New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon baseball team wins its tournament opener against San Antonio Fox Tech High School, 10-3. Page 5A
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I Syndicated columnist says I even though John Kerry is bor-i ing, Bush is comical enough to I make campaign fun. Page 4A
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NB manufacturer gets $100,000 city loan for expansion
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corp. (4B) board approved a $100,000 loan Thursday to help Star Manufacturing to expand its New Braunfels operations.
f ormerly known as Sterling Manufacturing, the company was reorganized under the name Star Manufacturing, said Matt I larrison, 4B board chairman.
lames Worth, a principal owner, said the company acquired Sterling Manufacturing’s assets.
“We’ve expanded our customer base, and we’re working double shifts, so we need to expand,’’ he said. “In order to expand, we have to acquire a 200-ton stamping press, which we needed help financing.’’
Worth said the company
was a precision metal stamping company that manufactured parts for the automotive, electronics and appliance industries.
“We also are going to attempt to become a supplier to Toyota,” he said.
The terms of the loan include interest payments at a rate of 3.5 percent on a quarterly basis, Harrison said.
“The terms of the loan also include the hiring of 11 additional employees within four years at a wage rate in excess of the average hourly wage for Comal County," Harrison said. “And if the company meets that goal, 20 percent of the principal of the loan will be forgiven.”
I larrison said the company currently had 23 employees and an annual payroll of $400,000.
“Their payroll could increase to $700,000 a year if they’re successful," he said.
CISD cuts 2 grades from Specht school
By Dylan Jim6nez
Fifth- and sixth-graders will not attend Spccht Elementary next year.
Specht now will be a kindergarten through fourth grade school. And fifth- and sixth-graders near the school will have to attend Adon Seay Intermediate School for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years.
Comal Independent School District trustees have scrambled the past few weeks
to find places for students attending overcrowded schools.
Nancy Cobb, assistant superintendent for administration, said Frazier Elementary and Specht are near their capacities and would be “crisis” situations next year.
IVvo portable buildings will be placed at Frazier to ease overcrowding.
The plan should ease growth for two years while the district develops a more
See CISD. Page 3A
ii Right now, I’m a much better candidate, and I’m a much better person. We didnt know my opponent would resort to these mudslinging tactics.
Ramon Chapa Jr. Cristina Zamora
I’m busy with my campaign, and I don’t have time to be involved with anything except my campaign, lf he has a problem, I have nothing to do with it.
Quilting project helps students learn about “underground railroad.”
Woman: Chapa beat wife
Candidate served probation for incidents in 1990s
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Alma Caples conducts a press conference Friday at the Comal County Courthouse, referring to court documents that detail Ramon Chapa Jr., a candidate for Precinct 3 Comal County commissioner, pleaded no contest to three charges of hitting two women
By Bon Maloney
Comal County Precinct 3 commissioner candidate and former New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa lr. has been charged three times with assault for allegedly striking a woman.
Alma Caples, a former I lidaigo County deputy constable who recently moved to New Braunfels, conducted a news conference f riday on the steps of the Comal County Courthouse. She produced court documents from Comal and Bexar counties showing Chapa:
■ Pleaded no contest to striking a woman in New Braunfels in 1992; and g Pleaded no contest to striking his wife in San Antonio in 1994 and 1999.
The charges are misdemeanors.
lo all three cases, Chapa was placed on probation.
Caples said she investigated Chapas background after she called him on a radio talk show, and he acknowledged past mistakes he regretted. She only asked, she said, because of concerns about politicians who get elected and then turn out to have legal or ethical problems in their backgrounds.
She had never heard of Chapa or his background before, she said.
Caples said she was shocked and offended by what she found when she investigated Chapa. “Wheres the accountability?”
■ The primary election will be conducted Tuesday
■ The winner of the Democrat Precinct 3 county commissioner race will face Republican Greg Parker in November
See CHAPA. Page 3A
World Day of Prayer event unites local women of faith
By Leigh Jones
The theme of this year’s World Day of Pl ayer, hosted by Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, was: In faith, women shape the world.
Roughly 60 women and a few men from churches all over New Braunfels gathered together at noon for a worship service written by women from Panama.
“They are telling us about themselves,” said JoAnn Buro, one of the event's coordinators.
The program, sponsored by Church Women United, began in 194 I as a way to unite women from all Christian denominations around the world in prayer. Each year, women from different countries write the worship service and include prayers and music specific to their cultures and experiences.
After the benediction, a number of women remained in the pews to offer individual supplication, judith Wuensch said her prayers usually range from altruistic to personal.
“I always pray for my family, and in a meditative state, there are such a variety of things that cross your mind," she said.
Wuensch was drawn to the service by the power of joining other women in prayer.
“I think its a wonderful thing to think there are people all over the world praying at the same time,” she said.
Judith Mackie, another event coordinator, has enjoyed getting to know women from different denominations.
“We’ve gotten to know women from churches all over the community who we never would have known before,” she said. “It’s helped us come together, and we’ve found we have a lot in common. It’s easy for us to pray together."
In addition to two prayer days this year — the next one occurs in November — New Braunfels church women will sponsor a fund-raising luncheon April 16. All proceeds benefit the Community Service Center.
Wuensch takes part in services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Friday during the World Day of Prayer
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