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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 1000571 05/16/05 JOU (MUB f HTCfrOPUB! ISHFR’* ‘427 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 1111 r 11) 1.11 i 1111 It |, M11,1,),}| Tl ICSDAY, OCTOBER 19,2004 :rald-Zeitung SPORTS ASTROS WIN! Jeff Kent's 3-run homer in the 9th and Brandon Backe's 1-hit pitching pace Houston to a 3-0 win. Page 5A FORUM BURDENSOM Mayor Adam Cork writes Proposition 1 would place an undue fiscal burden on many taxpayers. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 292 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW?! a oooov n pl Partly cloudy High Low 91 72 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIERS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV,GRIDS 48Drug testing discussion delayed by NBISD trustees By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees decided Monday night to delay discussion about potential drug testing until they could give the subject their undivided attention. Trustee Rob Johnson, who requested drug testing be added to Monday’s meeting agenda, said he hoped rescheduling the discussion would give trustees and administrators time to fully research the issue. “I want to get an update on legal issues and look at how other districts are handling the issue,” he said. “T his will also give parents a chance to provide some input.” None of Johnson’s fellow board members disagreed with the need to take another look at drug testing. IVvo years ago, a committee spent almost a year researching the feasibility of random and other forms of testing. Although the committee’s report recommended a plan of random testing, trustees decided not to move forward with it. Trustee Lee Edwards said in light of growing concerns about drug use at the high school, he agreed it was time to reconsider. Johnson said despite his desire to talk about testing, he was undecided on whether he would support such a program in NBISD. “We need to see if programs in other districts are working,” he said. “I’m not advocating we do anything other than look at it again.” San Marcos Consolidated ISD, the closest district to New Braunfels to implement random drug testing, is in the first year of its program and has just completed the first round of random testing among students participating in extracurricular activities. Superintendent Sylvester Perez said the program was a success -none of die students tested positive. Only 242 Texas districts do random tests. COMING FRIDAY Weekly Tour of Faith Our popular series on churches in Comal County focuses on Grace Memorial, complete with a locator map and photo. "**™4 A rn Supreme Court orders lower court to reconsider redistricting By April Castro Associated Press Writer Al IS I IN — Republican law-nakers in Texas voiced confi-ience in the legality of newly irawn congressional districts iespite Monday’s U.S. Supine Court ruling, cheered )y Democrats, that ordered a ower court to reconsider its ipproval of the map. The order is seen as a victory by Democrats but will not ifiect the Nov. 2 elections. Republican Texas Attorney Jenera! Cree Abbott called the high court’s ruling a “routine procedural step" in light of a ruling in another state’s redistricting case. Abbott said his office is confident that a three-judge panel will reaf-finn its decision that the redistricting plan is constitutional. "We’re confident — as we have been all along — that our map will withstand judicial scrutiny,’’ said Texas House Speaker Tom ( Taddick, a Midland Republican who last year led the chamber through a bitter battle to pass the map.Record-setting day at polls /* I I /S jj «|°    ' r    for sale to benefit library MANDY REARY/Herald-ZeitungTwenty-five members of the New Braunfels Republican Women gathered around the Plaza Monday, holding signs encouraging citizens to vote. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer For book lovers, the Friends of the Library annual book sale is a bargain. I ield each year at the New Braunfels Civic Center, this year’s book sale will be held Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. All proceeds go to the New Braunfels Public Library, and admission is free. Margaret Brazle, co-chairwoman, said 95 percent of the books sold at the sale were donated. “We raised $16,000 at last year’s book sale,” she said. More than 65,000 books will be f or sale. Paperback books will be 75 cents, and hardback books will be $1. “We will have some collectibles that will be prices appropriately,” she said. On Friday, a paper bag sale will allow hook lovers to buy a paper hag full of hooks for only $2. “We expect several hundred CHICK IT OUT • When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday ■ Where: New Braunfels Civic Center. people,” said Janet Brandt, cochairwoman. “Last year, we had dealers from out-of-state attend the book sale.” Members of Friends of the Library will have first chance to buy books Wednesday night during a two-hour reception beginning at 5 p.m. “It’s not open to the public,” Brazle said. “But Thursday morning, the line at the front door will probably be all the way around the civic center.” Annual membership in Friends of the library is $10 per year, or $ 15 for a family. “If you’re a book person, it’s well worth it," said Jane Spaeth, co-chairwoman. Friends of the Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports the New Braunfels Public Library. Membership applications are available at the New Braunfels Public Library, located at 700 East Common Street. 