New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas ■nmsmrrn SATURDAY, DECMER 6,2009 Zeitung SPORTS Glask off til« ntaiis Unicomt rMdy for biQjiast challenge. NEWS IMilt« Christmas Holiday Mason in full swing at local waterpark-turned-hollday destination. Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 157 No. 21 22 pages, 2 sections herald-zeitung.com 0000 f Clearing High Low 54 Details 33 .. IIA DEAR ABBY 7B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS SB CROSSWORD SB FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 7B "in-T Justice Center bond election to be held in May ByClirteCobb Ths Herald-Zeitung \^>tefs in Comal County %vill decide in May whether to build a downtown justice center, after a citizen-led petition drive to force a bond election was officially deemed a success Friday The Comal County aerie's office finished verifying signatures from at least 3,325 registered county voters on Friday enough to thwart an attempt by commissioners to build die estimated $36 million facility without voter approval. With the petition now veri fied and set to be officially recognized by Commissioners Court on lliursday, the decision to construct the proposed four-story, 127,000 square-foot justice center will be made in die ballot box during a May 2010 bond election. "We're tiiriUed and excited that we've accomplished our objective, although we shouldn't have had to do it," said petition organizer Glen Peterson, who helped gather more than 6,000 signatures in 30 days. "This whole process has been an unnecessary expense and effort, because commissioners should have done the right thing and allowed voters to vote on this in the first place." Commissioners voted in mid-October to begin a 30-day process of issuing debt to pay for a state-of-the-art justice center, which would sit on the east side of Seguin Avenue between Bridge and Zink streets. That kiclcstarted an effort by petitioners to gather the more than 3,000 signatures needed to force a bond election before commissioners could legally issue debt on Nov. 19. "I had my doubts, but we See BOND, Page 11A PLANNING 'MOM STRATEGY' ABOVe: football Varsity fo player Austin Rios gets a hug from his mom, Vmdi, right and ICathy Sinfunons, the motiier of au^rtmrtNickJohn simmons. ii Karen Dudcworth, r WiBndi Rios, and Simmons support Braunfels football team during a pep rally Friday. leltWiBni KathySIr thef^ Football moms do what it takes to help the Unicorns win By Chris Cobb The Herald-Zeitung NBHB UNICORN TEAM BENDOFF Whw: 10:50 a.m. today Unicom Field House aWIM unw, ion IB They've been at it for more than six months, working hard every day, putting in overtime — whatever it takes to help the Unicorns win. You won't find them in the weight room, or running laps at practice, and they won't play a down for New Braunfels today when they take on Brandéis at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos. They'll be where they always are — in the stands cheering the loudest, and at home afterward, win or lose. They're the mothers of this year's Unicorn players, and they've been there every step of the way on their sons' road through a long and successful season. "We do anything we can to support the boj^ and the coaches," said Paige Bordano, the mother of middle linebacker John Bordano. "We're happy to do it. These are our babies." They start as early as the players, mapping out different events and festivities throughout the season, right up to painting the horseshoes leading into Unicom stadium. "We start in the summer," said Kathy Simmons, quarterback John Simmons' mom. "We gather up all the moms and we plan our mom strategy" See MOM, Page 11A Old cases haunt residents as county clears records Crime Stoppers team awarded People's Choice T^Herald^tung Elmore CoftMnan thought his case dosed more than seven yiftisaga It was a simple misde-nMam» for^H^ dumpi^ one lie ibeupt bd been cbOly c&miasad way bade in 2001. But this week, his name, and bii case, acHndiow resur-fisced, both in the newspaper add in Garaal Qmtyli onUne BWUB CNBCK To ditele Iht ititut of a criminal or dvH CSM, viiittht Comal County Wtb ills at wwMf.co.comal.t)(.us. CNck "StivicM." Scroll down to "Rtcord Starch.' leooids. "Hut was scsnediing I diink everybody had forgotten abmit," Coieman sakl. 'Hien here it is, some years later, coming back up." See RECOIID, Page 11A ByEricJ-WeMbaelier The Herald-Zeitung The N^ Braunfels Comal County Crime Stoppers won the coveted People's Choice award for the 2009 Wassailfest Their wassail beat out 38 other entiries to take the title Thursday evening. The city parks and recreation department Friday morning counted the results of the ballots cast Thursday night. After counting more than 2,400 ballots, at least twice, Crime Stoppers was declared the winner, said city recreation manager Robin Kunkel. The dozen winners that comprise the Crime Stoppers was^-making team and a few fdends showed up for the awards ceremony Friday afternoon in the ballroom of See AWARD, Page 11A Flights increase, staff doesn't at NB airport City unconvinced staffing issues exist in air traffic control towers By Eric J.Wailbachm' The Herald-Zeitung Air traffic controllers claim they are working in understaffed conditions that may create safety hazards at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport. That is according to a letter sent to City Manager Mike Morrison on Nov. 25 by Ed Mears, a regional representative of the National Air Ttaffic Controllers Association and employee in Georgetown of Robinson Aviation, a compa ny that contracts with New Braunfels to provide air traffic control staff to the airport. He claims the controllers at the New Braunfels airport woiic long hours with no room for breaks, lunch, vacations or sick days because the control tower is so understaffed. There are currently three traffic controllers and one tower manager working at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, a general aviation airport seven miles from New See ANIPORT, Page 9A 2010 election season starts as candidates file By Chris Cobb The Herald-Zeitung Although candidates have been announcing their political intentions for months, tfie 2010 election season ofBcially began this week. Thursday was the first day for candidates to file with their respective political party to run in the March primary election. Locally, a few Republicans turned in their paperwork on the first day possible: Sherman Krause filed for Comal County Judge; Jennifer Tharp filed to run for Comal County District Attomey and incumbent Renee Couch filed for Comal County Treasurer, according to local party chair Larry Nuckols. Representatives from the Democratic Party of Comal County said no local candidates had filed for office as of Friday. A few local Republican legislators also filed for re-election to statewide positions on Thursday. Doug Miller filed to run again to keep his seat as the District 73 state representative, and Jeff Wentworth filed for re-election as the state senator for District 25. U.S. Representative Lamar Smith also filed for re-election Thursday. Early voting in the primary election will begin on Feb. 16, followed by the election on March 2. The general election will be on Nov. 2. UttNU MoKINZK/Herald-Zeitung City Councilor Sandy Nolte, left, presents Josh Wright and fellow members of the New Braunfels Comal County Crime Stoppers board with an award for being voted as the People's Choice for best wassail at Thursday's Wassailfest.