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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas IT TT SATURDAY AUGUST ERALD ZEITUNG SPURTS FOOTBALL Canyon SV Marion teams kick off gridiron action in away games Navarro plays at home Page 5A FORUM ANN COULTER Camps on both sides of the Swift boat debate should be given guns to settle matter by themselves Page 4A 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW I a Hii56825Hooooii 10 rain chance High Low 96 73 Details1B DEARABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS m Committee recommends restoring courthouse By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The committee appointed to study whether to restore or ren ovate the Comal County Cour thouse will recommend restor ing the historic building to the way it looked in the 1930s The group composed of senior county employees and Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson voted nearly unani mously for restoration with County Engineer Tom Hornseth abstaining The courthouse built in 1898 has recently been re roofed It now needs major repairs to its electrical and mechanical systems and inte rior renovations that will take a couple of years to complete The latest estimates put work at more than mil lion and no grant is available County Judge Danny Scheel favored a plan that would put both of the countys courts atlaw in the same building with their administrative staffs That project would involve removing offices formerly occupied by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero and reconfiguring the former Comal County Jail It would also include the upgrades that would be required in a restoration A complete restoration that would upgrade the building to current codes and restore its ornate original district and commissioners courtrooms would cost million million paid by a state restora tion grant Also lost would be the addition built onto the front of the building for the county clerk in 1952 which See RESTORE Page 3A Bucky Smith takes the TRIP OF A LIFETIME DAVID Bucky Smith already has her bags packed and is ready to jet off to New York City to attend the Republican National Convention as an alternate delegate NB woman alternate delegate to GOP convention GOP CAMPAIGN NOTES Bucky Smith of New Braunfels will visit New York as an alternate dele gate to the Republican National Convention Each day beginning Tuesday shell share her expe riences and observations By Ron Maloney StaffWriter As New Yorkers and the Grand Old Party are preparing for Mon days Republican National Con vention members of the Texas del egation are packing their bags for the trip to New York City And Bucky Smith who has nev er been to the Big Apple never stayed in a Hilton Hotel and nev er been to a national convention will be an alternate delegate from the home state of President George W Bush She will join Janine McAda and Ross Moncrief of New Braunfels who are also alternate delegates Long a fixture of local politics in a behindthescenes where theworkgetsdone role Smith will bring a taste of Texas to a city everyone knows sure could use it Im just so excited she exclaimed Friday trying on the red white and blue outfit she will wear when her delegation casts its votes for this states latest favorite son This is the pinnacle of the work you do the whole time youre in the Republican Party to get to go to the national convention every four she said For Smith who was cut of Republican cloth its about a life time of work Her family came to Texas from Pennsylvania in 1929 and her father preached the gospel of Republican conservatism in the days when in Texas his was a lone voice in the wilderness Smith like so many others including Ronald Reagan got with the the plat form in 1964 because of a Republican from Arizona named Barry Goldwater She Became a precinct chairman a job she has held ever since That was the birth of the biggest part of the Republican Party in she said That was when See SMITH Page 3A Museum planning fall fundraiser By Scott Mahon StaffWriter CANYON LAKE Planning is under way for the Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Countrys annual Harvestfest fundraiser The annual event is one of two fundraisers held each year by the nonprofit association which is ded icated to the preservation of Texas Hill Country artifacts and history With 250 members the associa tion maintains a museum on FM 2673 between Sadler and StartzviUe that sees about visitors a year The museum was started about 10 years said Everett Deschner board vice president In 2003 we purchased a building on FM 2673 where we could display Harvestfest will be held Oct 5 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co op auditorium There will be dinner prizes an auction and Deschner said Tickets will be The organizations other ftwdrais er called Dinosaur Day is held in April each year Its all about dinosaurs because the museum is located on property that has dinosaur Deschner said But the museum also contains dis plays of historical artifacts One room is dedicated to the con struction of Canyon he said There are also artifacts relating to pioneers who settled the Texas Hill Country but there are also Native American The Heritage Museum is located on FM 2673 between Sattler and StartzviUe Operating hours 1 to 5 Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday through Labor Day For information Call 830 899 4972 Students parents protest schools new dress code By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Although a few Smithson Valley High School parents and students still take issue with the new Comal Indepen dent School District dress code trustees are unlikely to change it The wardrobe issue was raised again Thursday when four people asked the school board to reconsider the ban on any nonschoolrelated graphics on clothing Student John Bonner with assistance from English teacher EC Cricket Ingra ham held up Tshirts he was not allowed to wear I dont see anything social ly unacceptable about he said The shirts violated the new policy but they did not con tain any vulgarity or profanity Bruce Spencer also brought a pile of his chil drens unacceptable clothing We support a dress code but we have an issue with the he said There is nothing offensive about the clothes my children Spencer asked if neckties or clothing logos counted as graphics turning his back to trustees and point ing to the Wrangler emblem on his derriere Assistant Principal Susan Jones said protests did not accurately reflect the number of violations the school had During the second day of class administrators recorded 39 violations or See TSHIRTS Page 3A Monster docket overcrowds court By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Its often said the wheels of justice grind slowly But justice is moving more swift ly lately in Comal Countys courtsatlaw And Wednesdays mon ster docket in which judges Brenda Chapman and Charles Stephens processed a record 365 cases in one day crowded the courthdUse so much it came to the attention of the city fire marshals office Assistant Fire Marshal Bubba Conran went over to the courthouse to inspect the situation firsthand He found far too many folks in the courtroom and in the hallways outside He also found the courtroom doors dont open outward as required by law and that a lock on one of the court rooms two exit doors creates a safety hazard in an evacu ation because it can be locked by it was Wednesday We received a complaint of Conran said Basically I went up there and there were peo ple outside on the first and second floors Inside the seats were full and people See COURT Page 3A Hula high jinks Charlene Allmon left Dorothy Holmes Cariene Bali Audrey Graham Krisry Jonas and Brunette Nesbitt attempt to perform the hula during a lunch time iuau held at Eden Home Friday ;