New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Husband sought in wife’s slaying
Crime scene tape cordons off what police say was a deadly domestic violence scene Friday night on the 300 block of Scenic Meadow in New Braunfels.
NBPD issues murder warrant for Smith with $1 million bond
By Shawn Lewi« and Megan Holt
New Braunfels police are searching for a 43-year-old white man following a deadly domestic violence incident Friday night in the 300 block of Scenic Meadow.
Police say the suspect, Shannon Dee Smith, could be driving a 2007 orange Dodge pickup truck with Texas license plate AW03046.
NBPD has issued an arrest warrant for Smith with a $1 million bond. As of 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Smith remained on the loose, police said.
Anyone who knows of Smiths whereabouts is urged to call NBPD at (830) 221-4100 immediately.
At 9:29 p.m. Friday, New Braun-
fels police were dispatched to a home at 361 Scenic Meadow in the North Park Meadows subdivision off McQueeney Road. Upon arrival, offi cers found Shannon Dee Smith’s wife, Usa Smith, 43, with multiple stab wounds. She was taken to Christus Santa Rosa — New Braunfels, where she was pronounced dead, police say.
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Cardboard boats take on City Tube Chute in new challenge
By Megan Holt
A large crowd of people gathered Saturday morning at New Braunfels City T\ibe Chute to cheer on fellow community members.
One-by-one, duct-taped, cardboard boats and their riders were launched down the TUbe Chute in hopes of making it to the end of the pool.
The Through the Chute Summer Boat Build and River Expo, sponsored by New Braunfels Parks and Recreation and New Braunfels Yacht Club, was geared toward using the facility during off season, said
Jared Werner, City of New Braunfels athletic programs supervisor.
Boats were launched three times each in the competition; many were decorated with themes.
Jason Norton, a San Antonio teacher, sported a wig as he rushed down the chute on his raft-like boat. He decided to give his boat a “Castaway” theme after Tom Hanks’ movie.
“My friends and I do stuff like this all the time,” Norton said. “It's great to get together and hang out.”
Norton’s boat won the “Most Creative” award because he attached a volleyball,
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John Archer and Lori Gregson make it through the Comal River tube chute with their cardboard boat Intact.
Photos by LAURA McKENBE/Herald-Zeitung
David Hill carries his son, Wade Jackson, 3, on his shoulders while walking in the Kindermasken Parade Saturday.
Kindermasken, Folkfest make old new again
WASHINGTON — Rivals in a divided government, President Barack Obama and the most powerful Republican in Congress split their differences to stave off a federal shutdown that neither combatant was willing to risk.
Their compromise is the result of a battle pitting the enduring power of the presidential veto and the White BoetmeT House soapbox — despite a “shellacking” in the last election — against a strong-willed GOP House speaker vaulted into office by a voter revolt against Washington’s free-spending ways.
The resulting measure will bleed about $40 billion from the day-to-day budgets of domestic agencies over just the next six months, the biggest rollback of such government programs in history. It allows Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to claim his GOP shock troops had put Cabinet department operating budgets on track toward levels in place before Obama took office. In the end, the White House had to meet Boehner more than halfway on spending.
On the other side was a strong-willed Obama, who mostly succeeded in forcing Republicans to cave in on
dozens of controversial conservative policy prescriptions — including rolling track environmental protections and cutting off Planned Parenthood from taxpayer assistance while protecting favored programs like education, clean energy and medical research.
It was, in short, the type of split-the-differences deal that a political scientist might have predicted from the start, given the realities of divided government.
Obama stood firm against GOP attempts to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to issue global warming rules and other reversals of environmental regulations. Obama’s wins on the environment were matched by a bitter battle in
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By Megan Holt
Saturday’s Kindermasken Parade, believed to have begun in 1856 in New Braunfels, drew in ballerinas, monkeys and Indians this year.
Originally called Kindermaskenball, meaning “children's masked dance,” the parade allows children to dress up in costumes and march down San
Antonio and Seguin streets.
More than 300 people attended the parade Saturday morning, said Tina Undeman, Heritage Society of New Braunfels parade coordinator.
“When I was in the parade, we almost included the whole family in planning the costumes,” Lindeman said. “We’d start a month ahead and
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Brenda De Stefano, right, teaches Kayla Porter, 7, how to make a fabric yo-yo during Folkfest on Saturday in New Braunfels.