New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE
New Braunfels Little League crowns city champions in several divisions.
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County grand jury indicts New Braunfels man for allegedly possessing drugs. Page 2A
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 4BStarkville may consider incorporating
By Ron Maloney
STARTZVILLE — Things could someday start to look a little more metropolitan in western Comal County.
In 2004, Spring Branch residents concerned about the possibility of being annexed or losing their community’s identity began looking into incorporating the community as a city.
Now, there are reports that
Startzville residents are considering the same thing.
William L. Woolley has reportedly circulated a petition calling for an annexation vote in the community on the south side of Canyon I^ke.
Wednesday afternoon, he con
firmed the existence of the effort, but didn’t say much else in spite of being quoted in news reports in San Antonio.
“I can’t talk today,” Woolley said when reached at his Startzville business, Buckeye’s Ice House.
Woolly did say attorney Paul Swearingen was delivering a petition to the county Wednesday afternoon.
“I Ie left about 20 minutes ago, but See CITY Page 3A
HUNGRY FOR A TITLE
Developer unveils plans for 1,159-lot subdivision
By Leigh Jones
River Chase subdivision residents might soon have new neighbors.
City of New Braunfels Planning Commission members listened Tuesday to a proposal by landowner Peter Serebrenik to turn 750 acres at the corner of I ioffmann Lane and I Iighway 306 into 1,159 residential lots for Avalon L,akes Subdivision.
Development is still in the very early stages — Serebrenik was not asking for any approvals, just giving commission members a “heads up” on his plans.
“We plan to make this a semirural development, with 25 percent of the residential area left in green belts and parks,” he said.
As the name implies, lakes will factor heavily into the neighborhood s theme, with an existing 5-acre lake providing a central recreation area.
Serebrenik said he anticipated home prices to run between $200,000 and $300,000, with lot sizes of 70 feet by 140 feet and IOO feet by 250 feet.
In response to questions from commission members, Serebrenik verified the streets would be built to city code and the utilities would all be underground.
The neighborhood will sit across I ioffmann Lane from one of Comal Independent School District’s newest campuses,
I Ioffmann Lane Elementary.
In other business, the commission denied two rezoning applications for commercial developments.
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Making a change
Illegal drug use is a big problem in Comd County that many people are trying to fix.
SV baseball team prepares for state clash
By Melissa Johnson
The Smithson Valley baseball team geared up for the first match of the UIL Final Four Friday by gathering around the table together Wednesday.
Fresh off a two-hour practice and still wearing sweaty jerseys, the 19-inember team chowed down on steak, baked potatoes and salad on senior catcher Joe Pawelek’s back porch.
The weekly playoff dinner offered the 19-member team time to dine and reflect before its match with Rockwall.
“The meal lets us relax and eat something and brings everyone together," senior rightfielder Cody Beyer said as the boys scrammed jumbo shrimp off one another’s plates.
Looking over the scene in the kitchen, mother Joanne Beyer said the meals reflect the spirit of the team.
“There s so much camaraderie,’’ Joanne said. “This is what Smithson Valley is all about.”
For many players, Friday’s game will not be the first time they have competed in a state tournament this year. This fall, IO members of the baseball team played in the state championship game against Southlake Carroll.
Beyer said the way the team lost — by virtue of a Carroll field goal kicked with six seconds left in the game — gives the players added motivation in the baseball Final Four.
“It makes you want it more,”
I ■ For more I on Smithson j Valley's I matchup with j Rockwall, see I Sports on i Page 5A
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Trey Asberry, from left, Reagan Moczygemba and Johnathon Rossfeldt fill their plates with shrimp, steak and salad served by Lynn Franklin, left, and Judy Pawelek at a barbecue for the Smithson Valley baseball team Wednesday afternoon. Below, Cody Beyer, Clay Fuller and Moczygemba check out a Final FourT-shirt that was ordered for Smithson Valley fans.
Beyer said, though he noted that the team is no longer concerned with football.
Senior catcher Joe Pawelek agreed.
“It’s in the past, but you still think of it sometimes,” he said. “But now we’re just trying to go out and win state.”
Pawelek said regardless of the outcome, he’s proud to have made it to state twice in one year.
“That’s something that no one else gets to say they’re a part of," he said.
Beyer explained that the last time Smithson Valley reached the semifinals was in 2001, when a few
See RANGERS Page 2AThis Summer, Taste Matters
Technology making big impact in local courtrooms
By Ron Maloney
Many of us can remember the days when television carried only one or two channels on a snowy little screen.
Cars, it’s often said, aren’t made the way they used to be.
Technology changes everything.
Just like the television viewer of 1955 would probably have trouble imagining what TV has become, or a driver how to work the gizmos on today’s cars, a judge of half a century ago might recognize the bench, the rail and the paneling, but a courtroom is becoming a much different place.
In recent weeks, Comal County’s courtrooms have begun in earnest the move into the Information Age, and much of the change would pass unnoticed to most observers.
The county’s two district courtrooms and County Court-at-Law 2 have been outfitted with digital hard drives, document projectors and closed-circuit television systems. Attorneys for both sides of any case can plug their own computers into a system that can project documents, evidence or exhibits onto a screen that can be viewed by everyone in the courtroom.
In County Court-at-Law 2,
the sound system is as good as many home theaters — if Judge Charles Stephens II speaks from the bench, his voice sounds like it’s coming from everywhere in the room, which it essentially is.
The county’s courtrooms began their electronic makeover nearly three years ago when Commissioners’ Court moved into its current facility.
County staff, the judge and commissioners got laptops that were plugged into a high-tech display system for video, documents and exhibits that are also projected onto a screen for the audience. The entire courtroom was wired, facilitating recording of min
utes and enabling those in the audience to better hear the proceedings.
When Stephens moved into the former commissioners’ courtroom about 18 months ago, it had to be reconfigured into a judicial courtroom replete with bench, counsel tables and witness and jury boxes.
Plans were begun for an electronic upgrade.
County Information Systems Manager John Dumas set up the system used in Commissioners’ Court with help of a consultant. County Engineer Tom Hornseth has operated the system.
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Judge Charles Stephens demonstrates the uses of the new technology installed in his courtroom, such as this video projector, which allows for documents and 3-D objects to be viewed in the courtroom.