfels By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The tubes are the trash cans are the portable restrooms are in Braunfels is ready for the Memorial Day tourist invasioa Between Canyon Lake and the city thousands of people will converge on the Guadalupe and Comal renting rafts and any thing else that will keep them afloat for several Were expecting a lot of said Nathan city parks department river Weve been gear ing up since late and we are totally It has taken Pence and his staff almost a month to pre pare for the and despite the showery they are expecting a good We do anticipate people will show no matter what the weather he The Guadalupe River level will be perfect for tubing 300 cubic feet per Greater Chamber of Com merce President Michael Meek said he could not esti mate exactly how many peo ple would be coming to but based on advanced reser he expected the hotels to be 100 percent full by People who dont want a roof over their heads are mak ing a beeline for area camp Zero owner of Camp Huaco and Rockin R River said Memorial Day weekend traditionally provid ed the biggest camping crowd of the Cabin fever sets in over the winter and it seems like peo ple just want to spend the first vacation of the summer out of he Were all booked Everything that can be reserved has who has been keep ing an eye on the is not concerned about Last Memorial it and we had an excel lent he I think well probably get a shower just about the time everyone is ready to come in for the which will be See TOURISM Page 3 DAVID A kayaker negotiates the rapids along the Guadalupe River Tuesday
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