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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas XKKKX***#****# all. FOR AOF 7811 *01 1000571 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST HICROF’UBLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 7990? 1111111111111) 11111111111 i 1111 {I •™NESDAY, MAY 4,2005 rald-Zeitung INSIDE DOWNTOWN Many of the top businesses in downtown New Braunfels come to the pages of the Herald-Zeitung. Page 8A SPORTS SPRING BALL The Smithson Valley football team is already looking ahead as spring drills open. Page 6A pl Mostly Cloudy High Low 71 57 Details .... 2B CISD begins search for superintendent Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 143 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW7 j DEAR ABBY 5B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 5B By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees have begun searching for a new superintendent, laying to rest any hopes that Nancy Fuller would stay. Although Fuller announced in March her intention to retire at the end of the school year, board members had hoped they could persuade her to change her mind. “We tried everything we could think of to convince her to stay,” said board President Dan Krueger. “But after our last meeting, she told everyone her plans were unchanged. We respect her decision.” Krueger instructed district administrators Friday to list an interim superintendent’s vacancy, followed by the announcement Monday for the permanent position. Both vacancies are listed on Web sites for the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Association of School Business Officials and CISD. Krueger has set a tentative See SEARCH Page 3A Council moves closer to adopting higher drainage fee By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Developers argued Tuesday that the city’s proposed drainage ordinance was unfair, but the New Braunfels City Comic ii still approved the second reading of the ordinance with a 4-3 vote. Mayor Pro Tem I .ce Rodriguez, who voted for the ordinance Monday, said atter giving it more thought, he couldn’t support it and changed his vote. The original ordinance was amended Monday by District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine, who moved to raise the proposed storm water fee from $750 to $ 1,250 per lot. T he amendment passed on a 4-3 vote, with Valentine, District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill, Rodriguez and District 2 Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk voting for the amendment. The Herald-Zeitung mistakenly reported Tuesday that the amendment failed. District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil See WEATHER Page 3A CLOSE AT HEART Early voting closes higher in city election Families stay strong as loved ones fight in war By Leigh Jones StaffWriter ELECTION DAY * Polls will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ended Tuesday on a high note with 436 people casting ballots in the citywide election, the highest single-day turnout for this election cycle. City Secretary Michael Resendez had hoped the numbers this year would be higher overall because of the mayor’s race, but he said he was pleased with the turnout nevertheless. After the last early vote was cast, Resendez counted 2,247 ballots, 497 more than the last comparable election in May 2003. In the Comal Independent School District race, 14 voters cast ballots T uesday, bringing the early voting total to 349. "We regularly average IO to 12 percent of registered voters participating in any given election,” Resendez said. “This year's counts fall within that range. The last citywide election was in November, but you can’t really use those numbers as a See VOTING Page 3A By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Barbara Beversdorf doesn’t watch the cable news from Iraq. She can’t. That’s because her son, Nathan, 23, is a soldier in the United States Army stationed “somewhere" — he’s been told not to say — in Iraq, doing his second tour in the War on Ter- Wommack, Krueger fighting hard for District 5 council seat ror. Possibly, no one is more terrorized than the mothers, wives and families of the young men and women who are fighting this war. Tuesday evening, Beversdorf attended her first meeting of FLOW — Families of Loved Ones at War — a New Braunfels support group for those who have family members stationed overseas. The group, facilitated by military mom Sharon Suchy, meets at 7:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the New Braunfels Public Library on Common Street. All are welcome and there is no fee to attend. Suchy, whose own son, David, just got home from Iraq on what the military calls “terminal leave,” is scheduled to leave the service in nine days. Shes lucky. Beversdorf and Stefanie Powell, whose son, Matt, is a U.S. Marine, aren’t so lucky. Powell’s son is now stationed in the Far Last, but he’s told her he might be transferred. I Ie hasn’t said where or when, but Powell’s approach to the news is the opposite of Beversdorf. “I do a lot of research,” she said. By Scott Mahon StaffWriter District 5 candidates Travis Wommack and Kathleen Krueger have their obvious differences — their ages, life experiences and backgrounds to name a few. But they also have one thing in common that is beneficial to voters. Wommack and Krueger chose to run for office although both had many excuses not to. Wommack is admittedly young and is just beginning a career as an accountant. He moved just over a year ago, is in the process of renovating his home and became a father just weeks ago. Krueger has been around politics her whole life as the wife of a former congressman, U.S. senator and ambassador. After a lifetime of moving around with her husband, she was very content being back home in New Braunfels as a mother to lier three children. But they both chose to run because they believe conditions in District 5 have been overlooked for t(X) long and the residents need a representative on council who can fight for them. j lr When asked by die Herald-Zeitung editorial board why she decided to run, Krueger cited a personal experience. She said she went with her husband, Boh, to Houston one weekend and had the opportunity to hear I lous-ton’s mayor, Bob White, give a speech. “I was extremely moved by what Mayor White said he had accomplished in I louston,” she said. “And so many things I ve read over the years during a weekly radio program that my husband and I CHARTER AMENDMENTS N For more on the proposed charter amendments, see Forum, page 5A sponsor talked about challenging one’s self. So on tile way home from I louston that weekend, I told Bob I was going to run for city council.” Wommack said he chose to run for office because “the city council wasn’t making decisions, and council needs to make decisions based on what people want.” “I come from a conservative background. I believe in a form of government that focuses on the essentials — streets, drainage, fire and police. I believe our city government has overlooked those1 areas especially in District 5,” he said. See DISTRICT 5 Page 2A Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Barbara Beversdorf, center, retells a story to Stephanie Powell, right, and Sharon Suchy that her son, Nathan, who is currently serving in the Army overseas, told her about his first day in the war. Below, Suchy looks through pictures belonging to Beversdorf of her son, Nathan, and grandson, Gavin, at a meeting for those who have loved ones at war. More than a decade ago, when Beversdorf’s children were still young, she watched and read everything she could about the Gulfwar. “I nearly made myself sick,” she said. She resolved not to do that this time in order to stay strong for her family. “You have to hold yourself together,” Suchy agreed, nodding her head. I ler son married between his first and second Iraq tours, and he and his wife, Jessica, have an infant named Gavin. Beversdorf See WAR Page 2A Nancy Fuller Cornyn stops by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn visits New Braunfels to meet with supporters, raise funds. Re-Eiecl Adam Cork MAYOR Proven Leadership Proven Results. I'm asking for Your Vote! Election Day: Saturday, May 7 Hd Hoi Adv < ,>tU» Mayoi ( ami)., (Jlh> l.ili tril    *0    W    VUtmio    SE    Ne*    biaunM>    \    \    7tH    nj ;