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Nichols resigns as board president
By Leigh Jones
In a surprise announcement during closed session Thursday, Comal Independent School District school board President Nick
Nichols tendered his resignation.
Nichols, who has served on the board since 1999, cited ongoing medical problems as the reason for his early exit from service.
“It’s unfortunate, but some
times you have to do what you have to do,” he said. “I’m looking at a long recuperation, and that’s going to be about the only thing on my mind for the next nine months or so.”
Nichols will vacate his seat seven months before his three-year term expires in May 2005. His resignation comes just three months after former President Dora Gonzales stepped down for
Last month, trustees appointed I .aura binh art-Kistner to serve in Gonzales’ position until the
See RESIGNATION, Page 3A
CISD gets surprise $3.4 million from state
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District trustees got good news T hursday — the district unexpectedly received $3.4 million dollars last month from the Texas Education Agency.
After CIS!) appealed its Chapter 41 "property wealthy” classification under the “Robin I food” school finance system last year, TEA discovered it owed the district more in state funds.
Debra Smith, director of business services, said the payment came just in time to ease a cash flow crunch.
Because property tax revenue will riot begin to trickle in until the end of 2004, the district needs money to fund general operations. Cash flow shortages can usually he addressed with general fund reserves, but with a current balance of a little more than $11.5 million, the district does not have enough saved up to cover expenses until January.
To make up the shortfall, trustees approved Smith’s request to take out a short-term loan based on anticipated
See CISD, Page 3A
Kohl’s makes final preparations for Thursday's opening
County fair reaches a benchmark
By Ron Maloney
The final figures aren’t in, but by all accounts so far, the 11 Itll Comal County l air will be a benchmark in terms of bicorne and attendance.
Comal County Fair Association President Debbie Smith said this year’s fair exceeded hopes and expectations.
“T hank the lord it all turned out perfect,” Smith said.
T he weather, she said, was great — bi spite of concerns that Tropical Storm Ivan would turn southward for an unwanted visit.
“It wasn’t too hot this year or anything. Wednesday, I started worrying about it when the lightning started,” Smith said. “Everything was wonderful.”
It’s difficult for the fair association to precisely judge attendance because so many folks are admitted without tickets as sponsors, news media or contest entrants.
See FAIR, Page 3A
Fair association to hold town meeting on property issue
By Scott Mahon
Comal County Fair Association officials have planned a town meeting to discuss issues surrounding the Nov. 2 election and the city’s plan to donate the fairgrounds to the association.
The public meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the fairgrounds.
“We want to discuss the issues because there seems to be so much confusion,” said Arlon I ler-mes, fair association executive board member. "Everyone is invited.”
In July, the New Braunfels (Tty Council voted 4-3 to donate the fairgrounds property to the
Comal County Fair Association if voters didn’t vote to designate the property a city park in the Nov. 2 election. But the vote included restrictions that would cause the property to revert hack to the city if the fair association failed to use the property for “traditional" uses.
That vote followed a series of events, including a land-swap proposal by Schlitterbahn and a petition to designate the property public park land.
Monday, council members voted against rescinding their July vote, which angered some who opposed donating the property to the fair association.
After opening Monday’s meeting to public comment, Mayor Adam (kirk warned those attending the meeting that the discussion had to avoid the appear ain e of “electioneering,” or the attempt to influence the November election.
“I think what the mayor was trying to say was that the council couldn’t use public money, including a city-paid television broadcast, to either advocate or oppose an item on the November ballot,” said City Attorney Charlie Zech.
Zech said a state commission recently found the Beaumont city manager arid attorney violated
the law by participating in a televised program highlighting a charter election.
“T he half hour segment constituted a publicly funded political advertisement, which is illegal,” determined the Texas Ethics Commission. "City officials’ involvement was also deemed improper."
The city manager wasn't fined, according to a commission letter, but the city attorney received a $500 penalty.
The video was made to promote a city charter election, reported the Beaumont Enterprise.
But after New Braunfels council
See MEETING, Page 3A
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
American Red Cross
Boy Scouts of America
Bulverde Senior Center
Bulverde-Spring Branch Community Service Center
Children's Advocacy Center of Comal County
Comal County Child Welfare Board
Comal County Emergency Children's Shelter
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United Way Executive Director for Comal County Doug Hammerstrom, back left, looks on as Connections Executive Director Kellie Stallings, left, Youth Board Representative Marie Scott andTransitional Living Program Coordinator Dan Gilmore discuss plans for the back yard at Connections Friday afternoon. Connections is one of many organizations in Comal County that benefit from funds from the United Way.
United Way to help county organizations
By Scott Mahon
United Way of Comal County has raised 28 percent of this year’s fundraising goal of $575,000.
hventy-five health and human service organizations in Comal County depend on United Way to fund their services. Among the agencies funded by United Way is (Connections Individual and Family Services, which has been a United Way agency since 1984.
"We’ve always received funding from the state and federal government, but as the years have gone by, we’ve depended more and more on United Way,” said I executive Director Kellie Stallings.
A nonprofit organization, Connections provides counseling to families and youth.
“We have several components to
our services,” Stallings said. “We provide prevention services where we teach drug and alcohol prevention. We try to teach parenting skills, including how not to be abusive to children.
“We also provide counseling to youth and their families where we try to resolve problems and show families how to use their strengths to address issues. We have an emergency shelter for teens ages IO to 17 who’ve been abused or Fire in some kind of conflict with their family. We have a transitional living program for runaways for teens ages 16 through 21. They can stay with us as long as 18 months, hut we expect them to find a job and continue their education. We also have a 24-hour hotline.”
Stallings said Connections provided services to more than 2,500 people
“We started in Cornell County, but we’re now in 18 ntral counties,” she said.
Called “Results Matter," this year’s United Way campaign actually began months ago, said Paula I )il ouzo, campaign chair.
“Companies and businesses that donate early each year are called Pacesetter companies," DiFonzo said. “By pulling together tin* caring power of the community, we’re confident we can achieve our goal.”
Total contributions and pledges received from Pacesetter organizations amounted to $164,939, or 28 percent of the this year’s goal.
United Way kicked off its annual campaign drive Sept. 23 at the Comal County fairgrounds.
Doug Hammerstrom, executive
See CAMPAIGN, Page 3A
Comal County Family Enhancement Center
Comal County Prescription Assistance Program
Comal County Senior Citizen's Foundation
Comal County Crisis Center
Communities in Schools of Comal County
Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake
Community Service Center
Connections Individual and Family Services
Hill Country MHMR
Homespun Early Childhood Intervention
Lone Star Girl Scout Council
River City Advocacy RSVP
SOS Inc. Food Bank
YMCA of Comal County
Additional special events for United Way are the Gruene Music and Wine Fest and the United Way GolfTournament sponsored byTXI Hunter Cement
Funds raised by United Way go to 25 health and human service organizations in Comal County, including:
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