New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ai^er at hilingnal flier
Mailbox leaflet implies Hispanics will lose jobs if they cast votes against ban
By Oalondo Moultrie
The flier she found in her mailbox Tuesday reeked of rac ism and angc'red her, a New Braunfels woman said.
"1 was livid," said Maria Gon-z.ik's, who lives on Katy Street on the (ify's west side.
The flier is a doubkH-l-sidc'd, fold ed, 11-hy 1 S inc h [)aper.
One side shows sample ballots explaining in English and S[)anisti how to vote against New Braunfels' pro )osed ban of disposabk' food anf beverage containers on the city's waterways. The other side lists, again in both languages, reasons why voters should shoot down the ban.
('lonzak'S said th(' flier suggested that if the ban proposal passes,
7,000 jobs will be lost in New Braunfels. It went on to say Spanish sf)eakers will be the ones to suffer those )ob losses.
It says, in Spanish, the race most affec t(‘d will be the Hispanics.
"That's what upset me," Gonzales said. "It seems like it v^as scare tattii s against my people."
Beyond being offensive to Gon-zalt's, the literature was illegally
delivered, said Marion Williams, an insp'c tor with th(' United State's F\)sta Inspection Servic('. Only postal emplf)yees are allowed to )ut anything in a residi'ntial mailbox, Williams said.
"Not c‘veryb(Kly reali/is that you can't do that," she said. "[’('<)|)le don't understanrl that's a violation
See MAIL. Page 9A
NBUwiU request rate hike next month
To get 1st reading before NB city council Nov. 14
Ft!),n statl reports
New HiaunteK I tilnies' request tnr a ?-p<'r( ent hike in wastewater rates is sched-uled to go betöre New Braunfels ( ity (Ouncil for
first r('ading on Nov. !4 and a second and final reading on Nov. 28, NBU (om-nuinications Managc'r (irctchen Keuwer said Fri (lav.
!l approved, thf fu*vv rates would b(‘( ome I'tttx tive |an. 1.
The new wastewater rates would raise b\ about 82 (ents the monthiv utility bill ot the average residential customer using 4,f)00 gallons ot vv.istewater [>er month, ac ( ording to information providerl bv NBU.
But c*ven with the i-[)er-ci'nt hike, NBU's combined domestic water and sewer rates would still remain ap )roximately 20 percent bc' ow the .iver.ige for area communitic's, according to NBU. Wastc'watc'r rates considered singly would be about 1.8 percent, or SO cents, more than the area avc'rage.
More* w'ljstewater r<ite hike's are .inticipatc'd.
NBU c'xpects it will nc'c'd to approac h counc il in c'ach ot the next four yc'ars to st'c'k additional 7-percent hikes CMC h year, Reuwc'r said. But the' munic ipal utility will be re-evaluating that anticipat-C‘(l 7-percc‘nt figure' year by year, she- said.
The hike's are nc'edc'd to fund $79 million in ca )ital improvements nc't'dec tor NBU's wastewater service's.
NBU said it is facing wastewater [)lants whic h .ire ncMring permittc'cl ca[)acity.
See HIKE, Page 9A
HALLOWEEN CABLE APPEARANCE SET
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Courtney Honer, 15. left, holds a tarantula as her brother Erik, 12. passes their mom, Jill, a snake inside their home on Sept 29. The homeschoolers run ‘Not So Creepy Critters." a business that includes more than 200 tarantulas, nine snakes, eight geckos, three bearded dragons and a skink, as well as roaches and scorpions.
Home-schooled siblings’ business to air nationally
By Betty Taytor
Courtney and Erik Honer can't w'ait to see how the national celebrities in their household tare when they make their debut on the "The Rosie Show" on the OWN TV Network at 6 p.m. on Monday, Halloween.
Of course, (ourtney and tirik, are national celebrities as well. They made the television appc'ar-ance alongside their pets a bearded dragon named Douglas, a gray-banded kingsnake namc'd Boo, peppered roaches, emperor scorpions and the star — a large, hairy tarantula named Drew tnamc'cl after Nancy Drew).
