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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas Seniors to petition for property tax break By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County’s seniors will have to go to voters to get a freeze on their county property taxes. Commissioners Thursday took no action on a request that the county provide a tax break to senior and disabled people — locking the amount of homestead property taxes a person pays after reaching age 65. As a result, a group of seniors who have asked the city and the county to extend the tax break will circulate petitions seeking nearly 3,000 names to call a special election on the issue in September. “I don’t want to predict what the voters will do,” said senior spokesman Wayne Rudolph. “If we go on the Sept. 11 ballot, we’U have a one-issue ballot, and that will be whether there will be a tax freeze." County Judge Danny Scheel told a courtroom packed with seniors that he personally couldn’t support the tax break. “I was elected to represent all the citizens of Comal County,” Scheel said. “That isn’t just people over 65. It includes people in their 20s who are just starting out in life and people in their 40s who are scraping by to put their kids through college. See TAX, Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Pipped World Gym moves to larger facility. ei»nAY. JUNE 11, 2004 E ll, 2004 ald-ZeitungMan gets 50 months in prison for killing girl By Ron Maloney Staff Writer District Judge Gary Steel’s voice broke Thursday as he sentenced a San Antonio man who ran down and killed a 17- year-old Schertz girl a year ago. Robert R McDaniel III, 22, struck Samantha Stritmatter about 8:30 p.m. June 5,2003, at Guadalupe Canoe Livery in Spring Branch as she was walking on a dirt road. Steel sentenced McDaniel to 50 months in state prison for manslaughter in Stritmat-ter's death, leaving members of McDaniel’s and Stritmat-ter’s families in tears. “This was not an easy deci sion,” the judge said. “I cannot tell you the sympathy I feel for Sam’s family and friends. My heart goes out to them. I cannot imagine the pain you all are feeling.” Prosecutor Dib Waldrip, arguing McDaniel had alcohol and marijuana in his system, a defective vehicle and was driving too fast for conditions, asked for IO years or more in prison. McDaniel, who pleaded guilty, faced between two and 20years. Defense attorney Atanacio Campos, arguing the incident was a tragic accident, sought a See KILLING. Page 3A Bedford tapped for Wurstfest’s Grosse Opa By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Anyone who needed to visit dentist Don Bedford early in November should schedule an appointment soon. Wurstfest Association Thursday announced Bedford was selected as “Grosse Opa” for the 44th annual rendition of this city’s signature sausage and beer Don Bedford festival. which runs from Oct. 29 through Nov. 7. “It’s such an honor that I am just overwhelmed at doing this,” Bedford said. Bedford's wife, JoAnn, said he was up to the challenge of representing New Braunfels to the world. “I can’t think of anyone who has enjoyed Wurstfest as much as he has,” she said. “If having too much fun is challenging, I really relish the idea,” Bedford said. Wurstfest has named a Grosse Opa, or “Big Grandpa” every year since 1968. Also known as the “spass meister,” or “fun master,” Bedford’s job is to represent the event—and to ensure that the more than 100,000 who visit have a very good time. Wurstfest is this city's biggest nonprofit and service organization fund-raiser. SPORTS YOUNG DUFFERS Hook a Kid on Golf' camps teach kids who are new to the game fundamental rules, basic skills and etiquette. Pago SA FORUM LETTERS | Readers sound off on unruly I river behavior and the feasibili-j ty of combining both local j school districts. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 10% rain chance High Low 91 72 Details .... 1B EAR ABBY 48 LASSIFIEDS MI OMICS 38 ROSSWORD 38 ORUM    4A BITUARIES SA PORTS 5-6A GRIDS 48 Area cleans up after bad storms By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Vol. 153, No. 183 14 pages, 2 sections c Llc *    500 The water from the Guadalupe River was up to Don Stiles’ knees as he and his wife, Barbara, hooked up their recreational vehicle late Wednesday at the River Ranch RV Resort. Most of their belongings outside had already washed away, including a barbecue grill, a toolbox and ail their plants, after heavy rains drenched the region, swelling the Guadalupe River. “We got out just in time, before the water got inside the trailer,” Stiles said. “As soon as we got the RV relocated, we came back to help. But other people were stopping to help too, complete strangers who just wanted to help.” From Tucson, Ariz., and living temporarily in their RV, the Stiles plan to build a home at Canyon Lake. Yesterday, the couple decided to move their RV to the Austin area, but said they’d be back. Kim Brown and her husband, Gary Gustafson, who own River Ranch RV See STORMS, Page 3A I a DAVID INORAM/Herald-Zeitung A destroyed travel trailer rests against a bridge support at the River Ranch RV Resort under Interstate 35 where it was moved by the Guadalupe River Wednesday evening. HUL COUNTRY BIBLE CHURCH Pastor: Franklin Watts Denomination: Nondenominational Attendance: 70 Meeting time 10:30 a m. Sunday Location: FM 306 and Tamarack Drive Phone number: (830) 935-2945 Worship style: Blended Mission: Our purpose is to teach the word of God as contained in Holy Scripture and to glorify Jesus Christ as the savior of humankind. Small church has big goals with youth programs, mission work By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Hill Country Bible Church has served residents on the north side of Canyon Lake for 15 years. “We started by renting part of the building we’re in now," said Pastor Franklin Watts. “Eventually we bought it, and we've gone through two remodeling projects since then.” Watts works part time as pastor, spending the rest of the week as a nursing home consultant, but church activities and member involvement are full time. In addition to close work with the Canyon lake community center, Watts said members make regular trips to the Texas-Mexico boarder. “There is a facility called Faith Mission International in Del Rio, right by the international bridge, that feeds thousands of Mexicans every day," he said. “We support them financially and take clothing donations several times a year." Since its founding, the church also has supported the international mission work of two women in Papua New Guinea. The women work for Wycliffe Bible Translators, a group working to translate the Bible into every language in the world. Later this year, the missionaries will return home for a visit. “The missionaries’ homecoming is the most exciting thing we have coming up in the next few months,” Watts said. Although the church is small, it has an active Awana children’s program. Watts said Awana, which stands for “approved workmen are not ashamed,” curriculum is similar to Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities. Older children and teens are benefiting from the attention of a new youth minister. “We are very proud of our part-time See CHURCH, Page 2A ill Coi ibis Tamarack Drive Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. MANDY REARV/Herakt-Zertung Hill Country Bible Church Pastor Franklin Watts.TUNNELL INSURANCEL    HOME    &    AUTO    'J ;