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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas EL PflSO TX 79903 JULY SRALDZEITUNG iw CANYON LAKE Summertime means tourists flocking to Canyon Lake for boating and loads of Page 5A SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE District 31 tournaments wind down as local teams battle for Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 203 16 2 sections CLICK I j Partly Cloudy High Low 98 75 Details2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 3B CROSSWORD aft FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4t Benavides I tried to stop hitman scheme By Ron Malonay Staff Writer Jonathon Benavides testified Tues day he worked to stop an alleged murder for hire plot that could send him and codefendant Saman tha Childs to prison for the rest of their But in a hourslong cross examination by District Attorney Dib Benavides memory did not seem as clear as earlier when testify ing under questioning by his own Glen In nearly five hours of sometimes tedious questioning that gre heated as the afternoon w Waldrip and Benavides parsei and split hairs in exchange phone conversations i defendants relationships with his father and other family The witness said dozens of times he couldnt recall details and asked Waldrip to rephrase questions numerous other Waldrips crossexamination of Benavides is expected to continue at 9 today in 207th Judicial Dis trict Judge Jack Robisons Later attorney Anthony Cantrell is expected to begin his See Page 8A NB residents could see higher taxes By Leigh Jones Staff Writer DID YOU New Braunfelsers had better get city council is consid ering raising Squeezed between one of the lowest tax rates among cities similar in size and a need to increase fire and police protection for council members asked City Manager Chuck Pinto to tell them how much additional revenue by increasing taxes to just less than the 8 percent rollback New Braunfels prop erty owners currently pay the city 44 cents per split between 39 cents for maintenance and operations and 5 cents for debt With a percent tax the city would have to disperse between departments clamoring for per While no action was taken at Tuesdays workshop all council members expressed interest in some form of tax We have to realize we are a growing said Councilwoman Gale We had too many years when previous city councils See Page 3A I The rollback rate is the jargest tax increase city council can establish with out being sub ject to a recall I If city council raised the tax rate the owner of a who paying about would pay COIVUNGTHURSDAY Taxes rise Sales tax collections in New Braunfels and Comal County inch DANCING 1 i tE NIGHT AWAY Gruene has grown into musical masterpiece By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer GRUENE Some visitors may wonder what draws big name musicians and bigger crowds to this small but the locals have no doubt in their MORE MUSIC Columnist Dale Martin explores the musical options available this Page Home to the oldest dance hall in the town is known for its ability to deliver authentic honky tonk in a familyfriendly atmos Built in Gruene Hall has attracted the likes of Willie Nel Los Nanci Griffith and many other country An avid fan of country Gruene Hall regular Carol Holmes said that learning the history of the hall made her love the allages bar even Ive grown up with country all my Holmes I found out all my favorite people started at Gruene or stomped their boots here to get their The legendary status of the bands that have played on stage not only attracts but also brings in talented local To make sure its sevendaysaweek summer live music schedule is Gruene peppers its rosters with resident mainstays such as Two Tons of The band has headlined every summer Tuesday night for the past 10 years and is one reason locals flock to the Photos by MANDY Gruene Hall was packed with a standingroomonly crowd during the dance halls Two Tons which features the popular bandTwoTons of and Jessica Colley swing Holmes said the band was the first local act she heard when she moved to Texas and it became a fast Last we came to see them every Holmes Theyre hip and fun and natural Some people can just get on stage and without even try ing they make you have a great Two Ton and Gruene will always be the no matter They fit each other Its the consistency of good live music and a reliable good time that bartender Ryan Garney says brings patrons no matter whos on the Garney said many visitors have heard of the bar and will pay a cover with out ever having heard of the Because of our track theres always going to be a See Page 2A UPDATES Tracking the news Getting closer LAST WE KNEW Comal ISO had four candidates for LATEST Trustees narrowed the list to two NEXT The candidates will interview with trustees again Friday and Untimely LAST WE KNEW Brent Neil Davis died in San Marcos after tubing the Comal LATEST An autopsy was NEXT Police are waiting for toxicology reports to deter mine cause of Significant pay for Comal ISD raises in store teachers By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Employees at the Comal Indepen dent School District will be seeing bigger paychecks this librarians and nurses with fewer than 18 years of experience will see the most dramat ic We have been closer to the medi an market with employees with more said Director of Com munications Kari We want to be more competitive with our salaries at the other end of the Beginning teacher pay has in creased by for the 200506 school bringing the starting salary up to Employees with 11 years of experience will feel the pay raise impact the with a bringing their annu al income up to Firstyear teacher Lacy Hans said she made her decision to teach sev enth grade Texas history in CISD before the announced Despite higher wages in neighboring San Hans said she chose CISD because of the districts positive rep After the recent pay Hans said she is getting the best of both Im glad that Comal is now com petitive with other districts in San she I had applied at a See Page 3A TEACHER PAY RAISES OVER PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS Vbars on200506 200506 j 200405 200304 200203 200102 200001 the job ipay rate increase increase increase increase increase increase American Born Bremen lilt1 American
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