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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas CÒMAL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REPORTS SPORTS, 1B 50^ New Braunfels SATURDAY OCTOBER 29,2011 UNG herald-zeitung.com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 Ai^er at hilingnal flier Mailbox leaflet implies Hispanics will lose jobs if they cast votes against ban By Oalondo Moultrie Thf Herald-Zeitung The flier she found in her mailbox Tuesday reeked of rac ism and angc'red her, a New Braunfels woman said. "1 was livid," said Maria Gon-z.ik's, who lives on Katy Street on the (ify's west side. The flier is a doubkH-l-sidc'd, fold ed, 11-hy 1 S inc h [)aper. One side shows sample ballots explaining in English and S[)anisti how to vote against New Braunfels' pro )osed ban of disposabk' food anf beverage containers on the city's waterways. The other side lists, again in both languages, reasons why voters should shoot down the ban. ('lonzak'S said th(' flier suggested that if the ban proposal passes, 7,000 jobs will be lost in New Braunfels. It went on to say Spanish sf)eakers will be the ones to suffer those )ob losses. It says, in Spanish, the race most affec t(‘d will be the Hispanics. "That's what upset me," Gonzales said. "It seems like it v^as scare tattii s against my people." Beyond being offensive to Gon-zalt's, the literature was illegally delivered, said Marion Williams, an insp'c tor with th(' United State's F\)sta Inspection Servic('. Only postal emplf)yees are allowed to )ut anything in a residi'ntial mailbox, Williams said. "Not c‘veryb(Kly reali/is that you can't do that," she said. "[’('<)|)le don't understanrl that's a violation See MAIL. Page 9A -WASTEWATER NBUwiU request rate hike next month To get 1st reading before NB city council Nov. 14 Ft!),n statl reports New HiaunteK I tilnies' request tnr a ?-p<'r( ent hike in wastewater rates is sched-uled to go betöre New Braunfels ( ity (Ouncil for first r('ading on Nov. !4 and a second and final reading on Nov. 28, NBU (om-nuinications Managc'r (irctchen Keuwer said Fri (lav. !l approved, thf fu*vv rates would b(‘( ome I'tttx tive |an. 1. The new wastewater rates would raise b\ about 82 (ents the monthiv utility bill ot the average residential customer using 4,f)00 gallons ot vv.istewater [>er month, ac ( ording to information providerl bv NBU. But c*ven with the i-[)er-ci'nt hike, NBU's combined domestic water and sewer rates would still remain ap )roximately 20 percent bc' ow the .iver.ige for area communitic's, according to NBU. Wastc'watc'r rates considered singly would be about 1.8 percent, or SO cents, more than the area avc'rage. More* w'ljstewater r<ite hike's are .inticipatc'd. NBU c'xpects it will nc'c'd to approac h counc il in c'ach ot the next four yc'ars to st'c'k additional 7-percent hikes CMC h year, Reuwc'r said. But the' munic ipal utility will be re-evaluating that anticipat-C‘(l 7-percc‘nt figure' year by year, she- said. The hike's are nc'edc'd to fund $79 million in ca )ital improvements nc't'dec tor NBU's wastewater service's. NBU said it is facing wastewater [)lants whic h .ire ncMring permittc'cl ca[)acity. See HIKE, Page 9A HALLOWEEN CABLE APPEARANCE SET Herald-Zeitung Itle ptioto Courtney Honer, 15. left, holds a tarantula as her brother Erik, 12. passes their mom, Jill, a snake inside their home on Sept 29. The homeschoolers run ‘Not So Creepy Critters." a business that includes more than 200 tarantulas, nine snakes, eight geckos, three bearded dragons and a skink, as well as roaches and scorpions. CREEPY TV Home-schooled siblings’ business to air nationally By Betty Taytor The Herald-Zeitung Courtney and Erik Honer can't w'ait to see how the national celebrities in their household tare when they make their debut on the "The Rosie Show" on the OWN TV Network at 6 p.m. on Monday, Halloween. Of course, (ourtney and tirik, are national celebrities as well. They made the television appc'ar-ance alongside their pets a bearded dragon named Douglas, a gray-banded kingsnake namc'd Boo, peppered roaches, emperor scorpions and the star — a large, hairy tarantula named Drew