New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
JUNE 6, 2004
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Ronald Reagan, ‘The Great Communicator,’ dies at 93
By TERENCE HUNT
AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was “morning again in America,” died Saturday after a long twi
light struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 93.
In Paris, White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said President Bush was notified of Reagan’s death in Paris at about 4: IO p.m.
Hie United States flag over the White House was lowered to half-staff within an hour.
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Reagan’s body was expected to be taken to his presidential library and museum in Simi Valley, Calif., and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the
Capitol Rotunda. His funeral was expected to be at the National Cathedral, an event likely to draw world leaders.
The body was to be returned to California for a sunset burial at his library.
Five years after leaving office, the nations 40th president told the world in November 1994 that
he had been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s, an incurable illness that destroys brain cells. He said he had begun “the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.” Reagan lived longer than any U.S. president, spending his last
See REAGAN, Page 6A
Group plans to force election on tax relief
By Scott Mahon
At least one group of senior citizens say they’re prepared to force an election to freeze property taxes for homeowners 65 and older if the New Braunfels City Council won t adopt the measure.
Voters statewide approved a referendum last September allowing cities and counties to freeze property taxes for people 65 and older and the disabled. Since then, more and more cities and counties have opted to adopt the measure, called Proposition 13 on last year’s ballot.
Locally, seniors citizens have urged See PROPOSITION 13. Page 8A
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Small yards, big problems
Garden Ridge residents say homes on I/4-acre lots would destroy city’s ‘rural ambiance’
Artist's rendering of an existing subdivision in Garden Ridge redrawn to include garden homes. Lots in green are garden homes. Those in yellow are lots that meet city's required size of three-quarters of an acre or larger.
Photos show gardervstyle homes located in Soutbank subdivision in New Braunfels.
By Brandi Grissom
CARDEN RIDGE — Mariann Stratton will probably move away from the community she has grown to love over the last six years. The large lot her home is on is just too much to maintain on her own.
"I love all of the people who live out here,” she said. “It s a real community. Everyone helps everyone else out. I hate the idea of having to leave Garden Ridge to get a nice home with a smaller yard. Many people are in the situation
where they love the neighborhood and the city as much as I do, but, for one reason or another — they’re widowed in my case or they’re older — they just don’t feel like they can keep up with a three-quarter acre lot.”
For more than a year, city officials have studied and debated a proposed ordinance allowing developers to build subdivisions with garden homes — 2,000- to 2,800-square-foot homes on one-quarter-acre lots.
City officials sent out an opinion poll in last month’s utility bill, asking resi-
■ Garden homes are 2,000- to 2.800-square-foot homes on one-quarter-acre lots.
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they favored the proposal. At a ratio of2-to-l, residents said no.
With the poll results in hand,
Mayor lay Feibel-
man said he will obey citizens’ wishes and ask council to vote against the ordinance at its July meeting.
“I’m going to recommend to council
See GARDIN ROMES, Page 8A
Tracking the news
Pretrial hearing set for ex-cop's wife
LAST WE KNEW: Samantha Childs, wife of former New Braunfels police officer Jeffrey Childs, was indicted May 12 with Jonathan Benavides on charges of criminal solicitation to commit murder.
LATEST: The pair has been arraigned on the charges, which are first-degree felonies that, if proved, could send them to prison for the rest of their lives.
NEXT: Pretrial hearings have been set for Childs
(June 21) and for Benavides (June 24).
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Organized crimed trial postponed
LAST WE KNEW: Rodolfo Gomez, 40, awaiting trial on organized crime and aggravated robbery charges, was set to go on trial this week.
LATEST: 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison postponed the trial because Glen Peterson, who represents Gomez, needed more time to prepare because of the demands of a recent murder trial.
NEXT: The Gomez trial will be reset for a docket later this summer.
City takes left turn on traffic dilemma
By Scott Mahon
Turning lanes are being tested at one of city’s busiest intersections in an attempt to relieve some of the traffic gridlock that occurs on summer weekends.
Left-turn lanes were instal led at the intersection of Union
Avenue and Common Street, one of the most congested intersection in New Braunfels, and put to a test during the Memorial Day weekend.
City officials say the change
Suspect in killing returns for competency hearing
By Ron Maloney
The 35-year-old Canyon lake man accused of killing his mother in 2001 and setting a fire to cover up the crime returns district court Monday.
Daniel R Neal was returned to the Comal County Jail Fri-
allowed traffic to move more quickly through the intersection.
But City Engineer Mike Short admits not everyone happy with the decision.
day from the Vernon State Hospital. He is being held on $300,000 bail, charged with shooting his mother, Barbara Casey, in her Canyon Lake home the day after Christmas, 2000.
Casey was found by firefighters who went to her
See NEAL. Page 3A
"We’ve been getting some phone calls complaining about the change, but it s something new and we always
See TRAFFIC. Page 3A
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Swim for a title
Land* Park Dolphins will seek medals and birth in state regional finals in city swimming championship.
Southbound traffic on East Common Street backs up two blocks to North Houston Avenue at 10:15 a m. Saturday.