New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Jerri Brum below, Ranee Castro, Donna James, Trad Brace (Monday), Jesse Diaz (Monday), Lisa Gonzalez (Monday), Dean Fischbeck, Taylor Tschoepe (6 years old Monday), Vtvan Nowotny, Felicia Lombardo, Jennifer Lombardo (Monday), Monroe Weyei (Monday), Sue Ward (Monday), Laura M. Martinez, Lucy Hartfld (Monday), Matthew Reed (IO years old Monday), George Gonzales (belated), Jesse Montanez, Jimmy Guerrero, David Guerrero, Lucy G. Rosales.
Happy anniversary to: Earl and Marie Heaton (58 years), Jesus and Lydia Hernandez (33 years), B. J. and Amanda Castilleja (one year), Lee and Gladys Warnke (50 years, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Thursday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 70s.
PaaMng a Utile out of syne? Cheek your clocks
Daylight savings time ended Saturday night, and residents should have moved their clocks back one hour, lf you forgot to change your clock before going to sleep last night, you're an hour ahead of everyone else today.
McQueeney VFD sponsors
The McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department Community Blood Drive will be 6 to p.m.Tuesday in the meeting room of the station. Everyone is encouraged to donate the gift of life. Call 625-3411 for information.
Exorcise tho to vote softy in county and CMO
Early voting for constitutional amendments and Bulverde incorporation elections began Monday and runs through Friday. Election day is set for Nov 4. This election is open to all registered voters in Coma County.
Applications to vote by mai can be accepted through Oct 28 and ballots can be mailed through Oct 28 Applications must be mailed. Only the voter may hand deliver his/her application. Voters may apply on an official application form or they can write to the county clerk s office with the following infor mation: name, address, precinct number and voter registration number, address to which ballot should mailed. Ballots can be mailed for the following reasons 65 or older, disability and out of town (ballot must be mailed to an out-of-county address).
Early voting in the Coma Independent School District bond election, which will be Nov. 8, runs through Nov 4 ; Only registered voters in CISD can cast ballots in the bond election
; O G. Wiederstein Elementary School in Cibolo will have the annual “Drug Free" parade dur • ing Red Ribbon Week, which is ; Oct. 23 through Oct 31. At 9 lam. Wednesday, all students : and staff will participate in a parade through the streets of •Cibolo.
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Sunday, October 26,1997
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Vol. 145, No. 248
CISD voters flock to polls in first two days of early voting
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer
Turnout the first two days of voting in the Comal Independent School District bond election has already surpassed the total number of early votes cast in the last bond election, and turnout in the constitutional amendment and Bulverde incorporation elections are running on track.
CISD voters will deicide the fate of a $92.185 million bond issue that calls for major expansions and renovations to existing campuses, construction of three new schools and an upgrade in technology. Early voting in the Nov. 8 election began Wednesday and runs through Nov. 4.
CISD bookkeeper Jo Schwab said 559 ballots had been cast in the first two days of voting, compared to 543 total early votes iii the 1995
bond election. She said part of the large turnout might be because several additional temporary branches were opened.
“We had them out when they had parent conferences at the schools, so it gave parents a chance to vote,” she said. “Our next total may not be as high, because we won’t have as many branches.”
Schwab said that if the pace continued, the total turnout could surpass the 1995 total of
First Lady visits MVES
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By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
The First Lady of Texas read to children and spoke to parents about the importance of reading as part of a homecoming celebration Friday at Mountain Valley Elementary.
The festivities were planned primarily to show off the completed renovations to the school’s library, but the day also served as a celebration of learning.
First Lady of Texas Laura Bush used the morning as an opportunity to stress the importance of reading. Bush, who was greeted by students performing the Mountain Valley School song. said she taught in elementary schools in Dallas, Austin and Houston before reluming to school to become a librarian, where she could focus on her favorite subject — reading. She said reading always had been a passion for her and her husband.
“George and I are both lucky to be from families that are fond of reading,” Bush said. “Some of our fondest memories of growing up involved reading."
Bush told the group of parents and educators that one in five students failed the reading portion of the TAAS test in 1995. Since then, the governor has launched a reading initiative aimed at making sure every child learns to read by the end of the third-grade, and continues to read at grade level..
“We hope every Texan will put reading first because reading is the one skill every other skill depends on,” she said.
Bush said the task of learning to read began at home. She said parents needed to encourage their children to read and spend time reading to them.
“It’s vital for children to read at least as much as they watch TV, and parents need to lead the practice of this,” she said.
Parents present said Bush’s remarks accurately reflected the importance of reading, and one said she already had made her children read rather than watch television.
Principal Hope Erickson agreed with Bush’s remarks.
“I think it’s wonderful that the governor is providing this kind of leadership, and her remarks were nght on,” Enckson said.
