New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3,2007
Ap Newspaper of the Year
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
BASKETBALL i GARDEN RIDGE
Vol. 147, No. 40 14 pages, 2 sections
: k soc
New Braunfels and Canyon boys basketball teams fall victim to fourth-quarter comebacks. Page 6A
City officials meet in their new chambers where they'll hear a presentation by the quarry commission. Page 2A
herald-zeitunq.com I a ■56825 00001 1 1
DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3BAuthorities charge 4 in deadly overdose
By Jessica Sanders
Santos Ortiz never pulled a trigger, hut authorities are holding him responsible for the 2005 death of Michaelee Smithers.
Ortiz was apprehended on Friday hy U.S. Marshals in Corpus Christi and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly supplying Smithers with a deadly dose of prescription drugs, authori
“Basically, the allegation is that the drug was a deadly weapon,” said Dib Waldrip, Comal County Criminal District Attorney.
Waldrip said Smithers, a 19-year-old New Braunfels
resident, overdosed on fen-tanyl in March 2005.
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is a painkiller frequently prescribed to cancer patients. It is estimated to he BO times stronger than mor
Travis Dedek, Adam Castilleja and Manuel Vasquez also were arrested in connection to the case. Vasquez and Dedek were charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance. Castille
ja was charged with possession.
All four men were taken to Comal County jail and have posted bail.
Waldrip said that Smithers and the four suspects were
See DRUGS, Page 8A
An honored life
NBISD trustees set to prepare contract
By Jessica Sanders
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees will begin preparing a contract today for the district’s new superintendent.
Board President Bill Big-gadike said Tuesday the board will meet in executive session tonight for a meeting that marks the beginning of the negotiation process.
"All we’re going to do is sit down with the attorneys,” he said. “They will provide us some guidelines and we’ll consider the options among ourselves.”
On Dec. 18, trustees chose Mike Smith as the final candidate to replace Superintendent Ron Reaves, who is retiring in June. Smith is the superintendent of Forney ISD, a growing school district located near Dallas. Mike Smith Smithj 48(
was chosen from among 51 applicants and seven finalists. I lis start date has not yet been set.
See NBISD, Page 8A
A new year brings a chance to start fresh when it comes to organizing your lifestyle.
Zoning board OKs school’s expansion
GRAND RAPIDS, Midi. (AP) — The nation remembered Gerald R. Ford on T uesday for what he didnt have — pretensions, a scheming agenda, a great golf game — as much as for the small-town authenticity he brought to the presidency.
In an elaborate national funeral service in Washington and then more simply at his final homecoming in Grand Rapids, the 38th president was celebrated for treating politics as a calling rather than blood sport.
The last act of Ford’s state funeral was playing out at his presidential museum, open throughout the night and this morning for the public to pay final respects. Thousands waited in line Tuesday night to file past Ford’s casket.
Scouts came forward three by three and saluted by his casket to open 18 hours of vis
itation, before a final church service and Fords hillside burial Wednesday afternoon.
The marching band from the University of Michigan, the school where he played football, greeted the White I louse jet carrying his casket, members of his family and others in the funeral party.
The service in Washington unfolded in the spirit of one of its musical selections — “Fanfare for the Common Man” — as powerful people celebrated
See FORD, Page 8A
GERALD R. FORD
■ Appointed vice president by Richard Nixon to replace Spiro Agnew, who resigned in a bribery scandal stemming from his days as Maryland governor.
■ Following Nixon's resignation, Ford assumed the presidency for 2 1/2 years.
Bl A month after taking office, Ford pardoned Nixon for any Watergate crimes he might have committed.
By Suzanne Ashe
Its no surprise that with the rapid growth in New Braunfels, Comal Independent School District is bursting at the seams and needs land to build more schools.
Members of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission agreed during their
meeting Tuesday that the district needed the land, and approved two items on the agenda to help the district expand to keep up with the growing community.
Planning and zoning commissioners approved a master plan of T. Timmerman property that will allow CISD
See ZONING, Page 8A
Gerald R. Ford
More than a dozen officials sworn into office
DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Comal County Clerk Joy Streater is sworn in by County Judge Danny Scheel as pastor Rick Bartlett holds a Bible during the swearing-in ceremony for Comal County's elected officials on Tuesday morning at the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
By Mauri Elbel
Fourteen Comal County officials kicked off the new year by pledging to dutifully serve the citizens of Comal County.
The 2007 swearing-in ceremony took place in the district courtrooms at IO a.m. Tuesday although all city and county offices were closed in observance of a national day of mourning honoring former President Gerald R. Ford.
The swearing-in ceremony
takes place every two years following November elections.
“I just want to say what a pleasure it is to work for the citizens of Comal County," said Danny Scheel, who is entering his third term as Comal County judge. "We live in the greatest county in the state of Texas.”
Following an invocation given by the Rev. Rick Bartlett of New Braunfels Christian Church and a moment of silence in honor of Ford,
See OFFICIALS, Page 8A
The following individuals were sworn in to office on Tuesday:
■ Jack Robison, 207th judicial district judge
■ Gary Steel, 274th judicial district judge
B Dibrell "Dib" Waldrip, district attorney
■ Danny Scheel, county judge
■ Randy Gray, county court at law judge 1
■ Kathy Faulkner, district clerk
■ Joy Streater, county clerk
■ Susan Patterson, county treasurer
■ Jay Minikin, county commissioner Pct. 2
■ Jan Kennady, county commissioner Pct. 4
Bl William Schroeder, justice of the peace Pct. 1
B Susan Dvorak, justice of the peace Pct. 2
B Diana Guerrero, justice of the peace Pct. 3
B Jennifer Saunders, justice of the peace Pct. 4Ladies, go Uptown, on Wednesday Nights!
Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411
President George W. Bush makes remarks during the state funeral held for former President Gerald R. Ford at Washington National Cathedral in Washington onTuesday. Ford passed away on Dec. 26 at the age of 93.
Nation remembers Ford as a man of the people