New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY April 17,2003
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Vol. 152, No. 152Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Judge doesn’t buy con man’s probation plea
By Ron Maloney
SANANTONIO U*nnie* Christie's boss and then his minister pleaded for probation in district court W<*dnes-day morning.
Christie himself told Judge •Juanita Vasquez-Gardner he waa a changed man.
Besides. Chriatie said, he’d e*ve*n told the car dealers he wrote had checks to that he didn’t have the cash to cover for them.
He begged for probation. He tried to Strike a deal wit h the judge. He even argued with lier and tried to withdraw his guilty plea although thin time, he didn’t fake a heart attack like he had in a March hearing.
In the end, none of it helped.
Vanque/A junkier sentenced Christie, 61, to IO years in state prison on four theft charges.
“Mr. Christie, I cannot trust you,” Vasque/.-Ga rdner said.
Christie*, formerly of New Braunfels, pleaded guilty to the the ft charge's March 13 in exchange* for a 10-year sentence cap offeree! by the beet Checks unit of the- Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors say he- wrote hot chee ks for eight cars
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Handcuffed and shackled, fraud defendant Lenny Christie watches the prosecuting attorney wind up his case against Christie Wednesday morning during his Bexar County Courthouse appearance.
worth $243,351.22 to seven Hun Antonio aren auto dealers,
Christie* knew or should have known what he was up against Wednesday.
‘This office will (appose probation,” said Sandra K. Ruedrich, chie-f of the hot checks division.
And it did oppose probation
See CON MAN/3A
Meetings continue proposition debate
By Dylan Jimenez Staff Wnter
'IVo New Braunfels enure cilmon he-ld constituent rnt-et-ings Wexlnesday night, cov* ering similar topics to different nudie-noes.
District 2 Councilman I^ar-ry Alexander invited Mayor Adam Cork to apeak to District constat lien Is against I VoposiI urns 2 ane! 3 on tile May bal lot. About 13 residents slrowe-el, arni Alexander Btu rte *d the* inee-ting stating his opposition to the propositions,
I Tope un t ions 2 and 3 would dive rt economic development dollars to street repair.
Further upstre am in the binds Bark Golf Course dub
house*, District 4 Councilman
Robert Ke ndrick defended the pro|)ositiems to about 13 of his own constituents. He* conducted an informal (exchange about all three profioHitions and other issues on the minds of his constituents.
The first proposition of the* May ballot would allow the city to construct a new civic center in the downtown area.
Kendrick brought up the fact that a new convention (.•enter would soon he built in Live Oak inside Ixjop 1604 on 1-35 just outside San Antonio. He said there would be too much competition for a proposed new civic exalter ane!
See PROPOSITION/7 A
Report says ‘ninth-grade academy’ works in NBISD
By Sean Bowlin
A program designed to help at-risk students master the transition from eighth grade to high school is working, New Braunfels Independent School District officials said.
NBISD trustees heard during their regularly monthly meeting Tuesday that the “ninth-grade academy” has been successful in helping the academically needy freshmen at New Braunfels High School.
Almost 40 students are enrolled in the program, academy English teacher Limb Droege said,
Teacher Joey 'IYevino said
the- population is composed of 17 percent special education students, HI percent at-nsk students, and the re?st are? considered “economically disabled.” All have had academic trouble. Several have conduct issues.
“We’re in our infancy. Every day we come back and have something new to discuss,” Trevino said.
He said for a target population for the upcoming school ye-fir, the academy will look at taking not only ut-risk eighth-graders matriculating to high school, but also freshman year repeaters.
School board trustees were See NBISD/7A
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162 cast ballots on first day
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Election officials reported a brisk turnout Wednesday in the first day of e-arly voting lur the New Braunfels municipal elections
Election workers Bernice Marii-ni and Charlotte Boyd worked Mon day in Room BMI of the < V>maJ County Courthouse, which is the early voting location for the City of New Braunfels and the (Jomal Independent School District.
Martini said 162 peoplecast early ballots in the New Braunfels election.
In the Comal Independent School I Astrict election, five people c ast bal lots Wednesday, Martini said.
“For a very first day, ii ’» been very good,” Martini said.
“It was busier in the morning. We did the most this morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and then it slowed down,”
Mart ini said.
In New Braunfels, incumbent oouneiJ members Debbie Flume and Holier! Kendrick are running for reelection.
Gale O'Hara Bospisil is < hall«*ng-ing Flume in District 3,
In Dis! net 4, Kendrick is up|sis*-el by Valerie Hull,
Three propositions are on the bal lot in New Braunfels.
Proposition I would broaden exist mg ordinances to allow Hotel Orca pancy Tax to he spent to build or expand a civic center in downtown New Braunfels.
Proposition 2 would decrease the economic development sales tax Proposition 3 would take the reduction in ProjioHition 2 arui rededicate that money to street repair.
In (TSI) District 5, which covers Spring Branch, four candidates are See BALLOTS/7 A
■ Tbs I nay ut) ut Worms Voters Comal Area hosts forum* al I p in April an at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooper alive auditorium,
'36tot I M 3159. foe Bulverde Alderman, OSO District 5 can dedaies
■ I WV host* a forum for CISG District 7 candidate . al 7p m. April 24 al the Garden Ridge City Hail, 'mr Schoenthal Road
■ There will be time before and alter each forum lo visit with ttie cand! dates.
Construction technique promises utility savings
By Sean Bowlin
A builder who constructs homes through a process he said will save homeowners 50 percent or more on their utility bills is erecting the homes in two local subdivisions
And he plans to move his company to New Braunfels to train other builders how to construct the energy-efficient homes.
Allan King, chief executive officer of Energy Homes of San Antonio, said the construction process is so revolutionary, his company has a patent pending on it.
“They’re just more energy efficient; they’re stronger, healthier,” King said.
And until now, they’ve always been more expensive than a conventional-built home.
The energy efficiency, King said, is derived through use of Structural Insulated Panels, or SI Pm, which are thre;e-inch to seven-inch panels. Inside each panel is an engineered foam core. Oriented strand board is the outside skin.
Instead of using conventional 2-by-4 and 2-by-8 boards for stud walls and roof support, his construction technique uses the SIPs for the exterior walls and the roof.
King said Energy Homes of San Antonio is building homes in the Sungate subdivision off of County Line Road and in Champions Village, west of New Braunfels on Highway 46.
The model home in Sun-gate is on Sunspur Drive. That’s part of the first phase of construction, which will encompass building 20 houses there. The housers range in size from 1,100 square feed to 1,800 square feed and will be priced from $100,(HK) to $150,(XX).
The IO homes to In? built in Champions Village would Is* 1,500 square fwd
(Above) President of Energy Homes Johnny Brown (second from left) helps the framing crew by guiding a piece of a solar efficient panel into place When complete, the house will be 50 to 70 percent more energy efficient than the overage house.
(Left) Allan King, CEO of Energy Homes, explains to Toya Ohlrich the bene fits of the tankless water heaters in the homes his company is building in david iNGRAM/Ht raw-Z'dting New Braunfels.