New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Perry won’t veto vaccine mandate
■ Governor bows to Legislature
By Liz Austin Peterson
The Associated Press
AUSTIN — Bowing to legislative pressure, Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday he won’t veto a bill that would block state officials from following his order requiring an anti-cancer vaccine for sixth-grade schoolgirls.
The Republican governor gave a lengthy, passionate speech accusing the Legislature of politicizing the debate over his February executive order requiring the human papillomavirus vaccine for girls starting in September 2008.
But he acknowledged a veto would almost certainly be overridden and said he will allow the bill to become law without his signature.
“It is time to move this issue from the political arena to the court of public opinion where real lives are at stake, and it is time to do so without delay,” Perry said.
The Legislature last overturned a veto in 1979. The votes are extremely rare, primarily because most major bills are passed in the session’s
See BILL, Page 9A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Rusty and Ashley Turpin pose with family members moments after being awarded gold medals for their play in mixed doubles at the UIL state tennis tournament in Austin on Tuesday. Pictured are Mark (father), left, Shelley (sister), Rusty, Jeff (uncle) Ashley, Jack (grandfather), Sarah (sister), Allison (cousin), David (cousin) and Kathy Turpin (mom).
■ New Braunfels tennis players bring home gold
By Will Wright
AUST IN —T he Big Blue faithful occupied the galleries atop the eighth and ninth courts at UT-Austin’s Penick-Allison Courts bright and early Tuesday morning, eager to see New Braunfels make a little tennis history. And they weren’t disappointed.
On the left, they cheered the brother-sister team of Rusty and Ashley Turpin in mixed doubles. On the right, they encouraged girls singles prodigy Lilly Kimbell. And in short order, both entries dispatched their foes to take home gold medals at the University Interscholastic League’s 95th annual state tournament.
“It was a fun day — it went a lot easier than I’d hoped for,” New Braunfels coach David Mueller said, “It doesn’t always go that way, but you’re always glad that it did.”
The Turpins needed just 43 minutes to quell Frisco Centennial’s Albe Chermel and Dennis Roy, 6-2, 6-0. Kimbell needed just over an hour to defeat Austin Lake Travis’ I lideko Tachibana, 6-2,6-1.
New Braunfels won multiple golds for only the second time, with Tuesday’s performance matching the girls doubles win by Tamarra Jenkin and Andrea Giesick and the
Lilly Kimbell proudly shows off the UIL Class 4A State Champion plaque and gold medal that she won at UT-Austin's Penick-Allison Tennis Center on Tuesday.
singles victory by Rebekah Forney in 1996. The Unicorns’ doubles teams of Jon Bamhill-Jake Uendrie and Sarah Septien-Kade Barnhill won bronze medals on Monday, giving the team four medalists in all.
A lot of history was made on Tuesday. The win for Ashley Turpin marked the first time a Unicorn had won consecutive state golds,
and she joined Leigh Ann Forney (1986, 1988), Lauren Walker (1999, 2001) and Andrea Giesick (1994,1996) as the only ones to win more than one title. Kimbell’s win — a first by a freshman — was the first in what could be a record-setting string of state
See TENNIS, Page 8A
3 local educators honored for their achievements
From Staff Reports
Three local teachers were honored this week as teachers of the year by Wal-Mart, Sams Club and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
The award, which was given as part of Wal-Mart’s 12th annual Teacher of the Year program, comes in honor of National Teacher’s Day on T uesday.
Mary Jill Bennett, a teacher at Canyon High School, Pat
Elbel, a teacher at Oak Run Ele-mentary School, and Sharon Braker, a kindergarten teacher at Cross Lutheran Church and School, each received a $1,000 grant for their respective schools, a $100 gift card to buy supplies for their class-
Mary Jill Bennett
Teacher of the Year polo shirt and a personalized certificate.
All local winning teachers have the
opportunity to apply for state Teacher of the Year honors to receive a $10,000 grant for their schools.
Each state winner is auto-m a t i c a 11 y entered into the national competition.
The one national winner, who is rec-Sharon ognized in the
Fraker fall, will receive
an additional $25,000 education grant for a total of $36,000 to his or her school.
Another strong drive Tuesday kept New Braunfels fiefighter Jason Wallace on course as he aims to be SpikeTV's BullRun champion. Find out what he has to say about his run to the last three on Thursday.
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Officials consider TxDoT funding
By Mark Koopmans
Comal County Commissioners are expected to discuss, and possibly approve, up to seven items on its action agenda during1Thursday’s regular meeting.
Items up for consideration anti action include the following:
■ A resolution committing die county to providing $16 million to the Texas Department of'IYans-portation. If approved, the money would partially finance improvements to US 281 from the Guadalupe River to the Blanco County line, according to public records.
■ Approve a proclamation naming May 13-19 as “National Police Week” and May 15 as “National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day” in Comal County.
■ Approve a proclamation designating May 13-19 as “Safe Boating Week" in Comal County.
■ Approve and award a contract for associated uniform supplies for the Comal County sheriff’s office.
Commissioners also are expected to hear reports from county officials, staff and residents, if applicable.
Comal County Commission meetings take place at 8:15 a.m. every Thursday in die Commissioner’s Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza in New Braunfels.
For information on agenda postings and results, visit co.comal.tx.us
Mark Koopmans can be reached at mkoopmans @ herald-zeitung.com.klNOIM OPEN
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