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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas local NEWS, 2A Legislators to debate board of ed's fate ■ NATION, 5A U.S. takes pro-Israel stand with U.N. veto SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 ■ SPORTS, 8A Canyon Cougars claim district title with victory Texas JipNewspaper of the Year Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. BOO Clark released, can practice law Attorney on bond pending appeal of attempted sexual performance of child conviction Clark By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Comal County attorney Mark Adrian Clark, convicted by a Comal County jury of attempted sexual performance of a child, is out on bond and remains an attor- ney "in good standing” for the foreseeable future. At the Texas State Bar Association, special administrative counsel Maureen Ray works with the office of the chief disciplinary counsel. Interviewed Friday, she couldn’t talk about Clark’s case specifically in any detail, but she acknowledged her office is examining the case. The State Bar has in its possession the judgment against Clark, related court documents and police reports. "Currently, he is in good standing and eligible to prac- tice,” Ray said. “We have the ability to ask the Board of Disciplinary Appeals to either suspend or disbar the person,” she said, adding nothing is on file to that effect. See CLARK, Page 10A MISSING Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home. Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip. ► SOME GOOD NEWS Joshua has new brother Missing toddlers mother gives birth on Friday By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Some happy news came Friday for the parents of Joshua layvaughn Davis, who, according to a family spokeswoman, welcomed a new baby boy into the world. Sabrina Benitez, mother of the New Braunfels 18-month-old who vanished Feb. 4 from the family home on Savannah Hill Circle, gave birth to a son Friday at an undisclosed location, spokeswoman Angie Flack said in an evening telephone interview. No other information was immediately available. “Both mother and baby are resting,” Flack said in a news release issued earlier Friday. “Sabrina and josh are still longing to reconcile with baby Josh, and Sabrina is anxiously awaiting to now be able to take the polygraph test,” the release said. Benitez had been unable to take a polygraph because of fears it could interfere with her pregnancy. See JOSHUA, Page 10A HOMELESSNESS IN COMAL COUNTY Benitez «£ t t- LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Thomas and Mistie Williams sit in the shade recently at their camp in New Braunfels. The couple are struq-gling to get back on their feet since finding themselves homeless Couple want to get back on their feet Editor’s note: The following is part of an occasional series on homelessness in Comal County. By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung For one New Braunfels couple, homeless means living in the bushes across from Walmart, with the northbound 1-35 frontage road as their driveway. Life is harsh these days for Thomas and Mistie Williams. Every morning, they roll up their camp at the base of the overpass, ready for anything, including the occasional visit from the law. “Some officers will run you off, but some of them don’t," Thomas said. “They come to make sure you’re OK, and make sure you’re not doing anything you’re not supposed to,” Mistie said. Thomas was a truck driver until 2005, when he got too many tickets, he said. Now he’s studying to get his license back, he said, showing the test prep book he’s reviewing. They were laid off from the hotel where they worked. "When the economy was down, nobody was staying there,” Mistie said. “I worked three years, straight seven days a week. I’m not afraid of work.” At the motel, they were paid in cash — $3 a room — to clean. A cash payment means no government unemployment checks, either. See HOMELESS, Page 10A ► COLD SNAP PRICE NBU bills going up to cover added costs Utility provider had to buy extra power during cold snap From staff reports The effect of the extreme cold that hit Texas in early February will continue to be felt even though temperatures have returned to more normal levels. Unfortunately, a major part of that effect is going to be in the form of higher electric bills for residents. “We had quite a stretch of days where WANT TO SAVE ENERGY? Customers can contact an NBU resource conservation representative at(830)608-8926 to schedule an audit; or visit www.nbu-texas.com/ Conservation for helpful tips on conserving energy and saving money. the tempera ture never got above freezing and that resulted in an extremely large amount of electricity being consumed by our customers,” NBU Communications Manager Gretchen Reuwer said. In an effort to reduce the sudden financial impact of the higher costs and higher usage because the winter storm, NBU will phase in the additional higher rates for cost of power. Unless the situation changes because of unforeseen changes in price or volurpe, the March PCRF will increase by $.002/kWh to $.011/kWh, and starting in April will be $.014/kWh. The summer rate is effective in June and will increase the base rate cost of power by $.01 per kwh, which is reflective of the higher cost of power during the peak usage months of the summers in Texas. “For our residential customers, the February increase means an additional $2 for 1,000 kWh and closer to $4 for those using 2,000 kWh,” Reuwer said. “The subsequent increases in March, April and May plus the higher summer rate will mean customers will see an additional $.017 increase per kWh by the time we reach June. See NBU, Page 10A Local schools in session Monday By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Monday is Presidents' Day, which would have been a holiday for area schools had they not been closed for the Feb. 4 ice and snow event. Instead, students at New Braunfels Independent School District, Comal ISD and Navarro ISD will attend classes. It will be a holiday at Schertz-abolo-Universal City ISD, which has scheduled its bad weather day for May 30 (Memorial Day), and Marion ISD, which has April 22 (Good Friday) as its make-up day. The NBISD board of trustees meeting, previously scheduled for Tuesday, will instead meet Monday night. Most area banking and savings institutions will be closed to observe the holiday. The City of New Braunfels and Comal County offices also will be closed. Solid waste and recycling will be collected, but the City Recycle Center will be closed. All federal offices, including the U.S. Post Office, will be closed. It's also a state holiday, meaning its offices, including the Texas Department of Public Safety’s office in New Braunfels, will take the day off. Vol. 158, No. 86 16 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID IB 1YA 11A 4A 3A 3B 8A 2B Details Sprinkles High Low 76 64 3B ■56825 00001 herald-zeitung.com 50 cents Digges files for re-election By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Incumbent City Councilor Steven Digges is hoping for a second full term and thinking about leaving a legacy in improved drainage, a sports complex and controlled growth. Digges filed on Monday to seek re-election to his District 6 seat in May 14 election. He's 39 and married to wife Sherri. They have two daughters, Sharisse and Lexie, both students at Texas A&M. Digges owns T.I.G. Digges Plumbing Co. Digges took offit after a special electic in November 200 following the recall 1 voters of then-coui cil-member Ke Valentine. Digge completed the la: few months of that term and w election to his first full three-year term in 2008. “I want my next three years to be my legacy as far as what I’ve done for New Braunfels,” he said. See FILING, Page 5A LIVE TEAM TRIVIA; Hiursdays at 8 p.m. • FREE to Flay • Prim for 1st, 2nd & Jrd Places the Pub opens daily at 4p.m. Happy Hoar: Mon Fri 4-7
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