New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, MAY 10,2007
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Canyon's Cougarettes, SV's Rangers in singlegame softball survival tests tonight. Page 5A
Lawmakers need to take a firm approach to the nation's fuel economy standards. Page 4A
Vol. 154, No. 154 18 pages, 2 sections
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Local firefighter races toward finish line
By Mark Koopmans
And then there were three.
New Braunfels firefighter Jason Wallace and teammate jake Keeton have made it to the final round of the reality television show “Bullrun.” “Bullrun” began airing on SpikeTV in March with 12 teams competing for the grand prize of $200,000. Each team has to race its own vehicles along public roadways. Contestants must obey all traffic laws to stay in tile game, and at the end of
Team F-150 clinches spot in the final three
each episode, the team with the lowest time is disqualified.
Wallace, who lives in Universal City and Keeton of San Antonio, known as “Team F-150,” are driving a 2004 Ford Texas Ranch F-150 Lariat. The Wallace-Keeton team now are
among the last three still in tile show.
The most recent episode aired on Tuesday night and showed Team F-150 facing off against a 1968 Dodge Charger, a 2002 Pontiac Frans Am WS6 and a 1975 Hurst Oldsmobile W-30.
“With only three teams left, theres less room for error," Wallace, 25, said in a phone interview from indiana.
He said he is en route to New York, before flying to Montreal, Canada,
to participate next week in the real Bullrun, a race that pits drivers against one another on a course that runs from Montreal to Key West, Fla.
“Station 2 is my house, but Ive never been away from home — or at least never outside the state — so this has been a great ride, and its not over yet,” he said.
During the episode, Team Trans Am made it to the first checkpoint, placing the others in a time chal-
■ What: Final "Bullrun" episode, "Run to the Border"
■ When: 9 p.m.Tuesday on SpikeTV
■ Visit spiketv.com to find out more or to see past episodes.
lenge, according to information from Spike TV. The other teams then faced off to see how fast they could drive from the basement to the roof of a
See RACE, Page 10A
■Comal ISO trustees set to look over school budget
From staff reports
Comal Independent School District trustees will tour Freiheit Elementary School at 5 p.m. today and will then meet at 6 p.m. in the Comal ISD Support Services Building, 1404 Interstate 35 S.
The school board will conduct a workshop to discuss and receive information on the budgets for 2007-08 school year.
Hutchison said individual proposed school budgets were turned in this past Friday.
“At the workshop, die board will look at actual school campus budgets for the 2007-08 school year,” she said.
“By state law, the budgets have to be approved by the
See BUDGET, Page 8A
Current Goodwin/Frasier principal Betsy Nash talks about all the new and exciting things that will be available to students at the new Freiheit Elementary School while standing inside the school's colorful and bright library. Nash will become the principal of Freiheit when it opens in August.
■ Students to fill Freiheit in August
Apprentice electrician Darryl Cunningham stands atop a scissors lift to clean light fixtures in one of the hallways of the soon-to-open Freiheit Elementary School on Farm-to-Market 1101.
By Suzanne Ashe
Population growth in the New Braunfels area has the Comal Independent School District building new schools to meet the demands for places in its schools.
Freiheit Elementary School on Farm-to-Market 1101 is a state-of-the-art campus set to open in August, said Kari Hutchison, public information officer for CISD.
Opening Freiheit in August will alleviate overcrowding at Good-win-Frazier Elementary School, Hutchison said.
“Students who live east of Interstate 35 and currenUy attend Goodwin-Frazier will be coming to Freiheit,” she said. “Kids who live west of Interstate 35 and currently attend Goodwin-Frazier will stay at Goodwin-Frazier.”
Betsy Nash, principal of Freiheit, said the new school is “deliciously overwhelming.”
A tour of the building showed sensored wash basins, keyless entry doorways, large classrooms, a large and colorful library and muted
“We have a real music room. We've been using a storeroom at Frazier.
— Betsy Nash
Freiheit Elementary School principal
green, yellow, blue and red hallways.
“We have a real music room,” Nash said. “We’ve been using a storeroom at Frazier.”
Other amenities in the school include a wireless computer lab, sensor lights in each classroom, a gym and science labs, said Nash.
“Each room will have a data projector so we’re saving money by not buying maps and globes when we can project up to date information off of the Internet,” Nash said.
The 80,000 square foot school, built with funds from the 2005 bond, is located on 22 acres on EM 1101. Nash said she expects to have 775 students attend next school year.
“I won’t be hiring any new teachers for Freiheit,” Nash said “ hvo-thirds of
See FREIHEIT, Page 9A
Cancer research could get $3B
■ House OKs investment plan
By Jim Vertuno
The Associated Press
AUSTIN (AP) — With a far-reaching goal of curing cancer, the House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment allowing Texas to set up a special $3 billion fund for high-level research.
Gov. Rick Perry and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have been pushing the plan to put Texas on the cutting edge of cancer research with collaboration between private and public research groups.
“This is about legacy,” said Rep. Jim Keffer, the Eastland Republican who sponsored die amendment. “It may be one of the most positive actions we can take, to cure cancer in our lifetime and do it in Texas.”
See CANCER, Page 9A
Bikers urged to keep safety first
By Mark Koopmans
May is “Motorcycle Safety Month” and law enforcement agencies are reminding motorcyclists to think safety first.
The movie, “Wild I logs,” currendy playing at the Marketplace Cinema 12 in New Braunfels and elsewhere, accurately portrays a trend in motorcycle riding nationwide, according to officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety-
Unprepared riders are hitting the roads in increasing numbers, while returning riders — licensed riders who have not ridden recendy — are getting back on their motorcycles without
See SAFETY, Page 8A
A trooper fills out an accident report after a single motorcycle accident where the driver lost control and veered off of Farm-to-Market 306 landing in a ditch in this Mardi photo.
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