1,445 cast ballots on first day of early voting far as I’m concerned, it must [lave been a record. It went very well." New Braunfels Independent School District officials reported 101 ballots cast in their trustee elections at the courthouse, with six citizens voting at the district offices on Mill Street. Out on Main Plaza, 25 members of the New Braunfels Republican Women held up signs exhorting voters to cast ballots early. Nancy Barker, Suzanne johnson and Jennifer Lambert were among them. “We did this because we felt it was important to get the vote out,’ Barker said. “This is a very serious time in the history of our country. We believe in the values of our founding fathers, and we want to uphold them.” As the women waved their signs, motorists beeped horns and more than a few pulled up in front of the courthouse. Johnson said Republican See VOTING, Page 2A 2004 ■arty voting ■ Early voting runs Monday through Friday until Oct. 29 at: ’ 1) NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2)The Comal County Courthouse, 150 N. Seguin Ave., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 3)Jay F. Feibel-man Community Center on FM 3009 in Garden Ridge. ■ One early voting Saturday is scheduled from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The lines were busy Monday for the first day of early voting in this year’s general election — setting an all-time record in Comal County. Elections Coordinator Unnell I linojosa reported 1,445 voted in the national, state and county elections. “This has just been a tremendous first day,” I linojosa said. Traditionally, the first and last days of tire two-week early voting period are the busiest. Hinojosa said Monday’s turnout augured for a big tun lout in the election as a whole. “We had almost as many on our last day four years ago, if that's any indication.” Four years ago, the last presidential election, saw 25 percent of the county 's then-55,000 registered voters choose to vote early — eclipsing the old record by more than 4,000. MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Carolyn House Bateman This year, with a senior tax freeze on the ballot alongside controversial city propositions, new registration has been heavy and there are 65,000 registered voters in Comal County. New Braunfels assistant elections clerk Jo Bender reported 641 ballots cast on the three city propositions Monday. “It was busy,” Bender said. “As Collectors knuckle down at marble tournament By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It was a tough tournament, but then it would be, because there were serious bragging rights on the line. At stake Saturday was the champion's title in the Texas Marble Collectors' “Knuckle Ball” tournament. In the end, it all came down to the final shot in the final game, and Jane Armstrong botched it, handing the win — and the crowing rights — to Judith Anderson of Richardson, who went home with tile title from the marble collectors’ annual New Braunfels show. She possibly also went home with a few antique or classic marbles purchased from some of the 50 vendors who attended the event at the I loliday Inn. “We were down to tenseness,” Armstrong said after the contest. “It was like the bottom of the ninth, the bases were loaded, and I scratched.” Anderson didn’t care how she got it — a win’s a win — and she didn’t mind rubbing it in, just a little. “It was by default, but I take them any way I can get them,” Anderson said. Armstrong, Anderson and Barbara Behrndt of Round Rock were the three finalists in Saturday’s competition. For those who don’t know — or can’t remember — “knuckle ball" is one of the traditional marble games once played by boys — and girls — everywhere. In the more gentrified version of the sport seen at Saturday’s marble show, contestants fought it out on a vinyl pad rather than in a school yard. “It’s played like pool,” said tourna- See MARBLES, Page 2A Jane Armstrong of Helotes takes a shot in Saturday's "knuckle ball" marble tournament at the annual Texas Marble Collectors show. Armstrong's aim was good for a second-place showing. DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung ;