New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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CONTINUED FROM Page 1AGBRA, Corps work together on project
The GBRA project, headed up by GBRA’s Tommie Rhoad, will be based on recommendations from two steering groups — one a coalition of local citizens and the other made up of members of the scientific and educational communities.
Members of both groups met with local officials Tuesday to celebrate the partnership that will see the project through in coming years.
Texas State University geology professor Carter Keairus is part of the scientific committee. He told a group of local, state and federal officials prepared to take a tour of Canyon Gorge that the climate of Texas IOO million years ago was about like that in the Bahamas — and the terrain that is now Texas Hill Country was part of a warm, shallow sea.
“We’re used to thinking about things in terms of hours, days or maybe decades," Keairus said, picking up a piece of stony soil. “But here’s a piece of earth from IOO million years ago. There are a lot of fossils here. These bi valves formed a reef here — IOO million years ago. This was a shallow marine environment.’’
GBRA General Manager Bill West spoke of the longstanding partnership between the GBRA and the Corps, and said that relationship would enter a new phase with development of the gorge.
“Just as Canyon Lake is a crown jewel of South Texas, this unique resource will become a crown jewel of Comal County," West said.
District 73 state Rep. Carter Casteel’s family owns property adjacent to the gorge that has been donated to the lye Preston Memorial Library for its future new home.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
People make their way around the edge of the Canyon Gorge while taking part in a hike down the gorge Tuesday afternoon. Below, the crowd of people look down into the gorge.
“I want you to look down, right where you are, around your feet,” said Casteel, R-New Braunfels. “Think of the power of this water and God s creation."
Casteel told of visiting the gorge shortly after it was formed and again a little later.
The first time, few if any people had been down into the gorge, and she and her family had a picnic near one of the pools, she said. They were careful, she said, to bring their trash out with them.
The second time, she said, others hadn’t been so careful, and Casteel and her family ended up taking out trash left by those people, as well.
“I ’m pleased someone took the initiative to protect this for all of us,” Casteel said.
Attorney joins race for justice of the peace seat
From staff reports
A second local attorney has announced his candidacy for the County Court-at-Law bench to be vacated by Judge Brenda Chapman.
David L. Nigh announced he will be a candidate for the bench in 2006. A County Court-at-Law judge presides over misdemeanor criminal, civil, family law, probate, guardianship and juvenile matters.
Nigh, 51, has practiced law for 25 years and specialized in litigation for 22 years. He moved to New Braunfels from Houston in 1992.
“I look forward to serving the citizens of Comal County and utilizing my extensive
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experience in the fair administration of justice,” Nigh said. “I have wanted to have this opportunity for many years.”
A lifelong Republican, Nigh promised to focus county resources to accelerate the court’s docket and concentrate on collecting unpaid fines and fees. The court generates more than $1 million in revenue each year.
Since 1997, Nigh has served as board member and presi
dent of Communities In Schools and has chaired the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Natural Resources and Fest-tage committees. He is a 1994 graduate of Leadership New Braunfels.
In 1992, Nigh spearheaded the effort to bring the first computer to the county law library. From 1996 to 2000, he was director of the Gruene Music Fest, which raises money for United Way. He served on the chamber’s master plan committee from 1997-99 and as a member of the tree ordinance committee in 1998.
In 1998, he also graduated from the Citizen’s Police Academy.
Cost of birth, death certificates about to rise
The cost of being bom and dying is about to go up.
Beginning Thursday, the Texas Department of State Health Services will raise the price of birth and death certificates.
The new costs will be:
■ Birth record search $23 (certificate provided free);
■ Death records search $21 (first certificate provided free); and $4 for additional copies of death certificate ordered at the same time.SUSPECT
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brandished at deputies Tom Cheek and Jason Nitsch.
Investigations by the sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers showed the deputies acted properly in the shooting.
On a videotape taken from Nitsch’s patrol car, West is seen quickly raising the weapon, which looks like an
The money generated from the increase will be used to transform roughly 48 million paper and microfilm birth, death and marriage records and other vital documents going back to 1903 into electronic form.
“These are irreplaceable records. It is imperative that we get them to a permanent electronic format to protect them should there be a fire, flood or other catastrophe,” said Randy Fritz, chief operat
ing officer for the department.
The $28 million electronic record project will begin in January and is expected to take five years to complete.
A qualified applicant can obtain a copy of a birth or death record at the County Clerk’s office at 150 N. Seguin Ave., Suite 101, in New Braunfels, or you can download an application from
www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqp roc / certified_copyshtm.
automatic pistol, and aiming it directly at one of the deputies — after they asked him six times to put his hands where they could see them.
With a split-second to react, both fired at West.
Ward said West had been taken to McKenna the Sunday before Thanksgiving, but was treated and released.
After his death, his body was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, where Assistant Medical Examiner Elizabeth Peacock performed the autopsy and ruled the death to be of natu
ral causes related to a heart attack.
If West had been tried and convicted on the first-degree felony aggravated assault charge, he faced prison for the rest of his life.
West’s shooting was the second in 14 months involving a Comal County Sheriff’s deputy.
John Edward Morris, 41, was shot in the chest July 6, 2004, after firing a 12-gauge shotgun at Cpl. Brett Smith. Morris is awaiting trial on attempted capital murder charges.
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