New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Charles Henry Donegan Jr.
Charles Henry Donegan, Jr., age 89 of Seguin, passed away on May 17, 2011.
Memorial service will he held on Monday, May 23,2011 at 4:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Purdy officiating.
Henry was born on October 25,1921 in Seguin, Texas to Hettie Willie Giffen and Charles Henry Donegan. He was a member of the Seguin High School Class of 1939 and he attended Texas Mandy, Nicholas Peter Hantse
Lutheran College. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World Warll.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He practiced law for over 40 years in Guadalupe County and served as President of Seguin Savings. Henry was a long time Rotarian and loved ham radios, archery, water skiing and spending time with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Benton Donegan, brothers-in-law, Buck Luce and Raleigh Custer, and sisters-in-law, Idalen (Mrs. John) Donegan and Betsy Traeger Weyel. Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Marjorie Weyel Donegan; children, Charles Henry Donegan, III (Trip) and wife Linda, Marjorie Lee Vogt and husband Gary, Anne Michelle Costas and husband Nick, and Amy Rebecca Bethel and husband Gary; grandchildren, Charles Henry Donegan, IV (Chad) and wife Christy, Melissa Ann Donegan, Matthew Hauschild and wife Jennifer, Chris Hauschild and wife Sarah, Brian Donegan Vogt, Stuart Michael Vogt, Justin Weyel Vogt and wife
Daisy Burganier Howard
Daisy Burganier Howard was born August 31, 1940 in New Braunfels, TX Daisy died May 13, 2011 of heart failure at Christus Santa Rosa in New Braunfels, TX.
Daisy worked as a nurse at several places in Comal County, including McKenna Memorial Hosptial, Colonial Manor and Eden Hills.
Daisy’s spouse is Wallace C. Howard, Jr. of New Braunfels. She was preceeded in death by her parents Henry and Maggie Leasman of New Braunfels; brother, James Leasman of New Braunfels; son, Keith J. Graf of Canyon Lake; and former spouse, William E Burganier of New Braunfels.
Daisy’s survived by daugh-
Costas, Jr. and wife Kym, Christopher Teague Hantse Costas and wife l.aura, Whitney Rebecca Morgan and husband Craig, Danielle Donegan Panozzo and husband Darrell; great-grandchildren, Brooke, Travis, Colten, Cody, Ashley, Matthew, Cassidy, Cay-den, Chandler, McKenna, Nicholas, Tyler, Ryan, Jake, Charlie, Henry, Benton and August; sisters, Marjorie Luce and Patricia Custer; brothers, John Donegan and Emmett Donegan and wife Geri; sister-in-law, Mary Louise Donegan; brother-in-law, Rodger Weyel and wife Linda; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Dairy Queen Coffee Group. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 710 N. Austin, Seguin, Texas, 78155, Friends of the Library, c/o Seguin-Guadalupe County F^ublic Library, 707 E. College St., Seguin, Texas, 78155, Guadalupe Regional Hospice, 1215 E Gait Steel, Seguin,Texas, 78155 or to the charity of one’s choice. Sign the guestbook at www.treshewell.com.
Arrangements are under the direction ofTres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155,830-549-5912.
ter Jaylene Graf Ayers of New Braunfels; daughter, Donna Graf Ferguson of Corsicana; son, William F. Burganier, III and spouse, Terry of New Braunfels; grandsons, Shaun Ayers of New Braunfels, and Eric Pohland of Corsicana; granddaughters, Kristin Ayers of New Braunfels; Ashley Ayers-Gonzales of New Braunfels; Michelle McGehee of Lewisville; Caitlin Pohland of Corsicana; and Nicole Ferguson of Corsicana; great-grand children, Jayda Slade, Jordan Slade, Ean Gonzales Starla Huth and Deedra Huth; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Baptist Church, 983 W. Holly, New Braunfels.
Skull repair to improve Giffords’ quality of life
HOUSTON (AP) — When doctors finish placing a plastic implant under Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ scalp on Wednesday it will mark a key milestone in her recovery, one that will significantly improve her quality of life and help her feel normal again, experts said.
