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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                MARCH ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOCCER NB Canyon girls on road for regional quarterfinal playoff Page 6A FORUM RIVER POLICE The citys who will be enforcing the newly created river deserve the communitys Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 119 18 2 sections CLICK 60 chance ofrain High Low 75 65 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4S COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 31 City gets thousands for home repairs By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels received notification this week from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that it will receive a Community Development Block Grant for City Planner Frank Robbins said the grant is for more funds this but not by We only got he Grant will provide for roof replacement Thats not a big increase by any Robbins said the increase reverses a trend from the past five It is probably based on our per formance in terms of he But you cant tell why you get an increase in The feds have been cutting funds Nancy the citys housing and community development man said one of the most popular programs funded under the grant is the Minor Home Repair The program provides grants to homeowners within the city limits for minor repairs to their Minor repairs include roof replace plumbing electrical handicap ramps and bath room Robbins said the city is looking for people who want to take advantage of the We whittled down the waiting list to almost he Were hoping we can get some folks to Other city projects that will receive funding are To learn more about the minor home repair funding call Nancy Davison at The Institute for Public Health Education Research Main Street Facade improve ment program American Disabilities Act Retro fit at Bavarian Manor Apartments Property acquisition for Habi tat for Humanity to nonprofits includ ing Childrens Advocacy Center and Comal County Prescrip tion Assistance Program Shoe leather express Photos by DAVID Dozens of students from Frazier and Church Hill schools walk along the edge of RhineTerrace to their respective schools as high school and adult volunteers keep an eye on themThursday Local students take part in Walk to School day program By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer More than 50 Frazier Elemen tary students boycotted the bus Thursday We just thought it would be fun to walk to said 11 yearold Emily who nor mally catches the bus to Comal Independent School District held its first Walk to School day at Frazier and Specht elementaries to encour age healthier habits and safer Just before dozens of students clustered at walking school bus meeting where they marched to cam pus accompanied by volun her 8yearold sister Rachel Carroll and their friend Taylor Barrier dont live close to but had a parent drive them to the meeting Other like 11year old Ricky said walk ing to school is part of their reg We just thought it would be fun to walk to Emily Carroll Frazier Elementary student ular Ricky said he was planning to walk to school as but saw his classmates clustered on a corner along his I just kinda got pulled he Volunteer Sonny a supervisor in the CISD child nutrition said the program also aimed to promote safety while The stu dents were kept in a group and donned colorful bucket hats so volunteers could keep track of The caps help us keep an eye on Ayala We had them bring but its getting lighter faster than I See Page 9A Frazier Elementary thirdgrad er Zintia receives a bag of goodies from Assistant Principal Sue Ann Reininger after walk ing to school with other students and volun teers Thursday The Walk to School program aimed to get stu dents moving and think ing about small ways they can make their lives CISD to pay more to cover insurance costs By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Health insurance rates will drop for many Comal Independent School District employ ees after the district agreed to foot more of the CISD trustees voted Thursday to accept new insurance rates effective includ ing an increase in the amount the district pays each Peggy director of said rates for Blue Shield have increased by 13 but the district also has increased its contribution to pay an addi tional a month per More than employees use the districts health insur and tiie majority of them have individ ual she Employees who pay for coverage only for themselves will save between and a depending on their Monthly payments for employees who also insure a children or their whole fam ily will see an increase of between and depending on Fuller said the new rate of 13 percent was agreed to by a committee of She See Page 10A House embarks on budget debate billion spending plan is an increase from 06 By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN House members plunged into lengthy debate bickering over how billions of taxpayer dollars should be divvied up on state services over the next two The 200809 budget being debated amounts to about for every Most of the much of which comes from sales is spent on but dollars also are spent on things like health prisons and The billion spending plan is a slight increase over the current More Democrats in the Republicancon trolled House this year flexed their legislative muscle in a couple of surprise They joined dissenting Republicans in a 9056 vote to divert millions of dollars away from a new teacher incentive pay program in favor of about an pay raise for all counselors and Soon the House voted 1298 to prohibit any state education dollars from being spent on school Both issues have been Republican policy sta ples in recent See Page 10A Parties Drinks Uptown Service prince Have your next party in the beautiful Uptown Piano Bar Downstairs in the Inn   

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