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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitijng — Tuesday, September 18, 2001Local/State Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144 ext. 220. Dispatch — Preview funds become scholarship money ►Indecent exposure In another sweep of Cypress Bend Park, police arrested a 24-year-old New Braunfels man on a charge of indecent exposure. Police reports say the man was observed in the park’s bathroom about 1:20 p.m. Friday, “doing obscene things.” He was alone in the bathroom. Police took him to the Comal County Jail, where he was booked on charges of indecent exposure, a Class B misdemeanor. No bond was listed in the police reports. The man is the fifth to be arrested at the park in the past three months on charges of lewd or obscene behavior. In earlier sweeps, police arrested three men, one of them from New Braunfels. In August, two men were arrested in the park on lewd behavior charges. ►Criminal trespass A 36-year-old New Braunfels man was arrested Sunday at the 200 block of Kowald and charged with criminal trespass, police reported. The man initially was arrested and accused of trespassing when officers discovered he allegedly was carrying a rifle and shotgun, and changed the charge to criminal trespass, officers said. He was taken to the Comal County Jail; bond was set at $1,000. >VeMde burglary Police are investigating the burglary of a car at the 600 block of North Business 35. A woman reported that her purse and some jewelry were stolen from a 1977 Lincoln. The jewelry is estimated at $1,200, and the contents of her purse were estimated at $70. The theft took place between 4 and 6 p.m. Friday. Police reported no forced entry into the car. ►Vehicle burglary A man arrived at the New Braunfels Police Department Friday to report a theft from his truck. He said a television was stolen from his 1997 Tbyota. The television is valued at $1,200. Police are still investigating the burglary. Meetings — SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL — regular meeting, 7 p.m. today, council chambers, Municipal Chambers, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. COMAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — 7 p.m. today, Canyon High School. NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — 7 p.m. today, The Education Center, 430 West Mill. GUADALUPE-BLANCO RIVER AUTHORITY — board of directors meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 933 East Court Street, Seguin. NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE/IMPROVEMENT CORPORATION — regular meeting, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Municipal Building, Conference Room A. MARION INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — board of trustees meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Marion Careers Academy, 214 Huebinger St., Marion. WATER ORIENTED RECREATION DISTRICT — 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Farm to Market Road 2673, Sattler. NEW BRAUNFELS RIVER ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE — regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Municipal Building, conference room B. COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Commissioners’ Courtroom, Comal County Courthouse. Special to the Herald-Zeitung A scholarship fund for the children of New York City uniform people who lost their fives while performing rescue duties will be the beneficiary of the Business Trade Show Sneak Preview tickets, local chamber officials announced Friday. “The American Chamber of Commerce executives sent out three options for chambers around the country to consider, and of the three, we felt that the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, where so many police and firefighters five, would be the most appropriate,” Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said. The chamber’s 13th edition of its Business Trade Show Sneak Preview night was cancelled on Sept. ll. The chamber offered refunds to those ticket holders or an option to donate the monies to a designated disaster relief fund. In addition, the chamber organized a blood drive with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center that was held in the civic center parking lot on Wednesday. Nearly 500 tickets were handed out to donors by I p.m. Thirteen hours later, 152 pints had been gathered, setting an unofficial record for Comal County in a single day by one unit truck. City raises $17,830 for NYC rescuers From Staff Repor ts The city of New Braunfels organized a donation drive for families of firefighters and police officers who died trying to rescue thousands of office workers at the World Trade Center. And the people in New Braunfels responded — with well wishes on a banner that will be sent to the mayor’s office and with donations. People arriving at the Main Plaza Saturday dug deep into their pockets and stuffed change, checks and dollar bills into the firefighter’s boot held at each of the streets. By the end of the five hours, the city raised $17,829.73 to send to the city of New York. “I can’t say thank you enough,” Councilwoman Debbie Flume said. “I had no idea that we would get anywhere near that sum of money. I want to say thank you to each and every person that donated.” City Finance Officer Chet Lewis said the city would send the money and the banner to New York City, to help the families of the firefighters, police officers and other rescue workers who died trying to save fives at the World Trade Center. Display of patriotism By dawn’s early light, Chaplain Bill Alldaffer of Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post 35 posts one of more than 50 American flags Sunday on the Main Plaza. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Chamber takes higher education plan to 4B board CONGRESSMAN/From 1A federal wire tapping, security and immigration laws. “As a member of the immigration committee and the crime subcommittee, I’ll be in the thick of it,” Smith said. “I think it’s important to act responsibly and change the laws to make it easier to find, apprehend and punish terrorists.” Some of the key components of President George W. Bush’s plans are to make it easier to obtain a wire tap of phone and Internet fines, increase border security and immigration and increase the powers of customs officials. Smith chatted with constituents in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Austin Monday, addressing concerns about the safety of air travel and the need to bring terrorists to a “reckoning.” “I like that word,” he said. “We’re not after revenge; we’re after a reckoning. And the war to find these people won’t be over quickly. It will be a sustained effort to ferret them out, drag them from their holes.” For Smith, the shock of a series of terrorist attacks on the United States started early on Sept. ll, as he was driving to his office in the Rayburn Building. As he passed the Pentagon, he heard a noise and noticed smoke billowing from the military headquarters. “I thought it was odd to have a fire at the Pentagon,” he said. “And the smoke was darker, much darker than in a house fire. But I didn’t connect it to the World Trade Center until I went to the parking garage.” The garage security stopped Smith, telling him, ‘They’ve hit the Pentagon.” “I said, ‘I was just there,” Smith said. Thursday brought the resolution to allow President Bush to retaliate and use “all necessary force” to locate the terrorists and bring them to justice, Smith said. And here, he said, he was disappointed in some of his fellow Congressmen’s responses. “I think we should have given him all necessary power to act against any terrorist group,” he said. “But the compromise was to give him power only to act against this particular group. I was disappointed in people who didn’t give him all he wanted and needed.” The country’s response will be varied, he said. “I think it will take several ways,” he said. “We’ll attack militarily; v/e’ll attack through economic sanctions and we’ll have air strikes to destroy the means terrorists use.” By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce plans to ask the Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation to give its stamp of approval to a plan for higher education facilities in New Braunfels. The chamber isn’t necessarily asking for funding at this point, President Michael Meek said. But it does need approval of the plan from New Braunfels City Council before Oct. I. Asking the 4B Board to approve the plan is one step toward passing the plan to council. “Mainly what we want at this point is their approval,” Meek said. “We have to have a pre-application into the EDA (Economic Development Administration) by Oct. I. So we want them to encourage the city council to approve it.” Meek said he went to the Seguin 4A Board this past week and received unanimous approval for the project. The education facility will be at the New Braunfels Airport in Guadalupe County and could benefit students from both Comal and Guadalupe counties. According to information from the chamber’s Higher Education Task Force, the planned center could serve 800 to 1,200 students in its first year. Once the process starts, Meek said the chamber will ask for matching funds from Meeting ■ WHO: New Braunfels Infrastructure/Improvements Corporation ■ WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday ■ WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room the 4B Board, but that process might take six or eight months. He plans to provide suggestions for funding the program at that time, he said. At least one council member has questions about the chamber’s plans to develop a post-secondary vocational education center based at the New Braunfels Airport. Councilwoman Debbie Flume said she believed the community should focus on high school education before the city expands to a higher education center. “We’ve really dropped the ball for these kids,” she said. “I need more information before I could discuss their proposal, but I am concerned about education at the high school and think we need to fix those problems before we branch out.” Meek bases the need for a post-secondary facility on a Claris study commissioned by the chamber. The $60,000 study showed that nearly half of high school graduates in New Braunfels don’t have college degrees, and 75 percent of employers said the area did not have a qualified workforce. 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