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BY GAIL YOVANOVICH
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Tuesday the Boerne City Council voted to join the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization. In discussing the city’s potential membership, Assistant City Manager Jeff Thompson told the council, “So far, our participation is still a choice. We’re not yet required to join, but at some point in the future, we will be.” Thompson noted Kendall County had decided Monday not to join SABCMPO. The city received a copy of the letter the county sent to SABCMPO
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declining membership and recommending that Boerne have representation on the SABCMPO board. “We still believe it’s important to be at the table and to have access to funding sources that we haven’t had in the past that pass through the MPO,” Thompson explained. At the request of Council District 2 Nina Woolard, Mayor Mike Schultz will select a city representative to serve on the board pending approval by the council. With Best of BoerneFest 2013 coming up in May, city Special Projects Director Paul Barwick highlighted details of the planned festivities for the council.
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Groundwater Management Area 9 sets required planning meeting
Easter Tradition Boerne High keeper Paul Burns blocks a Seguin shot during Monday’s shootout against the Matadors in the first round of the playoffs. To see how Boerne High and Champion did in their playoff matches see sports, pages 15A-16A.
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Geneva School of Boerne fifth graders Dawson Cate and Lydia duPerier add their flowers to the wooden cross as part of the annual Flowering of the Cross Assembly at the school Thursday. The assembly is a reverent time of worship as the Geneva community gathers to remember, celebrate and be grateful for Jesus Christ’s life and death on the cross. Photo by Julie Vina
The event will kick off Friday night, May 17, with a free concert in Main Plaza, followed by a Saturday concert and block party in which local businesses and artists will showcase their offerings at and around the plaza. Sunday will feature a neighborhood art walk and sale, along with a free faith-based musical concert on the plaza. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event. Barwick said this year’s event would focus around Main Plaza to avoid the construction on Main Street, and he expected around 60,000
Groundwater Management Area 9 will hold a Joint Planning Meeting Monday, April 8, starting at 10 a.m. at the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, 440 FM 3240, in Bandera. The meeting is free and open to the public. Texas Water Code Chapter 36 requires groundwater conservation districts to conduct joint planning sessions at least annually to review groundwater management plans, accomplishments of the management area and proposals to adopt new or amend existing desired future conditions for the relevant aquifers within a management area. The Texas Water Development Board will calculate modeled available groundwater values, based on the desired future conditions, which will be used for regional water planning, for groundwater conservation district management plans, and for permitting groundwater withdrawals. Area 9 includes Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District, in addition to the Bandera County River Authority and Ground Water District, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District, Edwards Aquifer Authority, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District, Medina County Groundwater Conservation District and TrinityGlen Rose Groundwater Conservation District. In addition to Kendall, other counties in Area 9 are Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Travis.
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BISD trustees, bond only local May 11 ballot
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Index Business 9A Calendar 8A Celebrating the Arts 18A Classifieds 1B-6B Confessions of a Bookaholic 13A Crossword 12A Faith 7A Family Historian 11A From the Heart 10A Games 12A Hill Country Gardener 11A Mary Alice's Potpourri 17A Real Estate 1B-3B, 6B Records 14A Service Directory 4B-5B Sports 15A-16A Viewpoints 4A
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Two new trustees will fill places on the Boerne Independent School District’s Board of Trustees after the upcoming May 11 election which also includes a $99.48 million bond proposition. Dale Adams and Chris Godsey will vie for Place 5 to replace Ron McBee who will not seek reelection. Maritza Gonzalez-Cooper will run unopposed for Place 4 being vacated by current Board President Jennifer Christianson who also chose not to seek reelection District officials have been busy presenting information sessions for campus staff, faculty and parents, as well as community organizations and other groups seeking details about the far-reaching bond issue. In his report to the board, District Superintendent David Stelmazewski said staff and volunteers had made “a lot of presentations about the bond” over the past month and thanked board members for their participation. “We’re willing to go any place, any time to promote the bond,” he said.
