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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY February I, 2003 12 pages in 2 sections ■MMB mmm    IL pages in i, sectuHerald-Zeitung I ■■IHI Vol, 152, No, 69 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Casteel picked for county, reform committees CASTEEL By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer AUSTIN — Thursday, Speaker of the House Tom Craddick announced committee assignments for the Texas House of Representatives. State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, will serve on the Government Reform Committee, the House Committee on County Affairs and the Rules and Resolutions Committee. After the committees were announced, Casteel said “I am honored and pleased to be named to these three committees. Now it’s time to get to work.” Then Casteel explained what her presence on the committees will mean to the people of New Braunfels. “The Government Reform Committee — that committee will be charged with cleaning up waste, inefficiency and dupli cation in state government,” Casteel said. This new committee is charged with jurisdiction over everything relating to the organization, operation, powers, regulations and management of state departments, agencies, institutions and advisory committees. It will seek to streamline government. Casteel said if that committee can do a lot of that, it might be able to reduce Cleanup stalls at Horseshoe Falls By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The long-awaited cleanup of the Guadalupe River is under way, but county commissioners Thursday learned of another hitch in the process. While contractors working for the federal Natural Resource Conservation Service have been making progress in the Guadalupe riverbed, areas of Horseshoe Falls Estates, where rubble and debris are piled high, have not been touched. And those piles, commissioner learned, are not likely to be removed under the current contract. Earl Moore, president of the Horseshoe Falls Estates homeowner’s association, thanked the county for its support of the cleanup process — but said much work around his subdivision has not been finished. “They’re doing a pretty good job on the river, but one of my main concerns is our park,” Moore said. “We’re sitting up there with a rock pile. We have no park right now,” Moore said. Other problems, he told commissioners, included piles of flood debris within the subdivision where the water that overflowed the Canyon Dam spillway jumped the banks of the river. County Engineer Tom Hornseth told commissioners two issues pertaining to cleanup were at work in Horseshoe Falls. First, he said, a number of property owners didn’t return permission forms allowing the county to clear the interior of their properties. That meant they weren’t included in the bidding process for the NRCS cleaning contract now in progress. Hornseth said a second contract for some of the properties missed in the first one would soon enter the bidding process. ‘They didn’t have a good mechanism for adding properties to the first contract,” Hornseth said. ‘Their sense at NRCS is the additional work will be done by another contractor.” Comal County’s newest See CLEANUP/3A Inside Abby.......................... .........SA Church Directory...... .........6A Classifieds................... .......3-6B Comics...................... .........2B Crossword................ ..........5A Forum....................... ..........4A Movies...................... ..........5A Obituaries................. ..........3A Sports....................... .......1,3B Today........................ ..........2A Key Code 76 ti ”56825 00001 i the $9 billion budget shortfall — and accomplish the “yeoman’s task” toward ensuring no new taxes and putting more money back into education. From a statewide focus to a more local one, Casteel said her assignment to the County Affairs Committee means the people of Comal County will have a representative who can address the issues See CASTEELE Flume ethics complaint dismissed By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels Ethics Commission Friday night found the ethics complaint lodged against District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume groundless. The cornin I s s I o n unanimously dis-missed James N. Patrick's allegation that Flume acted improperly in voting to delay consideration of flood plain maps and ordered that he pay Flume up to $1,750 in legal fees. Members Paul Fraser Jr., Walter Sears, John Mathis and board chair Rod Cherry' attended the hearing. Members Lorraine Kraft, Ronald Karchmer and Elisabeth Dietert were absent. Flume has privately said since the complaint was filed that she did nothing wrong — but refused to be quoted before Friday night’s outcome. “Everyone says they did nothing wrong,” Flume said Friday. “Most people don’t intentionally do anything wrong." She said she was “grateful” for the outcome, and singled out her attorney, who testified he spent IO hours looking into the matter. “I thank Mike Smithers because without him researching the law, it could have been different,” Flume said. She added that she would like to see the city’s ethics ordinance rewritten. See FLUME/3A NBCA closes because of flu; school resumes Monday FLUME By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer New Braunfels Christian Academy closed Friday due to high rates of student absenteeism caused by flulike symptoms “Our current absentee rate for NBCA is 16 percent overall,” said John Cox, headmaster of the school. “Our high school rate is higher at 25 percent, while the main campus is at 14 percent.” There are 87 students in the high school, Director of Development and Admissions Margy Pryor said. There are 397 students in the lower school — and 17 percent of those students were out Thursday, said Richard Ramirez, head of the lower school. Ramirez said both campuses sanitized desks, chairs and classrooms Thursday and Friday. Pryor said the decision to close the school was made Thursday afternoon. “It was getting more and more difficult for the teachers to keep caught up, Pryor said. So it was decided it would be better for everyone to stay at home. But Monday, school is back on. “Everyone will come back Monday ready to go,” Pryor said. BBBB HHHHHHHHi Small animals, larger show SVHS sisters head to San Antonio Livestock Show By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Laura Beth, 12, and Jana Hardin, 9, are two local girls headed for the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. They wiU be two of nearly 12,000 children competing in San Antonio this year. Their goats and lambs will have to stand out in a sea of more than 1,400 market goats and more than 1,800 lambs. Of the thousands of animals exhibited, 20 goats and 308 lambs will be sold. ‘They’ll be real happy if they just get a dot,” the girls’ mother, Lisa Hardin, said. This will be Jana’s first year to show in San Antonio. Laura Beth is going to the show for the third year. The girls’ father, Craig Hardin, said Jana is used to attending and participating in shows, so she will be ready for San Antonio. “Shes been handling animals since she was 4 years old,” Craig said. ‘The only thing new is that she’ll be out there in the show room with IOO other kids.” Laura Beth said she understands the scope of the San Antonio show, but will be ready. “I don’t get nervous any more,” she said. Laura Beth is a five-year veteran junior livestock exhibitor. She started showing in the third grade. The Hardin sisters both are in Junior FFA at Smithson Valley High School and 4-H. At this year’s FFA show, Jana took pre-junior grand champion lamb, and Laura Beth won a couple of showmanship classes. “You get cool prizes for doing well,” Laura Beth said. Laura Beth has won 12 buckles, four grand champion goats and one grand champion lamb. Jana has won six buckles and two plaques from showmanship classes. With all that experience, Laura Beth said she likes the big San Antonio show but prefers the friendliness of the Comal County show because “you get to show with friends.” To the Hardin family, showing is not only about friends, but also is about family. See SISTERS/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung (Above) Laura Beth Hardin (right) and other Smithson Valley students show off their goats in the arena Saturday at the chapter livestock show. Laura Beth and her sister Jana (also in the arena) both took home two belt buckles for their hard work this year. (Left) After their evening feedings, Laura Beth and Jana Hardin spend a little time with their goats and lambs in the family’s bam. Craig and Usa Hardin play a big part in thier children’s agricultural lives, but also make sure the kids do the work themselves, so they can learn from their experiences. ;