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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas TODAY'S POLLING PLACES Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7p.m. NEW BRAUNFELS Voting sites in the City of New Braunfels election are: ■ District 1, Lone Star Elementary School, 2243 W San Antonio St; ■ District 2, Walnut Springs Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.; ■ District 3, Seele Elementary School, 540 Howard St; ■ District 4, Faith United Church of Christ 970 N. Loop 337; ■ District 5, Lamar Primary School, 240 N. Central Ave.; ■ District 6, First United Methodist Church, Room 101 A, 572 W. San Antonio St Don t know which district you are in? Visit henld-zeihjng.com and read today's story about the city elections. You'll find a link to a city council district map published with the story. COMAL ISD ■ Canyon Lake Country Club, 422 Caveside Drive NEW BRAUNFELS ISD ■ City District 2 — Walnut Springs Elementary, 1900 S. Walnut Ave. ■ City District 6 — First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St, Room 101A CITY CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Council, Bryan Miranda, an accountant, is campaigning on the strength of his financial background, understanding of issues and people skills. District 5 hopeful Beverly Nuckols, a physician, is running on a platform of limited government intervention into the lives and rights of citizens. District 5 is In east-central New Braunfels and includes the Comal Town and Schlit-terbahn Waterparks areas. Only residents of District 5 will vote in this race. The winner will replace incumbent District 5 City Councilor Kathleen Krueger, the Herald-Zeitung’s Citizen of the Year in 2011, who also was prevented by city charter term liiiiitsi from Winning GARDEN RIDGE ■ Garden Ridge City Hall, 9400 Municipal Parkway BULVERDE SPRING BRANCH LIBRARY ■ Bulverde/Spring Branch Library, 131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde ESD4 ■ Comal County's Emergency Services District No. 4, which provides fire-fighting and EMS services in the Spring Branch area of northwestern Comal County, is holding an election to increase its sales tax rate from the current 5/8ths of a cent to 1 cent Location: 110 River Crossing Boulevard, Spring Branch. ESD6 ■ Comal County's Emergency Services District No. 6, which provides fire and EMS services in the greater Garden Ridge area, is seeking voter approval to raise property taxes from the current ceiling of 3 cents per $100 of taxable value to a maximum of 10 cents per $100. Location: Garden Ridge City Hall 9400 Municipal Parkway, Garden Ridge. again in 2011. Civil service Citizens across the city will be casting ballots on Proposition 1, in which voters will be asked to mark yes or no to granting civil service status to the New Braunfels Police Department. Supporters say civil service would provide standardized rules for hiring, promotions and disciplinary actions and give officers consistency and stability in their jobs, rather than keeping them at the mercy of the political climate shifts that come with leadership changes. Opponents say the PD is a top-rank department with improved equipment and competitive pay that already enjoys consistency and excellence — and that under civil service, control would be shifted to Austin at the cost of locaf cbntroTand flexibility.' BOARD CONTINUED FROM Page 1A 2 is the largest of the NBISD’s five districts, encompassing most of the southern end of the school district’s territory. Montero said he’s tried to cover as much of it as possible during his campaign. “I've tried to get out to as many neighborhoods as possible,” he said. “With elections it’s hard to tell how things are going to go. I’ve talked to as many people as I could, and hopeftilly they’ve been satisfied with my performance the last three years on the board.” Montero said he believes the board has taken an ethical and transparent approach to issues during his tenure, and hopes to see that continue in his next term. “I want to stress that every vote is important and that it can make a difference,” he said. “Hopefully we can have a big turnout on Saturday.” ISSUES CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Crossing near the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas Hwy. 46 in western Comal County. The following four candidates are on the ballot for two open seats: Robert Zito, Richard Bradley, Robert Tipton and lerry D. Reynolds. Voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at die library. Garden Ridge Municipal and ESD elections will be held in Garden Ridge. Comal County's Emergency Services District No. 6, which provides fire and EMS services in the greater Garden Ridge area of southwestern Comal County, is seeking voter approval to raise property taxes from the current ceiling of 3 cents per $100 of taxable value to a maximum of 10 cents per $100. The additional taxes raised would be used to add fire fighters and EMS techs, purchase fire engines and other firefighting equipment, and to fund expected increased costs of contracting for EMS services, according to the district, which contracts with Bracken Volunteer Fire Department and City of Schertz EMS to provide services. Voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Garden Ridge City Hall, 9400 Municipal Parkway. In the Garden Ridge municipal elections, a mayor and city council member will be elected. Facing off for mayor is seven-term incumbent Jay Feibelman and challengers Ed Ford and Gary Wolfe. Incumbent Bobby Roberts and opponent Andrew Dalton are vying for Place 2 on the city council. Incumbent Jim Young and challenger Ron Heller are competing in Place 3. The election will be at Gar-den Ridge City Hall, 9400 Municipal Parkway, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. BUSH SAYS HE WASN'T OVERJOYED BY NEWS LAS VEGAS (AP) — George W. Bush says he was "not overjoyed" when President Barack Obama told him Osama bin Laden was dead because the campaign to track down the al-Qaida leader was done not "out of hatred, but to exact judg- ment." ABC News reports Bush made his first candid public comments on bin Laden's killing Wednesday at a hedge fund conference in Las Vegas. The former president says he was at a restaurant when he got Obama's call. CISD hopefuls plug away despite low early turnout