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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas TT W JANUARY fit HERALDZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS Tuna to go Cowboys coach Bill Parcells uncertain if he will return next Page S FORUM Back to Austin Lawmakers head back to the Capitol with an extra funds that should go to Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 147 45 12 1 section CLICK www I Sunny High Low 65 34 Details DEAR ABBY 8 CLASSIFIEDS 912 COMICS 7 CROSSWORD 7 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 5 TV QllDS 8 247 volunteers ready for disaster response By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer A group of local volunteers plans to be ready to react if New Braunfels sees another exodus of hurricane evacuees as the city experienced after hurri canes Katrina and At Monday nights New Braunfels City Council David chairman of the Voluntary Organiza tions Active in deliv ered some good Im amazed at the at what this committee Welsch He told the city council that VOAD has completed its organizational and operational which will guide the city through a disaster The organization now has 24 active members and volunteers who will act as center training coordination administrators and Web site facilitators during and after a We have 247 members in our Tier 1 disaster volunteer who can open shelters and are the firstline people in the first 72 hours of an Welsch He said VOAD has 55 Tier damage assessment recovery volunteers and five Tier 3 Red Cross Welsch explained tier 2 damage assessment volunteers can help in shelters during and after an We have to have people knowl edgeable to see what kind of damage we he After Welshs Mayor Bruce Boyer congratulated him and the VOAD I want to thank you all personally for all of your hard Boyer For more information on go Comal County VOADs Web site at BUILDING DESIGN STANDARDS UP FOR DISCUSSION TONIGHT The New Braunfels City Council and City Planning Commission will hold a joint special meeting this evening at in City Council 424 Castell The council will consider building design standards for the Finding money for colleg e New Braunfels High School Counselor Socorrp Torres talks with senior Michael Cart a about financial aid options available to him for David Ingram State official tests middle school air Make going to school easier by finding funds first sT Financial aid can for food and Aid is available to parttime Students with wealthy parents can apply for Jow interest Most scholarships are awarded by Individual Private colleges generally award more scholarships than public By Ashley Verrill Staff Writer Of the many important things high school seniors learn during their final filling out one particular applica tion ranks at the top of the Now that most college application deadlines have area seniors are learning that its time to figure out how to pay for a degree that can cost more than many pay for their first the government offers many financial aid options for students entering into college But the trick is sorting through the mass of grants and loans in enough time for the acceptance I first I was kind of said 17yearold Canyon High School senior Carole But the FAFSA really wasnt that It was kind of like applying for a drivers 1 marked the first filing date for the Free Application for Federal Student and Canyon High Career Services Coordinator Sherry Miller said the sooner this application is sent off the It takes between two and four weeks for online applications to be and four to eight weeks for mailed submissions but students do not have to wait until they are accepted to a university to Each college is allotted a certain amount of money to offer for grants and scholarships and they are given out on a first come first serve Miller In the you might qualify See FUNDS Page 9 By Verrill Staff Writer A state health official per formed several air quality tests at New Braunfels Mid dle School Monday follow ing a county officials visit last Texas Department of Health Services indoor air quality official Bill Lloyd and Comal County Health inspectors are investigating Marci Shueys complaint that the school facility con tributed to her eightgrade daughters asthma and aller gies NBISD Director of Facili ties Daryl Stoker said Friday that a local health official performed air quality tests on the first visit to the school last joe Comal County Health supervisor overseeing code said Monday the health department did not ask for any air quality tests that The tests were done Monday by the state Lara Stoker did not return three phone calls NBISD public information officer Stephanie Ferguson said she did not know what air quality tests were per formed but she said Lloyd was joined by a local health official and an envi ronmental representative from the Texas Association of School Boards for a three hour TASB is a nonprofit statewide organi We just wanted to give another set of eyes and make sure everything was done Stephanie NBISDspokeswoman explaining why a Texas Associa tion of School Boards official accompanied state and local health officials performing air quality tests at the middle zation invited by the school district to oversee die We just wanted to give another set of eyes and make sure everything was done Ferguson Officials from the state health department and the association of school boards office would not comment on the Lara did not know how many tests were but said relative humidity testing was Rela tive humidity levels are he because they determine if the condi tions are present that would induce the growth of Humidity levels would have to be above 50 percent for conditions to suggest possible mold How Lara said he did not know if inspectors tested specifically for Shuey said her daughter had noticed leaks in the school ceiling several times before Shuey visited to see the leaks for herself See SCHOOL Page 9 Tax aide volunteers start training to help locals pay dues to Uncle Sam By Mauri Elbel Staff Writer Harry and Cynthia Myers no longer fear tax I do not dread tax said Harry a 74year old New Braunfels I look for ward to it as a matter of For the past five Myers has received free assistance from the Amer ican Association of Retired Persons AARP locallyoperated tax aide pro the largest volun teerrun tax preparation and assistance service in the United serves and middleincome taxpayers catering especially to those 60 and Before receiving help from the AARPs TaxAide the Myers prepared and filed their own It takes the pressure off of Myers This just takes a load off of our minds knowing we do not have to sit for hours worrying about what was left off or not put It just relieves a lot of I In AARP TaxAide assisted more than 2 million tax payers with million filing federal tax returns and filing their taxes on the program helped New Braunfels and Canyon Lake residents file their 2005 tax returns in the major ity of which were filed This program provides a valuable service to said Teresa local cocoordinator for the programs New Braunfels Everybody has to pay their and this service allows them to pay their taxes with ease through help from people who are Volunteers at the local tax aide program provide a variety See TAX Page 9 David AARPTaxAide volunteers learn the ropes on 2006 tax returns at a training class Monday About area residents got help from AARP volunteers to rill out their tax returns last MORE IN IT FOR YOU COM
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