New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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NOVEMBER 16, 2011
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Girl on tape: He actually did if
In audio played during foster mom’s trial, child accuses foster father of sex assault
The Herald-Zeitung Ac cording to a tápe rec orci-ing ()laye(i for <i ('omal ( oun-ty jury Tuesday, a woman and
her husband spent af)out an hour (juestioning their then-8-year-old ioster daughter about sexual assault allegations the girl made against her
Th(‘ tape was recorded l)y the fost(‘r parents aftiT the girl first reported the incident to th(‘ fost(*r mother. In it, Nanc y
Knowles, ;i8, of New Braunfels, rc'peatedly asked the girl wh('thc*r she could Ix'lieve h(>r, and on the ta(K’ the girl rc‘[)(‘at-ediy insisted she could l)e
Commission OKs plan without outer loop
Votes 5*3 to leave it out of MPO plan following hearing
By Greg Bowen
live ( ontri)versial outer loof) will not af)pear in the ( it\ 's nt‘w transportation pl.m bc'ing developc'd as p«irl of an effort to create a munie (pal [)Iantiing organ-i/ation in llie New Braun-teis/Sei',uin region.
After ,) City Hall piililic hf.iring .ittendcd In an estimated 75 pi’ijple, the ( itv's I'lanning ( ommission voted lui'sd.iy ('vening in lavor ol a city-staff drawn [)lan that \vould rc'placc' tfu» outi^r loop with parkways on the northern, southern and ('astern ¡Jortionsot the onter loop's would l>e MlUte.
I he St.lit pl.in removes projjosed outer loop road-wa\ ac ross tht' C'luadalupe Kiver at Kiver Koad and over environmentally sc^n-sitive tireas on the c ity's northw(‘si sid(\
rht‘ commission's recommendation will now go to ( ity counc il for its consideration. last month, the Planning Commission balked ,tt reiommending tlu* MP() plan to council w ithout the outer loo[).
Planning Commission ( hair ( heryl ( asteel said at the time she telt the outer loop should remain in th(‘ plan to ensure' funding should the roadwav be nec'dc'd in the future.
( )n Tut'sday, (\isteel c ast à 'no' vote in the commission's 5-5 vote in favor of k'aving the outer loop out ot the MPO plan.
( ommission member Kuk Myrick was one of those who voic'd in tiivor of leaving the outer loop out.
"The justifie ation for the outer loop just doesn't sec>m to be there," he said.
Ihc* ()ropost'd trans )orta-tion plan being deve o[)ed tor the' MPO effort would b(> inc luded in the planne'd March 2012 pcMition to the govi'rnor seeking the ( re-ation of the nc'w MPO.
SEASON OF SHARING
Photos by LAURA McKENZlE | The Herdtcj-7(.'itiiiiq
Meiiss Oehter, left. YMCA membership and marketing director, and Laurie Tieman, director ot Harvest Food Pantry, stand Tuesday inside the family branch of the YfvICA in New Braunfels, The YMCA has been collecting food all month for the food pantry to benefit Communities m Schools
Friday’s YMCA fall festival to benefit Harvest Pantiy
By Drew stone
local organizations are working togi'ther to make this Thanksgiving brighter for families in
New Braunfels family YM( A will host its inaugural tall festival and food drive on F r i d a y . Throughout this Wi'i'k, the YMCA w'ill (ol-Ic'c t non-perish-able food items for the flarvest Food Pantr\'.
YM(‘A membership and marketing director Meiiss ()ehter said her organization wanted to get more involved and hel j out the community during the Thanksgiving sc'ason. She said partnering
Scan ttiis QR code to visit the YMCA online, or go to ymcasatx.org/new braunfels.
Some of the food collected for the YMCA's Fall Festival Food Drive sits in a box on Tuesday.
with the' Harvest Fooel Pantry was the [)e‘rfect op|)ortunity.
"VV(''re just really trying to on our community outreac h," Oc'hler said. "Wc' w.int to embrace* our mission and h('lp."
Harvest director Laurie Tievman said she' was a bit shoe ke'd to he'ar trom the* YM('A, but knc'w tc'am-ing uf) with the Y would be gre'at
See YMCA. Page 8
Storms drench area with more than 1.5 inches of rain
By will Wright
It's bc'en nearly six weeks since New Braunfels and Comal County saw' some beneficial rains, which finally c ame when storms raged through the area Tuesday niorning.
Tlie deluge Ix'gan around 9 a.m. and iastcn:] a few hours, as thundc'r-
"1 j(' at tUiilly diet it," the* girl IS hf'ard ''aying on the ta()e.
See TRIAL, Page 8
decision next step for district
GCD rules would serve to protect TVinity Aquifer
By Greg Bowen
! tie Herald Zeitung
Th(' l('\as ( ommission on 1 nvironmc'nt.tl C^iialitv is e\pc‘( te'd to de( id(' In Dc'c. I wh<vt th(' nc'xt ste‘[) will be in Its etiort to (reatc* ,i protective' groundvv.ite'r (onse*r-v.ition (listrii I tor the Trinity A(|uit(‘r in we'stern ( omal ( ount\
The st.ite''s f (' n e vv e d ('Itort lo (re' att' a (i('l ) follows el(‘( -tions in 10<»5 anel 2(H)1 m which Icxal voters
ste)rms ■— com[)lete with lightning, wind and in some areas [)ea-sized hail — rari their course throughout South Central Texas. Officially, 1.53 inc hes of rain was rc'corded at New Braunfels Municipal Air-pe)rt over a two-hour ()C'riod that ended around 11 a.m.
National Weather Service forecaster joe Baskin said the ther-
me)mc'ter at the airport went a little haywire' overnight. The 2 a.m. temperclture e)f 71 de^grees rose to 89 degrees by 6 a.m., suf)posedly tying the high tem(>erature record for the day, se*t back in 1983.
"Accorcling to our stuff here, we saw (a high) ot 75 today," said Baskin, indicating the higlic'r reading was due to an c'ejuipmc'nt maL
function. "It was some kind ot oddity. A tec hnician we'nt out and fiddlc'd with it, and it workc'd tora while and then it didn't. So they just turned it off."
The 1 1/2 inches was the most moisture remorded since Sc'pt. 27, whe'n I t ine hes of rain fell at the
See RAIN, Page 8
■ Commissioners to hold Nov 30 workstiop on Tfinity Aquifet Page 2
lejec te'd the ( reation ot a C'i( I ) tor ( (» m cl I' s Irinitv. The a(|uif('r is see'ing its
v\at(*r supplies thre.itene'd 1)\ popuhition growth Not ii.iving the protei tions ot a (i( 1) me.ui^ tlu' stiit(''s ' rule' ot (iipturt'" ^till pre'vails lor (omal's Trinity, allow ing users to pump vir-tualK .is mut h watc'r as the'v waftt.
A (i( n would proti'ct the a(|uil(‘r bv C'stablishing rule's that could do such things as re'siru t thi' amount ot a(|uitt'r watc'r that commc'r-( lal e'xporters ( ould pump, s.iid ( oiintv ( ommissioner Scott Haag, v\hose Pre*c inc t 2 covers portions ot (omal's vuliH'rable Trinity.
See TRINITY, Page 8 WEATHER, 11
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