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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, February 13, 2011Local legislators appointed to committees in Austin fgSS '*> *    -    -    SSimple ¿jifts — Even a small expression of affection can create a special memory. Choose from new creations or favorites like the Box of Chocolates Charm with its 14K gold heart. To see these or other designs in our Valentine collection, please visit us at: San Marcos outlet malls ’ 3941 South 1-35 Next to Saks Off 5th 512.353.0037JamesAvery WHnv.jMnesavery. c&m The low Charm and Heart to Heart Charm are available tn either sterling silver or 14K gold The Box of Chocolates Charm Is 14K gold and sterling sliver combination Chains are sold separately. © 2011 James Avery Craftsman, Inc iff K From staff reports Committee assignments were announced last week in the Texas House and Senate. Assignments for New Braunfels’ representatives were: • State Hep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, was appointed to the Appropriations Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. • Statt Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, was appointed to the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee and to the Licensing and Administrative fYocedures Committee. • State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San EnF^I Antonio, was named to M 9 viJ these committees: \dministration; High B|4; J er (education; Intergov- 1 (•! Relations; ■ Select ( «»nuni11 ee on Redistricting; Traits-r portation and Homeland Security; and Veterans Affairs and Military Installations. Other happenings in the legislature include: • Wentworth filed SjR 23, proposing a constitutional amendment increasing the rates of taxes imposed on gasoline and diesel fuel, adjusting those rates annually for inflation, and dedicating certain revenue from A» those taxes to the design, construction, and maintenance of public roadways. • Miller filed HB 1272, relating to requiring I*. * employers to partici-Wentworth pa|(1 ¡n , he federa] e,ec. tronic verification of work authorization program or E-Verify; establishing an unlawful employment practice and providing criminal penalties. • Kuempel filed HB 1146, relating to the registration and regulation of appraisal management companies; providing administrative penalties. • Miller filed HB 1279, relating to powers, duties, and operation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority. •Millerfiled HB 1243, re,at»ng to the creation ^ of the criminal offense of ingesting a controlled substance while pregnant or introducing a controlled substance into the body of a person who is pregnant and the consequences of the commission of that offense in a suit affecting the par-ent-child relationship. • Wentworth filed SB 561, relating to damages in an action arising out of a deficiency in the construction or repair of an improvement to real property. • Miller filed HB 1168, relating to smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in residential rental units. • Miller filed HB 1234, relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a county hotel occupancy tax. •Wentworth filed SB 562, relating to the waiver of sovereign immunity for certain claims arising under written contracts with state agencies. • Wentworth filed SB 625, relating to authorizing the county clerk in certain counties to conduct a marriage ceremony and collect a related fee.Canadian Brass Wednesday, Feb. 16 7:30 p.m. Jackson Auditorium Tickets: $10 general admission(tickets available at the I LU Bookstore, located in the Alumni Student Center) 1000 West Court Street • Segtiin, Texas 78155 rpy t t • 830-372-8020 1 LU & Tuesday, Feb. 22 7:30 p.m. Jackson AuditoriumFree (no tickets required) Lecture and Book Signing CNN Senior Political Analyst and advisor to lout CS Presidents NEW BRAUNFELS ATTORNEY BOARD CERTIFIED I he Texas Board of I.egal Specialization (TBLS) has inducted attorney Natalie Rougeux into its Board Certification program. New Braunfels has 14 Board Certified attorneys among its legal population. As the newest inductee Natalie represents a select group of attorneys committed to promote the availability and quality of legal services available to the public in particular areas of the law. “Board Certified attorneys have made a commitment to excellence to serve the justice system in Texas and to benefit individuals and institutions in Texas,” said Ruben Robles, I BLS board chairman. “They have dedicated their time to meeting all the requirements for initial certification and they have made an ongoing commitment to continue working and acquiring knowledge in their specialty area.” VINTAGE OAKS LOGS 100 SALES DURING 2010 Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard, a