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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas                                 FRIDAY, JULY 10,2009  ENTERTAINMENT  Zeitung  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  team looking to move on in crucial ^ad game. Pm^m 10A  PiMay night ihtm  Downtown shops will stay open a little longer tonight. Ptt9«2A  Vol. 156. No. 208 18 pages, 2 sections  herald-zeitunfl.com  soo  3000 UUUU I  o  HOT  High Low  101 74  Details ____ 1B  DEAR ABBY 3B aASSinEDS4ai COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 10-11A TV GRIDS Sa  No jail time for teen arsonists  By Soott Sflc^Mf  The Heraid-Zeltung  IWo teenagers stood in court Thursday after igniting down-tovvn N^ Braunfels a year ago to the day.  Emilia Zoe Spencer, 18, and Jordan Scott Schaefer, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of arson of a vehicle in the 274th District Court of Judge Gary Steel.  Spencer and Schaefer set ablaze five vehicles throughout downtown New Braunfels and lit fires in two trash con  tainers on July 10, 2008.  The fires claimed more than $60,000 in damages, then-interim fire chief John Robinson told the Herald-Zeitung.  Emilia Spencer  Steel gave Spencer deferred adjudication, a $5,000 fine and 240 hours of community service. She must also complete an in-jail day treatment pro  gram. The 45-day program is designed to deter destructive behavior and the use of drugs and alcohol, Comal County Assistant District Attorney Steve De Lemos said.  Deferred adjudication means she will be supervised, but the court did not enter a verdict. If she violates any of  Jordan Schaefer  the court orders or commits any crimes, she could enter probation or receive jail time, De Lemos said.  "The judge felt like since Spencer didn't have any criminal history or background, deferred adjudication was the right way to go," he said.  Schaefer must serve 10 years of probation, pay a $5,000 fine, serve 240 hours community service and complete the same in-jail day treatment program.  De Lemos said between the  See ARSON, Page 3A  Street Solutions  ---TSSh^:^  ■ -ummm,.  'mm .  PHOTOS BY LAURA iMclCB«ZIE/Herald-Zeitung  Public Works Director Steve Ramsey sits Thursday beside a map of New Braunfels that shows the condition of city roads. Right: A sign warns of upcoming construction.  City looks to repair damaged local roadways  ByTlMffon Brittain  The Herald-Zeitung  The rivers might flow smoothly through New Braunfels, but some roads do not.  Uhevm pavement, potholes and cracks on heavily traveled sections of Walnut Avenue and Landa Street have drivers bouncing in their cars and wondering when the dty is going to fix the aging road system.  Steve Ramsey, public works director for N^ Braunfiels, a^owledged road repair and constnK:tion had been unable to keep pace with population growth during the past decade.  "There are some 42 percent of roads needing major work," Ramsey said. "Prior to that time, growth was slow and the financing for good solid street repairs may or may not have been in place to keep up with the need. We are at a point in time now where there is some catch-up that needs to be done regarding street repairs."  Funding for public works and road repairs will be one of many issues to come before council as it sets Its budget for fiscal year 2010 in the coming weeks.  "There are definitely some needs on the priority list," Councilman Richard Zapata said, "and looking at how that  fimding applies to some of the roads that are already at the top of the list will become a priority in the coming weeks as we go into the budget process."  Mayor Bruce Boyer said council increased the budget significantly the past several years for reconstmction and repair of existing roadways.  "This past year's budget (allowed for) $1.5 million, and 1 imagine we will be looking to increase it again if we can," he said.  A comprehensive street inventory completed in June could help New Braunfels  See ROADS, Page 3A  Attacks in Iraq mark worst violence since U.S. puUback  BAGHDAD CAP) — Bombs kiUed nearly 60 people in Iraq on Thursday in the worst vioience since U.S. combat troops witfadiew torn urtian areas last week, ami Amoican Idkxs rdeased five Iranian ofiB-ctol» WBBwIted of aiding Shiite insurgents.  US. oSlials saki tiiey b^eve the Irani-ids, 4et{^d to northern Iraq in Janu-aiy2007,^ focflttated attadcs on Amer-icin-M prces bM hanc^ them over to the Iraqi government at its request because ob^^ to do so under  a U.S.-lnp security agreement llie U.C State Department said it was  concerned their release could present a security threat to American troops in Iraq.  Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, called the release a "good initiative" that could encourage dialogue between Washington andlfehraa whi^ aie tongdme foes.  Iranian Embassy spokesman Amir Arshactt said Iraq had transferred the Iranians, desolbed by their govenmient as di|domats, to the embassy. Washington believes they are associated with the Quds Force, part of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps, and tiiat they trained Iraqi militants.  The carnage within Iraqi borders Thursday was a sign that insurgents remain intent on destabilizing Iraq as the United States shifts its focus to the war in Afghanistan. Attacks are down sharply from past years of war and militants have been driven from many strongholds, but they routinely inflict casualties in Baghdad and northern Iraq.  In a statement on his Web site, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani condemned the attacks and said the "forces of evil and terrorism" were trying in vain to demoralize Iraqi security forces.  Health classes no longer required in Texas schools  By Athlie McEachem  The Herald-Zeitung  High school health class is no longer a state requirement for students in lexas beginning this fall.  Kducation (Commissioner Rolx'rt Scott's recent letter to school districts announcing the new polity said the div ision was made to allow students more opportunities in choosing electivesof their choice.  Scott made the decision in alignment with new legislation that increased the number of electives required for graduation from three-and-a-half to six.  While the decision to keep health class as a graduation requirement is up to individual school districts, many are left wondering what will be done to supplement topics such as drug awareness, sex education and nutrition presented in health courses.  Susan Woolley, executive director of the American School Health Association, said this was the wrong time for this decision.  "We're in an era with increasing obesity and sexually transmitted diseases among teens, unintended pregnancies and alcohol use." Woolley said. "It's also important to note that since it is up to a school  "We've not yet made a decision on how we will address the new legislation."  — Jodi Duron  CISD assistant superintendent  district whether to keep health class as a requirement, if it's taken away, parents and students can voice they want it hack '  Prevention of the recent H 1 N 1 virus is an issue Woolley said health classes could also inform students about.  Officials from (Comal iuitl New Braunfels Independent School Districts said they would continue looking into the effects eliminating heiilth class requirements could have on students and staff.  "We have not yet made a decision on how we will address the new legislation, as this has the potential to affect staffing and master schedules considerably," said lodi Duron, (CIS!) assistant superintendent for academic and student services. "We will he dis cussing options with the Hoard of I'rustees in the coming weeks and hofx* to come to a decision in the near future that we ( an  See HEALTH, Page 3A  County fires consultants on flood control project  By Scott Sticker  The Herald-Zeitung  Comal County commissioners Thursday terminated an agreement with con-sulting company CH2MHilI to oversee build-ing of a flood retarding structure on the D r y Comal Creek.  The action came after CH2MHill reportedly refused to reimburse the county money that Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said it owed.  Almost immediately after the flood of 1998, commissioners began efforts to build the flood-retention strucmre to protect the city from a similar calamity  The structure is being built just west of Krueger Canyon Road and north of Farm-to-Market 482.  Danny Scheel  When bids went out in May, County Engineer Ibm Hornseth said the project would take about 18 months.  Scheel said I hursday he expected reimbursement because the cost of the project was not as much as expected.  "Wiien you hire someone to do a project or a service with multiple phases, each phase has a price tag," Scheel said. 'You have the entire projected cost and when you get to the end of each phase, you have to square off the books."  The county projected the four-phase venture would cost $14 million overall, Scheel said.  "I kept in contact with them and let them know with these economic times, things could change..." Scheel said. "Due to economic times or possibly lack of work—I'm not quite sure — but the bid came back as $7 million... half of what was originally bid."  See FIRED, Page 3A  lace for Weddings  Upstairs is the Uptown Courtyard, Ooiwwtalrs to th# l^ltovim Piano Bar.  296 E. San Ai^Mfilo  'Í'  I   

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