New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS VOLLEY TIME
New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler helps the Unicorns get ready for school with a volleyball camp. Page 6
GARDEN RIDGE WATER LAW
Garden Ridge gets tough when enforcing restrictions on watering yards during daylight hours. Page 2
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him—mummLegislature fails to reform school finance
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers back for another special session starting Thursday because they haven’t been able to finalize an agreement on a school funding plan.
Perry’s call came Wednesday — the final day of a 30-day session—as lawmakers were still struggling over whether to give final approval to a $2.4 billion education spending plan. They had already given up this session on passage of an accompanying proper
ty tax relief bill after the House and Senate couldn’t reach a compromise.
“We have a filibuster that’s going to appear to run out the clock this evening,’’ Perry said, acknowledging the end of the current session.
Perry said the chambers were close
to agreements on both bills, and he said he hoped the next special session could end quickly. The session does not have to last all 30 days.
The education bill agreement, which would increase pay for teachers, was set for a vote before the full
House and Senate on Wednesday.
State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, did not say specifically how she intended to vote an hour before the House reconvened
See LEGISLATURE, Page 3Seguin killing suspect found in San Antonio
By Bryan Kirk
SEGUIN — A man wanted in connection with his wife’s death was hit by an SUV early Wednesday morning as he attempted to run across Interstate 35 in San Antonio.
Erie Troy Phung, 27, is charged with the killing of his wife, Rachel Michelle Anderson, 26.
Seguin police investigators discovered Anderson’s body Tuesday afternoon, wrapped up and stuffed under the bed in the couple’s apartment in the I IOO block of North King Street.
Police declined to comment on what type of material Anderson’s body was wrapped in.
Phung, who pohre said was staying at the Deluxe Inn near Splashtown, suffered injuries to his head and leg.
He was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.
Seguin police began their investigation after Anderson’s motlier contacted police to report her daughter missing after not
See KILLING, Page 2Hurricane Emily causes little damage in Texas
By Pam Easton
Associated Press Writerdrab to wow’
By Leigh Jones
The newly remodeled city hall lobby, with its modern colors and gurgling fountain, looks like it was created by a professional — and expensive — design consultant.
A bright blue accent wall provides relief from tile formerly drab, beige enclosures.
The serviceable but well-worn linoleum flooring has been replaced with classy ceramic tile.
And the bulletin board clutter that formerly adorned both sides of the lobby has been replaced with a 32-inch flat-screen monitor, flashing important announcements in eye-catching hues.
The end result might look like the work of a professional, but it was all conceived and completed by four city staffers now known affectionately as the “Designing Women."
Legal Assistant Pattie Jenkins, Deputy City Secretary Ann Smith, Planning Technician Sam Sarske and Sanitation Department Secretary Sandy Ellison began their second careers as after-hour designers while the city hall lobby was being remodeled to include new security enhancements.
“I remember we were trying to match the beige paint because we have such a hodge-podge all through the building that none of them ever match, when I suggested we do something different,” Sarske said.
The women began going to lunch together and discussing the possibilities.
Ellison drew up a grid of the lob-
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The "Designing Women" of city hall, Pattie Jenkins, left, Sandy Ellison, Sam Sarske and Ann Smith, conceived and completed the redesign of the lobby themselves.
by and used moveable cutouts to see what plants and furniture would fit in the open space.
“We had so many great ideas, but we were afraid to ask because of budget constraints,’’ Jenkins said.
Instead of frowning on their initiative, City Manager Chuck Pinto was excited they were taking an active interest in improving their working environment.
“The staff said they wanted to put on a more professional appearance, and I thought that was great,” he said. “It adds to our overall performance in our goal of serving the public better.”
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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Hurricane Emily continued pushing turbulent waves onto this resort island, bending palm trees and rocking parked vehicles Wednesday afternoon, but the storm caused only minimal damage along Texas’ coast.
“I think it was blown out of proportion, no pun intended of course," said tourist Brian Kunz. “We lost electricity, but we had a pretty good time.”
New Braunfels only caught the faintest hints of Emily as it flailed itself to death in north central Mexico Wednesday, with rainfalls ranging from OI inches to half an inch around the I fill Country.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Cristy Mitchell reported the convective bands that brought rain north would dissipate by midnight, and the storm would fall apart by noontime.
“It will still have obvious circulation, but the bulk of any remaining rainfall will be in the Brownsville, McAllen area and southward into Mexico,” Mitchell said. “Everybody’s
See WEATHER, Page 3
Opponents question need to incorporate in Startzville
WOULD YOU BE IMPACTED?
■The proposed Startzville city boundaries would include the historic town of Startzville, which had about 7,300 residents in the 2000 Census. It would comprise about 8.1 square miles and encompass the FM 2673 area up to Cranes Mill, following the lake shore southeast to Sunburst Road and then back to FM 2673, completing the loop.
■ Startzville would become a Type B city under the Local Government Code.
For map of proposed boundaries, see page 3
not to attend the meeting, which was organized by Tom Harris, lames Steadman and Pete Proctor, all of whom serv e on the hoard of the Canyon Hike Chamber of Commerce.
“Mr. Wooley and those organizers are not here for a specific reason,” said
See STARTZVILLE, Page 3
By Ron Maloney
DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Comal County Pct. 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson answers questions from concerned citizens on the proposed incorporation of StartzvilleTuesday afternoon.
STARTZVILLE — Anyone worried about being annexed by San Antonio probably shouldn’t hold their breath in anticipation of that fate, organizers of an informational meeting on incorporation said.
Nearly IOO people attended the meeting Tuesday at Startz Cafe.
Voters will decide the issue at a special election Sept. IO.
Noticeably absent from the meeting were William Wooley, organizer of the recent petition seeking to incorporate Startzville, and attorney Paul Swearingen, who has been advising Wooley and other incorporation proponents.
Reached at his business, Buckeye’s Ice I louse, Wooley said he was asked