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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 154, No. 160 12 pages, 1 section 500 00001' Mostly sunny High Low 95 70 SJT DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 9 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 9 MMM Locals pack chambers for swearing in ceremony By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Now Braunfels City CoimMT chnni- bers were filled to capacity Monday with locals gathered to watch the changing of the guard as three members ended their community service and three others began theirs. Emotion was at a minimum, with members keeping up a stoic front, until the crowd rose to its feet to recognize each outgoing representative in turn. “When you sit up here, it is a commitment to the community, but you don’t do it alone,” said District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine. “I would like to thank my wife, Claudia, for her support.” Mayor Cork followed suit, recognizing his wife, Karen, for all of the afternoons she spent working alone at their business, Color Express. “Before I step down, I just want to say thanks for allowing me to serve. And thanks especially to my wife,” he said, pointing to the back corner of the room. “We’re looking forward to getting to spend a lot more time together." Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez told the crowd he was looking forward to no more late nights spent making tough decisions. I he three men stepped off the dais to a standing ovation and not a few handshakes and pats on the back. Before the meeting began, Valentine, Cork and Rodriguez said goodbye to city staff and a few citizens during a reception at city hall. New Braunfels Public Library Director Louise Foster brought a surprise for each man — a book dedicated to the library in his honor. “I just think its such a great way to honor someone,” she said. “Plus, we really appreciate all the support they have given the library.” Foster selected the titles carefully, picking books that reflected the interests of their honorees. Valentine’s book was on gardening, Cork’s on invention and discovery and Rodriguez s on Mexican cooking. New council members Lynn Limmer and Kathleen Krueger and Mayor Bruce Boyer sat patiently on the sidelines See CEREMONY Page 2 TUESDAY, MAY 24,2005 // nS? ‘ * 799/(5 ■ Adam Cork turns attention from "to do" list to "honey-do" list — Page 7 ■ Kathleen Krueger says citizen's needs top priority — Page 6 ■ Lee Rodriguez turns attention to family, business — Page 7 ■ Lynn Limmer ready to tackle some tall issues — Page 6 ■ Ken Valentine to still fight for issues — Page 7 CHANGING OF THE GUARD By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District will get help paying for the high school ten-nis courts to the tune of $99,341.50 from the City of New Braunfels. Council members approved the expense unanimously Monday with no debate. NBISD Construction Manager Daryl Stoker, on hand to answer questions if needed, said he was sure school trustees would be excited. “We’re very enthusiastic and excited,” he said. “This is what we were hoping for.” The district requested help from the city to pay for half of the court renovation costs after learning from Parks and Recre-ation Department Director Stacey Laird of a 28-year-old contract binding the entities See CITY Page 7 Left, Mayor Adam Cork asks everyone in attendance at Monday night's city council meeting to look at the person who helped him the most throughout his term as mayor as he points to his wife, Karen, who was standing at the back of council chambers. Above, outgoing city councilman Ken Valentine waves to those in attendance at Monday night's city council meeting prior to stepping down from his seat. SPORTS NBA PLAYOFFS The Spurs hope to keep up pace against Suns in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals tonight. Page 5 NBISD dress code might get new look for 2005-06 Centrists reach compromise for votes on judicial nominees By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON — In a dramatic reach across party lines, Senate centrists sealed a compromise Monday night that cleared the way for confirmation of many of President Bush’s stalled judicial nominees, left others in limbo and preserved venerable filibuster rules. “We have reached an agreement to try to avert a crisis in the United States Senate and pull the institution back from a precipice,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., adding the deal was based on “trust, respect and mutual desire to.... protect the rights of the minority “We have lifted ourselves above politics,” See AGREEMENT Page 2 City to help high school with tennis court costs Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Kathleen Krueger talks with her supporters in the audience at Monday night's city council meeting before being sworn in. Left, city Councilwoman Valerie Hull pats outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez on the back as he receives a stand ovation from those in attendance at Monday night's city council meeting. Rodriguez served two terms on city council. Local takes home top honors in Iron Chef competition. FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Dean Becker writes how regulating distribution of drugs would hurt pocketbooks of cartels. Page 4 Sworn to Duty to sol residents of New Braunfels INCOMING, OUTGOING COUNCILMEMBERS LOOK AHEAD N Bruce Boyer to lead all female council — Page 6 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District secondary school students might be looking at some serious wardrobe changes if administrators approve a new dress code for the 2005-06 school year. Ihe most significant change — no more graphics on clothing, unless they belong to school organizations or recognized colleges or universities. Brand name logos are acceptable, as long as they are not larger than 2 square inches. The dress code changes are part of an attempt to have one set of rules for all secondary schools. Currently, OakRun Sixth Grade Center, New Braunfels Middle School and the high school all have a different dress code. Along with the graphics, boy’s baggy pants are out. Pant legs must not touch the floor and a belt should always be worn. Shirttails are also targeted in the proposed dress code. If a shirt is designed to be tucked in, it must be worn that way. Once parents and students have had a chance to review the new policy and give their input, Assistant Superintendent Janet Patton will present the dress code to Superintendent Ron Reaves for his approval. Changes will take effect in August. Ron Reaves AT A GLANCE ■ What: Parent meeting to discuss new dress code • When: 4 and 7 p.m. today and 7 p.m. tomorrow IS Where: Education Center board room, 430 W. 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