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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas . .    .    FRIDAY New Braunfels    Augusts,    2003 ■■MMI    16    pages in 2 sections Herald-Zeitung ,    * Vol. 152, No, 229    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since 1852    /    50    cents Parties take Texas redistricting battles to court A SPECIAL flP SESSIOl rn. On the Web Texas Legislative Council: By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — The heated battle between Democrats and Republicans over congressional redistricting moved to the courts Thursday with both sides in the Senate stalemate pressing their cases. Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both Republicans, made a filing in the Texas Supreme Court asking the boycotting Democratic senators be ordered back to work. The ll Democrats, who are holed up in a New Mexico hotel, filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court asking state officials or their deputies be prohibited from arresting them, should they return to the state. Their lawsuit also challenges Perry’s authority to call a special legislative session on redistricting. The filing by Perry and Dewhurst before the all-Repub-lican state Supreme Court comes after the lieutenant governor warned he was consider ing legal options. Senate Democrats called the Republicans’ court filing heavy-handed and an attempt to subvert the Democratic process. “They are going to try to take political prisoners, and like Texans See REDISTRICTING^ Play it cool Annexation a hot topic at mayor’s town hall meeting By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Annexation dominated the mayor’s town hall meeting Thursday. New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork fielded two hours of mostly annexation questions from about 30 current and possibly future city residents. Anticipating the hot topic, Cork started out with an eight-page packet addressing most frequently asked questions about the 2003 annexation plan. He aimed to “clarify unnecessary fears," he said. Residents asked about agricultural exemptions and hunting anti burning on their property. City Attorney Charlie Zech said the city could not regulate agricultural activity, including burning brush or shooting firearms. Zech addressed fears that property could be rezoned at the city’s will. A series of public hearings must take place before property can be rezoned. Another concern was with the city’s ability to provide fire services. “We know we need to add firestations," Cork said, but the city will need to determine where future roads will go before the location for a new station can be set. One woman asked if the city intended to annex the area by the airport to industrialize it. The city is trying to annex ahead of development, which probably will begin to happen near the airport, Cork said. Annexing ahead of growth means the city can regulate new development, as opposed to annexing areas . developed under different standards. Cork said city council had to weigh how annexation would affect some people against what was best for 40,000 New Braunfelsers. Cork encouraged those pre-sent to continue to be involved in city government. “That’s what drives the education of the people up here,” he said, gesturing to council member chairs. CORK says city’s annexation plan must weigh the needs of many vs. the effects on a few. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakj-Zertung As the music cranks up at Concerts in the Park Thursday evening, Rosa Linda DeLaCerda takes in school supplies for the Communities In Schools benefit. Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung William Burgess, 6, cools off at the Landa Park wading pool Thursday afternoon. He was enjoying a brief respite with his parents from the 104-degree temperature. NB hits triple digits for first time this summer By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It had to happen sometime this summer. Temperatures in New Braunfels hit 104 Thursday — the first day in 2003 they broke the century mark. William Burgess knew how to handle the heat. He brought his parents, Paul and Jodi, on a short walk in Panther Canyon and then went looking for tadpoles — and sea monsters — in the Landa Park wading pool. No matter the tadpoles were elusive or the sea monster looked an awful lot like dad. A shady pool in the park is perfect for a 6-year-old a few days before he begins first grade. “It was very hot out of the pool when we were hiking,” William said. On a day like Thursday, it wasn’t too tough to get mom and dad to go swimming — all William had to do was one little thing. “He had to eat all his lunch. You can’t keep him William’s dad, Paul, pretends to be a sea monster. The family cooled off in the wading pool after a walk in Landa Park. out of the water. It’s all he talks about,” dad said. “He’s lucky this week. Daddy’s on vacation, and we’re taking advantage of it,” mom said. Paul Burgess probably could have picked a cooler week for vacation. National Weather Service See HEAT/3A Hot as Hades Temperatures will top 100 degrees for the next several days. Be cautious outdoors. Meteorologist Mar* Brundrett advises: ■ Drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids. ■ Wear lightweight, light-colored cotton clothing. ■ Don’t over exert Take frequent breaks ■ Try to confine outside work to early or late hours. ■ Stay in the shade, but if in the sun, be sure to wear a sunscreen. ■ Watch for dizziness, headaches, nausea or other signs of heat- or sun-related illness, and take immediate action. ■ Remember: Outdoor pets also require plenty of water and shade to survive in this weather Singing for school supplies County names finalists for new court-at-law post Your honor Final three applicants for County Court-at-Law judge: ■ Charles Stephens ■ Randall Gray ■ John Davis Other applicants were: ■ Ron Zipp ■ Joe Soane ■ Mel Koehler ■ Dwam Blaschke ■ Barbara Ancira By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Commissioners and a committee appointed to help select Comal County’s second Court-at-Law judge meet today with three finalists for the position. County Judge Danny Scheel said three half-hour meetings were scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Each finalist will be asked the same list of IO questions to help the committee make its choice. That choice will be presented to Commissioners’ Court, which will make a final decision on the appointment later in August. See COURT-AT-LAW/3A Inside Dear Abby........  5A Classifieds..............4-8B Comics...............8A Crossword.............8A Forum................6A Obituaries.............3A Sports...............1-2B Today.................2A TV...................3B Local church decries bishop decision By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer A local Episcopalian church leader wants the community to know his parish does not condone the decision the denomination made earlier this week confirming its first openly gay bishop. “We want the community to be clear that this parish stands where the church always has,” Rev. Chuck The-beau, St. John’s Episcopal Church rector, said. “We’re not trying to pick on anyone. We’re trying to be faithful to the Lord of the universe.’ Church leaders who voted to approve Canon V. Gene I Robinson as rn    Hll    UamPHlnn‘ ®    SI    I * * 0 c 0 M e I,®**    bishop are JI    not repre- f    J|1    s e ll t*i ll g JKgm    Episcopal Chur c h m    members, THEBEAU    Thebeau said. St. John’s is awaiting the advice of Bishop James E. Folts, head of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, on what action to take next, Parishes and individuals across the country are leaving the Episcopal Church, Thebeau said. The Rev. Will Griffin, of St. Joseph .Anglican Church, said one man had already converted to his parish. “He called me last night and told me that he had caUed his rector to tell him that he would not be back, that he was canceling his pledge, and that henceforth he would be attending St. Joseph Anglican, New Braunfels,” Griffin said. Griffin’s bishop is receiving three parishes leaving the Episcopal Church, he said. Griffin is a former Episcopalian who left the church in See CHURCH/3A ;