New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14,2005
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SPORTS DISTRICT PLAY
Canyon, New Braunfels girls struggle in District 27-4A basketball openers at home. Page 8A
INSIDE DECKED OUT
City staffers pull out all the stops while decorating city hall in Christmas splendor. Page 10A
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BBSIVoters approve Comal ISD bond request
Funds will be used to build new schools, improve existing facilities
By Jessica Sanders
Changes are in store for the Comal Indepenent School District after voters approved a pair of bonds totalling $189 million Tuesday.
The bonds will fund five new elementary schools and one new middle school. It will also allow for renovations to existing schools and upgrades to technology and transportation.
“This is a great day for CISD,” said Dan Krueger, president of the board of trustees.
Close to 15 percent of registered voters in the CISD area cast a ballot in the election. The bond proposal offered two separate packages, Proposition I for $155 million and Proposition 2 for $34 million. Proposition I passed by 1,031 votes, with 2,666 voters casting ballots in favor and 1,635 voting agains. Proposition 2 passed by 959 votes with 2,586 bal
lots in favor on the proposal and 1,627 against it.
Superintendent Marc Walker said he didn’t know what to expect with his first CISD bond election but was thrilled with the results.
“I know we tried hard to get the facts out,” he said. “I don’t know what else we could have done.”
Ken Buicks, chainnan of a politcal action committee supporting the bond, said the committee used signs, electronic calls, speakers and bill
boards to get the word out to voters. He said he was very excited that the hard work paid off.
“We had eight weeks to prepare, which is not a lot by bond standards,” he said. “We felt like it was a great package that was presented to voters, and we were fortunate to have enough people who felt strongly enough to vote ‘yes.’”
Krueger said the last bond election
See BOND, Page 3ACISD BOND VOTE
Proposition I FOR 2,666
Proposition 2 FOR 2,586
Proposition 1 is for $155 million and includes three elementary schools, one middle school, renovations, conversions, upgrades to existing schools, buses, technology, land and a support facility. Proposition 2 is for $34 million and includes two additional elementary schools.
“I would love for a miracle to happen.”
Judge: City’s new drainage law is legal
By Leigh Jones
A district court judge sided with the city of New Braunfels on Tuesday in its legal battle with the Greater New Braunfels I lomebuilder’s Association over the much-debated drainage ordinance.
Visiting District Court Judge Weldon Kirk upheld the ordinance after listening to four hours of testimony from both sides.
Kirk’s ruling paves the way for the mimic-ipaJity to begin collecting thousands of dollars in storm water connection fees from newly platted lots to help pay to maintain the city’s drainage utility system.
Although City Attorney and Deputy City Manager Charles Zech’s reaction to die ruling was reserved Tuesday afternoon, he clearly was relieved.
See DRAINAGE, Page 3A
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Despite trying times, patient’s faith in God does not waver
By Jessica Sanders
Some people skip church when it’s raining. Others stay home when the weather is perfect for fishing. But it takes more than a change in the forecast to keep Hope Macias from the IO a.m. worship service.
“I save my energy all week so I can go
to church on Sunday,” said Hope, 35.
Her hands, though bent from illness, are raised high during hymns of praise that echo through Living Waters Worship Center in Seguin. Hope closes her eyes in silent prayer — for family, friends and strength for her upcoming wedding
See FAITH, Page 6A
Bulverde will test own water supply
By David Rupkalvis
BULVERDE — The city of Bulverde will take tilings into its own hands while working to see how sale the city’s drinking water is.
Mayor Sarah Stevick reported Tuesday that the city is still in discussions with BexarMet alter learning earlier this month that levels of trihalomethane in the water exceeded the safety levels provided by the state.
As of Tuesday, the discussions had produced no breakthrough, but Stevick said the city would not wait. Instead, the city plans to have all the water tested to ensure it is safe.
“BexarMet and the city are currently trying to negotiate some things,” Stevick told
See BULVERDE, Page 3A
A FIVE-PART SERIES
■ DEC. 11: Wish of a lifetime
■ TUESDAY: The help of Hospice
■ TODAY: Faith in trying times
■ THURSDAY: Getting ready for the big day
■ SUNDAY: Wedding bellsHow the Grinch Stole Weihnachten ssWWks;
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Still praying or a miracle
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Hope Macias prays while attending church at Living Waters Worship Center. Macias said some family members believe because of her faith, she was chosen by God to bear difficult burdens.