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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas OBITUARIES Saturday, May 14, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A Paid advertisements mhhrmmnrmmmhm his life. He lived a wonderful, full life, and touched our lives and souls, and his presence in our life is a gift we will always be thankful for. Binky is preceded in death by his parents Walter Ira Reece Jr, and Anita Thompson Reece, two sisters Linda Toni Reece and Candy Killion. He is survived by two sons and one daughter, Donald Cross, Heath C Renfrew, and Dana Kennedy. He is survived by one brother and two sisters, Robert Blaine Reece, Vicki Ann Johnson, and Mary Leonora Deaton. Walter ‘Binky* Reece III Walter "Binky” Reece III passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on the 12th of May 2011. Binky was bom on the 29th of December 1943, and over the past six months he enjoyed some of the happiest times of The memorial services will be held at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, New Braunfels, TX on the 15th of May, 2011 at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to "Family Violence Prevention Services" by going online to Doeppenschmidt fumerai, home NEW BRAUNFELS 830-625-3434 Ethel Lynne Simons Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funer-al Home for Ethel Lynne Simons, who passed away on May 12, 2011 in Houston, Texas at the age of 57 years. Visitation will be at the Zoeller Funeral Home on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. with the family present to greet friends. No formal funeral services are scheduled after the visitation has concluded. ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME Funerals & Cremations D'ssi'sy 615 Landa, New Braunfels (830) 625-2349 Dorothy ‘Momo’ Fischbeck Roemisch Dorothy “Momo” Fischbeck Roemisch, passed away on Friday at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital at the age of 87 years. A visitation will be held at the Zoeller Funeral Home on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service on Monday, May 16,2011 at 2:00 p. m., conclusion of services will be with an interment at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME Funerals & Cremations D'Wjty 615 Landa, New Braunfels (830) 625-2349 NASA counting down again for Monday launch CAPE CANAVERAL, Ha. (AP) — NASA’s countdown clocks began ticking again Friday for the next-to-last space shuttle launch, delayed two weeks ago by an electrical problem aboard Endeavour. Forecasters put the odds of good weather for Monday morning’s launch at 70 percent: the main concerns are stiff crosswind and low clouds. NASA test director Jeff Spaulding said everything was on track this time around, and that the most likely culprit for last month’s failed launch attempt was an exposed conductor on a thermostat. The thermostat was replaced last week, along with a switch box containing a blown fuse. Commander Mark Kelly and his five crewmates returned to Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. Their families will follow this weekend, including Kelly’s wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in the head in January at in Tucson. She interrupted her rehab in Houston to travel to Cape lOO-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT TO GET DIPLOMA TEXAS CITY, (AP) — A 100-year-old Texas high school dropout is finally getting her diploma. Thelma Dyess had told the Galveston County Daily News at her 100th birthday party in Texas City that she had always regretted dropping out of school after the eighth grade during the Great Depression to find work. Texas City school Superintendent Bob Brundrett read her comments and decided to do something about it At his suggestion, the Texas City school board voted this week to award Dyess an honorary high school diploma during die June 3 graduation ceremony. District spokeswoman Melissa Tortorid says Dyess will even don the cap and gown for the occasion. Canaveral for the first launch attempt, and will do so again. For the April 29 launch attempt — on a Friday afternoon — NASA had expected 700.000 or more people to jam surrounding roads and towns. A smaller crowd is anticipated for Monday’s 8:56 a.m. try, possibly around the 500,000-mark, Spaulding said. That would still be larger than the 400.000 who turned out for Discovery’s final voyage in February. Only one other shuttle flight remains, by Adantis in July. Endeavour — making its 25th and final journey — will fly to the International Space Station and deliver a $2 billion science experiment. Four spacewalks are planned during the 16-day mission. In a space first, a Russian Soyuz capsule will depart the orbiting complex while Endeavour is there. The Soyuz will return to Earth with half of the six-person station crew, leaving the six shuttle astronauts and remaining three station residents to manage the workload. Heart of Texas Cremations Direct Cremation $775.00 (Complete) 877-271-0507 www. heartoftexascremations. com Call or see website for details Mayor races set in SA, Dallas, Fort Worth FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Voters in Dallas and Fort Worth are preparing to elect new mayors after contentious races for the open seats, while in San Antonio one of the states rising Democrats is expected to easily win his second term. In Amarillo, a transgender candidate and a fundamentalist street preacher are