New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Marion raises $17,000 for girl with cancer
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
MARION — Eight-year-old Kelsey Doege couldn’t even attend Sunday’s fund-raiser to help pay her medical expenses.
Kelsey, who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor called astrocytoma, was taken to the hospital instead, after a fit of convulsions.
"They gave her medication," mother, Kim Doege, said. "And she’s been sleeping ever since."
Although Kelsey didn’t attend, vol
unteers with Marion Independent School District collected more than $10,000 for her family.
And Marion State Bank, which has an account
open for donations, DOEGE reported another
$7,000 had been donated.
The money will be used for Kelsey’s medical expenses, which total at least $300 a month, even with health insur-
"We want to help the family with medical expenses," said Karen Purvis, a receptionist at Marion High School.
Kim’s husband, Dave, works as an electrician in San Antonio, but Kim quit working as the high school secretary Nov. I to provide full-time care for Kelsey, Purvis said.
"And she just had a baby," Purvis said.
The Doeges also have a 12-year-old son. They pay for physical therapy twice a week for Kelsey and eight medications to help control seizures,
brain swelling and thyroid problems.
Kelsey was a normal, active girl until one day in May, when she came home from school so exhausted that she fell asleep at 4 p.m. and her parents couldn’t wake her, even 17 hours later.
Kelsey slipped into a coma and woke up several days later unable to speak or use the right side of her body. She limped when she walked and suffered violent seizures.
Doctors didn’t discover the cause of her condition until July when a biopsy
Early voting in library elections starts Dec. 29
By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer
Early voting dates have been set for Bulverde and Canyon Lake area residents to vote on new rural library taxing districts.
Residents in Bulverde and the Canyon Lake area can cast early ballots from Dec. 29 to Jan. ll in the Jan. 15 special election.
Early voting in Bulverde will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Building, 2350 Bulverde Rd. On Dec. 31, the early voting poll will be
open 9 a.m. to noon.
Canyon Lake area residents can vote early from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Building, 160 Oak Dr. in Saltier. On Dec. 31, the early voting poll will be open 8 a.m. to noon.
On election day, Bulverde voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS Building, 4201 N. U.S. 281 and Texas 46.
Canyon Lake area voters in Precinct 5 can cast their ballots Jan. 15 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Startz Cate, 10350 Startz Rd. in Startzville.
Residents in Precincts 4, 18 and 19 can vote in the Jan. 15 election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Farm-to- Market Road 2673 in Sadler.
Facing future cuts in Comal County government funding, supporters of the Tye Preston Memorial Library in the Canyon Lake area and the Bulverde Community Library want to create taxing districts to support the libraries The libraries are seeking to raise the sales tax 1/2 cent on purchases within the districts.
Property taxes will not be increased.
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A visit from St. Nick
Michael Stripling, 3, tells St. Nickolaus what he wants for Christmas during a visit Sunday at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, 401 W. Coll St. St. Nickolaus Day is Dec. 6, but like Santa, Nickolaus arrives on the eve before, and local children came to the museum to share their Christmas wishes.
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Charles Patterson, president of Southerland Properties, Inc., center, presents a $10,000 check to Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department Central Station Chief Scott Campbell, left, and Comal County Judge Danny Scheel.
Developer donates $10,000 to VFDSpring Branch firefighters hope to make up for loss of county funds
By Erin Magruder
SPRING BRANCH — Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department got a $10,000 cash donation Monday morning from the developers of a new, 1,900-acre subdivision in the fire department's service area.
Southerland Properties, Inc., of Wimberley, is developing River Crossing Subdivision, a master-planned community that will include a 27-hole golf
course and about 900 one- to four-acre home sites.
The subdivision will be along the Guadalupe River east of U.S. 281 and north of Texas 46.
Developers said the contribution was made so the fire department could buy new items to serve the community and upgrade existing equipment at the station, at U.S. 281 and Farm-to-Market Road 311.
"I think our company has always demonstrated that we want to be a positive part of die community," said Mark Spencer, vice president of Southerland Properties, Inc. "If we see an opportunity where we can help the county, we certainly want to do that."
Spencer said developers met with Comal County
Judge Danny Scheel and Commissioner Jack Dawson to discuss the financial needs of the fire department. The new subdivision will be located in Dawson’s precinct.
"The Spring Branch fire district had the smallest budget of all the districts within the county," Spencer said. "With the county growing, we did not want them to get into a position where they could not adequately protect our residents as well as the other residents in the district."
Funding for rural fire districts was cut in the county's 2000 budget.
Hartwig case goes back to grand jury
District judge sets aside first capital murder indictment
By Heather Todd
Capital murder suspect Adele Hartwig had about IO minutes of freedom when she was temporarily released from the Comal County Jail Monday afternoon.
Comal County Jail officials said Hartwig, 61, was released from the jail about 2:20 p.m. after a judge granted a motion to set aside a June 2 capital murder indictment.
Ten minutes later, she was back in custody on a capital murder charge that will be considered by a Comal County grand jury as early as Wednesday.
Hartwig was first arrested June 3 after being indicted for the May 4 death of her husband, 72-year old Harold Hartwig. She is accused of killing her husband by setting fire to the log cabin they shared at Heuco Springs Loop Road.
She remained in custody at the Comal County Jail in lieu of $80,000 bond Monday afternoon.
Judge Jack Robison with the 22nd Judicial District on Monday granted a motion by Hartwig’s defense attorneys, Tom Gamer and John Herrick, to set aside the June 2 indictment.
Hartwig's attorneys argued that the June 2 indictment was "not set forth in plain and intelligible words," so that she would know the nature of the charges against her.
- According to the June 2
indictment, Harold Hartwig allegedly died of severe burns and/or asphyxiation because of carbon monoxide poisoning or smoke inhalation during the May 4 fire.
Adele Hartwig was charged with intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion by using a flammable substance to - ignite a wall near a bedroom occupied by Harold Hartwig.
The defense attorneys argued, among other things:
• The use of the words "flammable substance" was too broad;
• The indictment failed to allege the specific substance that caused the fire;
• The indictment failed to allege the means, instrument or weapon used to commit the alleged act of arson; and
• The indictment failed to allege that Adele Hartwig intended the death of Harold Hartwig to result from setting fire to the wall.
The Comal County District Attorney’s office will have to present a new indictment to the grand jury.
Jail officials said Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder issued the warrant for Hartwig's arrest Monday afternoon.
If convicted of the capital murder charge, Hartwig could face a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The Comal County District Attorney’s office is not pursuing the death penalty.
Adele Hartwig is accused of killing her husband May 4 by setting fire to the log cabin they shared at Heuco Springs Loop Road.