New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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William Dennis Claybrook
William Dennis Ctaybrook, Ixjm Jan-uary 21, 1955, passed away April 1,
2011 at the age of 56 after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Patti Garner Claybrook, his daughter Melissa Ann De La Garza and son-in-law Valdo of Houston, his sister l*ma Claybrook of Wimberley, his brother Vance Claybrook, Jr. of Refugio,
nephews Reed, Colten and Trace and his wife Leslie Claybrook, and many, many extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Vance and Gladys Claybrook, Sr. of Refugio.
Dennis was first and foremost a family man and a friend to all. He loved to spend time at the family river house in New Braunfels and was known far and wide for his outstanding cooking skills. He was an avid hunter and loved all football from high sch(X)l to the pros. He was a lifetime member of the Houston I jve-stock Show & Rodeo and briefly served on the Steer Auction Committee continually supporting HLS&R and
Kimberly Dawn (Johnson) Whitaker
Kimberly Dawn (Johnson) Whitaker passed away Friday April 1, 2011 at the age of 44. She was born June 16,1966 in Lynn, Mass. and graduated from Lynn Classical High School in Lynn, Mass. She is preceded in death by her mother Claire Johnson and survived by her children Wren and Travis Dewing, granddaughter Alexa Dewing Sisters, Karen and Keeley Johnson, husband Thomas A. Whitaker Brothers in Law, Shannon and Terry (Tracy) Whitaker, sister in law Andrea Hanks and parents in law Thomas and Dora Whitaker.
She was a people person, liked making friends with everyone, lovable and kind,
Curtis Edward Blackwell
Funeral arrangements are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for Curtis Edward Blackwell of New Braunfels. He passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the age of 71 at his residence. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Zoeller Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home with
Betty J. Hartzell
Funeral arrangements are complete at Zoeller Funeral Home for Betty J. Hartzell, 84, of New Braunfels, who passed away on Sunday, April 3,2011 at her residence. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2011 at New
education for Texas youth. He worked in the oil field from age 16 ultimately owning his own company, C&W Wireline. The past 20 years he has worked as a financial advisor through Securities America, Inc.
Services are scheduled for TUesday, April 5, at 2 p.m., at Zoeller Funeral Home, 615 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo/Bluebonnet Belles.
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very determined, liked to travel, taking care of all nine cats and a rat, homemaker, wonderful loving wife, all around genuine caring person, a true friend, always a strong person in times of need. She will be missed by her family, friends, pets especially Cleo her cat, and everyone who ever had a conversation with her. Never forgotten and always in our hearts and thoughts. As per her wishes, she will be cremated. Rosary and memorial services at Our I,ady of Per-petual Help Church on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. Address: 138 W. Austin St., New Braunfels, Tx 78130
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burial to follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. The family wishes all memorial donations to be sent to the Humane Society of New Braunfels, at 1920 Kuehler, New Braunfels TX. 78130.
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SENATE VOTES TO CHANGE COMMISSION'S NAME
AUSTIN (AP) — The historic Texas Railroad Commission would be renamed the Oil and Gas Commission and led by a single official who is elected statewide under changes approved by the Senate on Monday.
Under the proposal, two of the current commissioner offices, which are also elected statewide, would be eliminated.
The changes are designed to better reflect the commis-sion’s current duties and
streamline an agency that critics have said has become too political and inefficient. The Railroad Commission was created in 1891 but since the 1960s has dealt almost exclusively with oil and gas issues. Its last authority over railroads was removed in 2005.
The proposed changes "bring it into the 21st century," said Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, the sponsor of the measure. "The current system is broken. It’s stagnant."
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April 14 is deadline for voter registration
By Greg Bowen
If you haven't registered to vote in the May 14 election, you have nine days to sign up.
April 14 is the deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the May 14 election.
Prospective voters may register in person at the Comal County Voter Registrar's office, 205 N. Seguin Ave., in New Braunfels.
Mail-in voter registration cards can be found at the New Braunfels Public Library, most post offices and high schools or can be downloaded from the Comal County Tax Office website (http:// www.co.comal.tx.us/1 ax_office/tax2.html).
If you mail your voter form, be sure it's postmarked by April 14.
Early voting for both school board and city elections will be held May 2-10 at the Comal County Elections Annex, 345 I^nda St., which is the former Lifechek Pharmacy building at Landa Plaza.
The general election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The election will result in a new mayor and a new city councilor in District 5.
New Braunfels voters on
May 14 will also be asked to consider granting civil service status to the city's police department.
In the mayoral race, former mayor pro tern Gale Pospisil, a retired real estate appraiser, faces Jason Dias (pronounced dye-us), president of Eloquent Online, a social media consulting company. The seat is currently held by outgoing mayor Bruce Boyer.
In District 5, Bryan Miranda, an accountant, faces Beverly Nuckols, a doctor. The seat is currently held by outgoing mayor pro tern Kathleen Krueger.
District 5 stretches across both sides of 1-35 from the Faust Street Bridge area to the Common Street/Union Avenue area to Kohlenberg Road to the Guadalupe County line.
Running unopposed on the ballot will be incumbent (lity Councilor Steven Digges in District 6.
Winning candidates will serve three-year terms.
Candidates for mayor run "at large," which means voters across the city vote in the mayoral election. Council members are elected only by voters from their districts.
