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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ SPORTS. 7Smithson Valley rolls in bi-district playoff ■ FOOD, 6Southern comfort food warms soul j ■ LOCAL NEWS. 3Mid-Texas Symphony plans Saturday concert WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 PI Texas ^Sp Newspaper of the YearZeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 I know someone out there has my son... I feel like I know he’s out there alive, somewhere... Someone is scared to come forward. They weren’t scared to do the wrong thing, I don’t see how they’re scared to do the right thing." JOSHUA A. DAVIS, father of missing New Braunfels toddler Joshua Davis THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JOSHUA DAVIS JOSHUA’S FATHER BELIEVES SON IS ALIVE NBPD says abduction has been ruled out By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung As law enforcement agencies continue to piece together the puzzle surrounding the disappearance of a missing New Braunfels toddler, hopes in happy-ending scenarios could be beginning to fade. Joshua Jayvaughn Davis’ father said Tliesday he believes his son has been kidnapped and is alive somewhere. But the New Braunfels Police Department, the FBI and the Texas Rangers have ruled out the abduction scenario. “The FBI and Texas Rangers have come to the same conclusion — the probability of it being a kidnapping or abduction is zero, based on their research at this point,” NBPD Lt. Michael Pen-shorn said. “We haven’t ruled anything out except for kidnapping/abduction. We’re confident that is not what took place.” Despite ongoing spurts of efforts to look in nearby fields and rural areas — and a wander-off perimeter redrawn to a two-mile radius — searches within that circle have become flyovers. Joshua, 18 months, disappeared during an extended cold snap. His extremely young age and the possibility of asthma—he was hospitalized for it in January, his father told the Herald-Zeitung—would make his survival without human intervention unlikely. “Survivability up to this point would be extremely slim,” Pen-shorn said. “There is a remote chance ... in all likelihood, he J. LOUISE LARSON/Herald-Zeitung Joshua A. Davis holds a bulletin offering a reward for information about his missing son. f] ,,s?r MISSING Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home. Call (830) 620-TIPS you have a tip. would be deceased, but he could be in that area... The pediatrician told us that based on his health conditions at the time of his disappearance, his window of survivability was about 24 hours.” ‘I hope they’re taking care of him’ Joshua A. Davis doesn’t believe his son wandered away from the family home. He does believe the kidnapping theory — that someone took his son, and the boy, missing since Feb. 4 from the family home at 2619 Savannah HiU Circle, is alive. And he believes someone close to the family may know the child’s whereabouts. “I hope they’re taking care of him, and doing right by him. His asthma gets so bad — I’m sure they'd rather take a kidnapping charge than a murder charge,” Davis said. In an interview Tliesday, he told the Herald-Zeitung two reasons he believes little Joshua couldn’t have just wandered off. Starting with the door. A faulty latch and a broken handle means the storm door fails to fully shut, and a tiny push opens it. Could the toddler have pushed against the door and made his way out? Davis pushed on the door Tuesday, and it flew open, smacking against an outdoor chair with a loud “bang.” See JOSHUA, Page 5 State Senate investigating recent rolling power outages By Chris Tomlinson The Associated Press AUSTIN — State electricity managers had plenty of notice that an arctic cold front was headed for Texas and planned ahead for it, but power generators failed to provide electricity once the storm hit, utility bosses told lawmakers Tuesday. Company officials said they were disappointed with their performance and promised to do better. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is responsible for managing the electric grid, asked generators for extra power ahead of the frigid weather that hit Texas on Feb. 2. But once the storm hit, 82 out of 550 generating systems shut down or unexpectedly failed to start because they couldn’t handle the cold weather, said Trip Doggett, TERC CEO. “At 10 p.m. the night before, we had committed generation ... that was over 60,000 megawatts. If all of that generation had kept running we would have had enough,” Doggett told a packed Senate chamber. “We had more than 8,000 megawatts of generation that either dropped offline or was unable to start.” State officials and corporate officers testified in front of the state Senate’s Business and Commerce Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. Lawmakers want an explanation for why utilities failed to provide power during the coldest day of the year. Pleasft supporf, li¿4ir4¿y aM cOwwuwi-by swsrewess Donate to NIE por mort »K-Com#tiOK co*t,Qc{, XféW PowUr 0 (tbo) QuS~9\^ Walker ► CISD BUDGET SHORTFALL Board gets specifics on possible cuts Most cost-saving options involve slashing positions By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung The mood was upbeat and inquisitive Tuesday at Comal ISD’s workshop session, as school board members were briefed on cost-saving options proposed by Superintendent Marc Walker, who is wrestling with $16.8 million budget shortfalls for each of the next two years. Walker recommended dipping into the district’s $57 million fund balance to help ease the pain of eliminating teaching, staff and administrative positions, as well as increasing student-teacher ratios in classes ranging from kindergarten through 12 th grade. State funding over the next biennial is forecast to slash up to $10 billion from public school districts, with Comal projected to lose up to $28 million in a worst-case scenario. Walker recommended cutting 113 full-time teaching positions and 82 non-teach- See BUDGET, Page 5 ► LOCAL ELECTIONS School board filing opens By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Filings for spots on both local school boards have begun. The Comal and New Braunfels school districts will have a total of four seats on their boards of trustees up for election on May 14. In Comal Independent School District, the seats in District 3, currently held by Frank Baker, and District 4, currently held by Donna Holmes, are up for election. In New Braunfels ISD, elections will be held for District 2, currently represented by board president Rigo Montero, and District 4, represented by Joe Hassmann. As of Tuesday, no candidate filings had been reported by either district. Those interested in becoming board members must be registered voters, reside in the district they are filing for, and be residents of that district for See FILING, Page 5 Vol. 158 12 pages, Inside CLASSIFIEDS    11 COMICS    10 CROSSWORD    10 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES    3 PLANNER    9 SPORTS    7 TV GRID    12 No. 83 1 section Pt. sonny High Low 77 58 Details    9 8    56825    00001    i 50 cents ERAL» ■EIT1TNU liïimii mi vi i(i\s ;