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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                VW MAY HERALD ZEITUNG SPORTS GOLF Ashley lying 2nd in the state leads the Unicorns Page 6 SPORTS TINNIS Lilly girls Rusty and Ashley mixed play for state Page 6 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 152 14 1 section CLICK i 5OO www Storms possible High Low 85 65 I j Details DEAR ABBY 10 CLASSIFIEDS 11 COMICS 9 CROSSWORD 9 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 1 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 10 Mayor angered by Valentine ad The HeraldZeitung A political advertisement for has New Braun fels Mayor Bruce Boyer up in The in Sundays Herald was placed by New Braunfels District 6 City Coun Charter doesnt allow endorsement by elected officials cilman Ken who is facing a recall election May The ad states that Boyer and Valentine both voted for the 16quart cooler ordinance and the second flotation device By voting the same as the mayor and the majority of Valen tine said it shows he is a See Page 2 Election Early voting ends today in New Bulverde and Garden Ridge city Comal 1 and the countywide state constitutional Election day is Border plan wins House support By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN A sweeping border security measure aimed at beefing up law enforcement agencies along the border overwhelmingly won preliminary approval in the Texas House The measure details how a proposed million requested by Rick Perry for border security would be The money would largely be spent for more resources to heto patrol the The House voted 1405 in favor of the Its expected to receive final approval Tuesday and would then be eligible for consider ation in the Mexican cartels take advantage of our porous bor der with Mexico to traffic drugs and other criminal activity throughout Texas and the rest of the United said David a Dumas Republican who sponsored the Portions of our border with Mexico are controlled by drug lords where murder and crime is We must take control of our and this legislation will get us closer to that The legislation would establish a border security appointed by the that will decide how state and federal grants are divvied up among law enforcement Under the the gover nor must develop a statewide strategy for dealing with homeland security threats and MAIBAUM REDEDICATED LEFT Helgard Suhr of the German American welcomes the community during the rededication ceremony of the Maibaum Maypole in front of the Wursrfest gates Sunday The Maibaum recently was taken down and repainted by local artists from the New BraunfelsArt German American Society of New Braunfels originally dedicated the Maibaum during the 18451995 Sesqui centennial Photos by MIRANDA LAINE HeraldZeitung RIGHT Members of the New Braunfels Kinderchor relax on the grass with others in attendance for the rededication ceremony of the as they enjoy a performance by the Gemischter Chor Harmonie Smoking ban but still breathing By Jim Verturno Associated Press Writer bill meant to snuff out smoking in most bars and restaurants in Texas tentatively passed the House on but not before opponents dras tically weakened leaving its future in Supporters say the bill is need ed to protect workers and cus Our attempt is to save Secondhand smoke State Myra tomers from Dallas lawmaker pushing a potentially dead8tatewide ban ly secondhand it passed Now in its weakened the bill still needs a final House vote before it goes to the where it faces an uphill batde to Myra the Lake Dallas Republican pushing the said the ban is needed to pro tect workers and other people reg ularly exposed to secondhand Our attempt is to save Secondhand But opponents suc cessfully badgered it until they could force a key exemption for business property owners who want to allow The smoking ban seemed to have recovered from a neardefeat Friday but stag gered further Monday before smoke Crownover vowing to try to get the bill back to its stronger Nothing is ever fin ished until it signed by the The biggest fight came over an attempt to exempt See Page 2 Homes for heroes Peace others eligible for million home loan help By Mark Koopmans The HeraldZeitung A state agency is promot ing a multimillion dollar loan program that could make life easier firsttime homebuyers who work in highrisk careers such as peace firefighters and county For the 12th consecutive the Texas State Afford able Housing Corporation has released funds for its Firefighter and Law Enforce ment or Security Officer Home Loan better known as the Homes for Heroes officials said Originally established under House Bill 1247 dur ing the 78th Texas Legisla the loan program allo cates million annually for the exclusive purpose of making singlefamily mort gage loans available to eligi ble Texas public servants who are firsttime home buy said TSAHC spokes woman Paige The program is available on a first firstserved to homebuyers who purchase a newly construct ed or existing home with a 30year fixed rate mortgage she This years program offers a 30year fixed mortgage rate loan at percent plus five percent assistance in the form of a which can be used toward a down payment See Page 2 Police investigate Canyon Middle School incidents Disciplinary action taken after students protested food fight punishment The HeraldZeitung Canyon High School students and administration have differing viewpoints on what actually happened after a food fight this past Friday at the Comal Independent School District public information officer Kari Hutchison said after the food students protest ing against the administrations discipli nary actions became verbally abusive to She said CISD has a zero toler ance policy and the rules of proper behavior have to be You have to keep a safe and secure campus at all she Canyon High School fresh man Ryker Simmons said he saw the food fight happen and said he was just standing up for his friend who got caught up in the I went to the office to tell them my friend was with me and not involved in the food he I got some other friends together and we wanted to protest so my friend wouldnt get in Simmons said the principal told them to go if they wanted to When the bell he the admin istration started grabbing kids random ly and pulling them into the Simmons said he and other students were kinda disruptive and people were standing in the doorways blocking he said they werent trying to hurt We were just trying to defend our he They the administra tion should have told us what would See FOOD FIGHT Page 2 Middle school boys sanctioned for suspected initiation From staff reports A suspected gang initiation at Canyon Middle School resulted in six eighthgrade students being sent to alter native school last Kari Comal Independent School Districts public information 1525 said Monday allegedly eight boys were in the restroom after school this past She said four boys allegedly were hitting two other boys while two boys videotaped the initia tion on their cell Hutchison said six of the students were sent to alter native school and the two videographers were given in school The New Braunfels Police Department was called and is investigating the Braimtds Fust Coiium n N A 8302213900 It   

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