New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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nilJudge gives STOP time to amend lawsuit
By Suzanne Ashe
Visiting District Judge Ron Carr gave attorneys for Stop the Ordinances Please until May 30 to amend their pleading in a lawsuit aimed at throwing out river ordinances regulating cooler size and other rules on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers in New Braunfels.
Scott Tschirhart, attorney for STOP the unincorporated association of business owners and other parties, said Tuesday he might widen the scope of the lawsuit.
■Group might widen its scope on river ordinances
“We may broaden our lawsuit to include previous ordinances from two years ago,” he said.
In June 2006, tile city council adopted ordinances that banned volume drinking devices and doubled the penalty for violation of the noise ordinance.
Tschirhart said Carr called him on Monday with his decision.
“It was a telephonic hearing where he reversed himself," Tschirhart said.
“I feel great. I didn’t expect it.”
Carr gave Tschirhart until May 30 to amend the pleading, he said. The city has to respond with any issues it has with jurisdiction by June 5. A hearing is scheduled for June 6 at the Comal County Courthouse where Carr will first hear any jurisdictional issues the city has and then proceed into a show cause hearing on the injunction, Tschirhart said.
The ordinances the group opposes
filed in the original lawsuit regulate cooler sizes, prohibit alcohol consumption in Hinman Island and Prince Solms parks and ban beer bongs, Jell-O shot cup containers less than 5 ounces also are outlawed because of the rule prohibiting litter on parts of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers inside the city limits.
Tschirhart, said the legislation is an illegal attempt by city legislators to regulate die transportation, posses
sion and consumption of alcohol in violation of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.
Mick McKamie, the city’s attorney, said he doesn’t see (Barr’s decision as a roadblock.
‘Wit ready for it,” he saki “They failed to plead an injury—they didn’t do thai" City Manager Michael Morrison said Carr s decision to allow Tschirhart to amend the pleading is one more step in the process.
“We continue to believe we are within our rights,” he said. “We are doing the right thing.”
By David Saleh Rauf
T he road to graduation isn t always a smooth one.
For some, it s a bumpy course, filled with despair, confusion and lot s of wrong turns — just ask 18-year-old Jordan Wetz.
As a freshman, Wetz flunked out of 9th grade at New Braunfels High School. When he transferred to Canyon High School, he didn’t fare much better either. There, Wetz had his differences with administration, dealt with suspensions and even spent time at the Comal Discipline Center before he transferred to Memorial High School, an alternative school for 11 til and 12th graders looking to get back on track.
On Tuesday, Wetz, the proud father of a 4-month-old baby girl, did something he said would have been unthinkable a few years ago:
Photos by MONTY MARION Herald-Zeitung
ABOVE: Dustin Aguirre waits to receive his diploma with his classmates from Memorial High School during commencement ceremoniesTuesday evening at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
BELOW: Licensed leadership trainer Matthew Macchio speaks to the Memorial High School graduating seniors about the future ahead of them during commencement.
He graduated from high school.
“To be blunt, this meant a lot. It means a new future and a new start,” Wetz said. “I fought like hell to get here.”
Wetz was one of about 115 students to graduate from Memorial High School on Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, where more than 600 exuberant family and friends packed the small space.
“I had to get it together and make something of myself,”
Wetz said, adding that he plans to study programming
See MEMORIAL, Page 8A
The following is a list of this week's ceremonies, which take place at Texas State University's Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos unless otherwise noted;
■ New Braunfels High School — 7 p.m., Thursday
■ New Braunfels Christian Academy — 7 p.m., Friday, New Braunfels Bible Church
■ Canyon High School, 9 a.m., Saturday.
■ Smithson Valley High School — 2 p.m., Saturday
Policy keeps 16 NBISD seniors from walking across stage
my class graduate when I know I should be there,” Collins said. “It’s 12 years of my life, and they’re telling me I can’t walk.”
Collins, who said she suffers from test anxiety, recently failed a portion of the
See SENIORS, Page 10A
David Saleh Rauf
Eighteen-year-old Robyn Collins has waited nearly 12 years to walk across a stage with family and friends watching on graduation day.
The New Braunfels High School senior
already has her cap and gown, along with 35 invitations for family members.
But Collins won’t be on stage with her classmates Thursday night at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcps.
In fact, she won’t even be attending the ceremony.
“It s too hard for me to be watching
Signs outlining the new tubing rules have been erected in Prince Solms Park just ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Behind the signs, crews have begun the work to enclose the park with wrought-iron fencing.
Forecasters anticipate busy hurricane season
By Randolph E. Schmid
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricane forecasters expect more tropical storms than normal this season, and “it just takes one to make it a bad year,” says Conrad Laut-enbacher, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
National Weather Service forecasters said Tuesday they expect 13 to 17 tropical storms, with seven to IO of
them becoming hurricanes and three to five of them in the strong category. NOAA is the parent agency of the weather service.
David Paulison, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said what keeps him up at night is concern about individual preparedness.
“If we are going to survive these storms it takes all of us to be ready,” Paulison said,
See STORMS, Page 10A
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Education phase has ended; police will be ticketing
■Tubers urged to obey new river rules
By Suzanne Ashe
Some tubers learned expensive lessons in behav-ior on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels this past weekend.
New Braunfels Police Department patrol Et. Joe Vargas said river officers issued 85 citations and arrested 28 people on a variety of charges this weekend.
“It could be anything from
minors in possession, violation of city ordinances to violation of state law,” he said.
One tuber arrest resulted in a bond of $2,309 for giving false information to police and violating the city’s noise ordinance. Another arrest netted a $3,000 bond for purchasing and furnishing alcohol to a minor, while a public intoxication arrest cost another tuber a night in jail and $309.
See RIVER, Page 9A
A road well traveled
■Walk across stage marks end of battle to graduate