New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Joe R Guerrero
)oe R. Guerrero, 58, passed on to heaven peacefully on Aug. 19, 2011, with family by his side in New Braunfels, Texas. Our brother, uncle, nephew, son, loving husband, and friend, also known as "Joe Nasty", IS reunited with his father, Albino (luerrero. Sr. and sister-in-law, Christina Guerrero.
He is survived by his wife, lane Rosak^ Aleman; mother, Angel ita Guerrero; sisters and their sp>uses, Sylvia Vela anrl Alex Aleman, Angie and john Flavin, Gloria and Evaristo Reyes, Lucy and Rey Rosales; brothers and their spouses, jimmy and Grace Guerrero, Albino Guerrero, |r., Tomas and Cindy (kierrero, Victor and Rita (juerrero, and David Guerrero.
He is also survived by 21 nephews and nieces and seven great nephews .ind nit^c(‘s. Ext(*nded family in< ludes the Rosales Family: Tina, Maria, Crispin, Isabel, Michelle and Adrian Rosales; along with his pet cats: Tiger, Bootsy, and Calico.
His 24-year ( ivil Service career was at Randolph Air Force Base working with landscape contractors. He had a love for the game of golf and was always there
to help his family and friends. Fie will be dee()ly missed by all.
Visitation will begin Tuesday at 2 p.m. and con-tinue until 9:30 a.m. Wc'dnesday at the ZcK'ller Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited Tuesday evening at 7 f).m. in the Zoeller Funeral Flome chapel. A proce^ssion will depart the funeral home WcYlnescl.iy Aug. 24, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Per-[)etual Hel() Catholic ('hurch. Intermc'nt will follow in the Guadalupe Val-k>y Memorial Park.
The family has rc*questt‘d that memorial contributions lx‘ given to the American Diabetes Assn.
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Ruth Burgess Fowler
Ruth (Ruthie) Burgess Fowler, 84, of Nc'w Braunfels, Tex.is f)assed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Tc'xan Nursing Fiome in San Marcos, Texas. The adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgis Hinton she was born in (ic'orgetown, Ky. and raised in Franklin, Ky. She graduated from Sim[)son County High School in Franklin in 1944 and worked as a restaurant waitress most of her life. She also workc-d as grounds kec'per at FI il I Country' RV Resort in Nc>w Braunfels.
"Ruthie" as she was known, was loved by everyone and thought of very highly at the RV Resort.
She IS prec edc'd in death by her first husband, joe
H. Halcomb and second husband, james C lyde Fowler. She is survived by sons, Ciary Wayne Hal-
comb and wife Diane of Valdosta, Ga., and Ric k Halcomb and wife Barbara of Gallatin, Tc'nn.; grandchildren, Nicole Halcomb Pittman and husband Rob, Darlene* Halcomb Lee* and husband Don, Trent Hal-(omb and wife Meghan, and Paul Halcomb and wife Leslie; seven grc*at-grandc hildrc'n, Kate Pittman, ( aroline Pittman, Karina Lee, julia Lee, Audrey Lee, Joseph Lc*e, Shelby Halcomb, Landon Halcomb.
A Memorial Service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2 i 201 1, at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels with Gary Halcomb and Byron Gage officiating.
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Crash victim too heavy to fly
By Dalondo Mouttrie
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A medical evacuation helicopter- had to be turnc'd around irom a motor vehi-(le crash Saturday morning oncc* rescue crews realized the patient was too he\ivy to f y, a New Braunfels Fire Department spokesman said.
Rescue units were dis-patchc'd to the scene of a crash about 7:55 a.m. in the 1200 block of West (bounty Line Road, said Capt. Patrick O'Connell, NBFD fire marshal. He said units remained on scene until about 9:20 a.m.
Fire department person-
nel found, nt\ir Station No. 5, a pickup truck flipped onto its roof with two patients inside, O'Connell said. Fie said c rews called for a helicoptc*r to transport one of the patients and the helicopter landed at a nearby school.
"But the patient was determ inc*d to be tcx) heavy for them to fly" O'Connell said. "The helicopter left and we ground transported to the apf)rc)()riate medical facility." He said the other patient was taken by ground also but he had no information about that patient or to which hospital the person went.
Officials believe juveniles set two large fires Friday
By Dalondo Moultrie
Tfie Herald-Zeitung Two fires Friday kept New Braunfels Fire Department personnel busy for hours, a dc*part-ment spokesman said.
No one was hurt.
The first blaze, a grass fire, l)egan about 2:20 p.m. liehind 4752 Farm-to-Market Rcjad 482 at the Urban Estate's, said C^apt. Patrick O'Connell, NBFD fire marshal. Fie said firefighters had the flames under control by alx)ut 3:50 p.m. and all units left the scene by about 8:50 p.m.
The department received mutual aid from Schertz and Bracken fire departments, O'Connell said.