By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Based on the early voting numbers, there might not be a lot of interest in today’s election for the District 4 slot on Comal Independent School District’s Board of Trustees. That’s not stopping Dale Dehlin and Nancy Pappas from campaigning right up until the end. Both candidates are competing for the seat being vacated by board treasurer Donna Holmes, who declined to run for re-election. Both candidates agree public school finance is the top issue, and both have spent months attending board meetings learning about that and other issues facing the district. “I think the campaign is going well, but I’m disappointed by the turnout at the early voting locations,” Pappas said. “I’m hoping for a better turnout on Saturday.” “I think I will bring a new perspective to the board that it doesn’t have right now, one of being an involved parent who is really in the schools every day—talking to teachers, parents and students,” she said. “I will bring a new discussion (of issues) to the board." The election will be staged at Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club. Pappas said she wants to represent not only District 4, but the entire district. “While you will represent all of the school district, only HZ ON THE WEB ■ Follow the returns from the elections live on herald-zeitung.com starting at 7 p.m. today. a small constituency will be able to vote in this election,” Pappas said. “Not everybody understands that. But I feel I have a great perspective about issues in the entire district because of my volunteer work in the past four years.” Dehlin, 40, has run on a platform of bringing fresh ideas to the board. He says his 17 years of residency in the district have made him familiar with the issues and qualified to ensure Comal ISD remains academically and financially strong. “The campaign has been going very well,” he said. “I’ve been able to talk to a lot of different people about their ideas about what the school board needs. Overall, it’s been a very enjoyable experience.” Dehlin says he’s disappointed in the early voting numbers. “The turnout has been a little bit lighter than I would’ve hoped for,” he said. “But at the same time, knowing what the turnout has been for national elections lately, I can’t say I’m very surprised. “I’m going to keep pounding the pavement and get people out to vote. Regardless of which way people vote, it’s important that people in the Comal ISD do come out and voice their opinions.” Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Renee Couch, left, talks with Donna Lee during Thursday's reception to show appreciation for those who gave time or money to make the renovations at Crisis Center of Comal County possible. CENTER CONTINUED FROM Page 1A violence and sexual assault. As the center has grown, men also have sought assistance. When people seek out the center’s services, their children often come along with them. Some of the renovations help to make those children more comfortable. Volunteers using supplies donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in New Braunfels painted the walls and refurbished the children’s playground and play room, Perez said. He said volunteers from the New Braunfels Police Department, Oakwood Baptist Church, the New Braunfels Republican Women, the Canyon l>ake Republican Women and Frost Bank helped with updates. Ixjwe’s store manager Russ Geekie said the work was needed to make the center more comfortable for all. He said the Crisis Center personnel are the real heroes. “We just did some updates inside there,” Geekie said, “to help the kids with a nicer environment to play in when they stay there.” In addition to fresh paint and new flooring, the Crisis Center also received new bedding. • - QMITH ^ frigTotWrrey .»iota CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Lisa Smith, 43, and injured his son and daughter during an April 8 domestic attack in the 300 block of Scenic Meadow in North Park Meadows subdivision. Shannon Smith is believed to be driving an orange 2007 Dodge truck with the Texas license plate AWO3046. An arrest warrant for Smith was issued shortly after the attack, with a bond set at $1 million. Hogeland said marshals have been on the case since April 11 and are stumped. So, INCENTIVE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A In his recommendation to the board, Moczygemba said the district still stands to save nearly $142,000 over the next two years. “We ended up with 22 resignations prior to the deadline,” Moczygemba said. “One of those people is leaving before the end of the school year, so that person won’t be eligible for the incentive. “When we envisioned the incentive, we didn’t know who might take advantage of it or what their salaries would be — or the salaries of those filling their positions. We worked off the best guess we could come up with, and figured the incentive would not cost us extra money.” Moczygemba asked school principals to update the numbers of teachers they expect to have at each campus next year, including the district’s plans to re-hire 91 of 127 probationary teachers who resigned or were terminated in April. “The savings for next year turned out to be about $32,000,” Moczygemba said. “And in the second year (2011-12) we will realize the entire savings, which will be about $142,000.” Board members will make a decision when they meet at 7 p.m. TUesday in the NBISD Education Center board room at 430 W. Mill St they are asking for the public’s assistance, as New Braunfels Police Department officials did earlier in the case. “It’s possible he’s maybe hiding with somebody who doesn’t know what he’s done,” Hogeland said. “This may let them know. We re just hoping to resolve this case as soon as we can.” The Marshals Service put Smith’s wanted poster on its website    at www.usmarshals.gov, Hogeland said. He said to contact the marshals service, tipsters can call (210) 472-6646. NBPD Capt. Michael Pen-shorn told the Herald-Zeitung, “Contact either us or any other local agency wherever he’s (Smith’s) located.” Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call New Braunfels police at (830) 221-4100; Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422; or online at www.comal-crimestoppers.org. 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