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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALD7 JNG 50 cents Vol 149 No 5 20 pgs in 2 sections November 25 1999 Serving Coma County since 1852 NB man dead in 135 sh Thanksgiving weekend gets off to tragic start traffic delayed for hours BY ERIN MAGRUDER AND PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writers New Braunfels man was shot to death late Wednesday morning in what might have been a case of road rage John Adkins was driving a con vertible about noon in Schertz when someone in another car shot him Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox said Two men fired three shots one of which hit Adkins in the back He was pronounced dead at the scene Adkins taught high school in San Antonio and lived in New BratinfelSi Gox said The two men who police believe were the killers drove away from the scene Police were looking for a four door gray or silver latemodel Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Mar quis with two men inside Wit nesses said the car was occupied by two Hispanic or Anglo men TIPS To GUARD AGAINST ROAD RAGE Follow all the laws of the road Resist the urge to play traffic cop Do not speed up block lanes slam or tap on the brakes Do not offend drivers with hand gestures verbal abuse or intimidating driving Avoid eye contact to keep the situation from becoming not provoke drivers by flashing your lights or honking your horn Do not tailgate Wai Law enforcement officials above help remove the body of John Adkins from his vehicle found on the south side of the FarmtoMarket Road 1103 overpass at Interstate 35 Top left Toe Drakes overturned car was found on the north side of the overpass The car was last seen south of New Braunfels Police said they believed the weapon was a 9mm handgun Police believe the killers remain armed and should be considered dangerous Cox said the killers might have been racing with Adkins or chas ing him A motive for the shooting was under investigation The shooting occurred at while Adkins was driving southbound on 135 near the rest area and the Schwab Road exit said Lt Beverly Todd of the Schertz Police Department Adkins car careened out of con trol and slammed into a minivan driven by Toe Drake who was in serious condition at Brooke Army Medical Center Wednesday night Drakes vehicle flipped at least once See Pokemon craze could spark early shopping BY JAKOB WESOLICK HeraldZeitung Correspondent The Friday after Thanksgiving likely will be the busiest day of Christmas shop ping Its the day when stores such as KMart have crowds waiting to get inside maybe because of the new shipment of Pokemon toys Anything that has Pokemon is KMart assistant Lupe Farias said We have the yellowcolored Gameboys bean bags cards even the slippers You only get so many shipments are limited and peo ple demand Do you have Pokemon What started out as a Nintendo Game boy game Pokemon has grown to include trading cards a TV series toys comic books and a movie Many customers at KMart have rainchecks to reserve a Pokemon items Target as well has the Pokemon mad ness the store receives at least 30 phone requests per day Farias said people were doing a lot bet ter with their shopping this year At one time we would really have to be prepared for people with returns and last minute shoppers not finding what they were looking for History shows that a lot of customers have learned to shop Farias said But no matter bow many people learn to shop early there still will be a few last See This man knows turkey CYNTHIA to the HeraldZeitung Daryl Huff holds one of his turkeys at his 120 acre turkey farm in Luling Right His turkeys huddle in their pen BY CYNTHIA CIELUCH HeraldZeitung Correspondent LULING When you and your loved ones get ready to tear into the turkey this Thanksgiving dont forget to give thanks to people like Daryl Huff Huff deals with thousands of the turkeys year round to keep America sup plied on Thanksgiving The 37yearold Caldwell County farmer and his three farm hands provide the turkeys as many as of them with plenty of feed and water as well as medication and vitamins They clean the enormous pens and make sure the turkeys stay at a comfortable tem perature And they do all this while listening to the nonstop sound of gobble gobble gobbles Theyre noisy but Ive gotten used to Huff said as he walked around the 120 acres where his turkeys are raised Its a weird noise they make If you holler at them they will yell back at Huff yelled Hey As if on cue the turkeys erupted into a cacopho ny of gobbles When Huff opens the door to one of his numerous turkey houses an observ er can nearly be blown down not only by the overwhelming sound but also the smell Turkeys in close confinement do not smell pleasant Huff would never dispute the popular stereotype that turkeys are dumb He said that throughout his entire fanning career he has never seen a smart turkey or an animal who was dumber than turkeys Huff even has a calendar that states God put turkeys on the earth to make cattle look Huff told a couple of stories to prove that turkeys are not the brightest crea tures Back when they used to grow them outside on the range they would have to gather them up when it Huff said If they didnt the turkeys would hold their heads up and drown themselves That is the reason why we have them inside now There is another dumb thing that they do If a coyote comes around the turkey house at night the turkeys will get scared and pile up on top of one another They get smothered and several of them Huffs farm was started in the 1940s by Huffs grandfather Horace Green Chuckle Huff What began as a Family gives thanks for life BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff writer The Roth family has a special reason to give thanks on this day of Sarah is still alive God has been so gracious to save the life of my mom Janice Roth said We came so close to losing her I am grateful for the extra time God has allowed us to have with Sarah said she would be giving thanks also Im thankful I only have diabetes instead of she said But Im wishing for a cure every day Seven months ago Sarah 12 was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes Her blood sugar level was 651 well above the normal level of 100 Because it was so high she had to spend several frightening nights in the intensive care unit at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio When Sarah was released her family includ ing her twin Jennifer decided to alter their lifestyle to fit Sarahs Dinner menus for the family now include Sarahs strict new diet She had to learn how to prick her finger several times a day to check her blood sugar level and how to inject herself with insulin This is not something you get used to right See joins her mother Janice Roth and her twin sister Jennifer middle t friendly meal INSIDE Archives Key coda 76
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