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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas Estimates show NB growing 4% per year By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels’ population base is growing by almost 4 percent per year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Estimates released Wednesday by the Census Bureau estimated the city's population to be 42,693 in July 2003. That’s an increase of more than 4,000 from the 2000 Census of 38,353 in 2000. In 1990, New Braunfels population stood at 36,446. “We’re growing at a steady rate of about 3.7 percent per year,’’ said Michael Meek, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president. “Contrary to what I heard years ago about the population boom in New Braunfels, our growth rate has been fairly stable." By contrast, the city of San Marcos’ population has actually grown more than New Braunfels. See CUMBUS Page 3A Reeders'Choice names the best FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2004 Zeitung By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 41-year-old New Braunfels woman pleaded guilty Thursday to seriously injuring her son. Assistant District Attorney Von Bunn said Michele Lacy May pleaded guilty before 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison in a plea agreement she reached with defense attorney James PeplinskL Under terms of the agreement Robison sentenced May to three years in prison for beating the child with a belt and belt buckle, lf convicted at trial, she faced two to IO years in prison. May and co-defendant Ray mond Joseph Fierro, 38, were arrested by New Braunfels police Jan. 12 for allegedly beating and causing grievous bodily injury to her son, who was 8 years old. The injuries included serious genital damage requiring surgery. Bunn did not comment on the injuries because Fierro has not yet come to trial, but another official in the district attorney's office in April said they were the worst he’d seen in a child abuse case. Police Det. John Rios said officers answered 9-1-1 calls horn neighbors who reported the boy was being beaten in front of May and Fierro’s West Bridge Street home. “There were several witnesses who reported this to us,” Rios said. “When officers responded, they notified Child Protective Services.... He was taken to the hospital, and an investigation was begun.” Rios said one defendant in the case claimed no part in abusing the boy, blaming the other. The law pertaining to child abuse does not work that way, the detective said. “If anyone knows something like this is going on and fails to act, they're just as guilty through omission, and they can be charged,” Rios said. Fierro stands charged with two counts of injury to a child. He is set for another pretrial hearing Aug. 2.Woman pleads guilty to beating 8-year-old son .Back home City's first motorized fire truck returns to force after 50 years By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer Fire engines are like apple pie on the Fourth of July, George Washington and baseball — the bright, shiny, crimson trucks are a part of Americana. A piece of New Braunfels Americana has returned home. The city’s first motorized fire truck, a 1914 American LaFrance FYI B For information about the restoration of the city's first motorized fire truck call Darren Brink-koeter, 608-2120. ■ Donations can be sent to the New Braunfels Fire Museum, 169 South Hill, New Braunfels 78130. Type 12, is in the care of New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter. Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Harvey Hueter gave it to the city after the truck spent more than 40 years on his family’s property. Brinkkoeter plans to spruce up and display the truck that faced fires for four decades at the New Braunfels Fire Museum. “When it was in service, it was in the building where that museum is, the original fire station Na I.... I just thought that's kind of neat. That’s where the old gal belongs," Hueter said. The mick was purchased in 1913, when CA Jahn was mayor, according to documents at the fire museum. Firefighters here used the truck until the 1950s, said Brinkkoeter, who helped found the museum in 1995. See PIRI TRUCK, Page 3A Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter and other firefighters will help restore the city’s first motorized fire truck back to its original condition. The truck was given back to the city by Harvey Hueter, whose family owned it for more than 40 years. (Left) The 1914 motorized fire truck was the first one of its type in New Braunfels, as indicated by the “No. 1' engine number on the seat. (Above) Brinkkoeter shows the truck's simple engine. Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. SPORT' FORUM WHO'S S WHO'S C New Braunfels teams oui itll IU ti run in Little League championship playoff action. Pmgm SA ETTERS sound off on fairgrounds land swap, taking care of an injured dog and a 'bully' president. Pouo SA 40% chance of rain High Low 89 71 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SOB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SBA TV GRIDS 28 Vol. 153, No. 195 14 pages, 2 sections C Lie K    500 Fridays, the Hemld-Zeimng u4U feature a different house of worship. SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS ■ Pastor. Mark    H    Location:    8427    FM Simpson ■ Denomination: interdenominational B Attendance: 150 B Meeting time: 10:15 a m. Sunday 2673 ■ Phone: (830) 899-4033 ■ Worship style: contemporary Churchgoers don’t know what to expect each Sunday By Lilgh Jones Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Pastor Mark Simpson is fond of saying his church, Shepherd of the Hills, is for anybody but not for everybody. “The church is nontraditional in its practices,” Simpson said. “We have a pure, biblical form of church government, and our doctrine is very practical and conservative.” The doctrine may be conservative, but the atmosphere in the dance hall they converted to a sanctuary is much more relaxed. “The congregation is a healthy mix of the people who live in the Canyon Lake area,” Simpson said. “We dress casually, but our approach to God is personal and serious." Leigh Hebert, who first brought her family to the church nine years ago, said the atmosphere in worship drew her in. “It's simple, but everyone is family. That’s what we love about it,” she said. The church does not focus on structured ministry programs and does not actively advertise its presence. “Our ministry itself is a ministry to the community,” Simpson said. “We're never shocked to see visitors, but we’re always shocked to find out how they found out about us.” Sunday morning worship is free-form, so the congregation never knows exactly what to expect. “When you walk into another church, and they hand you a list of what's going to happen, it’s scripted," Hebert said. “There are no guidelines to how our services will go." Youth Minister Dennis Rohlmeier said Sunday mornings were fun. “I love our freedom to worship,” he said. “Sunday is not tied down with things we have to do." Every Wednesday night, Rohlmeier See CHURCH, Page 3A DAVID INORAM/Harald-Zaitung Shepherd of the Hills Youth Pastor Dennis Rohlmeier, seated, edits a video while Church Administrator Linda Engelke and Pastor Mark Simpson watch. 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