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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels TUESDAY June IO, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections mmmmmm ___    I'*    pages    It)    C    SCC    rnHerald-Zeitung % > fS* 'v- y. Vol. 152, No. 178 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 SO cents Candice Shaffer, friend of Samantha Strittmtttsr “I’vecried all the tears I could cry." Girl killed in pedestrian accident Br Row MALONEY Staff Writer SCHERTZ Family and friend* had few an*wen* Monday about the death of a popular 17-year-old student killed Saturday in a vehicle-pedestrian accident,. Samantha Stritmatter died after she wa* struck by a pickup truck while walking a gravel road in the Guadalupe River Canoe Livery. The victim was camping at the site, which is located on the north bank of the river at U.S. 281. C/omal County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said deputies were called to the campground at 8:39 p.m. Saturday. Detectives were called .shortly afterward. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Stritmatter dead at the scene. “She was a pedestrian who was struck by a pickup truck in the campground,” Ward said. He did not release the name of the driver of the truck, who is reportedly from San Antonio, “No charges have been filed against anyone,” Ward said. “Its still under investigation.” Rim Savoy, spokesman for the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independe STRITMATTER nt. School District, offered a little more information about the accident in a news release. “She was hit by a pickup truck Saturday night as she and a group of friends walked down a dirt road near the Guadalupe River in Comal County. Witnesses say a pickup truck rounded a corner either too fast or too wide and struck her, throwing her into another truck coming from the opposite direction,” Savoy said. More than 400 friends, family, faculty and students paid their final tributes Sunday night during a candlelight vigil for Stritmatter at Samuel Clemens High School. Candice Shaffer was one of them. She met Stritmatter in journalism class at the start, of the 2002-03 schixil year.See ACCIDENT/8A Booster clubs secure loans for turf projects By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Athletic booster clubs from two county high schools have secured loans to cover their {Wirtions of $1 million artificial turf projects. Boosters from Smithson Valley High School presented Dr. James Grunert with a check for $4 I JKK) as a down payment during last month’s Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting. Boosters from Canyon High School presented a $21,(HK) check to Grunert- at the same meeting. School district sjxikusjicr-son Ran Hutchison said Monday that (HSI) has yet to get checks from the hanks to cover the balance due from the booster clubs. Broadway Bank and Blanco State Bank did not require*cosigners for their loans of about $1 IO,(XX) to the Smithson Valley High School Deniers. SVHS Booster ('lull Pr»*si dent Mike Pawelek did not return several telephone calls over several days asking alinit the terms of the $110,000 loans. Calls placed to the* hanks also were not returned, But Pawelek <<arlu*i said tis* loan agreements wen* to have l>e«*n signal lap* last w<*ek. Rod Smith, president of the Canyon High School Insisters, said (HIS boosters got a See TURF/8A City council keeps River Acres Park open to the public By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer River Acres Park will remain open tins summer. Instead of temporarily closing the park, New Braunfels city staff plans to fence IkssJ-d (imaged homes across the st reet from the busy one-acre fioightxutuxx] park. The 2002 flood pulled down a fence around River Acres Park and damaged several homes across the street from the park. With access to the river frontage park cleared, an increased number of residents and tourists PINTO have begun to use the park as a river access point. Crowds have created traffic concerns for residents and have begun to trespass onto the potentially dan genius, debris-ridden homes. The city’s first resjxinse was Ut close the park for about half the summer while the city demolished three boughten! homes, City Manager Chuck Pinto said. “This is developing every day, and where we’re at at this point is revers** of what, we put on the agenda,” See RIVER ACHES/8AInside Q&asifledB....... 4-6B Comics........ ...... 7A Crossword .......7 A Forum 6A M'jvtes .......SA Sports......... ......1-2B Today ......... .....2A Stocks ...... 5A 00001 Commissioners to authorize magistrate for county jail In other action- By Ron Maloney Staff Writer (Jamul (bunty commissioners could decide Thursday whether to create a position for a magistrate at the Coma! County Jail. Commissioners’ Court meets at 8:15 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Mil likin said commissioners will consider authorizing a posit ion for a magistrate nut hiring an individual to tin the job, legislation sought by Comal County, and passed by the 78th 'Ilrxas D*g-islature, authorizes the creation of the appointed position. The money Ut flay for the position would come out of general fund reserves. The magistrate would preside over arraignments, hail hearings and 0th* er legal matters pertaining to prisoners at the jail. Those hearings are now handled on a rotating basis by the county’s justices of the peace, county court-at-law judge and county judge. Senate Bill 7, also known as the indi gent defense hill ami passed two terms ago m the'Botas Legislature, im,Teased the legal workload at the jail. The hill requires that Jieople arrest,-imI fiave an attorney ap|x>inttxl to rep resent, them if they don't have their own lawyer and that they appear before a magistrate or judge within 24 hours for a felony or 72 flours for a misdemeanor. The law increased both costs for counties and the amount of time judges must spend at the jail. A duty that until to require a justice of the jxfuce for alxiut one hour iud even every day grew to a job that could take up Ut four hours each (lay. In January, Comal County sought legislation sponsored by District 73 Hep. Carter Casteel that would create A fxisit ion for a magistrate arui authorize Comal County to cruets a second (Jaunty Court at Utw, (ffTinal* will deckle at a future date whether to equate the second countySee MAGISTRATES ■ Consider requesting bids for removal of debris left on private property by the July 2002 flood, ■ Consider whether to reset the bum ban lifted June 5; ■ Consider whether to ban fireworks Kl unincorporated county areas; ■ Consider a grant application for public health preparedness to deal with bioterrorism, ■ Issue a proclamation recognizing the Natural Resource Conservation Service for (ta dean up cl the Guadalupe River. Magical day with clay ‘Free play’ time benefits kids, local museum By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer GRUENE Dm* Buck found a way to tap into tho creative spirit of child rem in something ho read mon* than 18 years age. Thumbing t hrough tho pages of a Ixxik titled “'Hie Magical Child,” Buck learned that “free play”can haven positiveeffect on the cognitive development of young children. Buck thought about what ho laid rend. He realized that learning brrr! horn mr* so structured that perhaps children didn’t have as much time for free play. “I know some kids that are busier than I am,” Buck said. I lls solution? An unstructured day af learning the basics of pot-tory that he called the "Magical Child Clay Workshop." Monday, 141 local children kneaded and molded clay in imaginative shapes. And in the pm tosh, they mi*<*l about $1,300 (or The Childrens Museum. The children Ixiught. the clay from the museum, which got it, at a discount from Buck Pottery. For 13 years tin? work* shoji has been a fund-raiser for the museum. See CLAY/3A PtKjtf* by DAVID INGRAM/! tor Mid /ertung (Above) Paige Ainsley, 4, gets a little help from Terry Buck while making an impression of her hand at the Magical Clay Workshop at Buck Pottery in Gruene Monday. Looking on is Paige’s grandmother Charlene Ainsley. Proceeds from the workshop event benefit tho New Braunfels Children’s Museum. (Left) Caitlyn Barber puts the finishing touches on her cowboy-and horse clay sculpture Monday. This is the 13th year for the fund raiser. ;