Two people with knowledge of Giffords’ care told The Associated Press the Arizona Democrat would go into surgery on Wednesday, just two days after she returned from Cape Canaveral, Fla., where she watched from a rooftop as her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, launched into space as commander of space shuttle Endeavour.
Doctors will put the hard plastic implant under Giffords’ scalp, finally sealing a hole that was opened after she was shot in January. Doctors had cut out the piece of skull to give her brain room to swell.
“It’s a very significant milestone in the recovery,” Dr. Robert Friedlander, chair of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
And Giffords’ survival and
recovery have already been viewed as miraculous by many.
Six people were killed on Jan. 8 and 12 others were wounded when a would-be assassin opened fire at a political event in Tucson, Ariz.
The implant — or bone flap as doctors call it — will provide the brain and the skull with protection, Friedlander said.
It will allow Giffords to walk freely without her helmet, adorned with the Arizona state flag, for the first time since she began therapy at Houston’s TIRR Memorial Hermann in late January.
In addition, it makes therapy easier because the helmet can be uncomfortable and cumbersome, Friedlander said.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3
From staff reports
NOMINATIONS FOR 'LEGENDS' AWARD BEING ACCEPTED
Nominations for the Braunfels Foundation Trust's annual "Living Legends” award are being accepted now through June 1.
"Living Legends" are New Braunfels-area individuals who have made significant contributions to this immediate area, state, or nation and are widely known for making a difference through certain and well-known accomplishments. Previous "Living Legends” include Elliot Knox, Tom Purdum,
Stanley Woodward, Tom Burrus, S.D. David, Doyle Krueger, Linden Anderson, Joe Rogers, Merritt Schumann, Wib Amacher, Carroll Hoffmann, Herb Skoog, Arno Becker, Jack Ohlrich, Roxolin Krueger, Janelle Berger, Milton Kaderli, and Bobbie Purdum.
Nomination forms are available online at www.nbchamb.org or at the Chamber office and should include a narrative describing why the nominee is a “Living Legend.” Nominations can be mailed to the Chamber office at RO. Box 311417, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1417, or delivered to the Chamber at 390 South Seguin Ave.
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK CEREMONY AT 5 P.M. TODAY
Bulverde Police Department will celebrate National Police Week with a ceremony at 5 p.m. at Bulverde City Hall.
Opening comments will be given by Joe Hamilton, and the Smithson Valley High Navy JROTC will provide the color guard. Dick Loser will offer a prayer, and the presentation will be made by Judd Early.
PETTY NAMED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF SAGE CAPITAL BANK
Sage Capital Bank has named banking veteran and New Braunfels native Gerry Petty as assistant vice president of its New Braunfels banking center.
She is a graduate of Canyon High School and has completed extensive studies through banking industry trade schools with a focus on customer sales and service.
Petty joined Sage Capital Bank in June 2010 as administrative assistant to Banking Center President
T. L. Walker, and shortly thereafter assumed the additional responsibilities of lobby services manager.
“Diversified experience and her personal work ethic make Gerry a great platform leader,” Walker said. "She is a blessing to our New Braunfels team.”
RECEPTION FOR NEW BRAUNFELS OFFICIALS AT 4:30 P.M. MONDAY
The City of New Braunfels is hosting a reception honoring incoming mayor-elect Gale Pospisil, District 5 councilor-elect Bryan Miranda and District 6 Councilor Steven Digges from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday at New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave.
New Braunfels residents are invited to attend and greet the incoming city officials. For information, call (830) 221-4000.
ST. JUDE'S RANCH FOR CHILDREN NAMED TOYOTA FINALIST
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — St. Jude's Ranch for Children is one of 500 finalists inToyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook page, facebook.com/toy-ota. Visitors to the page can vote once a day for the organization that they feel is most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle.
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Monday. The ranch hopes to win a Prius, which gets excellent gas mileage.
