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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas $1.50 __Ciintloif_ -Wiiiiuaf — New Braunfels DECEMBER 18,2011 Herald Leitung herald-zeitung.com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 GREAT DEAL: TODAY’S HERALD-ZEITUNG HAS $219 IN COUPONS ‘X SOCIAL MEDIA AND BURGLARIES Check your status Don’t let criminals mow when to strike ByDatondoMlouttiie I he Herald-Zfiitiing he (irinc h out to ste.ii your ( hrist-in<is is t('( hnolog-!(.<ill\ savvy nowadays, and auihoriti{“> are warning res-idt'nts to l)(nvar(‘. With tiK' { onstant stri'am ot posts, Status updates and Tweets on Internet so(ial HK'dia siti's, p(‘o[)le's lives arc open hooks — and ( nniinals are r(‘ading. "When If conK'S to th(' Inlf^rnet, uhether it's vour cinail, online shop()ing or \(Hir -,(K lal networks. \'ou must know that vou'reopt'r-atino in <i vast anonymous uorifl/' said FrikV-'asys, spe-(lal agent witli !h(> Fedi'r.il Bureau oi Invi'stigation in s,Hi Antonio. \nvlhing ( an happen. If IS the old Wt'st, Hiere are pi'ople out theri’ that will hurt you." Me said there has been an in( r(Mi>e in crimes related lo so( lal media, and it's !)('( ause people .ire posting 'moment-to-mom(‘nt status updates." Vasys said the more intormation resi(k>nts put on the Internet .hhI soc iai mt'dia sites, the more vulnerable they become. local State farm Insurance ag(*nt Bill Mehrer said uh(>n he started in the business in l‘>77, burglaries u(>re more common. Reports oi the crime See STATUS, Page 9A , ,dd«0,0/«d.0 f A,k Question ■- C' L'-irir.tniaf. shop. Bò.-i. . - - LAURA McKENZlE | Herald Zeituiiq [lOoto iliustratiori Facebook status updates such as the one shown here alert would be burglars to the best places and times to strike. Officials: Common sense can prevent thefts Byl3ak)ndoiyioultrie The Herald-Zeitung hile motorists are rushing around this holiday season trom store to store, fiouse to house and holiday party to party, authoriti('s warn them to remember to take along their common sense. Common sense otten will prolt't t motorists from auto burglary and theft, said julia Bardnt'll, public aflairs coordinator for the T('\as Auto Burglary anrl Tht'ft l^ri'vi'tv tion Authority, a division ot the l('\as Df'p.irtment ot Motor V('hi-t l(‘s. Sh(> said opportunistic thu'ves |)tev on v(‘hi( h' owners who aren't t areful. "Auto thiev('s ,ilso have family and fri(Mids they net'd to get gitts lor," Bardnell s.nd. "During the holida\ season it's prelt\ busy." Bardnt'll offered yearlong le\as Departmt'nt ot Public Satc'ty statistic s for *!()1() in ( omal County and ,u ross T('\as. She' said thc're were 2() 5,47M burglaric'S ot motor vehi-(Ic's, whic h totak'd $21 5 million in lossc's for Ic'X.is. That incluck'S thc'tt tfom motor vehicle's ithe con- tc>nts) and also f)arts (like the nms). As for the county, there were' auto burglaric'S that totaled more than $S()H,()()() in losst's, Bardnc'll said. I or auto thett in 2010, thc'rc' were 680,000 auto thc'fts that totaled $()55.G million in lossc's m Texas, for (x)mal County, there were 92 auto thc'fts in 2010 that totaled $72,'),9‘H), she said. Bardnell said she didn't have* a breakdown of the burglarit^s and thefts by month, but she knows See SENSE, Page 9A Budget crunch pushes classrooms over 22-to-l student-teacher ratio LAURA McKENZlE i Herald-Zeiturig Destany Mendoza. 