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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas A N EW <ji4aaiBNFELS 203 32 IIC) 0 3 10/22/39 SO-WEST nICROPUBLI SHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL POSO, TX 79903 7 4Herald-Zeitung HL — Vol. 148, No. 170    14    pages    in    I    section    July    15,    1999 Files from the 1990 trial of Jack Davis remain in the Comal County Courthouse. County commissioners will consider allocating $4,000 to a special fund for a law student researching the case when they meet today. LESLIE KRIEWALDT/ Herald-ZeitungIUR,SI3Ay Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Balonis murder case gets revived County commissioners consider funding for law student’s research By Chris Crews Staff Writer A controversial and highly-publicized 10-year-old murder case is showing new signs of life. Today, Comal County Commissioners will consider allocating $4,000 to a special fund for a law student to conduct research in the Kathie Balonis murder case. Commissioners meet at 8:15 a.m. in the courthouse annex. The state attorney general’s office is investigating the case and is considering retrying Davis. A spokeswoman for the AG’s office said the case was pending and declined to comment on the status. The case has taken a serpentine path with an arrest and a conviction for capi- Meeting WHO: Comal County Commissioners Court WHEN: 8:15 a.m. today WHERE: Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. tai murder, the conviction overturned and the man accused of the crime set free with minimal superv ision. See CASE/3 Bulverde leaders clash Differences with mayor lead to Hieronymus’ resignation on ’ Tuesday By Christina Minor Staff Writer BULVERDE — A difference of opinion about the future of Bulverde led city administrator Robert Hieronymus to tender his resignation during a city council meeting Tuesday. ‘ I went into the meeting with the letter hut not intending to resign.” he said. “By the end of the meeting, I knew I had to.” In his letter, Hieronymus said he was deeply concerned that Mayor Bob Barton “has a different vision than that for which I believe we originally incorporated our four cities. I do not believe that it is possible for these two dissimilar visions to work together in harmony.” Hieronymus served as mayor of Bulverde West before it was consolidated with Bulverde East , Bulverde North and Bulverde South in 1998. After the consolidation, he became city administrator. Barton agreed that he did not share the same vision as Hieronymus. “I ran on a platform to minimize paid city staff and to create a volunteer staff to support the plaid staff,” he said. “Mr. I heroin mus does not agree with that.” Hieronymus wrote in his resignation letter that “the present mayor’s style of management and lack of respect for the professional staff' of the city make it very difficult to do the daily business of the city within the city hall and with the citizens.” Hieronymus said the three reasons for the incorporation of Bulverde were to manage growth, manage water and prevent annexation by San Antonio. He said Barton was interested only in keeping San Antonio out of Bulverde “I don’t want Bulverde to be treated like a Colonia of San Antonio,” Hierony mus said. Barton said concern about annexation was the primary reason for the incorporation. “Management of growth is bec oming a function. We will need to examine that more,” the mayor said. “As far as the management of the water, I have more concerns about that because See LEADERS/3 Canyon, New Braunfels middle schools get new leaders By Heather Togo Staff Writer Middle school students in New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts will begin the 1999-2000 school year with new principals. Comal ISD hired Janet Beden on Wednesday to be the new principal at Canyon Middle School, while New Braunfels ISD picked Demetria Cummins on Tuesday to assume the same job at New Braunfels Middle School. Peden, a former teacher at Bulverde Elementary, is returning to Comal County after four years with San Antonio ISD. Canyon Middle School’s previous principal, Nancy Cobb, moved to the Comal ISD central office to be administrative assistant to superintendent Jerry Major. C1SD administration announced Peden’s hiring Wednesday after the board decided Tuesday to let Major hire a new principal. Peden said she looked forward to returning to Comal County, which she considers “home,” and working with CISD staff and parents. She taught sixth-grade at Bulverde Elementary from 1993 to 1995. While serving as the principal of Martin Luther King Middle School, Peden said she brought the campus from “low performing” to an “acceptable” status. Cummins, who previously served as a middle school principal in Conroe Independent School District, is taking over the helm of NBMS after the July 2 resignation of Stephen Lindsey. After one year at