New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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mmmmbnhrNBPD arrests 3 middle school educators
By Ron Maloney
Four people—including a New Braunfels Middle School assistant principal and two teachers— were arrested early Monday after an auto accident involving an off-duty police officer.
B Jana Lynne Harter, 46, of Canyon Lake, was booked for alleged driving while intoxicated, second offense, after allegedly refusing to take a breath test. Harter teaches at NBMS. She posted $3,000 bail and was
released from custody.
fl Lisa Kaye Harter, 41, of Canyon Lake, booked for alleged public intoxication. She posted $155 bail and was released from custody. She is an assistant principal at NBMS.
H Kimberly Ann Hoyt, 49, of
Terry Adams takes notes on items that need attention while lifeguard supervisors test the rides before Schlitterbahn opens for its 25th season this weekend. Adams worked her way up from selling T-shirts to her current position as the waterpark's director.
DIO YOU KNOW?
■ April 24 through May 16 — entire park open Saturday and Sunday
■ May 17 through May 21 -Surfenburg and Blastenhoff sections open at reduced rates
■ May 22 through Aug. 15 — entire park open daily
■ Aug. 16 through Aug 20 — Surfen
burg and Blastenhoff sections open at reduced rates
I Aug. 21 through Sept. 18 — entire park open Saturday. Sunday and Labor Day
I Park opens daily at 10 a.m., closing time varies from 6 to 8 p.m. Call park for specific hours, www.schlitterbahn. com
I New water park to open in Galveston/ PAGE BA
FROM THE GROUND UP
As waterpark marks 25 years, Adams was there for each
By Dylan Jimdnez
The summer before Schlitterbahn opened with four water slides in 1979, park and resort director Terri Adams, then 15, started working at the resort selling T-shirts.
“It’s been quite a ride,” Adams said recently of her 25-year tenure at the park.
This year, the internationally
famous waterpark quietly celebrates its 25th anniversary.
It will not unveil a new attraction this year, but it will offer special rates to locals for the first part of the season as a way of saying thanks.
In 1979, Schlitterbahn built four slides around a 60-feet-tall replica of the Braunfels, Germany Solms Castle guard tower.
"It was quieter back then, a little
sleepier,” Adams said.
The park started on the grounds of the 120-room Landa Resort. About 5,000 people visited the park, which employed about 20 lifeguards.
Adams loved the atmosphere.
"I just kept coming back summer after summer,” Adams said.
When it came time for Adams,
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Canyon l^ake, booked for alleged public intoxication and resisting arrest, search or transport. A teacher at NBMS, she posted $155 bail and was released.
H Abraham Jentsch, 43, of New Braunfels, arrested for
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NBISD hesitates on tax year vote
By Leigh Jones
For the third time, New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees delayed making a decision on changing the district’s tax year.
Currently, the district levies taxes in June and collects in July. The proposed change would send out bills in October and collect in January.
Because residents would be taxed on current year’s property appraisals, the district expects to increase revenue by $645,(XX).
Concerns over budget items, rather than the tax issue, became the sticking point for several members Tuesday night.
“The point is not to drag [the decision) out but to come up with budget numbers we can live with,” said trustee Fd Clark. "We need to know we have done everything we can to keep from cutting teachers’ jobs and classroom programs."
The budget must be approved before the board adopts a tax rate. The district’s fiscal year begins in July, and the board hopes to have the budget finalized by the end of May.
If the district changed its tax year to begin in January, it would start the school year with only $18 million on hand. The proposed budget is $36 million.
Clark is worried the district might encounter cash flow problems before January when the bulk of the tax money would come in.
“My concern is that we have enough funds to make it into January without having to make a loan in to payroll or to cover any other contingencies we might have,” he said.
Facing a possible $1.2 million deficit in the 2004-05 school year, the district lured John Wilson and Associates, a financial consulting finn, to recommend budget cuts.
Anticipated increased tax revenue would only cover half that amount.
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Jana Harter Usa Harter Kimberly Hoyt
Former county fair official arrested on theft charges
By Ron Malonoy
SEGUIN—A former official with the Comal County Fair Association was arrested and booked for alleged misuse of the organization's credit card in early 2003.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke said Jacqueline Smith, 46, was arrested Monday morning at her home in
Seguin on a Comal County warrant alleging she stole approximately $6,000 through misuse of the fair association’s MasterCard.
A Comal County Grand Jury indicted Smith this past Wednesday.
If proved, the offense is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.
Smith posted $5,000 bail and
was released from custody, Zwicke said.
Fair Association officers, including former president Ronnie Meyer, declined to comment Tuesday night, citing the criminal case pending against Smith, who was the association’s executive assistant until she resigned May 22, 2003.
In March 2003, fair association officials approached New
Braunfels police making a number of theft allegations against Smith.
The case was assigned to detective Bob Parchman, who investigates gang-related activity and property crimes.
Parchman said the investigation was hampered by sloppy record-keeping at the fair association — and possibly because Smith was the person
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