Courtney, 15, and I rik, 12, are the owners of Not So Oc^'py ( rit-ters, a business they started bi'cause of their love lor (not so) creepy, crawly critters. That business includes about 200 tarantulas, as well as snakes, Madagascar
Courtney Honer, 15, holds Clementine, her albino milk snake, inside her bedroom on Sept. 29. Clementine is among nine snakes owned by the Honer family.
hissing roachc'S, a varietv of scorpions and geckos, and a blue-tongued skink.
"The blue-tongued skink didn't make it onto the' show, because tht're just wasn't enough room on
the table," said mom jill Honer.
Erik said the crc'w did well on the trip to the C hicago studios, where the show' was tilmeel on
See SHOW, Page 9A
Predatory fears at CISD school unfoundec
By Dalondo Moultrie
Parents of students at a Comal ISD elementary sthcK)l, concerne'd about an e'mail blasted to them Thursday e'xplaining there was a ()redator on the loose, ne-ed not fc'ar. It was a misunderstanding, a district s[)okeswoman said.
"The situation at Sf)echt Elemc'n-
tary was in fact a false alarm/' said julie Jerome, Comal ISD's communications coordinator.
jerome said two Sptniht Elementary students walking home Thursday reportc'd that a man in a blue' truck approachc'd them. The students were so frightened that they ran back to schcx)l and told adults what they thought happened.
She said Specht principal Jacf^ueline Suncit tired off the email informing parents about the incident.
"1 would like ycju to know about an incident that occurred today around 4 p.m.," it read. "Two of our students were a()[)roac hed by a man in a royal blue two-door
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)ickup truck as they vve^re walking lome from school. The students did not get into the vehicle and did the right thing in running bac k to school."
Suncit said school personnel immediately filed a report with the Bexar County Sheriff's Offic e.
See ALARM, Page 9A
LANCE vs. THE RANGERS
Canyon High School grad Lance Bericman was playing out his dream Friday, as his St. Louis Cardinals faced the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World Series. Page IB
NOV 8 ELECnON
Numbers of early voters up
So far, 3,182 voters have cast ballots in advance
By Dalondo Moultrie
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1hc‘ numlx'rs ot carK \ot-crs lor th(' No\ H t'Ien tu »d in New Br.uinl(*|s ( ¡ntiniK !o rise, a \('W' Br.iunic'ls ( !■ ■; lion ottK i<tl s.ikI
"We had \ !od,i\ that is a high nunibcr," <'ar l\ voting ('l('c ti( >n |udgf Ber ni( e Mirtini saie I Lite I n (l,i\.
Ke'sidcnts ,ire ( asting bai lots in \(‘w Br.uintels on tli(' e it\ < ()unc iT'' ban ( it :lis-posable- iood .mil bcvci.ige* ( ontaintTs on lh<' ( oinal ,111(1 (iu.ulalupc rive'rs vvith in c itv bordc'rs. Cit\ resi df'nts. me iuding those living in (luadaluf)e ( oiintv w ho w,int to vote* t-ai K, n(‘('d to do so at ihf' ( itv's e'arlv-voting poll lo( ation, whic h is the' ( onial ( ounts I lec tion ( c'ntei in I aii-:la Pla/a, M'l I ancia Stu'e t.
Nc'xt week. c.irK voting ,it the I Ic'ction ( I'nti'r will bc 8 a.ni. to 4; 50 p.tii. Monday thiough Wcdnrsilav; and troin 7 a.m. !o 7 p.m. rliurs(la\ <ind I ri(la\.
Einnell Hinojosa, ( omal ( ount\ elec tions coordinator, said i 182 ballots v\t're c list in Nc’W BiiUinfels as ot 4:50 p.m. Eridav. She* said 2,41 S c ount> voters c.ist ballots in proposee
)erson on the 10 c oiistitutional
See VOTE, Page 9A
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