New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY June 29, 2003
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
$1.00Casted learns the ropes as freshman legislator
By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer
Carter Casteel has argued points of law in a courtroom.
She has grappled for the attention of young children sitting in school classrooms.
She has tackled head-on huge challenges every parent faces when raising children.
Tbugh jobs all.
None of them were as intimidating as the day she
walked into the capitol building in Austin to begin her freshman year in the Texas House of Representatives.
“It was like the first time you took a dive off the high board. Or the first date you ever had. It was a real thrill and a real anxiety,” Casteel said Friday. “It was a heck of a ride. I have never been in a place or a situation like that.”
Imagine standing on the floor of the House of Repre
sentatives with pictures of Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin in the background — subtle reminders of the leadership legacies state lawmakers must strive to meet. Above you in the gallery, people watch as you make your way to the microphone to speak for the first time. It was scary, Casteel admitted.
She knew immediately
Republican State Rep.
Carter Casteel says even though she has been a teacher, lawyer, judge and grandmother, she felt very intimidated when she first became a state legislator in Austin.
Soldiers return from homeland defense missions Inside
By Sean Bowlin
Soldiers of a New Braunfels-based National Guard unit are returning home after a year of homeland defense duty.
About 170 soldiers of the Fourth Battalion of the 133rd Field Artillery could begin returning to New Braunfels as early as tonight.
Most of the unit will likely return Tuesday, said battalion spokesman Sgt. Maj. Robert Strzelczyk.
The public is encouraged to go to the unit’s armory at 2253 IH-35 South to greet tin* returning soldiers.
'Hie soldiers were deployed from the unit’s headquarters and service batteries in New Braunfels,
from firing batteries based in San Marcos, Seguin and Corpus Christi and from a detachment in Dallas.
A total of 305 members of the unit were deployed. They are filling out their final paperwork in Ft. Bliss near El Paso.
The soldiers left in August 2002, as part of Task Force Noble Eagle. 'Ihey spent one month at Ft. Bliss before being sent to Ft. Carson, (kilo., and Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Strzclcyzk said soldiers were assigned duties as part of the Iron Eagle homeland security mission. 'File duties involved guarding U.S. Air Force bases in six states, including Texas.
A party for the arriving soldiers
will be held at ll a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church’s parish hall.
Strzelczyk thanked local employers for aupporting Guard members who were activated.
“A lot of employers have been really gixxl about the soldiers tx‘mg gone,” he said.
He emphasized the extraordinary dedication of the unit’s soldiers.
They've done an outstanding job. They met all duties they were tasked with,” he said. Talking to the soldiers themselves, they’re ready to get home to their families and jobs and to go on to the next mission, whatever it may be.1
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Wentworth weighs in on redistricting special session
By Sean Bowlin
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth said Friday Republicans must take pains to ensure; the redistricting is fair, not a power grab.
State lawmakers convene Monday in Austin for a special session to address congressional
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City to set civic center plans in motion
By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels City Council members hope to get enough information Monday to set in motion a final plan of action for the civic center.
Council will discuss various issues, including expenses and revenue, parking, capacity needs and whether to expand the existing facility or build a new one in the downtown area.
The workshop is at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com-merce Inc. President Michael Meek said the public would be impressed by the creative options.
He will address council about economic impacts of the convention business and update council on the tourism market,
He encouraged the public to attend the workshop and offer input about what he called a “community-based” decision.
A representative from the architectural firm Rehler, Vaughn and Koone will present a feasibility study comparing options for the civic center.
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Justices of the peace: No money, no magistration
By Ron Maloney
District and county court-at-law judges can do it. Justices of the peace can do it. State law even allows the mayor and municipal court judges to be appointed to aet as a magistrate.
What is a magistrate?
The magistrate is the first judicial official a defendant sees after being arrested for comes ranging from class B misdemeanors to capital felonies The magistrate decides whether there is probable cause to accuse and hold a suspect, sets bail, appoints public defenders, signs emergency protective orders and performs other duties.
Although he’s not required to.
County Judge Danny Scheel does it for free.
He volunteered his services after Comal justices of the peace complained about their rising caseloads.
But if county com missioners vote Thursday to pay J Bs $125 per day for weekend and holiday mag-istrations at the county jail School will not be so generous with his time.
Scheel who is the first Comul county judge to participate in jail magistration — views the chore as part of the job justices wert* elected to do.
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Unique items highlight of summer arts and crafts show
By Sean Bowlin
Hundreds of shoppers crowded the New Braunfels Civic Center Saturday to buy hats, wire yard decorations, wooden Christmas and Thanksgiving yard signs, tire swings made to look like saddles, tie-dyed clothing, jewelry and many other items at the* semiannual Showcase* of Arts and Crafts.
But it didn’t end Saturday. The show continues today from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be another showcase around Thanksgiving.
Rita Carpenter explained what goes into the show.
“Most of our vendors make everything they sell. We also give away door prizes, so the public has a chance at something free,” said Carpenter, who worked the* door at the civic center.
People did a lot of browsing as the show started. Judy, who was selling children's wooden puzzles and didn’t want her bist name published, said business wasn’t exactly brisk early on.
‘Today’s been very slow. And I’ve talked to the vendors, and they say its been pretty slow,’’ she said.
Adolph Enriquez agreed with her. He said See SHOWCASED
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(Above) Local artist Lana Walker (center) helps a customer at the Showcase of Arts and Crafts Saturday at the civic center. Walker’s melted-glass cheese boards were among many items shoppers purchased. The show continues until 5 p.m. today. (Right) Paige Fusiher shows off her “precious pouches" dog carriers. “We designed it after the baby carriers," she said. They really work great."