New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Ron Maloney
SOLMS — Sheriff’s deputies were looking Satur-day night for a man who stabbed a 37-year-old Solms woman.
Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jimmy Limmer said the woman, who suffered several stab wounds to the upper chest, was driven to University Hospital in “pretty seri
“They were pretty bad injuries/’ Limmer said. “She was having trouble breath-
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Because of her condition, Limmer did not release the woman’s name Saturday night.
Limmer said the woman was stabbed at about 6 p.m. in a private residence located in the 5100 block of FM 482.
“The victim crossed the street to a business and found someone who called it in,” Limmer said.
New Braunfels Fire Department paramedics Bo Johnson and Mark Tisdale treated the woman at Comal Auto Salvage.
She would have been flown to the hospital, an official said, but the weather didn’t permit it.
“She was maintaining,” an
official said of the half-hour, high-speed trip to the hospital. “It was excruciating for her. She went immediately into treatment.”
Hospital officials released no information Saturday night.
Limmer said deputies were looking for a 36-year-old local man in connection with the incident.
He released no further information.
Comal County Sheriff's deputies talk outside of the house off FM 482 where a stabbing was reported. The victim, stabbed in the chest, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in San Antonio.
Crowded classrooms mark new school year
By Leigh Jones
IWO weeks into the new school year, some classrooms are too full, some are too empty and some are just right.
Overcrowding in Comal Independent School District is particularly bad at Comal Elementary, where Principal Janice Tubb has 778 students making orderly processions through the halls.
“We have about 110 more kids than we did last year,” TUbb said.
The growth itself, driven primarily by new home developments on Morningside Drive, did not catch administrators by surprise, but the timing did.
"We knew we would have big growth, but in my experience in three years in this district, it does not usually crest until spring,” Tubb said.
Administrators estimated Tltbb would have 760 students — 18 fewer than she has today. If the numbers keep rising, finding enough classrooms and desks for the young learners might be a problem.
The state mandates a 22-1 student-teacher ratio for kindergarten through fourth grade, and CISD requires a 26-1 ratio for fifth and sixth grade.
“We don’t have much room to expand, but there’s always the library,” 'bibb said.
Although enrollment is highest, compared to last year, at Comal Elementary, other CISD schools also are seeing higher numbers of students.
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Future road plans will take a ‘toll’ on county
By Ron Maloney
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Students at Comal Elementary wait to be picked up after school in a crowded computer lab Friday afternoon. The school has 110 more students than it did last year.
Comal County will begin planning to form a board with authority to set tolls to help pay for future road construction.
County Judge Danny Scheel made the announcement this past week as commissioners wrestled with budget issues exacerbated by ever-increasing unfunded state mandates to local governments in Texas.
From the state down to counties, cities and school districts, governments are fighting funding shortfalls. The state in recent legislatures has passed more and more of its shortfalls on to local governments.
An unfunded mandate is a law passed at die state level imposed on a local government without the funding to meet its requirements.
Scheel has been meeting with a group of judges that calls itself the South Central Texas Counties Transportation Alliance. They have been discussing how future road projects will be paid for and the leg-islauon that authorizes counties to create a body called a Regional Mobility Authority to help the state lund local transportation projects. T hat funding would come through bonds or tolls.
Comal County has proposed highway projects such as the expansion of U.S.
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Local bus service for elderly, disabled gets boost
By Ron Maloney
When Comal County commissioners approved their 2005 budget this past week, it was not before several thousand dollars were added to help subsidize increased public transportation here.
A bus system called ART' — Alamo Rapid Transit — established here a year ago to provide transportation assistance to the elderly and
disabled of New Braunfels, is expanding its service.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora worked with Dr. Carlos Campos and the Alamo Area Council of Governments to bring the service here one year ago. Thursday, she sought — and got — increased local match funding in the 2005 county budget.
Now, she said, the word needs to get out to increase usage of the service.
“Transportation assistance for the elderly is greatly needed,” Zamora said. “There are residents in Precinct 3 who can’t get out of their homes and have no one to take them anywhere. We need to make people aware of the service we’ve made available.”
Beverly Lutz, AACOG transportation manager, said ART, whose vehicles locally are based at the senior center, sought to increase
ridership in New Braunfels.
“We’re trying to meet more of the needs we know exist in this community," she said.
Zamora thanked commissioners for increasing local funding and said the transportation service would become increasingly important in coming years.
“This is another example of how working together we can make a difference and get things done,” she said.
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■ ART can bring you to doctors' appointments, the grocery store or the Comal County Senior Citizen Center, among other places.
■ Cost for those over age 60 is a recommended — but not required - $5 donation. For those under 60, cost is $5 unless the rider is a Medicaid recipient.
■ Call 1 866-889 7433.
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