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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 ■ PREP SPORTS ALERT  SVHS game postponed with Rangers up 2-1  ■ SPORTS. 1B  'Macho Man' Savage dies in Jeep wreck  ■ THE STATE, 3A  Texas House approves new Senate districts  SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011  Zeitung  Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.  50«  Legislators reach deal on $80.6B budget  No details of final plan released yet  The Associated Press  AUSTIN — Negotiators reached an agreement on a two-year $80.6 billion Texas state budget that makes billions in cuts and will likely result in massive state layoffs, legislative lead-  ers announced Friday.  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker joe Straus, who had been in marathon negotiating sessions, did not release details of the final plan.  Lawmakers have been grappling  with a multibillion-dol-lar revenue shortfall. Republican leaders have vowed not to raise taxes and want to limit how much they spend from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, projected to have a balance of almost $10 billion.  Dewhurst  instead, they’ve made massive cuts to all levels of state government, including public schools and health care for the disabled, elderly and poor.  Dewhurst said the plan protects taxpayers and makes a “historic $15 billion cut  Straus  in government spending.”  The plan has to be printed and go back to lawmakers for final approval.  The legislature is constitutionally obligated to adopt the two-year state budget, which funds public schools, highways, courts, prisons and numerous other state programs.  See BUDGET, Page 5A  Cole  ► WALMART STABBING  Victim struggles to pay her bills  Cole asks Walmart for help paying medical costs to no avail  By Dalondo Moultrie  The Herald-Zeitung  Janabe Cole said when she was attacked last summer by a knife-wielding stronger as she sat in the New Braunfels Walmart parking lot, she blacked out and doesn’t remember much of the struggle.  “I was so stunned when he hit me, I don’t remember the stabs. I don’t remember fighting him off," Cole, 64, said Thursday from her home. “In fact I don’t even remember what he looked like. I don’t remember turning my head to see him.”  But she does remember the blood everywhere. She still has the sores and scars to remind her of the vicious attack Juan Leandro Villarreal, 46, of New Braunfels, inflicted upon her aging body. Villarreal stabbed Cole six times and nearly cut off one of her knuckles as Cole battled him before she started her car and sped from the parking lot.  Villareal was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for the crime.  Cole was flown to a nearby hospital and said she racked up nearly $30,000 in medical and other bills. Now she feels as if she’s still asleep and living a nightmare.  Being a retired grandmother on a fixed income, Cole has asked for help from Walmart in paying the portion of the bills her husband’s insurance won’t cover. According to Cole, Walmart says no dice.  “I’m not asking for much,” Cole said. “I’m just asking them to pay for my medical bills that Blue Cross/Blue Shield hasn’t paid.”  A corporate spokesman for Walmart, Lorenzo Lopez, said the Bentonville, Ark.,-based company did not want to comment on Cole's request for compensation but instead released this statement:  See COLE, Page 5A  FIFTH ANNUAL FROG RACE AND FAMILY FESTIVAL  Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung  Spectators gather around the Comal River in Landa Park on Friday as the winning frogs are pulled from the water during the Frog Race and Family Festival, an event benefiting the county's Meals on Wheels program.  RIBBHTING FINISH  Jason Hand of New Braunfels picked a prince of a frog Friday during Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation’s annual Frog Race and Family Festival. Hand’s frog crossed the finish line on die Comal River first, winning him a $2,000 prize.  Cinda McCabe of New Braunfels won second place and $1,500.  Sheri Kraft of New Braunfels won the $1,000 third-place prize—and won second place last year. According to a news release, Kraft told organizers she has been participating in the race for five years and always buys $25 worth of frogs.  Lori Perry of New Braunfels won fourth place and $500. Proceeds from the event go to the Meals on Wheels program.  Carlos  Mercado  of the  Comal  County  Senior  Citizens  Foundation  removes  one of the  winning  frogs from  the river.  Sow Healthy Garden goes up next to CHS  Madelyn Kracht, left, Nayeli Rutherford, Goodwin Frazier Elementary Principal Cheryl Lucas, Brianna Perez, Cameron Hughes and Seath Sealey look at the Sow Healthy Garden layout.  Submitted photo  By Will Wright  The Herald-Zeitung  Comal Independent School District is planting the seeds for a new program that will combine the efforts of youths, senior citizens, educators and volunteers to produce food that will help serve several causes.  The Sow Healthy Intergenerational Garden will arise from three to four acres of land adjacent to Canyon High School. The pilot project is a joint effort between Comal ISD and several partners, specifically Baptist Health System and Resolute Health.  See GARDEN, Page 5A  ► DISASTER READINESS  Officials  stress  being  prepared  By Dalondo Moultrie  The Herald-Zeitung  With hurricane season approaching, local officials gathered in the parking lot of an area store and extolled to anyone who would listen the virtues not of getting ready but of being ready.  The Ready or Not campaign was put together to teach folks to prepare for any disaster or emergency that strikes the area. It began at 3 p.m. Friday and was scheduled to last until 7 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot at 1209 S. Interstate 35 near Walnut Avenue.  Attendees were given demonstrations on preparing for all sorts of emergencies and information about what essential materials are needed to successfully get through those tough times, said Angela De Leon, emergency preparedness coordinator for public health in Comal County.  “It’s to educate the people of Texas about emergency preparedness,” she said. “It’s calling the public to action and communicating simple steps for all types of disasters.”  Steve Harris, New Braunfels emergency management coordinator, who participated in the event, said he spoke with many residents. He let them know about the slew of information available on the Internet to help them prepare for any emergency, Harris said.  He said the United States is an informed nation, but only  See DISASTER, Page 5A  Vol. 158, No. 164  18 pages, 2 sections Inside  CLASSIFIEDS  COMICS  CROSSWORD  FORUM  OBITUARIES  PLANNER  SPORTS  TV GRID  9A  SB  5B  4A  3A  7A  1B  7A  Storm chance  High    Low  92 7d  etar mm    m  Details    4B  56825  00001  herafd-zeitung.com 50 cents  The Honeymoon & Wedding Capital of Texas!  LIVE TEAM TRIVIA: Thursdays at 8 p.m. • FREE to Play • Frizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places  240 S. Seguin Ave. -'(830)625-7791 -  www.fkusthotel.com   W» fíSJRikHiS U   

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