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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2A — Herald-Zeitung — Thursday, December 18, 2003 Out of the A BACKPACK Qi I NEW BRAUNFELS ISD Caroling at the Plaza Time: 6:30 p.m. • • • COMAL ISD DIGEST mr a & I rn I fir * 4m Herald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact News Editor Brady Creel at 625-9144, ext. 221, or by e-mail IU at bcreel§herald-zeitung. com Students from Seele Elementry perform their winter play Wednesday evening. Board of trustees Regular business meeting Time: 6:30 p.m. • I • Specht Elementary Holiday concert Time: 7p.m. • • • Artou Seay Intermediate Holiday concert Time: 6:30 p.m. • • • Comal Elementary, Hoffman Lane Holiday concert Time: 7p.m. I NEW BRAUNFELS ISD Third six-weeks grading period ends • • • Lone Star Elementary Winter parties • • • COMAL ISD End of nine-weeks grading period • • • STS. PETER AND PAUL — Mrs. Addingtons third-grade class to host Mass v — Classroom Christmas parties — Early release at noon Friday will be the last day of publication for Out of the Backpack until schools resume operation next month. The information for this issue of Out of the BACKPACK was taken from calendars posted on the Web sites of New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD or from information supplied by school district spokespersons Stephanie Ferguson (New Braunfels ISD) and Kari Hutchison (Comal ISD). lf your club or organization news is not listed, contact your school district representative, or send your information to the Herald-Zeitung by. ■ Mail — 707 Landa St., New Braunfels 78130 ■ E-mail — [email protected], or [email protected] .com From staff, wire reports wmmssssmm WESLACO FALL RAINS HELP VALLEY FARMERS, WATER DEBT STILL LOOMS — Fall rains put Mexico almost a third of the way toward meeting its annual water obligation to the United States, an official with an agency that monitors the Rio Grande said Wednesday. But even with its Rio Grande basin reservoirs filled to the brim, there’s no indication Mexico plans to dip into the stores to pay its years-old water debt, representatives of the International Boundary and Water Commission told Rio Grande Valley irrigators. As commission representatives provided an update, negotiations I on the water debt were ongoing in Washington, D.C. Under a 1944 treaty, Mexico is required to send the U.S. a third of the water that flows from its Rio Grande tributaries, for an average of 350,000 acre feet a year over five years. AUSTIN j INMATE INDICTED, ACCUSED | OF THREATENING JUDGE — An inmate serving 35 years on a murder conviction now faces a' charge of threatening to kidnap an Austin judge, authorities said. Erik Thor Ttove, 35, was sentenced in the 1983 slaying of his girlfriend’s father, Michael Lynn Bennett, in Port Neches. On Tuesday, a Travis County I ✓ grand jury handed up an indictment. He now faces charges of coercion of a public servant for threatening to kidnap T hird Court of Appeals Judge Bea Ann Smith in an attempt to get her to reopen a case she dismissed, | according to the indictment. In 1999, Trove attempted to starve himself while in prison. Ttove sued the state after prison officials continued to feed him, but Smith dismissed the case. HOUSTON ENRON REORGANIZATION I PLAN HEARING POSTPONED - NBU directors conduct elections for new term The New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) board of directors elected new officers during its regular board meeting Dec. 9. Guadalupe Castillo, a board member since 1991, was reelected president for the upcoming term. Robert Sohn, a member of the board since 1998, was elected vice-president and Paula DiFonzo, chief executive officer of NBU, was re-elected as secretary. Board members serve five-year terms and are appointed by the city council. The mayor is a voting member of the board. "The board has complete Enron Corp. has received a fifth postponement to present a judge with its plan to emerge from one of the most complex and costly bankruptcies in history*. A filing made Wednesday in the bankruptcy case in New York said I louston-based Enron filed a third revision to its proposed reorganization plan and will present it to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Gonzalez for preliminary approval on Jan. 6. The latest version of the plan was to be presented to Gonzalez on Monday. N ATI O N CHICAGO FORMER ILUNOIS GOV. GEORGE RYAN INDICTED - Former Gov. George Ryan, who gained a worldwide reputation as a critic of the death penalty, was indicted Wednesday on charges of taking payoffs in a corruption scandal that shadowed his entire four years in office and cut short his political career. Prosecutors said the 69-year-old Republican and his family took cash, gifts, vacations and other favors to steer state business to friends and associates control and authority just like the board of a private corporation," said Gretchen Reuwer, NBU communications manager. "They employ the chief executive officer, determine policy and maintain financial accountability." NBU is a municipally owned utility that provides electric, water and wastewater service