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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 153, No. 228 10 pages, 1 section
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Porn star awarded custody of daughter
By Ron Maloney
A former adult film star, Hustler magazine model and Comal County resident won custody of her daughter Wednesday in County Court-at-Law2.
Laura Carney, 35, formerly
of River Crossing, known in the pornography industry as “Bar-bi Korvette,” "Slavegirl” and “Dimi Darkangel,” operated a business called Pink Ink Entertainment with her husband, Patrick Carney, 50, now of San Antonio.
She told Judge Charles
Stephens' court her husband forced her to look like a “Barbie doll" for pornographic purposes, hooked her on drugs and kept pornography on his computer.
Both say they have rehabilitated themselves.
Laura Carney now lives in
Indiana where she said she teaches meditation.
After two days of testimony, Stephens granted the divorce and then advised the former couple he wasn't pleased with either of them.
“The first thing I noticed about the whole case was we’ve
heard an awful lot about pornography, but everyone Ms to focus on the beautiful 3-1/2-year-old daughter you have,” Stephens said. “... But I’m not convinced either of you has put away the bad things you were doing. You’re asking me to choose between some
one who is an adult entertainer and someone who has used pornography and cannot remember the last time you used a prostitute.”
The judge ruled custody would be joint managing conservatorship with Laura Carney having primary custody.
Shop ’til you drop during tax break
By Scott Mahon
Families are poised to take advantage of this weekend's sales tax holiday to buy new school clothes.
This year's sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 am Friday, and ends at midnight on Sunday.
Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn predicted that families would save $46.1 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.
During the three-day holiday, most clothing and footwear priced under $100 are tax-free. Shoppers can save about $8 for every $100 they spend on back-to-school clothes.
Layaway plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
Becky Heulitt’s three children, Brookie, Tyler and Ttevor, will attend Frazier Elementary School this year. She said she’d spend about $200 for school clothes this weekend.
“They both just had birthdays and got lots of clothes, but I plan to do some more shopping this weekend,” Heulitt said.
Tuesday, some parents said the rush of shoppers during the holiday wasn't worth the tax savings.
“I did it the first year, and that was the last year I did it because it was just too hectic and too crowded,” said Allison Drake, whose 13-year-old daughter, Kymber, will attend Canyon Middle School this fall. “I had the kids ny on clothes, and it took an hour just to wait for a dressing room. It wasn’t worth the hassle.”
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State plugs in new electrician licensing rules
better practices in rural construction.
State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said the intent was to provide better regulation of electricians and their work in rural areas.
"There was a real concern about electrical work being performed by people who were not licensed and appropriately trained,” Casteel said. “This bill, House Bill 1487, said you had to _ be licensed and contractors who built homes had to use licensed electricians.”
In cities, Casteel said, it wasn’t an issue, because most regulate and license electricians already.
“It wasn’t all that critical," Casteel said. “In the county, you don't have that authority.”
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Trevor Heulitt. 8, center, eyes a pair of pants while his mother, Becky, helps his twin brother Tyler pick out a shirt while shopping for back-to-school clothes Tuesday. Heulitt says she plans on spending about $200 this weekend on the twins and their 7-year-old sister, Brookie.
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■ Jogging apparel
■ Neckwear and ties I Pajamas
■ Pants and trousers
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■ Rotter blades and skates
■ Safety clothing, glasses
■ Shoes - bicycle (cleated). bowling, golf
Gutierrez named new assistant city attorney
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels’ new assistant city attorney, Mario Gutierrez, is scheduled to be appointed municipal prosecutor by city council Monday.
Bruce Boyer, who was appointed municipal prosecutor in 1982, resigned May 31.
Boyer earned $23,436 a year to prosecute municipal court cases, including class C misdemeanors such as traffic fines, public intoxication and alcohol-related offenses concerning minors.
Gutierrez, 43, reported to work Monday after being hired by City Attorney Charlie Zech.
Zech, who has been city attorney since lune 2001, asked for an assistant city attorney last year, but council didn’t approve the request.
Earlier this year, Zech made another request, which was approved by council.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said although council opted not to hire an assistant city attorney last year, the city’s growth justified Zech’s request.
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By Ron Maloney
Beginning Sept. I, electricians and their apprentices in Texas must, for the first time, be licensed by the state.
Anyone doing electrical work without the license can be fined.
In New Braunfels, according to Planning Director Frank Robbins, the new rules won’t change much for electricians doing business locally because the city already licensed them to the same standard set under the new law, which was passed by the 78th Texas Legislature.
In unincorporated areas, such as Comal County, which didn’t have the authority to regulate electricians or their work, the change is an important one that could result in increased safety and
Foundation helps teacher use chess to ‘check’ students’ math skills
By Leigh Jones
While their peers rushed home after school last year to play video games, 90 Memorial Intermediate students stayed after class every day to play one of the oldest skill games in the world — chess.
Teacher David MacRoberts founded the Knights of the Round Table chess club in 2003 after reading about a Harlem school that used chess to help students improve their math skills and encourage participation in
MacRoberts had the incentive and was willing to donate his time, but he needed money for chess sets and learning tools to help beginners get involved in the club’s activities. The money, of course, was not in the school’s budget.
The Round Table would have remained just an idea except for a $255 grant from the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Foundation.
MacRoberts used the money to purchase IO chess
instruction books, chess sets designed to help beginners learn the game and one mag-netic display board that allowed him to teach strategy to a classroom lull of players.
“I would not have had the money to do this without the education foundation,” MacRoberts said. “Progressive programs like this may be the one thing that drives a kid to participate in school and interact with teachers outside class.”
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