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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2004 SPORTS SOFTBALL Canyon girls fail to score in pair of games in early season tournament play. Page SA ANN COOLIE Democrats shouldn't tarnish Sen. Max Cleland's life by exaggerating his war record to better attack Bush. Page 4A Zeitung 3 New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153. No. 87 14 pages, 2 sections CK i 500 \ WWW. _ I 56825 000011 Mostly sunny High Low 78 43 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5-8B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS SB HOW TO HELP I Account number 031014291 at the First Commercial Bank branch located at 1656 W. Texas 46, New Braunfels. 78132. has been set up to help the family of the 7-year-old New Braunfels girl who was struck by a car Jan. 30. Accident investigation goes to grand jury By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury will decide whether the driver of a car that critically injured a 7-year-old Goodwin Primary School first-grader Jan. 30 will face any charges in connection with the accident. The victim is recovering at Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. An official there describes her condition as good. New Braunfels police Detective Bob Parchman said he concluded a lengthy investigation into the accident in which a car driven by an 18-year-old New Braunfels woman struck the girl just after the child got off of a Comal Independent School District bus. Police reported witnesses at the accident scene said the bus was stopped and had its flashing red lights on and its stop sign out. Passing a school bus with its lights flashing is against the law. Parchman said he interviewed all 65 children who were riding the bus, as well as witnesses in the neighborhood. “I’ve concluded the investigation and sent everything to the district attorney’s office for prosecutorial consideration,’’ Parchman said. District Attorney Dib Waldrip said his office is reviewing the case for referral to the Comal County grand jury. “The first thing we do is look at the case factually to determine See ACCIDENT, Page 3A Some candidates don t have to file financial reports DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels resident Donald Hildebrand hopes the city will be able to expand its hike-and-bike routes. Proponents say hike, bike trails help quality of life DID YOU KNOW? ■ A bike lane is a designated lane for bicycle traffic on which vehicles are not allowed to park ■ A bike way allows vehicle parking By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Developing a network of hiking and biking trails could alter the community’s approach to its transportation problems, project advocates claim, and could enhance the city’s quality-of-life. Recreational opportunities beyond the more traditional sports of baseball, softball and soccer are needed as the town’s population becomes more diverse, officials said. “The hike-and-bike plan is a quality of life issue for the city,” said Mayor Adam Cork. “When you can get people to walk or ride a bicycle, its healthy, and it slows down the pace of life. But you have to do it in a cost-effective manner, and it has to be safe.” The city, in conjunction with Comal County Trails, complet ed a bicycle and hiking trail two years ago along Comal Avenue. Plans are in the works for a $.75 million project that will connect the Faust Street bridge to the Gruene historic district. Comal County Trails, a nonprofit group organized after a failed attempt to buy a stretch of abandoned Union Pacific railroad track, has been the strongest See BINE. Page 3A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Precinct 2 Constable candidate Kenneth Smith didn’t file a 30-day campaign Finance report last week in connection with his bid to replace retiring Constable Jim I lanley. I Ie didn’t have to. The rules governing elections in this state are set out under Title 15, die Texas Election Code. The code sets out the requirements for all aspects of running for office from appointment of a campaign treasurer to disclaimers that tell voters who paid for a campaign sign. One requirement covered is what days to file financial reports. One was due Jan. 15. Another was due Feb. 9, and another will be due March I, eight days before the March 9 primary election. In those rules, Chapter 254.064, the law says only opposed candidates must file the forms — and Smith is unopposed. So Smith was surprised CLICK Oil TMI WIK: Texas Election Code: Click on "statutes " Thursday when he read a story in the Herald Zeitung that reported he hadn’t filed, because it wasn’t news to him. “The Texas Ethics Commission told me I didn’t have to File the report because I’m unopposed," Smith told county officials — and the newspaper — Thursday. County officials believed the reports should have been filed. Most, Sheriff Bob Holder is an example, file the reports even if they raise no money and are not opposed. County Clerk Joy Streater, who was unopposed in her last election, filed the reports. "I just tell people that when in doubt, Tilt* it,’’ Streater said. "I thank you: We are smarter now.” Smith said he has spent $375 in his bid for office and took no contributions. “I figured if I needed to See REPORTS. Page 2A Borean Bible Church Walnut Avenue Albertson's <, I co t $ Fridays, the Hemld-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. BEREAN BIBLE CHURCH Pastor Jerry    a    m    Sundays    and Lockhart    7    30    p m Wednesdays Church’s sole focus Bible study, not filling its pews Mission statement None Denominational affiliation: Nondenominational Current attendance 90 Meeting times 10 ■ Worship style: Plain B Location: 888 Landa St ■ Phone 620-5102 ■ Web site None By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Berean Bible Church is the antithesis of a typical, organized church. It doesn’t have a traditional service. There is no ritual. What it does have is Bible study and lots of it. “We believe the Bible says it all,” said Pastor Jerry Lockhart. Sunday morning services begin with an opening prayer followed by 45 minutes of study led by Lockhart. After a quick break for fellowship and refreshments, the service continues with piano-accompanied worship, testimony time and more topical study. Only the format and the Bible verses are determined beforehand. Anyone wilt) feels led to share during worship or testimony time is encouraged to stand up. Duane Wieding spent his first service at the church feeling slightly self-conscious. “Pastor lx)ckhart asked us to turn to the book of Philemon, and I was embarrassed to have to look in the index to find out where it was," he said. “I learned more about the Bible that one Sunday than I had in 33 previous years." That was in 1989. Wieding is now a regular attendee, but he is not a member. “We don't keep membership rolls," Uxkhart said. “If you are a believer, you are a member. Our emphasis is Bible study, not church growth.” In the past 17 years, the church has grown from three families to regular attendance of 75 to 90 people. The congregation moved into its current building in 1999, after meeting in homes and a community room. Ux khart describes tile church as nondenominational, hut its name is not without meaning. The term “Berean” comes from a See BBBEAN. Page 3A W Now Braunfels. TX , MMM MHMKc ‘MIW MM DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Berean Bible Church Pastor Jerry Lockhart says his church doesn't have a traditional service, but does stress Bible study. • W I fct Look in the classifieds Fri. & Sun for our pre-owned Specials! FRONTand Center Trail group ‘spoke’ up Shades of gray For alternative flooring, Enhanced Concrete breathes new life into drab slabs with staining, sealing and stamping. t ;