New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Later start to school troubles educators
By Leigh Jones
Texas legislators are poised to approve an after Labor Day school start date as part of the school finance reform package, a decision
that would ripple throughout the entire education schedule.
The state mandated calendar, beginning the first Tuesday after Labor Day and ending no later than June 7, would take effect the 2006-07 school year.
The most notable difference would surface just after Christmas break, when students would be faced with taking first semester final exams after having a few days to forget everything they learned during the preceding months.
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves said parents might not be happy if their students end up working on reading assignments or term papers during a family gathering, but he was not worried about the
new schedule interfering with academic performance.
"Students will likely have three or four weeks after Christmas before they have to take finals,” he said.
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Convicted killer to be sentenced next week
By Ron Maloney
Sentencing of the man who admitted a 2002 Solms murder has been set for one week from today.
Santiago “Crazy Jimmy” Suarez pleaded guilty in March before 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel to engaging in organized criminal activity — murder.
His sentencing will take place at 9 a.m.
The plea came in exchange for a promise from District Attorney Dib Waldrip that he would seek a sentence of no more than 50 years in prison.
Whatever sentence Suarez gets, he will not be eligible for parole before serving half of it because of the finding that he used a deadly weapon in the incident, lf the charge had been proved at trial, Suarez faced five to 99 years in state prison.
Suarez, 36, was one of three men who drove to a
Solms residence the night of April 28, 2002, looking for a young man who allegedly owed them — or the Mexican Mafia — money.
Instead, they confronted Pablo Esquivel, 45, and Suarez stabbed him to death.
Witnesses testified at an earlier trial that Esquivel approached the car Suarez rode in, exchanged words at the window, staggered back away from the car and collapsed on the side of the road.
I Ie was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.
The two other defendants in the case, John I lemandez, 34, and Daniel Campos Correa, 36, have previously been convicted. Correa pleaded guilty at what was to be the start of his trial with I lemandez in exchange for an 11-year prison sentence. A Comal County jury heard a two-week trial, found Hernandez guilty and sentenced him to 55 years in prison.
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Months before the season starts, the Canyon football team is already getting ready. Page BA
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Ben Hocher sits on the back of Sean Hill and taunts him after scoring a touchdown at their game Saturday afternoon atTBarM. Below, Allie Akins, left, pushes Tiffany Gallagher across the football field after Kyle Jonas handed the ball off to her.
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Walkers stride to find cure for cystic fibrosis
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfelsers will be taking strides toward finding a cure for cystic fibrosis Saturday by pounding the pavement around Schlitterbahn.
Walkers will be raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and celebrating their participation by spending the rest of the day zipping down water slides and bobbing in the water parks wave pool.
Laura Aguilar, director of special events for the Lone Star Chapter of the CF Foundation, said she expected close to 200 people to lace up their walking shoes.
“We’re really excited,” she said. "This is our seventh year in New Braunfels, and we’re looking forward to a great day.”
This year’s local sponsors include Valero Energy Corporation, which donated $3,000, Sysco Food Services of San Antonio and local obstetrician Kevin Blair.
Although Blair does not have many patients who have
AT A GLANCE
■What: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides Walk
■ When: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday; the walk will start at 9 a.m.
■ Where: Schlitterbahn's Grand Rapids Pavilion
cystic fibrosis, he has a heart for parents and children struck by die fated illness.
“Its a difficult disease for families touched by it,” he said. “If they can find a ain*, I would love to be a part of that.” According to press release, cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes the body to produce a protein that leads to abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and results in life-threatening infections.
It also obstructs the pancreas, making food nutrient absorption difficult.
Ihe national walks liave taken on added importance, said Aguilar, because advances in medical research are happening faster than money can be raised to hind them.FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Students use football to reach out to those in need’
By Leigh Jones
Kirsten Brotze made a special new friend this year.
He makes her laugh and gives her a run for her money on the football field.
“I almost like spending time with him more than other people,” she said, smiling shyly.
Kirsten and Matt I locher do not get an opportunity to hang out as much as either probably would like because they never see each other during the week, even though both attend New Braunfels High School.
While Kristin, a volleyball player, attends mainstream classes, Matt stays within the schools life skills program, separated for the most part from the other students.
“That was such a shock for Kirsten when she got to high school because it wasn’t that way in middle school," said her mom, Terri.
Last year, Kirsten decided to end the segregation.
She persuaded TBarM Resort and Conference Center to provide a practice field once a month, and recruited her “nor
mal” friends to get together with Matt and his “special needs” friends for a friendly game of football.
At first, the activity was a tough sell for parents of special needs children.
“They were tentative at first,” said Paul Jonas, whose son, Kyle, and daughter, Taylor, were recruited by Kirsten. “For
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Woman s body found under bridge in Guadalupe County
By Bryan Kirk
SEGUIN — The discovery of a woman’s body along Interstate IO West near the Caldwell County line is being investigated as a homicide.
According to Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Investigator
Kevin Jordan, the badly decomposed body of an unidentified woman was discovered Wednesday afternoon by a maintenance crew working on the I-IO bridge near the Caldwell County line.
"We estimate that she was between the age of 30 to 35, but we don’t know how accu
rate that is,” Jordan said.
Because of the condition of the body, authorities have not been able to determine the woman’s race.
The remains were transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, where authorities hope to determine a cause of death.
The body was found wrapped in a sheet and clothed in a tube top, with a black shirt over it and wind-pants.
She was wearing a ring on her right hand, Jordan said.
The woman had black hair
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