New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
May 29, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 168Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsCasteel is Republican Freshman of the Year
From Staff and Wire Reports
Carter Casteel, with just a few months under her belt representing New Braunfels and Comal County in the 78th Texas Legislature, was honored by her peers aa “Republican Freshman Member of the Year” Wednesday.
From 27 Republican freshmen representatives, House members voted
Casteel the winner.
The award was announced: “And the Republican is that wonderful lady from New Braunfels.”
“Which I thought was very sweet," Casteel said.
She said she was pleased, honored and surprised.
“We have a wonderful freshman class of legislators,” Casteel said. “Out of all the Republican freshmen, I’m honored
that the House chose me, I levi* being called the Freshman of the Year at my age."
She said friendships and performance were the reasons she was chosen.
“Its really about relationships up here,” Casteel said.
Rep John Mabry, I)-Waco, was elected the Democrat Freshmen of the Year out of IO Democratic representatives,
“I am proud of all our members,"
Speaker of the House ’Ibm Craddick, R Midland, said in a news release. “The freshman class has represented this House, their districts and our state in a remarkable fashion.”
The 77th Legislature's winners, Rep. Charlie Heron, R Fort Worth, and Rep. Trey Martinez Fisher, D-San Antonio, presided over the secret ballot election.
Pair of ordinances target behavior in city’s parks, rivers
By Dylan JimFnez Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Conn oil hopes t wo proposed ordi nances will make crowds in the parks and on the rivers easier topcoat rob Council unanimously approved the first readings of an ordinance that would limit “cruising” in some city park areas and one that would give park rangers authority bi ticket people for minor violations.
N<*w Braunfels Police Chief Russell Johnson said the two ordinances would supple merit | xii ice efforts in parks and on rivers The cruising ordinance slaps a $250 fine on anyone who drives past a specific jxmit more t han twice iii any two-hour period between 7
In other action
At to regular meeting * Tuesday New Braunfels City Council also:
■ Re-elected District 5 Councilman Lee Rodriguez Mayor Pro Tem; and
■ Approved the 2003 annexation calendar The annexation process will begin in June with public hearings. Council will conduct three readings in August, and annexation should be completed by September
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CISD trustees try to keep music, art alive
By SLAN Bowl IN
Comal Independent School District t rustees Thursday will examine exactly how Ut keep art, music and other enhancement courses avail able in all its schools for the 2003 04 year.
The meeting will he held at 0 p.m. in t he district con friencr room at the CIS!) Ad in i inst rat ion Building, 1410 N. Business 35,
"We haven t proposed any thing," said Dora Con/ales, (’IHI) I Mia rd of trustees pres ident. “'fhe meeting will attempt to examine where t he district is, where it wants to he and changes hoard members would like to make.”
'IVustees will discuss using “teacher units" certified professionals or paraproles sionals who split their days between various campuses.
'fhe unit concept may not he ideal, (Ion/ales said
"But its what we have right now, and we’re going Ut hnvo bi work with that,"
'Hie unit concept was im t Hilly cont roversial, (lonzn Ion said.
“Before, it was ‘I need a teacher at tins campus I his is an at tempt to balance I hat,” (ion/ales said.
Hon/ales said every elementary school will have ad or music courses next year. Principals will decide
County seeks public input on sex business regulations
At a glance
Bv Ron Maloney
Comal County commis-inners will listen Lo opinions din the public alxiut how Ut agulate sexually oriented usineHses,
'fhe meeting is the second I a series of public hearings iistrut Attorney Dib Waldrip opes will help him and bounty Counsel Hoof! Barr raft a new order Ut regulate he businesses, including dult bookstores and strip I uhs.
A special committee ppointed by the com rn is* inners’'vmrt has been study-ig the issue for some w»s*ks lier Ii ital wrangling with an
■ WHAT: Public hearing on Comal County's sexually oriented business ordinance
■ WHEN: 10:30 em. today
■ WHERE: Commissioners' Court, 109 Main Plaza
■ An additional meeting will be conducted In the Canyon Lake area, followed by a second round of public meetings a few weeks from now
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New Braunfels City Councilman Larry Alexander and Mayor Adam Cork drive through the caution tape put up for Wednesday's ceremonious opening of tho County Line Road extension. The road extends a quater mile from Walnut Avenue to I arm-to Market Road 1044
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(Above) Dame Amber, aka Amber Lehman, catches ropes on her lance while performing tor students during “Comal Day” at Comal Elementary Wednesday. The school uses the Knight Life Character Education Program to teach lite skills, character traits and selfesteem.
(Right) First-graders at Comal Elementary cheer on jousting knights during “Comal Day." The performers are part of The Knights of the Guild educational program
The ‘Knight Life’ at Comal Day