among nearly a dozen people running for mayor Satur- day in the conservative Panhandle city. Runoff races are expected after Saturday’s elections in Dallas and Fort Worth because the tight races indicate a single candidate may not garner more than 50 percent of the vote. The non -partisan elections are among several being held across Texas for mayor and some city commission and school board seats. In Dallas, the former police chief and the city’s homeless czar are among the four vying for the mayor’s seat vacated by Tom I^ppert. He stepped down earlier this year to run for the U.S. Senate seat in 2012 after Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison decided to retire. Mike Rawlings, who has been chief executive of three companies and led the city’s efforts to raise money for the LEARNING ABOUT THE CITY Photo submitted On Monday, the first City University class of New Braunfels will graduate.Teen Court coordinator Mary Alice Smallbone, right, and Julie O'Connell, director of Human Resources, put together the nine-part program. Their objective was to have interested citizens learn more about how the City of New Braunfels is managed.They also wanted to develop more interest in having citizens volunteer to serve on various city commissions and boards.The three-hour seminars were professionally conducted with lots of handouts and charts. Class members heard from the heads of each of the city's departments as well as the mayor and city manager. All of the programs were informative but the presentations by the Police and Fire Departments were especially well done. During the program about the city library, participants learned about many innovations being instituted such as new eBooks capabilities.The parks department director gave participants a great overview of Landa Park and the impending development of Fisher Park.. Bill would refine duties for forensic panel AUSTIN (AP) —The duties and mission of a troubled state panel caught up in the review of a contested arson finding in a death penalty case would be cleared up under legislation approved by the Texas Senate on Friday. The bill by Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, sets out specific steps for the Texas Forensic Science Commission when investigating and reporting cases. It also gives the commission the authority to initiate investigations rather than wait for a complaint to be filed. The commission has been embattled in the disputed case of Cameron Todd Willingham, a man executed for setting the fire to his house that killed his three daugh- *® * jfe NOW ENROLLING Fully accredited 4 star school Certified Teachers Summer/Fall Hands on learning Voted Best Pre-school 2 yrs. in a row by Reader's Choice (830) 620-5453 2797-IH 35 South ters in 1991. The commission was charged with determining whether Texas sent Willingham to his death based on faulty arson evidence. The case has sparked outcries nationwide from activists hoping the case could be used a call to reform methods of forensic science. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who denied Willingham a stay of execution, appointed John Bradley as chairman of the committee. Bradley delayed consideration of the case for months, sparking accusations of political motivation and a government cover-up. His re-nomination has been blocked in the Senate by angry Democrats. Hinojosa’s bill would eliminate two commissioners, leaving a 7-member panel composed of a prosecutor, defense attorney and five other forensic science experts. homeless, has received key endorsements and raised the most money — more than $1.6 million — for his campaign featuring heavy advertising. Dallas City Councilman Ron Natinsky, who pledges to create jobs, has gained momentum while blanketing the city with ads. Former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle has the most name recognition and touts his record of reducing crime. TEXAS IN BRIEF From wire reports TEXAS HOUSE BANS 'OFFENSIVE' SECURITY PAT-DOWNS AUSTIN—Ihe Texas House has approved final passage of a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs. Sent to the Senate Friday, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing. It also prohibits searches "that would be offensive to a reasonable person.” MAN RECEIVES LIFE IN RIO GRANDE DRUG DISTRIBUTION CASE McALI.LN — A 52-year-old Rio Grande City man has been given a life sentence after his third conviction for drug trafficking. Gilbert Lopez is among four people charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute almost 2,000 kilograms of marijuana and more than 400 kilograms of cocaine. Lopez pleaded guilty in March 2007, and the mandatory sentence was handed down in a hearing Friday. The case stemmed from a June 2006 Border Patrol pursuit of a pickup truck. WILDCAT SEEN ROAMING EL PASO FOR 2ND TIME IN WEEK EL PASO—Another wildcat has been spotted in El Paso just days after a mountain lion strolled through downtown and past a busy school playground before being shot and killed near a car wash. El Paso police spokesman Mike Baranyay says officers responded to a call Friday about a bobcat showing up at a warehouse a few miles north of downtown. Baranyay says the bobcat disappeared before officers showed up. He says animal control officers left traps. The incident came three days after a mountain lion roamed the downtown area for nearly two hours. 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