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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas                                 mm  m  CACTUS ADDS FLAVOR TO SAVORY CASSEROLE DISH food  50e  New Braunfels  WEDNESDAY  JULY 27. ail  SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINGE 1852  Boehner’s plan won’t work  Congressional budget watchers: It doesn’t produce enough savings  Boehner  WASHINGTON (AP)  Stung l)y rev(‘lati()ns that his plan would cut spending k*ss than advertistnl, House Speaker )ohn Boehner on Tuesday [K)stponed a vote on a debt-ceiling measure that was already running into opposi-  tion from t(^a party conservatives.  The move c ame just a wwk before an Aug. 2 rleadline for staving off the |)i)tential finan-c ial c haos of the* nation's first-ever default.  With time running shi>rt, the  speaker promised to qui( kly rewrite his debt-ceiling egisla-tion after budget officials said it would cut sfX'nding by less than $1 trillion over the coming decade instead of the [)romisc*d $1.2 trillion. The vote originally scheduled for  Wednesday is now set for Thursday. That may give B(X?hner more time to hunt for votes, but it gives Congress and the White I louse* even less time for maneuvering.  See DEBT. Page 9  Leyba  ► LAWMAN OF YEAR  Breakfast Lions laud Det. Leyba  Sheriff’s deputy wins Murphy Memorial Award  By Dalondo Mouttil«  The Herald-Zeitung One week after a( i ef)t-ing an award for being (omal County's best cop this year, a sheriff's deputv )i(ked up his second such lonor in New Brauntels. New Braunfels Br(>akfast i ions ( lub on T u s d a y announced that ( omal County Sher iff's Office net. luan Leyba IS this year's fd Murphy Memorial Award winnt'r for t awman of the Year. The Breakfast I ions presented Leyba with a )lai|ue and lifetime mem->ershi) to the 100 ( lub ot ( oma (;ountv, a nonprofit that helps the families of )ublic safety workers who lave flied.  Leyba brought fiis tamily, inc iuiiing his wife, son, daughter and mother, all ot wliom he dest ribi'd as his "main sup[)()rters." Of his devoted wife, Leyba said, "When I'm on duty, she's on duty at the house."  Me told the t rowd ot alx)ut 50 Lions and lawmen that his son plans to follow in dad's fix^tsti'ps as a sheriff and hopes he can one day work alongside his father.  "I said, 'Oh, my Ood. Thank you, lesus'," Leyba's mother Rosa Lspinosa said about learning her son would receive the honor. "I'm proud of him."  Tht* award is named after a former C('SO delective who died in a helicopter c rash in 1981 while in pursuit of a robbery sus[)ect in the Startzville area, Lion Ronald Zi|)p said.  A[)plications are sent in by law enforcement officers or communily members, said c lub President Lynn Cacklell. A c()nimittc*(' mc*ets in sc\ ret and chcx)ses a winner from all the applicants, Caddell said.  "It's hard to choose bee ause we have so many good applicants," he said. "Anybody submitted is desc'rving of the award."  Last week, Leyba and De|)uty Scott Lange learned they had tied for Comal County Crime Stoppers Investigator of the Year. The pair solved a case together and shared the honors,  On Tuesday, Leyba stood all alone, and pointed out what he does to stand as this year's bc>st: "My job; I'm just doing what I do best/'  LOCAL GUARD UNIT GETS NEW TECHNOLOGY  PFC. PRAXEDtS PINEDA | tOOth Mobile Public Affairs Detachment  In this image released by the Texas Military Forces, New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil, left, attends a live fire exercise conducted by the 133rd Field Artillery Battalion, Texas Army National Guard in Fort Hood. The battalion field-tested the new High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HlMARS). The HIMARS will enhance the 133rd and make it a more elfeclive outfit while deployed.  FIRE!  New Braunfels National Guard trains on new rocket launcher  Soldiers with 4th Battalion, 133fd Field Artillery, Texas Army National Guard, lield-test the new High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during annual training July 17 at Fort Hood.  By Pfc. Praxedit Pineda  Special to the Herald-Zeitung  FORTHOOO  The horizon glistened and waved in the unyielding summer heat. As the countdown ()rogrc>ssed to zero, uniformt'd artillerymen worked their duty stations in (>reparation for the imminent explosion.  With tlie call for "fire," the rocket launcher's monstrous l)oom left behind a towering cloud of smoke, followed by a distant impact seconds later as the weapon reachc‘d its target.  