tnamc'cl after Nancy Drew). Courtney, 15, and I rik, 12, are the owners of Not So Oc^'py ( rit-ters, a business they started bi'cause of their love lor (not so) creepy, crawly critters. That business includes about 200 tarantulas, as well as snakes, Madagascar t^URA McKENZIE/Hetald-Zeittiiig Courtney Honer, 15, holds Clementine, her albino milk snake, inside her bedroom on Sept. 29. Clementine is among nine snakes owned by the Honer family. hissing roachc'S, a varietv of scorpions and geckos, and a blue-tongued skink. "The blue-tongued skink didn't make it onto the' show, because tht're just wasn't enough room on the table," said mom jill Honer. Erik said the crc'w did well on the trip to the C hicago studios, where the show' was tilmeel on See SHOW, Page 9A Predatory fears at CISD school unfoundec By Dalondo Moultrie Ihe Herald-Zeitung Parents of students at a Comal ISD elementary sthcK)l, concerne'd about an e'mail blasted to them Thursday e'xplaining there was a ()redator on the loose, ne-ed not fc'ar. It was a misunderstanding, a district s[)okeswoman said. "The situation at Sf)echt Elemc'n- tary was in fact a false alarm/' said julie Jerome, Comal ISD's communications coordinator. jerome said two Sptniht Elementary students walking home Thursday reportc'd that a man in a blue' truck approachc'd them. The students were so frightened that they ran back to schcx)l and told adults what they thought happened. Jerome said. She said Specht principal Jacf^ueline Suncit tired off the email informing parents about the incident. "1 would like ycju to know about an incident that occurred today around 4 p.m.," it read. "Two of our students were a()[)roac hed by a man in a royal blue two-door lt»NF£UTf FRESH CRAFT BEER owii» BEER INSPIRED MENU )ickup truck as they vve^re walking lome from school. The students did not get into the vehicle and did the right thing in running bac k to school." Suncit said school personnel immediately filed a report with the Bexar County Sheriff's Offic e. See ALARM, Page 9A LANCE vs. THE RANGERS Canyon High School grad Lance Bericman was playing out his dream Friday, as his St. Louis Cardinals faced the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series. Page IB NOV 8 ELECnON Numbers of early voters up So far, 3,182 voters have cast ballots in advance By Dalondo Moultrie liif! HernltJ /eituiiq 1hc‘ numlx'rs ot carK \ot-crs lor th(' No\ H t'Ien tu »d in New Br.uinl(*|s ( ¡ntiniK !o rise, a \('W' Br.iunic'ls ( !■ ■; lion ottK i<tl s.ikI "We had \ !od,i\ that is a high nunibcr," <'ar l\ voting ('l('c ti( >n |udgf Ber ni( e Mirtini saie I Lite I n (l,i\. Ke'sidcnts ,ire ( asting bai lots in \(‘w Br.uintels on tli(' e it\ < ()unc iT'' ban ( it :lis-posable- iood .mil bcvci.ige* ( ontaintTs on lh<' ( oinal ,111(1 (iu.ulalupc rive'rs vvith in c itv bordc'rs. Cit\ resi df'nts. me iuding those living in (luadaluf)e ( oiintv w ho w,int to vote* t-ai K, n(‘('d to do so at ihf' ( itv's e'arlv-voting poll lo( ation, whic h is the' ( onial ( ounts I lec tion ( c'ntei in I aii-:la Pla/a, M'l I ancia Stu'e t. Nc'xt week. c.irK voting ,it the I Ic'ction ( I'nti'r will bc 8 a.ni. to 4; 50 p.tii. Monday thiough Wcdnrsilav; and troin 7 a.m. !o 7 p.m. rliurs(la\ <ind I ri(la\. Einnell Hinojosa, ( omal ( ount\ elec tions coordinator, said i 182 ballots v\t're c list in Nc’W BiiUinfels as ot 4:50 p.m. Eridav. She* said 2,41 S c ount> voters c.ist ballots in proposee )erson on the 10 c oiistitutional See VOTE, Page 9A WEATHER, 38 GRETCHEN PAVLOCK LONE STAR ELEMENTARY Sunny and cool Higfi; 72 Low: 44 Abfev _______ 4B Classifieds 48 Comics 11A CiSSSword§ 11A Farjim 4A Obituaries. 3A Planner 10A SjlQrts IB TV 5B Vol. 158 1 No 302 2 sections, 18 pages OPEN EARLY rOR FOOTBALL SUNDAYS ■Catch your tavonii 'arv ^. ■ ’ mciutìifig a SE Footì I spÈ'v ■ : 6 al l1:30AW BREWPUB AND RESTAURANT OPEN AT 4PM DAILY 8 *56825 00001 50 cents 240 South Seguiti Äve Bfauniels TX Mww faustbrewingcfi For breal<ing news, sports scores, weattier, traffic and mici-day updates, follow us on Twitter ©NewBraunfelsHZ il Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. 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