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‘Armadillo Jim’ teaches children to put on their armor
By Martin MALACARA
Jim Schmidt always liked Roy Rogers as a child.
The singing cowboy always caught the bad guy, never cussed and never used a gun.
Schmidt took Rogers’ life lessons to heart and tries to instill them in children’s hearts.
Schmidt, as “Armadillo” Jim, teaches children self-worth with an anti-drug message that he and his Armadillo Rangers presented at Goodwin Primary and Seele Elementary schools Friday.
Schmidt and his Rangers are in town this weekend for the Folkfest. They will run their Armadillo Derbies throughout the two-day event.
The derbies help emphasize the message that children can protect themselves against drugs, crime and violence.
“Our message never gets old because there’s always kids.” Schmidt said.
Schmidt had been involved with armadillo derbies when he worked with the Houston Oilers in their promotions department. He said the armadillo derbies became popular the same time Hollywood released the movie “Urban Cowboy.”
After leaving the football organization, he decided to devote his life to children and Christianity.
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Above, “Armadillo Jim” Schmidt accepts a proclamation from Mayor Stoney Williams at Seele Elementary Friday afternoon. Williams helped judge during the program’s armadillo races. Above left, Sarah Harper and Rachel Madrono get set to race their armadillo at Seele Elementary Friday afternoon.
“I said, ‘Lord, just use me,’” he armadillo metaphor has been an
said. effective tool for Schmidt’s anti-drug
He took the armadillo theme and message.
combined it with a quote from the New Testament about armoring one’s self with God.
And so, with divine inspiration and a slice of “Urban Cowboy,” Schmidt created the Put On Your Armor Foundation.
For the past 20 years, the
‘The promotional value was so terrific,” he said. “I couldn’t help but use it for good.”
In Spanish, armadillo means “little armored one.”
Schmidt’s group travels around
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City council to consider street, drainage projects
Adding project in District I possible
By Amy Clarkson
New Braunfels city council might add a street project to the city’s $10 million list of street and drainage projects when council meets Monday.
Adding a street project for District One in the city of New Braunfels might change the priority list. Currently, the list includes no projects in District One, which covers the city’s west side.
In March, council agreed to accept a proposal from the Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation, known as the 4B board for its enabling legislature. The proposal would allow the board to borrow $10 million in certificates of obligation with the agreement the board would pay up to $1.1 million each year to pay the debt.
Six streets originally were listed on the proposal:
• Church Hill and Wright Street drainage improvements;
• Comal Avenue reconstruction and drainage improvements;
• County Line Road extension;
• Gruene Road reconstruction;
• Landa Street drainage improvements; and
• Walnut Avenue reconstruction.
The 4B Board did not specify which streets should be done, however, so council can decide to add or eliminate projects. Staff members have identified up to $21 million i additional street an drainage improvement projects that need to be addressed around the city.
“None of the streets in the original fist come from District One,” District 5 Councilman Lee Rodriguez said. “And I think that needs to be changed. That district has several streets that could be improved.”
What's Up —
WHO: New Braunfels City Council
WHAT: Regular meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave.
Other agenda items:
• Discuss and set the value of the city-approved river-activity wristbands.
• Discuss and set the permit fees for water recreation shuttles.
• Consider proposal for installation of sports lighting at the Camp Comal softball fields.
• Consider bid for antique lighting downtown.
• Consider awarding bid for shelving at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
Rodriguez said he had discussed the street projects with the city manager and with several constituents.
“They all agreed that projects in District One make it necessary to reconsider part of the proposed six streets,” he said. “So I think we’ll be looking into that Monday night.”
Incoming council member Sonia Munoz, who is from District One, says she has been working with Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez to identify which streets need the most work.
“There are so many that need it,” she said. “It’s a big project throughout the district. We want to be equitable partners with the city, so its important that District One is included in the improvements. We’re working on ideas now.”
Munoz likely will take Martinez’s council seat in May, when his term expires. He was not eligible to run again. No one is running against Munoz, so she probably will be given the seat after council cancels the election Monday night.
Councilman Larry Alexander agreed that the projects should be spread across the city, especially because
Commission could resolve U.S., China dispute
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush and Chinese President Jiang Zemin were reviewing drafts of a letter Friday that would have a joint commission resolve a dispute over a U.S. spy plane and its 24-member crew, as the two sides moved toward a diplomatic resolution.
With Bush administration optimism rising, Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., said the formula for a solution was being outlined in the letter. It
would give both the Americans and the Chinese an opportunity to air their cases.
Tile proposal is designed to lead to the release of the 24 American crew members held since Sunday by the Chinese. By all accounts, they are being well-treated, but their 6-day detention has roiled an already touchy U.S. relationship with China.
A photograph of ll of the crew
members, taken during their first meeting with U.S. diplomats last Tuesday, was distributed by the Pentagon to family members “so they could see their loved ones,” State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. The photograph showed the ll sitting at a table, looking forward with little expression.
Without referring directly to the strategy to have the United States and China air their versions of the
U.S. surveillance flight, President Bush said “we’re making progress” in negotiations.
The president’s appraisal reflected a growing expectation that a deal would emerge from a flurry of diplomatic activity. Two U.S. officials, in fact, suggested the crew could be released this weekend.
Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said See DISPUTE/3AFiddle Fest
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Health officials: No new meningitis cases
By Martin Malacara Staff Writer
County health officials said Friday no new cases of meningitis have developed since March 30.
Office of Public Health Nurse Karon Preiss said, however, health officials will keep a close eye on the situation during the weekend.
“We got over a big hump Tuesday,” Preiss said. “If we’re over the hump on Sunday, we’ll feel real good about what’s going on out there.”
An 8-year-old boy who attends Bill
Brown Elementary School was the third meningitis victim in western Comal County.
His condition continues to improve, said County Health Authority Dr. Dorothy Overman.
The boy was taken out of intensive care but still remains in a San Antonio hospital.
“I’m praying we won’t have any new cases,” Overman said. “Let’s keep it that way.”
Preiss said Texas Department of Health epidemiologist Dr. Griselda Stevenson reported the boy had the
same meningitis serotype, group C, as two boys from Smithson Valley High School who contracted the disease in March.
Preiss said, however, the cases are not related..
The two cases at Smithson Valley initiated a vaccination program.
Such a program is still not necessary for students at Bill Brown, Preiss added, because it was only a single case.
“Our job is to monitor for any other cases,” she said. “Hopefully, we won’t have any.”
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