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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas PENDENCE WEDNESDAY MARCH 2, 2011 Texas ^lp Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Holder: Some state cuts could hurt Comal Sheriff named to Gov. Perrys new Task Force on Unfunded Mandates Holder By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder says he won’t be a silent member of a new task force assigned by the governor to identify costly mandates on local governments. Holder, a Republican, will be the lone law enforcement officer on a nine-member commission selected by Gov. Rick Perry, who announced the formation of the Task Force on Unfunded Mandates on Monday. The group is charged with identifying costs passed on by the state to local governments, cities, counties and school districts, and recommend ways to alleviate those burdens. “As we look for ways to streamline government and ensure the most prudent use of taxpayer dollars, we should also ensure we are not burdening local authorities with unfunded mandates as they face their own budget challenges,” Perry said in a statement. TYvo current mayors, one former mayor, two county judges, one city councilor and a district attorney will join Holder on the task force, along with one school superintendent. See HOLDER, Page 6 Morrison ► LATE-NIGHT VOTE Morrison gets $10K pay raise City manager now makes $160K a year By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously late Monday to give City Manager Mike Morrison a $10,050 per year raise. The raise, effective immediately, boosts Morrison’s annual salary to $160,850, according to city Human Resources Director Julie O’Connell. Mayor Bruce Boyer said council believes Morrison has “done a good job overall,” has worked very hard to resolve communications issues between city staff and elected officials, and has been instrumental in improving the city’s fiscal condition since taking the job in 2006. “The city’s bond rating has gone up even though we’ve taken out additional debt to make a lot of improvements,” Boyer said. See RAISE, Page 5 City manager pay A look at the salaries of managers/ administrators in cities across Texas. Sheryl L. Sculley, San Antonio $315,000 Mary K. Suhm, Dallas    $278,460 Thomas Muehlenbeck, Plano $270,969 Ted G Barron, Mesquite $258,272 Tomas Gonzalez, Irving    $246,384 Marc Ott, Austin    $242,008 W.A. Keffler, Richardson $239,820 William E Dollar, Garland $229,500 Joyce Ann Wilson, El Paso $227,581 Mike R. Perez, McAllen $227,240 Dale A Fisseler, Fort Worth $226,595 Lee Ann Dumbauld, Lubbock $225,002 James N. Holgersson, Arlington $214,152 Larry Groth, Waco    $181,272 Jim Nuse, San Marcos $180339 Carlos R Villarreal, Laredo $179,996 Leonard Martin, Carrollton $176,432 Julie Couch, Rockwall    $174,990 Angel Escobar, Corpus Christi $172,708 Lynda Humble, Rowlett $162,000 Mike Morrison, New Braunfels $160350 Charlie Cabler, Brownsville $159,120 Ron Bowman, Boeme    $157,131 Doug Faseler, Seguin    $154,000 Steven LeBlanc, Galveston $147,393 SOURCES: Texas Tribune, Seguin Gazette, Austin Statesman, Boeme Star MATTHEW KINYCKY: THE CESSNA KID LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Matthew Kinyicky, 14, sits in the pilot seat of a Cessna 172 recently at New Braunfels Municipal Airport. Matthew began taking flying lessons in March 2010. Cross Lutheran eighth-grader learning to fly “He’s really pretty good. He comes out about once or twice a month because he’s juggling school and other activities. He’s been mowing yards and doing odd jobs to save up money, but it’s been really great.” By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung It didn’t take long for Matthew Kinycky to become hooked on the marvels of aviation. A year ago, for his 14th birthday, Matt’s parents, Sue and Jeff Kinycky, gave him a “Discovery” flight. “I’ve always been interested in flying, and for my birthday, my parents got me a discover flight and I was hooked from there,” Matt said. That introductory, half-hour flight JOE PTTNHIR, flight instructor around Comal County and Canyon Lake was an eye-opener for Matt, who got a feel for the aircraft and experienced what aviation is about. “He decided then that he wanted to go for his pilot’s license,” Sue Kinycky said. That’s what the Cross Lutheran School eighth-grader is doing, and he's earning his way toward his goal. His parents offered Matt the following deal — that they would pay for half See FLYING, Page 5 COMING THURSDAY Staff writer Will Wright interviews state Rep. Doug Miller about the budget    Miller deficit's effect on schools. ► COURTHOUSE THIEF Purse snatcher receives 25 years By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Lisa Regina Whitfield was sentenced to 25 years in prison for what appeared to be an impulse decision to steal four purses at Comal County Courthouse. Whitfield, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraudulent use of possession of identi-fying information related to a Dec. 1, 2010 visit she made to the courthouse. On Dec. 1, she asked who she could see to get some kind of county business taken care of, and was directed upstairs to where a portion of the District Attorney’s employees work. The offices were unoccupied, and authorities believe Whitfield just happened upon a board room where a number of purses had been left during a meeting. “It was a crime of opportunity. She decided to take some purses,” Sheriff Bob Holder said in a December interview. Investigators had pictures of her leaving the courthouse and using the credit cards at Target and J.C. Penney. Within a week, Whitfield See PURSES, Page 5 Whitfield Vol. 158, 12 pages, Inside CLASSIFIEDS    11 COMICS    10 CROSSWORD    10 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES    3 PLANNER    # SPORTS    7 No. 95 1 section Texas only state with Declaration of Independence TV GRID 12 A few clouds High Low 78 49 Details    9 click a "56825 00001 i herald-zeitung.com 50 cents WASHINGTON, Texas (AP) — The ferry crossing settlement along a trail used for generations by Native Americans and later by Spanish explorers had a single defined street and a dozen shacks and cabins when about five dozen men rode into town to make history. Their national political convention on the banks of the Brazos River in southeast Texas was in an unfinished hall owned by a gunsmith promised $170 for the rent. The gunsmith never was paid. What came out of the discussions over a few days 175 years ago today was the Texas Declaration of Inde- TEXAS: THE FIRST 175 YEARS pendence, a handwritten document proclaiming Texas was freeing itself from its oppressive ruling government in Mexico. The declaration was modeled after the American Declaration of Independence authored 60 years earlier by Thomas Jefferson. No other U.S. state has such a distinction. “The independent spirit that reigned on the Texas frontier during the era of the Texas Revolution can still be seen today throughout the state,” said light Cummins, an Austin College history professor and the Texas state historian. “Texans today pride themselves on being independent, hard-working, innovative and no-nonsense people, all of which is reflected in our view of those who participated in the Texas Revolution. “Perhaps for that reason, many Texans believe that this state is different from any other in the nation in See TEXAS, Page 5 HONDA Lawn & Garden mi DKi mwm Ktouxala Uskm @^9o^©raG 830-624-3000 m Of Please read the owner's manual before operating your Honda Power Equipment. © 2008 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. masæmm