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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TI FRIDAY, OCTOBER I, 2004 rald-Zeitung arUKTS FOOTBALL Thick as thieves, Canyon High School's second line are picking passers apart. Page 6A lf iff nm Min aniliid iii i ii iiiiiihii i ii mitta COUPON FREE PASS Fiesta Shrine Circus offers a free pass for children and a buy one, get one free adult pass. Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. if* I PT Partly Vol. 153, No. 277 16 pages, 2 sections 50C WWW. ■56825 00001 cloudy High Low 91 70 Details .... 1B unwit5 wmsmm DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3BMan in alleged flood theft identified By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Now Braunfels attorney Thursday identified the city street department employee accused of stealing in the aftermath of the 2002 flood and declared his client’s innocence. Glen Peterson said the man facing possible criminal charges in the wake of the firings of 12 employees is street superintendent Roland Martinez. Peterson said Martinez was given the allegedly stolen items he turned over to police, and city officials and police officers could have found that out, the attorney charged — if they had checked. “We’re going to stand up, get in the batter’s box and hit this hard,” Peterson said. “My client doesn’t have to hide. He’s innocent.’’ New Braunfels police Detective Boh Parchman investigated theft allegations against Martinez and has forwarded his findings to the district attorney’s office for possible presentation to the grand jury. Parchman said Thursday evening he would not comment on a current investigation. Martinez, a 21-year city employee, was fired Aug. 16 by City Engineer Mike Short. In a termination memo Short wrote to Martinez, he listed three city policies he said Martinez violated. See FIRING, Page 5A ON WITH THE ISSUES MARC SEROTA/Reuters President George W. Bush, right, makes a point during his debate with Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, left, at their first presidential debate at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.,Thursday. At center is moderator Jim Lehrer. Bush, Kerry dash on Iraq war in first of 3 debates By Terence Hunt AP White House Correspondent CORAL GABLES, Fla. —Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush Thursday night of a "colossal error in judgment ’’ in ordering tile invasion of Iraq. “The world is better off without Saddam I lussein,” the president shot back in campaign debate, adding his rival once said so himself. "I agree with him," Bush jabbed sarcastically at a rival he depicts as prone to flip flops. In a 90-minute debate dominated by a war that has claimed more than 1,000 American lives, Kerry called tile conflict a diversion in the broader struggle against terror and the hunt for Osama bin leaden. The four-term Massachusetts sen- George Bush/ Dick Cheney ator said he could do a better job than Bush of protecting the nation against another Sept. 11-style attack, and pledged to be strong and resolute in fighting terrorism. “But we also have to be smart... and smart means not diverting our attention from the war on terror and taking it off to Iraq,” Kerry said. “This president, I don’t know if he really sees what’s happening over there,” Kerry said of Bush, standing IO feet away on a University of Miami John Kerry/ John Edwards debate stage. Bush swiftly returned to his P    theme of Kerry as a man who changes his mind too often to be president “I ie voter! to authorize the use of force and i ii jw says it s the wroi ig war at the wrong time I don’t think you can lead if you say wrong war, wrong time, wrong place. What message does tliat send to our troops?" said the Republican incumbent. With less than four weeks until the election, the polls show Bush with a small lead in the race for the White House, and several battleground states exceedingly close. Even some Democrats said the debate, with a national television audience in the tens of millions, represented Kerry’s best chance to gain late-campaign momentum. Both men used well-rehearsed lines during their face-to face encounter, but tiffs was the first time each had to listen to the criticism at dose quarters. Bush appeared perturbed when Kerry leveled some of his charges, scowling at times and looking away in apparent disgust at others. Kerry often took notes when the president spoke. Some networks offered a split screen to viewers so they could see See DEBATES, Page 5A Fund-raising projects to help school activities By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District students will participate in 82 fund-raising projects during the 2004-05 school year. They will ring their neighbors’ doorbells to sell everything from cookie dough and fancy chocolates to magazines and holiday gift wrap. The purpose of the sales campaigns is to raise money for extracurricular activities not adequately funded in the district’s $43.9 million budget. “State fundi] tg is declit ling and n torit*\ is not as readily available," said Assistant Superintendent Janet Patton. “To support extracurricular activities, which keep a lot of kids coming to school, money has to be raised.” The fund-raising projects prevent parents from footing the entire extra-curricular activity hill and enable students with limited resources to participate. Although students are supposed to do the selling and usually tire offered incentives for meeting or exceeding their sales goals, the majority of the work often falls to parents. They take their children’s’ brochures to work where they can persuade their colleagues to buy an $8 box of candy. Kristy Gastilleja, New Braunfels High Schcx)! cheerleading sponsor, said when parents do the work, it defeats the purpose of shifting the financial burden away from them. See FUND-RAISER Page 3A School safety Detex produces safety systems for schools. St. John’s ‘bursting at seams,’ plans expansion of church By Leigh Jones Staff Writer St. Johns Episcopal Church has a good problem — they are bursting at the seams. The new members who come every month join a community of believers who are knowledgeable about their faith. They might not have started out with full comprehension, but under the leadership of Father ChuckThebeau, their understanding is glowing along with their numbers. “Our people are having a ball learning and soaking tilings up," he said. “It’s a joy lo watch the light bulbs go on.” Although he regularly teaches 70 adults in his Sunday school class, Thebeau is making plans to expand. “The Gird has really put it on our hearts to help people glow in a confident faith,” he said. “When people understand scripture, it transforms their lives.” Iliebeau’s dream has taken shajn* as the Omer for Faith Development, a school open to everyone who wants to learn more about Christianity. Hie curriculum, developed with tile help of I Erector I airy I lughes, will include classes on scripture and life application. “(for core classes will deal with some of the issues we wrestle with,” I lughes said. "What does the Bible say about itself? Qui we believe it? We are in the midst of a battle of worldviews. It’s a dynamic way of looking at things.” (lasses will delve into scripture and complex theology, but they will be taught so everyone can understand. They also will be free, at least at first. I lughes said the congregation had a number of members qualified to teach, but he also planned to bring in national and international speakers. With the center and the church’s steady growth, the congregation is ready to move to a larger facility. They have land on Texas 46, a master See CHURCH, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeituny Father ChuckThebeau says that St. John's Episcopal Church is bursting at the seams. Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung ivill feature a different house of worship. ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH ■ Pastor: Chuck Thebeau ■ Denomination: Episcopal, Anglican Communion B Attendance: 250 • Meeting times: 8 and 10:30 a m. B Location: 312 S. Guenther St. ■ Phone: 625 2532 B Web site: ■ Worship style: traditional and blended ■ Mission: drawn by truth, driven by faith and devoted in love. ;