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Seguin Gazette Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 2, 2005, Seguin, Texas jazette PLAY BALL Enterprise A WEDNESDAY March PAGE 8 Seguin Texas Vol 116 No 117 Serving Seguin and Guadalupe County since 1888 IMAGE Page 3 ALL THAT JAZZ Silver Center to host monthly concert Daily Sunday ANTICIPATED OPENING Vet clinic is reborn By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN A veterans day of a different variety was celebrated Tuesday afternoon at the Silver Center as about 100 area veterans and supporters gathered to witness the rebirth of Seguins Community Based Outpatient Clinic A special program moderated by Don Larsen welcomed those who had done so much to serve the veterans of the past present and future Larsen recounted the events that led to the creation in February 2002 by the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court of the com mittee that worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs and CR Associates to bring a CBOC back to Seguin The great people of the city of Seguin stepped forward when there was a need and poured out their financial donations and made this a Larsen said CLINIC Page 2 CEREMONIAL CUTTING Community leaders gather Tuesday to cut the ribbon on the Seguin Community Bassed Outpatient Clinic at the Silver Center Pictured from left are American Legion Commander John Reming County Judge Donald Schraub Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies Commissioner Cesareo Guadarrama Dr Carlos Campos Sam Flores Sara Torres and DAV Commander Doug Herrle Appeals court County must reverse decision CHANGE IN PLAN Subdivision plat decision reluctantly reversed by commissioners By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN Fourth Court of Appeals deci sion ordering the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court to reverse its 2003 deci sion on a subdivision plat was reluctantly carried out by the commissioners court Tuesday The court voted 30 to comply with the order to reverse its decision on the Muehl Road Estates Subdivision with Commissioner Roger Baenziger absent and Commissioner Cesareo Guadarrama excusing himself during the court discussion The decision rendered by the Fourth Court of Appeals reverses a Nov 20 2003 decision by second 25th Judicial District Judge Gus Strauss and the Oct 1 2003 decision by the commis sioners court The court voted 50 in 2003 to deny the plat because some of the lots did not have an ade quate amount of road frontage onto Muehl Road and the number of driveways feeding onto Muehl Road was deemed a health and safety hazard Appeals Court Justice Sandra Bryan Marion concluded in her opinion that Guadalupe County did not have the inherent authority to reject a plat application in the interest of public health and safety in the absence of any specific county statute Public school week A time to thank librarians BEGINNING READERS Navarro Elementary librarian Charles Sanford helps kindergartners from front Richard Kortz Ryan Tristan and Thunder Villareal explore new books Editors Note The following is the second in a livepart series on Texas Public Schools Week By JANET GRAFE GazetteEnterprise GERON1MO Navarro fourth grader Theron Birdsong likes authors who can paint pictures in his mind He just made a 90 on the Accelerated Reader AR test on Rowlings Harry Potter book four and is ready to tackle five Navarro Elementary librarian Charles Sanford said the AR program where students take tests on the books they read to get points to use for prizes is one of the motivators he uses to get kids to read Reading is so Evfcry Reason to Succeed toxos Public 5cnxt Sanford said Like all educa tion it opens doors for the stu dents They just cant get along with out Sanford said recognizing the needs of each child is the key to mak ing students into readers While some children read for the AR points others need other reasons to read Its a con stant challenge to keep students read ing because the more they read the better they read Sanford said But being a librarian is more than knowing about books and authors LIBRARIANS Page 2 3 hurt in headon collision By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN Three men were taken to area hospitals in undetermined condition after the car they were riding in was hit headon by a Chevrolet Suburban The accident occurred shortly after 7 at the intersection of State Highway 123 North and Cordova Road Investigators with the Seguin Police Department said the driver of the Suburban was traveling north on 123 Investigators said a vehicle that was not involved in the collision was also traveling north and slowed to turn east on Laubach Road A red Ford Probe was traveling south on 123 toward Seguin when investigators said the Suburban went around the vehi cle and hit the Probe headon Both vehicles came to rest at the inter section of Cordova Road and 123 State may put cap on candidate donations By BRAND GRISSOM Associated Press AUSTIN Megamoney donors are usurping the power of the people of Texas to control their government two Democrat lawmakers