Sunday, June 19, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas ftlK 781 HE SUNDAY JUNE 2005 HERALDZEITUNG LIFE GREAT DAD Marshall Lord opens his heart and his life to a houseful of Page 1C SPORTS HELPING OUT Local residents pitch in to help children attend soccer camp at NB High Page 1B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 183 30 5 sections CLICK unny High Low 97 72 Details3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS Builders ask city to reconsider drainage law By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfelsarea builders and developers are mounting a campaign to overturn the citys recently approved drainage ordi The group marched on city hall earlier this armed with a legal memorandum detailing what they perceive to be problems with the new ordi The along with a stack of threering binders full of accompanying documenta put city staff and coun cilmembers on notice of future legal battles if the Homebuilders Associations concerns were not addressed The biggest problem with the said association Pres ident and local builder Steve is its deviation from the code originally drafted by city councils advisory This group of people pro posed the ordinance that I believe would be best for the whole he city council amended Councils changes amounted to two direct hits at the develop ers they raised the fees required by the city for any new developments that do not have onsite detention they established a requirement that any develop ment within feet of an noncapacity drainage STEPPING BACK IN TIME Alumni remember good times at Solms School By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Mary Ann Robert Goebel and Alton Fischer spent Saturday cutting up like school children sometimes only there was not a teacher atotindtbkfefcpmerhin3 The trio were part of this years Solms School gather ing of almost 50 alumni from the historic learning In its heyday in the late 1940s and early the school boast ed 100 students from first to ninth before it was closed in The number of years each stu dent spent on the schools four building Woody made the group feel like one big Woodys family was heavily infused with I was the only girl in our class for almost nine she I was definitely a I fought with them all the Goebel laughed as he recalled some of the She held her own pretty he When not pouring over their books in the classroom they shared with the the class of 1954 was out on the schools playing oblivious to the heat todays children avoid by sitting in front of the We didnt even have a fan in system connect to for a The citys current drainage facilities include the Guadalupe and Comal Alligator and Dry Comal the north and south tributaries and all city streets and drainage right of Funds from the mandatory See DRAINAGE Page 8A Beth Sokolyk NB trustees to consider drug testing Photos by DAVID Robert Mary Ann Woody and Alton Fischer reminisce over an old class photo while standing on the front porch of one of the buildings they used to attend class in at the Solms School reunion Saturday the old schoolhouse looks much the same today as it did when it closed close to 50 years our Woody We werent afraid of getting The mischievous group was not afraid of getting in trouble One Fischer and Goebel had a mock battle with clothes pin shooting light ed matches at each We caught the grass on fire and the police and fire department had to come put it he We didnt get in but I think they had a pretty good idea what Before sitting down to lunch with their fellow the three friends made their way to the back See SOLMS Page 9A Couple dies in apparent double suicide DAVID New Braunfels Police Department and Cornal County Sheriffs Office personnel investigate the scene of an early morning assisted By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A local couple died early Sat urday in an oakshaded corner of a commercial center parking lot in an incident police believe was a double New Braunfels police did not release the identity of the cou ple pending notifica tion of who Craig Christopherson said lived Christopherson reported the couple was an 85yearold New Braunfels man and his 86year old The pair was found in the corner ofThe Oaks com mercial plaza parking lot locat ed near the intersection of the Loop 337 exit ramp and North Walnut Two notes left taped to the door windows of the couples a 1987 Toyota Camry identified them and indicated to police the deaths were an assisted suicide fol lowed by a The deaths were effected with a Police recov ered the weapon at the which was at the edge of the parking just outside the passengers side of the Evidence left at the scene by the deceased indicated this was an intentional assisted sui cide and suicide because of the subjects failing Christopherson Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Susan Dvorak pronounced the couple dead at the New Braunfels police John Villarreal said a sheriffs deputy discovered the couple after he drove saw the vehi cle with its doors open and stopped to What IVe been told is one of the deputies was on the ramp exiting the loop and he saw the vehicle with a door or both doors Villarreal He came down to saw the taped the area off and called Villarreal did not know the contents of the notes and did not speculate on why the cou ple had chosen the parking TAURUS 81 Low Factory Warranty I BLUEBONNET IS THE By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter The Texas Legislature will renew a debate about school including teacher pay The SS Where NBISD Education Center Board 420 Mill AT A GLANCE H What New Bra unfels Indepen dent School District board pendent School District v Board of Trustees will beat them by one The trustees will to concerns at New Braunfels Middle School and student drug testing during a regular meeting The board will consider approval of salary stipends and extra days for dis trict staff for the 200506 school When the trustees adopted a budget last salaries increases were approved at 3 per the board and audience members debated whether the increase would be enough to retain qualified Board President Jorge Maldonado said See SCHOOLS Page 8A COMINGTOESDAY More sports A look at the sports facilities in New Braunfels and what the city hopes to do to get t Juneteenth celebrates day slaves were freed By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Not everyone in New Braunfels but today is an official state For the Nathan Millert family used to offer a holiday meal at Landa Park in commemoration of the day that word finally got to Texas that it was no longer legal to keep African Americans as slaves in the United But this no official notification has taken place here regarding any Juneteenth Frank De la history department chairman at Texas State UniversitySan said that isnt There are obvious reasons it wouldnt be a big deal in New De la Teja Its an officially recognized state hol but it isnt one of the major Its sort of on a par with April San Jacinto See FREE Page 5A FORD TAURUS SI Lew KtyUu 4