New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY May I, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 144
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Candidates in CISD race hope for big voter turnout
By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer
Seven candidates seeking two seats on the Comal Independent School District’s Board of Trustees square off in Saturday’s election.
Four candidates are vying for the District 5 position in Spring Branch, and three are seeking the District 7 slot, which represents Garden Ridge and Solms
In the CISD, 214 voters cast early ballots.
In District 5, Deraid LaRue did not seek re-election. But four hopefuls — John Zimmerman, Rose Cervin, Randy Shelton and Lee Iredale — did file for the post. The winner will serve a three-year term.
District 5 residents may vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Bill Brown Elementary School.
Zimmerman is an architect;
Cervin is a parent who has run twice for the District 5 slot; and Iredale is a transportation director for the Judson ISD. Shelton, a senior at New Braunfels High School, filed as a write-in candidate.
Cervin said she wants voters to question the qualifications of all candidates running for this year’s school board elections.
“I just want to urge everyone to try and find the time to investigate each of the candidates for this election, ask questions of the candidates, understand their qualifications and not only make a
7 attend mayor’s town hall meeting
By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels Mayor Adam Corks town hall meeting turned out to be a casual exchange with seven people.
Cork said he was disappointed at the low turnout but expected it, considering the high volume of meetings among council members recently.
The meeting focused on annexation and river issues.
One man asked what impact the recent reduction in city staff would have on annexation.
Cork said the city’s new philosophy on annexation would relieve city services instead of straining them by avoiding the annexation of residential areas.
The city’s new approach to annexation is based on a serious cost-benefit analysis of prospective areas, he said.
■ New Braunfels City Council candidate questionnaires/4A
■ An in-depth look at Propositions 1, 2. 3.
■ Candidate questionnaires.
■ Preview of the Bulverde municipal election.
Grown men do cry
(Top) After completing the<pepper spray training exercise, NB Police Officer Darryl Felpel (left) gets rid of as much residue as he can, while Officer Craig Christopherson lends a steadying hand.
(Above) Officer Terry Flugrath helps Detective J.T. Villarreal dean his eyes.
(Left) River patrol officer Steve Hanna receives a full shot of pepper spray during “hands-on” certification course Wednesday.
NBPD trains with new weapon — pepper spray
Story By Ron Maloney
Photos by K. Jessie Slaton
How do you make two dozen big, tough cops cry?
In pepper spray training.
The New Braunfels Police Department is outfitting all of its officers with O.C. gas, which is made from food-grade cayenne pepper.
The gas is a modern replacement for a chemical product, the military calls C.S. gas, known as tear gas or “Mace.”
It is intended to debilitate a violent person by irritating his eyes, skin and upper respiratory tract. The symptoms disappear in half an hour or so.
Wednesday, 24 NBP!) officers took an eight-hour pepper spray certification course offered by the Alamo Area Council of Governments.
AACOG Instructor Larry Pearson gave the course.
“See right there?” Pearson said, showing the label on a pepper spray device. “If you notice, it says, ‘nontoxic, food-grade ingredients.’ Its safe, and it limits the situations in which an officer must use deadly force.’’
Chief of Police Russell Johnson — who was first in line to be sprayed in the face as part of the training — said the pepper spray would give his officers a sort of middle ground in dealing with violent situations.
“What this does for the department is give our officers another way to control a situation without resorting to deadly force or causing permanent injury to somebody,” Johnson said.
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After ordering “bad-guy” Officer Chris Culak to the ground, Detective John Rios holsters his plastic pistol and cuffs Culak — all while suffering the pain and confusion of having been liberally doused in the face with pepper spray.
Cancer survivor Becky Voges says “Every day is a blessing, and you don’t take anything for granted — your friends, your family, your children.” Voges says one of her favorite things to do now is directing the children’s choir and her grandson, Jordan Tomerlin, (back) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Cancer survivors say support is key
By Sean Bowlin
Two women who survived breast cancer say those battling the disease today no longer face the struggle alone.
And it’s events like the annual “Relay For Life” that have helped improve public understanding of the need for better support systems for cancer victims.
Becky Voges and Ann Rogers are on the Comal County Cancer Board. Voges said the worst thing about having breast cancer was the uncertainty.
Tm a real control person; I like to control things. And this was the first time in my life I couldn’t control things,”
Once Voges decided to have a mastectomy, things got better because she was involved in the decision-making process. But it was very difficult for her husband, because he didn’t know how to help her.
“He was in shock and so scared,” Voges said. “And so was I. Most people think they’re gonna die when they hear the word ‘cancer.”’
Voges said her emotional state improved markedly when, in her travels around New Braunfels, she met many cancer survivors.
Rogers had breast cancer 25 years ago this September.
“Reconstruction? There was nothing Uke that for me
at that time,” Rogers said. “And I knew a lot of people with cancer — and they died.”
Rogers was afraid to go through a year of chemotherapy, but she knew a little bit about it because her sister-in-law had gone through it.
“So it wasn’t a total shock to me,” she said.
Voges and Rogers eventually beat their cancers. And each said that good things came out of the experience.
Voges said she no longer worried about little things — life was now precious.
“When you walk out of that doctor’s office and you have that diagnosis, everything has changed. Every day is a See SURVIVORS/4A
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