New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2004
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Vol. 153, No. 105 12 pages. 2 sections
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A
OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B
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Details .... 1BChild support motive for alleged killing plot
By Ron Maloney
The man jailed with a policeman’s wife last weekend over a killing-for-cash scheme initially approached an
undercover officer seeking to have his ex-girlfriend and possibly their child killed so he wouldn’t have to pay child support. *
The revelation came in a court document that
revealed details of the investigation that led to the arrests of Jonathan Gene Benavides, 30, and Samantha Kaderli Childs, 23, on allegations of criminal conspiracy to commit murder.
If convicted, the pair could face up to life in prison. Both are being held in Comal County Jail. Bail for each is $200,000.
Childs is the wife of New Braunfels police officer Jef
Childs was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation to determine what, if anything, he knew about the alleged plot
between his wife and an old high school friend.
Police say no information shows Childs knew anything about the situation.
See MOTIVE. Page 3A
Board says keep permit-only parking
By Scott Mahon
The Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board voted 4-2 Wednesday to recommend keeping permit-only parking along East Lincoln, Washington Avenue and Cross River Street.
The recommendation includes extending permit-only parking to adjacent neighborhoods.
Rob Clark and Wilburn fis-chbeck voted no.
Board member America
Valenzuela pointed out the board’s vote was only a recommendation.
“I recommend we continue the precedent set by the city council,” she said. “But we can only make a recommendation to the council.”
Before voting, the board listened to an hour of residents’ testimonials.
Chandler Gray, who lives on East Lincoln Street, said the summer tourism impact is unfair.
See PARKING. Page 3A
CISD candidate Kelly hopes to address growth
From Staff Reports
Citidy Kelly, a San Antonio resident and j mother of a Specht Elementary student, I filed Thursday for Comal Independent School District District 6 trustee.
“My top goal is to resolve long-term j growth issues for Single Member District 6,” Kelly wrote in a CISD candidate ques- I tionnaire. “Additionally. I hope to improve I the level of education at each campus I witliin SMI) 6, not by elevating test scores, j hut by supporting and motivating teach- j ers and administrators to create or discover innovative teaching materials and i techniques.”
Kelly is a medical technologist at the i University of Texas I lealth Science Center.
She is married to lack Kelly, chief pilot for Rush Enterprises. T heir daughter,
Charlotte, is a Specht second-grader.
Kelly said in the questionnaire she was qualified because of her problem-solving, teamwork and decision-making skills.
“My focus will be to support children by creating and maintaining partnerships
See KELLY, Page 3A
■ Last day to file fof CISD trustee in District 6 or 7 is 5 p m March 15.
■ Early voting begins on April 28 and ends on May 11
■ The election is May 15.
More classes using Internet to keep students interested
By Dylan Jim6nez
Elizabeth Adams, Frazier Elementary teacher, has realized classroom Internet use is a great way to motivate students and keep them interested.
“The text book just isn’t what it used to be,” Adams said.
for a recent study on the Chinese New Year, her students took virtual field trips to San Francisco’s China Town.
When it comes to keeping
children interested in their work, educators compete with the latest interactive video games and software, Adams said.
“When you put them down in front of a computer, they are self-motivated,” she said.
To capture student’s attention, many teachers are integrating technology into daily lessons.
Adams guides and supervises her students hut gives them some independence.
“I let the students facilitate their own learning,” she said.
Cindy Gregory, a Spring Branch Middle School technology teacher, also weaves general curriculum into technology lessons.
Gregory meets with SBMS teachers and coordinates lessons with them.
“We try to take whatever topics they’re working on and apply that to computer skills,” Gregory said.
She also teaches a computer applications class, which teaches seventh- and eighth-graders e-mail, Paint, PowerPoint and oilier applications.
Students also research using the Internet for class projects. They start at “kid-friendly" sites like Britannica online encyclopedias and Yahooligans.
“The district has filter software, so the majority of inappropriate sites will be blocked,” Gregory said.
Hie district also filters sites that are likely to have “pop ups” with uncontrollable content.
If anything inappropriate
See INTERNET. Page 3A
Frazier Elementary third-grader Angel Flores gets help from teacher Elizabeth Adams while working on a project using the Internet in one of the school's computer labs.
Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of unship.
FIRST PROTESTANT CHURCH
■ Pastor The Rev Daryl Higgins
■ Mission statement Connecting people with God and each other through Jesus Christ
■ Denominational affiliation:
Nondenomii rational evangelical
■ Current attendance 650
■ Meeting times 8 a m. and 10 30
a m Sunday
■ Location: 172 W Coll St
■ Phone 609-7729
■ Web site www firstprotes tant.com
■ Worship style tra ditional and contemporary
First Protestant has been with NB since the start
By Leigh Jones
f irst Protestant Church’s first pastor and congregation arrived on the boat carrying New Braunfels’ original settlers from Germany to the New World. T hey were pioneers in tile 19th century.
T he Rev. Daryl Higgins believes the congregation’s motivation is still the same.
“Our focus is to create disciples in the 21st century,” he said. "We’ve been here so long, and we think it s important that we continue to lead people spiritually.’’
for Higgins, continued leadership means staying in the present location, where the maul church building was constructed in 1875. As need for space increased, the church purchased surrounding buildings and land. Hie second parsonage, built in 1908, was deniol ished to make way for the family life center.
Eugene Mornhinweg’s office sits over the site of the old house, which holds a significant place in his heart.
“I was horn iii that parsonage,” lie said. “ And now I’m the church historian.”
Mornhinweg’s office is covered with hooks and records he used to catalog the church’s significant moments. Everything involved in church life was conducted iii German until 1927. Because records and meeting minutes hold valuable facts lot church members as well as people doing genealogical research on ancestors from New Braunfels, Mornhinweg had to translate every document into English.
“T he original documents are iii a humidity controlled vault below the church," lie said.
During the translation process, Mornhinweg unraveled the reason behind one of the chores he did with his father.
See CHURCH Page 3A
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Bamboo Asian Buffet is the latest in city’s string of new eateries.
DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung The Rev Daryl Higgins stands outside First Protestant Church