New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY July IO, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 204.Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
House bUl is dead, but redistricting debate thrives
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Senators start drawing their own redistricting maps/ 4A
Bv SEAN Bo WUNStaff Writer
Senate officials are not considering House Hill 3, but the redistricting issue is far from over.
It might come down to a compromise, state Rep. Carter Casteel, K-New Braunfels, said Wednesday.
Officials from the office of state Hen. Jeff Wentworth, R- San Antonio, said the redistricting map contained in House Bill 3 is dead in the Senate.
Casteel said the Senate does not have to debate the map the House approved.
‘They can pass their own map and send it to us, and we can debate that,” Casteel said.
Casted said depending on the action taken by the Senate, the two houses could reach an impasse. The Senate might draw its own map, which would be sent to the House. A conference committee with members of both houses would work out differences.
“Its kind of like making bread,” Casteel said. “It takes a long time."
Wentworth said Wednesday the Senate, which hasn't adopted maps as a body, intends to amend House Bill 3.
“I’m not exatrtly sure how we’re going to change it,” Wentworth said. “So we won’t know for awhile.”
Wentworth said IO senators out of HI said they’d vote no on a motion to suspend the rules to take up the redistricting debate.There are 18 senators who will vote yes. But the Senate needs a two-thirds vote, and there are three key senators Frank Madia (I)-San Antonio), Ken Armbrister (I)* Victoria) and Bill Ratliff (R-Mount Pleasant) who are undivided.
“Our job is to got those on the fence, off the fence," Wentworth said.
Wentworth said he’s told three visiting congressman that any redistricting map coming out of the Senate will probably look a whole lot like Madia, Armbrister and Ratliff want, it to.
Officials from Wentworth’s office also said members of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee were holding redistricting hearings Wednesday aftonrvxm at Baylor University School of Law in Waco.
Jurisprudence Committee members held meetings Tuesday in Dallas and Monday in Corpus Christi.See REDISTRICTING^
All eyes focus on New Braunfels Main Street program
By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Main Street program will he the center of statewide attention next week, as New Braunfels and San Mantis co-host summer training seminars for the state's HO main street managers.
Jan Souchong, New Braunfels main street director, said the event will highlight ltxral main street projects and accomplishments.
A representative from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and tho president of Preservation Texas will be featured shakers.
There also will be roundtable discussions on historic pr<*aervation and downtown (•conomic development.
The seminars will be conducted at the lands Haus in historic lands Park a per
fect place for the crowd the city will host, Hob bling said.
Htax’hting said she hopes to share ideas and get new information alxiut strengt hening downtown businesses.
“We lave a good thing going downtown, hut I would like to sis; more shops and boutiques," Soeeht mg said, adding that such shojis are a real draw for heritage tourists.
"It’s really evident that our New Braunfels Main Street has provided economic growth through building new businesses, as well as a com • Biunity pride," she said.
Next weeks seminars focus on New Braunfels projects,
Representatives from the New Braunfels Art league, Wurstfest and the Bra un tex Performing Arts Center will discuss their efforts in promotions, preservation, etxinomie
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‘Work of many hands’
Coming to a Texaco near you — Shell
By Dylan JhmEnez
Fight New Braunfels Texaco stations soon xjxirt the Shell brand.
About LHO stations in tint San Antonio ana also will bo changed in one of the largt-at brand conversions in U S, huaira*** history.
Chevron Cor)), sold some of its assets after merging with Texaco, Shell bought out a number of Tbxaio wliok-salers arui started converting Tl-xnoo locations across the nation lo Shell stations in May 2(Mt2.
“They’re all on different schedules. It’s typically within a few weeks that one station starts to change and then another," Lindaay Italic, Shell spokesperson, said “San Antis mo will now sis* the bulk of
stat ions converting .”
The change also will affect two stations in Schertz, and three in Seguin.
Not every Ifcxeco station in the area will Is* converted.
'Hie conversions should not inconvenience consumers, officials said. Stores should 1st cloned as few as three flours.
