New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Voters in the Comal Independent School District elect Donna Holmes and Frank Baker. Page 9A
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Cindy Cross, Robin Urbanovsky claim seats on the Bulverde City Council. Page 7A
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Victim in train accident Friday identified as a 14-year-old boy
By Ron Maloney
Officials Saturday identified the victim who died after being struck by a Union Pacific freight train as a 14-year-old New Braunfels Middle School eighth grader.
An employee with the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office in San Antonio said lames Calvin Spencer died in the University I hospital trauma center at 6:53 p.m. Friday of major internal injuries.
Spencer was flown to San Antonio after the 4 p.m. accident, which occurred on the railroad tracks alongside Landa Street at the I .anda Drive intersection near the Loop 337 overpass.
New Braunfels Police Lt. Joe Vargas said the boy was struck as he walked east or northbound along the tracks, toward the oncoming train, and not southbound as previously reported in the Herald-Zeitung.
An investigation revealed Spencer had been dropped at his residence after school and was believed to be walking the tracks to visit a friend’s house, Vargas said.
Four witnesses — two of them operating the southbound train — reported the boy was walking with his head down and was wearing a personal music device with headphones.
One witness said the engineer repeatedly blasted his horn to try to alert the boy.
Shannon Lehmann and Melissa Batey were driving across the Loop 337 overpass Friday afternoon and reported seeing Spencer walking in front of the southbound freight train.
They told the I lerald-Zeitung he was walking on the left side of the tracks — the side away from Landa Street.
Lehmann said as turned off the loop onto Onida Drive, he saw the the train came to a stop with its engine close to 200 yards past where the teenager was seen.
Vargas said no citations were anticipated in the incident.
“It was an accident," he said.
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Marines of ail ages join together to support those hurt during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Boyer wins big
By Scott Mahon
Bruce Boyer said he expected to beat incumbent Adam Cork in the race for New Braunfels mayor. But just how big Boyer prevailed Saturday surprised even him.
Most local political pundits expected the mayoral race to be close, but Boyer led throughout. He recorded more than double Cork’s votes in early voting and prevailed with 2,757 votes, or 64 percent, while Cork had 1,561 votes or 36 percent.
Boyer finished in front in all six districts, both in early voting and on Election Day.
Cork, who was elected to his first term in 2002, said he wished Boyer well.
“Obviously, I was disappointed,’’ he said. "But I’m glad we had as marry voters turn out as ut did, and I d like to see more and more people turn out to vote in future elections.”
Cork said if he had his campaign to do all over again, he wouldn’t change anything.
“I believe I did what I needed to do, and what I was supposed to do to get re-elected,” he said. “Obviously though, it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Asked what was on his agenda as New Braunfels’ new mayor, Boyer said two things were on his mind.
"I think people have felt inhibited about coming to city council meetings and saying what they wanted to say to council.” he said. “I want to encourage the public to give its input at council meetings. I also think we need to look at how the city uses so many consultants and studies. I think you can make decisions without going overboard on consultants and studies.
“I think you can use some common sense.”
Boyer said he was also some-
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Bruce Boyer pops open a bottle of champagne while his wife.Toya Ohlrich, looks on after Boyer won the mayoral race in New Braunfels Saturday evening. Below, Adam Cork accepts condolences from supporter CathyTalcott.
what concerned that council rushed through a new drainage ordinanace last week that provides for storm water development fees paid by new development.
“ I here may be some legal issues that we need to address,” he said. “But I think the core principles of the ordinance are good. I think developers should pay stortnwater development fees, hut we have to be sure developers can do what the ordinance says they have to do.”
Boyer added that he believed
See MAYOR Page 8A
Krueger rolls in District 5
By Scott Mahon
Kathleen Krueger 268
Travis Wommack 159
Limmer ousts Valentine
Kathleen Krueger claimed a seat on the New Braunfels City Council with a convincing win Saturday over Travis Wommack.
Krueger garnered 268 votes, or 63 percent, while Wommack had 159 votes.
Krueger will replace Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez, who has represented District 5 for two three-year terms. Rodriguez was prohibited from running again due to tenn limits.
Krueger, 46, said during her campaign she wanted to be an independent voice for the people.
“It was time for me to get off the sidelines and give something back to the community I love," she said.
Krueger’s convincing margin of victory was also reflected in early voting.
She received 119 early votes, compared to 74 for Wommack.
Krueger said she wants to preserve the historical and environmental integrity of New Braunfels while assisting the growth and progress of the rapidly expanding community.
“The health and safety of our citizens is paramount,”
See KRUEGER Page 10A
By Scott Mahon
Ken Valentine’s tenure on the city council came to a close Saturday by the narrowest of margins.
The closest race in the city election was between District 6 challenger Lynn Limmer and Valentine, with Limmer prevailing by just 14 votes.
in early voting, Limmer had a 15-vote lead — 225 votes compared to Valentine’s 210 and she held on to win the seat with 374 votes, or 51 percent, to Valentine’s 360 or 49 percent.
Limmer, who was at home Saturday celebrating with
family and friends, said again, as she did repeatedly during her campaign, that voters in District 6 wanted a change.
"I’m very excited,’’ she said. “We worked hard during the campaign, and now I’m ready to go to work.”
Valentine campaigned as the minority voice on council and said while he was disap
pointed, he was happy to have served.
"I’m disappointed that we’ll lovse the voice of diversity,” he said. “But it was an opportunity to serve and represent the people of District 6.” Limmer, 43, has been branch manager at First
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