New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE
The Canyon Lake 14-year-old team ends its playoff run with a loss to Seguin Black, 15-4. Page SA
FORUM GUEST COLUMN
Writer laments, "When will New Braunfels city council start to listen to its citizens' complaints regarding rivers?" Page 4A
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Find fun and festive ways to celebrate Independence Day with festivities beginning today and running through Monday in New Braunfels and surrounding communities. Enjoy great food, patriotic music and fantastic fireworks while spending time with your family, friends and neighbors.
a 9 a.m. Music by Comal Community Band
■ 9 30 a m. Parade begins at comer of Seguin and Bridge streets
B 9:15 p.m. fireworks display preceded by patriotic concert.
BULVERDE/SPRING BRANCH AREA
■ River Crossing Golf Course
B 1 p.m. Golf tournament begins
B 6:30-9 p.m. Live music, face painting, children s activities, food and drinks
■ 9 p in. Fireworks display
B Golf tournament is $100 per entrant; all other activities free; VIP package available for reserved seating and parking, $39.
B 10 a m. Parade 'Celebrating Freedom"
N Noon. Opening ceremony
N 1 p.m. Cibolo Hermann Sons dancers
B 1:30 p.m. 2 U Neek dancers
B 2 p m The Karate Dojo martial arts demonstration
B 2:30 p m. Stars Dance Academy
B 4-6 p.m. Live music by the Arbunkle Boys
B 7 p m Texas Twisters line dancing
B 8 p m -midnight. Free dance, music by Pop a Top
B 2-4 p.m. Hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s
B 5-7 p.m. Uve music by the Drug Store Cowboys
a 8 p.m.- midnight Karaoke with Billy Feehan
B 9:15 p.m. Fireworks display
B All activities take place at Pickrell Park, including an arts and crafts show and a silent auction opening at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE
B 3-8:30 p.m. Children's crafts, including jewelry making, face painting, flag making
a 5-6 p.m. Children's
B 3-7:30 p.m. Fitness and sports skills area
B 6-10 p.m. Live music by the Wilbert Beasley and Body and Soul and Two Tons of Steel Band
B 10 p.m. Fireworks display
B Free admission. CANYON LAKE
B 10 p.m. Fireworks display at Jacobs Creek Park. (The park will be closed. Fireworks can be viewed from the lake.)
B 11 a m. Parade starting at Old Sattler Road, proceeding down FM 2673 to VFW 8800, including a Commemorative Air Force flyover.
B 8:45 a.m. Flagois-ing ceremony in Central Park
B 10 a.m. Parade on Austin Street
B 11:30 a.m. Mayor's luncheon at Starcke Park
B 1 p.m. Carnival and food booths in the square
B 8 p.m. Street dance with music by The Harleys
B 9 p.m. Fireworks display
B Entrance to the carnival and food booths is free. Fee for the live music Saturday night is $10.
B 10:30 a.m. Gathering of antique vehicles at Garden Ridge City Park
B 11 a.m. Classic vehicle display, gather for the parade and silent auction
B 11:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Food, including sausage hot dogs,
- sausage on a stick, roasted corn, chips and cold drinks
B Noon. Flagfaising ceremony with Troop 828
B 12:20 p m. Parade up Blazing Star and down Blue Bell
B Free admission.
B 6-9 p.m. Activities at Bradley Park, including live music, dance performance, face painting, carnival and concessions
B 9 p m. Fireworks display
B Free admission.
Get out the vote
Former City Councilwoman Debbie Flume invites drivers on South Seguin Avenue to sign various petitions Friday morning at the Post Office.
Senior citizens aim for Nov. 2 election
By Scott Mahon
Senior citizens supporting an election to freeze city and county property taxes agreed Friday not to try to force a September election.
“We held a meeting Friday morning, and decided we wouldn't submit petitions to force a Sept. ll election,” Wayne Rudolph, who has spearheaded the petition drive, said. “We agreed that if there were two dif
ferent elections, one on Sept. 11 and one on Nov. 2, people would get confused and not vote in both elections. So we’re going to support a Nov. 2 election for both the city and county."
Proposition 13, which was passed last September by 80 percent of voters, provides that residents have the power to force a vote on freezing property taxes for senior citizens by petitioning the city and county.
After a request to hold an election on Proposition 13, New
Braunfels City Council members set the election for Nov. 2. But an official with the Secretary of State’s office said the city didn’t have the authority to set the election without a formal petition.
City Attorney Charlie Zech said the city’s charter does allow council to call the election. State law, rather than the city charter, sets the guidelines the city and county must follow for Proposition 13, Zech said.
See PETITIONS, Page 3A
Bills won’t reflect 6-month tax break
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels homeowners won’t get city property tax statements until September or Octo-beiv and taxes won’t be due until January.
But city property taxes due in january will still be for 12 months — January to December 2005.
Last year, city property taxes
were collected for the period June 2003 through July 2004.
Because the city has changed its tax and Fiscal year, officials said taxpayers would never pay taxes for July through December 2004.
When New Braunfels City Council members voted for the change, officials said “the easiest way to change the city’s tax and fiscal year is to not bill tax
payers for six months.”
At first glance, some citizens thought their city property tax bills would be cut in half — by six months. However, taxpayers will continue to pay for a 12-month period, said Chief Finance Officer Jeff Hinson.
“The city will never collect property taxes for the period July through December 2004,” he
See TAXIS, Page 3A
Multistate lottery jackpot tops $290M
By Mark Niesse
Associated Press Writer
ATLANTA—The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has gotten so high Friday that many people said they couldn’t afford not to try for its record $290 million.
Quick-moving lines formed at convenience stores and gas stations hours before the 11-state chawing as players tried to get a piece of the nearly unimaginable prize.
“People who never play are playing now,” said Karen Cooley as she waited in line to buy IO Mega Millions tickets at a store in downtown Atlanta.
“I believe I’m going to hit it.
No one has won
in Atlanta yet, and I think ITI be the first one.”
Georgia lottery officials said ticket sales may have reached 10,000 per minute in the hours ahead of the drawing. It’s the highest Mega Millions prize in the game’s history, exceeding the previous high of $239 million in February.
The numbers drawn were 10-25-38-39-50 (ten, twenty-five, thirty-eight, thirty-nine, fifty), with a Mega Ball of 12 (twelve.)
While a mere $100 million prize will start to lure many infrequent lottery players in, that ch^sn’t compare to the numbers who buy tickets when the jackpot approaches $300 million, said Georgia lottery spokesman J.B. Landroche.
“lf the jackpot roils over tonight, there’s a real possibility that this particular Mega Millions jackpot could become the largest in U.S. history,” he said.
The biggest single-ticket winner was a Powerball jackpot of $314.9 million awarded on Christmas Day 2002 to a West Virginia man. But Mega Millions’ predecessor, the Big Came, had a multiway prize of $363 million in May 2000.
Despite 135 million-to-1 odds, a $1 ticket sometimes pays for itself by fueling the hopes of lottery risk-takers who dream of that kind of instant wealth, said Ed Story, who filled out a ticket form in Atlanta.
“I saw a guy walk in, and he didn’t even know how to play a ticket. I Ie
See LOTTERY, Page 3A
■ 10. 25. 38. 39, 50
■ bonus ball 12
■ megaplier 3
■ On the Web. www.mega millions com
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