New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY October 3, 2001
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Seele students’ pennies add up to help firefighters fund
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Seele’s Ann Brunn shows off the jars students stuffed with change to donate to the Fallen Firemen’s Fund Tuesday morning.
By Margaret Edmonson
Seele Elementary students gave a penny for each of their thoughts since the Sept. ll terrorist attacks, and now they are sending nearly $2,500 to the National Fallen Firefighters Association.
Students, teachers and administrators presented the funds to New Braunfels Fire and Rescue and New Braunfels Professional Firefighters Association members on Tuesday at the school.
“We’ve had stories of kids emptying their piggy banks,” counselor Ann Brunn said. “We’ve heard, ‘I emptied the change out of Dad’s pocket and told him it was for the firemen, and he gave me a $10 bill.’”
In addition to all the pennies, nick
els, dimes and quarters, the students collected $10 and $20 bills — and a check for $200.
Students deposited the donations in Mason jars decorated with pictures of firefighters. School staff carried the collection to Wells Fargo in New Braunfels, where bank officials counted the $2,351.69 for the school, Brunn said.
The Penny for Our Thoughts campaign kicked off two days after the terrorist attacks, Brunn said. Students were engaged in a character education unit on trust, and adult mentor Stacie Zercher, also a lieutenant for the local fire department, gave school officials the idea of bringing firefighters to talk with the students.
Zercher showed up on Sept. 13 with See SEELE/10A
U.S. provides proof network was involved
By George Gedda
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON—In presenting its case against Osama bin Laden to U.S. allies, the Bush administration said some of the same terrorists involved in the Sept. ll attack also have been finked to the East Africa embassy bombings and the attack on the USS Cole.
Senior administration officials said this point was part of a present ation made Tuesday by State Department counterterrorism chief Frank Taylor to NATO allies in Brussels, Belgium.
Tile presentation was part of the U.S. campaign to garner international support for its contention that bin Laden and his al-Qaida organization were responsible for the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said information was sent out Monday to a large number of nations which “powerfully made the case" against the al-Qaida organization for the terrorist
attacks three weeks ago.
“We traced the history of this organization, its recent activities and events around the lith — before and after. I think its a persuasive case,” he said, speaking with reporters H after a rn e e ting with the Greek foreign minister.
longt by, d e tail e d sn rn mary of t he evidence was sent by confident ial channels to U.S. allies Monday night. It provides a history of crimes thought to have been committed by bin Laden and al-Qaida and finks both the terrorist and his network to the Sept. ll attacks, said a senior administration official speaking on condition of anonymity-
The NATO allies had conditioned material support for the United States under the
NATO charter on convincing
Commission tables cell tower debates
By Bill Frisbie
The New Braunfels planning commission decided Tuesday it will need another six weeks to mull over ordinances regulating the design and placement of telecommunications towers before making a final recommendation to the city council.
The move to possibly amend the ordinance stems from Towers of Texas decision to install a 125-foot tower on Zink Street, one of New Braunfels’ oldest residential neighborhoods. The Zink Street area, however, is zoned for light industrial development that allows towers of up to 150-feet.
The issue is not simply a matter of size, but also of zoning, according to interim Planning Director James Vaughan.
“There are some pockets of industrial (districts) there (Zink Street area) and tbat’s what’s so odd about our zoning map,” Vaughan said. “We don’t have big, large t racts of
zoning but rather different islands of zoning with different uses mixed in. Thats a real problem."
The statutes are intended to strike a balance between providing wireless services to the area while protect ing residents from potential adverse effects of the facilities. This includes controlling the ‘unnecessary proliferation’ of towers, particularly in residential, historical and scenic areas.
But there Is variance in the ordinance depending on a tower’s size and the site’s zoning.
So-called stealt h towers, or “towers that don’t look like towers,” can go anywhere in the city, Vaughan said, as long as the towers is less than 50 feet in height or on an existing structure other than a tower that is less than 50 feet tall.
Stealth towers are roof-mounted antennas camouflaged to be unrecognizable as a telecommunications See COMMISSION/10A
Friends of Library booked for annual sale
By Margaret Edmonson
The wisdom of the ages, the songs of poets and the visions of genius all can be found within the walls of the New Braunfels Civic Center this week.
The Friends of t he Library conduct their 15th book sale Thursday and Friday. Admission is free, and books, magazines, albums, audiotapes and more are available at low prices.
Proceeds from the book sale benefit the New Braunfels Public Library, co-chairman Janet Brandt said. Margaret Brazle also
serves as co-chair.
“We’ve bought adult fiction and non-fiction, computers for the library.... We’ve enhanced all the collections; we bought videotapes one year,” Brandt said.
The two-day book sale generally raises about $10,(KM), but Brandt said organizers hoped to collect even more this year.
"We have some sponsors who are helping to pay for the overhead,” she said.
Hastings, Flextronics Enclosures, Senior Flexonics Pathway Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 and its auxiliary, TXI Hunter Cement,See BOOK/10A
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungFriends of the Library members prepare books Tuesday for the group’s 15th book sale Thursday and Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
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“Show me in the Bible where it says anything about rehabilitation. ” — potential juror, when asked about the death penalty
Testimony begins today
Second trial of Jack Davis gets in full swing in Johnson City
By Ron Maloney
JOHNSON CITY — The trial of a former New Braun-fels maintenance man accused of murdering a schoolteacher nearly a dozen 3'ears ago will begin this morning.
Opening statements in the trial of Jack Warren Davis will begin at 9 a.m. today in the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City.
District 22 Judge Charles Ramsay moved the trial to Blanco County because of publicity in the case.
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capital murder in the Nov. 17, 1989 killing of Kathie Balonis, 24.
He was convicted in 1990, but the Third Court of Appeals set aside the conviction in 1992.
Former Comal County District Attorney Bill Refiner allegedly intimidated a witness in the first trial.
Davis, sentenced to life in prison after the original trial, was released on $50,000 bail in 1993. He has been living in the Gulfport, Mississippi area and reporting to Comal County officials
Defendant Jack Warren Davis sits outside the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City Tuesday with his wife. Jury selection ended Tuesday in Davis’ retrial for the 1989 murder of New Braunfels school teacher Kathie Balonis.
twice a month by telephone.
Monday, about IOO prospective jurors were given eight-page questionnaires. Tuesday morning, they returned them, and prosecutor Lisa Tanner and defense attorney Stanley Schneider began the process of selecting 12 jurors and two alternates.
The pool was reshuffled and seated in the courtroom, IO people to a bench.
Ramsay told the pool not to speculate on the outcome of any previous proceedings involving Davis — and not to consider them or the length of time it has taken for Davis to come to trial.
“You are instructed that
the delay in coming to trial is not the fault of the defense or prosecution,” Ramsay said.
Then began the daylong process of discussing the judicial system and how it works as attorneys for both sides sought to learn the