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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas rr%- ; AUGUST 27,2004 -1ALD-ZEITUNG •\ I 5 r j Pi ' ’N KICKOFF TIME SVHS prepares for Warriors; CHS launches against LaVernia; Marion, Navarro in warm-up contests. Page BA FORUM GUEST COLUMN Bulverde City Councilwoman Sarah Stevick rails against the 'ill-conceived' capital improvement plan. Page 4A Vol. 153, No. 247 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK www: 500 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Ilf* cloudy High Low 98 76 8 "56825 00001    1    •    Details____1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B amnffli rn Schertz teen shoots brother, then self By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SCHERTZ — Two brothers died Thursday in a shooting incident officials believe was a murder-suicide. Schertz Police Department spokesman James Schindler said Charles Neddo, 15, and David Neddo, 12, died of gun County employees get raises after all By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County employees — excluding elected officials — will get pay raises in the $25 million budget commissioners adopted Thursday. The county conducted a pair of public hearings — one in the morning and one in the evening — attended by only two members of the public. The budget was adopted on a 3-1 vote with Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin voting against it. County Judge Danny Scheel, by tradition, abstains from voting on the budget because he prepares it. During the morning meeting, Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson moved to add 2 percent cost-of-living raises into the budget, which was seconded by Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady. Dawson’s budget amendment specifically excluded raises for any elected official, as well as five senior appointed county officials — human resourc es director, emergency management coordinator, county engineer, assistant county engineer and the 911 coordinator. “This has been a really tough budget year, and next year will be even tougher,” Kennady said. She noted that insurance co-pays and other costs for employees will go up in 2005 and that budget pressures from possible appraisal caps or tax freezes will squeeze die county even more in coming years. See COUNTY, Page 3A shot wounds about 8:15 a.m. “We had a 15-year-old boy shoot his brother,” Schindler said. “We believe it was a mur-der-suicide.” The shooting at a North-cliffe home remained under investigation late Thursday, but Schindler said police believed the older boy turned the weapon, a .357 Magnum, on himself after shooting his brother. He offered no other details and didn’t state a possible motive. Police and EMS were dispatched to the residence, located in the 3400 block of Sherwin Drive. David Neddo was flown to University Hospi tal, where Schindler said he was pronounced dead on arrival. Charles Neddo was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. The boys are the sons of Guy and Josephine Neddo. Their mother, Schindler said, had left the home min utes before the shooting, which he said he believed occurred as the children were preparing to leave for school. Charles Neddo was a sophomore at Samuel Clemens High School. David Neddo was a seventh-grader at Dobie Junior High School. Police were interviewing Josephine Neddo Thursday, Schindler said. “Obviously, shes very distraught, very shaken up," he said. Schindler said Schertz Chief of Police Steve Starr was heading the investigation. See SHOOTING, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Parks Supervisor Jeff Wisenbaker and Parks Director Stacey Laird discuss the new master plan for Landa Park Thursday afternoon as children play on one of the slides. City revisits parks master plan By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Rapid growth has forced officials to take another look at the city’s 4-year-old master plan for its parks and recreation department. The department’s current master plan, which was adopted in 2001, projected a $35 million expansion over seven years. But Parks Director Stacey Uiird said die plan was being reviewed for revisions. “Master plans are typically updated every five years,” she said. “But so much has changed since 2001." Of the 450 acres of parkland owned by the city, 200 acres belong to Landa Park golf course and 48 acres belong to luanda Park. flinman Island Park is 56 acres, Camp Comal is 44 acres and Panther Canyon is 40 acres. “The remainder of parkland takes up a small cluster within a five-mile radius,” Laird said. “But most of our parkland is north of 1-35 and along die rivers.” There are approximately 