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Also referring to the bond election, Stelmazewski said the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce had scheduled an economic forum April 18 at the Boerne Convention and Community Center. He noted BISD would have a featured speaker since the Chamber appreciates and understands an excellent school district helps drive the local economy. “They’re excited about hearing from us with what we have planned for our bond,” he added, “particularly some special information about career technology education which we’ll talk about at this economic forum.” In other business, the board selected three local media representatives to nominate for recognition by the Texas Association of School Boards on the 2013 Media Honor Roll. The program recognizes media representatives statewide for fair and balanced reporting of news about public schools. Media representatives from over 450 Texas newspapers, radio and television stations and online publications are honored by their local school districts. This year’s nominees are Kerry Barboza, Boerne Star sports editor; Brian Cartwright, Boerne Star publisher; and L. Marie Hicks, publisher of the Hill Country Weekly.
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TASB will release the list of honorees in mid-May, and BISD will recognize the local honorees at its May board of trustees meeting. Christianson presented certificates of achievement to National Merit Scholarship finalists John Michael Bonnin and Rebecca Barton from Boerne High School, and Eric Flowers, Shane Kreidel and Kara Roberts from Boerne-Champion High School. Education Technology Coordinator Julie Turner introduced the district’s first Bring Your Own Device use policy, which will be integrated with the student handbook. Trustee Susie Allen called the policy very comprehensive, and noted that in the frequently asked questions section, “You tried to put yourself in the parents’ place, and I thought that was very good and very detailed.” Cibolo Creek Elementary teachers Melissa Stangle and Amy McFee explained their new “WiFi Wednesday” program aimed at engaging students in learning. In the program, students brought their own devices for educational purposes only, and those without mobile devices were able to use the mobile lab or share with other students.
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OBITUARIES Doris Agold Oct. 24, 1925 - March 13, 2013 A memorial service for Doris Agold, 87, of Mabank, was held March 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church Gun Barrel City. She donated her body to the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Mrs. Agold was born Oct. 24, 1925 in Milam County in or near Agold the town of Gause, to Frank and Marie Herbst. She died peacefully in her home on March 13, 2013. She grew up in Blanco County at Cypress Mill and was a graduate of Johnson City High School. She and her late husband, Ned, lived in Stonewall, Boerne and Fort Davis before retiring to Ruidoso, N.M. After being widowed, she moved to Birmingham, Ala., near her son James. In 2011, she moved to Gun Barrel City near her other two children. The following year, she and her daughter, Nancy Gass, moved into a house together. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Felix, and her husband Ned. She is survived by her son James of Pelham of Alabama, her son Don of Enchanted Oaks and her daughter Nancy Gass of Mabank. Other survivors include her grandchildren Danny Agold, Cynthia Perez, Ben Agold, Ella Agold, Marcie Pederson, Michelle Knoles, and Crystal Criffield. Surviving greatgrandchildren are Andrea Agold, Aaron Agold, Allyson Agold, Annette Perez, Isabel Perez, Gabriela Perez, Zachary Agold, Jared Agold, Addyson Agold, Flora Myers, Kyle Myers, Bobbie Myers, Sebastian Criffield, and Christian Criffield.
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BISD FROM PAGE 1A The teachers showed video clips of students using the devices in the classroom, and said the program received â€œa great response from parents.â€? Boerne Middle School South Principal Susan Cleveland talked about her vision and â€œwhat needs to be happening all the time to remind us why weâ€™re there every day.â€? That vision included individualized daily tutoring for all students to foster learning and a culture of
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collaboration focused on results, hard work and commitment. â€œThe ultimate goal in everything I set forth to do this year is to make sure there is a systematic support system for all studentsâ€? she said. In other action, the board: â€˘ Approved the February budget amendments and accepted $75,000 in donations. â€˘ Approved on second reading Texas Association of School Board local update 96, which included employee personal or sick leave use policies and recommendations pertaining to selection and adoption of
instructional materials. â€˘ Approved Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills certification for the 201314 instructional materials allotment. â€˘ Approved the 2012-13 data validation monitoring system for student discipline records improvement/ corrective action plan. â€˘ Approved a waiver of
taxes, penalties and interest for 0.01 acre next to 414 Schryver St., Boerne. â€˘ Approved the method of purchase, vendor selection, proposals and/or prices based on district administration recommendations. â€˘ Extended a bank depository contract with Security State Bank & Trust through June 30, 2015.
