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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2004 Zeitung DON'T FORGET WIZARD OF OZ Tickets are on sale for the March performances of New Braunfels Theatre Company's "The Wizard of Oz." Page 6A f V SPORTS PERFECTIONIST SVHS soccer player Marcey Morales strives for perfection as she tries to lead the Rangers to the state playoffs. Page SA I Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. O 4 Rain 4 0 70%    0 High Low 68 43 Details .... 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 8A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8A Vol. 153, No. 90 10 pages, 1 section CLICK WWW. herald-zeitung.comMardi    revelry turns deadly for Bulverde woman From Staff and Wire Re NEW ORLEANS—A Bul\ man who fell 20 feet during Gras party at the Superdome diea early Sunday during surgery, officials said. Maxine Cartman, 49, was standing on her front-row chair on a spectator platform Saturday night when she fell over a railing surrounding the platform, Superdome spokesman Bill Curl said. has lived in texas SUivv, reached for beads or trinkets thrown toward the platform by parade revelers. “According to investigators, she was inside the Superdome on a platform built for spectators over the Plaza Level when she fell,” Accardo sle believe she was possibly ig on a chair, reaching for a nan was taken by ambulance rity Hospital, where she died during emergency surgery at 2:06 a.m. Sunday, Accardo said. The platform had been inspected by fire safety officials twice in the two days preceding the party and was deemed safe, Curl said. Gartman’s death was the second connected to the week of parades leading up to the raucous revelry of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. She was among about 14,000 people at the “Endymion Extravaganza,” which began after the Endymion parade snaked its way through the city. The celebration, featuring LeAnn Rimes, the Neville Brothers and Cowboy Mouth, was a private party for people who helped fund the parade and their guests. The party was halted briefly when Cartman fell. Feb. 18, teenagers shooting at each other hit four other people in a crowd of people watching a parade, killing one of them. Four teenagers were arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Staff Writer Ron Maloney contributed to this report. Getting a true measure of an education By Dylan Jiminsz Staff Writer Olillia “Tilli” Lynch, OakRun Sixth Grade Center student, has developed a taste for math and science, helping prepare food in the school cafeteria. THU is a special needs student whose reading and math skills are at about the second-grade level. I ler sweet enthusiasm and smile have enchanted the cafeteria and school staff. So when T illi approached the cafeteria manager for cooking lessons earlier this school year, he could not say “no.” “She was the very first student to ever do that,” said Frankie I iernan-dez, who has been OakRun’s cafeteria manager for six years. Tilli’s unique request and situation encouraged school administrators to think outside the box. They decided to let Tilli help cook a meal about once a month for her family. She measures and mixes while Hernandez cuts and cooks, guiding her. Friday, the pair made stir fry and chicken fried rice. Tilli was wearing her chef ’s hat and blue apron, all provided by Hernandez. He also bought her a set of measuring cups and spoons. “Wheres your fourth cup?” I k*r-nandez asked. Tilli would take a few seconds to exam each of the measuring cups once or twice before discovering the See SPECIAL CNBF. Page 2A Cmc center study approved By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council approved a $60,000 convention center study Monday. The second phase of the study would cost an additional $25,000. The feasibility study will be conducted by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International (CSL), a Minneapolis firm. Bill Krueger, CSL president, said his company has completed feasibility studies for over 350 cities. District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil said Monday she supported the study. “I’ve had a number of people call me and said we shouldn’t be spending that kind of money on another study,” she said. “But I d rather spend $60,000 on finding out See NEW STUDT, Page 2A Early voters get in ‘touch’ with new election gadgets By Bon Maloney Staff Writer A new era in Comal County elections opened Monday with the use of computerized “touch-screen” voting machines. The machines will be used county-wide beginning in 2006 as required under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which was passed in the wake of the Florida 2000 presidential election recount Fiasco. County officials reported a record turnout for the first day of early voting — and no problems with the new machines, which include a laptop-like screen on which voters cast ballots by touching “buttons” that correspond to their choices. “We had a really good turnout for the first day,” said county Elections Coordi- See EARLY VOTING. Page 2A ■ Primary Election Tuesday. March 9. ■ Early voting in person: 8 a m to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through March 5. Room 104, first floor, courthouse ■ Early voting temporary branch Garden Ridge Muniapal Complex. 9357 Schoenthal Road, Garden Ridge. 10 a m to 7 pm Thursday Ash Wednesday services mark beginning of Lent By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Most New Braunfels churches will conduct morning and evening Ash Wednesday services in conjunction with the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, a season of spiritual discipline and f asting in the Western Christian liturgical year. It occurs 40 days before (iood f riday. “Lent is a season of spiritual growth, and preparation for Easter,” said I iarold Sassman, associate pastor at First United Methodist Church. "During Lent, we take a hard look at ourselves in order for our sins to die and in order that we may be raised with Christ on I aster.” See LENT, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Heruld Zeituny Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church's Monsignor Eugene ©'Callaghan applies the sign of the Cross to the foreheads of Betty Rippole, left, and Rusty Brandt ASR WEDNESDAY SERVICES: ll First Protestant Church, 172 W Coll Street — 6 and 7 pm. ■ First United Methodist Church. 572 West San Antonio Street — 7 a m and 7 pm N St John s Episcopal Church. 312 South Guenther Street — noon and 7 p m ■ St Paul s Lutheran Church, 181 South Santa Clara Avenue — noon, 6 30 p rn and 7 pm ■ Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 386 North Casted Avenue - 8 a m, 9 a rn and 7 p m C O IVI IVI ISI C > NER Comal County. Precinct 3 FRONTand Center DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung OakRun Sixth Grade Center student Tilli Lynch prepares a meal at the school cafeteria about once a month for her family. Lynch prepared stir fry and chicken fried rice for her parents. Patti and Pat Lynch. Building on the Word of God Strong mission work is the heart and soul of Bulverde United Methodist Church's congregation. t i ;