New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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J. VIVAN EMOTIONAL BEGINNING Voting opensin Bulverde, Startzville
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24,2005Canyon Lake Water on verge of being sold
By David Rupkalvis
CANYON LAKE — The Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation could soon be in new hands if water users and the state of Texas allow it.
Last week, the corporation’s board of directors voted unanimously to preliminarily approve the sale of the company to SJW Corp. from San Jose, Calif.
“The board feels strongly that this
acquisition is the best way to ensure continuous, efficient and high quality water service to our customers for both the future and the near-term,” said Larry Ratliff, president of the board. “Our service area is
among the fastest growing in the nation and SJW’s extensive experience, financial strength and technical expertise will greatly assist in the ability to manage that growth from a water delivery perspective.”
Robert Chase, the spokesman for CLWSC, said SJW has been actively looking at acquiring operations in Texas. When SJW first approached
See WATER, Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
Early voting begins today for the Startzville incorporation and Bulverde mayoral elections.
Startzville residents will decide whether they want to become the first Canyon l^ke-area municipality, a choice provided after 50 people signed a petition calling for the Sept. IO special election.
F eedback from several hundred citizens at three community town-hall meetings held earlier this month was overwhelmingly against incorporation.
The proposed Startzville city boundaries would include the historic town of
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Startzville incorporation election
■ When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, today through Sept. 6.
■ Where: Oblate Fi restation
■ What: Bulverde mayoral election
■ When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Monday through Friday, today through Sept. 6.
■ Where: Bulverde City Hall, 30360 Cougar Bend
See VOTING, Page 3A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Memorial Primaiy teacher Molly Urban juggled several jobs during her first day as a teacher. Above, Urban comforts kindergartner Loren Weeks while reading a story to the other 21 students in her classTuesday morning.
The area high schools hit me gird-iron for opening day games.
SPORTS UNICORNS ROLL
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Students, teacher enjoy first day of school together
By Leigh Jones
Erie Hart did not look at all nervous for his first day of kindergarten at Memorial Primary.
He wore a big smile when he entered Molly Urban’s classroom, storing his backpack and finding his seat like he had done it hundreds of times before.
His dad, Dallas, captured the whole exercise with the family video camera while his mom, Lana, snapped off more than a few still shots.
Although Erie tried to follow his parents out of the room when it was time for them to leave, he was not upset.
The parting was much more traumatic for the adults.
“He did really well, but I’m sure I’ll be a bawling baby by the time I get home,” l^ana confessed. “This is my first day at home with no kids."
While Lana contemplated getting together with other neighborhood moms to commiserate their temporary daytime loss, Erie was happily occupied with a can of molding clay.
Most of his classmates shared
■ Get a closer look of the first day in Molly Urban's kindergarten class, Page 3B
■ Smithson Valley High School tries something new to educate freshmen students, Thursday.
his sanguine attitude, a surprise to first-year teacher Urban.
“They’re doing so much better than I expected,” she whispered shortly before the bell rang.
The students were somewhat familiar with their new classroom thanks to Friday’s “Meet the Teacher” event, but they still had questions.
“Will we take naps?” asked one little boy.
“Can I got to the potty?” asked another.
Urban addressed each little raised hand with a patient smile.
“We ll take a nap later, and yes, you can go to the bathroom,” she said while trying to comfort the only one of her young charges who was less than excited to be away from home.
“I d-d-don’t want to g-go to school,” sniffled Loren Weeks.
See SCHOOL, Page 3A
Above, Memorial Primary first-year teacher Molly Urban reminds her 22 kindergartners that they nave to remain silent in the hallways during a tour of the school Tuesday morning. Right, kindergartner Jayton Sanders holds back his tears while asking Urban if his daddy is going to pick him up when he is finished with the first day of school.
Karchmer gets early start in DAs race
By Leigh Jones
Local attorney Ron Karchmer got an early start on next year’s county elections by announcing this week he plans to run for district attorney.
Karchmer will run as a Republican and will challenge Dib Waldrip in the March 7, 2006, primary.
Waldrip confirmed Tuesday he would seek re-election.
Karchmer said he had expected Waldrip to run again but he was not afraid of a friendly “fight” at the ballot box.
“I’m looking forward to the race,” Karchmer said. “Competition is a good thing in this country. The voters should have a choice."
Karchmer, who has practiced law for 38 years, said he decided to seek the public defender s job because he loved the community and wanted to keep it safe.
“I will prosecute as many offenses as are prosecutable under the law," he said. “I
B Filing for the March 7 primary begins Dec. 2 and ends Jan. 2.
P Candidates announce their intentions and political affiliation with the county chairman for each political party.
See KARCHMER, Page 3A