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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas «r m SPORTS READY TO GO Football players from New Braunfels High School hit the field during a summer camp. Page 5A IIM FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Joshua Carroll says murder-for-hire conviction was not justice. Page 4A ;?§iU    ■■    ■    1 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 211 16 pages, 2 sections 50c WWW? High I 96 73 ; Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Frustration mounts as legislation fizzles By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Less than a month before school is scheduled to start, frustration is mounting as the Legislature continues to debate how to pay for education. Teachers and administrators, who have waited for months to learn how public schools will be funded, said they had no choice but to wait, but admitted they were frustrated with the continued delay. “I think it’s driving every school district in the state of Texas nuts,” RISKY PROPOSITION ■ Governors risk a lot when they call for special sessions, page 3A said Dan Krueger, president of the Comal ISD Board of Trustees. “We went ahead and took action on pay raises because we got tired of waiting, but the overall funding formula — what they may or may not come up with — is driving us crazy. A lot of planning goes around that.” After failing to fix school-finance woes during the regular session and a special session, a second special legislative session began Thursday. The continued delay is causing more complications in budget planning for area districts. See FRUSTRATION Page 3A Region water plan makes some boil By Bryan Kirk Seguin Gazette-Enterprise YOUR TURN ■ Public comment and written responses to the plan for Region L will be accepted through Sept. 20. ■ They can be sent to Project Manager Ronald G. Hernandez, San Antonio River Authority, RO. Box 839980, San Antonio, 78283-9980. Hernandez can also be reached by calling (210) 227-1373 or faxing (210) 227-4323. SEGUIN —A presentation by the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group led to protests from farmers and ranchers from Wilson and Gonzales counties who were concerned about the depletion of water from the Carrizo Aquifer. Close to IOO people attended the second meeting in Seguin on Tuesday night at the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s River Annex Building. Many of them were farmers and ranchers concerned about the efforts of water entities, such as the San Antonio Water System and die San Antonio River Authority, to remove water from outside sources to supplement the Inwards Aquifer and meet the needs of a growing San Antonio. According to census figures presented by the planning group, the Region L population will more than double from 2.04 million in 2000 to 4.3 million in 2060, with nearly 70 percent of the population living in the San Antonio River basin. With that increased population projection also came a dire forecast for water shortages throughout the region. Planners predicted a shortage of more than 460.000 acre feet of water by the year 2060. Much of the shortage would occur in San See WATER, Page 3A Tough call City Council will decide whether to make changes to the drainage ordinance.UPDATES y Tracking the newsFinalist near LAST WE KNEW: The Comal ISD Board ofTrustees had dinner interviews with the final two superintendent candidates. LATEST: Trustees met in executive session Friday without picking a finalist. NEXT: Trustees will discuss the position and choose a finalist during their regular board meeting Tuesday. ■ For full coverage of the board's decision, see Wednesdays Her-ald-Zeitung Donations help build much-needed homes in tsunami-ravaged India By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The red, brick houses under construction in Kerala, India, are nothing compared to the comfortable and spacious homes most American families enjoy. But the new structures are luxury mansions compared to what the devastated tsunami victims in the southern Indian state have inhabited since lanuary. In a few months, 20 families will move from makeshift tent shelters in a refugee camp into the new homes — a transition made possible in part by donations from New Braunfels. The local tsunami relief campaign, organized by Freedom Fellowship Church Pastor Dennis Gallaher, raised $75,0(H) for India Gospel Outreach, a ministry group with teams on the ground ready to get aid to victims without going through layers of governmental bureaucracy. Some of the money funded relief efforts in refugee camps, providing food and clothing to families who lost everything. The remaining funds were added to donations from all over the world to build three new neighborhoods — long-term aid that will benefit families long after meals from most international aid organizations have run out. Gallalier inspected the first construction See TSUNAMI, Page 8ALittle League champions MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Kale Slone pounds his batting helmet after a teammate hit a home run during the New Braunfels 11-year-olds' 9-1 sectional championship game victory- For a complete recap, see page 5A. The Sonier Group ERA - D. Lee Edwards Realty ffi “Unmatched Attention For Yow Red Estate Needs” www newtKaunteisproperttes com PROUDLY SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Susan Sonier or Jerry Sonier 830.832.8815    210.885.6188 Email: [email protected] A TOUGH YEAR FOR CROPS Farmers not optimistic as harvest begins By Ron Maloney Staff Writer For local farmers, this weeks rain was a case of too little, too late. Instead of helping the corn and sorghum crops, it has only managed to hinder the harvesting of grain begun last week. Friday, farmer Clinton Dietert went into the field to test his milo to see if he could fire up the combines. “Just before we got the rain, wed started har- HARVEST TIME After a hot, dry summer, farmers are prepar-i harvest Today — How the weather has impacted farming in Comal County. Sunday — Farmers start bringing in the crops. vesting, Dietert said. “We’re so humid, it takes a little while to get all the moisture out of the plants.” The rain could have been used earlier this spring when the Dieterts, who like this area’s other farmers don’t irrigate, went nearly two months without any appreciable precipitation. “This rain didn’t help Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Clinton Dietert prepares to haul off some of the freshly-harvested sorghum grain from this year's crops Friday afternoon. Below, grain pours into a truck after being harvested. LOCAL CROPS ■ Com for grain 2002:11 farms, 1,179 acres, 64,018 bushels. Estimated value of crop: $1,284,000 ■ Sorghum for grain 2002: 8 farms, 1,090 acres, 51,736 bushels. Estimated value of crop: $949,900 Farmers can find a season’s worth of work wiped out by wind, rain or hail. And if they don’t get a few fortuitously spaced rain events, dry conditions stunt or kill plants — or open our crops that we re ww.suo    pathways for diseases our crops mat we re    (ha( ^ (hem_ going to combine for grain,” Dietert said. “We’re past the stage for help. But it ll help the grass for cows and stuff, and hopefully, it ll help the hay.” Anyone who feels farming is an easy way to make a good living hasn t been in the business. In South Texas — particularly in places like Comal County where few can irrigate — it’s downright tough and always has been. Texas Cooperative Extension Service Plant Pathologist Mark Black with Texas A&M University in Uvalde said this summer looks pretty good when it comes to plant diseases affecting this county’s two main summer crops, corn and sorghum. “The dry weather that prevailed was favorable to cotton, peanuts, See CROPS, Page 7A ;