New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Tax freeze could have larger impact
By Ron Maloney
If voters enact a tax freeze for seniors, county officials learned Thursday v< Hinger voters and businesspeople will
absorb even more of the impact than previously thought.
And Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin, who has taken the point in opposing the
Groups discuss• •
opinions on Propositions 2,3
LOCAL RACES, DEBATES
W Local race heats up when residents receive letters asking for their votes on Nov. 2, reactions to letters. Pag* 5A
■ Coverage of Tuesday's debates continues with tax freeze issue.
By Ron Maloney
Proponents and opponents of the ballot propositions New Braunfels residents will vote on in this election stated their views at this week’s League of Women Voters forum.
New Braunfels neighborhood activist Betty Dunkin and Comal County l air Association director Arlon Hermes argued the pros and cons of ballot Proposition 2, which would declare the Comal County Fairgrounds park land.
Proposition 3, which would add aluminum cans to the existing ban of
See PROPOSITIONS, Page 3A
freeze, warned it could cut seriously into vital services if the county is to avoid a potential rollback election.
Under tax laws, voters can petition for a ballot to “roll
back” a tax hike if it increases the effective tax rate by more than 8 percent.
During the “comments” portion of the agenda, County Clerk Joy Streater noted heavy
voter turnout for the first three days of early voting.
“We’ve seen 4,940 voters so far — more than 800 from Garden Ridge Tuesday,” Streater said. “We’re exceed
ing 1,300 every day."
In the 2000 presidential election, turnout was heavy on the first and last day of early voting.
See FREEZE, Page 3AREMEMBERING VICTIMS
The Comal County I Public Health Department will conduct a flu vaccine clinic for seniors today at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center on Landa Street.
In Thursday’s Daily Planner section of the Ilerald-Zeitung, the age was reported incorrectly. County Nurse Karon Preiss said the clinic is
open to people age 65 and above under guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control.
Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Anyone seeking an immunization will have to show proof of residence in Comal County or the City of New Braunfels.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald Zeitung
Attendees of the candlelight vigil held by the Crisis Center of Comal County in Landa Park throw carnations into the Comal River in honor of victims of domestic violence.
Crisis Center of Comal County offers help to victims of domestic violence
Haley Lasseter holds a candle in remembrance for the 153 women who died as a result of domestic violence in 2003.
By Leigh Jones
When Trade finally decided to leave her husband, she had no place to go.
She was running from a violent situation at home, and with two young children in tow, she needed a sale haven.
“I don’t think we could have made it through without the crisis center,” Trade said. “The shelter was a very important part of getting out of the situation I had been in for 18 years.”
Trade, whose last name is being withheld for her safety, lived at the Crisis Center of Comal County with her two daughters for two months,
& Local residents hold candlelight vigil remembering those who have been victims of violence. Page 5A
hiding from her husband and living to establish a life on her own.
I Hiring her stay, she received counseling, referrals to local aid agencies, help securing a job and, most importantly, a legal advocate.
I his week, T racies divorce was finalized, and she became a “good” statistic — a woman who
See CENTER, Page 3A
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GRACE MEMORIAL CHURCH
■ Pastor: Carse
Meeting times: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday
Mission: Building lives, families and futures that honor Christ.
Grace Memorial members help comfort wounded soldiers
By Leigh Jones
livery other Saturday, Ruth Walling drives to San Antonio to visit soldiers wounded in Operations Iraqi Freedom and hnduring Freedom.
She spends all day visiting with the young men and women recovering from what are often life-altering injuries.
“The patients are bored to death,” Walling said. “We spend a lot of time listening. They miss their families. They need lo be around people.”
Not satisfied with her own efforts, Walling decided to get her church, Grace Memorial, involved.
“I saw such a need and our church didn't have a mission at that time,” she said.
Now, church members bring donations to take to the soldiers. One woman even knits an Afghan blanket every week to take to the wheelchair-bound patients.
Church members also join Walling for visits.
Pastor Richard Carse recently helped run an entertaining game of bingo.
“I was dumbstruck by the need thats there,” he said. “I was also struck with how many times I heard someone say ‘thank you.’ They are so grateful someone cares.”
The church members are not allow'ci^to share their faith with patients unless asked, hut Walling said church members had more motivation than most to volunteer their time.
“As Christians, we’re supposed to love our brothers,” she said. “Besides, we owe it to them.”
(irace Memorial Church will celebrate its fifth anniversary next Laster.
Some things, like Sunday School, are still brand new - they just started holding classes in September.
Their two services are so full today, they recently added a balcony to hold the overflow.
See CHURCH, Page 3A
Pastor Richard Carse of Grace Memorial Church sits in front of crosses given by new members. When a person or family joins the church, they donate a cross to hang on the wall.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22,2004
The Cardinals defeat the Astros 5-2 in Game 7 of NCLS championship series.
Readers sound off on election, propositions, minimum wage, donations and banjo band. Page 4A
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