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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FBI RALD 20332 74 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YON DELL DR EL PR SO IX 7 9 90 3 ITUNG Vol 148 No 213 14 pages in 1 section September Tt Tt Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents New Braunfels Fire and Rescue battled a blaze at 2912 Momingside Drive Monday afternoon WAI Fire damages vacant home BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The home ravaged by a fire Monday afternoon on Momingside Drive had been vacant for three or four months fire and rescue officials said A Dustbuster left recharging in the kitchen at 2912 Momingside Drive had an internal short sparking flames that engulfed nearby shelving and traveled to the attic of the wood house Battalion Chief Don Zercher said Initially New Braunfels Fire and Res cue officials responded about to a call for a brush fire behind the Department of Public Safety office off Interstate 35 Upon arriving fire and rescue offi cials quickly called for backup and went to work on the house with minimal equipment When the brush truck arrived the flames already had burst through two kitchen windows and were lapping onto the roof Zercher said The majority of the fire was extin guished within 30 minutes he said One firefighter was injured while bat tling the fire He was taken away from the scene in an ambulance with possibly a fractured ankle Chief Jack Collier said While human injury was minimal at least to damage to the house was estimated Zercher said A woman living at the house moved out three or four months ago fire and rescue officials said They declined to release her name The owner Aline Bading lives in Eliz abeth County NBISD set for early voting BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Beginning Wednesday regis tered voters in New Braunfels Independent School District can cast their ballots on a million plan to expand and renovate district campuses Early voting for the districts Oct 2 bond election begins Early voting branch locations Pages Wednesday and runs through Sept 28 Registered voters can participate in early voting at the districts Edu cation Center 430 West Mill through Sept 28 and at Lone Star Primary 2343 West San Antonio on Wednesday only Early voting hours at the Edu cation Center are 8 to 5 and 7 to 8 at Lone Star Primary Stephanie Ferguson public information officer for NBISD said registered voters should bring thenvoter registration cards or their drivers licenses if they do not have their registration cards available District patrons also can take advantage of early voting branch locations during early voting this year Ferguson said this was the first time district officials used school campuses as branch locations dur ing early voting Ferguson said branch locations were picked to coincide with par ent organizational meetings and activities at the schools Its more convenient for par ents because if they are already going to the school for a PTA INSIDE Expo prep WAI Rosendo Flores a decorator from Convention Decorating Service of San Antonio secures carpet for the Business Trade Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center gear up for annual trade show FROM STAFF REPORTS Beyond Navigating the Future is the theme of this years annu al Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Trade Show The show kicks off today with a sneak preview from 6 to 9 at the New Braunfels Civic Center The sneak preview will include 66 booths an open bar entertainment hors doeuvres door prizes and an opportunity for net working said chamber vice president Bonnie Tetrault The daytime business trade show will be from 10 to 6 Wednesday and will include booths entertainment door prizes a compli This years sponsors Page 5 mentary lunch at noon and a Happy Hour In addition the day show will include a drawing for the grand door prize a 10day millennium cruise to the Caribbean Visitors must register for the grand door prize Wednesday but do not have to be present for the draw ing Tetrault said Tickets will be available through today at the chamber of commerce for both the sneak preview and the day show Tickets for the sneak preview are and must be bought in advance Day show tickets are in advance and at the door Tetrault said The trade show began 11 years ago to inform local businesses and con sumers about the most uptodate products and services and to provide an opportunity for business to busi ness networking said Donna Scheele chair of the chambers Business Trade Show It is a great fun time to come out and see the new businesses in Scheele said About 45 different kinds of busi nesses will display products and ser vices at the show Tetrault said See Search still on for man missing since Friday Officers believe he might have gotten ride from area BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The whereabouts of a 55yearold man reported missing Friday still are unknown Comal County Sheriffs officers and Texas Department of Public Safety spent the past weekend looking for Roger McCown who disappeared from the Schumann Ranch north west of New Braunfels offElm Creek Road A search team with two bloodhounds and a Department of Public Safety helicopter exten sively searched about a 200acre area but turned up nothing said Sgt Rick Poindexter of Comal County Sheriffs Department I feel pretty sure had McCown been some where on the ranch we would have found Poindexter said The man who was living in a trailer at the ranch allegedly was taking six different medications and might have been suffering from some psychological problems about the time he was reported missing Poindex ter said Residents of Schumann Ranch reported McCown did not look well on Friday Poindexter said McCown was going to be taken to a Veterans Administration hospital where he had been treated before Reports indicated McCown might have been afraid of going to the hospital He was nowhere to be found when resi dents arrived to take him to the hospital Poindexter said The last possible sighting of McCown was by a neighbor Friday afternoon in the Elm Creek Road area It is our feeling that McCown might have gone up to the road and caught a Poindexter said He could be staying with some friends or somewhere else but we just dont know at this point He is still listed as a missing McCowns exwife and daughter will arrive in New Braunfels within the next few days to offer help with the search Poindexter said McCown is about 5 feet 4 inches tall Anyone who has information in the case is asked to contact the Comal County Sheriffs Department at 6203400 Conservation society mayor want more protection for cemeteries BY PERI STQNEPACMOUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels needs to develop a plan of told council Monday night Benches have been stolen in the past two weeks at Comal Cemetery off Peace Avenue mann vicepresident of the New Braunfels Conservation Society We really need to do he said And we need to do something Hartmann told council that Comal Coun ty Historical Commission and the Comal County Genealogy Society were cemetery cleanup will be done even iff have to go clean it up myself Mayor Storey WlUlami ing a marker dedication and workshop from 9 to 3 Saturday State officials will be coming he said Hartmann said the cemetery was littered with trash some of which had been in the same spot for a month and remnants of mowed flowers I would like to see some cleanup before he said Before the meeting Mayor Stoney Williams said the cleanup would be done before Saturday Itll be done even if I have to go clean it up he said But dealing with the bench problem might not be such a quick fix Hartmann told council that he was clean ing a family plot on Sunday when he noticed an iron bench missing A resident called him this past week and reported that two family plots had been dam aged and robbed he said In a walk through the grounds Hartmann said he noticed missing more than five iron benches more than 20 granite vases eight marble vases and a wire bench He also noticed an iron gate pried open There are practically no benches Hartmann told council Theres one left but its cemented Williams said It makes me sick that someone would do that What kind of person steals a bench from a cemetery See
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