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Nov. 11, 1947 - March 27, 2013 Ethel Lorraine George left us to be with the Lord on March 27, 2013, at the age of 65. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She loved cooking, working in the yard and garden, cleaning house, shopping, and spending time with friends and family. She also loved partying, George drinking beer, and barbecuing brisket, chicken, and country-style spare ribs. Ethel cherished being outdoors with loved ones and she enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with family and friends where she excitedly played slots. Ethel was born Nov. 11, 1947, to Phyllis George and Henry Steitle. She married the love of her life, Erich Elton George in 1970. She was a loving mother to Tammy Jean Tuttle and Danny Wayne George. Her grandkids lovingly called her â€œMamaw.â€? Ethel spent 30 years working as a cosmetologist, then retired to be a full-time wife, mother and grandmother. Ethel was proceeded in death by her father, Henry Steitle, daughter Deborah Kay George, mother-in-law Betty Martin, and brother-in-law Butch Woytasczyk. She is survived by her parents, Erich Bruno and Phyllis Delores George; her husband Erich E. George; daughter and son-in-law Tammy and Frank Tuttle; son and daughter-in-law Danny and Jennifer George; grandsons T.J. Tuttle, Carson Tuttle, Waylon George and Rhyder George; sisters and their spouses Royleen Woytasczyk, Cassandra and Gene Cherry; brothers and their spouses Kenneth and Dawn Steitle, Martin Steitle, Claude and Bonnie Steitle, Jerry and Becky Steitle; her very special sister-in-law, Lois Marie Downs; and brother-n-law Darrell Downs. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 2, at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 6:30 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries, 243 W. Bandera Rd. No. 133, Boerne, TX 78006. To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Ethelâ€™s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher % 2OSEWOOD s "OERNE 4EXAS Funeral Home of s WWWEBENSBERGER lSHERCOM Boerne.
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The course does not fulfill requirements for courtordered defensive driving, however those who complete it may be entitled to a discount on their auto insurance. Cost for course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To sign up and register, call course instructor, Randy Williams, at 830-2498130.
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Austin Paxton, a senior at Samuel V. Champion High School, has earned his Boy Scout Eagle rank. A member of Boerneâ€™s Troop 407 in Boerne. His Eagle project was to create hammocks made of donated fire hoses from local fire stations for the lemur enclosures at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Kendalia. The lemurs have been all over them since they were hung. Austin started in scouting as a Wolf Cub scout in Lakeway. Heâ€™s also been in the Champion Charger marching band for the past four years. He plans to attend UT Dallas on an academic scholarship and major in computer engineering. He is the son of Tres and Betsy Paxton.
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recognized by the National Center for Education Accountability as one of the â€œBest Public Schools in Texasâ€? for growth in test scores and improvement in school climate. In 2008 he was named the Texas Association of Secondary School Principalsâ€™ Outstanding Principal for Region 20 for his work at McCollum. Stelmazewski received his Superintendent Certification in 1994 and Mid-Management Certification in 1991 from Our Lady of the Lake University. He holds a Masterâ€™s of Science (1974) and a Bachelor of Science (1973) in education from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with the meeting beginning at noon. For more information or to make reservations, contact Terri Politi, firstname.lastname@example.org, 830-4461767 or 830-537-4024. Cost is $18 per person, for reservations received by Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m. and $23 thereafter.
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â€˘ Received the annual audit for fiscal year 2011-12 from Padgett, Stretemann & Co., L.L.P. â€˘ Approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to enter into an amended development agreement between the city and Babcock Road 165, Ltd. â€˘ Approved on second reading an ordinance rezoning 8.6348 acres at 10 FM 474 (the Christine Grier property) from R-A (single family rural residential-agricultural district) to R-2 (moderate density residential district) and an ordinance authorizing a retirement community in an R-2 district on 8.648 acres at 10 FM 474. â€˘ Authorizing an agreement with HDR to update of the cityâ€™s electric, water, wastewater and gas rates for fiscal year 2014.
