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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas UGUST KALDZEITUNG GETTING READY The New Braunfels volleyball team hits the court to get ready for opening Page 6 FORUM SPEAK OUT Readers praise good Sam aritans who helped save lives and question the direction the city is Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 222 14 1 section CLICK 5OO Partly Cloudy High Low 96 72 Details DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 10 12 9 9 4 3 6 10 Scheel proposes 2cent property tax hike By Ron Maloney Staff Writer County Judge Danny Scheel sought a 14 percent property tax increase Thursday to fund coun ty operations for In his million general fund budget million includ ing road and bridge and spend ing in other special or dedicated funds represents a spending increase of million over 2005 and includes a 5 percent cost ofliving raise for employees and elected The 2cent tax increase is well above the rate that would allow a petition for a roll back wliich is 8 In only employees got raises and those were 2 percent If adopted after a 8 pub lic the increase would be the second of Scheels seven WHATS NEXT Comal County commissioners will conduct two public hearings on the proposed 2006 budget and tax rate The first will be 25 with second at 7 year The in was a onecent increase that enabled the county to pay the local costs of recovery from the 2002 Scheel and other county offi cials have warned for two years especially this past year that a tax increase was likely in What Scheel struggled to do without success was remain below the rollback We may face a rollback this Scheel told commission I dont see any other place we can Less than two weeks Scheel went back to his depart ment heads and asked them to cut 10 percent from their pro jected Scheel said that even as he he knew it wouldnt be possible for some to but all did an excellent job of making the cuts they The big for the pay he were See Page 5 County Judge Danny Scheel A WARM WELCOME Comal ISD introduces Walker to community By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer STILL TIME If you want to get to know Marc Walker make plans one of the two remaining introduction 7 Monday at Smithson Valley High 7 Wednesday at Canyon Intermediate Comal Inde pendent School District teach ers and parents got aehance to shake hands with superin tendent finalist Marc Walker Thursday night at the first com munity meet ing at Moun tain Valley School cafete After a brief introduction from Board President Dan a crowd of 35 wel comed the Pflugerville deputy superintendent on stage with a standing In a 20 minute Walker shared information about his teaching widerang ing experience in education and more personal details such as hob bies and Its very humbling to think mat out of 69 they picked Walker This is an opportunity Ive dreamed and you can be certain I wont let anyone Walker said he subscribes to a fundamentalist educational phi losophy in which establishing a common belief system in student success is Walker said the foundation of his philosophy is based on the idea that schools should provide skills for eveiy stu Photo by WIANDY Marc the finalist for superintendent of Comal Independent School waits to be introduced by school board President Dan Krueger during a community meeting to allow resi dents to meet Walker Thursday evening at Mountain Valley School in Walker talks to Will and Helen Will Krieg is a former Canyon High School while his wife was a counselor at Canyon dent to succeed whether col lege bound or not and that all students should be taught requi site skills for further He also stressed the importance of paying attention to instruction early in the educational saying a firstgrader unable to read at grade level will only have a 12 percent chance at reading at grade level later Selfdescribed as a situational Walker said he placed a heavy emphasis on good commu The 1 thing I do though it may be hard sometimes is try to listen first and talk Walker See Page 5 Neal sentenced to 30 years for killing mother By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The final chapter in a family tragedy played out Thursday in Judge Jack Robi sons 207th Judicial District Daniel Patrick was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder for shoot ing his Barbara twice with a and then setting the fire that destroyed her Canyon Lake home on The sentence was the result of a plea agreement worked out between Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip and defense attorney Joseph Garcia III and co counsel David Vvyrick under which both sides agreed to a 30year sentencing Neals prosecution was complicated by his mental state at the time of the killing a psychologist previously testified he was in a fullblown schizophrenic episode when he shot his mother but still understood it was two extended hospitaliza tions at the Vernon State Hospital follow ing his arrest at the Canadian border in See Page 3 COMING SATURDAY Thank you Area residents visit Army hospital to thank war Time running out to register for Startzville vote By David Rupkalvis News Editor Its never too early to start schoolday routine By Betty Taylor Correspondent The days are still long and hot and no one is thinking about But now is the experts to pave the way to a good school year by set ting up a organized routine and an organized Its good to have a rou tine that includes a relaxed said Lisa lead counselor at New Braunfels Independent School That might mean setting the alarms ear lier than you need to so tilings arent so rushed in the I even like the idea of having time in the morn ing to snuggle some and read a Schmidt said that now was a good time to start that routine if kids were used to sleeping If kids are used to sleep ing in until 9 its awful ly hard to get to school by she She said another big part of the routine was letting kids play a part in the morn ing Encourage independ Let them help with breakfast and put their clothes she And let them pack their back packs and If they pack their they will be more inclined to eat Have a destination sta said Jenna owner of Bee ClutterFree in Have a place near the door where your keys are ready to she I lave a basket near the door for coats and The more the kids are See Page 2 In just more than a voters in Startzville will decide whether to become a But just who will be able to decide whether a city should be formed will be decided within the next In order to vote in the incorporation residents AT A GLANCE HTo vote in the Startzville incor poration people must be registered to vote by H To get a regis tration visit the county tax tors offices in New Sattler or or call 830 BACK TO SCHOOL For a complete list of school sup plies as well as tips for getting ready for see the Back to School tab inside must be registered to vote by On registered voters within the incorporation boundaries will decide the contentious The elec tion will be held at the Oblate To a person must be a citizen See VOTERS Page 5 The Uptown 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