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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TO AM 7W MHI 1000571 05/16/Oj DC SOUTHUIST mtROPUBLXSHtRS 2627 I VADELL OK n POSO TX 77903 SPORTS ALL DISTRICT Smithson Valley forward Mallory Craig was named to the District 26-5A All District first team. Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Jacque Brown says a cigarette tax to benefit education is good for everyone. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 121 16 pages, 2 sections www: herald* 500 '56825 00001' Sunny High Low 81 58 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 38 CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 38Jury likely to dedde child abuse case today By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Jurors today will decide the fate of the New Braunfels man who faces up to life in prison for allegedly beating and mutilating an 8-year-old boy. Both the defense and prosecution in the trial of Raymond Joseph Fierro rested their cases Thursday and jurors heard final arguments late in the afternoon. District Judge Jack Robison sent the jury home at 5:30 p.m. and told them to return to court at 9 a.m. today to begin deliberations. Fierro, 39, stands charged with three counts of injuring the boy — two by beating him with a belt and the third by causing a serious genital injury that required surgery to repair. On the serious bodily injury charge, Fierro faces between five to 99 years in state prison if convicted. On the two lesser charges, he faces between two and IO years in prison. Fierro did not testify in the trial, which is taking place before eight women and six men who make up See JURY, Page 8A Boyer raises, spends more than Cork By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Former Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans was a poor substitute, and he knew it. “I made it almost all the way around the room tonight before I met an honest man who said he was sorry I was here,” Evans told the people gathered to kick off the 39th Annual Texas Legislative Conference. “I understood exactly what he meant.” The standing room only crowd who had purchased tickets planning to see first lady Laura Bush laughed at Evans’ self-deprecating humor and took their disappointment in stride. Bush’s plan visit to New Braunfels was canceled Monday after she and the president made plans to attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome today. In addition to accepting Bush’s Texan of the Year award, Evans brought a letter from the first lady to the city. “I so regret that I cannot be with you,” Bush wrote. “I am honored to be in the lineup of Bush family members who have been selected for this award. I also want to make sure you know I am the only one actually born in Texas.” See TEXAN, Page 7A School pride on the line when Unicorns, Cougarettes meet By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels and Canyon high school campuses might not be plastered with spirit signs for Saturday’s cross-town rivalry girls soccer match, but the undercurrent of school Community off Maist Church pride is unmistakable. The 4A Regional title and a trip to the state tournament are at stake when the Unicorns and Cougarettes take the field at CHS Saturday. During the last CHS lunch period Thursday, members of the student council put the finishing touches on T-shirts for their team’s fanatics. James Beyer, 17, held up a picture of a majestic looking unicorn... with his horn “sawed off.” The black and white illustration will appear on the front of the shirts the group is planning to wear. “We’re going to kill them,” Beyer said, grinning. “We’ve traveled with the team to a lot of games. We’re ready for the Unicorns.” Mary Payton, 18, said the See PRIDE, Page 3A AT A GLANCE ■ What: New Braunfels versus Canyon in Region IV girls soccer championship game ** When: 4 p.m. Saturday * Where: Canyon High School Humble church making big plans mw FAITH COMMUNITY OF CHRIST CHURCH ■ Pastor: Jed Rogers I Denomination: Community of Christ * Attendance: 40 ■ Meeting time: 11 a.m.  _ ■ Location: 1138 Dunlap Drive ■ Phone: (830) 626-6811 ■ Worship style: Traditional By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Community of Christ is a humble congregation meeting in a humble building, but it has grandiose plans. The small group of believers has outgrown its snug dwelling in a neighborhood east of 1-35, which is good news for its pastors. “My hope is that we will be able to get another building soon," said Emil Mueller. “We are growing and filling up fast.” lim Barrett said the most exciting thing about the church’s growth is its demographics. “We are getting quite a few young families who are joining,” he said. “This past Christmas, we even had enough children to have a pageant.” Barrett is working hard to minister to the younger members, even starting a new time of worship and fellowship just for them. P5 — a weekly praise, prayer, preaching and pizza party — provides a fun way to get into the Bible’s teaching. “Many of our attendees are young Christians, so we focus our study on basic truths," he said. “Our more mature members come because we decided that we really enjoy the newer forms of praise music.” After one meeting, Barrett said people were hooked by the congregation’s love. “People sense a very real presence of the holy spirit See CHURCH, Page 3A FINANCE REPORTS * Mayoral candidate Bruce Boyer collected $17,317 and spent $11,190.56. ■ Mayor Adam Cork collected $13,110 and spent $3,731.08. * For a closer look at council candidates, see Saturday's Herald-Zeitung. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Bruce Boyer received and spent substantially more money than incumbent Adam Cork during the early portions of the campaign. Campaign financial reports turned in Thursday showed Boyer had $17,317 in contributions, including $1,500 he loaned his campaign, while Cork had $13,1 IO in total contributions. Boyer also reported $11,190.56 in expenditures during the reporting time period that ran from Jan. 25 untiJ March 29. The majority of the expenditures were spent for advertising, printing campaign literature and making signs. Cork spent just $3,731.08, most of which was spent on a fund-raising dinner and on supplies for campaign signs. Boyer released his total campaign contributions April I but didn’t file his official report until late afternoon Thursday. By state law, all candidates for office must file financial reports if they plan to spend more than $500 to run for the office. State law also requires that all donations of more than $50 be included in the report. Cork reported $4,830 came from contributions of $50 or less. Boyer reported $6,617 in contributions of $50 or less. Both mayoral candidates had several See CAMPAIGN, Page 7A Com«0N,ty of SCHO®1 -s-' Christ ah DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Tom Barrett, left, and Emil Mueller stand in front of Community of Christ Church. * m*rn. i Inman r ti ir ■ THE BEST OF TEXAS Evans accepts Texan of the Year award for Bush Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans speaks with Connie Ware prior to receiving theTexan of the Year Award on behalf of first lady Laura Bush Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Below, Bush is shown on video to the crowd at the civic center. Both of Bush’s in-laws, George TLW. and Barbara, as well as her husband, have received the award in the past. Bush concluded her letter by asking her audience to give thanks for being from the Dine Star State. “Thank your lucky stars every day you are from Texas," she wrote. “I do.” By the time Evans left the civic center, he had his arms full. After conference advisory Getting bigger Gattuso Distributing expands just in time for the summer tourist season. ;