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Februa 13, 2003 " Page 9- TheFree Press " BY BILL PETERSON Editor A jUSTIN - With the heavy lift- ng for the 78th Texas Legislature still be done, District 45 Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) has yet to be tested as a law maker. But he's definitely made a profile for him- self- and he's done it with the help of Republicans. Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican who once was a Democrat, invited Rose to take the podium as the only rookie among a dozen pow- erful legislative veterans to com- ment on Tuesday's State of the State speech, which Perry deliv- ered from the house floor. Of course, none of the capitol press corps put any questions to Rose - not when the gathering included Senate Education Chair Florence Shapiro (R-Addison), as well as Senate Business & Comerce Chair Troy Fraser (R- Belton) and veteran Senator Ken Armbrister (D-Victoria), who rep- resented part of Hays County until the most recent redistricting. So, Rose stood by quietly. The 24-year-old representative, the youngest member of the legisla- ture, made certain to respect his elders. "I wasn't going to hog that mike" Rose said right after the press session. He soon found a mic he could hog, and he didn't hog that one, either. As the legislators com- cation. menting on Perry's speech took "I echo the governor's corn- questions from the media, a group mitment to tax fairness," Rose of social workers could be heard said. "The time for tax loopholes outside the capital protesting state in this state is past. Property taxes spending cuts on social programs, are too high, and they're spread When the press session ended, too thin?' Rose went to the steps in front of Perry isn't the only high-pro- the capital to address a couple file Republican to assist Rose in hundred protesters, many of the early days of his first legisla- whom were from Hays County. tive session. Last week, Round "I'm the only member of the Rock Republican Mike Krusee, House who's mama was a social Chairman of the House worker" Rose said to cheers from Transportation Committee, drove the crowd, all the way from Round Rock to Rose then told the group that Dripping Springs to meet with one of the tough fights ahead for Rose before the morning rush the legislature would be to make hour. The purpose: So Rose could sure state cuts in social spending, show Krusee what it's like to particularly Medicaid, won't drive from Dripping Springs to jeopardize federal matching downtown Austin in morning traf- money on those programs, tic, with News 8 Austin along for With that, Rose was off to the ride. another engagement. Two weeks ago, Rose intro- Among Perry's more pleasing duced his first legislation, an remarks, from Rose's standpoint, ethics bill that would prohibit leg- was his insistence that the state islators from representing clients should close the "Delaware loop- before state agencies for compen- hole" which allows businesses to sation. Rose called a press confer- escape the tax on parts of their ence and secured the attendance properties. The closing of the of San Antonio Republican Jeff loophole is consistent with the Wentworth, who co-authored the goal of closing a projected $9.1 companion legislation in the billion budget shortfall without Senate. raising taxes because Perry said, Later, Tom Craddick, the first "In my book, it's not a new tax if Republican Speaker of the House you should have been paying it all since Reconstruction, placed Rose along." on three committees - Civil Rose campaigned on tax fair- Practices, Local & Consent ness as one way of reducing the Calendars and Pensions & burden on residential property Investments- by far the best corn- owners for the cost of public edu- mittee assignments drawn by any Cervenka murder, from page 1 police and surrendered to the APD (Austin Police Department)," Bridges said. Julie Crimmins, communica- tions director for the Hays CISD, said the school's students were never threatened. Because the classrooms are accessed through a courtyard at Buda Primary, Glenn Newton never entered school hall- ways. The school was never locked down, though, Peyton said, some teachers locked their doors when they noticed police cars cir- cling the campus. "The staff member and the individual who appeared on cam- pus were removed," Crimmons said. "The security of the students was never jeopardized. Luckily, the little ones didn't know what was going on, so they weren't involved." Cervenka's funeral is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hays Hills Baptist Church. Relatives of Cervenka's refused comment. Austin police said it is believed a prior dispute between the two men led to the shooting. However, no more specific motive for the killing has been deter- mined, according to the APD. Likewise, neighbors and asso- ciates of the families are baffled. Both men built homes in the Coves of Cimarron where Cervenka was known to love vol- unteering for various youth activ- ities. Neighbors said they remain sketchy about details simply because they have respected each family's need for privacy. "We're all in limbo," said Steve Becker, Cervenka's neigh- bor in the Coves of Cimarron, who said he noticed how nice it was to see Cervenka playing bas- ketball in the driveway with his sons Sunday evening. Becker said Cervenka was a pleasant man who never gave any hint that anything might be going awry with the business he and Newton co-owned. "I heard it was going well," Becker said. "I talked with him in November and he said it was going great, just humming along. Mike wasn't the kind of guy who would lie about that, but he was also an optimistic person?' Sadly, it remains to be seen how two childhood friends, Shelli Cervenka and Tracy Newton, can carry on now that the husband of one has been accused of murder- ing the husband of the other. "I honestly don't know how you move forward from some- thing like this," Peyton said. "Both women are good, strong Christian women. Christian peo- ple call upon the Lord to give them strength to do extraordinary things." To those that knew Mike Thursday, Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Texas 78610. PLEASE INDICATE there will be Prayer Vigil at that the check is for the CERVEN- Hays Hills Baptist Church at 1401 KA BOYS COLLEGE FUND. N. FM 1626 (near Leisurewoods These gifts are tax-deductible and in the City of Hays) This will be a letter will be issued to the con- come and go. Child care provided, tributor as well as to Shelli There will be no formal visita- Cervenka acknowledging each tion scheduled with the family, gift. Thanks so much! Viewing at the funeral home Shelli and the family are very (without the family) will be Friday, appreciative of all the signs of love Feb. 14 from noon to 9 p.m. The and compassions Sh~ has funeraL home is Wilke-Clay-Fish at received literally hundFeds of.~vis- 2620 South Congress Ave (442- its. 1446). There will be a book to I have not discussed this with sign. her, but it is my observation that it Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m a would be good for her to have funeral service will be held at much fewer visits and to have just Hays Hills Baptist Church. The family and closest friends around burial will be at either Live Oak or her at this time. If you bring food to Onion Creek cemetery which are the home, please just leave it with both in the Manchaca/San Leana someone at the door with a note area. Not yet decided, indicating who it is from. Shelli has Call 295-3132, ext. 6, for more been touched by so much out- information or to volunteer for the pouring of love. Thanks! funeral meal provided to the fami- If you want to help provide ly after the service, or to provide food for the funeral, or food for the meals or do odd jobs in the corn- coming months, or to do odd jobs ing months, in the coming months, please call Memorial gifts (in lieu of flow- 295-3132, ext. 6, and leave the ers) may be given to the Cervenka message with your phone num- boys college fund set up at Hays ber. You will be contacted in time. Hills Baptist Church. Make checks Thank you payable to Hays Hills Baptist DavldSweet, Pastor Church, 1401 N. FM 1626, Buda, Hays Hills Baptist Church. Ram 1500 Quad Cab Ram 1500 Reg Cab C3199 C3037 * 1~% Down+TrL 72 Mos at 4.75% WAC on select makes & models Ram 2500 4x4 EEE Bed Rails . Bed Liners Bug Shields Bumpers Grill Guards . Tool Boxes Tailgate Guards Headache Racks Running Boards Many other accessories / Ram 3500 Dually C3165 C3090 Bring in any competitor's ad and we will meet or beat their price. = o 4 d