New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Updated scores from Little League special baseball, softball tournaments.
Mary Alice Altorfer writes how Medal of Honor recipient Jose Lopez was a true hero. Page 4
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Vol. 154, No. 184 12 pages, 1 section
New eating placeProposed drug policy receives first look
By Melissa Johnson
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees debated whether a proposed drug policy would hurt the students it was
designed to help.
The NBISD Board ofTrustees heard the first reading the policy in a regular meeting Tuesday night.
The policy calls for random drug testing of students in grades 7 through 12 who par
ticipate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities or obtain a high school parking permit.
The test results will be used to determine eligibility for extracurricular activities and parking privileges.
The first positive test for alcohol or illegal drugs will earn students a 30 day suspension from extracurricular competitions and parking privileges but allows students to participate in extracurricular practices. A second offense mandates sus
pension from extracurricular competitions and parking for one year and restricts students from practices. A third offense results in permanent suspension from all activities and parking.
Board member Ed Clark
questioned the helpfulness of pulling students with drug problems out of afterschool activities.
“If we turn around and take a child out of extracurricular
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Scheel: 2 road improvements wont be tolledSTEPPING UP TO THE PLATE
By Ron Maloney
Comal County Judge Danny Scheel reports that at least two big-dollar road improvements in Comal County will not be paid for with toll booths.
Residents who turned out en masse at a series of public hearings in 2004 to oppose toll roads were apparently heard loud and clear in San Antonio and Austin.
In a June I letter, TxDOT San Antonio District Engineer David Casteel reported to the Texas Transportation Commission and other state officials that U.S. 281 north of the Guadalupe River to EM 307 could be widened from its current two lanes to a four-lane divided highway within the next seven years—and that the funding for the project would not include toll lanes.
Casteel’s letter mentions the public hearings and the concerns expressed at them.
“I wanted to let you know that TxDOT has revised the proposal for U.S. 281 in Comal County based upon the comments made at these meetings,” Casteel wrote.
He said a public hearing would be set this summer to accept public comments on the
See TXDOT Page 2Perry to propose school funding compromise plan
By April Castro and Jim Vertuno
Associated Press Writers
AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he will propose a school funding compromise plan that would give teachers a pay raise and homeowners more than $7 billion in school property tax relief over the next two years.
Perry, who forced lawmakers into special session by vetoing the state’s public schools budget, will deliver his plan to the Legislature Tuesday, the first day lawmakers come back to Austin.
"We need to act now,” Rick Perry Perry said in an interview with Tile Associated Press. “Tomorrow we’re going to give them a clear message of where we’re going and what we ought to be doing.”
.Solving the school funding dilemma has bedeviled lawmakers for the previous two regular sessions and a failed special session last year. It also threatens to become a political problem for Perry, who is seeking re-election to a second full term in 2006.
Perry said lawmakers should be willing to accept his plan, although he stopped short of saying he had a deal with the leaders of the House and Senate.
Jerald Schroeder sprays home plate before the start All-Star softball game held June 10 at Comal Park.Sports complex might benefit teams, city
Seguin police arrest 3 on narcotics chargesUP^-ES
Tracking the newsCouple in apparent double suicide identified
LAST WE KNEW: A local couple died Saturday morning in an apparent double suicide.
LATEST: Police Detective Scott Renken said the victims were William Buker,
85, and his wife, Marie,86.
By Bryan Kirk
SEGUIN — A call for a burglary in progress led to the arrest of two men and a woman on narcotics charges on Sunday.
Jimmy Briseno, 44, his wife Sandra Briseno, 44, and their nephew Bernard Garcia, 29, were arrested on multiple felony narcotics charges after police reportedly seized 18.5 pounds of marijuana, 251 grams of uncut cocaine and more than $9,700
cash from a home near Jefferson Elementary School.
Police were callet! shortly after 2 p.m. to home in the 900 block of Zunker Street after neighbors said they saw a young man break into the house.
Seguin police officer David Aguilar said he arrived as Garcia was pulling out of the driveway in a late model Dodge pickup.
“I ended up blocking his mick in,” Aguilar said.
Garcia reportedly told Aguilar he
didn’t live there and the house belonged to his relatives, Jimmy and Sandra Briseno.
Jimmy and Sandra Briseno confirmed Garcia was their nephew and told officers Garc ia had no business in the house.
Neighbors told police they saw Garcia go into the house through a window and remove several items.
Aguilar said Garcia gave him consent to search his pickup and alleged
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Thundercloud Subs ope for biasness in New Braunfels, offering food, drink and a good time.
Jordon Martinez cheers on the batter from the dugout at a New Braunfels Gray All-Stars game Saturday afternoon.
By Leigh Jones
Youth sports is hot in New Braunfels.
When local youngsters are not giving their athletic all to defend their school’s honor, they are keeping their skills sharp with league play.
Soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming, tennis — the opportunities for team sports are limited only by available facilities.
Unfortunately for New Braunfels’ children, the limit is severe.
The city Parks and Recreation Department has two facilities already filled to capacity almost every weekend.
Camp Comal, home of the New Braunfels Bombers girls softball team, has six fields, and the H-E-B Soccer Complex has nine fields.
Neither park is large enough to host the kind of tournaments held regularly by today’s youth leagues.
The cramped space and growing popularity of all of the teams has provided the impetus for recent attempts to bring a multipurpose sports complex to New Braunfels.
“It’s obvious we need more capacity and theres a real desire for it,” said Councilwoman Valerie Hull, who asked council earlier this year to consider the possibility of funding a venue.
“This is something we need for our kids.”
As part of their research,
Hull and members of the Parks Advisory Committee made two trips to facilities around the state to see what other cities had done to promote youth sports.
They looked at two types of facilities — ones that could be funded with Hotel Occupancy Tax money and ones that could not.
Both models have been successful
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SPORTS COMPLEX I H During the next three days, the Herald-Zeitung will explore the city's options for a sports complex.
Wednesday will focus on the economic benefits to the