New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Cop injured while working accident
By Ron Maloney
A New Braunfels police officer was injured Saturday night when his patrol car was rear-ended at a rollover accident scene on Interstate 35.
Officer Gilbert Caraballo was taken to Northeast Baptist Hospital with leg, back and shoulder injuries. Public safety officials said his condition
was not considered critical.
Police Sgt. Kevin Clayton said Caraballo was parked on northbound 1-35 to divert traffic around the accident scene just north of the Walnut Avenue overpass just after 7:30 p.m.
"Basically, what happened was we were on 1-35 in front of Don Maxwell Chevrolet with a rollover accident right before dark, and we had traf
fic backed off from the left two lanes,” Clayton said. “Gilbert was just a little north of Walnut, seated in the car slowing traffic.”
Caraballo’s car was the last in line — closest to the traffic —when a man Clayton identified only as a white male slammed into the vehicle in a 1995 Pontiac Grand Prix.
The man was not injured, but the passenger in his vehi
cle was driven to a hospital by private vehicle, Clayton said.
Police Sgt. Mike Rutherford and members of his late night shift came in early to help at the accident scene and with other calls.
“With the weather, they’ve been pretty busy,” Rutherford said.
See WBBCK. Page 9A
The driver of this blue Pontiac rear-ended a New Braunfels police patrol car. The officer in the car reported leg. back and shoulder injuries.UPDATES
Tracking the news CTTC SCHEDULE
Construction was completed on the Central Texas Technology Center. Latests CTTC officials have posted summer class schedules online, at www,aec&fidu/sa^distance.
Registration will begin soon, but officials don’t have a definite date.
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en head to the polk . / to decide the final primary winners for the Court-at-Law 2, Precinct I commts-tkncf and Precinct 4 constable poets. Find out who will win die term* and who will be left to rat* another day
Record turnout expected for primary runoff races
By Ron Malonsy
If early voting for this year’s local runoff elections is any indication, turnout at the polls Tuesday is likely to set a record.
Comal County Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa reported Friday that the turnout was heavy this week for all four days of early voting
Hinojosa reported 1,276 voters cast ballots this week
— 209 Monday, 333 Tuesday, 347 Wednesday and another 387 Thursday for a total of 1,276 early voters at the courthouse. Another 42 submitted mail-in ballots.
“We’ve more than doubled our results from die runoff two years ago when we had 650 vote early,” Hinojosa said.
Generally, she said, runoff elections see about one-third of the turnout of the primary that occurred one month before.
This time, the runoff could attract two-thirds of the turnout in the primary, she said.
“In early voting for this primary, we had 1,858 early voters,” Hinojosa said. “We’re just 500 short of our primary early vote. This is just real great turnout — about double what we would have expected.”
Hinojosa said she believed the heavy voting was a result
See VOTE. Page 7A
■ Voting tor the po mary runoff for County Court-at-Law 2, Precinct 1 commissioner and Precinct 4 constable takes place from 7 am to 7 p m Tuesday.
■ Finance reports. list of polling ptaces/Page JA
Tax discussion tops NBISD agenda again
By Dylan Jimtnez
New Braunfels school district taxpayers will have one more shot to hear why officials want to change the tax year and consol-ldate the tax office with the county.
New Braunfels Independent SCltoot District trustees will meet Tuesday to discuss moving the date the district taxes.
If the measure passes, NBISD taxpayers will pay their tax bills in January 2005 instead of July 2004. Tax bills could be higher than expect-
AT A GLANCE
■ New Braunfels ISD board of trustees meeting
I ■ 5:30 p m. Tuesday
I, P. Board Room. The Education Center,’ 430 W Mill St.
ed because taxes will be based on 2004 property values instead of 2003. Even though taxes will be due six months later, the bills still will reflect one year’s taxes.
Taxes would be due in January ever year thereafter.
All other school districts in Texas levy taxes in October based on the current year’s values. Currently, NBISD levies taxes in June, based on property values from the previous year, lf NBISD taxed on the same schedule as the rest of the
See NBISD Page 9A
City council to vote on fiscal year change
By Scott Mahon
While the New the Braunfels school district mulls changing its tax j year, New j Braunfels City I Council is planning the same j move.
Both the I school district ; and the city cite the same reasons for the change — to be on the same tax schedule as other cities and school districts throughout the state.
AT A GLANCE
New Braunfels City Council
6 30 p m. Monday
council chambers. Municipal Building, 424 S Caste!! Ave
Unlike the school district, however, the city also wants to give city taxpayers a six-month tax break and to change its fiscal year calendar, which it will vote on Monday.
always have been due in july. Under the
change, however, property tax statements for 2004 will be mailed in October, and taxes will be due January 2005. Taxpayers will
See CITY, Page 9A
Photos by MANDY REAHY/Herald-Zeitung
Christian, Nathan and Patrick Thomas from San Antonio didn't let the swollen Guadalupe River keep them from enjoying Camp Hueco Springs Saturday on their Easter vacation. The campground has a small spring-fed river that runs through the park and isn't affected when water is let out of Canyon Dam. A representative of the park said this weekend was turning out to be busier than previous Easter weekends for the campgrounds.
Undampened & undaunted
Tourists flocked to the rivers for the long Easter weekend to find much higher-than-normal river flows and threatening weather. Campground owners along the Guadalupe reported their “best Easter weekends ever,” and some die-hards didn't let those problems slow them down. That is, until the skies clouded over late Saturday afternoon and Comal County sheriff’s officers went from campground to campground advising tourists to pack up and leave as several bridges along River Road were closed.
Dixie, Tyler and Clay Walker of Galveston talk about the Guadalupe River Saturday at the River Road Campgrounds. They have been camping there since Thursday, and, as river conditions allow, say they will stay until Sunday. Dixie Walker said the weather wouldn't get to him. Tm doing what I wanted to do this weekend — resting, eating, drinking and spending time with my family.”
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