New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28,2005:RALD-ZEITUNG
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3BNB Guard offers help in Beaumont, Lufkin
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels National Guardsmen are continuing their service in Beaumont and Lufkin in the wake of I lurricane Ritas devastation.
Members of the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery Army National Guard unit based in New Braunfels were recalled from
their service in New Orleans last week in preparation for Rita’s landfall.
Once the hurricane hit Saturday, they convoyed to the Texas coast to help with initial search and rescue missions.
The servicemen were busy Tuesday helping to deliver food, water and ice to the remaining victims, who are still without nin-
ning water or electricity.
Sgt. 1st Class Eusebio Perez took a group of 30 men to lAilkin, just north of Beaumont, Sunday to assist relief efforts in tile rural community.
“We’re working under die (Federal Emergency Management Agency) at a Brookshire Brothers warehouse,” he told the Her-ald-Zeitung Tuesday. “We’re in
charge of handing out rations.” Texas National Guard Public Affairs officer Major Paul Pecnea said he did not know how long the unit would remain on duty.
“We’ll be here until the mission is done,” he said. “It may be two days. It may be two months. We just don’t know.”
But Perez said he had heard rumors of a possible trip back to
New Braunfels by the end of the week.
The unit left home Sept. 2 with a convoy of 60 vehicles and 150 soldiers bound for New Orleans, where they provided security at several locations, maintained the motor pool and worked to feed the guardsmen.
They have not seen their families for almost a month.
Sgt. 1st Class Eusebio Perez
De Walt waives arraignment on charge of kidnapping
By Ron Maloney
Hie woman who fled to Mexico rather than surrender her son to her ex-husband at the conclusion of a 2002 custody trial waived arraignment Tuesday on kidnapping charges.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip said DeWalt’s attorneys, john Phil Watkins and David Will-born of San Antonio, waived arraignment Tuesday before 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel. A pretrial hearing has been set for Oct. 13.
The penalty upon conviction on the kidnapping or hindering apprehension charges is two to IO vears in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Interfering with child custody
See DeWALT, Page 6A
Suzanne De Wa It
The Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library hast annual used book sale.
Council sets $26.8 million budget
By Leigh Jones
City council unanimously approved a $26.8 million general fund budget for the 2005-06 fiscal year and set the tax rate at 42.5 cents per $100 v aluation Tuesday.
The rate is 2.3 cents lower than it was last year, giving average homeowners a $14 break on this year's tax hills.
Thanks to rising property values, the lower rate will bring in enough money to pay for additional police and firefighters.
The new funds also will make it possible to keep the New Braunfels Public Library open on Sundays.
Although council held two public hearings to discuss the budget and tax rate, only three people bothered to address council members.
The budget will include money for the following positions:
■ six police officers and a patrol clerk;
■ one municipal court clerk:
■ sue new firefighters:
■ one light equipment operator;
■ one animal control officer;
■ two Parks Department laborers; and
■ one Public Works laborer.
TEACHING LIFE LESSONS
Making a difference one child at a time
Bureaucracy slows down aid to some Texas communities
By Abe Levy
Associated Press Writer
PORT ARTHUR—With promises of state and federal relief unanswered four days after Hurricane Rita, residents of this hard-hit Gulf Coast community blame bureaucracy as they cope without power, fuel, water or sewers.
Request for paperwork greet pleas for state and federal relief, said John Owens, the city’s emergency management coordinator and deputy police chief. “How can we get paperwork to you when we don’t have electricity?” he asked Tuesday.
“We’ve had 101 promises” for aid, “but it’s all bureaucracy.”
— Oscar Ortiz
Port Arthur mayor
Food, gas and generator donations from private industries, not the government, allowed the city to sustain itself, Owens said. TWo tanks of diesel fuel and gas for emergency vehicles represent the only federal provisions, supplies that lasted six hours, he said.
“We have been living like cavemen, sleeping in cars, doing bod
ily functions outside.” he said. “And meanwhile we’re file victims, and we have families here.” Mayor Oscar Ortiz, his home destroyed by fire after the hurricane, said “we’ve had IGI promises" for aid. “but it s all bureaucracy.” Ortiz and other officials in this oil-reliant town of 57,000 — located about IO miles northwest of where Rita came ashore early Saturday — gathered at a I loliday Inn that was converted to a command center. A dirty, tom U.S. flag found amid the hurricane debris was tacked to the wall.
In Beaumont, another heavily hit area, state officials briefed Pres
ident Bush, Gov. Rick Perry at his side, on relief efforts. Perry later visited Port Arthur, and told local officials it could be up to two weeks before residents are allowed back home.
The governor cautioned people against criticizing government response time.
“There s always going to be those discombobulations, but the fact is everyone is doing everything possible to restore power back to this area,” Perry said.
The governor said 15,000 workers were on their way to Southeast
See AID, Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
Danny Cummings does not look like a typical teacher.
With his shoulder-length hair and pierced ear, he could pass for a much older version of one of his students. In fact, he is.
“I grew up pretty rebellious, so I can relate to these kids,” he said.
Cummings’ past experiences make him a perfect teacher for the Nancy Ney Charter School.
The unconventional science teacher, sporting a neck tie with a strand of colorful DNA running down its middle, and his colleagues at the alternative school were applauded for their hard work and dedication to their unique students Tuesday.
The cake, provided by the school’s board members, and the $10 gift certificates from Montana Mike’s were nice, but they could never equal the benefits the teachers get from making a difference in a student’s life.
Jessianna Diaz said she could barely read and write when she came to the charter school last year as a ninth-grader. She credits her teachers with getting her back on track to academic success.
“I used to be afraid to raise my hand in class at my other school because I didn t want to sound stupid,” she said. “These teachers are different. They’re so understanding.”
Diaz attended the appreciation event as the school board’s student representative, but she also came to express her own heartfelt thanks.
“I appreciate them so much. It s amazing the way they put up with us here,” she said. "I wish I could
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Nancy Ney Charter School math teacher Robert Wray helps Oralia "Lola" Gutierrez with her Algebra ll work at the school Tuesday afternoon. Below, English teacher Judy Hendon, left, talks with Vice-Principal Chad Murphy during a reception honoring the faculty at the school.
J Nancy Ney Charter School has 130 students ranging from fourth to 12th grade and 17 teachers and office personnel.
1 Although it is classified as an alternative campus, the students use the same state-adopted textbooks as students at regular public schools and follow a similar class-structured schedule.
* Most of its students come from Connections Individual and Family Services, local youth shelters and the Texas Youth Commission facility in Seguin.
give them something big, like $100 each.”
While he might not turn down
See TEACHERS, Page 6A