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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas m iomtf*l*LL rn nr40vT^nISHC*s 'I ii ,    '*    790/V7 ..... W YT FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2004    PWp ^rald-Zeitung SPORTS IN THE ZONE New Braunfels area Little League teams compete for Zone titles in the Majors and Juniors divisions. Page SA FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on petition misrepresentation, finding help for kittens and off-river' shenanigans. Page Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 207 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK www.^ DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Michael Despres, left, looks over a new GMC pickup with salesman David Hagen Thursday afternoon at World Car Motors. As the state's sales tax receipts climb, World Car had its best months ever in May and June. Local sales tax revenues up for May By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As the national economy pulls out of a three-year slump, key indicators reflect an improved local economy with increased sales tax revenues, higher consumer confidence and lower unemployment. Mike Alexander, general manager of World Car Motors in New Braunfels, said 2004 is turning out to be the best year ever for his company. SHOW ME THE MONEY - SALES TAX REVENUES New Braunfels Bulverde Garden Ridge Comal County $674,168 $27,034 $12,886 $267,655 $660,408 $27,785 $15,815 $255,463 $879,968 $33,838 $12,249 $372,742 m $742,894 $32,731 $6,096 $293,548 m $826,533 $38,351 $17,521 $337,819 C i $3,783,971 $159,739 $64,567 $1,527,227 ■ (Sales tax revenues are remitted back to cities by the State Comptroller two months after revenues are collected, i.e. New Braunfels received $826,533 from the State Comptroller in July for revenues collected in May and reported in June.) “May and June were the best 60-day period in the history of the company,” he said. “People are more confident, and they feel good about their lives and the direction the country is headed. And companies are also buying more cars, which is a very good sign” Kenneth Weber, chairman of the department of econom ics at University of Texas San Antonio, said key indicators reflect an overall improvement in the national economy. “Factory orders have picked up, and economic growth in San Antonio and surrounding areas has picked up,” Weirer said. “I anticipate this will continue for the next several years.” The upturn was evident in the latest sales tax figures for New Braunfels, which showed May’s sales tax revenues were up 22 percent compared to January. May s sales tax revenues were $826,533, compared to January’s revenues of $674,168. See ECONOMY. Page 3A Infant’s father indicted on injury charge By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer A grand jury indicted Salvador Pineda Leon, 17, on charges of injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily harm in the October 2003 near-fatal beating of his 5-month-old son. The first-degree felony is punishable by life in prison or a term from 5 to 99 years and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000. Last October, the infant son of Leon and Mandy Gonzalez, now 17, was hospitalized for more than a month after doctors said a nonaccidental blunt force trauma severed Iris colon, resulting in surgical removal of more than IO inches of his intestines. The boy is currently in foster care, pending the outcome of the Child Protective Services case that will determine whether he will return to his biological family. Leon and Gonzalez were arrested Oct. 3 by Comal County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward. Gonzalez was convicted of the same charge June 17. She was tried as a juvenile and See INDICTED. Page 3A 500 00001""1 IMI K- 30% chance of rain High Low 93 74 Details .... 16 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5-8B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 38 City braces for busy weekend with river closed BY THE MUMRBHKS RIVER FLOWS ■ Inflow to Canyon Lake at Spring Branch as of 2 p.m. Thursday: 1,565 cubic feet-per-second. ■ Lake level as of 2:15 p.m. Thursday: 915.03 feet above mean sea level (6 feet above conservation pool). B Lake outflow at Sattler as of 3 p m. Thursday: 5.743 cfs. ■ Weather forecast: Up to two inches of rain possible Saturday and Sunday By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — With river flows too fast for tubing the Guadalupe River, local officials are girding themselves for a busy weekend on the Comal. With the lake several feet higher than its conservation level and with more rain in the forecast, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth decided Thursday it would not be wise to reduce river flows in advance of the weekend. “The plan is to keep it high flow throughout the weekend,” said Judy Scott with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Canyon Lake. “We need to evacuate the floodwater out of the lake. If we don’t get any significant rain, we can probably lower it by next weekend.” See RIVER, Page 3A Shooting victim’s condition upgraded By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — A Comal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the condition of the man shot when he drew a shotgun on a sheriff’s deputy improved Thursday. Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds said University Hospital officials said John Edward Morris, 41, had improved from critical to serious condition. Morris is being treated under guard at the hospital for three chest wounds sustained in a confrontation with Comal County Sheriff's Deputy Brett Smith. Smith, 43, was answering a “suspicious person” call at the Tom Creek boat storage facility near Startzville. He repeatedly called on Morris to drop the shotgun. Instead, Morris allegedly advanced on the deputy, pumping the shotgun. As he backed away from Morris, Smith fired sue shots, three of which punctured the suspect’s lungs. Morris faces an attempted capital murder charge for allegedly attempting to sho< it the deputy. He is wanted in Colorado on allegations of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping during the course of a robbery and aggravated robbery. Investigation into Morris’ activities prior to Tuesday continues. Community Christian Church Biiarbend Interstate 35 NBPD station ■ PAI’ Fridays,the Herald-Zeitung .    will feature a <    different house |    of worship. COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH ■ Pastor: Tim Duff El Denomination: independent christian ■ Attendance: 75 ■ Meeting time: 10:30 a m. Sunday ■ Location: 1750 Old McQueeny Road B Phone: 620-7174 ■ Worship style: blended with contemporary emphasis ■ Mission: to know His love; to grow in His love; to make His love known. Church men’s groups prove support isn’t a ‘girl thing’ By Ltigh Jones Staff Writer When Thom Sullivan read Proverbs 27:17 —“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”—he was inspired to develop relationships with other men that would sharpen his character and spiritual life. Sullivan, a member of Community Christian Church, immediately ran into something he labeled the "cowboy mentality.” “(Texas) fellows are very independent and guarded,” he said. ‘That’s been a smuggle, but we’re working on it. Needing others is not a ‘girl’ thing; it’s a human tiling.” Sullivan started meeting with one other man three years ago. As his group grew, it became known as the Iron Men ministry. “It is primarily a group that allows men to get together and talk about their lives,” he said. “At first, men tend to talk about ‘surface’ stuff. Eventually, we get to a point of transparency, vulnerability and accountability.” Today, Community Christian Church has four Iron Men groups meeting during the week. All the men get together monthly for dinner and a discussion topic — a brothers’ night out. The men are preparing to travel to San Antonio in August for tile Promise Keepers rally and conference. Pastor Tim Duff said he expected the men to come back encouraged to follow their calling to integrity and leadership. Leaders will be important in the near future because Duff said he expected .the small church to begin to grow. "Hie most important thing is that we grow in our knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, but when we do that, numbers growth happens as well," he said. “I hope to see our numbers grow, maybe even double or triple.” Duff joined the church in May and already is preparing to expand its community outreach. See CHURCH, Page 3AEconomy driving forward American Profile 31-year-old cowgirl is the heir apparent to the Harry Void Rodeo Co., a legendary stock contracting company. DAVID MIGItAM/t let ald- Zeitung Community Christian Church Pastor Tim Duff. ;