New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Locals rush to help Joplin victims
By Greg Bowen
New Braunfels residents were rushing to the aid of residents of tornado-devastated Joplin, Mo., Thursday afternoon.
Manny Olivarez, owner of Tin Can Tacos, was on the road to Joplin, hauling his converted-to-a-kitchen 1968
Airstream/mobile taco shack behind his Chevy Suburban, stopping at grocery stores along to way to load up with supplies to cook for tornado victims.
“Everything will be free,” Manny said, speaking via cell phone from along the road a couple hours south of Joplin. “We're gonna do a single item, like today hot dogs and
chips and tomorrow maybe some sort of breakfast, depending on what ingredients we’re able to find.”
At the American Legion hall on West Coll Street in New Braunfels, friends of Ruby Long and her two sons, Rex and Chris, were gathering up supplies and loading
See JOPLIN, Page 11
Rex Long of Sons of the American Legion at American Legion Post 179 talks Thursday about items that have been donated to help Joplin, Mo., residents.
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‘No refusal’ goes 24/7 in Comal
WHAT NO REFUSAL MEANS
Suspects who refuse to complete field sobriety tests will be required to submit to blood tests, a county official said.
By Dalondo Moultrie
Starting this holiday weekend, law enforcement agents who stop suspected drunken drivers throughout most of Comal County will not be taking no for an answer.
The majority of the county is going to a “No Refusal" policy from May 27 until Sept. 5. That means suspects who refuse to complete field sobriety tests will be further coerced to submit to blood tests, said Mel Koehler, the county’s misdemeanor chief prosecutor.
“It’s a public safety thing,” he said. “We’ve all heard horror stories of, the Dallas area and San Antonio had one recently, police officers getting hit by drunk drivers and people being hit by drunk drivers."
Koehler said the plan is to let people know law enforcement
officials are serious about the crime. Previously, drivers who refused the tests would forfeit their driver’s licenses but wouldn’t be forced to give proof they were drunk, making convictions harder to come by, Koehler said.
See NO REFUSAL, Page 11► COMAL ISD MEETS
Miller’s position will be advertised
Trustee resigned in April after move
By Megan Holt
Following Comal Independent School District trustee Carolyn Miller’s resignation in April, the board has decided how to fill the vacant position.
At Thursday’s meeting, the board voted to appoint the best candidate to the position after advertising the vacancy for one month. Trustee candidates will interview at the board’s last June meeting and officially be seated in July.
“If we wait until August or September to appoint someone, we still won’t know if the state budget is going to coun or not and will have to bring them up to speed really quickly,” said Carol Keller, board president.
Trustee David Spencer was concerned about appointing someone before redistricting was complete; however, Keller reassured him that, by law, a board member cannot be drawn out of his position if redistricting occurs after being appointed.
District 3 incumbent and board vice president Frank Baker and District 4 newcomer Dale Dehlin were sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, and outgoing District 4 board member and treasurer Donna Holmes was given a warm good-bye.
Holmes declined to run for re-election after serving six years on the board.
After taking a short break for Holmes’ farewell cake, ice cream and punch reception, the board reconvened to discuss construction projects funded by die 2008 bond election, such as the new elementary school in the Indian Springs area of Bexar County and Kinder Ranch Elementary School.
Thomas Bloxham, assistant superintendent for construction, explained the increase in construction costs for the new elementary school in Indian Springs, a project estimated at about $15.5 million.
See COMAL ISD, Page 5
NEW BRAUNFELS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2011
559 Unicorns march
Speaker urges seniors not be afraid to get messy
By Will Wright
SAN MARCOS — There are several milestones in life, and more than 550 students celebrated a really big one Thursday night.
Seniors of New Braunfels High School’s Class of 2011 said good-bye to their school and hello to the rest of their lives in front of friends, families, faculty and administrators during a two-hour graduation ceremony at Texas State University's Strahan Coliseum.
It was a bittersweet moment for the 559 seniors from New Braunfels High School and the New Braunfels Independent School District School of Choice who received their diplomas. Each took the walk across the podium, some nervously, others confident, and still others who took an opportunity to put their individual spin on the moment.
Many did so from the opening processional, each eliciting cheers from their special clusters of clans who waived and screeched upon seeing their loved one step toward adulthood. The commencement went quickly, emceed by the comical musings of class president Edward Stockwell.
Each of the night’s three major speakers touched on the night's theme of transition.
“Achieve beyond everything you have ever dreamed possible,” said salutatorian Katerina Ha said.
See NBHS, Page 5
ABOVE: Kirsten Bailey standsThursday with fellow graduating seniors during New Braunfels High School's commencement ceremony. FAR LEFT: Andrea Gonzalez has her cap adjusted as she gets ready for the commencement ceremony. LEFT: Valedictorian Rachel Muschalek addresses the 2011 class of New Braunfels High School.