(Ions'ars*rs oui expect bi six* a more m<xiem, brighter look at Ute converted HIm-ll stiltsins, Lula* said.
Bean Nruiner, vs** president <if Tarpbty Inc,, a Hondo gasoline wholesaler, said he had only heard positive response*.
“The owners are pretty exrjUxJ atuiut it. They're excited ahint the ruw image. Its an ujigrade bi the old 'll*xnco image," Is- said. “It really help*
Expansion of community center provides some elbowroom
By Dylan Jim*me/
Bavarian Manor Apart ments residents say expansion of their community center shows their home is Ixxxmnng a better place bi live.
Their children admit they’re more interested in playing games at the community center.
But the center, which was unveiled and di*dtctited Wedne*-day, will provide educational programming, as well
“ll lieljiH. It lichis a lot,” Jiminy Mend inca said of the cenb-r, His son, Justin, 5, will start school in the fall Manchaca said the conter given something he can’t provide leu* of a (^imputer.
A lot of the children Justin’s age are learning to use a computer, and Manchaca said he cbxun’t want his son left tx-hind. He helps Justin learn bi operate the comtiuter and will continue bi encourage him.
“He’ll lie coming more arid more," Manchaca said “I try bi [lush him so he can lean) a little more "
Tho community ceiler at the low income housing complex, owned and operated liy the non-profit group Housing and Lorn munity Services Inc,, was expanded from about. I, I (Mi bi I,HOO square feet with funding from U S Housing and Urban Development.
'The adflit luna I space will give tho children who fn*quent the center some elhowroom and allow additional programming for adults.
I jail Humphreys, of Connections Individual and Family Ber vice, ajx-nti* H5 hours each week with chiklren at Bavanan Manor Apartment* community center, She said apace was limited before the expansion.
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(Above) Aiexanda Gonzales, seated, gets a little trek) Witt) her typing from her friend, Ashley Guerra, and Community Activities Specialist Usa Humphreys at the new Bavarian Manor Apartments Community Center (Left) Andrea Contreras, left, Shtarme [Reason and Brittany Vasquez [ilay a board game at tho new community center The girts say they go to the center every day to play games, listen to music arid use tho computers.
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www.haraJd-zaltung.comProgram needs help getting students supplied for school
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A program that help* tumbled ut ti dont* won I low* a dime Ibm year when other educational program* are falling victim to alate budget ahortfeJla,
The New BraunlelH office of Coni munition in School* will operate thin budget year with $823,982, a I moat twice the amount Du* program atari ed with in 199H,
Ueapib* that, with adead alerting next month, CIS will ia*ud Du* public's help providing achoo! xuppliea for aluiut I,(KM) needy atudonta - aiuiut half the program* caaeload CIS a nationwide program that
bul pa HtudentN and their parent* deal with unatahle home live*, financial diffi cu It m*m, ga aga and hnmoleaario** came bi New Braunfels in lf Kid, when a committee of the Greater N«*w Braunfels Chamber of (Commerce waa bulking for a program bi provide aru'ial work in adead*.
How to help
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weren’t serioua enough for Child Protective Bervu’ea to intervene In hut that were bai Wenona for aduxd conn aelors to handle," Haiti bara! CIS Fx«r-utive I Hrector < ’bn* Douglea.
Abut ait HP achoo!* in five bu al dialnet* contract with CIS for it* aervice* “Those folkw are at the achtuila all day long,” Dought* ward, “That* what make* the program aucceaaful. They work hand in-hand with adead profeaaionala."
“Tiltwe ftilka” are program director* in the adead*. They aupport teacher* by checking homework, tutoring and giving incentives for gradea In seine, r»j#|>«a*t*, they (ill iii for parent* by rilling out reading biga and aigning off on homework, pro gram coordinator I jzzie IVevino said, At mifbiU* achtuila arui high achtuila, program directors talk bi atudonta alanit aex, medical taauea ant! other Donga atudonta are afraid bi talk bi anyone ciao afaint,
“Students have referred bi them aa a mother,” TVevino aaid,
CIS alati baa at riak student* vol-unteer at aaaiated living facihtiea.
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