New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 16, 2005

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas kkkxmkxmkxxmkmnm MIXED ADC *01 1000571 12/30/05 SOLITHUEST HICROF'U&LISHER'S 2627 I VANDELL DR CL RASO TX 79903 TMI IRCDAY, JUNE 16,2005 781 IALD SPORTS TOP TEAM Smithson Valley loads up on all district, all state baseball, softball teams. Page 5A WEATHER HOT, HOT, HOT With temperatures expected to reach near IOO degrees this weekend, it's time to be careful. Page 2A -Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 180 12 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW? herald-zeitung.com IJJ Sunny High Low 97 75 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B III UHUH ll ll—IIMGaringer stepping down as NBHS principal By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer For the third time in as many years, New Braunfels High School will get a new principal. NBHS Principal Debbie Garinger said Wednesday that she will be moving to the Dallas area and has applied for general administrative positions in McKinney ISD. Garinger decided to make the move after husband, Keith, was hired as MISD’s new athletic director May I. The administrative opening was posted Wednesday on the New Braunfels Independent School District Web site. Garinger said the couple originally planned to live in separate cities temporarily and spend time togeth er on the weekends, but after two weeks of coming home to an empty house and driving four and a half hours each way, both knew things had to change. "We knew other couples who lived in different school districts and made it work,” Garinger said. “We really thought we were going to do the see-ing each other on the weekends thing, but we looked at our schedules and realized we would hardly See PRINCIPAL Page 2A UNDERWATER LESSONS Residents watch, wait as property slips away By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Craig Murphy’s hack yard is flat disappearing. His property line is moving closer to his home’s back door, and his new fence is ready to slip down into oblivion. The culprit is erosion on the Cypress Rapids Variable Width Drainage Basement, a problem city council pledged Monday to try to solve. At the request of District 4 Councilwoman Valerie I lull, council approved spending $10,000 for an engineer to prepare a feasibility analysis and cost estimate for stream bank stabilization. Once the consultant’s report is in, I lull has committed $90,000 to begin the project and accomplish as much stabilization as possible. Hie funds will come from Hull’s share of last year’s $600,000 budget surplus, divided evenly between the six city districts. Although each council member can select a project in her district to apply the money to, the expense must Valerie Hull be approved by the council, just like any other budget item. I lull is the first rn e rn b e r to request approval for a project. Unfortunately for the residents on each side of Cypress Rapids, I lulls treasure chest likely is too small to complete the necessary improvements. “I think this project will be well in advance of $100,000,” City Engineer Mike Short told council Monday. “If the consultant agrees, I will come back to council for direction.” Short recommended the project be completed in phases to fit within budget constraints. Murphy, who watches his yard crumble daily, encouraged everyone to catch his sense of urgency in addressing the issue. See HELP Page 3A Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Two cadets from the San Antonio Fire Department's training academy use a rescue pike to maneuver across the Comal River during a swift water rescue class held Wednesday near the tube chute. Below, a cadet learns to work with the current during self-rescue instruction as part of a swift water rescue class. Fire cadets get wet to learn lifesaving techniques By Ron Maloney Staff Writer On Monday morning, Nov. 22,2004, New Braunfels paramedics Miguel Troncoso and Bill Rending put their lives on the line when they attempted to reach a woman who abandoned her Suburban in the Dry Comal Creek at Solms Road. Hie woman ended up stuck in a tree. Hie two paramedics tried to reach her in a rescue boat and wrapped it around an oak tree just downstream of the woman, where they were stuck for hours as first fire fighters, then a helicopter and finally another swift water rescue team from the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for trauma were dispatched to get them out of the creek. All three were saved, but the incident pointed out the dangers of driving through water as it rushes over a road — and the dangers facing those who try to rescue them. Wednesday, about 45 cadets from the San Antonio Fire Department’s training academy were in the Comal River See SAFETY Page 3A Father, son-in-law take cruise worth remembering By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Want to know how to really, really impress a father-in-law? Ask Ron Perry — U.S. Navy Bt. Ron Perry- The New Braunfels High School grad, class of 1986, brought father-in-law Robert Acevedo on a vacation very few could top — aboard the aircraft carrier USS John B Kennedy. Perry, who hopes to one day retire to New Braunfels with his wife, Lori, brought Acevedo on a “Tiger Cruise," which is a public relations tool the Navy uses to show the friends and families of sailors what their loved ones do for a living. Acevedo recently joined Perry on a two-day cruise from Norfolk, Va., to May-port, Bla. "He’s been wanting to do this since I got orders for this ship,” said Perry, a former hospital corpsman and “Mustang” who went up through the enlisted ranks before becoming a physician’s assistant and a commissioned officer. So, a little more than a month ago when Perry found out the JFK was doing another Tiger Cruise, he immediately See CRUISE Page 3A Photo courtesy of Ron Perry Lt. Ron Perry, right, invited his father-in-law, Robert Acevedo, for a cruise on the USS John F. Kennedy. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal County had another blockbuster month of sales tax receipts in April. The revenue, up 17.89 percent over the same period last year, totaled $929,119.24. The news comes at a welcome time for New Braunfels as the city staff grapples with next year's budget. I’he city’s share of receipts, $893,473.78, was up 20.26 percent over last year, bringing the calendar year total increase to 14.97 percent. City Manager Chuck Pinto is cautiously optimistic the upward trend will continue. “Our revenue has been up for the last six months,” he said. "We’re all interested to see if this trend will hold true because we’ve never had this situation before.” Pinto attributed the continued increase to the city’s CLICK b ON TNK WSB: To see all Texas cities: — www.window.sta-te.tx.us/taxinfo/alloc-sum/compsum.html — new retailers — Kohls, Circuit City and the newly expanded Home Depot. With the summer months ahead and two new major sales tax generators joining the tax rolls, the prognosis is good. Although he anxiously is awaiting the impact of Home Depot Call Center, which began taking calls at the end of May, and Ashley Furniture, which received its incentive check from the city this week, Pinto could not say how much the city’s revenue would increase over the next few months. “That’s confidential because state law protects See TAX Page 3A The Sonier Group ERA-D. Lee Edwards Realty w “Unmatched Attention For Your Real Estate Needs ” www.newbrauntelspropetiitts coni PROUDLY SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Susan Sonier Qr Jerry Sonier 830.832.8815    210.885.6188 Email: [email protected] Spurs fanatics As tile .San Antonio Spurs fight for their third NBA championship, local fans of itll ages watch and nx)t on their favorite team. Sales tax revenue continues to rise throughout county ;

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