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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas V W OCTOBER fL PASO TX nil 7990 SPORTS The Smithson Valley volley ball teams makes a run for the playoffs with key district games this Page 5 FORUM COLUMN Columnist Charley Reese says FEMA has proven it cant be trusted when emer gencies Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 271 10 1 section WWW DEARABBY 7 CLASSIFIEDS 8 COMICS 6 CROSSWORD 6 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 I SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 7 Businessman to challenge county tax rate Needs signatures to force election By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The publisher of three weekly newspapers in Comal County announced Monday he would begin the petition process for calling a rollback election on the countys adopted 2006 tax Douglas who publishes the Bulverde Canyon Lake Week and Comal County announced in a news release he would publish the petition beginning Wednes day and again each week until the 14 deadline for getting the 7 percent of the countys nearly reg istered voters required to force a rollback Kirk is a former trustee of the Comal Independent School Dis trict and former candidate for Comal County judge and Precinct 1 If the petition effort is success commissioners court would be forced to order a rollback elec The first election date avail able for the election would be May If the rollback was passed by the county would be forced to reset its tax rate at the rollback Comal County commissioners adopted a million general fund budget in To fund they adopted an ad valorem tax rate of cents per a 2cent increase over the previ ous year and a penny over the rollback which allows for an increase of up to 8 The law allows a 90day period in which voters can seek a roll back See Page 2 A WARM HOMECOMING Airman back on the job with city after tour in Iraq By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Ron Evola missed a lot during the last 6 months his youngest daughters his son begin ning to talk and his oldest daugh ters high school While life went on without him in New Evola was busy serving his country by pouring concrete all over the Middle You miss the simple he said with a short things like that are insignificant because we all have the privilege of doing Thousandstof miles every day life arhome is far from a technical sergeant reservist in the Air Forces 307th Civil Engineering Red Horse returned Monday to his civilian job in the city of New Braunfels Street It was nice to be he but it would take some adjusting to get out of his military For his city projects are slightly smaller than the ones he sweated through in During two 6month which began in January 2003 and January Evola and his com bat engineering team worked on runways at Kandahar and Bagram Air Force Base in and Baghdad International Airport in We poured meters of concrete at he That was a big The base at the foot of the Afghan mountains was Evolas favorite stop during the He said it reminded him of Colorados Photos by DAVID City street crew foreman Ron catches up on S9me of the latest news while talking with heavy equipment operator Rene Perez Monday Evola returned to work Monday after two tours of duty in Evola calls one of his Rocky The only thing that made you realize you were somewhere you needed to be careful were the fields of land he His worst assignment was where the wind whipped the dust into sandstorms every day and the men were not allowed off It makes you realize how nice it is in he Despite the the inconven ience of living in a tent and the difficulty being separated from his Evola said he was glad to have Big things are a lot bet ter there than they were three years he People are happy were there because most of their lives are Evola arrived home July but remained on active duty in case See Page 2 Driver escapes serious injury after rolling gravel truck DAVID Traffic was delayed for several but no one was serious ly injured when this truck rolled Monday By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Driver inattention caused a grav el truck to overturn Monday on the York Creek a Department of Public Safety corporal Richard Alvarez said Seguin resident Jack Leroy exited interstate 35 and lost control of his truck as he headed for the He came around the sharp curve fully loaded with he He tried to but the load had already shifted and he was caught off guard a split second is all it Alvarez said Smiths injuries appeared to be He was trans ported to McKenna Memorial Hos where he was listed in stable Accidents are not uncommon on the York Creek Alvarez Ninetyfive percent of the truck drivers in this area know the terrain Alvarez Its not a road the final factor is the County Judge Danny Scheel Trial delayed when alleged gang leader fires attorney By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The man facing organized crime and drug charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life fired his attorney Monday in 22nd Judicial District The trial of Rodolfo was set to begin Monday with jury selection before District Judge Charles Gomez stands accused of five firstdegree felony counts of engaging in organized criminal activity by drug one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of aggravated Before jury selection began Gomez told Ramsay he wanted to fire his Glen Had Gomez not taken the Peter son he would have asked Ramsay him self to release him because of irreconcil able differences with his client on how to conduct the See Page 2 Ringing in First Protestant Church will dedicate a new bell tower by ringing histori cal Bush chooses littleknown lawyer for Supreme Court WASHINGTON AP President Bush named White House counsel Harriet Miers to a Supreme Court in transition turning to a longtime loyalist without expe rience as a judge or publicly known views on abortion to succeed Justice Sandra Day Miers will suictly interpret our Constitu tion and She will not legislate from the the president said as the 60 yearold former private attorney and keep er of campaign secrets stood nearby in the Oval Miers was Bushs second selection in three months for vacancies on a high court long divided on key The announcement came shortly before the president attended a ceremony marking John Roberts new tenure as the nations 17th chief The wisdom of those who drafted our Constitution and conceived our nation as functioning with three strong and independ ent branches has proven tally See Page 2
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