NBMS, Lindsey accepted a position with Wimberley Independent School District to teach algebra and eighth-grade math. “I wanted to get back in the classroom and spend more time with my family,” Lindsey said. Cummins said she spent the last two days New faces in CISD, NBISD — Page 4 visiting with NBMS teachers and department heads in preparation for the upcoming school year. She said the position interested her because of the reputation of its teachers and students. “Eve heard nothing but positive things about the kids. And I love the middle level. New Braunfels is also a beautiful place to live,” she said. Cummins said she planned to work withSee LEADERS/4Inside Abby......................................5 Classifieds.....................11-14 Comics.....................  9 Crossword................  5 Forum......................  6 Local/Metro...........................4 Movies..................................5 Obituaries.............................3 Sports..........................7-8,    10 Today...................................2 Television..............................9 Key axle 76 How To Help Garage sale for Sarah Roth, to help pay medical expenses for her diabetes WHEN: 9 a m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday WHERE: 245 Buffalo Springs Road DIRECTIONS: Take Texas 46 West toward Boerne, turn right on Farm-to-Market Road 2722. Follow FM 2722 to Buffalo Springs Road and turn right. The sale will be on the left. Benefit auction, dance for Nicole Meurin WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Comal County Fairgrounds DONATIONS: Nicole Meurin Trust Fund, First Commercial Bank, 1656 W. State Highway 46, New Braunfels, TX 78132. Auction, dance planned for young Nicole Meurin By Heather Todd Staff Writer Three-year-old Nicole Meurin will visit a hospital later this month — the fifth time since her third birthday — but her parents are hoping it will be for the last time. Nicole, the daughter of Dormy and Donna Meurin, suffers from Sturge Weber Syndrome, a rare brain disease characterized by a facial birthmark and seizures. MEURIN A benefit auction and dance for Nicole is scheduled 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds to raise money for ongoing and future medical costs. Crossroads, a mobile disc jockey, will provide music. Development of excessive blood vessels on Nicole’s brain concern her doctors. Nicole currently takes four medications to control her seizures and wears a helmet to protect her from physical injury. Nicole and her family plan to visit with neurosurgeons in San Antonio on Tuesday about possible surgery to stop seizures and prevent possible damage. “The doctors say it’s time for her to have surgery,” Donna said. The Meurins are asking local businesses and individuals to donate auc tion items or make monetary donations for the benefit drive. “The fund-raising has been great. We’ve got all kinds of stuff from businesses and individuals. The response from people interested in donating items has been enough to fill up two sheets of a legal pad,” Donna said. Residents interested in giving an item to be auctioned can contact Donna at 625-2385 or 606-8332. Arrangements will be made to have them picked up. Garage sale for life Weekend event will help juvenile diabetes patient continue her treatment By Christina Minor Staff Writer The Roth family cannot wait for a cure for diabetes — daughter Sarah Roth, 11, has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. In turn, her parents and her twin, Jennifer, have made a complete change in priorities — as well as lifesty le and diet. Dad Steven Roth said, “(Sarah) began going to the bathroom more and was getting thinner. We took her to the doctor, and she was IO pounds lighter her sister. They haven’t been within half a pound of each other since birth.” When she was diagnosed in May, Sarah had a blood sugar level of 651, well above a normal blood sugar level of IOO. Sarah’s pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Mark Danney, said the normal insulin level for a person was between 70 and I IO. Insulin is normally produced in the body. “In Sarah’s case, her body is not producing the beta cells that make insulin,” Danney said. “By checking her blood sugar and giving herself insulin she acts as the artificial pancreas, where the beta cells are located. As long as she or her family continues to act as an artificial pancreas, she can live a long, normal life.” Within 24 hours of diagnosis, Sarah was in the intensive care unit at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio. “ITI never forget the day Dr. Lynn Thompson (the family physician) called us with the news. We were waiting for his call, See SALE/3 LESLIE KRIEWALDT/Herald-7eitung Sarah and Jennifer Roth display some of the items available at their garage sale Friday and Saturday. All proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Sarah’s diabetes. ;