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Seguin Gazette Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 13, 2005, Seguin, Texas Irazette Enterprise JL SUNDAY March Cheers in the Classroom Seguin Education Foundation brings smiles to SISD students teachers 1B Tax Trouble Texas Legislature producing When Taxes Attack OPINION PAGE 4A Make You Sweat New car dealership a 70year dream come true BUSINESS PAGE 3A Panther Power Navarro baseball finishes third in tournament SPORTS PAGE 7A Seguin Texas Vol 116 No 125 Serving Seguin and Guadalupe County since 1888 Traffic searches may change UP FOR DEBATE Legislation would prevent officers from consent searches By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN Consent searches conducted during traffic stops could become a thing of the past if biparti san legislation passes this session State Rep Harold Dutton D flouston and State Rep Suzanna Hupp RLampassas coauthored House Bill 2418 while State Sen Juan Hinojosa DMission filed Senate Bill 1195 which would add a provision to Article of the Code of Criminal Procedure prohibiting peace officers conducting a traffic stop from seeking verbal consent to search a vehicle unless there is probable cause or another legal basis for the search Both pieces of legislation were filed Wednesday Every citizen has the constitu tional right to liberty without fear of harassment As an attorney I know that it is within my rights to decline a search of my vehicle if there is no probable cause for the Hinojosa said Support for the bills stems from a recent study conducted by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition which indicated a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic motorists were subjected to searches during a traffic stop Will Harrell director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas called consent searches harassment SEARCHES Page 6A LITTLE COWBOY For local ele mentary stu dents this week cowboy day was a good time to N show off their best Western gear For more see Tuesdays Gazette Enterprise AUlUy Seguin gets new public info officer By MATTHEWS GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN The city of Seguin promoted Linda Duncan Local Government Corporation community relations manager to the M InmmtiWtotcifotriSof Seguin and I look forward to promoting city events and having a positive impact Undo Duncan City of Seguin Public Information Officer position of pub lic information officer Duncan served as interim public informa tion officer since the resignation of Raphael Aviles last year Im really excited to pro vide accurate and timely infor mation to the cit izens of Seguin and I look for ward to promot ing city events and having a positive impact even beyond the city Duncan said The public information officer is responsi ble for information the city wishes to distribute to the public and promotes city events The officer also handles some internal communica tions and creates the city page thats distributed to utility customers with their bill Duncan a native of Seguin joked that shes lived in the city since November of 1968 when she was Baby of the Month at Guadalupe Valley Hospital and said her favorite thing about Seguin is its small town Its exciting to live in a place that still offers a bit of the small town Duncan said You can walk down the street or go into a restaurant and people will call you by name Its a really friendly place and we have a car ing Duncan said she hopes to serve Seguin well especially during times of Ive lived through the heartache weve seen in the past with the Duncan said Ive shoveled the mud been evacuated from my office and had friends whose homes were flooded Its easy for me to relate to people who are going through tragedy and giving people the information they need and want to AND THE WINNERS Unit First RunnerUp Carlyn Hudson left congratulates Guadalupe Countys new Junior Miss Megan Martin Martin also won the Spirit of Junior Miss SelfExpression Scholastic and Talent categories Brittany Davis took 2nd RunnerUp and Claire Starcke was named 3rd RunnerUp Kelsey Tschoepe won the Rtness category Monuments fate in hands of high court By JANETGRAFE GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has been testifying before the Supreme Court in support of keeping a monument bearing the Ten AT A GLANCE Commandments on the capitol grounds in Austin The justices are expected to rule on the case in June or July as they try to draw the line between respect ing Americas histori cal heritage and the constitutional prohibi tion against establish ment of religion An informal sur vey Friday of people around the courthouse and Central Park asked people if they support ed or opposed having the Ten Commandments dis played on the Capitol grounds Of 23 people surveyed 22 were will ing to give their opin ion Seventeen said they supported the dis play of the Ten Commandments while three opposed the display and two said they were neu tral MONUMENT