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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THE ▼ T SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2004 rald-Zeitung • V Jfcpy ■ NEW FEATURE NASCAR Meet rookie Nextel Cup sensation Kasey Kahne in the Herald Zeitung's new feature, NASCAR This Week. INSIDE LIFE TOYLAND Retro meets new as this year's "Hot Dozen" list arrives in time for the holiday season. Page 1C Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 313 24 pages, 4 sections CLICK j $1.00 www: j '56825 00002 4    4    4 ontk r T "J" T i 70% chance of rain High Low 58 52 Details .... 3B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 5,6CValentine: Donation resolution invalid By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After failing once already to get the New Braunfels City Council to rescind its decision to donate the Comal County fairgrounds to the Comal County Fair Association, Dis trict 6 Councilman Ken Valen tine now claims that councils resolution voted July 26 was illegal. According to City Attorney Charlie Zech, Section 253.011 (d) of the Texas Local Government Code allows a city to transfer property to a 501 c (3) organization if the consideration for the transfer provides that the nonprofit organization uses the property "in a manner that primarily promotes a public purpose of the municipality.” The statute does not allow transfer of property to a 501 c (5) organization, and although fair association officials said recently that the organization was not in fact a 501 c (3), they intended to apply for 501 c (3) status with the Internal Rev enue Service. Even Mayor Adam Cork admitted the mistake two weeks ago. "It was an honest mistake,” said Cork on Tuesday. But Fair Association secretary Kim Reynolds said Tues day die association was in the process of applying for 501 c (3) status. I lowever, Valentine said Friday he placed the issue on Monday’s council agenda, and See CITY, Page 3A Reaves to present 6 month school, district plans By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Three weeks ago, Superintendent Ron Reaves heard what board members wanted him to work on for the next six months. Monday, trustees will hear how Reaves plans to accomplish the goals they set. “I’m looking forward to getting them fleshed out,” Reaves said. “I have worked out timelines and measurable aspects. Now I need clear direction and specifics.” If they like what they hear, trustees could approve Reaves’ goals without making further changes. The only area Reaves is concerned about involves a nebulous goal - establishing a customer friendly and service-oriented environment in every school. “This one is tough to pin AT A GLANCE • What: New Braunfels Independent School District board meeting When: 7 p.m. Monday ft Where: Education Center board room, 430 W. Mill St. down,” he said. “I’m not convinced it s a major problem, but we can always improve. How to measure progress is the difficult part.” To start with, Reaves plans on forming an "input group” of staff and district patrons to form a list of service-oriented behaviors to submit to the board by Jan. 17. Reaves also will research service-oriented codes of conduct in other districts. By May I, Reaves will See NBISD, Page 5A A FOOT FOR FITNESS DIDY0U KNOW? DIABETES FACTS ii Total cases in the United States: 18.2 million — 6.3 percent of the population. SI Diagnosed: 13 million people # Undiagnosed: 5.2 million people ■ About 206,000 people under 20 years of age have diabetes. ■* Approximately one in every 400 to 500 children and adolescents has Type 1 diabetes. ■ Age 20 years or older: 18 million. ■ Age 60 years or older: 8.6 million. • Men: 8.7 million. Bl Women: 9.3 million. (Source: 1999-2001 National Health Interview Survey estimates projected to year 2002. ■ Non-Hispanic whites: 12.5 million. 8.4 percent of all non-Hispanic whites aged 20 years or older have diabetes. Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitunq Daniel, left, and Holly Hamblin begin the 3-mile "A Foot for Fitness" walk outside the Westside Community Center along with their parents Lori and CaryTetrick Saturday morning. Money raised in the second annual event will be used to operate a diabetes education program at the center. Walk benefits diabetes research ■ Non-Hispanic blacks: 2.7 million. 11.4 percent of all non-Hispanic blacks aged 20 years or older have diabetes. On average, non-Hispanic blacks are 16 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites of similar age. N Hispanic Americans: 2 million 8.2% of all Hispanic/Latino Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes. On average, Hispanic/Latino Americans are 1.5 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites of similar age. Mexican Americans, the largest Hispanic/ Latino subgroup, are more than twice as likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites of similar age. (Courtesy of the American Diabetes Association) By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Any physician will say that if you can’t walk your way to better health, it’s at least a very good start. Saturday, about 150 walked or ran a three-mile course through the west end of New Braunfels to raise awareness about diabetes — and raise money for the West Side Community Center, which operates a diabetes education program. Hie second annual “A Foot for Fitness" was expected to raise $30,000 for the center. And that was just fine with the Cary and Lori Tetrick family of New Braunfels. The Tetricks made a donation so they could take part in the walk and then listen to rock-and-roll classics played by the San Anto-nio-based band, Voodoo Logic. The Tetrick children, I lolly and Daniel I lamblin, New Braunfels Middle School seventh-graders, thought Saturday’s walk — neither chose to run — was a good idea. “We wanted to participate in helping people with diabetes,” said I lolly, who plays basketball and sometimes soccer for exercise. “This benefits people with diabetes and it’s healthy for us to walk,” said Daniel, who plays ball, golf and goes camping with his family. City Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill joined them in the walk. "This is a great way of bringing up your awareness,” Munoz-Gill said, noting the work of the diabetes education center, which operates out of tile West Side Cen ter Annex. “It also raises awareness of this resource,” she said. Munoz-Gill said she appreciated the effort organizer Susan Phillips has put into both “A Foot for Fitness” programs held so far. “We should congratulate her for putting this all together — not only for her management skills, but for her enthusiasm, which See WALK, Page 3A Firm to study traffic on Walnut Avenue By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Approved by tile New Braunfels (Tty Council in October, a Sin i Antonio engineering firm will begin studying traffic on Walnut Avenue next week. Jell Miller with Carter & Burgess Inc. said motorists will notice traffic counters oil the Street, as engineers l>egin trying to determine peak times of congestion. Over the years, Walnut Avenue has become one of the more congested arterial streets in the city because it connects 1-35 to the north side of New Braunfels. Also, because more commercial businesses have located up and down the street, AT A GLANCE ft What: Traffic and Transportation Committee ft When: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 18 R Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Caste!! Ave. especially at the intersection of San Antonio Street and Walnut Avenue, the 43-feet wide, two-lane street often becomes backed up at peak times at major intersections. City Engineer Mike Short said council has studied tile problem for years. "Council talked about widening South Walnut three years ago, but in tilt* end there are going to have to be See STUDY, Page 3A \ BLUEBONNET A    mciuh,    r    Jeep New Braunfels, I X I tt tp //WWW EH THE Et WF"EE HEHEET MBB MMM '4f4> HI    v    I    if    , OVER 700 VEHICLES IN STOCK CZ3u> rtf. I 7.T3P IMpff ford [■rl'uu’i^a Kl rl escort se OOO-“7    “I S*1 SS Loadod Only 46K Millis Diabetes patient Cricelia Machuca, left, hands a cup of water to A Foot for Fitness participant Vickie Elson at the completion of her walk at the Westside Community Center Saturday morning. Weekly Tour of Faith Another church is profiled in the weekly series of churches in Comal County. ;