New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
JUNE 24, 2007
HERE COMES THE BRIDE
Fitness trainer offers Bridal Boot Camp in New Braunfels. Page IC
LOCAL HELP WANTED
City Council looks to fill vacancies on commissions and boards at Monday's meeting. Page 10A
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 6C CROSSWORD 6C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2-3EWillys smile is lost — family, friends have not forgotten
Funeral services Wednesday for New Braunfels 10-year-old killed in Milwaukee traffic accident
“Coming here today was hard for his mother, but she s coping with it. The closer the funeral, the harder it gets”
• MONTY MARION/Herald-Zeitung
Friends and family of Willy Batton serve up barbecue at the New Braunfels Church of Christ Saturday afternoon to raise money for the boy's funeral.
By David Saleh Rauf
Its been said a smile is worth a thousand words.
For family and friends of William “Willy” Batton, Jr. — the 10-year-old New Braunfels boy who was killed June 17 in Milwaukee when he was struck by a car while playing hide-and-seek— that adage has never resonated with more truth.
The Goodwin-Frazier Elementary School fourth-grader was known for his contagious ear-to-ear grin, an endearing quality that some say best characterized his short life.
“His smile was big, beautiful and glowing,” said Shawna Krahn, a family friend who knew Willy since he was two-years-old. “If you weren’t smiling and you saw him smile, it would automatically make you smile.”
On Saturday, Krahn along with friends and members ofWilly’s family held a fund-raising barbecue at
the New Braunfels Church of Christ to help pay for the boy s tuneral services. T hroughout the clay about 200 plates, stacked with sausage and brisket from Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Que, were served while donations were taken. At I p.m., about 15 people were waiting in line to not only get a plate of barbe cue but to help a grieving family in a time of need.
“We were on our way out to a Little League tournament and thought why not do something that helps,’" said Beth Scarborough.
See SMILE, Page 9A
Only 8 of 26 outfitters paid river fees in May
From staff reports
Nearly 70 percent of all river outfitters who are supposed to report river management fees paid to the City of New Braunfels did not do so in May.
The river management fee is a $1.25 levy that outfitters are charged for each person who rents water recreation equipment or purchases a ride from an outfitter that operates or uses facilities within city limits. The fees are mandated by city ordinance but are not audited.
As of Friday — exactly one week after the filing
Who paid in May, and how much?
ft Amigo Mels: $25
IR BooToos: $21
I Comal Rapid Transit: $282.50
I Felger's: $1,313.75
ft Gruene River Company: $413.75
R Guadalupe Outpost: $91.25
ft Texas Tubes: $3,697.50
II Tom's Tubes: $58.75
deadline for May — city officials said only three
See FEES, Page 3A
Bush: political courage’ needed on immigration
By Jennifer Loven
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON —President Bush urged lawmakers Saturday to “sum-mon the
for decades,” Bush said in his weekly radio address. “The status quo is unacceptable.”
A fragile bipartisan compromise on immigra-t i o n
political courage” to support his top domestic priority, an
immigration overhaul that is hanging by a thread in Congress.
“We have an obligation to solve problems that have been piling up
A FIGHT ON THE RIGHT
It Conservative talk show hosts lead fight against
known as the “grand bargain" is due to come back before the Senate as early as next week. After critics sidelined the bill two weeks ago, it is being considered
See BUSH, Page 5A
Back to St. Jude’s
Michael Paredes, who grew up at St. Jude's Ranch for Children, voluntarily returned to the ranch for his two-week leave from the Marines in San Diego, Calif., where he is now based.
New Marine’s first trip after boot camp is to foster ranch he thinks of as home
By Mark Koopmans
In 2006, when 17-year-old Michael Paredes arrived at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Bulverde, he was not interested in following many of the rules laid down by staff at the nonprofit agency, officials said Friday.
“Michael was the first kid I placed here when I came on board — he was a challenge,” Campus Director Arnold Valdez said Friday. “He liked to push boundaries and wasn’t very keen on authority, that’s for sure. That’s why all of us here are so proud of his achievements.”
He laughs when hearing this, but Pere-des agrees his path through life has
become less rocky in the past eight months.
“Boy, I’m changed since I first came here, that’s for sure,” he said with a bright smile. “It was tough, I bounced around for years, before I came to the ranch.”
Paredes recently celebrated two graduations — from Smithson Valley High School and from a famous introduction to military life: Marine Boot Camp.
And the changes to the young man, who spent all but six of his 19 years in Texas’ foster care system, were so apparent that Valdez traveled 1,200 miles to be present at Paredes’ graduation ceremony earlier this month.
“It was in Camp Pendleton, near San
Diego. I was so excited and moved by the ceremony, it was amazing,” Valdez said.
“I am extremely proud of this young man.”
Many people, having just finished 13 weeks of boot camp, would have appreciated the opportunity to go home and relax in a familiar environment. However, while Paredes does not have the luxury of a real family to fall back on, he did have a home, or in this case, a ranch to come home to, Valdez said.
“Michael said he considers us to be his family — he asked if he could come back, as he had some time off before going out for further training as a
See MARINE, Page 9A
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