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Vol. 153, No. 123 12 pages, 2 sections
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NEWS DIGEST 2A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3BNBHS principal accepts Midland post
By Dylan Jimenez
Contentious New Braunfels High School Principal Rickey Williams took a job in Midland before school board trustees could vote to renew his contract.
Midland Independent School District officials announced Wednesday Williams would take
over as principal of Midland High School beginning June I.
Williams told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that he was excited about coming to Midland and that the decision to apply was a “no-brainer.”
He did not return calls Thursday to the Herald-Zeitung.
He said in a prepared statement he would take the helm of
MHS as soon as his duties were completed in New Braunfels.
“I’m going to miss the kids here because they are great kids that come from great parents,” Williams wrote. “I will miss the teachers and Superintendent (Ron) Reaves for whom I have the upmost respect. I appreciate the support that I received from the parents, citizens and
community of New Braunfels ISD and will leave here with positive memories.”
MISD Superintendent Robert Nicks interviewed Williams Monday, while NBISD trustees were mulling whether to renew Williams’ contract.
Monday, NBISD board members reviewed teacher, administrator and principal contracts for
three-and-a-half hours then postponed discussion until April 5.
When trustees Lee Edwards, Rob Johnson and Bd Clark were asked Thursday to comment on the closed-door discussion and Williams’ departure, they declined. Trustees Penelope Big-gadike, Jorge Maldonado, Paul
See WILLIAMS. Page 3A
Last phase of river cleanup under way widens lead
By Ron Malonoy
CANYON LAKE — Once more, heavy earthmoving equipment is in the Guadalupe River, dredging out rock, gravel and debris near Horseshoe Falls.
The operation to remove thousands of tons of material from a 1,000 foot stretch of the river and in the adjacent private park at Horseshoe Falls Estates is the final phase of river cleanup in the aftermath of the 2002 flood.
Thursday, Lee Wiederhold, project director for the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service, told county commissioners the work would be completed in time for the opening of the summer tubing season. Wiederhold and the NRCS oversaw fiver cleanups in the aftermath of both the 1998 and 2002 floods.
The current job, set to be completed in early May if the weather holds, will see the end of nearly two years of recovery from the July 2002 flood in which water for the first time flowed over the Canyon Dam spillway, cutting a limestone canyon past Hidden Valley Sports Park down to the river.
The river channel will be deepened to its original proportion, removing debris at the confluence of the river and the canyon. Horseshoe Falls park, now covered with rock and gravel, will be restored to its original grade.
“The work previously done is on the west side of the river across from Horseshoe Falls Estates,” Wiederhold told commissioners. “I estimate we’re probably about 20 percent through. Next week, we’ll start in the Horseshoe Falls area. I believe we’ll be able to
By Bon Maloney
A high-stakes recount in the U.S. 28th Congressional District Democrat Primary ended in the Comal County Courthouse Thursday, but the fight is far from over.
Former Texas Secretary of State I lenry Cuellar upended three-term incumbent Congressman Ciro Rodriguez in an 11 -county recount, swinging what was a 145-vote loss in the March 9 primary into a 203-vote win out of48,000 votes cast.
Cuellar sought the recount last week, citing the narrow spread between the candidates, questions about mail-in ballots in Carnal County and 41 in Bexar County in which someone—just whom is under investigation — sought mail-in ballots for at least 41 deceased voters.
Cuellar, a lawyer and businessman from Laredo, has posted net gains in six of die IO counties that have recounted, while Rodriguez has benefited more in four counties. In McMullen County, the vote stayed the same for both men.
Nearly all of Cuellar s gains came T uesday in his stronghold counties of Webb,
See RECOUNT. Page 3A
Canyon Lake resident Ryon Krause lifts rock and debris cluttering the river in the Horseshoe Falls neighborhood. Cleanup work in the area is expected to be completed before the summer tourism season hits.
remove all the sediment and rock.”
Commissioners welcomed the news.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady and Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson, whose districts divide the river area, both have worked with U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith and County Engineer Tom Hornseth to hasten the work.
“It’s so important to complete the work out there,” Kennady said. "We’re deeply appreciative.” County Judge Danny Scheel said the only possible obstacle to the project now would be heavy rain upstream from the lake that forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase river flows “If we’re at April I and you’re 20
percent complete, we should have no problem getting that work done in time for tourist season," Scheel said. “We should be in great shape.” During the 2002 flood, Earl Moore was president of the I lorse-shoe Falls Estates property owner’s association. Now, under direction of
See CLEANUP, Page 3A
Folkfest, Kinder-masken offer a glimpse of what pioneer life was like in early New Braunfels.
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Fridays, th* Hemld-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship.
CHAPEL IN THE COVE
B Pastor: Doug Groan
B Mission statement: Raising up faithful servants for the harvest.
Denominational affiliation: Interdenominational.
B Meeting times: 10 am Sunday
B Location: 3676 Tanglewood Trail, Spring Branch
B Phone: (830) 885-4063
■ Web site: none
Current attendance: 65-70
B Worship style: traditional
Neighbors join together to form Chapel in the Cove
By Lsigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — Sometimes it is impractical to drive 20 miles to go to church. And sometimes it is just nice to worship with neighbors.
Residents on the north side of Canyon Lake have a unique place to go on Sunday mornings. Chapel in the Cove is an interdenominational church with community spirit.
Longtime member Erwin Westhouse does not believe the idea behind the community church is anything new.
“The old communities had a church in the center of town,” he said. “One of the first things a settlement would do is put up a church building.”
The diapers congregation began meeting at the local civic center pavilion. In 1982, they decided to build a sanctuary. It turned out to be more like a bam raising.
“We had the slab professionally
poured,” he said. “But the framing and everything else, except the roof, was done by members."
The church was completed in 1983. Ten years later, members built the education building.
Pastor Doug Groen, who joined the church in 1994, is no longer surprised by how much members can accomplish when they decide to work together.
“The people of the community decided they wanted to worship together, so they built a sanctuary,” he said. “All this was done with labor and funds from the community.”
Groen retired to San Antonio from an Army chaplaincy. He was looking around for a small church to pastor, and a friend recommended he check out the little congregation in Canyon I .ake. The interdenominational worship was something he was used to.
See CHURCH Page 3A
Chapel in the Cove was built by neighborhood residents.