New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Michael Meek of the chamber of commerce writes to clear up misinformation on Proposition 2. Page 4A
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By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — Bulverde and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority have enjoyed a very good week in state and federal courts.
The 250th Judicial District Court in Travis County Thursday upheld the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s final order approving Bulverde^ state application to build a municipal water system with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
Judge Darlene Byrne also denied a motion that TCEQ be required to rehear Bexar Metropolitan Water District’s competing — and disallowed — application to provide water to western Bulverde.
Bulverde and GBRA argued that for BexarMet to expand into Bulverde would be exceeding its service limits designated by the Texas Legislature.
Mayor Bill Cole praised the ruling against BexarMet, which sought to challenge a state-issued “certificate of convenience and need” for Bulverde to establish and manage its own water district — with construction and management help from GBRA.
“The ruling basically affirms our CCN,” Cole said Friday. “The City of Bulverde is ecstatic. We’ve fought very
Chapa appointed to full term on board
By Ron Maloney
SAN ANTONIO — Former New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. has been appointed by acclamation to a full term on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of trustees.
The board Tuesday unanimously voted Chapa to a full term because he was unopposed in his bid to remain as District 8 director (New Braunfels and Comal County.)
Chapa was one of five unopposed candidates from single-member districts appointed. The others were Bonnie Conner, Levi Jackson III (Bexar County), Kenneth Barnes (Hays County) and Hunter Schuehle (Medina County). In addition, Joe Parker was appointed to fill the Uvalde County position that opened in July.
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STRIKE UP THE BAND
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Parade marshals Walter and Carolyn Schulle wave to parade watchers during the 111th Comal County Fair Parade. (Top) Many residents got into the action as they participated in the parade. A total of 185 entries were registered.
10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Adults (12 & Over) $3 Children (6 -11 yrs) $1 Under 6 yrs. FREE SUNDAY
11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Adults (12 St Over)
Children (6-11 yrs)
Under 6 yrs. FREE
After 6 p.m. FREE
FAIRGROUNDS PARKING: $5
Free parking and shuttle is available tonight from Schlitterbahn s Surfenburg on Union Avenue. Shuttle bus service schedule:
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Heart of America Shows 2004 Saturday
Open 6 p.m. to midnight
Arm Bands (6 to 11 p.m.) $16
Shade hot property during annual county fair parade
New Braunfels High School Marine JROTC.
The Canyon High School Cougar marching band.
By Leigh Jones
Shade was a hot commodity Friday morning as crowds packed the sides of San Antonio Street and waited patiently for the 2004 Comal County Fair Parade to start.
“Scouts” arrived early to stake out the best, and coolest, spots.
More than an hour before the first fire truck crawled slowly down the route, lo Ann Brown was setting up rows of chairs for 65 members of the New Braunfels High School class of 1954.
“We were going to be on a float, but we decided people would rather watch than ride," she said.
Brown’s classmates waved as the F air and Rodeo queens rode by, perched on the back of convertibles, and they clapped politely for the
Canyon I Ugh School Band.
But when the NBHS football team cruised by. accompanied by pounding rap music, they stood to their feet.
“The music is quite a bit different now than when we were in school,’’ said Glenn Timmerman.
Musical taste among teenagers was not the only difference Timmerman noticed.
“The parade would have been over within 15 minutes back then," he said.
Instead of watching for a quarter hour, the crowds were entertained for more than two hours.
They cheered for the clown, Leon Coffee, and laughed at the antics of a group of unicyclers. lust about everyone on the sidelines had someone special on one of the floats to wave to.
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Child Advocacy Board awarded state grant for director
By Ron Maloney
Comal County took a giant step this week toward creating a program to integrate treatment of child abuse victims with investigation and prosecution.
The local Child Advocacy Board Wednesday was awarded a $32,000 state “start up” grant that will enable it to hire an executive director for a children’s advocacy center and begin the search for a facility.
A children’s advocacy center is designed to ald victims of sexual, physical or emotional abuse by consolidating interviews by helping professionals, counselors,
investigators and prosecutors into one place at one time — in a non-threatening, “child-friendly” environment.
The benefits include better assessing victims’ needs, reducing the need for a child to recount — and relive — abuse and streamlined prosecution of abusers.
The grant award comes at a time when another group including law enforcement, counselors and officials at McKenna Memorial Hospital are working to bring to Comal County a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program.
SANE nurses, as they are known, are the first link in the investigation of an alleged sexual assault. They examine vic
tims and collect evidence to be used in prosecuting their attacker.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip is involved in both efforts. Chairman of the Child Advocacy Board, Waldrip said lilt* CAC would be a huge benefit to abuse victims.
“One of the problems in these cases is a child has to be interviewed again and again. The doctor needs to talk to them; the police need to talk to them; CPS needs to talk to them; my staff needs to talk to them.... We’re just asking them to relive a terrible situation again and again,” Waldrip said. “A goal of this facility would be to
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HOWTO HELP ■ The Comal County Children's Advocacy Center is seeking an executive director, volunteers, office space, a facility and donations. Log on to
comalcac.org and click on the “comments" button and follow the instructions.