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that many Americans are at substantial risk of exposure to STIs, underscoring the need for STI prevention.â€? â€œWe are especially grateful to the Community Foundation for their recognition of the need for education and prevention regarding STIs and for their financial support,â€? HCPCC Executive Director Diana Anzollitto said.
is the fact that many individuals who have an STI are unaware that they are infected and able to transmit the disease to others. According to the Center for Disease Controlâ€™s February 2013 report, â€œBecause STIs are preventable, significant reductions in new infections are not only possible, they are urgently needed. Prevention can minimize the negative, long-term consequences of STIs and also reduce healthcare costs. The high incidence and overall prevalence of STIs in the general population suggests
violence, STI/STDs and risky behaviors, purity as a lifestyle and the Miracle of Life (which provides a â€œliveâ€? sonogram with the use of a portable ultrasound machine). These programs are available to schools, churches and community groups. The HCPCC currently partners with the Hill Country Alcohol and Drug Program in Kerrville to provide quarterly classes on STIs. The incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is on the rise across America. Particularly concerning
The Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center was recently awarded a grant to further its program of community education from the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, a nonprofit, community corporation created in 1982. The foundation makes grants to qualified nonprofit organizations that actively maintain the educational, health, human service, social, cultural, environmental and civic resources of the county. HCPCC currently has educational programs on dating
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The next Kendall County Republican Womenâ€™s Luncheon will be Tuesday, April 9, at The Resort at Tapatio, 11:30 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Boerne Independent School District Superintendent David Stelmazewski. Before becoming superintendent, Stelmazewski served as principal of Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School since the school opened in 2008. The school was rated Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency in both 2009 and 2010 and was awarded the Lone Star Cup by the UIL for the best extracurricular program for a 4A high school in the entire state for the 2010-11 school year. In addition, Champion High School has been awarded the Dan Cook Award for its athletic program every year it has been open. Prior to coming to BISD, Stelmazewski served as principal of Dillard McCollum High School in the Harlandale ISD for seven years during which the school was
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Professor Michael J. Gilbert, interim chairman of the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Criminal Justice, will the guest speaker at the April 11 meeting of the Kendall County Area Democratic Women (KCADW). Gilbert will speak on behalf of the national organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). The program will begin at 10 a.m. in the Patrick Heath Public Library, 451 N. Main in Boerne. Gilbert is an associate professor of criminal justice at UTSA. His research focuses on restorative justice, violence, white-collar and corporate crime, prison privatization and drug control policy. In 2008, he served as the lead organizer for the second National Conference on Restorative Justice in San Antonio. He currently serves as the first director for the newly formed National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. Gilbert has over 43 years of experience as a corrections professional, consultant and researcher. During this time, he has published widely in academic and practitioner outlets on topics related to criminal justice policy. The program is open to the public without regard to political affiliation.
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Where they learn does matter The BISD Board of Trustees has called an important bond election for May 11. One of the positive aspects of the bond is the improvement of our learning facilities. Educational research and actual case studies have demonstrated how improving a school’s indoor physical environmental quality enhances student concentration, health, attendance and academic performance. Creating and maintaining healthy school buildings can achieve reductions in the airborne contaminant levels of invisible particles, irritant gases and infectious microbes that impact student performance by up to 25 percent. Many Texas school districts have developed comprehensive programs that ensure classroom environments are conducive for teaching, learning and positive health outcomes. Residents in these districts have supported their schools through passage of school bond projects. Several recent national reports call for improvement in school facilities to achieve higher student success rates and greater community attractiveness. The Healthy Schools Campaign stated in a report titled Health in Mind, Improving Education Through Wellness, “Given the strong connection between health and learning, schools must recognize health as central to their core mission of student learning. That means creating a healthier school environment, which supports students’ wellbeing and builds a foundation for learning. Basic safety, physical activity, clean air and water, allow students to thrive. In a healthy school environment, students learn-through lessons and example-to value their own health and wellness.” www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/programs/health-in-mind/ The Coalition for Healthier Schools released a report titled Toward Healthy Schools 2015. The report cites multiple studies documenting the benefits of healthy indoor learning environments on attendance and achievement, and then presents state-level data and policy summaries. The report’s primary finding is that “School children should be considered at elevated risk of health and learning difficulties due solely to the unexamined or unaddressed environmental health risks in their schools.” www.healthyschools.org/HealthySchools2015.pdf BISD voters are encouraged to read the above reports, learn that school facilities do matter for the success of students and the community, and then to vote for the 2013 School Bond proposal. - Jerry Lamping, Kendall County
