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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ WEEKEND, 12 ) Stuart to play Gruene Ha ■ SPORTS, 6 Smithson Valley kicks off spring practice s \y ■ NEWS, 3 ■ wcvvo, o Flashlight Egg m Hunt Saturday ^ * FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Former teacher/coach indicted Grand jury returns 2 felony charges against Beck, who is accused of texting girl, 13 Beck By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Clinton Beck, former OakRun Middle School teacher and coach, was indicted by a Comal County Grand jury Wednesday on two felony charges stemming from what police say was a relationship with a former student. Beck was indicted on the charge of online solicitation of a minor under 14 and improper relationship between an educator and student. Both are second-degree felonies that carry a sentence of between two and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Beck, 26, was arrested Jan. 4 after he was charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old female student. An arrest warrant alleged Beck and the student exchanged 292 texts during a five-hour period on Dec. 2,2010. Beck was suspended with pay from his position at OakRun by New Braunfels Independent School District the following day. See BECK, Page 5 3-DAY REPRIEVE Taxpayers get an extra three days to file their federal tax returns this year, and they can thank the nation's capital for the extra time. The filing deadline is delayed until midnight Monday because the District of Columbia will observe Emancipation Day today. By law, local holidays in the nation's capital affect tax deadlines the same way federal holidays would. Emancipation Day marks the occasion when President Abraham Lincoln signed a law ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Lincoln signed it April 16,1862. April 16 falls on Saturday, so the holiday is being observed April 15, the traditional tax tiling deadline. — The Associated Press ► McQUEENEY ACCIDENT Workers shocked on roof By BobThaxton Seguin Gazette Enterprise McQUEENEY—Two men were airlifted to a San Antonio hospital after surviving electrical shock Thursday morning at a lakefront house under construction on Happy Haven Road on Lake McQueeney. “Two construction workers were putting flashing on a roof,” said Sgt. J.C. Batey of the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Department. Both men were in a bucket lift transporting them to the roof of the two-story home. “Some part of them or the flashing came in contact with the residential electric lines,” Batey said. Four electric lines were visible directly above the location where the base of the lift was positioned. The men suffered burns on their upper torso, Batey said. They have been identified as See SHOCKED, Page 5 CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID CLICK mm Beautiful High    Low 87 47 Details    8 '56825 00001 heraid-zeitung.com SO cents COMAL COURTHOUSE GETTING FACELIFT Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Larry Charles of Curtis Hunt Restorations Inc. carefully removes limestone trim while working Thursday at Comal County Courthouse on the square in New Braunfels. BACK TO THE FUTURE Comal Courthouse retro restoration in full swing By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Amid the din of demolition activity, Comal County Judge Sherman Krause stood in the middle of the large room that will become the Commissioners' Court meeting room and used his shoe to kick debris away from a seam in the floor. Someone had written “original” on one side of the seam and “new (1931)” on the other. The “new” side will soon be demolished as part of the restoration, now in full swing, of the 113-year-old Comal County Courthouse, which will be returned to its original 1898 look. “It’s very exciting," Krause said. “It’s going to be restored and it’s going to stand as a symbol for our history.” County Engineer Tom Homseth led Krause and a contingent of county officials and employees on Evidence of demolition is clearly visible in what was office space and a bathroom on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse. a tour of the $8 million restoration project Thursday. A beehive of activity buzzed behind the nine-foot chain link safety fence surrounding the old courthouse. Scaffolding reaching to the roof wrapped half the courthouse, where stonemasons were busy with hammer and chisel carefully removing the limestone blocks being salvaged from the to-be-removed non-original portions. Cranes lowered the big blocks to the ground. The 1931-vintage limestone will be cleaned, sorted and stored. Some of it will be replaced on the back wall of the courthouse, where non-original additions are being pulled down. Other salvaged limestone may be used on a new justice center or some other county facility in the future, Hornseth said. Inside, demolition workers used power tools to strip-off pieces of metal and wood and tossed the stuff out of windows, carried out old piping and pieces of an old boiler being removed, and used shovels to fill wheelbarrows with demolition debris. See PROJECT, Page 5 504 ► REDISTRICTING Miller hopes to keep Gillespie Rep. Hilderbran wants Republican county, too By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels state Rep. Doug Miller will have to give up one county—either Gillespie or Bandera — in the redis-tricting currently under way in the Texas legislature. In neighboring District 53, state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran of Kerrville is looking to add a county. Either Gillespie or Bandera would fit the bill. But it seems both lawmakers might be leaning slightly toward wanting Gillespie County. “(Wife) Ann and I own a small ranch in Gillespie County. We have a lot of relatives in Gillespie. So, it’s probably more natural that since we’re taxpayers and property owners there, we have maybe a little bit more of an affinity for Gillespie County,” Miller said Wednesday. “Other than that, both are great counties with great people.” As for Hilderbran, he used to represent Gillespie County, Miller said. “He probably would want to go back to an area he’s represented before.” Miller said he and Hilderbran have been discussing the question — they had conversations as late as Wednesday — and are “trying to work it out... so it works for everybody and we’re taking care of the people.” Miller and Hilderbran are See COUNTY, Page 5 Miller Hilderbran p.ro. •If your adc 0,2,4,6 or I irrigation days I MondayOnd Thursday, •If your address ends in 1,3,5,7 or 9, irrigation days are Tuesday and Friday, • Hand watering and drip irrigation allowed anytime. • Vehicles may be washed at home on assigned days and times using a handheld hose with automatic shut-off nozzle or 5-gaHon bucket Wash at a commercial facility anytime, Vehicle-washifufiiraisers allowed, but only at commercial car washes. • Outdoor water features are prohibited. 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