New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2004
SPORTS ON THE LINE
New Braunfels, Canyon, Smithson Valley soccer teams close in on playoff berths with pivotal matchups tonight. Page SA
FORUM ANN COULTER
Columnist says movie controversy shows liberals don't have the vaguest idea what Christianity is all about. Page 4A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 153, No. 99 12 pages, 2 sections
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ires way to ‘nice’ weather
From Staff and Wire Repons
After storms hit the area hard and fast Thursday, weather should be nice for New Braunfels spring break next week.
The storm traveled from the
west and threatened the state with tornadoes Thursday afternoon.
Almost as soon as heavy rain began to fall, it was gone.
The storms, which brought weak tornadoes to South
Texas and inch-diameter hail in North San Antonio, caused weather officials to warn of severe thunderstorms and flash floods in Comal County.
The brief storms should be it until the end of next week,
said Patrick McDonald, forecaster for the National Weather Service in New Braunfels.
“Saturday, Sunday Monday, Tuesday are going to be wonderfully warm days,” McDonald said.
The next storm system wont move into the area until Friday or Saturday, he said.
“We’re going to have seven or eight days of some pretty nice whether — more springlike,” McDonald said.
New Braunfels Independent School District students break for spring holidays beginning Monday. School returns March 15.
The storm caused some
See WEATHER. Page 2A
■ Early voting ends at 4 30 p.m. today in Room 104 of the Comal County Courthouse. The primary election is Tuesday
■ The county uses 60 or more election workers at the polls each election.
• They are paid $10 an hour to work a 14- to 16-hour day
■ In the primary elections, Democrats and Republicans must recruit and provide poll workers
■ Those workers are paid by the state. They make $5.15 per hour unless they take a training course, which raises their wage to $7.CISD board grappling with growth
By Dylan Jimdnez
Attendance zones for Comal Independence School District students will be
decided this weekend.
Administrators and trustees began last week a series of workshops to develop a plan to deal with district growth.
Some district schools will be at
County election clerks Maria Perez, left, and Virginia Ortiz wait for voters to arrive at the Comal County Courthouse.
Part-time election workers do‘civic duty’
By Ron Maloney
Looking for temporary work?
Maria Perez and Virginia Ortiz know just the job for you.
With a little bit of training, you could become one of the county’s election judges, alternate election judges or election clerks.
These are the people who work at the polls on election day and during early voting in Comal
Flection judges oversee the polling place and address questions about eligibility or other voting issues as they arise. Clerks, who require similar skills and are paid the same, do the paperwork it takes to get an election done.
They are important, thankless jobs that, with increasing regulations, are getting more difficult to till, in spite of dedicated workers like Ortiz and Perez, or Clinton Ludwig, who has worked on the county’s elections for some (it) years. Over in Bulverde,
Chester and Ruth Kolmeier have been doing it almost that long.
“I’m a retired civil service employee," Perez said. “This is a little civic duty I enjoy doing."
“It s very rewarding,” Ortiz said.
The county’s election workers are employed by County Clerk Joy Streater. During the primary elections, they are recruited by the county party chairs.
“Election judges and clerks are the most integral part of the election process,” Streater said.
In recent years, Streater said.
See ELECTIONS. Page 2A
AT A GLANCE
♦ CISD Board of Trustees
* 6 p m. today
■ Smithson Valley Middle School
• lf necessary, 9 a m Saturday
■ CISD Administration Building Conference Room
capacity within the next few years, and the district as a whole is about 87 percent full. The student population grew by 6 percent this school year, and at least that much growth is predicted for next year.
District officials are considering shuffling students to different campuses as a short-term solution.
In a meeting last week, district officials used mapping technology to redraw attendance zones and shift grade levels at schools.
Several configurations were considered, but no decisions were made. They
See CISD. Page 2A
STS PETER AND PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH 3,5004,000 I Meeting times: 5
■ Pastor Msgr Eugene O'Callaghan
■ Mission statement We are a community of believers dedicated to bringing all people into a doser union with our Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit
■ Denomination Catholic
p m Saturday 8 am, 9 30 a rn, and 11 15 a m Sunday
■ Location 386 N. Casted Ave
■ Phone 6254531
■ Web site www sppnb org
■ Worship style, standard Mass
Sts. Peter and Paul members always ready to help
By Leigh Jones
Jesus summed up the IO Commandments into two imperatives: Love God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself.
After 156 years, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church has the hang of both.
“If someone has a need, there are always people to meet it," said lifelong member Sam Kneuper.
Facilities Manager Rusty Brandt agreed, indicating the number of groups that stand ready to pitch in.
“We have 54 organizations within tile church to tend to people’s needs,” he said.
Some of the more unusual groups include the Doll Ministry and the Holy Smokers. T he “Doll Didies" accept donated dolls and stuffed animals to be cleaned, repaired and re dressed, then pass them on to needy children and
nursing home residents. T he smoking men meet monthly around their barbecue pits to raise money for special projects around the church.
Kneuper, who was baptized as a baby at Sis. Peter and Paul, always felt a spirit of generosity within the congregation but attributes recent increased involvement to the leadership of pastor Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan.
"Monsignors personality has meant a lot to our parish," Kneuper said. “I Ie gets people involved that might not do otherwise.”
As an example, Kneuper cites the overall church renovation in 1995 and the construction of the new administration building in 2000. Parishioners did much of the design and detail work for the projects.
“You think a building makes a difference, but one of the things that happens
See CHURCH Page 2A
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Churchs Msgr Eugene O'Callaghan stands in the grotto located beside the main church building, which was renovated in 1995.
Career w switch I
After starting down a career path in finance, NBHS graduate Brien ■ Wofford decided at age 35 to go to medical school and Become a doctor.
Sis. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
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