New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 128 12 pages, 2 sections
8 56825 00001NBISD set to begin new principal search
By Dylan Jimdnoz
New Braunfels Independent School District officials will begin next week the process of hiring a new high school principal.
Last week, Midland ISO announced New Braunfels I ligh School IMncipal Rickey Williams would take over as Midland I Ugh School principal.
The MIS!) board will approve Williams’ appointment April 13, MIS!) Superintendent Robert Nicks said.
NBISD officials will advertise for the position before the Easter break and expect applications to come in dur
ing the next sev-e r a I weeks. The position will be posted on the district’s Web site Rickey Williams and possibly the Texas Education Agency regional Web site. Officials hope to have a principal named by late May, NBISD Spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson said.
“July would be too late because principals like to
See PRINCIPAL, Page 3A
By Bon Maloney
A 37-year-old New Braunfels man once sentenced to 45 years for bludgeoning a friend to death is going back
to prison for threatening a local family with a gun.
A jury of nine women and three men deliberated about 15 minutes before convicting James Edward McGruder or illegally possessing a firearm
as a convicted felon — and then deliberated an hour before sentencing him to 60 years in state prison.
McGruder will have to serve at least 15 years of his .sentence, less time off for good behav
ior, before he is eligible for parole. Because of his three previous felony convictions— two for burglary and one for murder — he faced 25 to 99 years in prison.
The verdict and sentence
came after a one-day trial before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison in which prosecutor Ed Jendrzey revealed McGruder was convicted in 1987 for killing a friend with a barbell weight.
Members of a New Braunfels family he threatened with a .45-caliber automatic pistol asked jurors for a light sentence.
See MURDBRIR, Page 3A
annexation for local farmers
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels Planning Commission gave farmers and state lawmakers 30 days to draft nondevelopment agreements to protect airport areas from residential development without annexing it.
The commission’s decision was a response to state Rep. Carter Casteel’s town meeting Monday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. During the meeting, Casteel and representatives from the Texas Farm Bureau suggested alternatives to annexation, including nondevelopment agreements between the city and landowners.
The commission was scheduled to take a final vote Tuesday to recommend
annexing 5,700 acres, including 2,500 acres adjacent to the airport, most of which belong to generations of farming families.
Local farmer Curtis Tim-mermann asked the commission to postpone its recommendation.
“There’s no advantage to us, and there’s no advantage to the city,’’ he said. “I understand the city’s concern about residential development around the airport, but Rep. Casteel said there is the possibility of drafting some kind of agreement that would satisfy the city. So I’d like to ask you to postpone annexing the areas adjacent to the airport for 30 days, so we can meet with Rep. Casteel.”
See FARMERS Page 3A
New Braunfelsers urged to help Piedras Negras flood victims
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Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School sixth-grader Thomas Anderson portrays Jesus Christ during the “Living Stations of the Cross’ performed by students at the church Wednesday afternoon.
Churches set special services to observe Easter
By Leigh Jones
This weekend is Easter, the three days in the Christian calendar when the death and resurrection of Jesus are observed.
Churches all over the city will hold special services open to everyone.
“We have the church open for prayer on Good Friday from noon to 3 p.m., during the hours of the Passion," said the Rev. Daryl Higgins, pastor of First Protestant Church.
Children have come to love Easter because of chocolate bunnies and bright
ly colored eggs, but First Protestant wants them to understand the meaning behind the holiday.
“We’ve been doing an Easter egg hunt for several years,” Higgins said. “The egg symbolizes the tomb, and the baby chicken represents resurrection or new life.” First United Methodist Church will start the weekend with a service of darkness. At 8 p.m. Good Friday, the three church choirs will sing “Song of the Shadows." The Tenebrae service will begin
See IASYIR, Page 3A
B Sunrise service. 7 a.m.. Mo and Jo Schwab s ranch
■ Sunday services. 8 and 10:30 a m.
B Easter pageant. 9:15 a,m. Sunday
■ Easter egg hunt,
IO a rn. Sunday
FIRST UNITED METHODIST
■ Tenebrae service,
8 p m Friday
B Sunrise service. 6 am. Landa Haus, Landa Park
B Sunday services.
8. 9:30 and 11 a rn.
STS PETER AND PAUL
■ Stations of the Cross, I. 2, 7 p m. Friday. 5 p m Saturday
B Liturgical service,
3 p.m. Saturday
B Sunday services.
8, 9:15. 11:15 a m
TREE OF LIFE
■ Drama portraying crucifixion, 6 to 10 p m. Friday and Saturday
■ Sunrise service. 7 a m. Sunday
B Sunday services. 9 and 11 a m.. 2:30 p.m.
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Escondido River to rise 25 feet At least 33 people are confirmed dead.
The Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce has appealed to chambers throughout Texas for help. Michael Meek, New Braunfels chamber president, said this community should feel a special sympathy for its southern neighbors.
“We’re fortunate in our affluence here that enables us to help ourselves,” he said. “They are not so fortunate in Hedr&s Negras. They need help now,
before and until (Mexican) government aid can kick in.” Supplies needed include cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, blankets, mosquito repellent, over-the-counter antibiotic ointment and cairned goods. Baby-related items, such as fonnula and disposable diapers, are also requested.
Theo Escovedo, liagle Pass chamber secretary, is moved by the desolation just across the river.
“My husband personally
took two boxes over,” she said.
This big man who received them was so thankful he started to cry. I Ie didn’t know what else to do.”
She said Mexican authorities were preventing clothing from coining across the border, but that might change in a few days.
She continues to hear stories, of the suffering in Piedras Negras that break her heart.
“It’s real,” she said. “It s not something someone made up in a movie.”
Golf lessons for young boys and girls are in nigher demand. Find out what programs are available locally and what the costs ait.
By Leigh Jonas
The scars left in New Braunfels from the 1998 and 2002 floods are still visible, and it does not take much to remind residents of the devastation several inches of rain can cause.
Sunday night and Monday morning, residents of Piedras Negras, Mexico, just across the border from Eagle Pass, experienced their own disaster when heavy rainfall caused the