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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 158, No. 161 12 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS mtíms CROSSWORD forumÍHIM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TVGRID 10 ' • 9 4 3 « 6 12 Cloud High 84 Details ly I lu 73 50 cents NBISD names Silver Unicorns Special to the Herald-Zeitung Carol Schneider Freimuth, Jaime Jimenez, Teresa Johnson, Sue McLane and David Mueller were honored as Silver Unicorns IUesday night by the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees. The Silver Unicorn has been a tradition in NBISD since 1965. It was initiated by the board to provide recognition of individuals in New Braunfels who have See UNICORNS, Page 10 WILL WWGHT/Herald-Zeitur Superintendent Randy Moczygemba, left, and NBISD board of trustees president Rigo Montero, right, award 2011 Silver Unicorn Award recipients, from left, David Mueller, Jaime Jimenez, Carol Schneider Freimuth andTeresa Johnson during Tuesday's NBISD board meeting. Not pictured is Award recipient Sue McLane. Plédsé Uélj> support lif^rd^y 4*4 ¿Owmuviii/f 4Wdré*£ss Donate to NIE por mOr*    i*40rm*ti0*CO*toct, Te-f-C    » (t%C) buf-frKX lEITlING ■ninni mi H lowCrowd wants $240K in CIS funding secured NBISD board will honor retirement incentives for 21 By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung Ihe final meeting of the school year was quite an event for New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees, which honored several individuals, heard from a horde of folks upset with possibly losing funding for their program, and dealt with issues ■ COMING THURSDAY: Staff writer Will Wright provides expanded coverage of Tuesday's New Braunfels ISO meeting. ■ RELATED: The Legislature will have an additional $1.2 billion to spend over the next two years. Page 3 related to the 2011 -12 budget. One of the night's surprises, however, was the announcement that John Burks will become the new principal at New Braunfels High School. Burks, the current New Braunfels Middle School principal, will take over his new position sometime this summer (see related story). The meeting inside the NBISD Education Center board room was See NBISD, Page 10 Burks named NBHS principal Burks By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent Randy Moczygemba announced the selection of New Braunfels Middle School principal John Burks as the new principal at New Braunfels High School during Tuesday's NBISD hoard meeting. Burks, 66, succeeds Bob Rodriguez, who was reassigned after serving six years as the school’s top administrator. See BURKS, Page 10 WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.    509 FROG RACE SUPPORTS MEALS ON WHEELS LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Rachel Waples, left, helps fellow Meals on Wheels volunteer Dee Ann Arp load meals into her van before making deliveries on Tuesday. LEAP TO THE FINISH LINE By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Any young princesses in the area looking for frogs to kiss should rush over to Landa Park this weekend; there will be hundreds to choose from. These frogs — of the plastic variety — won’t turn into handsome princes, but one lucky owner could become a couple of thousand dollars richer. Friday is the annual Frog Race from 4-7 p.m. in Landa Park. Representatives from Comal County Senior Citizens Center will set loose plastic frogs in the river and the race will begin, said Mary Durham, vice president of operations for the senior center. “We have it every year and it's really a neat thing,” senior center volunteer Elizabeth Burnette said. Durham said spectators can purchase one frog for $5 or six frogs for $25, and the first frog across a finish line will earn for its purchaser the first prize of $2,000. Second prize is $1,500, third prize is $1,000 and fourth place gets a cool $500. Durham said the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to help fund the county’s Meals on Wheels program, which has been losing volunteers and funding in these trying financial times. “We’ve lost some volunteers due to the cost of gas,” Durham said. “Like with everything else, people are tightening their belts.” She said funding comes from a variety of sources, including the Frog Race and Family Festival. The festival will include arts and crafts stands, music, entertainment and more. The frogs will be set afloat at 6:13 p.m. exactly, Durham said. Frogs can be bought at Comal County Senior Citizens Center or in the park along the banks of the Comal River the day of the event. ► NOV. ELECTION Parker won’t run in 2012 Commissioner cites reason for early announcement as wanting to give candidates time to prepare By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Coun ty Commissioner Greg Parker will not seek re-election next year. “I have decided that it is time to turn the page and begin to write a new chapter in my life,” Parker said. “This was not an easy decision for me to make.” Parker’s current term, his second, ends Dec. 31,2012. But Parker said he’s announcing now because the political season begins before the end of the year for candidates for county office, who will be gearing up for primary elections to be held prior to the November 2012 general election. “For others who may want to seek the office, I want to give them time to prepare,” he said. “Technically, it’s not early. Candidates will be announcing probably in the last quarter of this year. That doesn’t give them much time.” Parker serves in Precinct 3, which stretches along 1-35 in the New Braunfels area and is the precinct with the highest percentage of minorities, 59 percent. See PARKER, Page 10 Parker ■ FOOD, 5 No need to knead this beer bread■ HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS. 6 ■ GUADALUPE COUNTY, 2Athletic programs face tough Three injured in 3-vehicle decisions with budget cuts    ....... ►TEXAS DROUGHT Comal considers declaring disaster Measure would ban sale, use of fireworks By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung County Judge Sherman Krause is asking for citizen input as he considers whether to implement a disaster decla-ration for Comal County because of the unrelenting drought. Krause wasn’t available for comment Tliesday, but County Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington said the emergency declaration would ban activities that could result in wildfires, including the sale and use of July 4 fireworks, the building of cookfires and outdoor welding. Commissioners’ Court will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss drought conditions, the wildfire threat and the possible disaster declaration. “The meeting is to have the public come in and state their concerns so (Krause) can make an educated decision,” Ellington said. See DROUGHT, Page 10 COMMISSIONERS' COURT When: 8:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Commissioners' Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza ;