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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                COM AL ISO GRADUATIONS TODAY MAY ZEITUNG Canyon High School 9 Smithson Valley High School 2 Both ceremonies take place at the Strahan Coliseum at Texas State San SPORTS SPURS San Antonio heads to Utah with a 20 over the 10A ENTERTAINMENT ROSII QUITS Latest war of words sees Rosie ODonnel give her last opinion on The 12A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 168 20 2 sections CLICK STORMS High Low 79 67 Details IB j DEARABBY 31 CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 21 CROSSWORD tl FORUM 4A oirruARies 9A SPORTS 10A TV GRIDS RAIN NOT STOPPING RIVER FUN By David Salsh Rauf The MeraldZeitung Matthew Stanford has been making the fourhour drive from Houston to New Braun fels for the past ten years to celebrate Memorial Day weekend the only way he knows camping on the Guadalupe And absolutely he could stand in his way not even the possibility of torrential MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FORECAST SATURDAY make annual excursion to rivers despite forecast for heavy rain Theres no question about Wed be out here if there was a It beats who was busy building an impromptu shel ter Friday afternoon in his miniwoodstock camp ground to shield him and his group called the BeerBar ians from is one of about campers expect ed to set up shop on camp grounds along River Road during Memorial day week During the three day anywhere from to campers will refer to the 17mile stretch along the Guadalupe River as Wed be out here hell or high water but theres always the wimps that arent ready to tough it Stan ford Slower than Usual River outfitters responsible for renting everything from to kayaks to camp ground are hoping the gener al public doesnt wimp out because of the A large bulk of their summer revenue is generated during See Page 9A 80 chance of heavy rain SUNDAY 50 chance of heavy rain MONDAY 50 chance of storms DAVID MOTIW Houston area residents Jennifer Long and Tyler Hunt string up a tarp to protect them from approaching rain while camping out with friends along the Guadalupe River Friday Heavy possible flooding forecast By Mark Koopmans The HeraldZeitung Since the 33county area that makes up Central Texas has seen between 1723 inches of said National Weather Service officials in New Braunfels Meteorologist Larry Eblen said that for most of the this level of rainfall is more like annual levels not six All that rainfall since were definitely not in a drought situation right Eblen said late Friday Looking back at a span of five he said the area was not in a drought looking at the last three the area was a little dryer than we would have Meteorologists say drought description doesnt apply this spring In we were a bit but we have had excessive precipitation over the last six so we are way above drought conditions for At least five stormrelated deaths in Killeen have been reported by law enforcement officials following the Thursday overnight storms that blew through Comal County and drenched most of Central Despite the inclement how thousands of people are expected in the area for concerts and other Memorial Day Weekend Eblen said his office strongly advised residents and visitors to be aware of their surroundings during the rest of the threeday The rain events are expected to continue sweeping from west to so essentially all of our area is under this heavy rain he There is an expectation we will receive multiple inches of rain every day through Tues The region as a whole may see between 1518 inches of rain for the fiveday period that started Thursday he While May rainfall is normally record ed at about a tenth of an inch per Comal County saw about two inches of See Page 9A State lawmakers to consider budget By April Castro Associated Press Writer and Sen ate negotiators agreed Friday on a billion twoyear state budget that includes enough money for a modest teacher pay raise and millions to beef up state border secu rity The which is the only legislation lawmakers are legally required to pass before the session ends Mon can now be presented to the two full chambers for final Much of the 200809 budg et is being used to reverse actions lawmakers took in when they were faced with a billion shortfall For the states low cost health insurance plan for which was drasti cally restricted in would be funded to allow for as much as additional children to be I think its a great budget for said Steve who led the Senates budgetwriting Its it funds a number of holes that we were trying to fill after the 2003 it provides significant addition al funding in areas that need ed it and were still able to set aside two and a half billion The Legislature agreed ear lier this week to leave an esti mated billion unspent to help continue a onethird reduction in school proper ty tax relief in 2010 and That leftover money is part of a billion surplus law makers started the session with in An addition al billion will be saved in the states socalled Rainy Day including several House argued that the unspent money should not be committed to property tax relief when so many other state needs While the budget will spend almost 95 percent of state money on health and too much has been set aside for tax cuts that mostly bene fit upperincome said Scott director of the Austinbased Center See Page 8A NaVniJMU rtlMM to of bring mteastnl lOOtoSOOcft from the CfcTyonLaVenesgrvoif According to optimtl tubing on Motai RaWngtothemodeofoSotee THINGS TO REMEMBER ON THE RIVERS Flow at Settler 429 CFS New river including coolers apply only on Comal River and Guadalupe River downstream of Gruene railroad See Flash flood warning in effect through tonight Fatherhusbandhero prepares for first Memorial Day since soldier died in Baghdad bombing By Mark Koopmans The HeraldZeitung As Memorial Day approaches once Jennifer Funkhouser of New Braunfels plans to join the community participating in local ceremonies to remember the sacrifice of the nations fallen What makes the situation more personal for is the fact she also will be commemorating the first anniversary of her Army James Alex Funkhouser The 35yearold father of two girls died on Memorial 2006 while deployed with the Army in The couple first met in 1997 when they attended college in San She was a 19yearold who lived 15 miles away from the home she had grown up He was a 26yearold Army Staff who had already served in places like Korea and Germany and was involved in an Armysponsored enlistedtoofficer An unlikely pair On the surface we were so but once we got to know each we were a perfect fit for one Jennifer After about 18 Alex pro posed although we had our official See Page 3A A fourpart series leading up to the first anniversary AtexFunkhousers death in Courtesy photo Alex Funkhouser holds his daughter while 3yearold Kaitlyn looks on during Allisons 1 year birthday r Jennifer and Alex Alex is killed Jennifer faces life without rst Memorial Day CBS Kimberty Dozier meets   

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