New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BPerry pushes for more property tax relief
By April Castro
The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) — With less than a month left in the legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry urged lawmakers on Wednesday to use a record budget surplus to put more property tax relief in the two-year state spending plan.
House and Senate leaders have been working behind closed doors to
■ Governor wants legislators to utilize budget surplus
hammer out a final draft of tile budg-et, negotiating the differences between the two chambers. Both houses have allocated money for the final phase of the one-third reduction in property tax rates that was enacted last year, but neither included an additional $2.5 billion that Perry asked for in January.
“Both the Senate and the House budgets leave roughly $8 billion sitting on the table,” Perry said. “I think it’s reasonable to take a third of that, give it back to the people ... so they can spend it, they can deal with it as they see fit.”
Asked if there were any way to give an additional $2.5 billion in proper
ty tax relief as Perry had requested, Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden said it wouldn’t be possible.
“The governor’s entitled to say whatever the governor thinks,” he said.
Budget writers have set aside about $8 billion for future use. Some of that money would be put in the
state’s so-called Rainy Day Fund and part of it would be set aside to fund the already promised property tax cuts in the next two-year budget.
The one-third rate reduction that lawmakers enacted last year as part of a court-ordered overhaul of the state’s school funding system will cost about $14 billion every two years.
See TAX, Page 8A
Smith touts a bill to increase plug-in hybrids
By Mark Koopmans
The Herald Zeitung
Three Texas Congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that might increase the use of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
House Resolution 2079, the “Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Act of 2007,” has been co-sponsored by Republican Congressmen Lamar Smith of San Antonio, Michael McCaul of Austin and Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett, also of Austin.
Th^ bill would encourage the production and create awareness of plug-in hybrid vehicles, said Smith’s press secretary Christine McCarty.
“A plug-in vehicle may be driven up to IOO miles using one gallon of gas and may achieve nearly zero emissions during stop-and-go driving," said Smith in a news release.
The proposed legislation offers grants to state
See HYBRIDS, Page 7A
With summer just around the corner, theirs plenty of activities to keep children busy.
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Local firefighter still in the race
■ ‘Bullnut’ contestant battles on
By Mark Koopmans
Jason Wallace, a New Braunfels firefighter based at Station 2, is still a contender to win the reality television show “Bullrun.”
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still left in the show. “Bullrun," which ans on Spike I V stat led with 12 teams competing for a ■LZjHHBi grand prize of $200,000 by rac- Jason Wallace ing their own vehicles along public roadways. Contestants must obey all traffic laws in order
See RACE, Page 8A
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Dusting off his skills
■ Artist shares love for finding creative ways to express himself
Group to gather ’round the maypole for dedication
By Mark Koopmans
The German American Society of New Braunfels is rededicating its maypole at a special ceremony Sunday.
Officially called a “Maibaum,” the event begins at 4 p.m. at the main entrance to Wurstfest grounds on Landa Street, said Hel-gard Suhr-Hollis, chairwoman of the Ger
man American Society.
A Maibaum is a familiar sight in many towns and villages in southern Germany, said Suhr-Hollis, who has lived in New Braunfels for more than 40 years, but hails originally from Potsdam in Germany.
“It is erected for festivals and once in place, is used by many as a reminder of the history and culture of that particular town or city,” she said Wednesday.
The local Maibaum originally was dedicated by the German American Society as part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 1995. However, it was taken down last year for renovation and repainting. One the work was completed, officials from New Braunfels Utilities stepped in to help, said Suhr-Hollis.
See MAYPOLE, Page 8A
By Suzanne Ashe
Students at Memorial Intenne-diate School in New Braunfels got a glimpse Wednesday of what it takes to become a dirty car artist without spelling “wash me” on the family van.
San Marcos artist Scott Wade was a guest presenter in art teacher Becky McDavitt’s classroom at the Communities in Schools annual fifth-grade career day at Memorial Intermediate.
Wade told a class of about 30 students that he started drawing at an early age.
“My dad drew cartoons,” he said. “I started drawing funny faces.”
Wade said his 40-hour job is as a commercial graphic artist but he said he has many other projects.
“I am also an illustrator, animator and dirty car artist," he said.
Students perked up in their seats when Wade began to show them some of his graphic art such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Wiener Dogs poster he designed for the Buda Wiener Dog races.
While Wade’s day job keeps his bills paid, he told students his dirty car art has drawn national attention from newspapers, biog sites and magazines.
“I’m just a guy who likes to do what I do,” he said while urging the students to be happy in whatever they do. “Enjoy what you do while you’re doing it. Have a good time with art. It’s like responding to life — it’s so fun.”
Wade told the students he
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Artist Scott Wade talks with fifth-grade students about the many types of art he does for fun and for work during the Communities in Schools Career Day at Memorial Intermediate on Wednesday afternoon.
■ To see more of Scott Wade's art, visit dirtycarart.com.
started out as a self-taught artist. fie also had some fonnal training at Texas State University in San Marcos. He said he got his start with dirty car art while driving in and out of the dirt road to his home.
“ The dust gets all over the back of the car, so I started playing with it.”
Wade said he began using different techniques to achieve the detailed drawings.
Although the dirty car art fades or is washed away, Wade told
See ART, Page 3A
Artist Scott Wade "paints" a picture of Humble Time founder Mo Humble by removing dust caked on a car parked near the stage during the HumbleTime Festival on River Road in this Oct. 1, 2005 photo.