New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2004
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From Staff Reports
TVvo New Braunfels Middle School teachers and an administrator arrested on
alcohol-related charges early Monday will return to work.
New Braunfels Independent School District Superinten
dent Ron Reaves said in a news release Friday NBMS Assistant Principal Usa Kaye Harter, 41, and teachers Kim
berly Ann Hoyt, 49, and Jana Lynne Harter, 46, all of Canyon Lake, will be back on the job Monday.
They were placed on administrative leave Tuesday in the wake of a Sunday night
accident at River Road and Lakeview Boulevard in which Jana Harter struck a pickup driven by an off-duty New Braunfels police officer.
In an altercation that followed, Harter was booked for
alleged driving while intoxicated, second offense. Lisa Kaye Harter and Hoyt, who followed Jana Harter in another vehicle, were arrested for
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Smiles for miles
Walkers celebrate life at annual ACS relay event
By Dylan Jimenez
Cancer seems like no cause for celebration.
But more than 1,000 cancer survivors and their families and caregivers wore ear-to-ear smiles at Friday’s Relay for Life.
“You can’t give up hope,” said Adeline Biggers, a New Braunfels resident Her husband, Robert, had a grapefruit-sized tumor removed six months ago. Every six months he will go back for tests.
“We live from one CT scan to another to see if there is anything there,” she said.
Biggers’ children and granddaughter showed their support by walking with him. For them, the relay was a celebration of hope and all Robert still has to live for, they said.
“This should help everyone whose gone through this and give them hope,” Adeline said.
Daniel Guerrero, 27, also is a cancer vet
eran. He had kidney cancer when he was 5 and hardly remembers the time.
“I have a scar to remind me,” Guerrero said.
Cancer survivors, like Guerrero and Biggers, wore purple T-shirts and received medals.
Family members sponsored bags of luminaries to honor cancer victims and survivors. More than 1,000 luminaries lined the track at Unicorns stadium. Businesses and organizations donated thousands Friday for cancer research.
The event goal was to raise $75,000, and $60,000 had been raised early in the evening.
The relay was planned to continue through 7 a.m.
“People will be walking all night long, and they will be this happy,” said Becky Voges, event co-chairwoman, pointing out the costumed, smiling walkers. “We’re here to celebrate life.”
Jurors side with quarry over water permit spat
By Ron Maloney
The Edwards Aquifer Authority will have to reconsider a water permit application by a local quarry denied in 1997 because it was filed 18 days too late.
A Comal County jury ruled Thursday after a weeklong trial before 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay that operators of a limestone quarry west of New Braunfels substantially complied with authority regulations when it filed a permit application Jan. 17, 1997 — even though it was 18 days after a published deadline.
The quarry, purchased by Chemical Lime Inc., from APG Lime in 1999, was required to file a permit request for water used in the .
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(Above) Cancer survivors are applauded by friends and relatives lining the inside of the track. After the initial lap. everyone joined in.
(Left) As the stadium lights are turned off. luminaries with the names of cancer survivors and victims glow around the inside of the track.
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During the trial, a former APG employee testified to calling the aquifer authority and being told by an employee it was OK to file the paperwork late.
Based on the late filing, EAA refused the permit. Chemical Lime attempted to negotiate a settlement for two years and then filed suit. The quarry was still able to pump water during the litigation.
Attorney Mark Waller with the Dallas and Austin law finn of Jenkens & Gilchrist represented Chemical lime. He said Friday evening that the jurors and judge
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To the rescue
Beer bongs funnel publicity for city nationwide
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By Dylan Jimdnez
When New Braunfels City (Councilman Ken Valentine warned “The beer bongs are coming! The beer bongs are coming!" people took notice.
T he beer bong issue created one of the biggest media blitzes about the town since the 2002 floods.
Valentine’s phone has rung off
the hook after suggesting earlier this month that the beer-guzzling devices be banned from New Braunfels’ rivers.
Valentine, who lives on the riverbanks, says young people using beer bongs promotes rowdiness, disturbing other tubers and residents. But he said he didn’t think his beer bong ban would go across the nation.
The Washington Post has been
calling Valentine most recently to set up an interview, he said. But the story already has made its way to newspapers and television news stations from U)s Angeles to Pennsylvania.
A Google search for “New Braunfels” and "beer bong” yields 105 links. Internet surfers plucked the issue from online media outlets and posted it on Web sites like real-beer.coin, drunksquids.com and
harstar.com. Collegemix.com posted the article on its “stupid news” page.
An Austin American-Statesman humor columnist interviewed Valentine for an article.
The Dallas Morning News Web site editorial page takes a shot at the issue.
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Angela Romero, left, and Jill Alexander stop to look for a particular name of a cancer survivor written on a luminary lining the track at Unicorn Stadium Friday night while participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.