New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5-8B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3BSeniors ask county to enact tax freeze
By Ron Maloney
A dozen seniors Thursday asked the county to enact a tax freeze allowed under a 2003 constitutional amendment— promising to petition for a vote
if commissioners don’t act.
Acting County Judge Jay Minikin, and commissioners Jan Kennady and Cristina Zamora will place the question on next Thursday’s commissioners’ court agenda for
Proposition 13, passed by more than 80 percent of Texas voters who cast ballots in the September 2003 constitutional amendment election, provides a way the disabled and
property owners over age 65 can receive the same tax freeze from county, municipal, or junior college district property taxes that retired people now have with their public school district property taxes — with
approval of the taxing entities.
The freeze would mean that county property taxes on a home owned by someone over age 65 would be locked and could not be raised, regardless of the home's appraised value.
So far, approval hasn’t come in New Braunfels or Comal County, although county staff has begun to look at the issue. The tax break was raised in
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With the Texas quarter recently released, collectors are getting the coin to add to their collection.
Jury continues to deliberate sex case
Listen to the band
Concerts in the Park opens for the 2004 season
Maigen Mulkey, 8, plays a game of hopscotch while waiting for Peace Riot to take the stage.
TAKS passing level lower than tests
By Ron Maloney
A Comal County jury adjourned after six hours of deliberations Thursday with no verdict in the trial of a local woman accused of indecency with a child.
Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay sent home jurors who will decide the fate of Jacqueline G. Merrill, 49.
They will return at 9 am today to continue deliberations.
Comal County Sheriff s detective Wayne Lehman arrested Merrill Oct. 1,2002, after a three-week investigation into what the detective alleged was sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy that took place over about IO months.
Merrill was indicted in january 2003, on three charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
If convicted, the offense is a
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pendent School District executive director of instruction and curriculum, said although the passing standard was set low, it was higher than previous versions of standardized testing.
“Would it be better if we set the standard at 70 percent, which is what everybody assumes is passing?” she asked. “It would probably give us clearer information on where we actually are, and it would give the public clearer
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Chris Wallisch of Chris and Judy warms up the crowd gathered around the dance slab before Peace Riot took the stage at the Concert in the Park Thursday night in Landa Park. The series continues every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 12
By Leigh Jones
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Leah McDonald, 4, left, and Emily Hancock, 5, take a spin on the dance slab at Landa Park during the first Concerts in the Park of the summer Thursday night.
Juniors who passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in order to graduate next year would have a tough time passing a midterm test on the same subjects.
That’s because the passing level for the four lith grade TAKS tests ranges between 40 and 49 percent.
The passing level for regular school classes is 70 percent.
Vickie Pursch, Comal Inde-
East Commons Street
Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung ’ will feature a different house of worship.
CHR1ST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
■ Pastor: Richard Jones
■ Denomination: Presbyterian Church in America
■ Attendance: 225
■ Meeting time: 10:40 arn.
■ Address: 1620 E Common St.
■ Phone (830) 629-0405
■ Worship style: Traditional
■ Web site: www.christ-presnb.org
■ Mission statement: Our desire is to build a church pleasing to God.
Christ Presbyterian bringing speakers to address Christian issues
By Leigh Jones
The members of Christ Presbyterian Church do not believe in “busy” work.
According to Pastor Richard Jones, all work is a spiritual calling.
“We understand that every Christian has a calling from God. Vocation is a calling from God to work, but not necessarily in ministry” Jones said. “We view all jobs as vocations.”
The difference between a job and a vocation can mean the difference between eight hours of drudgery or eight hours of satisfaction.
“If a job is a spiritual calling from God, it makes a difference in the way you approach it, especially your attitude and dedication,” Jones said. “If a job is just a means to make money, you will not feel fulfilled after a while.”
The theology of vocation is important to Jones and his congregation because it moves the idea of ministry outside the church doors and into the culture where
people interact. T he location and focus of ministry dictates the way Christ Presbyterian prepares its members to live out their faith.
“We believe Christ Is Lord of aff including our culture,” Jones said "Baith should touch all areas of life. We encourage our members to be involved socially and politically.” To keep members and the community informed on current cultural issues, the church began die "Patriotic Speaker Series.” “We bring people to the community that wouldn’t normally come to a small town to speak on cutting-edge issues Christians are interested in,” Jones said.
Ken Starr, best known as the U.S. Independent counsel for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, will take the podium July I.
Former shakers include Alan Keyes, Cal Thomas and Kay Coles James.
While the speaker series receives a lot of attention, Jones said the church’s building
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Christ Presbyterian Church Pastor Richard Jones.