New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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District 6 voters recall Valentine
Local soldier dies fighting in Iraq war
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentine checks the early voting results posted on the walHnside the Comal County Courthouse Annex. Although the early figures showed him ahead, final results showed he lost the recall election.
■Embattled councilman loses by 70 votes;
Goodner grabs District 2 seat from Patrick
By Suzanne Ashe
An election day push saw District 6 New Braunfels City Councilman Ken Valentine recalled from office.
The campaign to recall Ken Valentine waged by a group known as Keep NBNB political action group secured a 70-vote win with a final tally of 508 voting yes to recall and 438 votes to keep him in office.
Valentine led by 53 votes after early voting. But, after Saturday’s final votes were combined and added to early voting numbers,
Keep NBNB had a 70 vote win over Valentine with a final tally of 508 to 438 votes.
At the Keep NBNB victory party at the Southbank clubhouse, Kevin Webb, leader of the recall movement, celebrated with about 50
See VALENTINE, Page 8A
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Ken Valentine reads his concession speech to the media moments after learning of his recall as District 6 city councilman outside the Comal County Courthouse Annex on Saturday evening.
* 2002 — Valentine runs unopposed for District 6 seat. He serves a three-year term.
■ May 2005 — He loses election to political newcomer Lynn Limmer by 13 votes, 374-361.
A November 2005 — Limmer resigns seat after less than three months, citing family reasons. She pleaded guilty of embezzling funds from her former employer, First Commercial Bank. She will be sentenced in May.
ft November 2005 — Valentine returns to the council as the only candidate to file for the special election to fill Limmer's unexpired term.
* Feb. 12 — Valentine makes amendment to the city council for smaller cooler sizes, which passes 4-3 on first reading.
■ Feb. 16 — Kevin Webb and others begin gathering support for recall petition against Valentine, citing malfeasance, incompetence. __
■ Feb. 24 —Recall petition supporters walk District 6 to gather signatures.
* Feb. 26 — Valentine introduces ordinance at council meeting to change the city charter^ recall rules. The item is unanimously voted down.
From staff and wire reports
A New Braunfels man was one of at least 31 Texas service members who have died in Iraq this year.
Cpl. Anthony Mitchell Bradshaw, 21, died May 6 among six soldiers from Fort Lewis, Wash., and a freelance news photographer from Russia, in a roadside bomb blast in Iraq, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
Bradshaw, who Comal and New Braunfels independent school district officials said did not attend their high schools, is survived by his mother, Ingrid Lee of New Braunfels; father, lames Bradshaw of El Paso; a sister and three brothers, including his twin Samuel, and grandparents George and Sophia Cochran of New Braunfels.
Public visitation will take place from I to 6 p.m. today and Monday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Bradshaw will be buried with full military honors at I p.m. Wednesday in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
At least 291 Texas soldiers have died since the war began in March 2003.
Those deaths include overseas casualties related to Operation Iraqi Freedom, both combat and otherwise, federal officials said.
Hill Country dialect studied
By Elizabeth White
The Associated Press
FREDERICKSBURG (AP) — When Hans Boas was moving from California to the University of Texas in 2001 to teach German, he stopped in the quaint Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, which embraces its German roots with a robust Oktoberfest and German-themed restaurants and shops.
While eating a “der I lamburger” at lunch, Boas overheard an “interesting sounding German" — one that sounded a bit odd to the native speaker. It was sprinkled with English words and phrases pronounced with a German accent. Other phrases sounded German, but weren't quite right.
Boas discovered the people were speaking
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Real estate remains hot commodity locally
By Mark Koopmans
While recent reports have shown that home sales throughout the country were negatively affected because of unusually cold winter weather, it appears the local housing market remains hot in and around Comal County.
“I think tire market is fantastic—we haven’t seen it decrease at all,” Christine Seidel, president of the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Association of Realtors said. “Situated in the corridor between San Antonio and Austin, Comal County is in a great location."
After rising for three consecutive months, the national total of existing-horne sales — including single-fami
ly, townhouses and condominiums — fell 8.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.12 million units in March, the latest figures available, according to a National Association of Realtors report. This is more than 11 percent below the 6.9 million-unit level in March 2006.
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