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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY July 4, 2003 14 page* in 2 sections mmmmm mmmmm    14    pages    in    2    SCCIKHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 199 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1H52 SO cents Weekend work pay hike OK’d By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Co mn I County commissioners voted Thursday to pay $25 an hour for week* cmd magistral ions at the county jail. Hut the county*!* juaticea of the peace might not be performing the duty. Three juaticea who now preside at weekend magistrations approached commissioners a week ago seeking $125 per day for weekend work. The pay question was tabled then so commissioners could study the issue. “I’ve talked to a number of people. The bottom line is I move to pay $25 an hour for the duties of weekend magis-tration," Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennedy said. The motion was seconded by Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora. It passed 4-1, with County Judge Danny School casting the “no" vote. ‘Tm not in favor of paying anything,” School said. “I still feel this is part. of the duties of the justices of the peace.” During discussion of the motion, School said he received calls from attorneys and from New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork, who said they were willing to do the job for free*. "The mayor said he’d Ik* glad to serve if needed," School said. “I’ve assured See MAGISTRATION/5A happy birthday, & As New Braunfel-sere gear up to celebrate Independence Day, check out a map of the parade route and a list of activities on PAGE 3A. DAVID INGRAM/! temW /frilling Experience proved key in handling 2002 flood disaster By Ron Maloney Staff Writer At I a m. a year ago — July 4, 2(X)2 — Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Kdgett woke; up city and county officials, warning them to b<*gin evacuating River Road and low-lying areas of New Braunfels. Thursday, Kdgett jokingly told county officials they wouldn’t hear from her this Fourth of July. She iran joke in part because the disaster plan she designed with Comal County Judge Danny Reheel, County Engineer Tim Homseth and the input of many others worked well. Still, officials say, the 2(X)2 experience will make future flood responses more effective. That will lie a tall order. The county received awards and recognition for its response to the 2002 flood. Perhaps no higher recognition came than from the PEMA official who said Comal County was better organized and managed the flood disaster better than any other county or many states Part of that success was because many key officials had been through the October, 1998 flood. Se© FLOOD/5A FLOOD 2002 V"S5 A tim* of chang*, new perspectives a Wvi par! i Today ■ In retrospect, disaster management plan was successful Saturday ■ County officials on the progress of building new flood control dams Sunday ■ Flooded-out homeowners relate tales of rebuilding. ■ New Braunfels officials update statue on drainage issues, floodplain maps ■ Canyon Lake manager talks about lesson learned the hard way Retail chain officials mum on move to NB From Staff Reports Despite recent report* that Kohls has leased the old N<fw Braunfels Kmart building off Interstate 35, official* at the department store chain refuse to verify the transaction. Tawn Earnest, Kohls public information officer, said it is company policy to not comment on real estate speculation. A number of new Kohls stores recently opened in the area, including a location at tile Forum in Helm a in April. Earnest said the company was pleased with the success of those stores. (ireater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. President Michael Meek said the lease did not mean Kohl’s would open a store here, but he was very pleased to hear that Kohls was looking at New Braunfels. The department store would impend the local retail market, especially if it includes menswear, Meek said. Filling a hole in the city's retail sector could bring in new sales tax dollars. “If you don't have what (consumers) want here, they're going to drive to get it," he said. Meek also hopes to entice Kohl’s to open their doors sooner by supplying them with local market information. Two years on the job, city attorney learns something new every day IPPSw J ^ w d rn Im \ ml rn W - A . .. k DAVID INORAM/MwMd ZMturigNew Braunfels City Attorney Charlie Zech had no municipal law experience before taking the job In 2001, but says he enjoys learning a little about a lot of different things," By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer New Braunfels City Attorney Charlie Zech took his first municipal job hers in June 2001 and is staying because he loves it. Zech described his experience as a trull lawyer in Hun Antonio as successful but marked by long work winks away from home “I was doing fine, hut I was working a lot of hours,’ he said. He used to work IO hours a day, plus Haturdays and some Sundays His wife pushed for a more regular schedule. Now, unless something unexpected comes up, he even has tune to get away for Ins daughter’s school activities, "I get to take her to school in the morning,” he said. “I never got to do that before." Zech moved here as a young boy and lived here until he joined the Navy in I OHO, He served until 1992 anil has lived in the Man Antonio area and New Braunfels since. He practiced law in Hail Antonio since 1997 and had his own law office for a year before landing his New Braunfels job. lie thought he would he laired working for the city, but the political environment keeps him stimulated, As a trial lawyer, each case he handled was different. Zech would have to become an expert in specific areas to argue a case. Hu found the same to he true as a city attorney. “A city attorney has to know a little about a lot of different things,” Zech said He has to bo familiar with municipal, state and federalSn© ZECH/5AInside Gaaeifiedb.............34JB Comics  ..........7A Croeswofd   7ADear Abby.............BA Forum  ...........BASports............... 1,3BToday.................2ATV............  2B 56826 00001 ‘Pray for America’ James Jones and his son, Bill Jones, (not shown) play the bagpipes for a large crowd during the patriotic celebration Thursday night at the civic center By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Former ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keyes said Thursday night he’* praying for the country because Americans have been irresponsible in the use of freedom granted by their founding fathers. Keyes, who spoke to alxiut tXX) people at the New Braunfels Civic Center as part of an Independence Day celebration m|x>ii-sored by (/brist Presbyterian Church, said America is ground cd in ex* rte in beliefs. ‘There is Cod, he created us, and each and every human being should be treated with respect," Keyes said. I ie said that principle extend ed to life in the womb and the Supreme Gouts decision to legalize abortion was wrong. "What is at stake in abortion is the very heart and soul of integrity, peace and justice in our nation,’’ Keyes said. “If we are endowed with this kernel of human rights, then we must respect (kid’s kernel of dignity and worth in every life ” Keyes said abortion was a manifestation of a willful desire to dethrone (kid arui replace him with human will But Keyes also said abortion was not the only manifestation of disprespect for the Declaration of I ride pend once. He also said Americans are trying to redefine human sexuality. Keyes said the Supreme Court's decision to strike down anti-sodomy statutes showed it acted as if (kid didn't ordain a (lath for humans to sustain their species. He said homosexuals want to claim their mutual rights are from See KEYES/5A Photo* by K JESSIE SLATE NMmnkl /wtung Former ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keyes explains how by condoning abortion and homosexuality and by rejecting God, Americans are misusing the freedoms guaranteed by the nation’s founding fathers. Keyes spoke at a patriotic celebration sponsored by Christ Presbyterian Church Thursday night at the civic center Former ambassador Keyes says abuse of freedoms could destroy the nation ;