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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Vert. 158, 14 pages, Inaide CLASSIFIEDS 11 COMICS 10 CROSSWORD 10 FOftOM « OBITUARIES ' 8 PLANNER 7 SPORTS • TVQfMO No. 178 1 section A fnr deed« High Low 97 73 Wwrthw, 7 l 56825"00001 ,w i hera¡d-z8ítung.cofn 50 conto Locals rush to help Joplin victims By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels residents were rushing to the aid of residents of tornado-devastated Joplin, Mo., Thursday afternoon. Manny Olivarez, owner of Tin Can Tacos, was on the road to Joplin, hauling his converted-to-a-kitchen 1968 Airstream/mobile taco shack behind his Chevy Suburban, stopping at grocery stores along to way to load up with supplies to cook for tornado victims. “Everything will be free,” Manny said, speaking via cell phone from along the road a couple hours south of Joplin. “We're gonna do a single item, like today hot dogs and chips and tomorrow maybe some sort of breakfast, depending on what ingredients we’re able to find.” At the American Legion hall on West Coll Street in New Braunfels, friends of Ruby Long and her two sons, Rex and Chris, were gathering up supplies and loading See JOPLIN, Page 11 Rex Long of Sons of the American Legion at American Legion Post 179 talks Thursday about items that have been donated to help Joplin, Mo., residents. LAURA McKENZIE Herald-Zeitung 1 UUU UiUIUlU You Deserve an ¿ft*’ ■ xperiencel Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn | 295 E. San Antorr 830-708-54 • WEEKEND, 14 Allan to play Whitewater ■ PREP BASEBALL. 8 Rangers rally to win series opener in nine ■ LOCAL NEWS, 2 Library readies reading program FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 ‘No refusal’ goes 24/7 in Comal WHAT NO REFUSAL MEANS Suspects who refuse to complete field sobriety tests will be required to submit to blood tests, a county official said. By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Starting this holiday weekend, law enforcement agents who stop suspected drunken drivers throughout most of Comal County will not be taking no for an answer. The majority of the county is going to a “No Refusal" policy from May 27 until Sept. 5. That means suspects who refuse to complete field sobriety tests will be further coerced to submit to blood tests, said Mel Koehler, the county’s misdemeanor chief prosecutor. “It’s a public safety thing,” he said. “We’ve all heard horror stories of, the Dallas area and San Antonio had one recently, police officers getting hit by drunk drivers and people being hit by drunk drivers." Koehler said the plan is to let people know law enforcement officials are serious about the crime. Previously, drivers who refused the tests would forfeit their driver’s licenses but wouldn’t be forced to give proof they were drunk, making convictions harder to come by, Koehler said. See NO REFUSAL, Page 11 ► COMAL ISD MEETS Miller’s position will be advertised Trustee resigned in April after move By Megan Holt The Herald-Zeitung Following Comal Independent School District trustee Carolyn Miller’s resignation in April, the board has decided how to fill the vacant position. At Thursday’s meeting, the board voted to appoint the best candidate to the position after advertising the vacancy for one month. Trustee candidates will interview at the board’s last June meeting and officially be seated in July. “If we wait until August or September to appoint someone, we still won’t know if the state budget is going to coun or not and will have to bring them up to speed really quickly,” said Carol Keller, board president. Trustee David Spencer was concerned about appointing someone before redistricting was complete; however, Keller reassured him that, by law, a board member cannot be drawn out of his position if redistricting occurs after being appointed. District 3 incumbent and board vice president Frank Baker and District 4 newcomer Dale Dehlin were sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, and outgoing District 4 board member and treasurer Donna Holmes was given a warm good-bye. Holmes declined to run for re-election after serving six years on the board. After taking a short break for Holmes’ farewell cake, ice cream and punch reception, the board reconvened to discuss construction projects funded by die 2008 bond election, such as the new elementary school in the Indian Springs area of Bexar County and Kinder Ranch Elementary School. Thomas Bloxham, assistant superintendent for construction, explained the increase in construction costs for the new elementary school in Indian Springs, a project estimated at about $15.5 million. See COMAL ISD, Page 5 Miller NEW BRAUNFELS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2011 559 Unicorns march Speaker urges seniors not be afraid to get messy By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung SAN MARCOS — There are several milestones in life, and more than 550 students celebrated a really big one Thursday night. Seniors of New Braunfels High School’s Class of 2011 said good-bye to their school and hello to the rest of their lives in front of friends, families, faculty and administrators during a two-hour graduation ceremony at Texas State University's Strahan Coliseum. It was a bittersweet moment for the 559 seniors from New Braunfels High School and the New Braunfels Independent School District School of Choice who received their diplomas. Each took the walk across the podium, some nervously, others confident, and still others who took an opportunity to put their individual spin on the moment. Many did so from the opening processional, each eliciting cheers from their special clusters of clans who waived and screeched upon seeing their loved one step toward adulthood. The commencement went quickly, emceed by the comical musings of class president Edward Stockwell. Each of the night’s three major speakers touched on the night's theme of transition. “Achieve beyond everything you have ever dreamed possible,” said salutatorian Katerina Ha said. See NBHS, Page 5 ABOVE: Kirsten Bailey standsThursday with fellow graduating seniors during New Braunfels High School's commencement ceremony. FAR LEFT: Andrea Gonzalez has her cap adjusted as she gets ready for the commencement ceremony. LEFT: Valedictorian Rachel Muschalek addresses the 2011 class of New Braunfels High School. LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
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