New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SPORTS FLYING WIN
Phil Mickelson wins 87th PGA Championship with birdie on the final hole.
Dick Morris writes how Pirro vs. Clinton fight for U.S. Senate seat will be a battle royale. Page 4
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Vol. 154, No. 230 12 pages, 1 section
NBISD employees to get pay raises
DEAR ABBY 8 CLASSIFIEDS 9 COMICS 7 CROSSWORD 7 FORUM 4
OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 8
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees gave employees a 5 percent raise
Monday, I percent more than Superintendent Ron Reaves recommended.
District employees also pocketed a $480 stipend to offset insurance costs, a benefit that
used to be funded from state additional expense will come coffers. from reserve funds.
The increase will cost the dis- Teachers and administrators trict roughly $2.25 million, only who were waiting to hear what
$800,000 of which was account- they would take home with their
ed for in this year’s budget. The first paycheck of the school year
applauded loudly after the board’s unanimous vote.
Reaves reminded trustees they still were at the mercy of
See NBISD, Page 3
Trustee Ed Clark
Sgt. Limmer to undergo polygraph
By Leigh Jones
Comal County Deputy sheriff Sgt. Jimmy Limmer will face a polygraph examination this week to determine his involvement in his wife’s alleged embezzlement of customer funds at First Commercial Bank.
Sheriff Bob I lolder would not name the specific day for the testing but did say he would have his internal investigation completed by the middle of the week.
“Our investigation is proceeding,” Holder told the Herald-Zeitung Monday. “I hope to wrap it up by the end of the day Wednesday.” Using the polygraph, Holder said Friday he would either clear Lim-mer’s name or fire him.
Holder’s investigation was initiated after Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip announced Lynn Limmer was the only suspect in the alleged embezzlement of money from customers at First Commercial Bank.
Bank officials initiated the internal audit after being notified of a problem by a customer.
Waldrip said he expected to have enough information from the bank’s internal investigation by the end of this week to officially open a criminal investigation.
Limmer resigned from the bank July 19. Less than a week later, she resigned from the New Braunfels City Council. At the time of her resignations, she cited family issues as the cause for stepping down.
First Commercial Bank is on Texas 46 about a half mile west of Loop 337. The bank has branches in New Braunfels and
Sheriff Bob Holder
Rolling to health
Stroller Fit New Braunfels aims to help mothers with young children to stay fit
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Vicky and Miranda Gonzales, left, man the counselor conference sign-up station at OakRun Friday afternoon. Tina Winner, center, signs up for a meeting with daughter Emily's, right, counselor.
Students might face busing as caps are met
OakRun school nurse Laurie Garrison, left, approves Justin Roberts' immunization chart before letting Justin and his mother, Sabrina, move on to the next station in registration.
By Leigh Jones
TWo weeks of registration at campuses all across Comal County have proved what local education officials have been saying for die last year—the area needs more schools.
One Comal Independent School District campus, M.H. Specht Elementary, was capped for this year, and New Braunfels Independent School District administrators are considering capping fifth grade at two of their campuses, Seele Elementary and Memorial Intermediate.
Schools are considered capped, or maxed out. when registration lev
els exceed die maximum capacity for a specific grade level, larder this year, CISD administrators set Specht s maximum at 154 students in each grade.
Bast'd on current registradon levels, four Specht third-graders will be bused to nearby Rahe Bulverde Elementary a week from now when school starts.
They might not be the only ones.
With 150 students registered already for kindergarten, and more children continuing to register every day, Principal Linda Swanson said she expected the school’s youngest students to be
See SCHOOL, Page 2
Retired Naval Chief Bob Lewis pulls out his old uniform and explains the stripes on the arm one stripe for 4 years of service- and tells how it's missing one stripe for his last four years.
On V-J Day, resident remembers serving in Asia
By Bon Maloney
Bob Lewis was 24 years old and six years into a Navy career when the Japanese attacked Pearl I larbor, where he serv ed in the I lawaiian detachment.
Lewis, now 88 and retired at Canyon I .ake, spent the next nearly four years with U.S. forces fighting his way from island to island.
“Of course, I went ahead and finished out; it was something like three years and eight months we fought them dear through Guadal
canal,” Lewis said.
When Japan surrendered Aug. 15, 1945, Lewis remembers where he was.
“We all were in the engine-room, and we were in charge* of the fireroom,” towis recalled.
During wartime, U.S. Navy ships operated their fireboxes below the threshold where they produced black smoke.
“The officer of the deck called down to us and said, ‘We have dropped the atomic tomb the war Is over. So would you tell the fireroom go ahead and smoke heavy black.’ It had
ABOUT V-J DAY H V-J Day is the day of victory for the Allied forces over Japan during World War ll.
H It is calculated both as Aug. 15, 1945, the end of the fighting, and Sept. 2, 1945, when Japan officially surrendered.
been three years, eight months since we could,” Lewis said.
Then, won! came down from the bridge that an enemy plane was flying over—and they had to clear the stack.
“The war was over, but we
had to shoot him down, ’ Lewis recalled. “That was die way it worked. Sometimes, people didn’t get the word.”
Today, lewis works when he can on a liistory of his 20 years in the Navy — particularly the Second World War.
“I thought it would take us six months to beat die Japanese,’’ he said. “Instead, it took us three years and eight months.” When lewis got back to San Francisco’s Treasure Island, he went on pass and went down
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