New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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I lanno Rudolph I loffimaiin, age 86, of New Braunfels, passed away, Friday, August 5, 2005 at the Kirkwood Manor. Mr. Hoffman was born April 23, 1919 in Schu-mannsville, TX lo Edgar I lofl-mann and Frieda (I luift) I loffmann. I Ie was a WW11 veteran having served in the United States Army and was a life member of the V.EW. Post # 7110 and the American Legion. I Ie was employed at the Commet Hosiery Mill from 1939 to 1976 and later worked at the National Guard Armory from 1976 to 1986.1 Ie enjoyed participating at Wurstfest, the annual Comal County Fair and especially enjoyed being Bingo chairman for the V.EW. He also loved the outdoors and working in his yard. Mr. I loffman is survived by his loving wife Ho-rence Popp I loffman of New Braunfels; son, Larry I loff-inann and wife Katie of Marion, TX; daughter, Barbara Hancock of New Braunfels; son, Michael I loffmann and wife Karen of Hutchinson, KS; daughter, Claudia I loffmann Brandenburg of New Braunfels; step-daughter, janice Phillips and husband Larry of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Cory Lee Brandenburg and wife Melynn of New Braunfels, Renee I loffmann Dennis of Philadelphia, PA,; step-
grandchil-dren, Kim Gibson of Houston, Kristi Keller of Dallas, and Tracy Heath of Fort Worth; and one great-grandson, Collin Brandenburg. Mr. Hoffman was preceded in death by his first wife, Olivea Behring I loffmann and also by his sister, Mrs. Walter Fellers.
Public visitation will begin 5:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home and will continue until 9:00 PM on Monday. The family will be present to receive friends Sunday and Monday from 6:00 PM until 8:(K) PM. A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM, Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with interment to follow at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be given to the V.EW Post #7110, RO. Box 310468, New Braunfels, Texas 78131, the American Legion or to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
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David Hugo Marbach
David I lugo Marbach, age 62, passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2005 in San Antonio. lie is survived by his wife, Patsy Marbach of Cibolo; parents, Milton & Bur-nice Marbach of New Braunfels; daughters, Sheryl Watt & husband Don OfValdosta, GA, Tracy Ryan & husband Dan Burgess of Downers Grove, IL; son. David Simon Marbach of Cibolo; sisters, Janette Scheel & husband Barry, joyce Jones, all of Cibolo; grandchildren, Zachary & Meghan Watt. Visitation will be at Schertz Funeral Home on Saturday, August
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6, 2005 from 12:00 PM until 9:00 PM and on Sunday, August 7,2005 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a Rosary recited at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 8. 2005 at Our Lady of Perpetual I lelp Catholic Church in Selma. Graveside services and interment will follow at I loly Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of San Antonio, 8721 Botts St., San Antonio, TX 78217. Arrangements with: Schertz Funeral I lome.
JAMES DON SULLIVAN
James Don Sullivan, 82, of New Braunfels, died Monday, August 1,2005, at his residence. Mr. Sullivan was bom December 15, 1922, in Lufkin, Texas to Allen Patrick Sullivan and Georgia Annette Cook Sullivan. I Ie owned and operated (Carlton’s Foods. Mr. Sullivan was preceded in death by his two sons, Danny Sullivan and Greg Sullivan, and a brother, Wilbur Sullivan. I Ie is survived by his two granddaughters, Stacey Roth, and Kelly I larison; four great grandsons, Sean, Jack, Jared, and Danny; a niece, Susan Horton; and a nephew Michael Sullivan. A Private
Graveside Service was held on Saturday, August 6,2005, at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Road at Dairy Ashford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society Memorial and Honor Program, P O. Box 570127,1 lous-ton, Texas 77257-0127.
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Lawmakers continue to dawdle with school funding overhaul
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Increased traffic a concern to some
Waterway Drive, also is being considered for purchase, but Ford said he did not know what the prospective owner planned to do with it.
Ford and Norris want General Business District zoning for the property, which would allow restaurants, hotels or motels and mini-storage warehouses, among other uses.
Even with a commercial designation, Ford said the new owners might keep the property for residential development.
“They just want the option of commercial build-ings, and since the surrounding property is commercial, it makes sense," he said.
Neither of the zoning changes allow for much different use than the current Planned Development District.
While neighbors might be
“They just want the option of commercial buildings, and since the surrounding property is commercial, it makes sense.”
— Jerry Ford
worried about an increase in traffic, Gruene Road is scheduled for an expansion that should enable it to handle more cars.
Planning Director Frank Robbins said he did not know exactly when the project would begin but confirmed it was scheduled for later this year.
In other business, Planning Commission members will consider:
■ Replacing a lot in the Walnut Square Shopping Center to prepare for Target’s pending expansion.
■ Replatting two lots in the L.K. Subdivision into four lots, which will generate a $1,250 stormwater development fee under the city’s new drainage ordinance.
AUSTIN (AP) — As the second special session of the summer winds down, many are wondering why the I legislature hasn’t yet addressed the state’s school funding dilemma.
Here are some questions and answers about what’s been going on at die state Capitol and how that might affect the upcoming start of school.
Q: Why are lawmakers still in Austin?
A: They have about two weeks left in the current 30-day special session.Thats not much time for a bill to make its way through both chambers, but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry both say they want to keep trying. I louse Speaker T om Crad-dick, who leads the House, said this week that lawmakers are getting nothing accomplished and that the session has become a waste of time and money — about $1 million. Without his cooperation, it would be difficult to pass any legislation, no matter how much time is left. That leaves the door open for both chambers to adjourn the session next time they meet, which is Monday afternoon.
Q: Why are they at an impasse?
A: State law requires any and all tax bills to start in the House. That chamber proposed a tax swap bill that would have replaced some school property taxes with new consumer and business taxes. But, when it got to the floor for a full vote, House members overwhelmingly rejected it. Craddick said he polled his legislators on various other versions of a tax bill, and none had the support for approval. Separate education overhaul bills also were proposed in each chamber but were rejected. The Senate has attempted to start over, work
ing on another education bill. But even it would be contingent on an accompanying tax bill, which doesn’t exist.
Q: What about those textbooks that schools are waiting for?
A: About $295 million worth of new textbooks have been ordered and printed but haven’t yet been paid for and are sitting in warehouses unused. They would replace health, fine arts and foreign language books that could be as much as 14 years old.
Q: Can the legislature still pay for textbooks in time to get them to class for the start of school?
A: It’s possible. Perry, Dewhurst and Craddick can each agree to direct vetoed funds to pay for the books. But, all three must agree and they must adjourn the session before using that power. If they adjourn Monday, as Craddick prefers, they could do that as soon as Monday. Otherwise, a handful of legislators have said they would file separate bills to appropriate funds to buy the books.
Q: Is the tax on cigarettes going to go up?
A One of the proposals in the tax swap plan was a $ I tax on cigarettes. But since that proposal wasn’t approved, tile cigarette tax will remain at 41 cents. The cigarette tax increase along with other proposed taxes on bottled water, snacks and an increased sides tax would have helped pay for a reduction in school property taxes that Texas homeowners pay every year. Those plans were heavily criticized after a legislative budget panel reported that it would have increased the tax burden on about 90 percent of Texans to give a net reduction to the top IO percent of the state’s wealthiest residents.
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