master-planned community in New Braunfels, recorded more than 100 sales during 2010. The high level of sales showcases the consumer desirability in this community as well as the market strength for the New Braunfels area, which continues to see growth. This milestone also supports the recent news from several real estate experts that are predicting the real estate market to turnaround in 2011 and that this year will be a prime year to purchase real estate, Vintage Oaks is on Texas Highway 46 in New Braunfels and is on the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. The community is across from the beautiful Dry Comal Creek Vineyards & Winery. SAN MARCOS CHAMBER PLANS SHOWCASE SAN MAR( X)S — San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce’s Green Living Showcase will be March 26 at San Marcos Conference Center at Embassy Suites. I he free event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It offers workshops, exhibits and demonstrations and will provide all participants with many tools and resources to help them move toward a cleaner and greener future. Included will heBUSINESS IN BRIEF From staff reports tips on green building, energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, commuting solutions, alternative energy ideas and earth-friendly products. There’s something for everyone. Malcolm Beck, founder of Gardenville, will be the headline speaker at the event. For information, call (512) 393-5900 or visit ESTES AUDIOLOGY DONATES HEARING AIDS Estes Audiology, a professional hearing healthcare provider dedicated to improving the lives of the hearing impaired and their families, has chosen two worthy recipients to receive two sets of hearing aids during Estes Audiology’s “Gift of Hearing” holiday giveaway. This year’s recipients are Shane Machacek, a 10-year-old from New Braunfels, and Emmett Henderson, 57, of New Braunfels. Each year, Estes Audiology accepts nominations of worthy individuals who need assistance in hearing and gives away two sets of hearing aids to those who can demonstrate need and how the gift of hearing will impact their lives and the lives of those around them. Since 2005, Estes Audiology has given away more than 11 pairs of hearing aids to deserving individuals. LOCAL CHILD CARE FACILITY EXPANDING Akidemy, a New Braunfels child care facility, will be expanding to pick up and care for students from 3-6 p.m. Flans have been drawn up and permitted for a 3,000-square-foot building, which adjoins Akidemy Korner. The new portion will be called Kidarama and serve as the aftercare facility, including a computer center. High school students who excel in computer science will teach at least two 30-minute classes a week to each student starting at age 6. In addition, Nikki Booth will teach gymnastics each week to Kidarama students. During the summer, Kidarama will become a day camp. The day camp is arranging four to five field trips a week. They will include bowling at Paramount Lanes, train rides and picnic day at Landa Park, excursions to Natural Bridge Caverns, a New Braunfels petting zoo, the McKenna Children’s Museum, the Railroad Museum, among other wonderful children’s sites which are available in New Braunfels. MEMBER LOYALTY RECOGNIZED WITH REWARDS LIVE OAK —While the economy continues to slowly recover from the effects of the recession, the South Central Fexas region is receiving a $5 million financial kickstart in the form of debit rewards. Freedom Check Card-carrying members of Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union are receiving their annual rewards checks. The rewards to be distributed were earned during the 2010 calendar year; credit union members earned 10 cents each time they used their fee-free RBFCU debit card to make a purchase. I his year’s $5 million in debit card rewards is the largest annual reward amount RBFCU has paid to date. Since the inception of the program, the credit union’s Freedom Check Card program has given $15 million back to the community. BRADFIELD HONORS TOP PERFORMERS Mike Gribble, owner and broker of Bradfield Properties, congratulates Laurie Hawkins, the No. 1 Platinum Realtor companywide for Bradfield. Silver star winners include Donna Scheele, Martha Ayala, Henri Farmer and Yvonne Hoffmann. Hoffmann also was voted Shining Star of the New Braunfels office. Melissa Cassel and Linda Haugh were among the bronze star winners. Realtors from the Bulverde office who took home awards include Platinum star winners Mike Hermes Jr and Team Hermes, gold star winners Geraldine Sherrod and Karen Trueblood, silver star winners Sherry Outlaw, Bernie Bradfield, Corky Lindsey and Felice Webb, and bronze star winners Joe and Lucia Karolefski. Robert Evans was voted the Bulverde office Shining Star. ;