New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon High hires new principalBrad Brown comes to Comal ISD from Pearland Jr. HighBy Laura Blewitt
The Comal Independent School District board of
trustees approved a new principal for Canyon High School late in Wednesday night’s school board meeting.
Brad Brown, who has 18 years of experience in public education, will begin working July 28.
Parents and staff of Canyon High are encouraged to attend a meet-and-greet session with Brown and his family Mon
day, July 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the school library.
Brown said he is very excited about joining the Canyon team.
“I look forward to working with the students, staff and community to maintain Canyon's tradition of excellence,” he said.
Dr. Marc Walker, CISD superintendent, said he
believes Brown will help take Canyon High to the next level.
“Brad's experiences as a secondary classroom teacher and administrator at the middle and high school levels will benefit the Canyon community,” Walker said.
Canyon High’s former principal, Bob Wiegand, retired
See PRINCIPAL, Page 3B Brad Brown
ABOUT BRAD BROWN
* Has been principal of Pearland Junior High South since 2003.
• Worked as associate principal and assistant principal at Clear Creek High School from 1995-2003.
Holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from University of Southern Indiana and a master's degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
"We’re right smack dab in the middle of it. It could ruin why we live out here — the quiet and the country.”
— Judy Chantos
Comal County resident who voiced apprehension about the Outer Loop proposal.
"We’re looking to plan for the future. Like all plans, things can change over the years, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”
— Judy Friesenhahn
Texas Department of Transportation planning director, San Antonio.
Outer Loop project stirs emotional reactions
By David Saleh Rauf
When Judy Chantos pulled a glossy flyer out of her mailbox nearly two weeks ago, her stomach sank when she digested the contents: a map of the city and surrounding area encircled by a yellow band.
The mailer was sent by San Antonio-based consulting firm R.J. Rivera, which has been contracted by the Texas Department ofTransportation to conduct a study for the possible construction of an outer loop around New Braunfels.
The yellow band around the city represents the New Braunfels Outer Loop Study area.
Chantos’ home, located between Farm-to-Market 1102 and Farm-to-Market 306, is located in the study area’s path.
“We’re right smack dab in the middle of it,” Chantos said. “It could ruin why we live out here — the quiet and the country.”
On Wednesday, representatives from TxDOT and two consulting firms tasked with conducting the study and
The yellow shaded area shows where the proposed Outer Loop project would be built.
finding a feasible corridor for and concerns from about 200 Comal and Guadalupe coun-the loop answered questions residents and land owners in ties who showed up for a pub
lic meeting on the proposed outer loop. It was the second meeting of its kind this week and provided another chance for TxDOT and consultants heading up the project to ease concerns shared by land owners that the loop could swallow up their homes.
“We’re not in a position to begin acquiring any property,” said Judy Friesenhahn, TxDOT transportation planning director for San Antonio. “This is a planning exercise."
The outer loop study area is a proposed 40-mile band around die city that could take up to 30 years to build. The project is currently unfunded.
The outer loop, which is in preliminary planning stages, could require at least two new crossings over the Guadalupe River and could connect to I-35 on New Braunfels’ far north and south sides.
The yellow band that represents the study area is an estimated two to five miles wide. In about one year, TxDOT plans to have about a 400-foot wide corridor identified for the loop.
"We’re looking to plan for the future," Friesenhahn said.
See OUTER LOOP, Page 3A
By David Saleh Rauf
After six hours of deliberation on Wednesday, Jurors in the Roy Mack Miller Jr., retrial did not reach a verdict.
The second day of Miller's felony manslaughter trial
saw the defense rest its case without
“That hunk of steel driving at 45 mph is a deadly weapon.”
calling a witness to testify.
Prosecutors called seven witnesses to the stand Tuesday before resting its case.
Iu tors began deliberation on the retrial evidence presented over the past two days
around noon. At 6 p.m., the jury went home for the night. Deliberations will restart at 9 a.m. in Comal County Courthouse.
Miller, 70, is standing trial for manslaughter in the death of a 12-year-old Comal County boy. Miller has admitted in court documents to hitting and killing Matthew Ryan Padilla with his pickup in December of 2005. Padilla was exiting a school bus on Farm-to-Market 3159 when
See RETRIAL, Page 2A
Geoff Barr Comal Co. District AttorneyJudge could issue ruling Friday on controversial river ordinances
From staff reports
The judge presiding over the river ordinance lawsuit filed by Stop the Ordinances Please against the city of New Braunfels has scheduled the next public hearing in the case for I p.m. Friday.
Visiting Judge Ron Carr is expected to reconvene the 207th District Court at the Comal County Courthouse, 150 N. Seguin Ave. in New Braunfels.
During the most recent hearing on
June 21, Carr heard about 90 minutes of arguments from attorneys representing the city and STOP Following the presentation of written documentation from both sides, Carr indicated he would make his ruling Friday.
The lawsuit — aimed at nullifying the city's river ordinances regulating cooler size and other rules on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in New Braunfels — originally was filed with the Comal County District Court in April. Since then, it has
been amended several times, including an amendment to eliminate the $1.25 per person river management fee levied on outfitters by the city.
STOP is seeking an injunction against the city alleging a violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, according to court papers. Members of the lawsuit include: Rockin "R” River Rides, Texas Tithes, Comer Tithes, Gruene Home Run Batting Cage & Tithing, Stone Randall Williams and Lindsay Michelle Crim.
■ June 2006-March 2007: Three ordinances are introduced to ban certain cooler sizes; beer bongs and Jell-0 shot containers on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers within New Braunfels city limits. A fourth ordinance prohibits alcohol consumption in Hinman Island and Prince Solms parks.
■ April 5: Stop the Ordinances Please, a mostly unidentified group of local businesses, files a lawsuit against the city of New Braunfels.
■ June 21: The case is first heard by visiting Judge Ron Carr.
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