New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Student suspended 45 days for graffiti
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — The Smithson Valley High School freshman who confessed Monday to spray painting racist slogans on four Judson
Independent School District buses during Friday night’s football game has been suspended for 45 days.
The 14-year-old boy will serve his suspension at the Comal Discipline Center
while he and his parents wait for Comal County sheriff’s deputies to file charges.
Lt. Mark Reynolds, sheriff’s office spokesman, said the suspect requested a lawyer when deputies went to inter-
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view him Tuesday.
“We are currently looking for witnesses to verify the sto
ry,’’ he said. “It’s just like any other investigation, but it’s going to take us a bit of time. The outcome will be the
The graffiti incident currently qualifies as a Class B misde
meanor, carrying a fine up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail for an adult. The punishment for a minor would be determined by a juvenile magistrate.
See GRAFFITI, Page 7A
By Ron Maloney
The superintendent fired during an investigation into the city street department might have been singled out for ongoing practices, his attorney says.
Roland Martinez was one of a dozen street department employees — about 80 percent of the work force — who were recently fired following an investigation by City Engineer Mike Short into alleged wrongdoing.
City Manager Chuck Wnto said Tuesday., Martinez and several other fired employees had so far requested grievance hearings, but none had been scheduled yet.
The I lerald-Zeitung has requested the reports of any grievance boards convened for fired street department employees under the Texas Open Records Act.
"We have one from at least four or five others who were also fired,’’ Pinto said.
Under the city’s personnel policies, fired employees can appeal their dismissal to a
See CASE, Page 7A
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City goals defined in workshop
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels city staff and council members met in a two-day workshop to define and prioritize goals for the city for next year.
City Manager Chuck Pinto called Monday’s two-hour meeting at the New Braunfels Library a “brain-storming” session.
“We tried to flush out issues we wanted to address, and put ideas on the table for setting long-term and short-term goals,” he said.
Tuesday, council members and staff' met at luanda Park Coif Course.
“One goal we discussed Monday was to try to become more responsive to
See COUNCIL, Page 3A
Couple seeks help to renovate Schmitz
By Ron Maloney
Kris and Shannon Malish stand in front of the Schmitz Hotel. The hotel, located on Main Plaza, was visited by several luminaries in its heyday.
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Photos courtesy of the Sophienburg Museum
Above, the Schmitz hotel in its early years, (right), signatures of guests including O. Henry, Jefferson Davis and Sam Houston.
Jefferson Davis stayed there.
So did Abraham Lincoln,
Robert E. Lee and Theodore Roosevelt.
So did writer O. I ferny.
And Gov. Sam I fouston.
It sounds like some historic “back east” inn like all the ones in the original 13 colonies where George Washington supposedly slept.
No, it s tile Schmitz Hotel — among the first in New Braunfels — located on Main Plaza.
Now, Shannon and Kris Malish live in one of the five apartments located on the historic hotel’s top two floors and have seen at the Sophienburg Archives old hotel guest Ixxiks listing die luminaries above among dozens more.
Housed in commercial spaces on the first floor just inside the building’s wide wooden porch are the gift boutique, “Collections," and clothing store, “Divas."
Both are beautiful, inviting shops located behind the building facade, which was restored by the Conservation Society in 1979.
But upstairs, the hotel, which is on the local, state and national historic registers, is in disrepair and needs renovations that will cost several hundred thousand dollars, file Malish family is looking for help.
They recently sought but did not receive a block grant for the work and will soon be looking for a five-year property tax freeze with the promise that any taxes abated will be invested in the historic building which was also the first to be built on Main Plaza. Kris Malish, a New Braunfels police officer, is also seeking a limited contractor’s license to enable him to perform some of the work himself.
See HOTEL, Page 3A
B The Schmitz Hotel, originally called the Guadalupe Hotel, was built in 1852. It was sold to Jacob Schmitz in 1858. A third floor was added in 1873.
It was an early stage stop.
With grants and community donations, the Conservation Society restored the original facade in 1979. The building was vacant from 1979 to 1986 and was stripped of much of its original woodwork and trim.
The Sophienburg Museum and Archive contributed to this report
Cheney, Edwards clash over Iraq in only vice presidential debate
By Tom Raum
Associated Press Writer
CLEVELAND — Vicepresident Dick Cheney accused the Democratic presidential ticket Tuesday night of turning against die Iraq war for political gain. "We need a fresh start” countered Sen. John Edwards in campaign debate, accusing the administration of mismanaging the conflict.
In a dash at dose quarters, the Democratic vice presidential candidate accused Cheney of “not being straight” with the public about a war that has daimed more than 1,000 American lives. He said casualties are rising monthly and the Unit-
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Cheney challenged that, saying the Iraqi security forces had taken nearly half of the casualties, “for you to demean their sacrifice is beyond
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The vice president also criticized Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry for taking “the wrong side” on defense issues over the past three decades.
“I'm saying specifically that I don’t believe he has the qualities we need in a commander in chief,” he said.
See DEBATE, Page 3A
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