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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas & ■ LOCAL NEWS. 2 NBHS pupil arrested with pot at school ■ SPORTS, 5 Rangers break in turf with sweep of CLHS ■ WORLD, 3 Democracy advocate critical of Eygptian rule THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 2011 Texas Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 NBISD braces for cuts Budget shortfall could range from $7.6M to $9.4M LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Superintendent Randy Moczygemba talks Wednesday with administrators and staff about budget cuts during a meeting at the NBISD Education Center. By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Independent School District officials are preparing for their own financial storm, as they’re bracing for deep cuts resulting from the state budget ax. NBISD believes it will have to slash up to $7.6 million from its budgets for each of the next two school years. Even though officials don’t want to eliminate teaching positions, the sheer reality is that it might have to in order to meet the challenge. The position that we’re taking is that it will take eveiy person in our district to realize there is a deficit — and that will mean cuts to personnel,” Superintendent Randy Moczygemba said. From top to bottom, Moczygemba is seeking to cut NBISD by 15 percent. There aren’t any specifics yet — no set number of teachers to face elimination, no targeted programs up for the ax, no extracurricular or academic activities subject to be slashed. The aim is to gather together all possible answers, propose sensible cuts, alter them in light of the state’s on-going budget See BUDGET, Page 10 ► KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN Pastor’s nephew dies in explosion Unde says soldier ‘fell in love with the Guadalupe’ By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Carse of Harrod, Ohio, a regular visitor to New Braunfels, was killed in action in Khandahar Province, Afghanistan, on Feb. 8, the Department of Defense has announced. His uncle, Richard Carse of New Braunfels, pastor at Grace Memorial Church, said Nathan used to visit New Braunfels during the summers while he attended college and worked as an engineer in Louisiana. “He fell in love with the Guadalupe. He’s tubed it and rafted it and everything, been to Schlitterbahn,” said Richard, who was in Ohio on Wednesday to attend his nephew’s funeral on Friday morning in Ada. Nathan also met his girlfriend, who is with the Border Patrol in El Paso, while he was visiting locally with the Carse family. “They met in New Braunfels," Richard said. “Both were vacationing.” The Department of Defense said Carse was an engineer with the White Sands, N.M.-based 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade. His unit was attempting to build roads and infrastructure for die Afghan people. Carse, 32, died of wounds suffered See CARSE, Page 10 Vol. 158, No. 84 10 pages, 1 section RESIDENTS MUST REGISTER THEIR WELLS wm TV*.ÎW N. Carse Inside ■roa CLASSIFIEDS 8 F COMICS • L/ CROSSWORD 6 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 Some sprinkle« PLANNER 7 High Low SPORTS s 76 60 TV GRID 9 Details 7 CLICK 8'"'56825 00001 i herald*zeitung.com 50 cent# ; " V; 'f-tàfr-M ;:•/ ■ . .' ■ as* * s i . LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Attendees gather Wednesday at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center to hear about the Edwards Aquifer Authority legislative agenda, the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program and well canvassing. EAA canvassing Comal wells Registration fee is $10; violators could be subject to retroactive fees, fines By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung An effort to ensure water wells in Comal County are properly registered and constructed and are not posing a threat of contamination to the groundwater supply is expected to begin later this year. Edwards Aquifer Authority officials outlined their coming “Well Canvassing Initiative” during a meeting Wednesday with local officials at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. “Every well is a potential conduit for contamination,” EAA General Manager Karl Dreher said. “We’re trying to make sure wells are properly constructed so they’re See WELLS, Page 10 HOWTO REGISTER Go by the EAA office in San Antonio or visit the authority's website at www.edwardsaquifer.org to find a well registration form that can be mailed-in. Mail the completed well registration form, along with a check or money order for $10 for each well registered to: Edwards Aquifer Authority, Attention: Well Registration Program, 1615 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, Texas 78215. For information, call the Well Registration Team at (210) 222-2204 or (800) 292-1047. Montero files for re-election to NBISD board By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Rigo Montero filed for re-election to his District 2 seat on New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees on Monday. Montero is president of the NBISD school board. He won the seat in May 2008, defeating challengers Sandra Trolinger, David Will and Rich For-lano to replace retiring trustee Jorge Maldonado, who held the seat for seven years. Montero is the only candidate to file for the four trustee spots on Comal County’s two school boards, which opened filings on Monday for the May 14 election. In the Comal ISD, seats in District 3, currently held by board vice-president Frank Baker, and District 4, held by board treasurer Donna Holmes, are up for election. In addition to Montero's Dis- Montero trict 2 seat, NBISD has the District 4 position, now represented by Joe Hassmann, up for election. Those interested in becoming board members must be registered voters, reside in the district they are filing for, and have resided in the district for at least six months. Deadline for Filings in both districts is March 14. Applications for the CISD ballot are available at the Support Services See FILING, Page 3 Ptôasô Uôlf> support, IrUracy ana cOmwuwr£,y aWflrakass # Donate to NIE > por wOr« ¡H-Çonw»tiOH cantaci, 7*4-P t^owltr 0 (t%d> EKALI) BEITI INI. ITiimn virvriiiw STO®! 1 MISSING Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered. ► JOSHUA DAVIS JR. Officers continue interviews Tips roil in surrounding toddler’s disappearance from his NB home By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung As the search for missing New Braunfels toddler Joshua J. Davis Jr. wears on, interviews continue at New Braunfels Police Department. More than 20 people were interviewed during the first two days after the 18-month-old’s Feb. 4 disappearance from the family home in the 2600 block of Savannah Hill Circle, said NBPD Lt. Michael Penshorn. “The investigation continues ... as they have people that they have to talk to, they bring them in,” Penshorn said. “I know there's been several that we’ve spoken to multiple times — generally, where a question comes up... well have them sit down and ask a few questions, and they’ll leave again,” he said. The Texas Rangers and the FBI continue to aid in the investigation, he said. Tips are rolling in from callers, ranging from possible scenarios and locations to check to things that seemed out of place. On Wednesday, a caller notified authorities that vultures were perched atop and beside a trash can. The caller was afraid there was something dead inside the trash can. Police continue to check out all leads, Penshorn said. Authorities have generally ruled out the possibility that Joshua was abducted. Scent-detecting law dogs reportedly have been unable to pick up the tot’s trail outside of his yard. Cadaver-searching dogs haven’t detecting his scent in the neighborhood, and air searches in an expanded two-mile radius have failed to yield any clues to the boy’s whereabouts.
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