New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tracking the news NANCY FULLER
LAST WE KNEW: Nancy Fuller was hired as Comal Independent School District superintendent.
LATEST: Fuller starts work Monday, visiting schools and meeting with CISD Education Foundation.
NEXT: Fuller will serve through 2007.TAX ABATEMENTS
LAST WE KNEW: Comal County was asked to grant property tax abatements to two developers seeking to build in the Tri-County Industrial Park.
LATEST: Commissioners granted a six-year, 50 percent tax abatement for a 19,000 sq. ft. building that will initially employ 15 and later 45 workers who will build machine tools for the Toyota Tundra plant coming to San Antonio.
NEXT: Commissioners will consider an abatement for another industrial supplier at a future meeting.Man, 21, indicted for campsite death
By Ron Maloney
City sanitation employees affected by takeover talks
By Dylan JimEnez
No, the city has not privatized garbage pickup in New Braunfels, City Manager C 'huck Pinto told the city’s 40 sanitation workers Thursday.
The city announced in july it would consider using a private company for trash pickup and other sanitation services, and there have been whispers in the department and commu- chuck nity that the deal was final.
That is not the case, Pinto told the crew in a staff meeting.
Pinto said he has met with Waste
Management Inc. officials only once to discuss the matter in depth.
Waste Management has been studying the sanitation department to see how it would approach taking over the services.
Waste Management officials will meet with City Council in December to discuss services and changes council would like to see.
Pinto *lave a Pri>ttV R()0(*
feel from City Council on what
changes they can tolerate," Pinto said.
See SANITATION. Page 8A
A 21-year-old Spring Branch-area man has been indicted on a manslaughter charge in connection with die June death of a 17-year-old Schertz girl.
Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane said Robert Paul McDaniel III faces between two and 20 years in state prison if convicted for the June 7 incident at the Guadalupe Canoe Livery campground at which Samantha Strit-matter was killed.
Joe Soane Stritmatter, who was camping
at the site, was struck as she walked a gravel road
See INDICTMENT. Page 8A
SPORTS READY TO PLAY
Smithson Valley quarterback Alan Hill has a new perspective on the playoffs having played tight end last year. Pago SA
FORUM LISTEN UP
| Medicare change is afoot in I the nation s capital, and folks | should keep abreast of the j situation. Page 4A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Seniors get their Google on
Center offers classes on ’Net, computer use
By Dylan JimAnez
a weapon, police say
By Ron Maloney
Two New Braunfels teenagers already in jail on unrelated crimes have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — a pumpkin.
Justin T. Cooke, 17, and Christopher J. McGreevy, 18, are accused of dropping pumpkins Oct. 2 from the Watson Lane bridge onto northbound traffic on Interstate 35.
The pumpkins, allegedly stolen from Wal-Mart, seriously damaged several vehicles and injured a Killeen woman, said Comal County Sheriff ’s Detective Mike Weddel.
Weddel said an investigation prompted by telephone tips to Carnal County Crime Stoppers connected the two teens to the crime.
McGreevy and Cooke are being held in Comal County Jail on charges of burglary of a habitation in connection with anothei investigation.
Bail for each is $ 100,000.
In mid-October, Cooke and McGreevy were booked after detectives connected them to a bur glary at a New Braunfels home.
During the burglary7 investigation detect Ives uncovered information that suggested they might have been involved in the pumpkin-tossing incidents, Weddel said.
“We got witness statements at Canyon I ligh School that these kids were dropping pumpkins off the bridge," he said.
So far, Weddel said, he has filed two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against both Cooke and McGreevy. Weddel said he anticipates filing a total of eight counts against each youth.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Round ball time
Catch previews of the upcoming basketball season in Sunday's edition of the Herald-Zcitung.
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Jerrie lay, 69, used to be a solo kind of computer user — instead of jumping online, she preferred to play solitaire.
After taking a computer class at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, i Lay “does it Ebay,”
I as the online auc-
■ To ,o*n the basic I tloneer's television
computer. I commercial croons.
Internet or digital j “I have more media classes. j confidence going in
Citizens Center I places I ve never
at 629-4547. I been before,” Lay
IE The class said.
costs $38 and A handful of sen-
is offered I ior citizens, tired of
every week. j not knowing how to
B Enrollment is I navigate the Interlimited to I net, filed into the
seven students center Thursday to
per class. : . , „ . 3
' learn how to tame
the mouse and cruise the information
“They have a lot of courage to do this,”
said RJ. Fields, the seniors’ instructor.
Fields, a computer technician, teaches
basic computer skills, Internet use and
digital media classes at the center three
times a week.
. The class is a low-pressure, hands-on learning environment. Fields keeps it light and entertaining. Enrollment is limited to seven students per session to ensure students have enough access to Fields.
Using computers and surfing the Web are difficult skills for seniors to master, Fields said.
"Our minds just don’t work that way anymore,” he said.
See INTERNET. Page 8A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung .
Delores DiSilverio listens as instructor R.J. Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Above,
Fields demonstrates how to use Coogle.com from left. DiSilverio s husband Bo, DiSilverio
Thursday at a computer class offered at the and Jenny Shelton try computer functions.
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