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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas MARCH ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS TOURNEYS Tournaments begin today for area Softball Page SA NEWS TURTLES City officials erect signs warning motorists of turtles crossing East Common Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 94 16 2 sections CLICK WWW i 8 Windy High Low SO 41 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 31 Officials hope burn ban keeps fires at bay Call ydur Ideal fire department to find out if burning Is Start With el small pile of brush and add to it instead of burning everything at Do not ignite brush fires with use slower burning fuels such as diesel or lighter Dont burn in a field of dead Clear the ground around the pile to dirt or rock before By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer County fire officials hope an emergency burn ban will cut down on calls to local fire depart Comal County commissioners instituted a 90day emergency burn ban Tuesday after Canyon Lake fire department responded to 14 grassfire calls this past week windy weather kept crews busy Commissioners hope the called as a result of dry and windy will provide some relief for local Manford said the ban will con tinue for 90 days and prohibits all outdoor burning except camp fires that are less than three feet in diameter and burning in barrels with a shield or screen to contain Burn ban violators could face a fine up to Manford said that burning will be restricted for 90 unless the county sees significant rain After the time period is the commissioners can vote to extend the ban for another 90 days if they feel its Spring Branch Fire Chief Steven Stanphill said the burn ban should help relieve who have spent much of the last few weeks extinguishing grass Its really too dry to allow pre scribed and having a burn ban in place should really See Page 8A Group wants to preserve areas history by creating recognized district By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter The Sclimitz Hotel is a shin ing example of historical reha bilitation and preservation in New The owners of the recently renovated Chris and Shannon said they wanted to keep the historical look of the hotel intact when they began It was the right thing to Shannon Malish I would hate to change die whole look of Keeping the citys historic buildings intact also is thejjpal of the New Braunfels Histori cal Landmark which garnered support for its efforts from the city council on The Schmitz Hotel building is the oldest building on Main Plaza It was built in Malish It was built before the courthouse or the Band was originally two sto ries and was named the Guadalupe Malish said Main Street Manager Jan Soechting was instrumental in helping the couple obtain a grant to help with the renovation of the It was in real bad shape when we bought it four years Malish We received a grant for last year which really gave me a Then my husband and I took out another to repair the facade on the sec ond and third The citys Main Street Department coordinates resources to install antique brick pavers and new sidewalks along down town sUeets and flower islands surrounding Main Malish said she is all for the See Page 8A Preserving the past Two arrested t A j i in drug bust Hi East Mill Street West Mill Street H South Castell Avenue South Seguin Street Common Street Railroad tracks Jillian Evans Photo boundaries of the historic district proposed by the New Braunfels Historic Landmark Below Schmitz Hotel in downtown New Braunfels on Below right Now called the Schmitz the Plaza Hotel stood next to a cafe in original hotel first named the Guadalupe was built in 1851 and is the oldest building on Main DAVID Courtesy photo Attorney general suspends privacy opinion for 60 days HOUSTON AP Attorney General Greg Abbott gave county officials across the state Wednesday a 60day reprieve from a thorny requirement to redact Social Security numbers from all government records acces sible to die Abbott issued an opinion last clarify ing a state law that originally said officials may redact Social Security numbers from all copies of public documents and to ensure that they were not available Many officials had interpreted the which was designed to protect the public from identity as allowing them to redact the num bers but not requiring Abbotts opinion said the law required the numbers be Local who faced arrest and criminal prosecu tion if they did not comply quickly County clerks around the state said they had neither the staff nor the money to com ply and several said they might have to temporarily shut down their The Legislature quickly with Greg Abbott state Jim hurriedly offering a bill that either would have repealed the state law to which Abbotts opinion referred or eliminated its criminal Abbott decided Wednesday to sus pend implementation of his opinion for at least 60 days to give the Legislature time to resolve the Complex problems were faced by county clerks responsible for decadesold documents that are frequently laden with Abbott The real world consequence of the See Page 7A Police seize marijuana from home By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Local officials found more than they bar gained for when they located a burglary suspect on Comal County sheriffs Dennis Koepp said deputies were looking for 23yearold Jillian Elise Evans in connection to a recent bur At about 5 they found a Bulverde resi at a friends home in the 400 block of Forest Hill Street in Canyon police also discovered a supply of drug paraphernalia at the The deputies called the Comal County Nar cotics Task Koepp The task force got a search warrant and was also able to arrest another A search of the house turned up about 10 ounces of less than an ounce of See Page 7A False liens lead to years of probation Woman filed claims against officials By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A Garden Ridge woman was sentenced to 10 years probation Monday for retaliation and filing false liens against government including Comal County Sheriff Bob District 22 Judge Charles Ramsey ordered Renee Louise Halay to serve two concurrent sentences 10 years for retalia tion probated for 10 years and two years for filing fraudulent liens probated for five A jury convicted her of the charges Comal County Assistant Dis trict Attorney Geoff Barr said Halay filed liens against 13 government officials includ ing Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero and Comal County Deputy Bill Faulkner as well as officials from Garden Ridge and Guadalupe He said the false liens named Halay as the secured party against each officials land and personal She did not get any money or benefit from filing the which ranged from to She also filed a lien against Rick but he did not press Barr Barr said the situation began after Malays son was issued a traffic ticket in Guadalupe He said she does not believe that See Page 8A Renee Halay EZPAY Have your subscription paid directly from your credit checking or 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