New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels set to welcome Texas Legislative Conference
By Will Wright
New Braunfels is gearing up for one of the city’s biggest annual events, the Iexas legislative Conference.
The 45th annual gathering is Thursday and Friday at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. The conference is a non-partisan organ
ization of Texas business and political leaders who meet annually to focus on policy issues. This year’s topics include the state budget, border security and redistricting.
A reception at 7 p.m. Thursday will honor Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson as 2011 Texan of the Year. The leader of the western swing band was selected because of his volunteer work with several organizations and
advocacy for health care for aging musicians.
Benson was nominated as Texan of the Year by the late state Hep. Edmund Kuempel of Seguin, a former conference chair. The conference has dedicated this year’s event to Kuempel, who died in November. Benson will be introduced by former White House staffer Karl Hove, the award’s 2003 recipient.
The conference begins in earnest on Friday with a opening session and dedication ceremony at 8:45 a.m. Bill Allaway of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association will lead the discussion on solving state budget woes and state Sen. Tommy Williams will lead the discussion on border security.
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth will moderate the redistricting panel,
With a noon luncheon featuring Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst as the keynote speaker.
The conference is scheduled to adjourn at 1 p.m.
Tickets are still available for the Thursday night reception and Friday’s conference. Contact Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at (830) 608-2807 or e-mail [email protected]
MISSING CHILD ALERTJOSHUA DAVIS JR
Joshua Davis Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home on Savannah Hill Circle on Feb. 4 He is the son of Josh Davis and Sabrina Benitez.
New Braunfels Police, Texas
Rangers and FBI agents are actively seeking information on Joshua's whereabouts.
Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip. A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information.
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STARTING, PLANNING BUSINESS WORKSHOP SET
The City of New Braunfels Downtown Development/Main Street office will host a workshop presented by the University of Texas at San Antonios Small Business Development Center on Tuesday. The workshop will be 8-10 a.m. in the Council Chambers of City Flail.
“Starting and Planning Your Business" will discuss business legal structure and naming, tax responsibilities, business plan basics, as well as federal, city and county resources and requirements. The registration fee is $40 and includes breakfast.
There is a 50 percent discount for registrations received by Friday. Visit www.sasbdc.org or call (210) 458-2460.
Miller’s drugged-mom bill set for hearing
By Greg Bowen
A public hearing has been set before a Texas House committee on a bill filed by state Hep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, that is designed to dissuade pregnant moms from harming their babies by taking drugs.
House Bill 1243 is scheduled for a public hearing before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee at
10:30 a.m. TUesday in Room JHR 120 at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
Miller has said he worked with Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp on the bill to protect unborn “drug babies, who have no ability to protect themselves."
Currently, there is no penalty for a pregnant woman who takes controlled substances, which can cause such problems as brain damage and deformities in a fetus, he said. The bill would establish criminal penalties.
"Were trying to give the
courts the ability to help control what is oftentimes a very bad situation,’’ Miller said.
University handguns Senate Bill 354, filed by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, who represents New Braunfels, has been scheduled for public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Tliesday before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee in Room El.016 (Hearing Room).
Wentworth’s bill would allow those with concealed handgun licenses to carry handguns into college and university buildings, dormito
ries and classrooms.
“I want to put an element of doubt in a potential shooter’s mind,” Wentworth said. “And, if some deranged person does open fire in a Texas college classroom or dormitory, I want to give faculty, staff and students the ability to defend themselves."
The senator said the gunman at Virginia Tech was the impetus for the legislation. In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a 23-year-old student, killed 32 before taking his own life in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Canyon Lake Pilot Club hosts fundraiser ‘cantina’
By Megan Holt
The Pilot Club of Canyon Lake will host their annual style show and luncheon Wednesday to support community organizations.
The Pilot Club, part of Pilot International, is dedicated to raising money through annual fundraisers for organizations focused on “protecting your brain for life,” according to the Pilot International website — www.pilotintemation-al.org.
This year’s style show and luncheon, “The Pilot Cantina,” will feature Comal Coun-
IF YOU GO
When: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday
Where: Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake, 1917 FM 2673 Cost $15 per person Contact Diane, (830) 935-4699
ty Sheriff Bob Holder and Comal County Judge Jennifer Saunders.
Beginning at 11:20 a.m. at Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake, attendees will watch Pilot Club members model fashions from The Crossing, enjoy Tex-Mex food and view a skit featuring Holder and
“We chose to feature them because they are highly respected, elected officials in Comal County," Diane Schaule said, club president.
Citizens may shop during the event at eight vendors selling jewelry and fashion accessories, Schaule said.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Canyon Chamber of Commerce, The Crossing, Tye Preston Memorial Library or from any Pilot Club member. Tickets also can be
purchased at the door.
Wine may be purchased for $3 per glass.
“This is one of two annual fundraisers we hold every spring to raise money for various organizations,” Schaule said. “The bulk of the money will be donated to Tye Preston Memorial Library.”
Money left over from the event and not given to Tye Preston Memorial Library will go into the club’s budget for later distribution, Schaule said.
“All of the money goes back to the community,” Schaule said. “Pilot Club members donate a lot of time and effort to raise money.”
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At 11, Shanaya is completing her sophomore year in high school and has three published books that are part of the "Mystery School” series that is sold worldwide. She also teaches art lessons to children of all ages, composes songs, tutors and acts as a counselor for teenagers. Her recent project includes an anti-bullying curriculum that she has rewritten into a self-help book.
The book, tentatively titled “The Bully in the Mirror," is scheduled for release sometime this year. It attempts to reach out to the bully, the victim and bystanders.
“It teaches the victim how to gain back the confidence they lost if they have been bullied,” she said. “I also want to send the message that a bully’s power is fake and the victim’s power is real.”
Her good works have not gone unnoticed.
Among the stacks of framed awards she’s received is the President’s Volunteer Service Award presented to her by President Barack Obama.
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