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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, APRIL 26,2007 Zeitung SPORTS TENNIS NB tennis dominant at Region IV tournament; Canyon, NB struggle in regional golf. Page 5A NEWS RELAY FOR LIFE Area residents gear up to hit the track Friday for an event aimed an fighting cancer. Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 142 14 pages, 2 sections 50« '56825 00001 Sunny High Low 83 61 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 38 Suit against city goes to court Friday By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung Attorneys for the New Braunfels city leaders are set to defend the city’s river ordinances in court Friday against claims that the city overreached its authority by creating the ordinances. “We obviously feel that we are correct,' City Manager Mike Morrison said. “We’re absolutely ready to go.” The mostly unidentified group behind “Stop The Ordinances Please” is made up of beer distributors, river outfitters and locals who feel the rules keep them from enjoying the river, according to Scott Tschirhart, the attorney representing STOP Judge Charles Ramsay, 22nd Judicial District, who recused himself from hearing the suit was replaced on the bench by visiting Judge Ron Carr, a former Bexar County judge, who is set to hear the case beginning at 9 a.m. Friday at the Comal County Courthouse. See LAWSUIT, Page 7AAt least IO die in storms By Michelle Roberts The Associated Press EAGLE PASS —Dozens of search and rescue crews Wednesday scoured the mangled remains of houses and trailer homes ripped by tornadoes that killed at least IO people in this border community and its Mexican neighbor. Tornadoes Tuesday night cut across a nearly 4-square- mile area in a rural community southeast of Eagle Pass, destroying two empty elementary schools, a church, business and homes. Several mobile homes were still missing Wednesday as searchers went lot to lot, looking through the remains of homes. The dead included a family of five: a young girl, her parents and two other family members,— all killed when the INSM ■ Photos of the deadly storm that swept through Eagle Pass; stories of damage in Seguin. Page 8A wind tumbled their mobile home across the street and slammed it into Rosita Valley Elementary School. “It was a whole family, and See STORMS, Page 8A ■ Storms swept through with rain, winds Heroes among us Comal County escapes damage spokesman. “It’s usual to get some storms between the end of March and the middle of May, but this was definitely unusual.” Officials with the Comal County sheriff’s office and the New Braunfels Police Department said there were no reports of damage from residents or business owners following the storm. “We had some traffic light signals out, but that’s about the extent of it," said sheriff’s Cpl. Tim Kolbe. Gretchen Reuwer, New Braunfels Utilities See COMAL, Page 7A City officials outline a plan to solve flooding By Suzanne Ashe The Herald-Zeitung What residents along McQueeney Road in the North Park Meadow subdivision feared most happened overnight Tuesday when a pond on the New Braunfels-owned Fisher Park property overflowed, spilling into one of their homes. When Tuesday night’s thunderstorms hammered New Braunfels, homeowner Debbi Haecker awoke to find water had run down the hill from the city-owned property, across McQueeney Road, broke through a dirt barrier and a fence and saturated her home. “A river flowed through here,” said Haecker while pointing out her living room. “My daughter woke me up See FLOODING, Page 7A $2,750 raise proposed for Comal ISD teachers By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung The National Weather Service in New Braunfels said the thunderstorms that blew through the area early Wednesday morning dropped more than an inch of rain and brought high winds and lightening strikes to the Comal County area. “Although we officially recorded speeds of 40 mph at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, I’d say we had winds of between 50 and 60 mph at areas such as Canyon Lake and elsewhere,” said Pat McDonald, weather Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Utilities CEO Paula DiFonzo addresses the crowd gathered inside the civic center after being named the Herald-Zeitung's Citizen of the Year on Wednesday evening. ■Civic-minded residents honored for their efforts From staff reports SPRING BRANCH — A $2,750 pay raise for all Comal Independent School District teachers will be considered by trustees at tonight’s regular board meeting. CISD spokeswoman Kari Hutchison said Wednesday the proposal represents a 5 percent to 7 percent increase for all teachers and would raise the starting annual salary for a certified teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no previous experience to $39,050. “We need to be more competitive,” she said. “Comal has been near the bottom in this region as regards as starting teacher pay.” The board also will consider adding about 60 new teachers and several dozen other positions to the district’s personnel. Hutchison said the addition of two schools — Canyon Lake High School and Freiheit Elementary School — to meet growth demands requires additional teachers. Other personnel would be hired in support areas, including transportation, maintenance and See TEACHERS, Page 7A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Juvenal Moreno, left, and Jerry Soto begin the process of stripping the carpet and padding from Debbie Haecker's flooded North Park Meadows home Wednesday afternoon. Cristina Lagunas, left, Rosie Willingham, Paula DiFonzo and Clyde Garrison were named the Herald-Zeitung's 2007 Unsung Heroes. DiFonzo also was named Citizen of the Year on Wednesday night during a ceremony at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Ranon Alexander, also named as an Unsung Hero, was unable to attend. By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung The spotlight shined on several local residents honored Wednesday evening at an annual ceremony for deeds they selflessly do on a daily basis. More than 150 family members, friends and local dignitaries attended the 16th annual Unsung Heroes award at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Sponsored by the Herald- Zeitung, the Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year reception recognizes the achievements of local individuals who give of themselves, not expecting recognition in return, said Doug Toney, editor and publisher of the Herald-Zeitung. “Our jobs at the Herald-Zeitung become difficult when tragedy or calamity befalls good people, often people we know personally,” Toney said to the crowd that See AWARD, Page 3A 2006 FORD TAURUS SE ;