New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 228 16 pages, 2 sectionsDistrict attorney: limmer is sole suspect
By Leigh Jones
Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Friday that former city Councilwoman Lynn Limmer is the sole suspect in alleged embezzlements at First Commercial Bank in New Braunfels.
Limmer was branch manager at the bank until her resignation less than a month ago.
Waldrip met with bank officials and lawyers Friday afternoon. I Ie said his office would
initiate a criminal investigation into the alleged embezzlements.
Bank President Mark Long said the money was allegedly taken from several customer accounts.
After reviewing the bank’s audit Findings Friday, Waldrip said he asked bank officials to extend their audit to include financial records dating to Jan. 1,2002.
“Because I have asked for some new information, bank officials probably won t com
plete their internal investigation until at least the end of next week," Waldrip said. “The bank is trying to lay the groundwork to ensure the integrity of the investigation. They are still reviewing lots of accounts.
“... Until their investigation is complete," he added, “I won’t make any formal request for (additional) information.”
I/ing said the bank launched its internal audit after a customer noticed a problem with an account.
Long said Thursday the bank’s investigation had revealed fewer than IO accounts had funds missing.
He said each affected customer was asked to come into the bank to review their accounts, and the bank immediately restored all the missing money.
Waldrip would not say how much money was allegedly embezzled, but he did say the alleged amounts could qualify
See LIMMER, Page 3A
Limmer's campaign manager Arlon Hermes turns over documents to district attorney. Page 3A
Sheriff Bob Holder opens investigation to see if Sgt. Jimmy Limmer was involved. Page 3A
Craddick blasts Senate’s plan for schools
AUSTIN (AP) — House Speaker lorn Craddick is taking his plan of attack to the airwaves.
The Midland Republican, who has repeatedly criticized the Senate’s school reform plan, began airing radio ads blasting the legislation on Friday, calling it “watered down."
“As Speaker, I don’t believe the House should be a party to passing legislation that doesn’t contain proper education reforms such as more local control and accountability,” Craddick says in the ads.
Last week, Craddick called the current special session on the issue a waste of time and urged leaders to adjourn early. But, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry said they wanted to keep working.
Movement on a plan stalled after the Senate approved their plan. But, after being criticized for his statements and inactivity, Craddick unveiled another bill on Thursday and die House went back to work on the issue.
“Speaker Craddick s time and energy would be better spent on solving the state’s educational needs than on unprecedented and misleading advertisements,” said Mark Miner, press secretary to Dewhurst. “The Senate’s bill, SB 8. is a good bill that provides real reform in our schools, additional pay for teachers and puts additional hinds in classrooms which are tied to accountability.”
Tensions between Craddick and Dewhurst stymied progress on a school funding bill dining the final days of the regular session, which adjourned in May.
New teachers spend the day getting ready for the upcoming school year.
Most New Braunfels, Comal ISD schools make adequate progress
By David Rupkalvis
The Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts got a lot of good news — and a share of bad — when the federal government released its school report cards Thursday.
In Comal ISD, 15 of die 17 schools were rated as meeting adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act.
In New Braunfels ISD, nine of the IO schools were rated as passing.
"What that means is we are improving achievements for all students in a variety of populations,” said Dr. Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent for instructional services. "The 2005 AYP
standards are higher than those of previous years.”
While both districts scored better than the state average, three schools missed AYP — New Braunfels Middle School, Canyon Middle School and Smithson Valley High School.
AYP standards are determined by reading and math exams grades 3 through 8 and sophomores in high school. The rates are determined using results from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, State-Developed Alternative Assessment II, Locally-Developed Alternative Assessment and the Reading Proficiency Tests in English.
To receive an AYP rating, schools must
See PROGRESS, Page 7A
The federal government released its report card of schools under the No Child Left Behind legislation. A look at how schools in Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD fared.
MET ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS
■ Canyon High School
■ New Braunfels High School
■ NBISD Learning Center
■ Smithson Valley Middle School Bl Spring Branch Middle School
IR OakRun Sixth Grade Center
■ Rahe Bulverde Elementary
■ Comal Elementary
Bi Goodwin Primary School Bl Frazier Elementary m Mountain Valley School 9 Bill Brown Elementary
Canyon Intermediate Arlon R. Seay Intermediate Specht Elementary Hoffman Lane Elementary Rebecca Creek Elementary Comal Leadership Institute Lone Star Elementary Carf Schurz Elementary Seele Elementary Lamar Primary Memorial Primary Memorial Elementary Memorial Intermediate
DID NOT MAKE ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS Smithson Valley High School Canyon Middle School New Braunfels Middle SchoolUPDATES
Tracking the news
Extradition pending LAST WE KNEW: Robert McClure was being held in Anchorage, Alaska, in connection with a New Braunfels slashing, and had refused to waive extradition.
LATEST: New Braunfels police Detective Scott Renken said a governor's warrant had been sent to Alaska calling for McClure's extradition.
NEXT: A court hearing will be set on the extradition demand.
SWIMMING INTO SCHOOL
Freshmen learn the ropes at ‘Fish Camp
By Ron Maloney
A number of j AT A GLANCE incoming I BWhat: New Canyon High I Braunfels High School students I School Fish
Camp ■ When: 2:30 to
day in a rite of j "pmThurSay passage as : important as getting that first .223 weapon or being
fitted for a prom dress.
lf you don’t already know what it was, you’ve been out of high school way, way too long.
It s "Fish Camp," the annual orientation for those about to become freshmen.
More than 250 incoming freshmen filled the CHS cafeteria to unravel the mysteries of the move into high school.
Cody Homewood, Hailey Bat-terton and Nydia Romero were three of them.
All wore Canyon Cougars shirts that demonstrated very early on in their high school careers their devotion to the red, white and black.
All knew they were part of some-thing big — that they were embarking on the most important venture of their young lives. Especially Homewood, who plays the drum in band and has just joined
I Ie readily agreed when asked to do an interview.
I lomewood didn’t say, but that might have had at least a little bit to do with who had asked — his ROTC master sergeant.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Canyon High School senior and student council member Lyndsey Brangan, left, shows incoming freshmen Cody Homewood, Nydia Romero and Hailey Batterton around the campus Friday afternoon during "Fish Camp." Below, Brangan points out items of interest to the incoming freshmen during "Fish Camp."
“I said, Absolutely!’” he said.
All three students said they knew what to expect at Fish Camp.
"They’re going to give us a tour of the high school for us not to get lost the first day,” Romero said.
“Its pretty cool because we get to see all of our friends, and it s gixxi to get to high school,” Batterton said.
With any change of such import, in this case the passage from eighth to ninth grade, comes a sense of portent — and Ute butterflies that can go with it.
After all, the three had been among the big fish — in the highest grade — at Canyon Middle
See FISH, Page 8A
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