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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Previous Honorees- 1990 — Mary Jane Nalley, Gruene 1991 — Marian Benson, Collection 1992 — Bob Schima, Henne Hardware 1993 — Cash and Dennis Hermes, Centex 1994 — Kyra Brandt, Comal Flowers 1995 — Rusty Brandt, N.B. Resorts 1996— Larry Wenzel, Creative Eyewear 1997— Pam Kraft, Kraft Mobiletel 1998 — Randy Vanstory, Quick Align 1999 — Carol Johnson, Johnson Furniture 2000 — Don and Lynn Forres. Huisache Grill NB’s top small business Chamber gives Color Express’ Adam, Karen Cork annual award _    WEDNESDAYNew Braunfels    May    23,2001 16 pages in 2 sectionsHerald-Zeitung     -v;-—-----       ...... Vol. 150, No. 165    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Above, Karen and Adam Cork, owners of Color Express on San Antonio Street, accept the Small Business People of the Year Award from the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at Color Express. Below, Karen shows her excitement when presented the award. By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Committee OKs $113.8 billion budget By Connie Mabin Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) — Boosts to higher education, state employees and social services are among the highlights of a $113.8 billion budget unanimously approved Tuesday by a Senate-House committee. Lawmakers drafting the 2002-2003 spending plan managed to fund high-priority items such a statewide teachers health insurance plan, despite a slowing economy and revenue. The proposal is $11.8 billion, or 11.6 percent, more than the current budget. “It’s a reasonable budget. It’s a tight economy. We did a responsible job of balancing our books,” said Senate Finance Chairman Rodney Ellis, D-Houston. The budget is about $2 billion more than what lawmakers had originally proposed based on revenue projections. The additional money comes mostly from increased federal funding and cost-cutting legislation expected to pass this session, said House Appropriations Chairman Rob Junell, D-San Angelo. The budget growth mirrors the state’s growth, the lawmakers said. “The needs continue to be there,” Junell said. “Do we want teachers to have health insurance? Obviously, yes. We’re going to have 140,000 new school students in the state of Texas. Do we want to help school districts to continue to build and fund facilities? “Do we want to continue to have higher education continue to be a shining beacon in this state? Obviously,” Junell said. Elks added that the budget contains funding to help make it easier for the state’s 1.4 million uninsured children to enroll in Medicaid and expands college grant programs — two top priorities. “This budget meets the basic needs of a growing Texas while making significant investments in our famines,” Elks said. The slowing economy did have an impact, however. In order to ensure balance, the bib contains several contingency cuts and appropriations, or items that might see funding slashed or increased depending on how much money there is. Those include possible cuts to new higher education programs, bonds for universities and additional state employee pay raises. NBISD tax rate goes up 15 centsBond issue causes increase By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Thanks to a 1999 bond issue, New Braunfels Independent School District taxpayers wik see their tax rate go up 15 cents in 2001/2002. NBISD trustees approved the $1.92 tax rate, as wek as a $43.8 million budget, for the coming year on Monday. The district’s current bud get is $40 million with a total tax rate of $1.76 per $100 valuation. The new budget reflects rising fuel and utihty costs, as wek as a 15-cent increase in the district’s debt service. The 15-cent increase comes from the district’s recent sale of $24 miUion in bonds. The $24 miUion is part of a $75 million bond packaged approved by voters in 1999. Board President Bik Big-gadike said the board was trying to keep its promise to See RATE/5A Karen and Adam Cork were two astonished people Tuesday afternoon. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce honored the owners of Color Express as the Small Business People of the Year with an impromptu ceremony at the store, complete with banner and plaque. The award gave the chamber a head start on observing Smak Business Week, which runs from May 28 to June 2. “We feel like we are part of the community, and we can make a difference,” Adam Cork said. Cork and his wife have kved in New Braunfels for six years after moving here from San Antonio. Cork said San Antonio was too large for him to notice any impact he might have had on that community. So he decided to move to New Braunfels for a better sense of accomphsh-ment. ‘You can see change and its effect better in a smak town,” he said. Besides being a chamber member, Cork belongs to the New Braunfels Citizen Pohce Academy, the city’s planning and zoning commission and other city committees. In June, he wik be named president of the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club. The chamber has honored small business since 1990. Nominees must have been in business for at least three years, employ less than IOO people and be active in the community. Smak businesses also wik be honored nationaky next week. According to the Smak Business Association, smak businesses employ more people than any other business category. The chamber wik host a reception. Time, date and location wik be announced. Lions name Douglas lawman of the year RON MALONEY/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas accepts the Lawman of the Year award from Ron Zipp. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer For several years, the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club has named the Ed Murphy Memorial Lawman of the Year for New Braunfels and Comal County. Past recipients have included, among others, Sheriff Bob Holder. New Braunfels Chief of Police Ray Douglas has never gotten the award. But it hasn’t been for lack of trying on the part of the Breakfast Lions, said selection committee chairman, Ron Zipp. He’s been nominated time and again — he got several nominations this year — but each time, Zipp said, Douglas would push the Lions off and nominate a New Braunfels police officer for the award himself. This year, the Lions didn’t listen to Douglas, and he got the annual award at a breakfast meeting attended by club members, Mayor Stoney Wilhams and Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson. In his introduction of the chief of police, Zipp mentioned the number of nominees for the award. “There were many, many applicants. We sought nominations from dikgent citizens and law enforcement officers to give us names of people worthy of See DOUG LAS/5 AInside Abby...............................4B Classifieds......................5-8B Comics..............................2B Crossword........................4B Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................4B Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................7-8A Today.................................2A Key Code 76 Upstarts offers students new chances By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer ‘What ever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”— Goethe One nomination form teks of a 14-year-old girl who has become the major caretaker in her famky. She cares both for her younger brother and her criticaky kl mother. Another says that the young boy is “on the edge. Without intervention he wik drop out of high school.” Stik another teacher writes of a student who holds a fuk-time job as a dishwasher at a local restaurant but who also has been in legal trouble. “......... is    a    bright    young man who could greatly benefit from this program,” reads another nomination form. Another tells of a young girl who lost her home in the 1998 flood and who has been strugghng to go to school and pay rent on a place ak her own — without any adult help. Throughout the brightly-lit loft, the nomination forms tek the story of Comal County students who don’t usually get a second chance, whose lives are complicated by legal, emotional and financial problems. See UPSTARTS/5A CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Signs hang on the walls and doors of each room in the Upstarts facility, explaining the rooms’ uses and needs, during the Upstarts preview party. Upstarts, a new nonprofit organization, is in the loft above Treefrog Ed. ;