New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SEPTEMBER 18, 2005
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3ENBISD policy change would silence trustees
By Bon Maloney
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees Monday will consider changes in the board’s operating policy that would prohibit any board member other than board president from discussing an issue with public media prior to a vote.
District officials and a Texas
Association of School Boards consultant defended the proposal, saying it is in keeping with the way most public boards do business and ensures the board follows the spirit of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
But according to an attorney for the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation, the policy restricts a board member’s rights to free speech and curtails th e
■Telling trustees not to talk about issues take the public out of public education, see Page 4A
public’s ability to assertain a board member’s position until a vote is cast.
NBISD board policy would impose restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, for news media to inform the public
of all sides of an upcoming issue by prohibiting board members from engaging in any discussion of issues in advance, and directing all members to defer requests for interviews or comments to the board president or superintendent of schools.
The NBISD board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the board room of the New Braunfels Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
Under Section 8 of the policy, “Communications,” NBISD board members may not speak in “official’’ capacity outside the boardroom.
But the proposed new wording in the policy to be considered Monday could squelches “unofficial" comment in the sense that board members would be
See POLICY, Page 8A
Trustee Lee Edwards
By Ron Maloney
It takes poise to be a rodeo queen, and Grace Jemela had enough to go around Saturday when her quarter horse, “Sugar,” was a little less than cooperative during the riding part of the competition.
lemela, 14, a New Braunfels High School freshman, is the daughter of Don Jemela and loan Nemec. Her stepfather is Jeff Nemec, and all three parents watched Saturday as she was crowned 2005 Comal County Fair Rodeo Queen.
“Don’t cry!” someone called as the silver crown was placed over Jemela’s black hat, which was pulled over eyes gone misty in spite of her smile.
“It’s OK,” her mother called up to
FAIR QUEEN CONTEST
■The Comal County Fair Queen will be crowned after a competition between 19 girls tonight. The competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Canyon High School.
her. “I’m crying, too.”
Jemela took the obligatory photos with her court and the other contestants and accepted hugs from her family before taking just a moment to talk on die telephone with her grandmother before doing an interview.
Don Jemela said he was “excited beyond words.”
“I’m very proud of my daughter,” he said. “Shes worked very hard. I’m proud of her work, her good sportsmanship and her determination.”
Jeff Nemec couldn’t say enough. “I’m excited.” he exclaimed.
Her mother was similarly proud. “She worked very, very hard with a lot of detennination and pride,” Nemec said. “I think being named ‘Miss Congeniality’ says an awful lot. She’s been a real team player.” Jemela thanked her grandmother for her good wishes and clicked off the phone.
“Miss Congeniality" is the award given by the contestants themselves.
“I was kind of surprised about Miss Congeniality, ”
See QUEEN, Page 12A
Special sauces, talking trash pay off with exquisite barbecue
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Dennis Williams with the Firefighters Association Local 3845 gets brisket ready to be taken to the judges for the barbecue cookoff Saturday afternoon at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
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By Ron Maloney
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, the saying goes.
Probably nobody can stand heat like a firefighter, and New Braunfels Fire Department Engineer Dennis Williams and Battalion Chief Steve Mabe had a smokin’ good time Saturday at the Comal County Fair Association’s second annual barbecue cookoff.
Everybody knows or should know that few men who don’t work as professional chefs can cook like a Firefighters, who, every third day of his life, must fend for himself in the fire station kitchen.
Everyone should also know that when it comes to trash talking, few can stand their own against a firefighter — partic
ularly an engineer or a chief, who has spent a little longer in the firehouse than most lesser men.
If Mabe and Williams felt the pressure Saturday of defending the honor of firefighters everywhere against the 40 or 50 teams that participated in the cookoff, they didn’t let on.
They were set up right beside fellow New Braunfels team, “Gitchasum BBQ,” and veteran cooks Brian Jones, Albert Hanel and Doug Kunkel, whose culinary specialty is probably most politely described as “bull.”
At least, that’s what the firefighters said.
“We do four cookoffs a year,” Jones said, tossing a derisive sneer at Williams, who, unimpressed, chewed on his cigar, sprinkled a little barbecue sauce on his fajita meat and
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It was aged IO years, had a dark, smoky color and the taste of the oak barrel it was aged in. This reporter can attest to its superior, smooooth taste.
“Its brutal out here,” Williams said, taking a second sip and shaking his head before handing over a piece of his fajita meat for a pre-judging inspection by the news media. “The ragging just goes on non-stop.”
The contest was based on beans, brisket, ribs and fajita meat, and Williams, no question, had some very good food.
The fajita meat was tender and the outside of it had a tang Uiat would have made Rudy’s proud. The sauce Williams used started, in fact, with a little Rudy's — and not die sissy stuff,
See BARBECUE, Page 7A
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CISD trustees could call $189 million bond election
By David Rupkalvis
The Comal Indepen- j a a GLANCE dent School District j ■What: Comal Board of Trustees is : ISD Board of expected to approve a j Trustees meeting bond issue Monday that : * When: 6 p.m.,
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with rapid growth.
With the district growing at a rate of 700 new students per year. the equivalent of a new elementary school each year, the district is working to get the funding for new schools before the influx of students creates drastic problems.
CISD Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said 700 new students entered
See BOND Page 3A
Stephens announces re-election plans
By Ron Maloney
County Court-at-Law 2 Judge Charles Stephens II announced Saturday he would he a candidate for a full term on the bench in next year's general election.
Stephens, 47, was appointed to the county’s second court-at-law Jan. I. 2004 and then Judge Charles won election to a two- Stephens year term. The 2006 election will put his office on the same calendar as the state’s other county’ courts.
“This job is everything i thought it would be and more,” Stephens said. “I love working with the people who are here, and I want to keep doing it as long as the voters let me.”
Roxlyn Krueger is Stephens’ campaign treasurer.
See STEPHENS Page 3A
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Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Last year's Rodeo Duchess Samantha Owens, left, places a sash on 2005 Rodeo Queen Grace Jemela Saturday afternoon at the Comal County Fairgrounds. Left, Jamela rides her horse, Sugar, in front of the judges.
Jemela overcomes temperamental horse to claim rodeo crown
A new queen
The Comal County Fair Queen is crowned atter a competition between 19 contestants.