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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas JjJ MARCH HERALD Ap Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOCCER The Canyon girls soccer team hosts Edison in the Class 4A bidistrict playoff Page 5A NEWS NASA NASA delays shuttle date to assess hail Page 7 A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 112 16 2 sections K 5OO www i Chance of rain High Low 75 67 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2i FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Jury mulls manslaughter charge for boys death By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Jury deliberation will continue today in the trial of a Canyon Lake man charged with Roy Mack Miller is standing trial for the death of 12yearold Ryan The jury deliberated for three hours Wednesday before recessing for the evening at Jurors were set to reconvene at 9 today at the Comal County According to Miller struck the Smithson Valley Middle School student with his Mazda truck after the boy got off of a school Padilla died three days Witness Mary Flo another testified before 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsey on Tuesday that Miller passed at least seven stopped Roy Mack Miller cars and the school bus while driving on the right shoulder of Farmto Texas Department of Public Safe ty Rick Alvarez said Tuesday that Miller claimed to be fumbling for a cigarette that had fallen in his The trial began and the prosecutions witnesses testified Tuesday and No defense witnesses were Leslie school bus testified Wednesday that she feels somewhat responsible for Padillas She said the boy exited the bus and was followed by his when Albiar noticed Millers truck coming down the right shoul der of the Cynthia was heading down the steps and I grabbed her and Stop Albiar testified Ryan was so close to being off the I wonder if he heard me yell and he I wonder if he had that extra second if he would have made it off the street and none of this would have DPS investigators testified that there were no signs of skid marks from breaking or swerving until after the point of Jamie Millers said his client felt horrible about the inci but simply made a He said Miller was trying to prevent a fire in his truck by finding the fallen but accidentally hit the Balagia said a younger driver might have been able to react more quick ly and prevent the See Page 9A Constructed with care Lawmakers to consider i state budget CareAVanner Bob Marsh nails down a piece of top plate on an interior wall of the medical clinic being built near the West Side Community Center on Tuesday clinic is the 12th building that Marsh and his wife have helped construct through Habitat for Volunteers lend a hand with new medical clinic in west side of town By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer When 14 recreational vehicles pulled into the Comal County Fairgrounds this past they were manned by 27 people on a The CareAVanners are a group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers who come from all over the United States who have united for one purpose Build ing a medical clinic for the underserved on the west side of Photos by DAVID Habitat for Humanity volunteers Chris and Wayne Harris nail down sections of top plate Tuesday afternoon while helping fellow CareAVanners construct the New Braunfels Good Samaritan which will be located near the West Side Community BELOW Volunteer Jean Gratz helps to frame the new medical The CareAVanners admit that building a clinic is different than their usual Its unusual for Habitat building a clinic rather than a said CareAVanner Clarice Clarice and Bob who originally are from Spring Branch but now travel the coun try in their said they are working with the Comal County Habitat for Humanity We started Monday and well be here for two Clarice Mangum Were staying at the Tom executive director See Page 8A By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer AUSTIN The House budgetwriting com mittee approved a proposed billion spending plan for the coming two years much of it accounting for growth in Texas public education and health and human The budget proposal now moves to the full where its expected to be debated next Then the Senate gets a crack at The House Appropriations Committee voted 242 in favor of the We passed a good said Republican Warren Chisum of chairman of the Were proud of what we Two Houston Democrats voted against the Sylvester another Houston chose not to vote after voicing con cerns about college tuition rates and childrens health insurance The proposed budget includes state money and federal money allotted See Page 10A A MHMCATTM The Texas House Appropriations Committee approved a bil lion spending plan Wednesday that repre sents a nearly 4 percent increase over the previous state Thats before a billion price tag for a school property tax WHATS AT STAKE How the state spends billions of dollars in taxpayer money and which programs see increases or decreases in WHO WILL IT AFFECT because the spending plan covers a wide array of state services everything torn Medicaid to state parks to public educa tion to law enforcement and because state residents contribute to the money being spent by paying sales 4B board member James dies suddenly while on vacation By Suzanne Staff Writer The New Braunfels business and civic communities are mourning the loss of local businessman and civic leader James He was owner of the stock broker age and financial advisory firm HFS died Tuesday after suffer ing a heart attack while on a spring break vacation with his family in said Michael president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of James Dunks Dunks leaves behind his Feli and two a native of New told the HeraldZeitung in October that he sought a seat on the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation because he wanted to ensure that his daughters were able to find a job in their hometown when they grew I had to move away to get a job after I he I dont want my girls to have the same prob Meek said that providing local jobs is one reason Dunks said he got on the 4B He saw the importance of provid ing jobs in New Braunfels so people wouldnt have to move he Dunks graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1979 and moved back to town in He also served on the citys Planning and Zoning Commission during the and told the HeraldZeitung then mat he was looking forward to putting his financial experience to good See Page 9A Over 850 Vehicles Available with u t One Simple 2105995600 1H35 Juilson Rd Exil LOOP 1104
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