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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 Tax  Office  to 5:30 pm, Tax Assessor-tor Cathy Talcott will o Express Drive-Thru foi  ■ Temporary no parking & express lane for tax payments.  Monday, Jm. 31 7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.  ■ SUPER BOWL, 1B  Buyer beware: Are you sure your tickets are legit?  SUNDAY JANUARY 30. 2011  ■ INSIDE TODAY'S PAPER  Special section: -¡ccafou Baby's First Year  Texas >^ip Newspaper of the Year  [$277^  4Mb - A£ i  thf s r»sf Teat  wêê  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  $1.50  Despite setbacks, veteran endures  Yocum walking for soldiers old and young; will arrive in New Braunfels on Tuesday  WELCOME CEREMONY FOR TROY YOCUM  When: 2:15 p.m. Tuesday Where: Marketplace Shopping Center, 651 Business 35 N  By J. Louise Larson  The Herald-Zeitung  Despite a foot infection that has put a pause in his quest to walk across America and back for U.S. military veterans — and a change in sponsoring organizations—1 Toy Yocum is continuing his Hike for Heroes.  Yocum plans to be in New Braunfels Tuesday, although doctor’s advice about his infected foot might mean he’s driven here from San Marcos.  “My foot is really infected pretty badly.... Right now I’m trying to think about a solution  See YOCUM, Page 7A  To date, Yocum's trip has raised $125,000 for Soldiers Angels. Of that, $50,000 has gone directly to support veterans.  Submitted photo  ► EGYPTIAN TURMOIL  Chaos in Cairo as Mubarak remains  President taps intel chief to be  ► AARP PROGRAM  Center will host tax prep aide  From staff reports  Local volunteers with the AARP Tax-Aide Program will be at a new location this year: McKenna Events Center.  Paul Kellerhals, local coordi-nator, said the cost-free income-tax-return preparation help had been offered in previous years at the city library, which was unavailable this year due to construction.  New Braunfels Tax-Aide assisted more than 1,100 taxpayers in 2010, including 1,000 electronically transmitted tax returns, he said.  “This year there are 21 volunteers ready to help taxpayers beginning Feb. 1, and continuing through April 16 on a first-come, first-served basis,” Kellerhals said.  Assistance will be available TUesday and Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Doyle Krueger Hall, McKenna Events Center, 801W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels.  The local volunteers, trained in cooperation with the IRS, are prepared to assist in filing tax forms and basic schedules primarily for low-and middle-income individuals.  Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seek paid tax assistance, Kellerhals said.  "Please bring Social Security identification for yourself and all dependents, picture ID, all documents needed to file your return, including forms indicating income and taxes paid/withheld,” he said.  Because of last-minute changes approved by Congress, the IRS will not be able to immediately process tax returns for taxpayers who itemize deductions, claim the $250 deduction available to teachers and aides for classroom supplies, or deduct for qualified college costs.  “This delay means the IRS won’t be able to handle these returns until mid-to-late February,” Kellerhals said.  “If you are among the two-thirds of taxpayers who claim the standard deduction rather than itemizing and you don’t benefit from the write-offs mentioned above, then you can file as soon as you have the tax paperwork you need.”  LIGHTS OF HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS  LAURA McKENZIE/HeraId-Zeitung  Juana Sachez holds her son, Ignacio, 6, while attending the Lights of Hope Dinner on Wednesday at Westside Community Center.  YOU DO  COUNT  Coalition uses dinner to feed, educate, treat Comal’s homeless  By J. Louise Larson  The Herald-Zeitung  Clean socks, a comb, soap, a knit cap, a rain poncho.  lust a few of the things people can take for granted — necessities guests didn’t turn down Thursday night at The Lights of Hope Dinner at Westside Community Center in New Braunfels and the CRRC in Canyon Lake.  A steady stream of attendees encountered friendly faces serving a tummy-warming turkey dinner, health agencies providing blood-sugar tests and health screenings.  It was all part of an effort to do an annual count of homeless individuals and families in Comal County, the Point In Time count sponsored by Comal County Homeless Coalition.  “These people said they could use dental help,” one volunteer told another.  Someone was quickly dispatched to gather the needed information.  “These people are asking about having a place to wash clothes,” another said.  See COUNT, Page 9A  Tax office announces Express Drive-Thru for Monday only  Mubarak  first vice president  By Hamza Hendawi  The Associated Press  CAIRO—With protests raging, Egypt’s president named his intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor as chaos engulfed the cap-ital. Soldiers stood by—a few even joining the demonstrators — and the death toll from five days of anti-government fury rose sharply to 74.  Saturday’s fast-moving developments across the north African nation marked a sharp turning point in President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule of Egypt.  Residents and shopkeepers in affluent neighborhoods boarded up their houses and stores against looters, who roamed the streets with knives and sticks, stealing what they could and destroying cars, windows and street signs. Gunfire rang out in some neighborhoods.  Tanks and armored personnel carriers fanned out across the city of 18 million, guarding key government buildings, and major tourist and archaeological sites.  Among those singled out for special protection was the Egyptian Museum, home to some of the country’s most treasured antiquities, and the Cabinet building.  The military closed the pyr-amids on the outskirts of Cairo — Egypt’s premier tourist site.  But soldiers made no moves against protesters, even after a curfew came and went and the crowds swelled in the streets, demanding an end to Mubarak’s rule and no hand-off to the son he had been grooming to succeed him.  Vol. 158, No. 69 30 pages, 4 sections  Property taxes are due Mon- 1  ; On that day, from 7:30 a.m.  - ^  3tt will offer an  ____ „ -Thru for those   ) wish to drop off their property tax payments without having to park their car and stand in line.  “Monday the 31st will be our busiest day of the year, and my goal is to make the experience as convenient as possible for our taxpayers,” Talcott said. “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. SeguinAve.  The downtown office will observe extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The satellite offices in Bul-verde and Sattler will be open their normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  See TAXES, Page 7A     Inside          CLASSIFIEDS    1D      COMICS    5C      CROSSWORD    5C      FORUM    4A      OBITUARIES    3A      PLANNER    2C      SPORTS    IB      TV GRID    3D     Partly cloudy  High Low  78 50  mom etui one price  1?  830-606-3451 • 728 IN-35 South • Walnut Ext, New Braunfels  valmarkchevy.com    AN    AMERICAN    REVOLUTION   

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