Page 6A Some believe the 10 Commandments were laws given to Moses by God They are You shall have no other gods before Me You shall not make lor yourself a carved image any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy Honor your father and your mother Continued on Page 6A Law enforcement on guard for spring break By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN Spring breakers beware Law enforcement officers throughout the state of Texas will be on their guard this Spring Break looking for speeders seat belt viola tors and drunk drivers The Seguin Police Department will be participating in the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program STEP through March 21 The program is designed to remind drivers to wear their seat belts when operating a motor vehi cle The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will be working with local law enforcement agencies throughout Texas this week to keep alcohol out of the hands of teenaged Spring Breakers Young people who choose to illegally consume alcohol during their spring break could face heavy fines if found to be intoxicated or in possession of alcohol TABC agents will be conducting minor sting operations and random inspections with the hope of alcohol consumption and alcohol posses sion by minors End to ageold food pyramid may come soon s OUT WITH THE OLD expected to release new dietary guidelines soon By BRYAN KIRK GazetteEnterprise SEGUIN An apple a day may keep the doctor away but eating all the right foods may be the first step to a long and healthy life March is National Nutrition Month a pro gram sponsored by the American Dietetic Association designed to promote healthy eating habits and increased physical activity Guadalupe County Extension Agent Charla Bading was in commissioners court Tuesday and talked a little about National Nutrition Month Bading passed out nutrition quizzes to the court along with a large orange as a healthy snack The quiz was part of a brief presentation Bading has made at the Texas Workforce Center and at elementary schools throughout the county Friday Bading was in a Marion kindergarten class talking with the children about the impor tance of healthy eating habits Their presentation was hardly as brain teas ing PYRAMID Page 6A Index COMICS 8PORTS TVUsings Todays Weather Precip 0 Wind WNW11 mph Humidity 47 FiveDay Outlook Monday Partly Cloudy Precip 0 Tuesday Thunderstorms Precip 60 Wednesday Thunderstorms Precip 30 Everyone knows that minors face stilT penalties if they get involved with alcohol during Spring Break said TABC Administrator Alan Steen Anyone under the age of 21 caught with alcohol could be charged with Minor in Possession a Class C Misdemeanor punishable with a fine up to SPRING BREAK Page 6A Thursday Partly Cloudy Precip 20 Two Marion High School alumni Trevor Brunet and Josh Collins are on the Angelo State Rugby Team that claimed the Collegiate Division II state title in the state tournament Texas Tech University The top four teams in the state com peted in the tournament where ASU defeated Baylor 1712 Saturday March 5 and Tech 155 Sunday March 6 Trevor plays the fly half position while Josh plays as fullback Good luck to ASU Rugby as it competes at the next level the Western Nationals in Greeley Co The Seguin High School Starstepper Dance Team brought home numerous awards from its performance last weekend at the South Houston Showcase with both the officers and the dance team being named Small Team Grand Champions The officers received Division 1 ratings and Best in Class for their hip hop jazz and modern dance routines In addi tion to being named Small Team Grand Champion they were awarded Gold Sweepstakes Super Sweepstakes 90 or above from each judge on every The Starstepper Team also received Division 1 ratings and Best in Class for its jazz kick and modern dance routines as well as being given the Judges Award for Audience Appeal for its kick rou tine Named Grand Champion it too won Gold Sweepstakes and Super Sweepstakes 4H families across the state have been raising funds to support tsunami disas ter relief On behalf of 4 H families and support ers in Guadalupe County a check for has been sent to the Texas 4H Foundation The Texas 4H Councils goal was to raise million which is for each of its Texas 4H members and youth participants Air Force Airman 1st Class April M Rakosky has graduated from basic military train ing at Lackland Air Force Base San Antonio During the six weeks of training the airman studied the Air Force mission organization and military customs and courtesies per formed drill and ceremo ny marches and received physical training rifle marksmanship field training exercises and special training in human relations She is the daughter of Ellen Rakosky of Schertz Do you have some good news to share Email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your news to Box 1200 Seguin A 78155 Friday Mostly Sunny Precip 20
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