said Tuesday as they filed a bill that would limit the amount of money individuals can donate to political causes These individuals giving above make up a disproportion ate share of contributions that are coming into state said Rep 79th Texas Legislature Council agrees to advertise sale of Crossroads property By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN The location for inerly considered a prime relocation site for the Seguin Police Department could be going to the highest bidder before the end of March Seguin City Council voted Tuesday to begin advertising for bids on the Crossroads property March 6 Seguin City Manager Jack Hamlett told City Council hed been contacted by Matrix Composites about its interest in purchasing the property Hamlett said hed been in dis cussions with attorneys who advised him the city would have to advertise for new bids on Crossroads Pat Linder an attorney for Davidson and Troilo said Hamlett asked the firm to look at some of the options available to the city We provided a letter to Mr Hamlett regarding those Linder said Aside from the bids the only remaining option is for the utility fund to purchase the Crossroads property from the general fund which would require the taxes to be paid from the general fund Hamlett Because taxfree notes were used to purchase the Crossroads property Hamlett said hes also spoken with Jeff Kuhn the city bond attorney about options If the general fund continues to own the property then we do have to go back out and advertise for bids in order to potentially sell the facil Hamlett said Hamlett recommended the city consider going for bids but with cer tain conditions attached Those conditions include a mini Mike Villarreal DSan Antonio who co authored the bill with Rep Mark Slrama DAustin The proposed legislation would allow individuals to donate no more than a total of in a twoyear election cycle to political action committees candidates for state office and political parties Currently there is no limit on the amount a person can donate to Texas political causes Until we ratchet down the acceptable and legal influence of money in the sys tem well never have a type of system in Texas that tells every voter in Texas that their vote counts as much as anybody Strama said mum bid of for the prop erty with a closing date of July 15 The purchaser is also required to present any current renter with a 30 day written notice and a promise by the potential purchaser of no occu pancy until closing on the building is completed The city will advertise the bid until March 13 and open the bidding on March 30 The council is expected to review the bids for the property at its April 5 meeting RjGHT mil ON Congratulations to this months winners of the Seguin Gazette Enterprise Luck of the Irish contest Sherry Schneider of Seguin is the winner of the savings bond Neil and Nancy Hartman of Seguin won the savings bond while John Meredith of McQueeney won the savings bond Saegert Sixth Grade Center competed at the Woodlake Hills Tournament in mid February accumulating enough awards to pull a secondplace overall tour nament finish In the per forming contests Rebecca Trammell won first place in Oration and Cara Nance won second In prose Yliana Lara took third and Blaine Lindeberg sixth Bobby Blair was second place winner in Solo Humorous The Duet Pantomime team of Amy Larson and Jennifer Rinehart won third place In the Number Sense contest Brandon Strauhal won fourth In Math Randall Schievelbein won third place and NhuNguyen Tran took fourth In Calculators Kyle Ayotte was the thirdplace win ner and Nick Thompson fifth In Science Nicolas Bruce and Lauren Muenchow had a strong showing finishing in a tie for second place Bruce also won third place in Spelling In Ready Writing Aubry Sendejo won second and Cara Nance third D J Lopez won a sixth place ribbon in Maps Charts and Graphs Barnes students win ning awards at Woodlake Hills included secondplace winners Joseph Boswell in Prose Jenalee Cook and Ryan Sozzi Duet Pantomime Alejandra Arriaga General Math and Johnathan Gonzales Number Sense Third place went to Jordan Palacios and Tyler Partain Duet Pantomime Dustin Robles and Anastacia Adcock Duet Acting Humorous Chris Martinez Number Sense and Caitlyn Clark Ready Writing Jericho Comas took the fourthplace ribbon in Science for Barnes at Woodlake Hills Fifth place winners were Ava Volpe in General Math Michelle Lawrence in Ready Writing and Justin Ramirez and Jorge Herrera in Maps Charts and Graphs Briesemeister also had its share of suc cess at the seasons last tournament Eighth grader Kyle Hilsberg brought home a first place award in Math and a fourth place in Number Sense Kaitlyn Waxier won first place in Poetry Taylor Laurie won second in Science both won fifth place ribbons in Solo Acting Humorous and Prose respectively Do you have some good news to share Email editor@seguingazette.com or mail your news to Box 1200 Seguin TX 78155 Index KIDSCORNER SPORTS Todays Weather Thunderstorms Precip 30 Wind SSE 7 mph Humidity 83 FiveDay Outlook Thursday 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