New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon, New Braunfels place several players on the District 27-4A softball teams.
New Braunfels Public Library offers summer reading programs for all ages. Page 1C
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Vol. 154, No. 171 30 pages, 5 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3ELawsuit looks to overturn Home Depot SUP
By Melissa Johnson
BULVERDE — Four residents filed a lawsuit against the city of Bulverde this week, hoping to overturn a decision to allow Home Depot to build in the city.
The suit claims that by granting Home Depot a special use permit to build, the city council actually rezoned the property illegally. By claiming the 52-acre tract was rezoned, the suit says the action violates section 19D of the Bulverde city code because I lome Depot did not
wait the required one-year period before repeating its rezoning application request.
Citizens Jennifer Johnson, Tony Mendez, Donna Mendez and Elizabeth Cragg filed the suit, which alleges that “tile Bulverde City Council sold its legislative duty to protect
the zoning of the city for IO acres of land” — a parcel awarded to the Tye Preston Memorial Library by S.C.C. Development. The Mendezes live adjacent to the building site while attorney Steven Arrange described Johnson and Cragg as “concerned citizens.”
In addition to overturning the spe
cial use permit, the plaintiffs are seeking reimbursement for all attornerys’ fees and costs associated with the suit.
“What the city did that was wrong was rezone three C-l lots, which
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Police taking threatening calls seriously
By Bon Maloney
Officers from five police departments are working to find a serial obscene phone caller who has been harassing local women for nearly a year.
According to investigators with the New Braunfels Police Department and the Comal County Sheriff’s office, the male caller has made at least 44
STOP THE CALLS
■ Women in the New Braunfels area who get a collect call from an unfamiliar name or unfamiliar number in the 713 or 281 area code are advised by police to refuse to accept the charges and hang up.
■ Anyone receiving an obscene or threatening call is asked to immediately call 608 2185 and ask for Libby Rinehart or 620-3417 and ask for Wayne Lehman.
the starting line at all, preferring the safety of their owners’ arms to the uncertainty of the cheering crowd. Tinkerbell, the heat two winner, had no competition since her four competitors were too nervous to leave the gate.
Misty Guerrero, owner of a curly haired Chihuahua-poodle mix named Doogey, said she wasn’t
concerned with winning.
“We’re not worried about the competition,’’ Guerrero said. “We just brought him here for fun.”
But Doogey had other ideas in mind. The 4-pound “Chic-poo” mix earned first place in the race and took home a doggy bed filled with
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calls to women in the New Braunfels area and another call to a Houston woman.
Each call is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to six months in county jail.
Detectives don’t know how many other calls he has made that might have gone unreported to officials. The calls — always collect — are believed to originate at pay
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On to state
The Smithson Valley baseball team gets ready to compete in the Class SA state tournament.
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By Melissa Johnson
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Chihuahuas streak to the finish line in Seguin
SEGUIN — Greyhounds may get all the glory on the track, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only dogs who know how to race.
Saturday afternoon, 33 chihuahuas proved that size has no bearing on speed in the first-ever Chihuahua Race held in downtown Seguin.
The race was held as part of the second Seguin-Guadalupe County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fiesta Juan Seguin celebration.
“We were looking for something unique and different, and we came up with this,” Mayor Betty Ann Matthies said.
HCC Director Cindy Herrera said the chamber got the idea for the race from another Hispanic chamber in Phoenix. The Phoenix chamber also helped the local chapter with blueprints for the track.
The contest took place on a homemade track consisting of five 45-foot long, 2-foot high lanes made out of PYC piping. Dog own-
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Sheehana Humphreys hugs her chihuahua, Booboo, after it won one of several heats that it raced in at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Fiesta Juan Seguin Saturday. Below right, Bandit, owned by Delaine De La Garza, was named chihuahua king while Mini the cowgirl, below left, was named queen.
ers worked in pairs, with one holding the dog at the starting line and the other calling out encouragement at the finish.
The lanes were separated from one another with netting attached to the pipes, but that didn t stop participants from jumping out of the track or into competitors’ lanes.
Some dogs chose not to leave
The air is filled with... baseballs
Above, Jacob Gonzales of the New Braunfels Express swings for the fences during a Little League baseball game Saturday. Right, Express catcher Cody Quent makes a throw to third base.Committee says CISD needs new schools quickly
By Melissa Johnson
The Comal ISI) Strategic Planning Committee presented its recommendations regarding the district’s expansive growth to the Comal Independent School District Thursday night.
The recommendations are necessary because 600 new students enroll in Comal ISD every year and more than 30 new subdivisions have been established over die past three years, according to statistics compiled by CISD Director of Communications Kari I lutchison.
Nine months of planning and discussion resulted in the recommendation to build two new elementary school by 2007 and two more by 2009. •The first two schools would
be located off Highway 281 West in the Borgfield area near San Antonio and East 1-35 in New Braunfels behind Canyon Middle School; the second two would be built off West 1-35 in Garden Ridge and south of Canyon lake serving the Startzville area.
“Elementaries are the least expensive schools to build,” committee member Ken Bracks said.
Canyon Intermediate School in New Braunfels would be converted into a middle school in 2007, part of a plan to regroup sixth grade with grades seven and eight.
The recommendation plan also calls for the redistricting of Spring Branch and Smithson Valley middle schools. Students in the area west of
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