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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                m m m SPORTS EASY WIN The Canyon volleyball team cruises over prepares for match with New Page 7A SEPTEMBER SRALDZEITUNG INSIDE AT THE OPERA The NBISD Education Foundation hosts A Night at the Opera Page 6A 266 14 2 sections CL DEARABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 38 NB Guard offers help in Lufkin By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfels National Guardsmen are continuing their service in Beaumont and Lufkin in the wake of Hurricane Ritas Members of the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery Army National Guard unit based in New Braunfels were recalled from their service in New Orleans last week in preparation for Ritas Once the hurricane hit Satur they convoyed to the Texas coast to help with initial search and rescue The servicemen were busy Tuesday helping to deliver water and ice to die remaining who are still without run ning water or 1st Class Eusebio Perez took a group of 30 men to just north of Sunday to assist relief efforts in the rural Were working under the Fed eral Emergency Management Agency at a Brookshire Broth ers he told the Her aldZeitung Were in charge of handing out Texas National Guard Public Affairs officer Major Paul Pecnea said he did not know how long the unit would remain on Well be here until the mission is he It may be two It may be two We just dont But Perez said he had heard rumors of a possible trip back to New Braunfels by the end of die The unit left home 2 with a convoy of 60 vehicles and 150 soldiers bound for New where they provided security at several maintained the motor pool and worked to feed the They have not seen their fam ilies for almost a 1st Class Eusebio Perez TEACHING LIFE LESSONS DeWait waives arraignment on charge of kidnapping Making a difference one child at a time By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Danny Cummings does not look like a typical With his shoulderlength hair and pierced he could pass for a much older version of one of his In he I grew up pretty so I can relate to these he Cummings past experiences Tnakehtmaperfect teacher for the Nancy Ney Charter The unconventional science sporting a neck tie with a strand of colorful DNA running down its and his col leagues at the alternative school were applauded for their hard work and dedication to their unique students The provided by the schools board and the gift certificates from Montana Mikes were but they could never equal the benefits the teach ers get from making a difference in a students Jessianna Diaz said she could barely read and write when she came to the charter school last year as a She credits her teachers with getting her back on track to academic I used to be afraid to raise my hand in class at my other school because I didnt want to sound she These teachers are Theyre so under Diaz attended the appreciation event as the school boards stu dent but she also came to express her own heart felt I appreciate them so Its amazing die way they put up with us she I wish I could Photos by DAVID Nancy Ney Charter School math teacher Robert Wray helps Oralia Lola Gutierrez with her Algebra II work at the school Tuesday English teacher Judy talks with VicePrincipal Chad Murphy during a reception honoring the faculty at the DIDYOU Suzanne DeWalt S3 Nancy Ney Charter School has 130 students ranging from fourth to 12th grade and 17 teachers and office IS Although it is classified as an alternative the students use the same stateadopted text books as students at regular public schools and follow a simi iarclassstructured SI Most of its students come from Connections Individual and Family local youth shelters and thejexasYouth Commission facility in give them something like While he might not turn down See Page 6A By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The woman who fled to Mexico rather than surrender her son to her exhusband at the con clusion of a 2002 custody trial waived arraignment Tuesday on kidnapping District Attorney Dib Waldrip said DeWalts John Phil Watkins and David Will born of San waived arraignment Tuesday before 274th Judicial District Judge Gary A pretrial hearing has been set for The penalty upon conviction on the kid napping or hindering apprehension charges is two to 10 years in state prison and a Interfering with child custody See Page 6A Book sale The Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library host annual used book Bureaucracy slows down aid to some Texas communities By Abe Levy Associated Press Writer PORT promis es of state and federal relief unan swered four days after Hurricane residents of this hardhit Gulf Coast community blame bureau cracy as they cope without water or Request for paperwork greet pleas for state and federal said John the citys emer gency management coordinator and deputy police How can we get paperwork to you when we dont have electricity he asked Weve had 101 promises for but its all Oscar Ortiz Port Arthur mayor gas and generator dona tions from private not the allowed the city to sustain Owens Two tanks of diesel fuel and gas for emergency vehicles represent the only federal supplies that lasted six he We have been living like cave sleeping in doing bod ily functions he And meanwhile were the and we have families Mayor Oscar his home destroyed by fire after the hurri said weve had 101 promis es for but its all Ortiz and other officials in this oilreliant town of locat ed about 10 miles northwest of where Rita came ashore early Sat gadiered at a Holiday Inn that was converted to a command A torn flag found amid the hurricane debris was tacked to the In another heavily hit state officials briefed Pres ident Rick Perry at his on relief Perry later visited Port and told local officials it could be up to two weeks before residents are allowed back The governor cautioned people against criticizing government response Theres always going to be those but the fact is everyone is doing every thing possible to restore power back to tliis Perry The governor said work ers were on their way to Southeast See Page 3A Council sets million budget By Leigh Jones StaffWriter City council unanimously approved a million general fund budget for the 200506 fiscal year and set the tax rate at cents per valuation The rate is cents lower than it was last giving average homeowners a break on mis years tax Thanks to rising property the low er rate will bring in enough money to pay for additional police and The new funds also will make it possible to keep die New Braunfels Public Library open on Although council held two public hear ings to discuss the budget and tax only three people bothered to address council The budget will include money for the following positions six police officers and a patrol clerk one municipal court clerk six new firefighters one light equipment operator one animal control officer two Parks Department laborers and one Public Works GREAT TASTE GREAT TIMES   

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