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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas XXXXMXXMXMMNXXMM HIKED fiDC 7IH SOUTHUEST HKROPIIDLISHERS E VflNDELL DR EL PASO TX SUNDAY JULY 2005 ncRALDZEITUNG SPORTS ALL STARS New Braunfels Little League unveils its state and interna tional allstar Page 4B LIFE ON THE GO Growing old does not slow down those who use the Comal County Senior Citizens Page 1C Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 207 30 5 sections CK WWW j chance of rain High Low 92 74 Details 3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS County tax rate could climb by 3 cents By Ron Maloney StaffWriter County officials who have warned for more than a year that they would have tough choices to face when building the 2006 will likely seek to increase the tax rate this Sheriff Bob Holder sought sub stantial raises for jailers and but there were no surprises or unanticipated hits in two days of budget hearings conducted before Com ASKING FOR MORE Sheriff Bob Holder asks for substantial raises for see page 5A missioners Court this County Judge Danny Scheel and some other officials say a 2cent to3cent increase in the countys tax rate is If passed by the increase would be the sec ond of Scheels sevenyear administration and the second in 13 The cost of a threecent he would be about on a home with a taxable value of I feel certain that a taxrate increase is imminent this Scheel 1 hate it more than anything else about this but we dont have control over the costs of insur indigent health care or legal defense or any number of mandates from state or feder al Weve been fortu nate to go as long as we have with only a onepenny Without any raises for county employees or elected officials yet penciled the veiy preliminary look commissioners got at the countys million general fund budget prepared by Scheel and County Auditor David Renkens office is showing the county would likely create only four new job positions next Comal County has about 525 half of whom work See Page 6A Comal County 2006 projected general fund expenditures A FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS Parents will play key role in drug testing plan By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter Many parents are now aware that the New Braunfels Indepen dent School District will be imple menting a random drugtesting policy this school But what parents may not know is how the policy what rights they have to appeal a posi tive test result and whos going to foot the Parents and students 18 years or older will be required to sign a consent form before they will be eligible to participate in competi tive extracurricular activities or receive a parking The forms and information about the drug policy will be dis tributed to seventh and eighth grade students 5 and high school students July 27 and 28 as part of school Assistant Superintendent Janet Patton said students who want to register for courses that fall under the competitive extracurricular activity category must sign and return a consent form before they will be allowed to enroll in the Parent orientation sessions will be held to explain the policy and review consent forms before the policy goes into Patton said the dates and locations of the meetings have not been deter Debate over traffic impact fees begins By Leigh Jones StaffWriter AT A GLANCE New Brau nfels city council meeting When Monday coun cil 424 Castell Avenue Photos by MANDY REARY and DAVID When students return to school at New Braunfels High School next a new drugtesting policy will be in line for those who participate in extracurricular including football play er and Monoceras OM THE WEB See the policy for yourself Go to Scroll to Board of Trustees CLICK tab Click Board Documents Click Agenda Packet for July 2005 Scroll down to item 6G and click PolFNFSupptpdf The percentage of the student body and the number of testing times each year will depend on the number of participants and the NBISD Board of Trustees year to year Students entered into the pool will be cho sen for testing by computergener ated random selection based on a district provided list of all identi fied The district has selected independent laboratory Pinnacle Medical Management to administer the tests and select the Students who will be entered into the drug testing pool include students in grade seven through 12 who participate in competitive See Page 10A coaches stand behind boards decision By Will Wright Sports Editor Coaches and players are more than obliged to follow the New Braunfels school districts new drug which may or may not catch athletes abusing I dont have a problem with said Laramie a senior tight end on the Unicorns football Not only does it give me a reason to say which I already should be but it shows peo ple that we are doing what we The school board has not yet set the criteria or the number of Im sup portive of anything that will keep kids from using illegal Chuck Canniford NBHS Athletic Driector students to be randomly selected for which will begin By most of the identifica tion numbers will be registered into a database that will select students for By Athletic Director Chuck Caniford will be conducting his first football Caniford said the policy should be inter preted as a deterrent to students considering using Im supportive of anything that will keep kids from using illegal he The best thing about this policy is that it gives kids a way It gives them ammunition to fight peer When theyre faced with a situa tion where theyre being pressured into using an illegal See Page 9A Comal ISD taking its time By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter New Braunfels Independent School Districts recent adop tion of a grade 7 to 12 drugtest ing policy has prompted one neighboring district to take a look at its own Comal Independent School District Assistant Superinten dent Nancy Cobb said CISD was in the investigative stages of a drug testing At this time we are applying for a federal grant and developing a survey at the middle school and high school Cobb said From that well be able to determine the needs of Cobb said the questionaire would ask students about steri od and drug CISD will base the questions on similar surveys distributed in other The district is also look ing into a committee to deter mine the districts The purpose of any policy we might develop is not to punish or See Page 9A City council will resume the journey toward better streets Monday by deciding whether impact fees are the best funding method for new and improved The fees are designed to make developers pay for the impact new traffic associated with their projects will have on collector and arterial roads within the city While die process for instituting the fees is spelled out in the Local Government the reality of getting them approved in New Braunfels might not be The recently instituted Drainage Ordi nance met with fierce resistance from builders and developers after council made See Page 5A COMINGTUESDAY Climbing high Electrical linesmen vye to the be the best dur ing annual competi Hurricane Emily regains strength By Stevenson Jacobs Associated Press Writer Jamaica 1 lurricane Emi ly strengthened as it began passing south of Jamaica with 145 mph winds on while Mexico prepared to evacuate tourists from the Yucatan peninsula as it was next in line for a direct hit from the second major hurricane of the Atlantic The storm was expected to pass near Grand Cayman Island on coining closest to the islands famous Seven Mile before crossing over the resort heavy peninsula on its way to the Gulf of according to the National 1 lur ricane If Emily remains on its likely to strike land in the eastern Yucatan on Sun day lose some strength as it moves then regain its dangerous energy in warm waters over the Gulf of said Jack the hurricane specialist at See Page 6A With Taste Matters Good
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