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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Tax Office Tax Office Express Drive-thru NEXT MONDAY ONLY Temporary no parking & express lane for tax payments. Monday, Jan. 31 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. THE NATION TUNES IN * REP. DOUG MILLER Miller released from hospital Tuesday night ■ FOOD, 8 Hearty breakfast made easy ■ CISD, 2 CISD trustees approve school district rezoning ■ GIRLS BASKETBALL, 6 Smithson Valley puts record on line against rival Canyon WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011 /TF Texas ^IP Newspaper of the Year Texas AIp Newspaper of the Year Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 50C Tax office announces Express Drive-Thru for Monday filers Property taxes are due Monday, Jan. 31. On that day, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tax Assessor-Collector Cathy Tal-cott will once again offer an Express Drive-Thru for those who wish to drop off their property tax payments without having to park their car and stand in line. “Monday die 31 st will be our busiest day of the year, and my goal is to make die experience as convenient as possi-ble for our taxpayers,” said Talcott. “I also encourage everyone to make their payments before January 31 to avoid the long lines.” The Express Drive-Thru will be available only at the downtown location in New Braunfels, 205 N. Seguin Ave. The downtown office will observe extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 31st. The satellite offices in Bulverde and Satder will be open their normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To use the Express Drive-Thru, enter the Tax Office parking lot from Bridge Street by way of Castell, across from Sts. Peter & Paul Thrift Store, where die drop-off will be located in the parking lot on the north side of the Tax Office. There will be signs directing traffic flow. “We ask that traffic not enter Bridge Street from Seguin Avenue because of the potential for traffic congestion. See TAXES, Page 5 By J. Louise Larson and Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung State Rep. Doug Miller was released from the hospital in New Braunfels Tuesday evening and was looking forward to returning to Austin and his legislative duties perhaps later this week, said Fritz Reinig, Miller’s chief of staff. I he Republican from New Braunfels had been hospitalized Friday after suffering a bout of diverticulosis following a speaking engagement in Fredericksburg. "He was released about 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday). His doctors gave him a can- Miller tious all-clear,” Reinig said. Miller’s doctors at Christus Santa Rosa-New Braunfels asked him to remain nearby in case he should experience a regression, Reinig said, adding that medical personnel are optimistic that dietary changes will keep the condition in check. “He was anxious to return home and is anxious to return to Austin perhaps by the end of the week or early next week,’’ Reinig said. Earier in the day, Miller had gone from resting comfortably in his hospital room to working hard. The lawmaker had shed his hospital gown in favor of civilian garb, and sported a Texas Department of Public Safety T-shirt. See MILLER, Page 5 GOP urges president to join them in cuts By Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nation faces a crushing burden of debt and is on course for an economic disaster without dramatic action to wrestle the budget deficit under control, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Tuesday in the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. And such spending cuts must start immediately as the price of getting GOP conservatives to cast a painful vote to increase the government's ability to borrow to pay its bills this spring, Ryan said. “Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left See GOP, Page 5 Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung TOP: Comal County Democrats meet at the home of Terri Truitt Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. ABOVE: Terri Truitt, left, and Leah Kantoff listen as President Barack Obama speaks to the nation during Tuesday's State of the Union address. Local Democrats gather to watch address together By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung In the nation’s annual check-up Tuesday night, President Barack Obama had an avid audience at the home of attorney Terri Truitt. A handful of Democrats of Comal County met to listen to the State of the Union speech, which began with a somber reminder of the empty chair of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. “Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are, or where we come from, each of us is part of something greater... We are part of the American family,” he said. “We are still bound together as one people.” “What comes of this moment is up to us,” Obama said, telling the lawmakers and other spectators gathered that the important thing wasn’t a show of unity at the speech but the ability to work together the following day. “That’s what I’m talking about,” said one of the Comal County Dems. With power sprinkled between the two parties in the mid-term elections, the American electorate sent a clear message that a bipartisan effort is required, Obama said. See ADDRESS, Page 5 From Hike for our Heroes Facebook page HIKE FOR HEROES As Troy Yocum walked through Stonewall, Texas, elementary school students lined the streets. Yocum will be walking into New Braunfels on Feb. 1. He is hiking 7,000 miles across America to raise money for struggling veterans and their families. To learn more, visit www.drumhike.com . Vol. 158, No. 65 12 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS 11 COMICS 10 CROSSWORD 10 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 PLANNER 9 SPORTS 6 TV GRID 12 Pt. cloudy High Low 61 31 Details 9 ■56825 00001 50 cents First Commercial Bank, N.A. As Independent as Texas MMM Ü V HMMMM Do you know these Mark Williams, McQueeney • Mark Long, McQueeney • Jeff Albrecht, New Braunfels Doris Rinn, Seguin • General Tommy Thomson, San Antonio Robert "Bob” Pfullmann, McQueeney • G.P. "Jeep" Kiel, Seguin They are our Board ofDlrectors and your neighbors! till! Your locally owned community bank! New Braunfels: 1525 S. Seguin Ave. • (830) 221-3900 1656 State Hwy. 46 W. • (830) 625-2661 Seguin: 1336 E. Court St. (830) 379-8390 Member FDIC .lcb.com
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