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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS TX 79903 Vol 148 No 221 24 pages in 2 sections September 24 1999 FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents County fair struts its stuff Annual parade highlights first full day of activities WAI Above Ashley Huitron left was named 1999 Comal County Fair Rodeo queen on Thursday night Also pictured are duchess Kelly Caven center and princess April Wiedenfeld Left A group of students get better acquainted with some young chickens during a visit to the fair exhibits on Thursday The fun con tinues today with the annual pet parade at followed by the county fair parade at 10 For more on the fair see pages 4A and 12A Cox brothers carry on BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Before Dustin and Blaze Cox can call it a day they have to deliver the groceries Three steers and one heifer will accept no excuses when it comes to vittles No matter what the boys are up to they have to serve gourmet feed to their finicky eaters Tending to the animals is more than a hobby for these New Braunfels boys Sixteenyearold Dustin and brother Blaze 8 compete in several steer competitions across Texas throughout the year The brothers with the help of their parents John and Terri and uncle Keith Wiley not only show the steers and take care of them but also breed and sell them We feed water comb and brush Blaze said We also clean their pens We work togeth The brothers are involved in the Comal Coun ty 4HCliib and Dustin isa member ofthe Canyon Future Farmers of America organization and the agriculture club He has served as a judge in several agriculture contests Blaze has only shown steers for two years He is still a beginner in this arena but is quickly learning thanks to his big brother and relatives Dustin started showing steers eight years ago after his uncle got him interested I used to show steers and Dustin would help me with Wiley said When I got out I gave him the equipment You could say I passed the Dustin said he enjoyed showing the steers and hoped to keep passing the torch but it was a big responsibility There is a lot to know and a bunch to he said His dad said raising steers was a lot of work and responsibility but left little time for the boys to stir up mischief CHRISTINA Blaze left and Dustin Cox tend to one of their steers in preparation for the county fair They know that whatever time we get home the cattle need to be John Cox said Dustin knows what needs to be done With school work extracurricular activities and the See TODAYS SCHEDULE Registration and judging for the pet parade begins at Wuests parking lot on San Antonio St Pet parade begins downtown 10 Comal County Fair Parade begins The parade will traverse San Antonio Street between Sycamore and Union streets The parade will be replayed at 10 and 5 Saturday and Sunday on Time Warner Cable channel 16 in New Braunfels The parade also will air on Time Warner Cable in Garden Ridge Parking will not be allowed on San Antonio Street before or during the parade 1 Local high school bands perform at the Comal Corral Admission is free and 7 Texas Hill Country Gun fighters perform Admission is free 8 Rhythm of the Road takes the Comal Corral stage Admission is Cotton Crossing developers waiting for street work Extension of Hanz Drive needed to get project going BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Nothing has been built on the future site of Cotton Crossing but land has been cleared and plans are under way for the 101acre neotraditional neighborhood development off Gruene Road New Braunfels City Council approved the zoning change from residential and commercial zones to a planned develop ment district in February after hearing pros and cons on the proposed million real estate development The proposal includes 128 garden and custom homes a Main Street area with shops and apartments a hotel convention center a retirement village sixacre park winery restaurant and office park Architect Peter Brown said he thought Cotton Crossing would be a landmark but some local residents were not as optimistic particularly about a hotel on the Guadalupe River Sleepy Hollow resident Smith said Rivers and commercialism do not Several residents said they were con cerned any commercial development on the river would bring more litter to the area and disrupt their privacy Despite these concerns officials involved with the project have proceeded and expect to sell their first homes in April 2000 The first step however is to extend Hanz Drive from Gruene Road to Common Street Once we get this road out everything else will branch off off owner Jerry Ford said Ford said he was waiting on the engi neering drawings but construction on the road should start in late November or ear ly December Residents likely will have to wait until spring before any actual structures go up he said Spring is the target date for a squarefoot office campus to be built on Common Street And the first homes should be sold in April Ford said Cotton Crossing has a tentative agree ment with builders in San Antonio for 128 WAI A large sign spells out the Cotton Crossing project plan The development will be built near Gruene garden homes each in the squarefootage range and costing between to Fly fishing kayak day helps Friends for Rivers BY ERIN MAQRUOER Staff Writer Locals can learn how to tie their fly Saturday at the third annual FlyFishing and Kayak Day on the Guadalupe River for Rivers member Ray Box owner of Gruene Outfitters a retail flyfishing and outdoor clothing store at 1629 Hunter Road Ray puts this on every year fundraiser of the year begins Fnends for FFR member tonight with a banquet at the David Davenport said Gristoiill River Restaurant and 8tart8 6 Bar 1287 Gruene Road The event is tested by Friends See FLY INSIDE Key cods 76 Gas leak forces evacuation of Comal Elementary no injuries reported among 500 students staff BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Dry conditions were blamed for a natural gas leak at Comal Ele mentary School that forced some students and staff to be evacuated around noon Thursday school offi cials said Roy Unnaitz maintenance direc tor for Comal Independent School District said some students and staff were evacuated from the schools front wing when fumes from a gas leak entered through an open window No injuries were reported About 500 students attend Comal Ele mentary at 6720 FarmtoMarket Road 482 Personnel from the Bracken Vol unteer Fire Department respond ed to the scene and helped to set up fans to extract the gas fumes from the building Linnartz said The school staff and personnel handled the situation very safely and efficiently with minimum dis ruption Linnartz said They got the kids out of the building and back into the classrooms as soon as School operations were back to normal by 1 he said Linnartz told C1SD trustees Thursday night the leak was from a broken valve that serviced an exter nal furnace from an underground supply line Recent dry conditions caused the
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