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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, JUNE 22,2007Zeitung LOCAL A good cause Americana Music Jam raises more than $50,000 for two groups that make a difference. Page 3A SPORTS Little League Tournaments get back underway after Wednesday's rain delays. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 191 16 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW? 8 "56825 00001' \> 4B approves funding for pre-engineer program By David Saleh Rauf The Herald-Zeitung The New Braunfels Industrial Development Board approved funds Thursday evening for a pre-engineering program that will give high school juniors from four area school districts the opportunity to earn college credit and jump start a future career while finishing high school. Starting this fall, the Central Texas Technology Center — located at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport — will offer pre-engineering classes as part of die new Manufacturing and Technology Academy. The program will be made available to high school juniors from Comal, New Braunfels, Seguin and Navarro school districts. On Thursday, the 4B board unanimously approved a $55,000 grant for the program — designed to provide education, experience and job opportunities for students interested in preengineering or manufacturing — at its board of directors meeting. Board member Julie Martinez was absent. The Seguin Economic Development Council approved the same amount of binding for the program last week at its board of directors meetings. Both resolutions for funding wil be sent to their respective city councils, where a final decision regarding approval for the $110,000 in grants for the program will be made. “This program gives kids and families a real leg up in tenns of getting free college credits,” 4B secretary Monroe Miller said. “ During the program, students will work first hand with instructors from St. Phillips College in San Antonio and will use professional equipment — provided by Alamo Community College District — in a classroom setting at CTTC. Students who complete the program also will receive certification in different fields and will have the opportunity to earn 24 to 27 college credits at the end of the two-year program. The college credits can then be applied to a bachelor’s degree. Students interested in the pre-engineering program also will have the opportunity to be teamed up with local industry partners in an eight-week paid summer internship. At least See 4B Board, Page 2A NBU report: City drinking water passes annual test From staff reports A recently released annual drinking water report indicates that water supplied by NBU exceeds state and federal standards. The NBU Consumer Confidence Report shows that contaminants in water supplied by NBU were below the maximum and average levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency. For example: Nitrate, an inorganic contaminant caused by runoff from fertilizer or leaching from septic and sewage tanks, measured an average level of 1.36 and a maximum level of 2.09, according to the NBU report. The maximum level set by the EPA is IO. The report represents a summary of the test results for water quality in 2006. NBU water customers will begin receiving a copy of the report with their utility bills in the next few weeks. The reports also is available online at I 40% chance of storms High Low I 90 69 1 i Details .... 1B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B River rules hearing delayed City’s attorney argues court can’t overturn ’stupid’ ordinance By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung A ruling on the river ordinance lawsuit filed by Stop the Ordinances Please against the city of New Braunfels has been postponed for at least another week. About 50 people crowded into a small courtroom on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Thursday morning for a hearing in the 207th District Court presided over by Visiting Judge Ron Carr, in place of District Judge Charles Ramsay who recused himself in April. During the hearing, the city’s attorney Bradford Bullock said to Carr that people are “trying to have you say New Braunfels is passing ‘stupid’ ordinances like the 16-quart cooler ordinance. “Well, the city can pass ‘stupid’ ordinances and if people don’t What's next IK Judge may announce ruling at June 29 hearing like it, they can vote the (city council) out,” Bullock said. “Your honor, you, or the courts, cannot replace that rule.” David Earl, representing STOP responded by saying “Good, decent people have the right to be treated fairly.” “The city is saying a 48-quart cooler is like a bazooka," Earl said. “The city can pass ‘stupid’ ordinances, but not if they’re illegal. I’m pleading for justice.” The public hearing was meant to determine if the members of STOP have standing, or a personal stake in the case. However, the lack of a decision upset some in attendance. “This (the lawsuit) is the biggest farce I’ve ever seen,” said Bill Shanahan of New Braunfels. “If things aren’t broken, I say don’t fix it — and don’t be screwing it all See ORDINANCES, Page 8A Full bloom photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung A Santa Rita Prickly Pear, above left, grows in the cactus garden lined with crushed glass at the Texas Cooperative Extension Office offTexas 46 west of New Braunfels. Purple Coneflower, above right, grow in the flower garden at the Extension Office. Gardening in Texas heat? Success lies in the soil By Laura Blewitt The Herald-Zeitung Lou Erickson once said, “Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in forms of perspiration.” This will be especially true for gardeners in the Texas Hill Country, who can expect business as usual: a hot and dry summer. Traditionally, the Texas Hill Country area has two distinct main seasons: spring and fall, said David Rodriguez, Texas Cooperative Extension horticulture agent for Bexar County. Luckily for residents of Central Texas, gardening can still be successful 11 months out of 12. This spring may brought an abnormally Local Garden Clubs ■ Comal Garden Club: 627-2304 ■ Four Seasons Garden Club: 620-8454 ■ Guada Coma Garden Club: 624-8313 ■ Men's Garden Club: 620-5776 ■ NB Iris Society: 625-1051 Cosmos grow in the garden at the Texas Cooperative Extension Office. high amount of rain to the region, but not much rainfall should be expected until September, and temperatures are expected to be slightly above normal for the next three months, said forecaster Mark Brundrett. The key to successful gardening is all in the soil preparation, said Chip Schumacher, owner of Schumacher’s Hill Country Gar dens. “It’s the soil that supports plant life, so healthy soil equals healthy plants,” he said. There are two dramatically different types of soil in New Braunfels: rocky limestone-based soil in the west and gumbo clay soil in the east near Seguin. “Neither side is better,” Schumacher said, “rocky soil doesn’t get enough water and clay doesn’t get enough oxygen.” A few solutions are adding sand to clay so the soil will hold less water, or adding an organic, water-holding material to rockier soils, he said. Initial soil should always begin with a good mix of compost, and gardeners See GARDENING, Page 8A ■ Schumacher's Hill Country Gardens: 620-5149 ■ The Plant Haus: 629-2401 ■ Maldonado Nursery and landscaping: 624-8313 ■ Gruene Gardens: 625-8816 ■ Thai-T Nursery: 625-4685 ■ Gottlieb Gardens: 629-9876For fun and conversation Enjoy an Uptown Piano Bar Night Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411 f ;