New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Appraisal Review Board to begin property owner protest hearings
Property owners who disagree with the Comal Appraisal District s appraisal of their property for local taxes or for any other action that adversely affects them may protest their property value to the appraisal district’s Appraisal Review Board (ARB). I he ARB will begin hearing taxpayer protests on May 24.
After the ARB completes its hearings and approves final property tax appraisals, local governments will use these appraisals to set 2011 property tax rates.
The ARB is a group of citizens who live in the appraisal district and are appointed by the appraisal district 's board of directors.
Property owners may protest any of the following issues to the ARB:
• I he appraised or market value of the property;
• Unequal appraisal of the taxpayer’s property compared
to similar property in the district;
• Inclusion of the property on the appraisal records;
• Denial of a partial exemption, such as a homestead exemption;
• Denial of special appraisals, such as agricultural or timber productivity appraisal;
• Determination that agricultural or timber land has had a change of use and is subject to a rollback tax;
• Identification of the taxing unit or units in which the property is located;
• Determination that the taxpayer is the owner of the property.
A property owner must file a written notice of protest by June 1 or within 30 days after the appraisal district mails the taxpayer a notice of appraised value. The publication is available at window.state.tx.us / taxinfo/proptax or by calling (800) 252-9121, ext. 2.Your vote. Your Co-op
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Matters of Public Record
Law enforcement officers in New Braunfels and Comal County booked the following between May 10 and May 11:
♦ Joshua Wayne Gomez, 36, Bulverde, driving while intoxicated
♦ Danielle Moon Gordon, 42, New Braunfels, assault by threat-family violence.
♦ Alejandro Delgadillo Mata, 24, New Braunfels, driving while license invalid, failure to maintain financial responsibility
♦ Stacy Ann McCurdy, 30, Spring Branch, motion to adjudicate guilt-forgery of a financial instrument two counts
♦ Miguel Augusto Melgar, 23, Blanco, violate promise to appear/driving while intoxicated
♦ Dale Gene Morgan, 31, New Braunfels, motion to revoke probation-possession or transport chemical with intent to manufacture controlled substance penalty group 1/1A possession of controlled substance
♦ Diana Anita Ochoa, 47, New Braunfels, driving while license
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♦ Steven Wayne Tidd, 56, Abilene, violate city ordinance - soliciting
♦ Jameson Lamonte Torres, 37, New Braunfels, violation of bond/protective order (Guadalupe County)
♦ William Anthony White, 26, New Braunfels, driving while license invalid with previous conviction or suspension without financial responsibility
Under the U. S. Constitution, any person/defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. If anyone is found not guilty or has the charges dropped without the State proceeding to trial and would like that finding published in the Herald-Zeitung, please contact Managing Editor, Autumn Phillips, at (830) 625-9144 x 220 or e-mail [email protected]
New Braunfels Police Department reported the following incidents from 7 a.m. May 10 to 6:59 a.m. May 11:
♦ May 10,9 a.m., male stopped for traffic violation and arrested for having a suspended drivers license at the 200 block of S. Seguin Ave. Investigating Officer D. Villegas.
♦ 10:09 a.m., assisted Hays County with missing located subject at Hillard. Investigating Officer C. Scott.
♦ 3:50 p.m., male was arrested for violating city ordinance at 100 block of 1-35 N. Investigating Officer R. Whitehair.
♦ May 8,3:47 p.m., father wanted to report assault by contact on daughter's behalf at the 1400 block of S. Seguin Ave. Investigating Officer C. Diaz.
♦ May 10,5 p.m., window cracked by unknown object at the 100 block of 1-35 S. Investigating Officer C.
♦ 8:17 p.m., male issued trespass warning at 900 block of Porter St. Investigating Officer S. Jackson.
♦ 10:14 p.m., wife arrested for assault by threat toward husband at the 2000 block of Pecan Springs. Investigating Officer G. Fuller.
♦ May 11,2:02 a.m., male arrested for warrant at the 200 block of School Ave. Investigating Officer R Groff.Vote!POWER OF COMMUNITY
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Whiz Kid: CHS senior wins finalist spot in YESSanders one of 9
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Canyon High School senior Kelly Sanders, left, demonstrates gel electrophoresis while standing beside her junior year A.R Biology teacher Karen Davis on Wednesday
Texans in regional epidemiology competition
By Will Wright
Kefly Sanders isn’t waiting to solve the world s problems — she’s already begun.
The 18-year-old Canyon High School student already knows what she wants to do: I lelp eradicate disease! through helping others. After only a short time focusing cm genetic research, her project addressing HIV/AIDS earned her a spot as one of nine Texas regional finalists in tin- prestigious Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition and a $2,000 scholarship.
The YES Competition was created By the Robert Wood Johnson foundation and 0)1-lege Board to help nurture and inspire future public health leaders. Kelly and 59 other regional winners traveled to Washington D.(!. April 15-18 to compete for up to $50,000 in college scholarships.
Kelly became interested in genetic research during a sem
inar held in her AP biology class last spring. Iiist summer, while interning at in I iealth Science Center in San Antonio, she honed in on preventative HIV/AIDS research.
"It really prompted me to go in and make any kind of progress in the field of HIV and
AIDS research," she said. “It’s a hugely global pandemic — millions of people have been affected and millions continue to struggle each year."
Kelly’s project title contains words some people might need a dictionary to get through, (billed “Association of
a f unctional Polymorphism in Caspase-12 Gene and HIV-1/AIDS Susceptibility in African-American Women,” her study focused on HIV susceptibility in a certain population of African-American women.
"Specifically, I experiment
ed with a mutation of the human caspase-12 gene, which plays a critical role in cell apoptosis,” she said. "Apoptosis is a grim thing. It’s when the cells are programmed to kill themselves. At one point or another, every œil in your body is going die, depending on what kind of cell it is.”
Because the human caspase-12 mutation Is exclusive to individuals of African descent, Kelly focused strictly on that population. By detecting genetic mutations that might affect an individual’s susceptibility to HIV she hoped her study could contribute to the development of drug therapies.
“My findings suggest that this elongated protein yields a higher susceptibility to HIV and swifter progression to AIDS within the specified population,’’ she said in a synopsis of her project released through the YES Competition. “The mutation constitutes a lower susceptibility to HIV-1. Therefore, the implications for epidemiology are vast.”
Kelly plans to study bioengineering at Rice University on her way to a career as a physician/scientist traveling with Doctors Without Borders.
“ I want to see the impact that research people do in a lab will actually have on humans,” she
said. “I want to put a face to the work that I’m doing."
Kelly, the daughter of Keith and Karrie Sanders of Garden Ridge, will participate in a surgical student internship program at Brooke Army Medical Center this summer. She is a winner of the U.S. Achievement Academy National Award and American fogion Award.
Canyon AP Biology teacher Karen Davis says no one is more deserving of accolades than Kelly.
“I wrote in a letter of recommendation for her that there aren’t enough adjectives for that child — they don’t make any that are quite big enough,” she said. "She’s always been prepared and dedicated, and sweet—she’s one of those kids that you never forget.”
Kelly, who is nearing the end of her AP course exams, will rank among Canyon’s top five graduates this spring. She plans to get her undergraduate degree, become an M.D. and then seek a Ph.D.
“I want to continue this research. Given the opportunity, I want to travel with Doctors Without Borders. But 1 want to be the confluence of research and actually practice medicine, which is why I want to go the physician-scientist route.”