New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
MAY 27, 2007
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Smithson Valley graduates 500 seniors
Smithson Valley High School's top ten graduating seniors stand on stage while their peers file into their seats during the beginning of commencement ceremonies Saturday afternoon at Texas State University's Strahan Colisuem in San Marcos. See page 11A
Six file applications for 4B board places
By Suzanne Ashe
The New Braunfels Industrial Development Board is accepting applications for two positions left vacant by James Dunks’ death and resignation of Kirk Kistner.
Deputy City Secretary Ann Smith said Friday that because Kistner announced this past week he was moving to a residence outside of the city, the application deadline
How to apply
■ Applications available from City Secretary
■ 424, W. Casted St.
■ Closing date is June 4
had been extended until June 4 to find a replacement for his position. Dunks died in March while on vacation in Hawaii with his family.
The seven-member industrial development board
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Memorial Day Service
The American Legion Post 35 will distribute about 2,500 small grave flags at the Guadalupe Memorial Park, starting
at 8 a.m. today.
Volunteers are invited to join the distribution effort ahead of Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony to honor all deceased veterans, officials said.
Starting at 7 a.m. Monday, members and volunteers will place large American flags around Downtown New Braunfels, and later that morning, the auxiliary program is scheduled to begin at IO a.m.
Guest speaker at the event is 12th Training Wing Chaplain, Col. Steven Sills, who is stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, said Joan Helmke, memorial chairwoman.
Light refreshments will be served at the event, Helmke said. Volunteers also are asked to help with the removal of both large and small flags later on Monday afternoon.
— Mark Koopmans
COMAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT - GRADUATION 2007
Rules, weather slow river traffic
■ Police say some visitors think alcohol banned on city rivers
By David Saleh Rauf
On what is typically considered one of the busiest recreational days of the year, New Braunfels police officers patrolling the
Comal and Guadalupe rivers on Saturday said they did not encounter anything out of the ordinary, except slower than average activity on both rivers.
“It’s still not as jam packed as it was last year,” said David Olson, one of 43 New Braunfels officers patrolling the two rivers Saturday.
Officers said a two-punch combination — forecasts predicting heavy rain and a boat load of
people misinterpreting new ordinances — were to blame for lower than average turnouts on both rivers so far this Memorial Day weekend. Activity on the Comal, Olson said, has been particularly slow this year.
The entire Comal and the portion of the Guadalupe river within city limits are subject to a number of controversial river ordinances that the city council
See RIVER, Page 8A
And she means every day.
Her attendance track record over 13 years of school in two states confirms it: grades K through 12 th — zero absences.
On Saturday morning, Oakes capped 13 years of perfect attendance with 319 other seniors clad in red gowns who comprised the 2007 Canyon High School graduating class.
“It was very nerve-racking,” said Oakes, one of three Canyon High
Canyon High School students wait for their classmates to file into their seats Saturday morning at Texas State University's Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos
2007’s commencement ceremonies.
Last day in red
Canyon graduates enter next stage of life without high school’s structure, routine
By David Rauf
SAN MARCOS — For 18-year-old Natalie Oakes, attending school has never been a burden.
Even though she’s bounced from schools in Texas to Oregon and back to Texas, it never fazed her — or her attitude about learning.
In turn, Oakes made sure to attend classes every day, she said.
School seniors with 13 years of perfect attendance to walk across the stage at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos on Saturday. “It’s kind of a huge burden because I’m not going to have a routine anymore.”
It is a routine that for 13 years consisted of non-stop classes with just a few months of vacation in between. Nonetheless, it s a routine some students
See CANYON, Page 10A
First year as a widow
■Attack on Memorial Day 2006 killed Army Captain, two from CBS news crew
By Mark Koopmans
Nearly a year has passed since Jennifer Funkhouser answered the knock at her front that brought news every soldier’s spouse fears most: Her husband had been killed.
“My two daughters, 4-year-old Kait-lyn and 2-year-old Allison, and I had just returned to our old home in Killeen from a really nice weekend trip to Corpus Christi,” Jennifer said. “The girls were exhausted, so I put them down for a nap and started to catch up with some routine chores.” The knock on the door came just two minutes after she began vacuuming the floor, she said.
“My husband, Capt. James “Alex” Funkhouser Jr., was six months into a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, but I wasn’t immediately thinking about that,” Jennifer said. “As I opened the door, I saw two officers in green uniforms. It was a female chaplain and a male captain, but it didn’t click at first.” It was Memorial Day, 2006, so she smiled at them, presuming they were there because of some related event, she said.
However, the dread took hold when she realized the captain’s eyes were watering as he stood on her doorstep, trying to get the words out.
“Jennifer Funkhouser... the Department of Defense regretfully informs you ... that’s all I heard," she said,
leading up to the I first anniversary of Army Capt.
I Alex Funkhouser’s f death in Iraq.
See WIDOW, Page 3A
^ Friday: Jennifer and £ I Alex meet.
Saturday: Marriage, I I family, deployment. |
I Today: Alex is killed; Jennifer faces life without him.
; Tuesday:The first I Memorial Day; CBS' | I Kimberly Dozier I meets Jonnifer.
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