20 parks in New Braunfels. Only two parks are south of 1-35 — Camp Comal and NEW BRAUNFELS PARKS AND RECREATION BUDGET OVERALL $2,750,000 $2,250,000 _ $1,750,000 $1,250,000 $750,000 $260,000 JU ■ Revenue Expenses Revenue sources include aquatics, rentals, recreation, mini golf, paddle boats, mini train and field utilities EXPENSES BY DIVISION $980,000 $880,000 $780,000 $680,000 $580,000 $480,000 $380,000 $280,000 $180,000 $80,000 ■ Recreation    Rivers    Cemeteries ■ Maintenance ■ Rangers ■ Aquatics    Administration CISD sets tax rate, names new member By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees approved the 2004-05 budget and set die tax rate at $1.82 per $100 valuation alter lauding administrators for their fiscal responsibility'. "I have never seen administration put so much effort into a budget," said Trustee John Bertelsen. “I don’t know how you did it, but you did an outstanding job.” Despite having to include an almost $3 million “Robin I lood payment to the state, Superintendent Nancy Fuller and her staff submitted a $76.8 million budget — only $594,098 higher than last year — and reduced the tax rate by one penny. Setting a new precedent for the district, Fuller started the budgeting process in January. Department heads and principals were asked, for the first time, to present their own budgets to board members during workshop sessions tiiat started in May. “This is the first time we feel like we’re getting a grasp on our finances,” said board President Nick Nichols. See CISD, Page 3A cc TH J5 6 TU 2 LY Northridge Park, which is just two lots with a basketball court on North-park Ridge. “We have gaps south of 1-35,” Laird said. “A lot of new development is taking place on that side of town, so our goal is to update the master plan this year. The first step is to update our inventory or to determine how much parkland we have and how much equipment we currendy have.” The next step, Ixiird said, would be to find out what recreation services community residents want. The Recreation and Parks Association recommends communities dedicate seven to IO acres of parkland for every 1,000 residents. “Our deficiency is neighborhood parks,” Ixiird said. “A compilation of surveys in die current master plan showed that the number one thing See PARKS, Page 3A 2004villi'■--- GOP gathers in New York City for Republican Na National Convention. Oakwood counseling center spurs support ministry OAKWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH ■ Pastor: Ray Still ■ Denomination: Baptist ■ Attendance: 1,800 ■ Meeting times: 8, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday ■ Location: 2154 Loop 337 N. ■ Phone: 625-0267 ■ Web site: www.oakwood- ■ Mission: The purpose of this church shall be to exalt Christ as Redeemer and Lord and in His name witness to the world, minister to the needs of others, disciple the members, and love each other as God loves us. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Behind a door labeled “Counseling Center,” Oakwood Baptist Church ministers to hurting families. 'Hie center, located at the church’s main campus, offers reduced cost, Christian counseling from six licensed professional counselors. Pastor Ray Still said the unique ministry was the answer to an important question. “If we value families, what will we do to help?” he asked. When the center opened two years ago, most clients were Oakwood members. “Hie dream was to open it to the whole community," said center Director Judy Walter. “Now, other churches refer members to us and are opening their doors to us to come do sessions at their locations." The hourly cost, $40 for individuals and $50 for families, makes counseling possible for people who cannot afford to spend much for the help they need. (Counselors saw 60 families in july, usually a slow month. “We are full to overflowing,” Walter said. “It’s exciting because you do see lives changed.” The center has spawned a new ministry — support groups. Still calls them recovery groups for people with habits, hang-ups and hurts. Counselors hold chemical dependency, divorce recovery and sex addiction groups for adults. Another divorce recovery group allows children to share their feelings. Both Still and Walter said diey hope to expand the groups during the next 12 months. Oakwood members are familiar with unique ministries—they were the first to offer a Bible study for mentally handicapped members. See CHURCH, Page 3A Oakwood Baptist Church NBHS- Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Oakwood Baptist Church's Teaching Pastor Shawn Corzine, left, Creative Arts Director Della Stevens and Pastor Ray Still go over next Sunday's morning service worship plan. I I ;