We can’t keep going like this This week, Congress passed a CR (continuing resolution) to enable our government to continue spending money for the rest of this fiscal year at the same amount that it spent in the previous year, adjusted for Sequestration, ensuring another multi-billion dollar deficit. For sure, our national debt will greatly exceed $17 trillion as we go into the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Most of us can’t imagine the magnitude of $17+ trillion. More importantly, what are we going to do about it? I recom-
mended to Lamar Smith, my Congressman, that a CR reflect a real reduction in spending but that didn’t happen. If we are going to reduce our total indebtedness, our current income must be greater than our current expenditures. People in Kendall County understand this basic principal, but I fear that many people in the country don’t or they don’t care because they pay nothing in and get a lot out. Congress is confusing the discussion with their budgeting jargon. In Congress-speak, spending reductions means that they spend less than budgeted even though the budget is greater than what was spent in the previous year. As an example, say in 2012 the expenditure was $100. The 2013 budget was $105, but only $103 was spent. Congress would declare that spending was reduced by $2 when in fact, in our language, it was increased by $3. This confuses most everybody when discussing spending in the U.S. and I am certain that it is done on purpose. In the past, after a depression, our economy has typically rebounded strongly and gone on to new heights only to repeat the process as we lived with markets free from excessive government interference. That’s not the case now and will never be again if Obama’s policies are followed. If we are to regain our stature and power in the world, we must be strong financially. Otherwise, we will always be constrained and soon unable to do what we think is right. To be strong financially, we must eliminate our current account deficit and start reducing our total indebtedness. Historically we have done it by increasing our GNP and holding spending in check. That’s not happening now and won’t happen with Obama’s policies. High taxes discourage risk-taking and drive money away, leading to more unemployment, more demands on government for assistance, higher taxes etc. Obama promised to change America and he is doing it. It is time we stopped him before it is too late! Become active! Demand that your elected officials show courage to actually reduce spending. We all hear stories of government waste, which is in the billions, so it can happen without destroying the lives of the truly needy. In the private world, stockholders (taxpayers) would inform directors (elected officials) who would instruct company executives (the President of the U.S. and his staff) to reduce expenditures in a smart way and if they tried to sabotage the process, as Obama did in the Sequestration matter, they would be fired! We have laws that will permit the same thing in the political world and we need to use them! Citizens, let’s get started! No more saying, I don’t matter or I’m too old or any other excuse. I’m 85 and I’m doing my best to reveal the real Obama and his harmful policies and to return the U.S. to its traditional ways. Join me! - Robert G Reed III, Boerne
Cruz holds his own Senator Ted Cruz is extremely intelligent and smooth. Did you get to see his questioning of Senator Diane Feinstein regarding her attempt to take away our Second Amendment Rights? Keep givin’ ‘em hell! - Karl Strong, Boerne
ers, and to every person who so generously made this success a possibility. Your generous work and From the pages of The Boerne Star contributions will give you consolation in knowing that you have helped to relieve pain, have saved the lives of our sons, brothers and fathers, who someday will again unite with their families, and will again be able to enjoy the love and laughter of peace when The long drought was finally bro- freedom and progress will normally be ken Wednesday when a nice slow rain dominant throughout a better world. amounting to about 2 inches fell. It was The Red Cross needs money this year accompanied by a small amount of hail as it has never needed it before. Every that did no damage around Boerne. advance that has been made in fighting The rain was a welcome relief to the the war has meant increased responsistockmen, farmers and those patriotic bilities for the Red Cross. The recreation citizens who are laboring to put in a centers maintained by the Red Cross for Victory garden. our servicemen in foreign lands are indeed worthy of commendation. The personal worries of many of our men in uniform are alleviated by the knowledge that the Red Cross workers back home are aiding their families. We may all sincerely appreciate that we have so willingly met the needs of this The citizens of Boerne were made organization in 1943. glad Tuesday when the news came in that Lt. Clarence Weidner had been found safe after being reported missing in action in the European War area a few days previous. Lt. Weidner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Weidner. We join the entire community in rejoicing with them over the First Lieut. Raymond Kinsey, 23, who safety of their gallant son. has been in Boerne since March 6, when he arrived home from Korea, will leave with Mrs. Kinsey, the former Miss Beverly Dugosh of Boerne, on April 1 for Kendall County makes good on the Nellis Air Field at Las Vegas, Nevada, home front again as we go over the top where he will instruct gunnery. and make our quota. We respectfully Asked what the Ace had been doing present out sincere appreciation to the since his return to Boerne, Beverly local Red Cross officials, to the work- said: “Loafing, except for a few shop-
March 25, 1943 Rain falls Wednesday
Lt. Clarence Weidner reported safe
March 26, 1953 Boerne’s Korean War ace
ping trips to get ready for his Nevada station.” Lieutenant Kinsey, who was born in Bandera, is a camera enthusiast, but has been too busy “loafing” to get into his hobby. He has not talked much about Korea either, and the two MIGs and the bomber he is credited with downing and the two MIGs he is credited with damaging. He had been in Korea since Aug. 4, 1952. Lieutenant and Mrs. Kinsey will report to the Las Vegas station on April 8.