Soldiers with 4th Battalion,  1 T kd Field Artillery, Texas Army National Guard field-tested the new M-142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) f^or this year's annual training. |uly 17 marked their final day of launches, after which they  ( ontinued their summer train-ing until the 22nd and returned to their unit head-c|uarters in New Braunfels.  "This is the first time for us to launc h in sc'ven years/' said Lt. Col. Steve Mc*tze, battalion c omnia nder.  The unit is upgrading its ec|ui )ment to a more easily dep oyed and versatile weapons system, Metze said.  Previous t(j the FilMARS, the' battalion opt'ratcKl the 1.5.5 mm Sf^ Howitzers, a much larger device that rcKjuircd mounting on a track vehicle^ such as a tank. The bulky rex:ket launcher further rtK]uirc‘d a large' spc»-cialty plane to transport it over-sc'as. Also, many of the 13 ird's soldic'Ts participating in the exercise came from 2-131 Field Artillery, where thc‘y fircxi the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System.  See ROCKET, Page 9  By Greg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung  Workers rc*storing the historic Comal Count)' (/ourt-hc)use have discovered a fxitch ofwh.it tliey' k'lic*ve is the original tile fl(X)ring that covered the courthouse's four entranc c^s when it was built 113 years ago.  Now thc*y're hoping to reac h c)Ut to an English firm that would replicate the* old tile for installation in the courthouse's entryways.  "We never thought we'd find this tile'," County Engineer Tom Hornseth said. "We- thought all the time it was gone."  Workers found the tile — a concre»te tile known as "encaustic tile" — after they reopened the courthouse's long-c losed fourth entrance, which had bc^en hidden for more than a half-century by an addition.  See TILES, Page 12  County to consider replicating unearthed historic tile  Aten  ► MILITARY VOTING  New laws could force city to buy machines  MOVE, SB100 adjust primary election dates  By (keg Bowen  The Herald-Zeitung A fede^ral law dc'signenl lo make it CMsie’r for militarv personnel serving overseas to ( ast ballots in ('lee tions bac k here* at home c()uld rc'sult in taxpayers h.iving to dig into their [xx kc'ts to bu\ voting mac hinc's.  ( itv' StH retary P.itric k Aten on Monday explain(*d the problem to city counc il.  MOVE, the Military and Ove'rse'as Vol-e>r Lmpovvt'r-ment Act, passed by ( ongre*ss in 2( )()'*. along with the state's nc'u Se*nate Bill lOO, )ust passcnl by the Lc'gislature lo bring the slate into com )lianc(> with MOVE by a( [usting primary c'lec tion dates, will recjuire the city to either change its traditional Ma\ municipal ('lentions or to pure hase its own voting mac bines,  At(*n oftc'red an rx.iniple Under the new l.uvs, tln' city's May 12, 2012 munu ipal elcH tion is s( hecluled two clays bcMore fhi' st.Ucs May 14 start ot priniarv elc'c tion (Mrly voting.  The result is that ( omal (ounty otficials, who now contract with the* ( ifv to |)ro vide el(‘c Ironic voting machine's, will not l)e able to provide the mac hine's t< >r munic ipal May c'lections bc'cause that would le.ive thc'm with too littU' time* to re program their c'lection ec|uipment lor the* primar ic's, Aten said.  Subsecjuent years arc> expected to have similar issue's.  One option is tor the c it\ to [)urchase its own machines, Aten said.  Estimatc'cl costs lor elc'c-tronic voting machines range' from $37,000 to $114,000, Aten said, depending on which company the  See COUNCIL, Page 9  WEATHER, 12  EMILY Macdonald  LAMAR ELEMENTARV  Hot, hot, hot!  High; 103 Low 76  Atiby_____  Classifieds__________________  CQfUlGS  Crosswofds......  Forum_____________  Qbitujcifis  Piárihér  Sports  TV  10  9  8  8  4  _ 7  11  Voi 158 I No 221 1 section, 12 pages  Submitted photo  These tiles are believed to be original to the courthouse.  8 -*56825 00001 50 cents  Find out the latest on landscape watering restrictions at nbutexas.com or call (830) 608-8925 for more infonnation.  • NBU  t:M Here is wtiat matters.  For brealcing news, sports scores, weather, traffic arid mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBraunfelsHZ  •pr j Learn what's in tomorrow’s paper, offer news tips, receive alerts, pp i Become a New Braunfels tierald-ZeitunQ Facebook fan.  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