COUNTY PROPERTY TAX DELINQUENT NOTICES ARE IN THE MAIL
Comal County Tax Office has mailed delinquent notices to approximately 8,000 property owners. The notices are for those owners who have not yet paid their 2010 property taxes, which were due on Jan. 31.
If paid during May, the amount will include a 13 percent penalty and interest (P&I) fee, and will increase 2 percent each month until July.
Beginning July 1, all delinquent 2010 accounts will be turned over to the delinquent tax attorney, at which time additional fees will accrue.
BILL AIMS TO REDUCE WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
AUSTIN (AP) — Law enforcement agencies would be required to standardize eyewitness identification procedures under legislation passed Wednesday by Texas senators in hopes of reducing wrongful convictions in the state.
The bill would require written policies relating to how agencies conduct procedures for photographs and lineups. Agencies would be encouraged to develop blind procedures, where the person administering a lineup doesn’t know who the suspect is.
In the state that leads the nation in exonerations based on DNA evidence, lawmakers have been working for years to fine-tune procedures so fewer Texans are put behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.
is the leading cause of wrongful convictions, with 80 percent of wrongful convictions involving eyewitness identification error, according to The Innocence Project, a nonprofit working to free wrongfully incarcerated people.
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"I encourage anyone who is having trouble paying their 2010 property taxes to call the lax Office at (830) 221-1353,” says Tax Assessor-Collector Cathy C. Talcott.
To make online payments, please see the Tax Office website at www.comalcountytaxof-fice.net.
GBRA GENERAL MANAGER EARNS AAWRE HONOR
SEGUIN — Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) General Manager William E. West, Jr., will be recognized as an Honorary Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (Hon.D.WRE) frorti the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) on May 24 in Palm Springs, Calif.
The award will be handed out at the
Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) World Environmental and Water Resources Congress.
Since the beginning of AAWRE in 2004, more than 600 water resource engineers worldwide have qualified for the Hon.D.WRE program, but West will be one of only 20 professionals who have received the Honorary Diplomate status.
PEC DEBUTS NEW ONLINE FEATURES TO ENGAGE MEMBERS
Pedernales Electric Cooperative has added new communications features to its website, www.pec.coop. These new features, including polls, blogs and a forum, New, interactive online features include:
• Co-op Policy Blog — This informational venue answers member questions regarding PEC policies and business, with the opportunity for member comment and discussion.
• Co-op Member Forum — PEC’s new forum encourages member-to-member conversations on a variety of topics, such as the upcoming PEC election, power sources and other subjects of interest.
To join the forum, simply
register for or log in to your PEC online account.
• Polls — Through quick, easy polls, the Co-op can gather feedback, and members can voice their opinions.
• PEC You l ube channel — Our public YouTube channel provides important safety, conservation and Co-op video messages.
FRIENDS OFTHE LIBRARY TO HOST KIDS ONLY BOOK SALE
As an extension of its annual two-day Friends of the Library book sale in September, the group has added a sale in June — just for young readers.
The chUdren-only book sale will be 9 a.m. to I p.m. June 2 at New Braunfels Public Library, 700 East Common St. (in front of the Friends of the Library building). The sale is open to all children ages 12 and under and all books will be priced at 50 cents each.
New Braunfels Police Department will conduct free finger printing for children. Friends of the Library also expects a visit from “Sparkles the Clown.”
Children's book donations will be accepted at the library through Wednesday, May 25 (side door under the veranda). For information, call Nancy Ament at (830) 625-2977.
WEAR YELLOW ON FRIDAY TO CELEBRATE SMALL BUSINESS WEEK
Comal County Commissioners’ Court and New Braunfels City Council proclaimed Small Business Week May 15-21.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce selected Robin Jeffers of J&R Gymnastics as the 2011 Small Business Person of the Year.
A banner proclaiming Small Business Person of the Year is displayed at the New Braunfels’ J&R Gymnastics.
The Chamber’s Small Business Week Committee asks the community to wear yellow on Friday, to recognize and support the diligence and accomplishments of all businesses in this area.
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