Receives air medal Sidney L. Voges A/M2 was awarded an Air Medal on March 14, 1953, for meritorious achievement in aerial flights as a member of a patrol plane crew in Patrol Squadron Nine during operations against enemy forces from July 3, 1952, through Sept. 21, 1952. The medal was earned after completing 20 patrol and reconnaissance missions during this period in areas where enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft fire could be expected. Sidney also received his Combat Air Crewman Wings while stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, as a member of the patrol squadron.
Phone call into tomorrow A phone call into “tomorrow” was one of the strange experiences of Mrs. Kenneth Stevens the past week. Junior Hernandez of Boerne and stationed at Formosa, Japan, called Mrs. Stevens at 4 a.m. Wednesday to say that he had just read the Boerne Star and learned
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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013
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Viewpoints The Battle for Texas PROGRESSIVE VIEWS Kathleen De Leon KENDALL COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY
In a recent Letter to the Editor, a writer suggested that Progressives should get used to the idea that they lived in a predominately right-leaning county and “get over it.” If that writer to the editor had read my article regarding vocabulary, he would have realized he perfectly fit the definition of a conservative - that is disposed to preserve existing conditions. Look at your children. They grow and change. Look at our community. It is growing and changing. Look at the seasons and the climate. These change. Look in the mirror. Isn’t that a brutal shock. There is change. Change is inevitable. It is not my intent to preach to the several factions of the right about change and how they should embrace it. I speak, this time, to the left to say Change Is Coming. Political analysts agree that Texas will be a battleground state in the next four to eight years. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Newly elected Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) has said that if Texas goes blue, combined with California (D) and New York (D) the Republicans will never win the White House again. Senator Cruz, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. There is a movement afoot called Battleground Texas. It is about everyday Texans who believe Texas is worth fighting for door to door, neighbor to neighbor, county to county. It’s about people who are weary of feeling bullied by a right that assumes it has a mandate and is not willing to listen to any other opinions. Even if Democrats did nothing, which we are not, the facts would turn Texas Blue. Here is the reality. The population of Texas is 41 percent Hispanic. The Texas Hispanic population is younger and has a higher birth rate than the Caucasian seg-
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ment of the population. The Hispanic segment of the population is going to increase in relation to the Caucasian segment of the population and 71 percent of Hispanics vote Democratic. Here is where the Democrats are about to shift into battle mode. In Texas there are 1.5 million Hispanic American, 500,000 African American and 200,000 Asian American unregistered voters. These 2.2 million Texans are going to be courted by the Democratic party and they are going to help turn Texas blue. The Democratic party is planning to register as many of the 2.2 million unregistered voters as possible. In addition, Democrats plan to engage registered voters who have not been involved in the democratic process. The point is to start having two candidates for every office from local to national level - to have contested races - to have debates that candidates feel compelled to participate in. Those of you who have been timid closet Democrats afraid to declare yourselves, take heart. A time is coming when it will no longer be acceptable for bullies to key your car in the parking lot because it has a bumper sticker for a Democratic candidate. Local retailers will post obnoxious sentiments regarding the left at peril of their bottom line profits. You will no longer express your opinions in hushed tones. But nobody is going to hand you this prize. Like all treasures, it is not free. The name Battleground Texas implies a fight and that means you faint-of-heart must grow backbone and resolve. You must join the charge to claim Texas for the values you cherish. If you’re tired of seeing that big red blob on the map on the southern coast of the United States, if you think there is room in Texas for more than one opinion, if red is not your favorite color, if you’re ready for change, join the battle. The battleground is Texas. Kathleen De Leon is a member of the Kendall County Democratic Club and the Kendall County Area Democratic Women.
