New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 156, No. 231 16 pages, 2 sections
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DEARABBY CLASSIREOS« COMICS 2i CROSSWORD» FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 6-7A TV GRIDS SaMan found guilty of his third DWI and use of a deadly weapon
Comal County jurors convicted Ken Qark Hussman Jr. Wednesday of felony driving while intoxicated and use of a deadly weapon, namely his pickup.
The jury deliberated a little more than two hours to fmd Hussman guilty of running head-on into a 2000
Chrysler Concord on May 29,2008, on Farm-to-Market 306 near Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp and Resort.
Kenneth Matt of San Antonio was traveling in the Concord with his daughter, Holly, who was 3 at the time.
After the crash, witnesses said, Hussman fled the scene, made "doughnuts" in a field and sped away, nearly clipping a patrol car.
He fled to Dog's Best Friends Grooming at Canyon Lake, where his wife was employed.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Haridns asked the jury to consider Hussman's abnormal behavior to determine whether he was intcBdcated.
"This was not an accident.... someone got rammed into at a high rate of spe^... and he didn't show a modicum of concern," Harkins said.
Also incriminating was Hussman's original claim to have hit a deer and eailier witness testimony referred to by the prosecution that, while no one smelled alcohol, he "acted dnmk," the prosecutor argued.
"You have the right, ladies and gentlemen, to protect your community." Harkins said. "We can't allow this in our community."
Defense attorney Deborah Wig-
ington decried the lack of evidence proving Hussman's intoxication.
"Not a single piece of evidence was brought up," she said.
Prosecutors did not present pictures of the crime scene, medical screening or notes to prove Hussman was legally intoxicated, she said.
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Scheel to present county budget
By Chris Cobb
Comal County Judge Danny Scheel will lay out his recommended 2009-10 county operating budget in commissioners court this morning, and his peers on the dais ei^ect to see a trimmed fmancial plan to cope with the sluggish economic climate.
Battling increased debt, revenue losses in a number of areas and a national recession, Scheel asked department heads to scale back their financial requests through 2010 and cut costs wherever possible.
And after a week's worth of budget hearings this past month, both Scheel and commissioners said Wednesday county departments listened — shading excess spending and keeping new requests to a minimum.
"The word went out, and they understood the tight financial constraints we all have on us right now," Pet. 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin said. "Nobody was asking for above and beyond what they needed to get the basic job done."
The "bare bones" budget being recommended by Scheel includes no raises for any employees, either based
See BUDGET, Page 3A
Answering the call
ABOVE: Volunteers Crystal Mercer, left, Kim James and Cathy Byrd load food and beverages into a client's trunk. B!EUO¥h Ginger Wilson, left, picks up a case of oranae juice while fellow volunteers sort through bags of potatoes nearby. The food was all given to clients taking advantage of Wednesday 's Food Fair in Startzville.
Canyon Lake Food Fair provides for local seniors in need
By Scott SticlMr
"We got another customer!" rang out through a garage full of high-stacked boxes and crates.
Nearly 30 volunteers of all ages jumped to their feet and began bagging groceries as the booming voice carried over their heads.
Cans of soup and veggies, fresh oranges, juices, meats and staple household food items were thrown into sacks and tossed into the car.
The trunk slammed and another senior in need was on their way with at least a week's worth of food. The lightning-quick packing and stashing was part of
See SENIOII8, Page 3A
See DWI, Page 3ASenate strikes deal to fund 'Clunkers'
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate reached a deal on saving the dwindling "cash for clunkers" program late Wednesday, agreeing to vote on a plan that would add $2 billion to the popular rebate program and give car shoppers until Labor Day to trade in their gas-guzzlers for a new ride.
Following lengthy negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats and Republicans had agreed to vote on the plan Thursday, along with a series of potential changes to the bill, which was passed by the House last week. Reid has said Democrats have enough votes to approve the measure and reject any changes that would cause an interruption in the rebates of up to $4,500.
Reid said the agreement "accomplishes what we need to accomplish."
The government said Wednesday that more than $775 million of the $1 billion fund had been spent, accounting for nearly 185,000 new vehicles sold. President Barack Obama has said the program would go broke by Friday if not replenished by Congress.
Administration officials have estimated the additional $2 billion could fund another 500,000 vehicle sales and last into Labor Day.
That's the same day the Senate was to follow the House into the August recess, a looming break that Senate leaders often use to prod their colleagues past standoffs.
"We aU acknowledge there's a significant majority that want to move forward with this legislation," Reid, D-Nev., said earlier in the day, adding that he has the votes to approve the House-passed version as is.
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From staff reports
Thousands of area students will be getting school supplies for the upcoming school year thanks to community donations.
Communities in Schools will hold its annual Pack the Bus school supply drive on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. around Comal County.
CIS is a nonprofit organiza
tion that provides social services and student interaction through case managers with the goal of keeping students in school.
The drive, which serves Comal, New Braunfels, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal Qty and Marion independent school districts, is important to the kids, CIS Development Director Ruby Perez said.
"Our goal with the whole
drive is to make sure the kids start with the right tools and the right level of confidence," Perez said. "It keeps everything on a level plane. If it wasn't for this drive, a lot of these kids would be going to school without supplies and without confidence."
School busses will be parked at five locations
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