New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152, No. 202
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
House redistricting bill keeps Comal County in tact
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Redistricting bill faces a fight on the House floor/ 3A
Governor Perry brings back budget papers issue/ 6A
By Sean BowlinStaff Writer
The congressional redistricting map that went to the floor of the Texas House of Representatives Monday would not split Comal County into two districts.
State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said the redistricting plan being debated — House Bill 3 — would keep Comal County in District 21, currently represented by Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio.
“It leaves Comal County in good shape with someone we’re familiar
with,” Casteel said of the plan, which state representatives began debating about 2 p.m.
“The entire map reflects the makeup of the state? and follows the Voting Rights Act,” Casteel said.
She'supports the bill and expects it to pass.
“But I’m not going to tell you it’ll pass the Senate,” she said.
The Senate is conducting public hearings on redistricting before offering up its bill.
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, was in Corpus Christi Monday, conducting hearings on redis
tricting. Tbday, a redistricting hearing was to be held in Dallas.
When the House redistricting plan passes, it will be referred to the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence.
Officials in Wentworth’s office said the map in House Bill 3 would keep Comal County in District 21. Other counties in Smith’s congressional district would be Guadalupe, Hays, part of Caldwell, the western half of Travis and a northeast slice of Bexar.
Under the House bill. Smith would lose Menard, Mason, Llano, Burnet, Blanco, Gillespie, Kimble, Kerr, Bandera and Kendall counties.Special session addresses more than redistricting
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry’s call for a special session goes far beyond the cont roversial redistricting issue.
Perry added 28 issues to t he session’s agenda, thus allowing the Texas House and Senate to consider legislation relating to any or all of those issues.
M.L. Calaite, an aide to state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said 21 of the issues — ones dealing with governmentalSee SESSION/3A
Imaginations at work
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Sean Johnson, 7, learns through experimentation it doesn’t take a fancy plastic bubble-blowing device to blow bubbles, all it takes is his fingers in the right position.
Kids in “Camp Invention” learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills
By Sean Bowlin
BULVERDE — Elementary students who converged Monday upon “('amp Invention” will noon find that their own imaginations are the only limits to their creativity.
Director Karen Williams, gifted and talented program coordinator at Comal Independent School District's Rahe Primary and Bulverde Elementary, said 76 campers showed up.
Campers will rotate through five different modules by week’s end — “Amazing Games,” “I Can Invent,” “Dig It,” “Marble-ous Inventions" and “Planet Zak ”
Williams said Camp Invention is as unique as its name.
“Students are able to take risks, experiment with ideas, and they’re learning to ask questions,” Williams said.
Over on Planet Zak, students were building shelters out of cardboard wreckage of a simulated spaceship that crashed on the planet.
They had to work in teams and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills, said teacher Nancy Sta-matakos.
Using an index card, a four-inch piece of yarn, a
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(Above) Russell Hallmark looks over the motor he just removed from a household appliance during “Camp Invention" at Bulverde Elementary. Students brought in everything from cell phones to food processors to disassemble. The students will use the parts to make their own inventions. (Right) Tracy Kimble, left, gets a little help from Smithson Valley High School senior Anna Wimberley. The two are taking apart a blender.
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Outfitter Zero Rivera expect* to have the lieat .july he’s had in more than 20 years on the Guadalupe River — but he didn’t have* aa good a Fourt h of July week-end as he? hoped.
“We had a great Friday and a real good Saturday, but we were a little soft on Sunday," Rivera Maid,
“It looked Uke we got the people who came to town, but we didn't get many people from San Antonio or Austin. It rained a lot more in San Antonio than it did here, and that weather channel wan eating uh up," Rivera Maid.
Still, the owner of Rockin' ‘R’ River Rides Maid he think* outfitters and busineaM owners who depend on the touriMiii industry will be happy with the holiday when all
Mild, not wild
The Independence Day weekend was a relatively mild one in barm of lawlessness, officials said Monday Comal County Sheriffs Ll. Mark Reynolds said he didn't believe the crowds were as large
Sheriffs deputies made 69 arrests over me three-day weak end and issued 208 citations Most arrests were tor disorderly conduct, public intoxication or driving while intoxicated Citations were tor such things as glass or plastic foam products on the river and possession of drugs or possession of alcohol by mews New Braunfels Pallet Ll John Villarreal reported nine arrests In the city's parks and rivers.
We issued 60 citations and about triple (fiat amount of warn mgs," ha said H was a very mild Fourth In comparison to others"
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www.herald-zeftung.comSouthbound Walnut Avenue exit set to open this week
By Ron Maloney
Walnut Avenue cloeee at IO o’clock tonight ho workers can pour a concrete bridge deck, but it will reopen Wednesday morning.
Thin should lie the last closure for Walnut Avenue, according to Michelle Kopp with the Texas Department of Transportation,
Traffic should detour tonight either to Seguin Avenue or to Schimdt/Spur Street, Kopp said.
Walnut will be reopened by 6 a m. Wednesday.
Perhaps this weeks biggest news, though, is that the southbound Walnut Avenue exit will open — reducing u stretch of four miles without a southbound exit.
“If everything goes as planned, flu? new southbound exit will open,” Kopp said.
Tonight’s decking project comes after several weeks of the north/south artery being reduced to one lane while workers widened the roadway beneath the interstate.
That project, which was to have been completed in about four weeks, ran a little long
because of rainy weather, Kopp said.
“We wanted to have it open by July Fourth, and we got it dona on the third,” Kopp said. "With the weather we had, they did a pretty good job of it.”
Future work at the inter-secflon will include finishing up turnaround lanes and reheating the signal poles. Kopp said the work should lie done by the end of August.
Then, all that will remain will fie a final pavement overlay,Se© WALNUT/3A
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Traffic backs up waiting to cross under Walnut Avenue overpass Monday afternoon. The street was closed under the interstate so workers could pour a bridge deck. It is scheduled to remain closed until 6 a m. Wednesday.