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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ COMING SUNDAY yQTe League of Women offers Voters Guide ■ ROYAL WEDDING, 3 Brits placing bets on Will and Kate ■ SPORTS, 6 NBHS Unicorns spring into drills THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 Zeitung ► SCHOOL FUNDING NBISD begins rehiring process 91 probationary teachers will be brought back By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Independent School District is conducting interviews in the process of hiring back 91 of 127 probationary teachers who either resigned or were terminated earlier this month. On April 7, the NBISD board of trustees terminated 36 pro-bationary positions and accepted the resignations of 91 others. The board acted in order to comply with a Texas Education Code rule that required teachers to know if they will have a 2011 -12 contract 45 days prior to the last day of school. Now that the district has met that requirement, NBISD superintendent Randy Moczygemba said the district can offer most of those positions back. “Our principals are busy interviewing most of those 127 probationary teachers, and we hope to recommend 91 positions back for re-hire at the board meeting (on May 17),” he said. “There are about 30 positions that won’t be filled, and we knew that we would have to trim them in order to meet our goal of (planning) for an $8.4 million (budget shortfall).” See TEACHERS, Page 12 Officials doubt they’ll see any of $830 million By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Leaders of the New Braunfels and Comal school districts aren’t expecting anything much from $830 million in federal funds that recently have been designated for Texas public schools. Texas lawmakers had hinged at accepting the federal funds because of a amendment stating the money should specifically go toward alleviating the cash-strapped budgets of school districts. After that amendment was repealed, Gov. Rick Perry decided to take the money. On paper, districts across the state stand to benefit from the deal. However, both area superintendents say it might amount to another sleight of hand by lawmakers. See OFFICIALS, Page 12 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.    50« More charges filed in Walker case Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission filed criminal charges Wednesday morning against two people arrested in connection with a New Braunfels boy’s December death, aTABC agent said. Along with felony counts filed a day earlier by New Braunfels police, Doralicia Villarreal, 34. and Christopher Michael Piadade, 20, both of New Braunfels, were each charged with furnishing or providing alcohol to a minor, said Kevin Bammert, senior agent with the TABC’s New Braunfels office. He said he served the misdemeanor warrants on the pair inside Comal County Jail, where they had been since TUesday afternoon. New Braunfels arrested Villarreal and Piadade on second-degree felony charges of deliv-ery of a controlled substance/marijuana to a minor. See WALKER, Page 12 Villarreal Piadade 2011 UNSUNG HEROES AND CITIZEN OF YEAR Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung The Herald-Zeitung honored seven community members Wednesday evening at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. Front row, from left, are Jacqui Garland, Citizen of the Year KathleenTobin Krueger and Lori Perry. Back row, from left, are Jose "Joe” De Leon, Brennen Murphy and Herb Caldwell. Jane Wichman also was honored posthumously. HEROES ALL Herald-Zeitung honors 7 who made a difference; Krueger Citizen of the Year By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels is the kind of town where neighbors look out for neighbors. Whether it be volunteering to help out senior citizens, mentoring at-risk youths or simply brightening someone else’s day by saying hello — those things are part of the fabric that binds us together. Seven New Braunfelsers were recognized for doing those things and a little bit more at the Herald-Zeitung’s 21st annual Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year Awards, presented Wednesday evening at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. More than 300 folks packed the Herald-Zeitung room for the hour-long ceremony, which was topped by Kathleen Tobin Krueger’s award as Citizen of the Year. The Unsung Heroes ranged in age from 17 to 83, and the recipients were praised for their vrw l Unsung Heroes INSIDE TODAY S EDITION The 2011 Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year Kathleen Tobin Krueger are profiled in a special section. devotion to various causes — and the zeal by which they embraced them. “The best part of working at a community newspaper is that we come into contact with absolutely some of the best people in our community,” Herald-Zeitung edi tor and publisher Doug Toney said. “No one knows more than us that people doing good things do not always make the news. “So that’s why we hold this event each year.” Krueger has had a long and storied career doing so many things — beginning first and foremost with her marriage to former Ambassador and U.S. Sen. Bob Krueger, and raising her three children. “It’s true that I’ve lived in four different countries on three different continents, but you know, there’s no place like home — there’s no place like New Braunfels, Texas,” she said. “The extraordinary spirit of volunteerism here is something I think is unequaled anywhere else in the world. “When we see something that isn’t right, or needs fixing, we don’t delegate it to someone else. We jump in and we fix it, and we make it right.” See HEROES, Page 12 ► HILL COUNTRY FUNDING Local firm ordered into receivership in fraud case Hill Country Funding was offshoot of Retirement Value, securities board says By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Hill Country Funding, an investment firm operated by New Braunfels securities salesman Dick Gray, was ordered into receivership Tliesday by Austin District Court Judge Gisela D. Triana-Doyal. Under receivership, assets are frozen while a court-appointed official determines how much money is in the firm’s bank accounts and arranges to use those assets to pay restitution to investors. The case against Hill Country Funding is part of the Texas State Securities Board’s larger securities fraud and deceptive trade practices case against Gray and his Retirement Value investment firm, Robert Elder of the securities board said Wednesday. In May 2010, an Austin judge froze the assets of Retirement Value following accusations of fraud and deceptive trade practices in the sale of investments tied to insurance death benefits. The company’s office was formerly at 707 N. Walnut Ave. The securities board later alleged Gray and co-owner Wendy Rogers of New Braunfels transferred $1.1 million from Retirement Value to Hill Country Funding, a new company that was set up one day after regulators had shut down Retirement Value. The board alleged the new company was a way for Gray and Rogers to continue selling life settlement-related investments under another company name and asked Travis County District Court to place Hill Country Funding under receivership as well. Elder said at the time the legal action was taken to “make sure investors are made as whole as possible.” See PROBE, Page 12 Vol. 158, No. 144 12 pages, 1 section Inside 10 9 9 4 3 5 6 11 CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID Beautiful High Low 85 55 Details    7 CLICK *56825 00001 herald-zeitung.com 50 cents HL of New Braunfi