New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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NB mayor, councilor, civil service on ballot
By Greg Bowen
Voters in New Braunfels will go to the polls today to elect a new mayor and a new city councilor in District 5 and decide whether to grant civil service status to the city's police department.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the mayoral race, Gale Pospisil, a New Braunfels businesswoman and grandmother who has
■ Poll locations for today's elections. 9A
■ A map of City Council districts
can be found at herald-zeitung.com with this story.
served on city council as mayor pro tern and on an extensive slate of local boards and commissions, is running on the platform that she has the experience, knowledge and leadership skills necessary to serve as mayor.
In the other corner, Jason Dias, the 43-year-old owner of a social media consulting company, is running on a platform of adding the voice of the newcomer to the debates at City Hall and bringing technical innovations to municipal operations. Dias hasn’t been fundraising or spending on his campaign, he said.
Candidates for mayor run "at large," which means voters across the city will cast ballots in the mayoral election.
The winner will succeed incumbent Mayor Bruce Boyer, who was prevented by city charter term limits from running again in 2011.
In the race for the District 5 seat on New Braunfels City
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Deputy City Secretary Danny Batts loads one of 12 electronic voting machines into the back of his car outside of Comal County Voting Center before distributing the marines to six polling sites on Friday
School board seats up for grabs today
By Will Wright
New Braunfels Independent School District has just one contested race for its Board of Trustees today, as incumbent Rigo Montero will try to retain his District 2 slot against newcomer David McDaniel.
Montero, 36, a supervisor with Child Protective Services, is going for his second three-year term on the board. He defeated three other hopefuls to win in 2008,
and has served as board secretary and vice president before becoming president last spring.
McDaniel, 60, is a former Navy veteran who is making his first run at elective office. He favors more attention on the basics of education — reading, writing and arithmetic — with less emphasis on assessment tests. McDaniel was unavailable for comment on Friday.
In terms of area, District
See BOARD, Page 9A
Voting in Garden Ridge, Bulverde, Spring Branch
From staff reports
Voters will be going to the polls today in Spring Branch, Bulverde and Garden Ridge.
Comal County’s Emergency Services District No. 4, which provides fire-fighting and EMS services in the Spring Branch area of northwestern Comal County, is holding an election to increase its sales tax rate from 5/8ths of a cent to 1 cent.
The additional taxes would be used to offset
rapidly increasing fuel costs and improve district infrastructure, according to the district.
Voting will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 110 River Crossing Blvd. in Spring Branch.
In Bulverde, voters will elect two to the board of directors of Bulverde Area Rural Library District.
The five-member library board governs Bulverde/Spring Branch Library at 131 Bulverde
See ISSUES, Page 9A
Crisis Center staff thanks community’s helping hands
By Dalondo Moultrie
Helping and being appreciated usually is what happens at Crisis Center of Comal County, but on Thursday, staff took time out to show appreciation for those who have helped the center.
The center opened its doors for an inti-
_ mate gathering to thank community
laura McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung members who helped with recent renova-Ernie Lee, left, Mary Alice Smallbone and Tommye White tions that were long overdue, said Danny visit while attending a reception Thursday celebrating Perez, executive director, extensive renovations at Crisis Center of Comal County. "We’ve had some community groups
help out in renovating our shelter and refreshing the Crisis Center building,” Perez said. “We just wanted to thank them for all they’ve done.”
Renovations included, but were not limited to, painting walls, uprooting old carpeting, and adding new ftirniture and linens, he said.
Crisis Center of Comal County, formally known as Comal County Women’s Center, is a safe home and transitional facility for women who are victims of domestic
See CENTER, Page 9A
►NEW BRAUNFELS ISO
Applicants likely to get incentive
21 term-contracted employees accepted districts $5,000 offer
By Will Wright
Despite being three applicants short of its goal, it appears the $5,000 early-retirement incentive program offered to its term-contracted employees by New Braunfels Independent School District will become reality
Superintendent Randy Moczygem-ba said Friday that 21 term -contracted employees accepted the offer extended by the NBISD board of trustees during its April 7 board meeting. The district had wanted a minimum of 25 teachers to participate by the end of business on May 6, or else said the program would be canceled.
However, the program, conceived to help alleviate the district’s projected $8.4 million budget shortfall next year, will likely be approved when the NBISD hoard meets Ttiesday night.
See INCENTIVE, Page 9A
■ New Braunfels ISD names teachers of year. 5A
■ NBISD trustees to meet Tuesday. 5A
► WANTED SINCE APRIL 8
Marshals seek help finding Shannon Smith
By Dalondo Moultrie
I he U.S. Marshals Service has requested help from the public in the manhunt for slaying suspect Shannon Dee Smith, a deputy marshal said Thursday.
“We’re just looking for some assistance,” said Bobby Hogeland, deputy U.S marshal with the Western District of Texas-San Antonio. “We haven’t been able to turn up anything leading to Smith. Right now, we’re asking for information from anyone leading to Smith or his vehicle.”
Police allege Smith, 43, of New Braunfels, stabbed to death his wife,
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