County OKs polling places
Commissioners set locations for Nov. 8 amendments election
Polling places for the Nov. 8 constitutional amendments elec tion were approved Thursday by Comal County Commissioners Court.
On Fk'ction Day, polling places will be 0|>en 7 a.m to 7 ).m.
Po ling places are:
• Precinct 101, Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St., New Braunfels.
• Precincts 103 and 203, FrtH’dom Fellowship ('hurch, 41 0 Oak Run Point, Nc'w Braunfels.
• Precincts 105 and lOh, ( anyon Lake Golf ( lub, 405 Watts Lane, Canyon Lake.
• Precinct 107, Bill Brown Elementary Sc hex >1, 20410 Texas Hwy. 4b West, Spring Branch.
• Precincts 201 and 202, I’eace Lutheran ( hurch, 1147 S. Walnut, New Braunfels,
• Prc'c inct 204, Bulverde C ommunity (’enter, 1747 F. Ammann Road, Bulverde.
• Prec met 205, C'larden Ridge ( ommunity Centc^r, 2 1340 FM 3009, Garden Ridge,
• Precinct 206, Johnson Ranch Elementary, 30501 Johnson Way at FM 186 Bulverde.
• Precincts 301, 302 and 303, St. fóul I utheran Church, 181 Santa Clara Ave., New Braunfels.
• Precinct 401, Eden FHill Communities, 631 Lakeview, Nc^w Braunfels.
• Precincts 104 and 402, Church in the Valley, 14181 FM 306, C anyon C'ity
• Prec inct 403, Fischer Community' Center, 12400 FM 32, Fischer.
• Precincts 304, 404 and 406, Ooss I utheran Church, 2171 E. Common St., New Braunfels.
• Precinct 405, Spring Branch Baptist C hurch,
1 1755 U.S. 281 North, Spring Branch.
Ci)unty CTerk Joy Streatc*r said some polling sites were consolidated for the constitutional amc*ndments election as a money-saving measure. She said bee ause low voter turnout is expecte’d, consolidation to as few as four polling [)laces would have bc*e'n allowable* under law.
C’ountv' Flections ('cK)rdi nator Lineile Hinojosa s.iifl a turnout of about 10 pe*r
cent is usual in constitutional amendments elections in C'omai County.
Early voting sites and dates also were ap|)roved,
• Landa Plaza, }4 5 Landa St., Suite 101,, N('w Braunfels, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 4, through Nov. 4.
• Fye Prc'ston Memorial Library, 16311 South Ace e*ss Road near Sattler, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. C
• Bui verde/Spring Br.meh Library, I U Bui verele C'rossing in Bulverde, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1.
• Cjarden Ridge* C'ity Hall, 9400 Munie i )al Parkway in Ciarden Ricge, 9: JO a.m. to 5: U) p.m. Oc t. 25, and 10 a m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 26.
( anyon Lake e'arly-vot-ing activist Don Johnson aske*d that the e*arl\ voting site's outside ot New Br.uinfels l>e ke()t open for the same number ot hours as the early voting site, Nc‘\v Braunte-ls.
l.argely due to Johnse)n's efforts, officials said, the branch early voting locations are being kept open for two days this lime, rather than the one day offered last yc-ar; Fiowever, the e ounty, under law, is rec|uirc*d to conduct early voting only tit its main polling place*, New Braunfels. It costs alx)ut $3,(KX) a day to kex'p an early voting site e>pen, Strc’ater said.
In future primary and gene*ral cMectiems, be*cause the county has exccnnled the 100,000 population mark, all e*arly voting sitc‘s will be* ope'n the same numbe*r of cLiys and hours, she said.
Voters will cast ballots on 10 [)ropositions that woulel do such things as authorize property tax bre.iks for surviving S[X)US-c's of totally clisabk'd vc'ter-ans, Í )K more funding for stude*nt loans, allow < oun-ties to issue* bonds to cle've*lop unc!(*rdeve*lf)()ed .ireas, |)rovieie' additional funding tor the* Permanent Sc hool Fund. <»nd provide* tax brc'aks tor land de’voted to vvaf(*r sle*w<irdshi[).
2012 Youth Leadership class selectec
The C'lreater Nc*w Braun-fe*ls C hamber of Commerce Youth leadership New Braunfels CHass of 2012 h.is been selected and ap()rovecl, according to Steering (Ommittee c h a i r \ v o m a n C 'j r e t c h e n Reuwer.
The program is begin-1 5tn class and has gra(luate*d 417 individuals.
ning Its I graduate*c Eligible students must have at Wast a "B" average and be in the 10th or 1 1 th grade at New Braunfels or C anyon high sc hools or New Braunfels C'hristian Academy.
Fhe [)rogram o[)ens Sept. 6 with a rece[)tion/orien-tation, followed by a tull-
clay retrc'at on Se*pt. 10. Monthly c lasses will be held October through April, ending with a grad uation dinner and pro gram.
The ( lass ot 20 12 includes Lauren Boyd, C anyon High ScheH)l; Rilc'v Broderick, New Braunfels Fiigh Schex)l; Peyton Buck, New Braunfe*ls High School; Bianca C'hapa, New Braunfels Fligh School; Brianna C'hapa, New Braunfels High School; Madison Cx)dne*y New Braunfels C hristian Academy; Aaron Drotts, New Braunfels C'hristian Academy; Kaitlyn Dunn, New Braunfels High
Sc hool; Be*au Findle*y, Ne*w Braunfels High School; Micaela Ciarcia, C anyon High School; Hunter Harwood, (anyon Fligh School; Mia Hotstaci, Nenv Br.ujnfeK High School: C'hristian Krueger, New Braunfels High School: and Madison Laird, Ne*vv Braunfels High Se hool.
Also, Alexandra Langli nais, C'anyon Fligh School; Madison Marsh, New Braunfels High School; Fmily Mathis, ( anyon Fligh School; Maggie* Mathis, ( anyon Fligh School; Kyle Moos, C'anyon High Sc hool; Frin Newlancl, C^inyon Fligh Schex)l; Bravden Patterson,
New Braunfels Higli School; Taylor Pene e*. Ne*w Braunfels High Sehool: C^uinn Pie*rson, New Braunfels High Sc hool: jor dan Sf'kula, New Braun-fc'ls ( hristi.in Acade-niv: |a\ Shah, (anyon High School; Sara-Kathryn Ste*ve*ns, Nenv Braunfels High School, Iordan Stud-dard, Nc*w Braunfels High Sc hool.
Also, Shc*lby Underwood, Ne*w Braunfels Fligh School; lake Waldrip, Nc'W Braunfels High School; Hannah Wc'sson, New Braunfels ( hristian Academy; and Samantha Wet/, New Braunfels C hristian Academ\.Perry says no to ‘Obamacare,’ but what’s his plan?
"Our belief is juveniles, at least two, got bac k there and set this fire," 0'G)nnell said, "llie indications are that juveniles were bac k there [)laying with fire. 1 don't know how. The investigation will determine that."
A couple of hours after clearing the grass fire, O'Connell said, firefighters were called to a tree fire alxKJt 9:55 p.m. near a home at 629 E. South St. He said a 7-year-olcl child discovered the fire.
Crews arrived to find a cedar tree burning from its base to its creiwn, about 20 fe*et in the air, O'Connell said.
"We extinguished it without incident and without damage to the adjacent structure," he said.
With the highest [percentage of uninsured residents, Texas would be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
But CjOv. Rick Perry blocked moves to lay the groundwork for expanded coverage. And among the alternatives he's support-e*d is an untestc'd regional solution that could put states in charge of Medicare, an approach [X)tentially as c ontroversial as Obama's.
With Perry running for the Republican presidential nomination, health care in Texas and his own ideas as governor will get fly-S[)eck scrutiny on tne national stage.
His state is a study in contrasts, boasting world-renownc'd facilities like the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, along with 6.8 million uninsured residents, or 26 percent of the population.
As a national candidate, l\^rry has made total repeal of "01)amacare" central to his fledgling campaign. Less clear is what be would put in its place. But if the Supreme Court ultimately upholds all or parts of the law, Perry has signaled he would help carry out key provisions to avoid defaulting to the federal J)ureaucracy.
Texas has already received various grants
under Obama's law for planning, insurance rc^uLe tion and consumer education.
The state em[)loyee benefits system says it expc'c ts to draw $60 million in fc*cl-eral suJ)sidies this year to help cover its early retirc*es, cashing in on a provision of the aw.
But when Republican state Rep. john Zerwas tried to move legislation tc) set up an insurance purchasing [)ool recjuired by the national overhaul, he ran into a veto tlireat from Perry.
The [Purchasing [xx)ls — called exchanges — are one of the key features ot Obama's law. C lose to 4 million Texans stand to >ain coverage under the aw, nearly naif of them through exchanges.
Run by the states, exchanges would let consumers buy coverage from a choice of private plans. Most individuals anei families participating would be eligible tor fc'deral tax credits to lower their premiums.
Exchanges are supposc'd to opt'n in 2014. h a state
doc*sn't act in advance, the law authorizes the federal governme*nt to set u|) and run its exchange. And since the Tc'xas k*gislature meets only every other year, this past session was seen as [perhaps the state's only o[^[jortunity.
But Zerwas said Perry told him he was con-cernc'd that mc:)ving ahead with the e*xchange legislation would undermine a multistate lawsuit against the federal overhaul that
Texas is ¡part epf, not to menticpn c reating other political [prepblems. The awsuit challenges the* ccpn^ stitufiepnalitv cpf the law's rec|uirement that .Americans obtain health insurance — the scp-called individual mandate — an issue on which Icpwer courts have split.
"Unfortunately whether we like it cpr ncpt, health insurance exchanges have beccpme synonymous with CDbamacare," said Zerwas.Heart of Texas Cremations
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