FROM PAGE 4A she was ill. A little checking up on time tables after the call by Mr. and Mrs. Stevens uncovered the fact that while it was 4 a.m. in Boerne, it was 7:30 p.m. the next day in Formosa.
March 28, 1963 First condemnation hearing The first condemnation hearing for right of way on Interstate Highway 10 in Kendall County was held on Monday, March 25, at the Kendall County Courthouse. Mr. Don O. Deibner was awarded $725. The taking involved 0.642 acres of a 5-acre tract in the Garden Oaks subdivision south of Boerne. The State needed the front 90 feet for the proposed Interstate. The State’s original offer for the land including damages was also $725.
Hearing on re-routing Interstate No. 10 A meeting was held Tuesday at the Courthouse for the discussion of a change in the routing of Interstate No. 10 entering Boerne on Johns Road. This road now divides the schools, and additional traffic on Johns Road would cause a hazard to the children and all school traffic. Engineers Walter Ehlers and R.O. Lytton represented the State Highway Department. The question was raised whether the interchange on Johns Road could be eliminated without damage to Boerne businesses. Interchanges, Mr. Lytton said, are never objected to as they help a small community. Most communities will fight to get one. Mr. Lytton suggested all officials, county, city and school, should meet to draw a joint resolution as to their wishes and to the best interest of the city and school board. He further stated it would be from two to three years before the interstate would be open to traffic.
March 29, 1973 Kendall County to inaugurate cancer crusade On April 2, Kendall County Cancer Crusade volunteers will launch the annual crusade with a family supper at Saxon Hall of the Methodist Church in Boerne. Crusaders from Bergheim, Comfort, Sisterdale and Kendalia as well as those from Boerne and their families will attend. Approximately 115 Kendall County volunteers will join the thousands of volunteers in America in making every effort to reach every home. When a Crusader calls at your home, please welcome him or her, accept the materials they offer, ask questions you may have concerning cancer and how your donation will be used to fight this devastating disease.
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Richard Sena KENDALL COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
The impending vote on the Boerne Independent School District’s bond proposal gives us an opportunity to assess the district’s past financial stewardship and review answers to some questions that have been raised. Even though I served on this year’s 70-member Long Range Planning Committee, am a member of the BISD Budget Committee and consider myself reasonably well-versed in school finance issues, I visited with Bruce Revell, BISD financial manager to learn more. Revell has been with BISD since 2006 and is a self-described frugal money manager. For the past seven years BISD has received an outstanding rating for financial accountability by the Texas Education Association. The budget has been balanced each year and the reserve fund has increased from $6 million to $9 million, or approximately 2 months’ worth of expenditures as recommended by the state. I asked Revell to explain how the district could request this bond without raising the current tax rate, especially since taxes are frozen for homeowners over the age of 65. He noted that since 2010, BISD has refinanced most of its debt to take advantage of all-time low interest rates, saving taxpayers $40 million in future interest payments. BISD anticipates additional refinancing to be available in 2014, saving millions more. Due to new home and commercial construction, our tax base
U.S.S.R. food imports growing Most comparisons between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. center on military strength, but in the crucial area of agriculture and the capacity of each country to feed its own people, Russia is in deep trouble, says an economist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. While the U.S. is climbing in terms of exportable food surplus, the Soviet Union’s dependence on imported food is growing. The U.S. with its 2.4 million family farm managers produced twice as much grain the past year as the Soviet Union with its 26 million farm workers. Individual productivity and decision-making in the U.S. is the difference.
