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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas rn *********** Ml r, .. im r 'vm^°p-is Ha hi I, V V TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2004    PW M ^rald-Zeitung SPORTS FOOTBALL New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley get ready for their first games of the 2004-05 season. Pages SA FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on trashing city roads, NBU dumping effluent in river and recent campaign ads, film. Page Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153. No. 244 10 pages, 1 section CLICK www: 500 56825 00001 Partly cloudy High Low 93 73 Details .... 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 8-10A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS SA TV GRIDS SA Casteel to fight for landowners By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Upset that the New Braunfels City Council failed to negotiate a nonannexation agreement with landowners near the municipal airport, State Rep. Carter Casteel said she would support legislation that would give landowners the right to vote for annexation. Council held the second and final public hearing Monday to annex 3,371 acres, including 1,904 acres of farmland near the airport. Farming families have fought against annexation for years. Casteel attempted to work behind the scenes this year to find a compromise that would satisfy the city’s goal to prevent residential development near the airport. Months ago, Casteel seemed satisfied that Austin attorney Ed Small had presented a non-annexation agreement that would satisfy the city. But earlier this month, council voted not to change its policy against non-annexation agreements. “I feel like I’ve been stood up on prom night,” Casteel said Monday. “I’m very disappointed. We met with the mayor and city attorney Charlie Zech in Austin, and I thought someone said we could make this work. So I didn’t say anything more about it. But I’m going See COUNCIL, Page 3A MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung A critic of annexation listens as a speaker gives an opinion on the issue. Bush assails campaign ad; Democrats say too little, late By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush on Monday criticized a commercial that accused John Kerry of inflating his own Vietnam War record, more than a week after the ad stopped running, and said broadcast attacks by outside groups have no place in the race for the White House. “I think they’re bad for the system,” added Bush, who had ignored calls to condemn the ad while it was on the air. Democrats criticized the president’s remarks at the same time they worked to limit the political damage from the ad which they denounce as a smear sanctioned by Bush and his high command. “The moment of truth came and went, and the president still couldn’t bring himself to do the right thing,” Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards said in a statement. “We need a president with the strength and integrity to say when something is wrong.” “Too little, too late,” added party chairman Terry McAuliffe. Campaign surrogates worked throughout the day to rebut the claims made by Kerry’s detractors. “The fourth Purple Heart could have been an AK-47 through his heart,” said Rich Baker, who served on a swift boat in Vietnam at the same time as Kerry. He was referring to weekend comments by former Republican Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas — grievously wounded in World War ll — that Kerry had won three Purple Hearts “and never bled that I know of.” See BUSH. Page 3A COMING FRIDAY Tour of Faith Another church is profiled in the weekly series. George Bush GED class takes first steps to get degree By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The sounds of cheering are more consistent with the last day of school than the first, but not for the Central Texas Technology Center industry-based GED preparation class. The 15 students emerging one-by-one from Room 137 are being applauded by their classmates for taking the first step toward better jobs and a higher standard of living. Yvette Tovar is ready to start studying. “I am excited,” she said, after stating her name and her intention of earning a GED. “I want a better job, maybe a job working with computers.” During nine weeks of class, Tovar and her fellow students will learn the reading, writing and math skills necessary to earn their degrees. Weekly practice tests will help decide when each one is ready to take the real GED test. “Wednesday, they will take a test to determine their grade level,” said teacher Reda Berry. “Then, we work from there. They may need several sessions before they are ready to take the test." The GED class is unique because it includes manufacturing and construction terminology with standard test preparation. Students who complete the course should be better prepared to enter any industry-related field. English as a second language (ESL) classes also have a special emphasis at CTTC. Donna Zeck will teach students English, emphasizing medical terminology. Her students range from highly-skilled See CTTC, Page 3A DID YOU KNOW? Industry-based GED classes are held; ■ 8:30 a m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday N 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Registration continues today. ®9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. • For information, call 609-2100. 4 honored for being role models for NBISD students Donna Zeck speaks with Juana Jimenez, center, and Veronica Hernandez about which course to register for. Jimenez will be taking English as a second language, and Hernandez will attend a course to help obtain her GED. last year’s $11,000. “We did very well,” she said. “I’m hoping we will clear $15,000.” Exact totals will not be available until all sponsorship money has been collected. Kibby attributed the funding increase to lower ticket prices for district employees and sponsorship participation. “We had more district employees attend this year,” she said, “The sponsors absorbed all our expenses, so everything else was gravy.” Kibby also said the addition of the alumni honorees was an attendance draw. Doyle and Roxolin Krueger, Hylmar Karbach and Isabel “Kookie” Barboza were recognized for their leadership, outstanding moral characters and service as role models for current NBISD students. Karbach graduated from NBHS in 1946 and went on to the University of Texas medical school. After serving his residency, he returned home and began his practice in 1962. The Kruegers graduated in 1949. Roxolin returned to the district for her 22-year teaching career and Doyle led a long career in real estate. Barboza graduated in 1962. She has served the community in voter registration efforts, the labor movement, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on local government boards and commissions. She also is an See BANOUBT, Page 3A Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Briana Bums listens as instructors review course curriculum for her GED completion course at the Central Texas Technology Center. By Laigh Jones Staff Writer Photo submittsd NBISD honored four alumni at a recent fund-raising gala for the Education Foundation. Pictured are Doyle and Roxolin Kruger, Hylmar Karbach and Isabel “Kookie'' Barboza. The first week of school at New Braunfels Independent School District ended Saturday night with a “star-lit” fund-raising gala for the Education Foundation. The stars — four New Braunfels High School alumni — received their awards in front of 200 district supporters. Fund-raiser Chairwoman Sandy Wright Kibby said the event brought in more than ;