New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Movie gives commissioner chance to shine
By Ron Maloney
Lights, camera — commissioner? If you see a film crew shooting in front of the Commissioners’ Court building today or tomorrow, it’s for a
movie called “Clean Sweep.”
And if you see an extremely sharp-dressed young man walking around outside the courthouse the next couple of days looking like an Ivy League alum and CIA spy, it might just be
Precinct 3 Commissioner Greg Parker, who will make his acting debut — as an “extra” in a spy thriller.
The film, being shot by an Austin production company, features Pepe Serna, whose credits include “Scar-
face," “Buckaroo Bonzai” and “The Rookie” as a government agent.
The plot, a cloak-and-dagger “whodunit” in the mold of the 1940s-’50s “film noir” thrillers, includes a crook known as the “Black Widow”
who threatens the world with a destructive virus.
Parker brought the proposal to commissioners Thursday on behalf
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Air show flies high over New Braunfels
By Ron Maloney
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Moonlight Fund Airshow
■ When: 3 p.m. Saturday
■ Where: New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The barnstormers are coming to New Braunfels for an oldfashioned air show Saturday.
The 6th Annual Moonlight Fund Airshow is moving from its previous home in Seguin to New Braunfels for the first time. It will include flyovers of old military planes, aerobatics, skydivers, helicopter and balloon rides, radio-controlled model aerobatics, and for those who like to keep their feet on the ground, the fastest Chevy S- IO pickup in the world will make a pass down municipal airport’s main runway — at 380 mph.
The Moonlight Fund benefits burn victims and their families. Henry Coffeen of Seguin, an aerobatic flier who is a survivor of burns suffered in 1998 when the fuel tank of his plane ruptured, forcing him to bail out, is an organizer of the event, which until now took place at Huber Air Park in Seguin.
“We’ve kind of outgrown our venue,” Coffeen said. “The city of New Braunfels was
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4B board agrees to help fund GED, English classes on West side
By Leigh Jones
The Industrial Development Corp. (4B) board approved giving $25,000 to the Institute for Public Health and Education Research Thursday.
HPI IER Executive Director Carlos Campos told board members the money would be used to help remodel newly purchased property on South Krueger Avenue to accommodate expanded GED and English as a Second Language classes.
“We expect to double our classes in 2006,” he said. “We also plan to offer soft skills classes for people in our community who are enter-
“This is a great opportunity to expand services to a part of town that has been forgotten by this community."
— Jay Patrick
4B board member
ing the job market without them right now.”
Soft skills refer to business etiquette, manners, communication skills and proper attire.
Board member Jay Patrick applauded HPI lER’s efforts to benefit citizens on New Braunfels’ West side.
“This is a great opportunity to expand services to a part of town that has been forgotten by this community,” he said.
Before TIPHER can spend the funds, city council must approve the expenditure.
In other business, the board approved this year’s budget.
The new divisions provide slightly more money for quality of life projects — $155,000, instead of $100,00.
The 4B fund balance is expected to rise to $8.4 million by the end of the 2005-06 fiscal year.
Budget allocations include $7.5 million in potential expenditures.
Unlike the city ’s operating budget, the 4B board is not required to approve specific expenditures every year, giving members leeway to modify their allocations during the year.
The board also elected new officers Thursday. Matt Harrison remains the groups chairman.
Congressman Lamar Smith visits New Braunfels to thank National Guardsmen for their service.
NB man dies, passenger injured in auto accident
By Ron Maloney
LA VERNIA — A 22-year-old New Braunfels man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident south of the Wilson County City.
An official with the Floresville Department of Public Safety office reported that Brent Green was killed in the accident, which occurred on FM 775.
No other information was available. The official said the trooper investigating the accident was at the scene late Thursday.
Green was driving a Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative truck.
The passenger in the vehicle, A.J. Noriega of Seguin, was taken to Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin, where he was treated and released.
“The entire GVEC employee family is grief-stricken by this loss,” said General Manager Darren Schauer in a news release. “The heartfelt sympathy and prayers of all of us at GVEC go out to Brent’s family.”
Domestic violence survivors join forces
By Leigh Jones
The messages on the hand-painted T-shirts flapping in the Landa Park breeze Thursday belied the garments’ festive appearance.
“You’re not worth the drama and trauma in my life."
“You never (know) a person, even if it’s the one you love.”
The shirts, hung on a clothesline for the Crisis Center of Comal County’s domestic violence awareness vigil, were decorated by victims as a way to express the pain of their experiences.
Dottie Hough shook her head as she looked at the shirt hanging above her head.
In fluorescent paint, its creator had written, “Four broken arms. One broken leg. Broken spirit.”
"It fills my heart up, and it hurts,” she said, describing how the silent expressions of anguish made her feel. “What these women have gone through is overwhelming. At least these have asked for help and have survived.”
Hough was one of about 75 people who took time out of their day to attend the annual vigil and honor domestic violence victims.
The show of support was encouraging to Amanda, a young woman who shared her story of survival.
“I’m so happy to be here and that so many have shown up,” she said. “I hope someone will hear me.”
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Kristy Jonas, left, Kari Phillips, Roseanne Van Zandt and Dottie Hough view masks made by victims of domestic violence that were on display at the Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil held at Landa ParkThursday. Below, Amanda, a victim of domestic violence, receives a hug from Comal County Sheriff's Department Detective Wayne Lehman after giving an emotional speech.
In a shaky voice,
Amanda, whose last name was withheld for her protection, told the crowd about the night her husband tried to kill her.
“I was stabbed several times, and he slashed my throat,” she said. "I just prayed that I would survive, laying on the floor that night. Not a day goes by that I don’t look in the mirror at my scars and think about what happened."
Amanda ended her story by thanking the law enforcement officials who helped her.
“You guys were great," she said.
“We are all so grateful for your service.”
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