March 31, 1993 Two arrested after parking lot shooting A gunshot disrupted shopping at Boerne Wal-Mart on Thursday when a Georgia native discharged his weapon in the parking lot while scuffling with Boerne police. No one was hit and two suspects were taken into custody. The incident began when the store reported a car parked in the handicapped zone. Officer Carl Clayton contacted a male subject in the driver’s seat who claimed his name was Gary Torres and said he didn’t have any identification. Clayton then took the driver’s license of a female in the front passenger seat, named Abigail Escobar. A check was run on the license and the police were notified there was an outstanding felony warrant on Escobar from the state of Georgia for Escape. Sergeant Jim Kohler arrived to assist, and asked the male subject to exit the vehicle. As he got out, Escobar stated the subject had a gun. The subject with his back to Kohler was observed reaching for his waistband. Kohler grabbed Torres by the arms and took him down to the sidewalk. During the brief struggle, Torres managed to retrieve a .380 semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and fired one round into the parking area before the gun jammed. The officers were able to knock it free and handcuff the man.
March 25, 2003 This is only a test More than 40 local law enforcement officers successfully completed a two-day Rapid Response to Active Shooter training course hosted by the Boerne Police Department during the week of March 17 at Boerne Middle School North during the spring break period. The training sessions are designed to prepare police to deal with violent crimes. The training course was developed in the aftermath of the April 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Colorado.
March 31, 1983 Amdro to go on sale tomorrow Those pesky fire ants may be showing up again soon since most of Kendall County has had some rain. The county will place Amdro on sale Wednesday, April 6, at several places in the county. The bait will be sold for $1.50 per pound. Limits will be one pound for one to 10 acres of land, two pounds for 11-25 acres, five pounds for 26-50 acres and 24 pounds for 51 or more acres.
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has expanded. This has allowed the district to pay an additional $6 million of principal beyond regular payments, creating additional interest savings. Thus, BISD will be able to maintain the current tax Debt Service tax rate, which has actually been reduced by 3.6 cents since 2010 with savings passed on to taxpayers. Revell stated that the district is using cautious and conservative assumptions in planning the 2013 bond. For planning estimates only, they are projecting interest rates to be 2 percent higher than what is now available, and assume new appraisal growth of 2 percent per year, which is less than we have experienced. If rating agencies see that bond payment estimates are conservative and can cover any market fluctuations, then BISD’s bond rating will be higher, leading to lower interest rates and taxpayer savings. Low rates will enable BISD to either retire early much of the new debt (savings millions of interest) or eventually reduce the tax rate or some combination of the two. I also inquired about the advisability of including technology equipment and school buses in this bond. A little background history is in order here to understand this aspect of the bond. Boerne is a property-rich district that has paid about $50 million in our tax dollars to the state since 2004 for redistribution to property-poor districts. The state has also frozen its aid to local districts at the same level since 2006, during which time inflation has risen by 16 percent. These two factors have limited what BISD can spend in its operations budget. Consequently, BISD has had to make budget reductions of $5 million
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(10 percent ) since 2009. Lower priority positions and programs have been eliminated, and available money has been understandably prioritized to the classroom. Nonetheless, class sizes have increased to levels beyond what is recommended. People can argue that computer equipment and buses should be paid out of the same operations budget that has been reduced significantly. Further reductions threaten the standard of excellence that BISD has achieved. The district does have the option of asking voters to approve increasing the operations tax rate from $1.04 per thousand dollars to as much as $1.17. However, were this done, we would have to share about 40 percent of additional money raised with the state. The BISD board has understandably declined to use this approach. We would have to raise $20 million in operations funds (M&O) to net the $12 million called for in the bond to fund these items. Just as people finance their autos or trucks, BISD plans to finance these items with short-term bonds (and during the warranty period). Since BISD keeps all money raised by bonds (I&S tax), the total cost to the district, including interest, would be about $13.6 million or $6.4 million less than using the operations budget approach. BISD has an excellent track record of financial management and has real needs as a growing district. I have written many columns blasting our federal spending and debt. But when local schools have legitimate needs and are responsible stewards of taxpayers’ money, I believe they deserve our support. BISD has clearly met this threshold.
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