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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2004 FORUM JT WOODALL Hoopla over movie proves sodding over it s not anti- Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol. 153, No. 112 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK WWW. i a 56825 00001' Chance of storms High Low 62 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 6A CLASSIFIEDS 3-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS BA SPORTS VICTORIOUS Canyon girls soccer team wins its first ever playoff game vs. Uvalde, 3-0. Page 5A FRONTand Center First BCA pool tourney comes to town right on Cue By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Rack ’em up! Tony Aleman cocked his head and watched as Tony Camareno racked a game of 8-ball Friday night. Aleman, 25, a member of the New Braunfels Eliminators billiards club, worked chalk into the end of his cue and lined up the break; carefully sighting down the shaft of the stick, and slid his elbow back twice to test the shot. Fingers splayed over the green felt, he lifted the cue just a bit to put top "English" on the ball and fired it into the rack, dropping one in a corner. He made another, missed a bank shot, and it was Camareno’s turn. Camareno, 36, a Comal Independent School District special education teacher and also a member of the New Braunfels Top Dawgs billiards club, nearly ran the table. It wasn’t a night at Bob’s Billiards — although it could have been. It was the Texas Billiard Congress of America’s “State Finals 2004 — the Shootout in New Braunfels" sponsored by the Comal County Pool League, which began Thursday and continues through Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The event began with individual competition, which ended Friday night. Team competition, including the Dawgs and the Eliminators, continues at 9 a.m. today on nearly 50 tables. In all, Thursday and Friday, 222 men and 53 women competed for $10,000 in prize money. Today, 83 mixed teams and 18 women’s teams will take to the tables. Four “masters” also will compete. For “master” status, a player must have competed and made the top 16 at the national championships. The event, first of its kind in New Braunfels, will crown individual and team state champions. Steve Moreno, director of the Comal County Pool League, worked for more than a year to organize it and another billiards event to be conducted at the See POOL, Page 3A Voting precincts grouped in runoff By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Republican candidates who made the county's three runoff elections drew for ballot positions Thursday. County and Republican Party officials also agreed Thursday to consolidate some polling places for the April 13 elec tion. Incumbent Precinct I Commissioner lack Dawson's name will top primary challenger Bob Wickman’s on the ballot. In the County Court-at-Law 2 race, Attorney Randy Gray s name will be atop that of appointed Judge Charles Stephens. In the Precinct 4 Constable race, Deputy Constable Shane Rapp will be listed above former New Braunfels Assistant Chief of Police Doug Dunlap. (xmnty elections officials met with the candidates and Republican Party cochairs Don and Ginny Hensz to discuss reducing polling places for the runoff. Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said till Precinct I polling places from Smithson Valley to New Braunfels would be open for the runoff because of the commissioner election. The same would be true for Precinct 4 from Spring Branch to New Braunfels for the constable race, Hinojosa said. The party and the county agreed to reduce polling places in Precinct 3. “That’s typically a lower Republican turnout,” I iinojosa said. “The candidates See RUNOFF, Page 3A T<^ 2004 RELATED STORY * Primary race losers endorse runoff candidates PAGE 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Tony Aleman, left, watches as Tony Camareno tries to drop a ball into a corner pocket Friday at the Texas Billiard Congress of America's “State Finals 2004 — the Shootout in New Braunfels.” The event continues today at the Civic Center. 2 government novices vying for seat on Garden Ridge City Counc Joseph Britan wants to ‘keep up the good work’ ;    Phvllis Nnvnaert wants residents to ‘have a voic< By Leigh Jones Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — Joseph Britan thinks Garden Ridge is headed in the right direction, To make sure the momentum continues, he is running for the Place 5 seat on the Garden Ridge City Council. He is challenging Phyllis Noynaert. All council places are at-large positions. “I ve been helping the current city council oft and on with various things like the July Fourth parade,” he said. “I decided when Georgia Buehler wasn’t going to run that I would give it a try.” Britan appreciates the job the current council has done and looks forward to continuing that trend. “I think we should maintain a reasonable level of taxes for the level of city services we continue to receive,” he said. Another issue important to Britan is future residential and commercial development. “The garden home concept is not over as an issue,” he said. Preserving Garden Ridge’s natural resources round out Britan’s campaign slate. “Water will also continue to be an issue that we will have to work on,” he said. Britan has been a member of the I ions Club and serves on its board of directors. “That helped me get to know lots of people here,” he said. The retired Air Force colonel and his wife, Denise, have lived in Garden Ridge four years. They have two grown children and a new grandson. 2004 w All voting for the Garden Ridge municipal election will take place at City Hall, 9357 Schoenthal Road B April 15 is the last day to reg ister to vote • Early voting: 8 a m to 5 p m weekdays April 28-May 11 • Election Day 7 arn to 7 p m May 15 Phyllis Noynaert wants residents to ‘have a voice’ By Leigh Jones Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — Phyllis Noynaert believes people living on or near Bat C^ave Parkway need a voice on city council. To provide that representation, she is running for the Place 5 seat on tile Garden Ridge City council. All council places at e at-large positions. "About six months ago we learned about the Bat Cave Parkway expansion in front of our house,” she said. “We were very sur- i I Noynaert wished she had known before she bought her property. That experience prompted her to seek involvement in city business. "I decided I would like to know mom about our city and be more in control of what ti icy were doing,” she said. “I wanted to share that voice I would get with other people in our area. The other council members live iii other areas." Effective communication Is important to Noynaert. She believes tile corporate evidence she gained during her can el provided the perfect preparation lot public service. “I feel I could be helpful with automation, especially tin* Web site," she said. "I want to keep people informed in an easy way.” Noynaert s schedule will accommodate her work on city council. “I have the time to do this job,’ she said. “That’s important." Noynaert is currently a professional public speaker and trainer. She and her husband, Jeff, liave lived ui (iarden Ridge for 18 months. They have a grown daughter living in I louston. Watch out! Crossing guards help children navigate busy city streets between home and school ;