New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Officials agree funding needs fixing
By Dylan Jimdnez
Local educators, legislators and economists say it’s too early to know what to expect from next week’s special session on
education funding but that change is necessary.
The special session called by Gov. Rick Perry begins Tuesday in Austin.
Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New
Braunfels, said the growing consensus among educators was that the current funding system was outdated. Pressure from educators and taxpayers has forced the issue, but a plan would need to be fair to taxpayers,
schools and businesses, she said.
Perry proposes to limit to 3 percent a year the amount local governments can raise property appraisals. He also wants to cap property values at $125 per $100 assessed valuation for residents
and $1.40 for businesses.
The current property value cap is $1.50 per assessed valuation.
But that could hurt the growing New Braunfels and Comal
See SCHOOLS, Page 5A
For information, call
Rep. Carter Casteel
■ In Austin: (512) 463-0325
■ cartercasteel® house.state.tx.us
■ District Office:
254 E Mill St.. New Braunfels
■ (830) 627-0215 or toll free (866) 687-4961
By Ron Maloney
Police say man caught in Austin is
New Braunfels police confirmed Friday that one of two men arrested in connection with several Austin bank robberies was a suspect in the robbery of the Wal-Mart Wells Fargo branch.
A federal affidavit reveals the pair also could be responsible for robberies in Dallas and Corpus Christi.
New Braunfels police detective Lt. Mike Rust did not say which, if either, man matched the description of the man photographed in the New Braunfels robbery.
Rust said no charges in the New Braunfels robbery had been filed as of Friday.
Ernest Hurtado Rodriguez, 44, was arrested at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday in Austin after an alleged aborted robbery attempt of
Mike Rust a credit union.
Joe Rene Tamayo, 39, was arrested Wednesday night in San Antonio.
Both men are being held on federal bank robbery charges in connection with April 2 and April 9 bank robberies in Austin.
Rust said Friday information that led to the arrests was developed in connection with the investigation into the New Braunfels robbery.
“We had received information in relation to our bank robbery that (the suspect) was also involved in bank robberies in Austin,’’ Rust said. “The information was relayed to Austin through the New Braunfels Police Department and they were on the lookout for these suspects.’’
Rust said the information enabled Austin police to identify Rodriguez, and they stopped him after he left a credit union.
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Hobbyists display life in miniature at model train jamboree
By Hon Maloney
David Doege, railroad engineer, looked at the clock late Friday afternoon and glanced up as a Union Pacific freight and a military train towing a brigade of M-l tanks crossed the yard in front of him.
Behind the trains were an industrial park with a grain elevator and two large industrial age factories. Nearby nesded a little town. A couple miles away — in HO scale, anyway — two World War I biplanes flew under a railroad tresde.
You couldn’t hear a train whistle, but if
you listened carefully, you could just hear the engines and freight cars clacking over the rails and could almost smell the creosote on the railroad ties.
Both trains, which took Doege and his friend, Gary Reichenbach, four hours to set up in the Elks Club on South Seguin Avenue, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today as one of the many model railroad layouts on display in the 17th annual Model Railroad Jamboree.
Organizer Jim Edmonson said the jamboree is an opportunity for railroad hobbyists to get together, see what's going on, share ideas and buy the things they need for their pastime.
Venders from across the state participate.
“This has always been a great hobby," Edmonson said. “It used to be a little boy's hobby, but it’s been getting to be a big boy's hobby.”
Hobby or not, with the railroad museum, the civic center, the Elks Club and a Union Pacific engine at City Hall all as part of the program, the jamboree is quite a show for a family, whether into railroading or not.
“Bring the kids out and show them the train layouts,” Edmonson said. “This
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AT A GLANCE
■ The 17th Annual Model Railroad Jamboree
■ 9 a m to 5 p m today
• New Braunfels Civic Center, 390 S Seguin Ave.
■ Adult admission is $6. Admission for children under 18 years old is $1.
■ Exhibits also at the Elks Club, the New Braunfels Railroad Museum and the Union Pacific engine parked behind City Hall.
■ Sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Flai(road and Modelers Society
New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society member David Doege adds another train to his huge HO scale modular railroad layout as he readies for today's 17th annual Jamboree at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p m
Jamie Lyle Peters, 44, of New Braunfels, pleaded guilty March 8 to intoxicated assault for hitting two patrol cars April 8, 2001, injuring two deputies. Latasti District Judge
Charles Ramsay sentenced Peters Thursday to 10 years in state prison.
Mull Peters will be eligible for parole when he has served one-quarter of his sentence.
Dorothy liner and Casey Laubach dance to music Thursday evening at the New Braunfels Special Olympics fund-raiser at Taco Cabana.
Erie Bremer it si the top of his game on the mound ana in the classroom at Canyon High.
District 3 gets more streets on repair list
Special Olympics fund-raiser
Tracking the news
By Scott Mahon
City officials juggled the list of street repairs scheduled for the first two years of a five-year project after fairness issues were raised by one coun-cilmember.
New Braunfels District 3 Qty Councilwoman Gale PospisU questioned the city’s $10 million street repair program after noting only one street in her district was scheduled for $7,480 worth of repairs in 2005
A list of streets scheduled for repair in the next five years can be found on the City of New Braunfels Web site at www.nbtexas.org
— Santa (Tara Avenue.
Pospisil also noted that Walker Circle was the only street in her district to be included in the list of projects for 2006. Estimated cost of repairs for that project is $3,849.
Mayor Adam Cork told
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