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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2004 MKXiiMMNKXKK*XM ALL FOR AW ?8lJ xiii 1000571 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST MCROPUBLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL DK EL. PASO TX 79903 11 n 111,1,11111 * I i *«i»1 ^ *1 ‘ G SPORTS ON THE UPSWING NBHS grad Michael Schaeffer, plays for UTSA, hopes to turn his love of golf into a viable career. Page 5A COUPON TANNING Vanity Tan offers special discounts on five different unlimited tanning packages. Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 60 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW. '56825 00001' UP PT Mostly cloudy High Low 58 43 Details .... IB DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BFRONTand Center Admirable Admiral trustees pass grass touch-up By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer UPDATES Ducking the news ABUSE SUSPECTS LAST WE KNEW: Raymond J. Fierro, 38, and Michelle Lacy May, 41, were booked into Comal County Jail a week ago on charges of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. LATEST: May and Fierro remain in jail. The boy, 8, has been placed in foster care as he recovers. NEXT: May's initial court hearing scheduled for Tuesday was reset to Feb. 3. Politicians offer their takes on Bush speech By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Responses to President Bush’s State of the Union Address fell along party lines in the chamber and in comments afterward. “I’m obviously a big fan of George Bush,” said State Rep. Carter Casted, R-New Braunfels, “hut I believe the comments he made on Iraq were informative and truthful. He accurately explained why we had to go.” Site said she particularly appreciated his statement about never asking permission from any other country in order to defend our own. The presidents request to make tax cuts permanent also resonated with Casteel. “The more money I can keep,” she said, "the more money I can spend locally to improve the economy." Congressman Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, said he agreed with 98 percent of what Bush said. “I think he did an outstanding job of connecting with the American people,” Smith said. “It was a strong anti effective speech. I only disagree with him on his immigration proposal.1* Smith believes that gradual amnesty for illegal immigrants will encourage more illegal immigration. He is concerned the potential for millions of foreign workers coming to America will depress wages of citizens and legal immigrants in low-skill jobs. The guest worker program, Smith warned, is also a tempting vehicle for potential terrorists to get into the country. See SPEICH, Page 3A Spurs legend David Robinson honored with ‘Texan of the Year’ DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung Robinson talks to the students from Carver Academy. He is being honored for his work in education and his efforts to support programs addressing the physical and spiritual needs of the family through the David Ftobinson Foundation. Also shown are former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller, left, and Texan of the Year in 2000, Red McCombs. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO—This year’s Texan of the Year award recipient towers above all the others in the 38-year history of the Texas Legislative Conference — literally. Recently retired San Antonio Spurs center-tumed-educator I )avid Robinson was announced Texan of the Year at his San Antonio Carver Academy. The award will be presented March 26 in New Braunfels at a reception during the annual Texas legislative Conference. The recognition, announced by former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller and 2000 Texan of the Year Red McCombs, aptly came in the “Spurs Reading Room” at the school, which educates in a faith, leadership and technology-based curriculum. As Robinson, 7 feet, I inch tall, took to the podium to receive the award, he bent to IO Carver elementary-aged students who sat on the carpeted floor before him and greeted each child individually, smiling and shaking hands. “I tore comes the tall man,” one said, smiling. “Who’s the Texan of the Year?” Mc( ombs asked I, Page 3A “David Robinson not only is BIG OF STATURE. HE CASTS THAT HUGE SHADOW WE ALL ENJOY STANDING IN.”- Red McCombs itirmer Spurs owner and former Texan oi the Year New Braunfels High School practice field will be fully renovated this spring, but the stadium field will only be patched for now. New Braunfels Independent School District trustees, who are rushing to find ways to save mon ey before the budget process picks up next month, decided Tuesday the $150,000 estimated renovation cost for both fields would be too much right now. During the past year, Athletic Director Rick Rhoades became increasingly concerned with the condition of the practice and stadium fields, saying holes and uneven ground create safety concerns. “I fear for the athletes that practice there every day,” Rhoades said. The stadium field has not been resurfaced for 20 years, and its been even longer since the practice field has been reconditioned. Yankee Camarillo, grounds director, said the real problem was overuse. I Ie has maintained the fields for 14 years and said the two months between soccer and football seasons is not enough time to repair the fields properly. Board President Jorge Maldonado, who runs Maldonado Nursery, said the $150,000 estimate seemed high. To save money, trustees Paul Fisher and Rob Johnson recommended soliciting donations from local businesses for the renovations. “My suggestion is we find out who’s in eighth grade and find out what his daddy does for a living,’’ Johnson said. Proposals need to be issued by the end of February for work to be done in time for football season, said Daryl Stoker, facilities manager. Trustees and Camarillo said the district needed to develop a plan that would allow cill fields to be regularly repaired. Rhoades said a second practice field would be needed in the future. “It's going to be hard to maintain the asset, if we can’t get off tile asset. Rhoades said. OTHER ACTION ■ New Braunfels ISD trustees heard a presentation by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber to let manufacturers keep $89,544 in annual tax revenue. The freeport exemption would allow manufacturers and distributors to store goods shipped out of state for 175 days tax free and would target suf> pliers to the planned San Antonio Toyota plant. Comal County and the City of New Braunfels have already passed the freeix>rt exemption The board took no action and might ask chamber officials to answer more questions at a later meeting DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung David Robinson addresses the crowd after being named "Texan of the Year" Wednesday morning at the Carver Academy in San Antonio. Robinson will accept the award at the 38th annual Texas Legislative Conference, which takes place March 25 and 26 in New Braunfels. Writers unblocked A series of features on local authors begins with Dailari Landry. ;