Election Day voting sites are: District 1, Lone Star Elementary School, 2243 W. San Antonio St.; District 2, Walnut Springs Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.; District 3, Seele Elementary
School, 540 Ifoward St.; District 4, Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337; District 5, Lamar Primary School, 240 N. Central Ave.: and District 6, First United Methodist Church, Room 101 A, 572 W. San Antonio St.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS
There will lie two contested races for both area school boards.
In the NBISD race, David McDaniel will face board president Rigo Montero in District 2. Incumbent Joe Haasmann will not be challenged in his bid for re-election in District 4.
In Comal ISI), newcomers Dale Dehlin and Nancy Pappas will compete for the District 4 seat held by hoard treasurer Donna Holmes, who didn't file for re-election. Incumbent and board vice-president Frank Baker will be unopposed in District 3.
Nancy Pappas of New Braunfels and Dale Dehlin of Canyon l,ake have filed for a place on the ballot to represent single-member I Jistrict 4 in the May 14 Comal ISI) school board election.
Currently, Donna Holmes serves in District 4 and she is not seeking re-election.
For maps of (Ik* singlemember districts, visit: / www.comalisd.org/Board _o f Trustees/
Targeted nature of email security breach worries computer experts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thin-k twice next time you get an email from Chase or Citi asking you to log in to your credit card account. The bank may not have sent it.
A security breach that exposed the email addresses of potentially millions of customers of major U.S. banks, hotels and stores is more likely than traditional scams to ultimately trick people into revealing personal information.
Security experts said Monday they were alarmed that the breach involved targeted information — tying individuals to businesses they patronize — and could make customers more likely to reveal passwords, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data.
The company that was in charge of the email addresses, a Dallas marketing firm called Epsilon, handles online marketing for some of the biggest names in business. Those companies have flooded customers in recent days with warnings to be on guard.
Epsilon said that while hackers had stolen customer email addresses, a rigorous assessment determined that no other personal information was compromised. By itself, without passwords and other sensitive data, email addresses are of little use to criminals. But they can be used to craft dangerous online attacks.
Citi credit card customers,
for example, are more likely to respond to an email claiming to be from Citigroup than from a random bank. The email might direct the customer to a site that looks like the bank's site, capture login information and use it to access the real account.
David Jevans, chairman and founder of the nonprof-it Anti-Phishing Working Group, said criminals have been moving away from indiscriminate email scams, known as "phishing," toward more intelligent attacks known as "spear phishing," which rely on more intimate knowledge of victims.
"This data breach is going to facilitate that in a big way," said Jevans, also CEO of security company Iron-Key Inc. "Now they know which institution people bank with, they know their name and they have their email address."
The information could also help criminals send highly personalized emails to victims. Doing so makes the email more likely to get past a spam filter.
Epsilon, a unit of Alliance Data Systems Corp., sends more than 40 billion emails a year and has more than 2,500 business clients. Stock in the parent company fell $1.73, or 2 percent, to close Monday at $84.20.
Meanwhile, more than a dozen companies contacted customers to instruct them never to reveal person-
al information in response to an email.
Financial institutions affected include Barclays Bank, Capital One Financial Corp., Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and U.S. Bancorp. The parent companies of Best Buy, Ethan Allen furniture stores, the Kroger grocery chain, the Home Shopping Network and Walgreens drugstores issued similar warnings, as did the Hilton and Marriott hotel chains. The College Board, the not-for-profit organization that runs the SATs, also warned that a hacker may have obtained student email addresses.
Many of the companies contacted by The Associated Press declined comment or referred reporters to statements acknowledging the breach.
Epsilon also declined further comment.
For victims of this type of security breach, there is little to do but be vigilant. Changing passwords doesn't help.
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Storms not enough to ease state s drought
LUBBOCK (AP) Storms that swept the eastern part oflexas on Monday did little to relieve an extreme drought that now covers more than 40 percent of the state, and wildfires continued to hum Monday in parts of West Texas, where some ranchers haven't seen a drop of raiti since early fall.
The area considered in an extreme drought has tripled it\ the past month, and weather forecasters expect the drought to continue or get worse through June in most of the state. That means the danger of fire will remain extremely high, National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy said.
'This could end up being one of the more devastating droughts, agriculturally speaking and for wildfires, if we don't start getting normal to above normal rainfall before June," Murphy said. 'The odds of seeing that are likely below normal."
lexas hasn't had a drier October to February period since 1967, state climatologist John Nielsen- Gammon said. The five months that ended Feb. 28 saw only 4.8 inches of rain on average across the state. In a typical year, an average of 9.7 inches would fall.
The drought has been made worse by wanner than normal temperatures, said Travis Miller, a drought specialist with lexas AgriLife Extension Service.
On Sunday, low humidity and winds up to 55 mph fueled the spread of wildfires across West l exas, and four big ones burned more than 11 ,(XX) acres. Some of the fires continued to burn Monday, but they were nothing like the day before, Texas Forest Service spokesman Alan Graft said. Nearly 180 of Lexas’ 254 counties have burn bans.
lexas is the nation's No. 2 grower of winter wheat, and the drought has hit that crop hard. More than 60 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop was in poor to very p<x)r condition at the end of March, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As examples, Midland got .1 inches of rain in March, while College Station got 6 inches. Usually, those cities would get 4.6 and 19.1 inches respectively.
"Even it rains now it wouldn't do much for it," said Miller, the drought specialist. "It'll be a little better. Instead of dying, it might be worth running a combine through."
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