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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX niXLD npr ftJJ Mill 1000571 12/50/05 SOUTHWEST MICROF'UE*LISHERS 2627 I VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 111 It 11111 M11)I iujniu SPORTS STATE BOUND Smithson Valley draws Rockwall in second Class 5A state baseball semifinal Friday in Round Rock. Page 5 FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on the state Legislature failing to do its job and the Rangers softball team. Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 172 10 pages, 1 section 500 www: i e Partly cloudy High Low 95 74 Former Bulverde Mayor Cole dies By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE — Former Bulverde Mayor Bill Cole died Saturday evening, just one month after resigning his position to face a fatal illness. Bulverde City Administrator Phyllis Petersen said a Rosary would be recited at 7 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Texas 46, west of U.S. 281. Memorial services will be 11 a.m Wednesday, also at St. Joseph. A full obituary will be in the Wednesday edition of the Herald-Zeitung. "All we can say is, we’re very sorry and offer condolences to his family,” Peterson said. “Bill will be greatly missed.” The fourth mayor of Comal County’s youngest city, Cole, a former chairman of the Bulverde Planning Commission, is credited with spearheading deadon of the city’s subdivision ordinance and its first comprehensive plan. Officials who served with him said Cole’s leadership and vision for the community that sits astride See COLE Page 2 DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS Bill Cole I 7* Completing the drde Triple L Ranch Daycare, a longtime daycare in New Braunfels, builds facility at second locatioa Cattle ranchers hold annual board meeting By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Beef is on the menu today at TBarM Resort as 400 Texas catdemen and women gath-er for this year’s Texas and Southwestern Catde Raisers Association board meeting. “There’s no chicken in sight,” said TSCRA Executive Vice President Matt Brockman, laughing. “Just veggies and lots of beef.” The ranchers arrived in New Braunfels Sunday to spend several days discussing important beef industry issues and challenges. The meeting started off on a high note, Brockman said, thanks to recent rains that put everyone in a good mood. Celebrations continued as the association basked the industry’s recent victory in the nation's highest court. “Just over a week ago, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of our beef checkoff promotional campaign,” Brockman said. “We invested $40,000 in litigation over this issue, so we’re very pleased the court upheld our right to promote our product.” According to a United States Department of Agriculture press release, the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 enabled the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board to develop budgets and award contract for programs designed to promote beef consumption. “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner” is one such advertising campaign. The program is funded by a $1 per head assessment on all cattle producers, collected each time the cattle are sold. The act’s challengers argued the program favored large corporate producers and violated free speech rights of individual farmers who did not want to participate. ENDLESS SUMMER Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Donna and Robert Boehle look over an old annual from Canyon High School while sitting on a bench given to Donna by the school in their back yard.The two retired from teaching with the Comal ISD after a total of 71 combined years. Pair retire after 71 combined years teaching “Right now itjust seems like we’re out for the summer.” — Donna Boehle On how it feels after retiring from Canyon High School Donna Boehle was presented with a wooden park bench with this plaque attached upon her retirement from teaching at Canyon High School. The bench now sits in her back yard. She taught at the school since 1969, and retired this year. Melissa Johnson Staff Writer From the very beginning, a local couple has had three loves — teaching, sports and each other. But after 86 and 35 years of teaching and coaching, husband and wile team Donna and Bobby Boehle retired from their respective positions at Canyon High School and Frazier Elementary. Not teaching anymore is an idea that will take the pair time to get used to. “I don’t think it’s all sunk in yet,” Bobby said. “I think we’ll really liegin to miss it in tile fall." Right now it just seems like we’re out for tile summer,” Donna agreed. As anyone who has taught public school can attest, one of the most remarkable aspects of the Boulles’ careers is that both hushful and wife spent their 71 combined years with the same district, and for the most part, with the same schools. The perk of staying in New Braunfels Independent School District for the long haul was that Donna and Bobby were able to grow with the town. Both said they' taught third generation students in their classrooms. "A couple of ’em — I taught their grandparents,” Donna said. The pair keeps in touch with many of their fonner students, many of whom are now teachers themselves. “It’s funny how that happens," Donna said “You get older and you liecome friends." The couple worked together as an instructional team, with I )onna teaching health educate I ai id coaching varsity volleyball, and Bobby teaching physical education and coaching freshman volleyball. Unlike many families whose See TEACHING Page 2 Walnut Avenue intersections might be widened AT A GLANCE ■ What: Joint meeting of the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board and the Planning Commission ■ When: 6 p.m. today ■ Where: City of New Braunfels council chambers By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Bottlenecks on Walnut Avenue soon could be a thing of the past. After years of community wide debate and an almost four-month-old $22,000 Carter and Buigess study, the Ihinsportation and Traffic Advisory Board and the Planning Commission are considering making a recommendation to city council that could solve the problem once and for all. If committee members adopt Carter and Burgess’ suggestion, the street will be widened at tiiree major intersections — I anda Street, San Antonio Street and Business 35. Although the study’s conclusions might have seemed obvious to frustrated drivers, City Planner Frank Robbins said widening the street was not the first thing he thought of for improving the street ’s traffic. “What I have tried to get people to think about is what causes traffic to stop on Walnut," he said. “You never stop unless it’s at an intersection. So, we just need to get traffic through the intersections more quickly.” Carter and Buigess’ traffic count findings upheld Robbins’ take on the intersections, but their solution involved increasing the number of lanes at each light, ultimately widening the road. The good news, Robbins said, Is that most of the proposed widening could be accomplished within existing city-owned rights-of-way. The big kink in the plan is the number of homes and businesses that might have to give way to additional asphalt space. Cie COUNCIL Page 2 Woman drowns in Guadalupe Mark Reynolds By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A 32-year-old Houston woman Sunday evening became this summer’s first drowning victim in the Guadalupe River in Comal County, losing her life near the fourth River Road crossing. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Zahida Owais dead at the scene of the incident, which occurred in the undertow beneath the Kanz dam. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Cltief Shawn Wherry reported firefighters were called to the scene around 8 pm Sunday to aid several victims who were reportedly in the water just downstream of the dam. Kanz dam is located between White Water Sports and Rio Raft on the river’s sec-ond horseshoe, which is accessed off FM 2673 in Saltier. When firefighters arrived, Wherry said, they assembled a rescue team and began pulling children from the water and from an island below the dam. All were wearing life jackets, he said. Hie victim, who was also wearing a life jacket over long clothing, was found in the undertow, beneath the surface of the water. The two children pulled from the water were uninjured. Wherry said firefighters reported to him the victim was part of a group of tubers — all of whom were wearing floatation devices. “If they hadn’t been, it was likely we’d have had more drownings,” Wherry said. Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds said the group of tubers put in at White Water Sports and floated a couple hundred yards down to — and over — the dam, a trip thousands of tubers make on any holiday weekend. See DROWNING Page 2 rn t ;