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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas m m THE SUNDAY MAY 2005 ERALDZEITUNG SPORTS TOP PICKS The HeraldZeitung releases its choices as the top baseball and Softball players in Comal Page 1B LIFE DUTY Marine remembers those who died to protect Page 1C Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 165 30 5 sections CLICK j chance of rain High Low 86 69 Details 3B I TV GRIDS DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B Thousands slip and slide down area rivers Saturday showers dont hamper enthusiasm as tubers flock to Comal rivers By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Memorial Day weekend got off to a slow start Saturday when the city awoke to a torrential rain But by midmorning the sun was and by so were the Kristina George and her friends from Houston beat the crowds to the Comal ending their first trip at It was as awesome as said who travels to the family condominium in New Braunfels reg Her main complaint was with the It was a little chilly and too she Were going to do it The group that joined her on the steps leading up to Lincoln Street had their arms full of tubes and cool but they appeared mostly Although they had been in the water for several most did not plan to take a break before heading See TOURISTS Page 9A MANDY New Braunfels Police Officer Randy helps clear a con gested Comal River at a tube chute in front of CLASS OF 2005 CELEBRATES Canyon seniors look to the future By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer SAN MARCOS High School Class of 2005 con cluded their high school years by looking forward to its future with out forgetting its past during grad uation In keeping with as the seniors filed into the Strahan Col they turned around and faced away from the toward the incoming We stand that way to show respect to the other students who are graduate Kelle Wood Four groups of students were also asked to stand and be hon ored before the reading of the The names of seniors who had earned the distinction of Summa Cum Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude were as well as students who had achieved perfect attendance for one or more years of high Senior Drew Garrison was singled out as the only student who had never missed a day in four But not all of the schools tradi tions are quite so formal This as each student walked across the he or she placed a bottle cap on Prin cipal Bob Wiegands The mementos signified one last protest against the unpopular open bottle policy created in the fall The policy states that students cannot have open con Photos by MANDY In a sea of one Canyon High School senior pays close attention to the last words of his vale dictorian at commencement Saturday Heather allows Canyon teacher Jennifer Hester to fasten bobby pins to her graduation cap before the ceremony tainers of any kind outside the Its tradition that we give the principal something significant to our senior Wood Senior choir members also chose to sing Good Riddance Time of Your an acoustic ballad by popular punk band Green The choir asked the graduates to join in as they sang the chorus Its something but in the end its I hope you had the time of your See CANYON Page 10A Smithson Valley honors one of its own By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter SAN with 13 years of public the Smithson Valley High School Class of 2005 looked ready to take on the world as they marched into Strahan Coliseum in their dark navy gowns waving and blowing kisses to the the graduates took their seats with the support of whistles and camera The commencement ceremony began by closing a chapter from the previous The first student to receive her diploma was a young woman critically injured in an automobile accident just days before her 2004 Last two friends accepted a diploma on Laci Lee Belchers but Saturdays commence ment allowed her to experience graduation The crowd rose as one and gave Belcher a standing ovation as she walked across the Salutatorian Jay Croley remind ed the graduates that commence ment marks a pivotal point in all of their Some of you will head straight out into the workforce armed with your diplomas and others will move on to higher Croley Graduation marks the transition to bigger and bet ter After watching her take his Holly Nichols cheered wildly in the Im just she I feel all different kinds of emotions I feel proud and nervous all at the same Parents were not the only ones See HONORS Page 10A Rehab offers help to those who abuse By Ron Maloney Staff Writer How much drug abuse affects a persons life how central it becomes to an individ uals is one of the measures thera pists use to determine how serious a drug problem j And unless it kills I a drug problem j doesnt get much more j serious than when an I j According to Eva i Perry of the Rehabilij tation and Reentry a division of the Texas Department of Criminal fully 75 and perhaps 80 percent of the prisoners locked up in Texas are there directly or at least indirectly because of abuse of alcohol or illegal Thats the bad See DRUGS Page 8A BANE OF THE COUNTY This is the fourth part of a continuing series looking at the impact of drug use on New Braunfels and Comal COMINGWEDNESDAY Moving on Nancy Fuller ends her tenure as superintend ent of the Comal Indep endent School District DAVID Truxton Fox receives his diplo ma from Comal ISDTrustee Rose NB man dies in twocar accident By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A 43yearold New Braunfels man died Saturday morning after a traffic accident on Loop New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mabe said the who he did not was trapped in his Mazda Family members identified the victim as Ruben of New Fire and EMS were dispatched to the 1700 block of Loop 337 at Mabe The call near River was for a two See FATAL Page 3A
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