8, left, works on a writing assignment while Payton Storey, 9, discusses his project Thursday with third-grade teacher Jane Ann Pence at Freiheit Elementary. By Drew Stone Ttie Herald -Zeituiig ( lassroom sizes across the state are expanding beyond caf)acity more' than evc'r l)efor(' and (^omal County schcx)ls havc'n't bec'n entirc'ly immune', either. R'xas l.nv states c lassrooms in kindergarten through fourth grade must have a student-to-tc'ach('r ratio no greater than 22-to-l. This year, however, following deep cuts to eckic ation lunding, tigurc's show nearly 7,000 classrooms had to rc'ceive spec lal permission trom the' state to c'xpand the ratio — thrc'e times more than in previous years. ► SPENDING BILL Senate OKs tax cut for 2 months Short'term fix doesn’t please House GOP WASHINGTON (AP) Tfie Sentite* Vi)t('d Saturd.iv to temporarily <tverl a Ian I payroll t<i\ inc re-.ise' tind bcn-c'tit c utoti tor the long time unempliAC'd, but tore ing ,i reluctiint I’rc'sident B.ira( k ( )bama to make an flee tiofi-\e*ar c hoK <* betw('('n unions and ('nvironmcnt.ilists over whether to build an oil pi|H'linc through the hc.ut ol the* c ountrv. With the' still rc'i'ling ('( ononn set \ nig .is ,i bac kdrop, the Sc*nat(‘'s H‘)-1 0 vote belic'd .) tortui>us battk' l»‘twe'('n I )em(x rats and Rcj)ubli( ,ms tii.it pro-duc ('d the* e om()romis(' tuo-month extension (ii the expiring tax breaks ,uid |obless be'ne'tits jnd hirc'-^ stalled ( Ills in dix tors' Wedic are* rc'imburscmeiits. It also capped a \e‘,ir ot dividc'd govcTnment marke'd b\ raiu ous partisan lights that tumble'd t< > the* brink ot ,i tirst cvc'r \ ),S di'taull anel three' tcdc'riil shutckiw ns oiiK' to sc'e rk'U’ntli tiour dc'als emerge It also put the* iw'o sidi's on ira( k t<> rev isil the» paxroll tax ( ut earK iK'xt \('.ir as the' tights loi ( on tr» »1 ot th(' While I )usf ' .md ( cr.grc-ss hc'«it up. How evc'r, t louse' ( i( )P l('.\de'rs he'ld a c oiìIì'K'ik e' See SPENDING, Page 9A WhATHI R m DIEGO RAMIREZ MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY Mostly cloudy miMm cmmm H Figures stiow local superintendents' pay above state average. Story, 2A LoCidly, three classrooms in New Braunfels ISl) and 12 in ('omal ISl) receivc'd spe'c ial pc'rmission to excc't'd the 22-student ca[). Each case involve'd classrooms that exceeded that ca[) by only one or two students. Comal ISD communications coordinator lulie jerome said the classroom size See RATIO, Page 7A High 61 Low: 54 Abby 2D Classified? ID Comics__ 5C Crosswords 5Ç Eijryni 4A Obituaries 3A Pliinner 2C SjiOrts _________ _______ IB TV 60 Vol 1b9 I No 33 4 sections, 28 (jages 56825 00002 SI '>0 THE INSIDE nnnn BLUE SANTA DELIVERS TOYS As part of the Blue Santa program, 100 families — representing 300 children — received gifts Saturday from program that is now in its 13th year, said Capt. John McDonald with New Braunfels Police Department. — NEWS,2A KEEPING THE KIDS ACTIVE Now that school has let out for Christmas break, there's time to relax. But before the kids become a fixture on the couch, fitness experts say it is good to have a plan in place that offers fun ways to stay active during the holidays. — LIFE, 1C CARPENTER LEAVES LEGACY Three-time NFL champion Lew Carpenter passed away over a year ago, but his legacy lives on. A recent report found Carpenter had Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy, and the findings might help future football players protect themselves. — SPORTS, IB For breaking news, sports and traffic follow us on Twitter ®NewBraunti8lsHZ Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan at facebook.com Sign up for daily e-newsletter by visiting the Herald-Zeiting online; fierald-2ettung.com CHEER FUND DONATIONS The Salvation Army's annual Christmas effort delivered food boxes to families on Fnday. Donations to cover Itie costs of the boxes are still being accepted at the Salvation Amiy Service Center, 617 S Business 35, and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's office at548 Landa St. until Dec 23. Checks should be made payable to tiie Salvation Army Cheer Fund. CHEER FUND FCB First Commercial Bank, N. Ai Indrptiuient 4i ìrxtu ^ We would like to take tliLs opjiortuiiity to thank you for your continued friendship and support. We kKik forward to serving you in the coming year. New Braunrets:    Seguint 152SS.%uitiAK.«(8.M))22l-3%0 l336E.aunSt. I6S6 Swte Hwv. W. • Í830) 6B-2661 (8.W) .r9-83'H)