New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, MAY 8,2007
Ashley Patterson, lying 2nd in the state tourney, leads the Unicorns charge. Page 6
Lilly Kimbell, girls singles, Rusty and Ashley Turpin, mixed doubles, play for state titles. Page 6
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Mayor angered by Valentine ad
A political advertisement for KeepKen.org has New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer up in arms.
The ad, in Sunday’s Herald-Zeitung, was placed by New Braunfels District 6 City Coun-
Border plan wins House support
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — A sweeping border security measure aimed at beefing up law enforcement agencies along the border overwhelmingly won preliminary approval in the Texas House Monday.
The measure details how a proposed $100 million requested by Gov. Rick Perry for border security would be spent. The money would largely be spent for more resources to help patrol the state’s border with Mexico.
The House voted 140-5 in favor of the measure. It’s expected to receive final approval Tuesday and would then be eligible for consideration in the Senate.
"Mexican cartels take advantage of our porous border with Mexico to traffic drugs and other criminal activity throughout Texas and the rest of the United States,” said Rep. David Swinford, a Dumas Republican who sponsored the bill. "Portions of our border with Mexico are controlled by drug lords where murder and crime is skyrocketing. We must take control of our border, and this legislation will get us closer to that goal."
The legislation would establish a border security council, appointed by the governor, that will decide how state and federal grants are divvied up among law enforcement entities.
Under the bill, the governor must develop a statewide strategy for dealing with homeland security threats and emergencies.■ Charter doesn’t allow endorsement by elected officials
cilman Ken Valentine, who is facing a recall election May
The ad states that Boyer and Valentine both voted for the 16-quart cooler ordinance and the second flotation device ordinance. By voting the same as the mayor and die majority of council, Valen-tine said it shows “he is a
See AD, Page 2
Early voting ends today in New Braunfels, Bulverde and Garden Ridge city elections, Comal ISD,
ESD. 1 and the countywide state constitutional ballot. Election day is Saturday.
LEFT: Helgard Suhr Hollis, of the German American Society, welcomes the community during the rededication ceremony of the Maibaum (Maypole) in front of the Wurstfest gates Sunday afternoon.The Maibaum recently was taken down and repainted by local artists from the New Braunfels Art League. The German American Society of New Braunfels originally dedicated the Maibaum during the 1845-1995 Sesquicentennial celebration.
Photos by MIRANDA LAINE
RIGHT: Members of the New Braunfels Kinderchor relax on the grass with others in attendance for the rededication ceremony of the Maibaum, as they enjoy a performance by the Gemischter Chor Harmonie Sunday.
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37 TF* IM** rn fSmoking ban weaker, but still breathing
By Jim Verturno
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — A bill meant to snuff out smoking in most bars and restaurants in Texas tentatively passed the I louse on Monday, but not before opponents drastically weakened it, leaving its future in doubt.
Supporters say the bill is needed to protect workers and cus-tomers
“Our attempt is to save lives. Secondhand smoke kills.”
— State Rep. Myra Crown over,
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ly secondhand smoke. But opponents successfully badgered it until they could force a key exemption for business property owners who want to allow smoking.
The smoking ban seemed to have recovered from a near-defeat Friday but staggered further Monday before
it passed 91-48.
Now in its weakened state, the bill still needs a final House vote before it goes to the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle to survive.
Myra Crownover, the Lake Dallas Republican pushing the measure, said the ban is needed to protect workers and other people regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.
“Our attempt is to save lives.
Secondhand smoke kills,” Crownover said, vowing to try to get the hill back to its original, stronger form. “Nothing is ever finished until it signed by the governor.”
'Hie biggest fight came over an attempt to exempt bars,
See SMOKING, Page 2
Homes for heroes
■ Peace officers, firefighters, others eligible for $25 million home loan help
By Mark Koopmans
A state agency is promoting a multi-million dollar loan program that could make life easier first-time hoinebuyers who work in high-risk careers such as peace officers, firefighters and county jailers.
For the 12th consecutive year, the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation has released funds for its Firefighter and Law Enforcement or Security Officer I lome Loan program, better known as the “Moines for Heroes” program, officials said recently.
Originally established under House Bill 1247 during the 78th Texas Legisla
ture, the loan program allocates $25 million annually for the exclusive purpose of making single-family mortgage loans available to eligible Texas public servants who are first-time home buyers, said TSAHC spokeswoman Paige McGilloway.
The program is available on a first come, first-served basis, to homebuyers who purchase a newly constructed or existing home with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan, she said.
This year’s program offers a 30-year fixed mortgage rate loan at 6.15 percent plus five percent assistance in the form of a grant, which can be used toward a down payment
See HOMES, Page 2Police investigate Canyon High, Middle School incidents■ Disciplinary action taken after students protested food fight punishment
By Suzanne Ashe
Canyon High School students and administration have differing viewpoints on what actually happened after a food fight this past Friday at the school.
Comal Independent School District public information officer Kari Hutchison said after the food fight, students protest
ing against the administrations’ disciplinary actions became verbally abusive to adults. She said CISD has a zero tolerance policy and the rules of proper behavior have to be followed.
“You have to keep a safe and secure campus at all times,” she said.
However, Canyon High School freshman Ryker Simmons said he saw the food fight happen and said he was just standing up for his friend who got caught up in the fracas.
I went to the office to tell them my friend was with me and not involved in the food fight,” he said. “I got some other friends together and we wanted to protest
so my friend wouldn’t get in trouble.” Simmons said the principal told them to go outside if they wanted to protest. When the bell rang, he said, “the administration started grabbing kids randomly and pulling them into the office."
Although, Simmons said he and other students were “kinda" disruptive and people were standing in the doorways blocking entrances, he said they weren’t trying to hurt anyone.
“We were just trying to defend our friend," he said. “They (the administration) should have told us what would happen."
See FOOD FIGHT, Page 2■ Middle school boys sanctioned for suspected initiation
From staff reports
A suspected gang initiation at Canyon Middle School resulted in six eighth-grade students being sent to alternative school last week.
Kari Hutchison, Comal Independent School District’s public information officer,
said Monday allegedly eight boys were in the restroom after school this past Wednesday. She said four boys allegedly were hitting two other boys while two boys videotaped the initiation on their cell phones.
Hutchison said six of the students were sent to alternative school and the two videographers were given inschool suspension.
The New Braunfels Police Department was called and is investigating the incident.rriNOWOPEN
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