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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas RU: ;f!)K xiii 1R00571 U5/16/0 J SOUTHWEST flltROPUBLISHFJkS 2627 I' VAMDEU ^ - n TY 79903 ,1! mo DK a FASO TX 79903 UmililitlilnlliM" I rn I vfG HS ROUNDUP SV boys basketball team loses; NB girls basketball team wins; Canyon boys basketball team wins. Page SA NO BLUES HERE Despite not being offered a record contract years ago, local favorite Bret Graham has made the most of his career. Page IC Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 65    I wmjnmm I DEAR ABBY 4B 12 pages. 2 sections    j M*    j    CLASSIFIEDS MB CLICK j 500    £ yM I COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 4B WWW herald-zeitung.comKerry wins NH primary; Dean in 2nd By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer MANCHESTER, N.H. — John Kerry overpowered Howard Dean to win New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday, scoring a sec ond-straight campaign victory to establish the four-term senator as the Democratic Party’s presidential front-runner. "It’s an enormous victory, a huge turnaround,’’ Kerry told The Associated Press. “We were written off for months, and plugged on and showed people the determination we have to defeat President Bush.” Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina and retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark were in a distant race for third. Sen. Joe Lieber-man of Connecticut was in fifth place, his candidacy in peril. After trooping through coffee shops, country stores and livings rooms of Iowa and New Hampshire, the candidates now move to the cold realities of a national campaign — airport rallies and multimillion-dollar ad buys in seven state holding contests next Tuesday. See PRIMARY, Page 3A FRONTand Center NB council makes up shortfall for tech center DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Inmate Work Program Officer David Morales supervises two Comal County jail inmates sorting through plastic containers Tuesday afternoon at the Moe Schwab Recycling Center. ‘Making amends’ through hard work Local inmates can shorten sentences by serving county By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In the short time Ernest Huerta has worked for Comal County, he’s built a number of offices and done so much repair work he can’t remember it all. I luerta, 38, who will soon build a concrete walkway at the sheriff's office, isn't a contractor — although those who’ve seen his work said he should be. First, he’ll have to get out of jail. Huerta and Caiib Arment are two of the Comal County Jail’s lowest-security inmates, considered "outside trustys.” They and up to 16 other inmates at any given time serve on Comal County’s inmate work crew, which Sheriff Bob Holder started when he took office. Prisoners who volunteer are screened for their past behavior, criminal record, jail behavior and medical history. Inmate workers inside the jail work in the kitchen, the laundry and as custodians. Outside, they are members of one of three work crews. The first crew operates the county’s rural recycling center. The second works around the jail and the sheriff’s office. The third works around other county buildings and — when there is time — for nonprofit agencies. In exchange for their work, the trustys can cut up to one-third off their sentence in "good time,” meaning that for every two days they work, their sentence is cut by one day. They also enjoy separate housing from the jail’s general population in a cellblock of their own. That might not seem like a big thing, but being a member of an inmate work crew is a privilege few get to enjoy. So the environment in the work crew cellblocks is less stressful than others because inmates in the work program know they’ll go back into “population" if there are any problems. “It’s not what you would consider a chain gang like you see in the movies,” said jail Capt. John Bell. “We don’t make them do it, and they can quit any time they want to quit." But theres a big waiting list of inmates who would like to work See INMATKS. Page 3A Week honors Catholic education DAVID INGHAM/Herald-Zeilung Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School first-graders Logan Hernandez, left, and Michael Page count money in Melissa Rocha's math class. Tuesday was “crazy hat day’ in honor of Catholic School's Week. By Dylan Jimtnaz Staff Writer Community support for Catholic education still thrives after 150 years in New Braunfels, officials said. The first Catholic school in New Braunfels was established at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in 1849. As early as next week, the school could expand into the Bluebonnet Motors facility next door, and there is talk of building the city’s first Catholic high school. “We’ve been educating New Braunfels kids for 150 years. And we’re proud of that," said Suzette Anderson, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School principal. “Catholic education is a backbone of this community.’’ I ler school celebrates that fact during Catholic Schools Week. The celebration began Sunday with Masses at each of the local Catholic churches dedicated to Catholic education. Parishioners all over town have responded positively, said TYacey Nowicki, school See CATHOLIC. Page 3A CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK Wednesday: Buddy Lunches and Fun Sock Day ■ Thursday Student Appreciation Day Pep Rally and Kiss the Prince contest ■ Friday Catholic Education Day Mass and open house with clergy from local parishes In other business Monday night: By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council Monday approved temporarily covering a $100,000 shortfall in funding for the Central Texas Technol-OTHER I ogy Center. mjwvrSLmi *    center, AHpVRWM { which will cost $4 I million and is I located at the New _ _    ..    ;    Braunfels Munici- ■ Council accept-    .    . .    ^ ed a bid from    j    Pal Airport, is Frontier    I    scheduled to open Pavement    I    in May and will Specialists of    j    0ffer ^asjc classes San Antonio to    ;    . _    ,    ,    .    . contract for the    I    in technology train- city s street    ing. crack-sealing    Guadalupe program^    j    County, Comal Frontier bid 33    •    „ J K. cents a linear-    j    County, New foot and was    I    Braunfels and lowbid    j    Seguin were to fund the project, but Guadalupe County commissioners opted not to pay their share. Council agreed to cover the shortage until the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation (4B) Board or Seguing 4A Board decide which entity will pay up. “There’s a possibility Seguing 4A board may be willing to contribute,” said New Braunfels 4B board member Monroe Miller. Ramon Lozano, director of Seguin’s economic development corporation, said formal discussions would have to take place between the two boards. UPDATES Tracking the news CAR CHASE LAST WE KNEW: Friday morning, New Braunfels police chased a 19-year-old man who eluded Seguin officers. LATEST: The suspect was identified in county records Monday as Ezequiel Sanchez. He was charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and aggravated assault of a peace officer with a deadly weapon. NEXT: Police anticipate filing additional charges against Sanchez and his alleged accomplice when the accomplice is arrested. 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