New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 334 12 pages, 1 section
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BBBBBexarMet water customers get filtered
By Jeremy Pafford
BULVERDE — Some residents of Bulverde Hills subdivision expressed frustration, dismay and anger Monday night as Bexar Metropolitan Water District officials handed out filters for their customers’ tap water.
Frustrations voiced during tense hand-out session
Bulverde Hills residents were given a bag that contained a $200 (Mulligan SY 2650 water filtration system, a reduced-flow shower head and a reduced-flow water spout for the sink. The show
er head and spout do not contain carbon filters.
The filters are intended to relieve concerns of residents who found out several weeks ago that their water has contained levels of tri-
halomethane that for more than a year have exceeded federal standards.
BexarMet has a contract with Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. to bring water to Bulverde Hills in southwest
ern Comal County. Tri-halomethane is not a result of a contaminant in the water but as a result of the chlorination process used to clean water that contains organic matter. While BexarMet sup
plies the water to Bulverde residents, the water comes from Canyon Lake and is treated by CLWSC before being sold to BexarMet.
The maximum legal level of trihalomethane is 80 parts per billion. When CLWSC first notified its customers of the
See FILTERS, Page 6
Proponents push for Bible class at NBHS
Bush defends domestic spying program as tool in war on terror
By Terence Hunt
AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON —Accused of acting above the law, President Bush forcefully defended a domestic spying program Monday as an effective tool in disrupting terrorists and insisted it was not an abuse of Americans’ civil liberties.
Bush said it was “a shameful act” for someone to have leaked details
______to the media. Attorney
President General Alberto Gonza-
George W. Bush les said it was “probably
the most classified program that exists in the United States government” — involving electronic intercepts of telephone calls and e-mails in the U.S. of
See BUSH, Page 3
Family brings own holiday magic by adorning tree near highway
By Winter Prosapio
BULVERDE — It all started five years ago. Over the years, they had just driven right by, wondering like many where these things had come from. Now it was time to stop wondering and get involved.
It was time for the loxes to decorate their own free-range Christmas tree.
During the holidays, the small cedars struggling in the exhaust along the edges of Comal County highways come alive with bows, garland, ornaments and ribbons. While these wild trees clearly don’t decorate themselves, they do seem to have appeared out of nowhere. They have become part of die magic of the season, gifts from strangers to all of those who drive from highway to hilltop.
“You never know who does it,” said Laschel Fox, standing with her family on the side of U.S. 281 in Bulverde, “uiiless you just happen to catch them out there.” According to her husband, Jerry Fox, decorating a wild cedar tree is how the whole family—John, 11; Whitney, 9; and Rylie, 5 — kick off the Christmas season.
“It’s our way of showing how much Christmas means to us," Jerry said. “Every year, (Laschel) picks out the decorations, and we’re just her little soldiers.”
Soldiers with Santa hats, that is. This year they were armed, thanks to Laschel, with a great assortment of red and gold ornaments and ribbons tliis year. Their decorations vary every year — the year after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Foxes used
See TREES, Page 2
Man sentenced to 25 years in drunken driving wreck case
By Jessica Sanders
A Brownsville man was sentenced Monday for a drunken driving accident that led to the death of an 18-year-old college student.
Anthony Ruiz, 21, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for intoxicated manslaughter and IO years for intoxicated assault. He is
eligible for parole in 7-112 years.
In October, Ruiz pleaded guilty to both charges in exchange for a 15-year sentencing cap. He was charged with the Dec. 6, 2003, death of Anna Maria Hernandez, an 18-year-old University of Texas student. He also was charged with seriously injuring Jesse Morales, 23, a passenger in Hernandez’s car.
The accident occurred a little after 3 a.m. in the southbound
lane of Interstate 35 just south of Kohlenberg Road, where officers found two demolished vehicles more than IOO feet apart surrounded by a large debris field.
Judge Ron Carr sentenced Ruiz after hearing testimony from the victim’s family and from Ruiz’s family.
Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the case was aided by the drivers of two 18-wheel
ers. He said they were both almost struck by Ruiz’s car and returned to give information to officers.
Waldrip said he hopes Ruiz’s sentencing will serve as a lesson to other drivers in the county.
“Don’t allow Anna Maria to he a missed statistic,” he said. “At least let her set a standard that if you drink and drive and take a life in Comal County, you will go to prison.”
FREE RANGE DECORATING
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Above, John Fox 11, top, along with sisters Whitney, 9, and Rylie, 5, decorate a free-range Christmas tree on US 281 just south of Texas 46; below,The Fox family, Jerry, top, Laschel, John, Whitney and Rylie adopted a free-range Christmas tree.
By Jessica Sanders
Whether students say their prayers or not, some community members believe the Bible is an integral part of education.
“If you don't understand the biblical allusions in our culture, you miss the point,” New Braunfels resident Luke Speckman said Monday.
Speckman and residents Barry Williams and Robert Arnold asked the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees to consider adding an elective high school course on the Bible as it relates to history, literature and culture.
The three men also advocated the use of a new textbook, “The Bible and it’s
See BIBLE, Page 2
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