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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas RIXED ftC't 781 MOI 1000571 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST MCROPUBLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 !!mlitlnli!iillimi)lui!ill SPORTS FOOTBALL New Braunfels coach Rick Rhoades assesses the state of his Unicorns halfway through the season. Pages 5A THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 200A^Wrald-Zeitung *110 rn COUPON FREE PASS Fiesta Shrine Circus offers a free pass for children and a buy one, get one free adult pass. Page 2B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol. 153, No. 276 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK b 50c '56825 00001' SF ■ Partly cloudy High Low 89 69 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 4B CISD to seek advice in wreck suit By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees will seek legal advice tonight regarding a lawsuit filed by a former employee. Last year, Kay Klock filed suit over circumstances surrounding a fatal accident in 2002 that killed her stepdaughter, Kayla. The jury triad is scheduled to begin Jan. IO. The accident occurred on FM 2673 when a CISD school bus rear-ended Klock’s Nissan Quest minivan on the way to school the morning of Nov. 14. Mark Einfalt, a lawyer for the firm representing Klock, said his client was seeking unspecified damages from CISD as well as Nissan North America Inc. and Ricky Lee Spriggs, the bus driver. Although the trial is supposed start in less than four months, an out of court settlement is still possible. “It is not possible to know if it will go to trial,” Einfalt said. If the matter is decided out of court or if the jury finds in See LAWSUITS, Page 2A AT A GLANCE ■ What: Comal Independent School District school board meeting I When: 6 p.m. tonight H Where: Specht Elementary School High school students prepare to vote for first time IOT 2004 Barfy voting B Early voting begins Oct. 18 and runs Monday through Friday until Oct. 29 at: 1) NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2)The Comal County Courthouse, 150 N. Seguin Ave., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. One early voting Saturday is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill S. Unction Day ■ On Election Day, Nov. 2, each district will have one voting location: District 2 is at Lakeside Baptist Church, 2719 FM 725. District 4 is at Lamar Primary School, 240 N. Central. Mail-in Ballots B Mail-in ballots must be returned to the NBISD Education Center by Oct. 26. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels High School senior Bonnie McGlothlin has big plans tonight. She is not going on a date or meeting friends for a movie. McGlothlin has cleared her schedule for an educational experience — watching the first presidential debate of the 2004 election. “I want to know the truth about the issues,” she said. “I have pretty much made up my mind who I’m going to vote for, but I still want to heal what each candidate has to say.” McGlothlin and fellow NBHS student council members Angelica Delacerda and Evan Powell are preparing to participate for the first time in the American democratic process. Unlike the 40 percent of voters who did not cast votes in the last presidential election, they are excited to be a part of the process. “We fought to be a democracy so we could vote and now people don’t,” McGlothlin said. “I don’t understand that." Every election cycle has its round of “get out the vote” ini- DONT MISS What: The first of three presidential debates When: 8 p.m. tonight Where: Network and cable television tiatives, but this year is special. This is the first presidential election to include the generation that came of age with the Sept. ll, 2001, terror attacks. “Hip” initiatives like Rock the Vote and MTV’s Choose or Lose campaign are bombarding America’s youth with a slew of entertainers assuring teens it is cool to have a say at the ballot box. McGlothlin, Delacerda and Powell all plan to cast their votes on Election Day, and they are encouraging their elders to do the same. Using Freedom’s Answer, a program endorsed by the National Association of Student Councils, the young voters are making announcements, handing out flyers and getting people to sign pledge cards, promising to vote. Pledging is a serious commitment — students will use the list to make phone calls on Election Day eve to remind voters about the big day. Because not all first-time voters are as informed as they should be about the issues, Sponsor Julie Estes and council members have created an informative newsletter called the Stall Street journal. They leave it in the school’s bathroom stalls to appeal to a captive audience. Powell, who plans to join the Marines after he graduates, said he believed the election would be decided by one issue: the war on terror. “That is the one issue that will decide what will happen to us in the future, whether we will have more attacks here in America," he said. All three students said the terror attacks, which happened during their freshman year of high school, and the subsequent awareness of America’s vulnerability were defining the nation’s future. Their goal is to make sure they are not the only ones who see the importance of voting. “We hope people who see how much it’s impacted us will want to vote themselves,” he said. Monday final day to register to vote in Nov. 2 election Monday I* the final day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election. In Comal County, voters can register either at the county satellite office, 160 Oak Drive in Saltier (Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4) or at the Voter Registrar!) Office located in Ihx Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause's office at 205 N. Seguin Ave. in New Braunfels. Office hours tai Saltier are 8 to 430 (un.. Monday I Wills ] are 8 a.m. to! Prospective’ never voted in Comal County need to bring identification. A current and valid driver* license or state identification rn best A current utility bill, bank statement, pay check, government check, pay stub or er government document that shows a voter* address is also acceptable. If identification bd attime of be isn’t present- ■Hit Witt Agreement to delay annexation of ranch, farmland Adam Cot k By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council agreed it would give attorneys time to work out the details of a nonan-nexation agreement that would temporarily delay annexation for landowners involved in agriculture. Council approved the second reading of annexation ordinances Monday night for almost 3,300 acres of land outside the city limits, including 1,900 acres of ranch and farmland surrounding the municipal airport. The agreement, called a restrictive covenant, would require landowners to maintain the current use of their land, but the city would agree not to annex the land. Mayor Adam Cork said Tuesday the intent of the agreement was to give “relief" to landowners involved in agriculture until the legislature could find a permanent solution for protecting ranch and farmland against annexation. State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, has said she would work to find a permanent solution. But since the city proposed the idea of restrictive covenants, other landowners scheduled for annexation have expressed an interest in signing the agreement. “We’re working with landowners in other areas, not just people who own farmland,” said Director of Planning Frank Robbins. “Council added part of the Word Ranch Monday night to the list of landowners who are interested in the agreement. So it’s not just farmland owners we’re talking to about restrictive covenants.” Cork said council would See CITY, Page 2A The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Govem-ments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day. ON THE WEB: Pollution levels are posted online at www. mice. state, tx. us RT A AIK g Ii A I I I > Health Alert Incentives approved for Home Depot Supply call center By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels Qty Council approved financial incentives for a new 60,000 square-foot Home Depot Supply call center to be built at Common Street and Gruene Road. TVvo years of negotiations culminated in July when state and local dignitaries announced that the homebuilder supply company selected New Braunfels for a call center that would employ approximately 350 workers. Officials said the financial package included a rebate on half the local portion of the sales tax generated by the call center for IO years. A division of The Home Depot, Home Depot Supply fills orders from institutional and commercial builders through a call centers and distribution centers. The company’s only call center is currently in San Diego, and there are three distribution centers in Texas. Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce I Resident Michael Meek estimated the New Braunfels call center would generate $60 million in sales a year. "The city and county would get 2 percent of that in sales tax receipts," he said. “That’s about $1.2 million in revenue.” Before approving the financial incentives, council convened a public hearing Monday night to give local residents the opportunity to voice their opinions. Joy and Paul Martinka, who have owned Henne Hardware since 1996, said that giant chains like Wal-Mart and The Home Depot have See BUILDING, Page 2A FREEDOM TO CHOOSE DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels High School student council members Angelica Delacerda, left, Evan Powell and Bonnie McGlothlin are preparing to participate for the first time in the American democratic process. The three seniors are busy getting people to sign pledge cards promising to vote. ;