New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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I j§fn %Endeavour soars on 2nd-to-last space shuttle trip
By Marchia Dunn
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Endeavour blasted off on NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight, thundering through clouds into orbit Monday morning as the mission com* mander's wounded wife,
Gabrielle Giffords, watched along with an exhilarated crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands.
"Good stuff, good stuff," Giffords was quoted as saying by her chief of staff as Endeavour took flight for the final time. Husband Mark Kelly, the shuttle's skipper, had red
tulips presented to her afterward. She wore his wedding ring on a silver chain while he carried hers with him.
NASA is winding down its 30-year-old shuttle program before embarking on something new. The liftoff generated the kind of excitement seldom seen on Florida's Space
Coast on such a grand scale — despite a delay of more than two weeks from the original launch date because of an electrical problem.
Monday's countdown was close to perfect, and the shuttle quickly disappeared into thin, low clouds.
"That was four seconds of
cool," said Manny Kariotakis, who was visiting from Montreal. The 50-year-old day care owner got goosebumps watching the liftoff with thousands along Highway 1 in Titusville.
Launch manager Mike Moses apologized for the fleeting glimpse. "The view
wasn't the best," he said.
lust before launching, Kelly thanked all the who put hands "on this incredible ship."
"It is in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore. We must not stop," he said.
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NEW BRAUNFELS KIDS’ CLUB DEVELOPS A GREEN THUMB
► FATAL WRECK
Man dies on River Road
By Dalondo Moultrie
A Spring man died over the weekend in a motorcycle crash that sent him flying from his bike, off a bridge and into the Comal River, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Lee Elliott James, 56, was taken to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels, where Dr. Paul Richter pronounced him dead, according to DPS.
James was driving a motorcycle north on River Road about 3:40 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a curb on the bridge at First Crossing, officials said. The impact launched James off the motorcycle, off the bridge and into the shallow water below.
He was pulled from the water and taken to the hospital, where he died about 4:35 p.m., according to DPS, who said James was driving too fast to successfully negotiate the curve.
► SALES TAX
City, county show strong tax jump
By Greg Bowen
The latest sales tax rebates show a jump of 21.6 percent for the city of New Braunfels and 20 percent for Comal County.
The new figures, just released by the State Comptroller’s office, represent March sales reported by monthly tax filers and January, February and March sales reported by quarterly tax filers.
The city this month gets a $1.99 million sales-tax-alloca-tion check. Last May, the check was for $1.64 million.
The May check brings the city’s 2011 allocations to date to $7.74 million, up 9.8 percent over 2010 rebates for the same period.
Comal County's May check
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Regional Transportation Plan
6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Castell Ave.
6 p.m. Monday, June 20 New Braunfels Civic Center
DRAFT PLAN PRESENTATION
6 p.m. Monday, July 18, New Braunfels Civic Center
FINAL PLAN PRESENTATION
6 p.m. Monday, Ailg. 22 New Braunfels Council Chambers, 424 S. Castell Ave.
Transportation planning kick-off:
Seguin, New Braunfels joining forces to meet area transportation needs
By Ron Maloney
Seguin Gazette Enterprise
SEGUIN — Officials in Seguin kicked off the effort to create a two-county regional transportation plan last week, promising the public at least four opportunities to shape the planning process in coming months.
The meeting conducted in the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum was only lightly attended by the public. A second kick-off meeting will be held Wednesday in New Braunfels.
The planning process is anticipated to
result in a merging of the transportation improvement plans of Seguin, New Braunfels and Guadalupe and Comal counties late this summer.
Early next year, officials expect to peti tion Gov. Rick Perry for creation of a locally based Metropolitan Planning Organization that will set policy for transportation in the Seguin/New Braunfels corridor for years to come.
About 20 people attended the Seguin event, including County Judge Mike Wiggins, Mayor Betty Ann Matthies, New
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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN
“Sometimes he lets us pick the squash, too. We have cucumbers and tomatoes and beans. It’s fun to see everyone else eat the food we pick.”
— KAYLA PAGE, 12
Photos by WILL WRIGHT/Herald-Zeitung
LEFT: Kids' Club director Misty Johnson and children from the club sample some of the lettuce at the garden.
ABOVE: Luis Solis, 8, selects a squash.
By Will Wright
The New Braunfels' Kids’ Club garden could best be described as God’s little Half-Acre.
Aptly christened as "God’s Garden,” it’s in the back yard of Oakwood Counseling Center, on the corner of Hickory and Cross streets. For the past two years, veggies from the lot have benefited many local households, while helping the children learn the many varieties of produce and how it is grown.
The Kids’ Club is a non-profit, afterschool program that serves about 170 at-risk students who attend Carl Schurz, Klein Road, Lamar, Lone Star, Memorial and Seele elementary schools. The program is fostered by Communities In Schools and New Braunfels Christian Ministries.
Club director Misty Johnson said her program helps children and their families through several ways, “and love children — body, mind and soul. Our
Bible verse is to love life and live it abundantly.”
There's an abundance of help, as the club’s fifth-graders are active in the process overseen by chief gardener Vic Weyers.
“Every day we pick, cultivate and fertilize—whatever needs to be done,” Weyers said of the chores of working the land and reaping the bounty.
Weyers said this spring’s garden has produced 500 pounds of yellow neck squash, nearly 80 pounds of green beans, dozens of heads of lettuce and at least 50 pounds of cucumbers.
“Sometimes he lets us pick the squash, too. We have cucumbers and tomatoes and beans,” said Kayla Page, 12, as she shows off her ripe tomato. “It’s fun to see everyone else eat the food we helped pick.”
This fall’s planting will produce more cucumbers, cauliflower and broccoli, and more tomatoes.
Since its inception, hundreds of
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