New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27,2007
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NB Gray Little Leaguers win Dist. 31 titles in 8-year-old, 9-year-old divisions.
NEWS Trailer burned
A child is believed to have started a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Solms.
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Manslaughter retrial under way
Miller charged after boy was killed crossing road in Startzville after exiting school bus
Roy Mack Miller Jr.
By David Saleh Rauf
The first day in the retrial of Roy Mack Miller Jr., came to a close late Tuesday afternoon with emotional testimony from the sister of a Comal County boy who was hit and killed by Miller’s pickup in 2005.
The 70-year-old Canyon Lake man is standing trial for the sec
ond time this year accused of causing the death of Ryan Matthew Padilla, a 12-year-old Smithson Valley Middle School student.
Padilla was hit Dec. 2, 2005 by Millers pickup while exiting a school bus on Farm-to-Market 3159 near Startzville. He died three days later at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Miller, who was fumbling for a lit cigarette while passing as many as four vehicles on the right shoulder of FM 3159, stands charged with one count of manslaughter, punishable by two to 20 years in prison. The jury can elect to increase the charge to a first-degree felony, depending on evidence presented during the trial
See MILLER, Page 5A
Immigration plan revived, faces hurdles
By Julie Hirschfield Davis
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — It was a fitting revival for the on-again, off-again bipartisan immigration compromise.
No sooner had Senate Democrats and Republicans breathed new life into the stalled measure through a crucial vote Tuesday did it run into more delays, postponing any real action until another day.
The bill, which would potentially
legalize millions of unlawful immigrants, faces the same threats that derailed it earlier this month. The White House and Republican and Democratic architects of the bill predicted approval of the measure by week’s end.
Negotiators continued haggling over key elements of the bill even after the test-vote, giving conservative GOP foes an opening to pounce. The opponents succeeded in delaying until Wednesday consideration of a package of amendments designed to pave the way for a
final vote on the bill. They did so by using Senate rules to insist that the entire 373-page proposal be read aloud, relenting only when Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., agreed to postpone votes.
“It’s only fair,” Reid said, chalking up the delays to the slow-grinding rhythms of the Senate.
It was just the first in a series of formidable obstacles lying in the bill’s path.
See IMMIGRATION, Page 3A
2nd outer loop public tonight at Hoffmann Lane
City council unanimously backs HRZ plan
By Mark Koopmans
The proposed Town Center at Creekside is another step closer to reality Monday when the New Braunfels city Council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance approving the project and its reinvestment zone financing plan.
The next stage — the second and final reading of the ordinance — is scheduled to take place during a council meeting in July, according to public records.
“I do know there are some timing issues involved, which could mean (the ordinance would be discussed) possibly at the next regular meeting (at
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6 p.m.) on July 9,” City Secretary Michael Resendez said Tuesday.
The other regular city council meeting next month is scheduled for 6 p.m. on luiy 23.
Mayor Bruce Boyer said the ordinance should be discussed at the next meeting.
“I don’t know why it wouldn’t be,” Boyer said.
See TIRZ, Page 8A
convention-goers shown Comal road maintenance
By Mark Koopmans
About 80 people from more than IO countries traveled down busy Interstate 35 and ventured out to the Comal County’s quiet backroads to see how the county’s road department maintains its road system Tuesday.
The county’s guests are attending 9th International Low Volume Roads Conference in Austin, officials said.
“It went real smooth, surprisingly smooth, considering all the different aspects that went into putting this all together,’’ County Engineer Tom Homseth said. “We fully accomplished everything we had planned.’’
The half-day field trip for the visitors, who work on roads in towns and cities
See ROAD, Page 8A
Photos by KARLA HELD/Herald-Zeitung
ABOVE: Peter Belander of the USDA Forest Service of Eugene, Oregon, documents the chip seal process in Rim Rock Ranch as part of the 'Low Volume Roads’ conference held in Austin June 24-27.The conference drew people from more than 25 countries around the world and various U.S. states. BELOW RIGHT: Astrid Overby of Norway, a participant in the Low Volume Roads conference in Austin was among the delegates who attended a presentation and road surfacing demonstration in New Braunfels and Rim Rock Canyon on Tuesday. BELOW LEFT: The chip sealing process is a three vehicle job as shown in these pictures.
From staff reports
The second public meeting for the New Braunfels Outer Loop Study will take place at 6 p.m. at Hoffmann Lane Elementary School.
The first meeting, which primarily focused on the east side of Interstate 35, attracted nearly 300 residents from Comal and Guadalupe counties.
Wednesday’s meeting will focus primarily on the possible construction of the project on the west side of 1-35, although booths and information about the project on the east side of 1-35 will available, too.
The outer loop study area is a proposed 40-mile band around the city that could take up to 30 years to build. The project is currently unfunded. The outer loop could
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require at least two new crossings over the Guadalupe River and could connect to 1-35 on New Braunfels far north and south sides.
Today’s meeting will consist of an open house from 6 to 6:30 p.m., a study overview presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m., small group discussions from 7 to 7:45 p.m., and small group reports from 7:45 to 8 p.m., followed by a question and answer session from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Hoffmann Lane Elementary is located at 4600 Farm-to-Market 306.
This aerial view sketch of the Town Center at Creekside indicates its location at Interstate 35 and Farm-to-Market 306 (at bottom left) and the planned FM 306 extension east along the bottom of the plan.
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