New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, APRIL 20,2007
Victor of tonight's New Braunfels-Canyon game can get a leg up in race for the District 26-4A title. Page 6A
Local airport officials worry that proposed transmission lines at the facility could affect safety. Page 3A
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Ben Smith's sign
supporting the recall of Councilman Ken Valentine sits on Smith's District 6 property after he says he caught Valentine's wife and campaign treasurer trying to remove it.
Claudia Valentine accused of removing recall signs
By Suzanne Ashe
A second New Braunfels election campaign treasurer got caught Wednesday in a potentially embarrassing position when she pulled up an opponents’ campaign sign at 545 Comal St.
Ben Smith, who owns a vacant lot in District 6, said Thursday he caught Claudia Valentine at his property pulling up a “Recall Valentine” sign funded by the Keep NBNB
'Hie latest incident comes after Keep NBN B’s treasurer Robert E. Lee III was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. I Ie resigned his position Wednesday.
“She pulled (the sign) up, threw it down and ran for her car,” Smith said of the second sign lies place
on his property. I Ie said someone removed the first sign Tuesday.
When he confronted her Wednesday, Smith said she told him she had permission from her husband, Councilman Ken Valentine, to take the sign down.
Ken Valentine — fighting a recall election in District 6 over his stance on river ordinances— said Thursday he thought Smith told him to
See SIGNS, Page 8A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung
Candace Walker shows off some of the roses that will be for sale this weekend at Gruene Market Days for the Knock Out cancer roses fundraiser.
■ Woman finds to honor friend
By Suzanne Ashe
Candace Walker looked lovingly at a trailer of colorful Knock Out Roses Thursday before she takes them to sell at a memorial benefit honoring Sally M. Kingsbury this Saturday at Market Days in Gruene.
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The roses are more than plants to Walker, they are lovely reminders of her friend, Kingsbury, who passed away from sof t tissue sat coma cancer in December 2005 at age 51.
“Sally was like a cheerleader,” she said. “Site was a
See ROSES, Page 3A
The Knock Out rose is called such because of its tough foliage and blooms. The hardy plants are known by gardeners tor their brilliant colors and drought resistance.
Senate approves replacing TARS with other exams
■ Local educators agree with concept
From staff and wire reports
AUSTIN —The state’s high-stakes standardized exit exam would he history for high schoolers under a bill the Texas Senate unanimously approved Thursday.
The legislation would replace tile Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills with annual exams in four core subjects for students in grades 9 to 11. Younger stu
dents would still have to take tile standardized exam.
The high-stakes nature of the [’AKS has been lambasted by teachers and parents, who argue that too much classroom time is spent on preparing students for the test. Students take the exit-level test as juniors and must pass to graduate.
The proposal, which next goes to the House for
See TESTS, Page 8A
Assault suspect takes stand in own defense
By Jessica Sanders
A former New Braunfels resident charged with sexual assault of a child said his stepdaughter’s claim of rape was a lie that spun out of control.
Anthony Wayne Martin, 38, took the stand Thursday while on trial for the sexual assault of his stepdaughter, then 16, on June 13,2003.
“I don’t know why she would have said it was me," said Martin, who testified
Anthony Wayne Martin
Thursday that he moved near San /Angelo. “ Usually, when she got in trouble, she would come up with a lie initially, but
when she was confronted she would tell the truth. This time, I don’t think she realized the scope of what she
See TRIAL, Page 8A
Arboretum renamed for New Braunfels couple
By Suzanne Ashe
Thursday was a big day for New Braunfels residents Bill and Dolores Schumann.
“We’re shocked," Bill Schumann said. “I’m overwhelmed at such an honor — having the arboretum named after us.”
New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer told an audience of about 150
New Braunfels’ area garden club members, city council members and city officials who gathered at Landa I laus that he couldn’t thank the Schumanns and the garden clubs enough for their involvement.
The couple’s devoted efforts to the city was the reason behind city officials naming the Landa Park Arboretum after them, Boyer said.
“It’s people like you — the people who get involved that make our
city what it is today,” he said.
The arboretum came about when Dolores Schumann, president of the Guada Coma Garden Club in 1981, brought to the attention of members the many different species of trees growing in luanda Park, according to arboretum history.
“ The idea came from a trip to Seattle,” Dolores Schumann said
See HONOR, Page 8A
Bill, left, and Dolores Schumann are congratulated by relative Ron Braeuer at Landa Haus before the two were honored at the Arboretum dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon.
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