to the residents of New Braunfels. The city of New Braunfels purchased the utility from San Antonio Public Works (now City Public Service) in 1942. The city turned over the operation of its water and wastewater treatment facilities to NBU in 1959. while he was governor and, before that, Illinois secretary of state. “Basically the state of Illinois was for sale," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said. Ryan did not immediately return a call for comment and no one answered the door at his home in Kankakee. His attorney, Dan K. Webb, issued a statement saying he was confident Ryan “will be exonerated and a jury will find him not guilty of all charges.” » LOS ANGELES 'RINGS' RAKES IN $8 MILLION FROM EARLY SHOWINGS — The midnight hour proved profitable for Frodo and the gang. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” took in an estimated $8 million domestically from 2,100 midnight screenings Wednesday, according to distributor New Line Cinema. New Line executives hope the fast start for “Return of the King” will propel it beyond the worldwide totals for “Fellowship of the Ring” ($861 million) ancTTVvo Towers” ($921 million”). The movie could become the second to surpass $1 billion worldwide, following “Titanic," which grossed $1.8 billion. WORLD PARIS CHIRAC MOVES TO OUTLAW RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS — Despite protests from Muslim leaders, France must outlaw Islamic head coverings, Jewish skullcaps and other obvious religious signs in schools and regulate them in the workplace, President Jacques Chirac announced Wednesday. Such action, the French president said in a televised national address, is needed to reaffirm France’s secular foundations. “It is not negotiable,” he asserted. Islamic head scarves, Jewish yarmulkes or outsized Christian crosses “have no place” in public schools, Chirac said, and called on parliament, where his conservative government has a majority, to pass a law banning them ahead of the school year that starts in September 2004. CORRECTION The SOS Food Bank, although started more than two decades ago as a ministry of First Protes-tant-Church, currently is supported by 14 .local churches. The food bank provides food daily to needy individuals but will not be delivering food baskets to families for Christmas. That project is undertaken by the New Braunfels Church ofChrist! TEXAS LOTTERY S' SATURDAY LOTTO Jackpot: $24 million 10-12-14-26-40 (6) BB WEDNESDAY LOTTO Jackpot: $20 million 2-10-31-35-41 (30) BB PICK 3 Day Night 7-3-7 5-4-6 TEXAS TWO-STEP 3-25-34-35 (17) CASH FIVE 3-4-11-17-21 MEGA MILLIONS 16-24-31-46-47 (47) Megaplier:3 Matters of Public Record ARRESTS & rn Law enforcement officers in Comal County and New Braunfels charged the following between Dec. 16 and Dec. 17: Brian D. Born, 19, Blanco, minor in possession of alcoholic beverage. expired driver s license; failure to maintain financial responsibility; failure to appear. 2 counts; speeding. 62 mph in a 40 mph zone; theft between $1,500 and $20,000. Staphame R. A. Daigle, 27. San Antonio, motion to revoke probation/engaging in organized criminal activity/forgery. Edward R. Fisk, 35, Universal City, failure to appear unlawfully carrying a weapon, failure to appear/driving while license suspended/invalid. failure to appear unlawfully carrying a weapon. Joshua J. Frels, 27. Canyon Lake, aggrevated assault with a deadly weapon. Randall A Green, 38, New Braunfels, injury to a child. Joel M. Luevano. 20. San Antonio, resisting arrest/search/transport/affidavit of surety to surrender. Jordan L. McKinnis, 17. New Braunfels, engaging in organized criminal activity/burglary of a habitation. Richard E. Perez Jr., 18, New Braunfels, engaging in organized criminal activity/burglary of a habitation. Isabel C. Quintanilla, 38. Spring Branch, driving while license suspended/invalid. Torn A Rand, 33, New Braunfels, speeding. 80 mph in a 55 mph zone; speeding, 62 mph in a 45 mph zone; failure to maintain financial responsibility Lindsay C. Richmond, 57, Canyon Lake, failure to appear/forgery of a financial instrument; failure to appear/public nuisance, public nuisance. Roberto Rico Sr, 17, New Braunfels, engaging in organized criminal activity/burglary of habitation. Jason M. Schomer, 21, Seguin, false report to police officer/law enforcement employee. Aaron K. Taylor, 22, Canyon Lake, speeding, 34 mph in a 20 mph; expired license plates expired registration; failure to maintain financial responsibility/enhanced; driving while license suspended. Amy L. Tijerina, 25, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation/theft of between $50 and $500. TEXAS CINEMA MARKETPLACE 12 651 Business Lp IH 35 N (830) 625 - 4400 6ntflt Card* Acetated et lex Cf CwMixiinrt 4-Bay Mmmm flouts Mmi Ch salt Ct Bai mea WWW.STARPLEXU.COM Nkw Braunfels HERALD-ZEITUNG Find out each morning with the Herald-Zeitung. For more information or to subscribe call 625.9144 today. HOW TO CONTACT US Herald-Zeitung /OZ Landa St Ne# Braunfels, Tx 78130 (830) 625 9144 tai (630) 625 1224 mw# herald /eitung com Published un Saturday. 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