After her speaking to parents. Bush spent time reading a book with two groups of children. She urged the second-graders to “exercise your brain” by reading. One child proudly showed Bush the hee pizza award he earned for reading a certain number of books. Another student said his mother already made him read.
“My mom cuts the TV off,” he told Bush.
Although the students were excited about their guest, they said the best part about the morning was the book she read to them.
roughly 2,100, and could even reach record levels. She said the fact that the district was offering six regular voting sites would also help the numbers. i
“All they have to do is go to their location, because I think we have it pretty well distributed,” she said.
Turn to Voting, Page 3A
S.A. eyes Bulverde
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Bulverde residents could find themselves with San Antonio breathing down their necks at the new year if efforts to incorporate fail.
When the city of San Antonio officially annexes the Stone Oak subdivision on U.S. 281 Dec. 31, San Antonio’s extra territorial jurisdiction will extend further into the Bulverde area, Bulverde resident Bob Barton said.
Once Stone Oak is in the city limits of San Antonio, Barton said San Antonio's ETJ would be expanded another 5 miles toward Bulverde. Currently, San Antonio's ETJ line touches Bulverde Road along Cibolo Creek in Comal County, west of U.S. 281.
The law allows for a maximum ETJ of 5 miles
or cities of San Antonio’s size.
Barton said if residents in the Bulverde area voted down incorporation on Nov. 4, San Antonio’s ETJ line would get even closer to the heart of Bulverde.
“The ETJ line would be located on Bulverde Lane south of Bulverde Road,” Barton said.
The expanded ETJ would include the Bulverde Air Park and would literally be only a few feet away from downtown Bulverde. Using estimates from San Antonio city planners. Barton said the ETJ line would be only about 576 feet from the intersection of Bulverde Lane and Bulverde Road.
“If we are to incorporate, at that poult of tune, the airport is in our limits,” Barton said. “Tim means San Antonio’s ETJ could not enter into the city limits of an incorporated area. One ETJ can’t include the ETJ or an incorporated area of another city.”
Voters in three sections of Bulverde will choose Nov. 4 whether to incorporate into three separate cities: Bulverde South (Bulverde Hills, Bulverde Air Park), Bulverde North (Bulverde Estates) and Bulverde East (Oak Village North).
lf all three areas vote to incorporate, organizers for incorporation say they want to consolidate all three areas into one city.
Barton said San Antonio also might decide to annex a 1,000-foot strip on the east side of Camp Bulbs near Blanco Road.
lf that happened and Bulverde was not incorporated, San Antonio’s ETJ could even expand further north. Barton said.
Barton said by estimating and measuring points on a map, San Antonio’s ETJ could then take in ab of Bulverde Hills, half of Bulverde Estates, Ammann Road, Leroy Sc heel Road and to Texas 46 West
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Jury selection begins for man accused in Spring Branch murders
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Jury selection starts Monday in the capital murder trial of a 56-ycar-old San Antonio man accused of killing two Comal County residents last March.
John Charks Naef, of San Antonio, was indicted more than a year ago on charges of murdering two Spring Branch residents, Patrick Lamb, 44, and Kelly Dougherty, 33. Naef pled not guilty and now faces life in prison if a Comal County jury convicts him.
Potential jurors will fill the courtroom Monday to begin the selection process. Comal Comity Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldnp said he would not seek the death penalty in the case because it would be difficult to prove Naef would continue to be a threat to society ~ die key compone*^
to obtaining a death penalty sentence.
Instead, Waldnp will seek a possible sentence of life in prison, because it would require a minimum of 35 years imprisonment before being eligible for parole.
Waldnp said the decision not to seek the death penalty would speed up the jury selection process, lie said seating a jury would probably take most of Monday.
“If I was asking for the death penalty, it would take two or three weeks,” Waldnp said.
Once a jury has been chosen, opening arguments will begin.
The case originally was supposed to gp to trial last month, but an injury to a key witness delayed the proceedings. Waldnp said the prosecution had a strong case, and was ready to move forward with the trial.
“Nothing's ever a given, but I wouldn’t be taking this to tnal if I personally didn’t believe beyond a rea-sonabie doubt that he’s guilty,” Waldrip said.
Nacfs attorney Jim Pape said jury selection should wrap up Monday, and evidence could be presented as early as Tuesday. However, because of confidentiality issues, Pipe said the only thing he could say about the case was that “Mr. Naef has always maintained his innocence.”
Naef was arrested initially for unlawful possession of two firearms and possession of marijuana and methamphet-atnines after driving to the scene March 28 when sheriffs deputies discovered the two bodies.
A friend of the victims led deputies to Lamb’s residence, 28851 F$rm-to-Tum to Natl, Page 3A
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Organa on Saturday. The festival wM continue today in front of BuckHome Depot opensin New Braunfels on Thursday — Page 6A; Molly, Cal square off — Page 4A