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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas C 781 cnLJ,000571 12/50/n, FL PASO TX 79m "'"lliliililiillimillmhll SPORTS NO CHANCE? On sports editors says Smithson Valley has no chance to beat Corpus Christi Moody. Page 6A WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1,2005rald-Zeitung INSIDE COUPON Save $15 off the registration fee for the Erie Sultemeier Baseball Camp that begins June 13. Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 167 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 www: j 56825 000011 K 40% chance of rain High Low 88 70 Details .... 2B DEAR ABBY 5B CLASSIFIEDS 6B COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 4B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 5B momLocal business plans massive expansion By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The City of New Braunfels tax base is about to grow in historical proportions, thanks to the expansion plans of a publicly held local business. “We can’t confirm the amount, but do know it will be the largest investment by one company in Comal County history,” said Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek. The deal is “hush-hush" until Monday when the company will make its announcement at an invitation-only event. Secrecy is necessary, Meek said, because executives at the company’s international headquarters want to release the information around die world at the same time. Not only is the expansion a big deal for New Braunfels, it ranks as the third largest economic investment in Texas in the last two years, Meek continued. But unlike Toyota, the most recent investment to the state’s economy, the New Braunfels-area business is not asking for any pedes or incentives. “How about that?” Meek said, smiling broadly. “People will soon see how valuable this will be for the See EXPANSION Page 2A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Former Comal Independent School District Superintendent Nancy Fuller listened to this weekend’s rain with growing concern. Would the district’s many flat roofs sustain any damage from the pelting torrents? “I refrained from calling anyone, though,” she said. “I know it’s none of my business now.” Tuesday was Fuller’s last official day with the district she has grown to love in the last 20 months. She spent it, ironically, working toward selling her Dayton home and getting back to Comal County as soon as possible. Fuller and husband, Tommy, have plans to purchase property in the district, where they will make their retirement home. “I love the people and the community,” Fuller said, by way of explanation. “Its hard being away for even a couple of days now.” Not only does the retired superintendent plan on being a part of the community, she also is determined to remain a part of the school district. “I plan to accept an invitation to sit on the Comal Public School Foundation board of directors,” she said. “I would also not turn down an invitation to join the Strategic Planning Committee, if I was approached.” Since the school board makes committee appointments, her participation seems practically guaranteed. The majority of trustees were disappointed by Fuller’s initial retirement announcement and tried for months to get her to change her mind. Board President Dan Krueger said if he could not have Fuller at the district’s helm, he would be glad to have her working behind the scenes. "She was such a positive force in the foundation while she was here,” he said. ‘Tier involvement in that group will be a huge plus. She MANDY HtAHY/Herald-Zeitung In her last official act as Comal Independent School District superintendent, Nancy Fuller handed out diplomas to Canyon High School graduates Saturday. always said she would stay involved, and I think having her behind the scenes will he very helpful.” Fuller’s continued devotion to CISD stems, in part, to the accomplishments she made during her short term. When Fuller arrived in November 2003, the district was in a financial crisis and staff morale was low. By implementing a spending freeze and restructuring the budget process, Fuller helped bring die 2003-04 budget year to a close with $2.6 million in savings. Fuller credited the staff with helping to make the positive changes possible. “I’m very proud of the staff ," she DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Canyon Intermediate School fifth-grader Dinah Tyler, right, teaches Comal ISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller everything she See FULLER Page 3A knows about angles earlier this school year. &E' \ A t ►    4    j    I, A I . T t Health Aion The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day. ■ Reduce unnecessary driving. ■ Carpool if possible. ■ Avoid use of "drive through" lanes or services. ■ Don't refuel during daylight. ■ Avoid use of gas-powered yard equipment Former FBI officials admits he was ‘Deep Throat’ By Greg Sandoval Associated Press Writer SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The Washington Post said Tuesday that a tonner FBI official, W. Mark Felt was the confidential source known as “Deep Throat” who provided the newspaper information that led to President Nixon’s impeachment investigation and eventual resignation. The paper made its announcement oh its Web site after Felt, 91 and living in California, talked to a lawyer who wrote a magazine article for Vanity Fair. “The No. 2 guy from the FBI, that was a pretty good source,” said Ben Bradlee, who had been the key editor at the Post in the Watergate era. “I knew the paper was on the right track” in its investigative stories, Bradlee said, citing the “quality of the source.” Felt, the second-in-command at the FBI in the early 1970s, kept his secret even from his family for almost three decades before confiding he was Post reporter Bob Woodward’s source on the Watergate scandal, according to a Vanity Fair article published Tuesday. "I’m the guy they used to call Deep Throat,” he was quoted as telling lawyer john D. O’Connor, author of the magazine article. Felt, who lives in Santa Rosa, is said to be in poor mental and physical See DEEP Page 3A Daniel Patrick Neal pleaded guilty Tuesday in 207th Judicial District Court to shooting his mother. Then, three witnesses testified about his troubled childhood — also saying Barbara Casey told two of them weeks before she died on Dec. 26, 2000, either that she was afraid her son would kill her or if anything happened to her it would be his fault. She told the third she wanted to buy and learn how to use a gun. District Attorney Dib Waldrip and defense attorneys Joseph Garcia III and David Wyrich reached a plea agreement that calls for a 30-year sentence for Neal, 36. lf Judge Jack Robison agrees to the sentence, Neat will not be eligible for parole for at least 15 years — and parole at that time is not viewed as likely lor public safety reasons. Neal gunned down Casey, 61, leaving her body in a bathtub and then allegedly setting a fire that destroyed her home. While Robison can consider the arson in imposing sentence, Waldrip dropped the charge and agreed to die 30-year sentence in exchange for Neal giving up several rights, including See GUILTY Page 2A Getting ready Tile Smithson Valley baseball team prepares for the regional final against Corpus Christi Moody. Stevens watches as her children testify in court By Jennifer Sicking Gainesville Daily Register Former Canyon Lake resident Kim Stevens leaned forward in her chair, staring at the television in the courtroom as one of her children appeared on screen. She would later dab at tears with a tissue as two of her children testified against her Monday afternoon, including a daughter who said her mother stepped on a child. Stevens has been accused of injuring and murdering 2-year-old Jorden Saager. Saager died Jan. 4,2000, from multiple blunt force injuries, in which her stomach was separated from her intestines and she received a four-inch skull fracture. Stevens was later arrested by Comal County Sheriff’s deputies at her home in Canyon Lake. Monday, die trial continued with a hearing on whedier to allow the testimony of two of Stevens’ children via closed circuit television, which visiting Judge Jerry Woodlock allowed. See STEVENS Page 3A STAYING INVOLVED Fuller plans to remain active Neal pleads guilty to killing his mother in Comal ISD By Ron Maloney Staff Writer AWK GET YOUR GON June 9 through 26.2005,    ••••— A O' <« f, I / <, j ( O •- Information 606 3285 www, rn ;