New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS ALL FINISHED
The NB Majors Little League team falls to Victoria and is eliminated from sectional play. Page 6A
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4BDeputies recover body of missing woman
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — The body of a local woman missing since july 3 was recovered Monday on Canyon Lake about one-quarter mile from where she was last seen.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Virginia K. Thomason-Bias, 34, of Canyon [.ake dead at 3:45 p.m. at County Boat Ramp I on Skyline Drive.
Saunders ordered an autopsy performed Tuesday by the Travis Coun
ty Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin.
Comal County Sheriff ’s Detective Wayne Lehman said Thomason-Bias was positively identified through dental records.
“The cause of death was tentative
ly listed as drowning, (with the) outcome pending final investigation,’’ Lehman said. “We expect to have the investigation completed sometime next week."
Lehman said the body was found about one-quarter mile northwest
of where Thomason-Bias was last seen just after midnight on the morning of July 3.
“With the weather conditions, that seems about right," Lehman said.
See BODY, Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
PUSHING TO THE LIMIT
Ironman Triathlon the ultimate test for NB resident
Bush nominates conservative jurist to nation’s top court
New Braunfels resident Robert Stallings will push himself to the limit this weekend, swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles, just to prove to himself he can.
Stallings is competing in the Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon, the most grueling race in North America and the most difficult challenge the local athlete has ever faced.
“My driving factor is to push myself to see what I can do,” he said one week before the race. “I want to do things few people have done, things that are unique.”
Stallings’ trip to Lake Placid began in the deserts of North Africa when the young runner was just 6 years old.
“I grew up in Egypt and there wasn’t much to do," he said. “So I took up running. I ran my first long race, 18 miles, at school during first grade.”
After moving back to America in middle school, Stallings dropped his speedy pastime for more “normal” boyhood pursuits, like football.
He did not think much about his running shoes again until a reunion with classmates from Egypt three years ago.
“IWo of them were still running, and they encouraged me to start up again. Of course, I took the challenge,” he said with a grin.
In fact, he took the challenge with a vengeance, running nine marathons and one 50-kilometer race while competing in
three half Ironman Triathlons ................
in just three years.
Despite constant conditioning, Stallings has spent the last six months training exclusively for this weekend’s race, his first full triathlon.
“It takes about 12 hours per week on average,” he said. “My longest week required 20 hours of training.”
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Robert Stallings will put his body to the test this weekend when he competes in an Ironman triathlon, swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running a marathon.
H The Ironman Triathlon must be completed in 17 hours.
H Robert Stallings hopes to complete his race in 12 hours.
The weekly workout sessions include running 30 miles to 40 miles, swimming six miles and biking 150 miles.
I low does he fit it all in?
"Its hard to find the time,” he admitted. “I usually get up around 5 a.m. to bike and then run after dark."
While that much time alone might be more difficult than the physical exertion for some, Stallings enjoys having time to focus his mental energy.
“A lot of people get bored, but I like my personal time. I use it to reflect and prepare for the race," he said.
Thinking of die Ironman, a dream with a finish line, Stallings often visualizes
See TRIATHLON, Page 3A
Boyer, Krueger spend big in final days of campaign
County burn ban lifted
By Ron Maloney
By Leigh Jones
Tracking the news
Drug testing meeting planned
LAST WE KNEW: The New
Braunfels Independent School District approved random drug testing and said meetings would be held with parents to discuss the plan.
LATEST: The school district announced meeting times and locations have been finalized.
NEXT: Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 4 at New Braunfels High School.
County Judge Danny Scheel has lifted the ban on outdoor burning imposed June 23 by commissioners.
The action was taken, Scheel said, in light of weekend rains that dropped up to five inches of water on parts of Comal County — and a forecast that more rain was possible today as Hurricane Emily slammed ashore in northern Mexico.
“We’ve always tried to work with the citizens of Coma! County in allowing them to burn whenever possible,” Scheel said. “Fortunately, we
■ Report any outdoor burning to county dispatchers at (830) 620-3400 or 885-4883.
■Outdoor burning is prohibited within the New Braunfels city limits.
received a significant amount of rain over the weekend with a possibility of more heavy rain over the next 24 to 48 hours. We want to give citizens a chance to take care of their burning needs."
Scheel said residents in unincorporated county areas should be careful to follow outdoor burning rules as set forth by the Texas Commission on Environmental Qual-
— for now
ity — and report them to county dispatch.
The question of whether to reinstate the ban will be placed on the July 28 Commissioners’ Court agenda, Scheel said.
Comal (bunty Fire Marshal Un Manford said residents who wish to burn should exercise extreme caution.
“We went a long time without any rain,” Manford said. “The grass is dried out, and people get a false sense of security."
Manford said a particular danger with the reinstated bunting is that them is plenty
New Braunfels city council candidates spent $25,253.43 in the last eight days of this year's election, according to the final six campaign finance reports filed Friday at city hall.
Mayor Bmce Boyer spent the most — $7,804.26.
The majority of Boyer’s funds, $4,000, went to an Austin-area consultant, Cary Roberts. Most of the rest of the money paid for printed material and a victory party.
District 5 Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger came in second in expenditures, using $5,065.58 for advertising, printed material and event planning.
District 6 Councilwoman Lynn Limmer, who was the runner-up in the least money spent, gave $1,000 of her remaining $1,146.96 war chest to campaign manager David Dean.
Boyer and Krueger also
CAMPAIGN CONTR6UTIONS Bruce Boyer Terry Walling — $75 Bill Foran — $300 Ted Alexander — $100
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Graham Weston — $2,000 Kathleen Krueger Mark Tobin — $150
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Kendall County Democratic Women — $500
Travis Wommack $572 in donations
Ken Valentine $1,656.70 in donations Lynn Limmer $160 in donations
Adam Cork $724 in donations
raised the most as the campaign wound to a dose, $4,325 and $1,650. respectively.
The two even shared a doner — San Antonio business owner and real estate
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By Deb Riechmann
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — President Bush named federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts lr. to a seat on the Supreme Court Tuesday, delighting Republicans while unsettling some Democrats with the selection of a young jurist with impeccable conservative credentials.
“John Roberts has devoted his entire professional life to the cause of justice," Bush said in a prime-time announcement at the White I louse, “and is widely admired for his intellect, his sound judgment and his personal decency.”
If confirmed by die Repub-lican-controlled Senate, Roberts would succeed retir-ing Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who has long been a swing vote on the court.
Roberts stood at Bush's
side as the president heaped praise on him, calling him “one of the finest legal minds” in the country.
The president said he had recently spoken with Senate leaders of both parties and said they “share my goal” of proceedings conducted with dignity and fairness.
Sen. John Comyn, R-Texas, applauded the decision.
"Judge Roberts is an exceptional judge, brilliant legal mind and a man of outstanding character who understands his profound duty to follow the law. He lias enjoyed a distinguished history of public service and professional achievement," Comyn said. “It is clear to me that Roberts’ liistory has prepared him well for the honor of serving this country on our nation’s highest Court, and I strongly support his nomination.'*
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