Sunday, November 28, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS i I i I I i HERALDZEITUWG Vol 149 No 7 44 pages in 5 sections November 28 1999 Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Perfect season comes to an end Smithson Valleys football team ended its perfect season Friday with a 3023 loss against Schertz Clemens in North East Stadium The Buffaloes avenged the loss they suffered to the Rangers about a year B 6A Vespers concert Melitta Frueh and the Advent Vespers will perform at 4 today at First Baptist Church 733 Cross St launched this beloved longstanding tradition in New Festtage With Thanksgiving out of the way and the shopping season in full swing dont forget to make time for yourself and your family to celebrate Festtage Make your holiday plans by checking the calendar inside today WEATHER Temperatures are heading back near 80 this weekend but look for things to cool off by Wednesday For the com plete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Fire engine damaged in railroad track accident BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer One of New Braunfels Fire and Res cues fire engines is out of ser vice for now after a rough and still mys terious trip across railroad tracks Friday About 11 the truck rolled up a hill outside the Central Fire Station 169 S Hill and partially rolled over the railroad tracks near Huisache Grill 303D W San Antonio St The fire engine ended up with its front end resting on the other side of the hill and its back tires resting on the railroad tracks The fire engine blocked railroad traffic See ALWAYS ON CALL Dispatchers link those needing help with emergency services Above Ten fulltime telecommunication operators including Jeannette Hugghins above work at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center Below Probationary telecommunication operator Stephen Weniger studies the code manual with the help from his colleague Nora Nevarez at the New Braunfels Law Enforcement Center BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer The 10 New Braunfels police dis patchers must keep their heads when everyone else is losing theirs The dispatchers job is to send offi cers or emergency personnel to calls ranging from multivehicle accidents to brush fires For these dispatchers this is no time to get emotional Dispatchers need to be support services assistant and dis patcher trainer Cathy Rodriguez said When the phones start ringing its time to get down to business Emotions are Stress is a constant companion for these dispatchers New Braunfels Police officer Fred Pfeil said it took a special kind of person to be a dis patcher Their job is he said They are having to keep track of five or six police vehicles at one time plus they have computer information they have to Dispatchers are unique Although they are employed by the New Braunfels Police Department they must be equally knowledgeable in dispatching emergency medical tech nicians and firefighters Rodriguez puts the dispatchers through a rigorous 12week training program where they learn everything See New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel and police officers check out damage to the fire engine that was stuck on railroad tracks Friday afternoon CHRISTINA Zeitung Shoppers flock to grab up hot items Pokemon millennium goods selling quickly BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Despite turkey hangovers thousands of New Braunfels residents battled crowds at local shopping centers and stores Friday to participate in one of the biggest shopping days of the year Local retailers were offering so many a parking space might have taken some resi dents until Christmas Eager shoppers lined up in the wee hours of the morning at the WalMart Supercenter 1209 Interstate 35 to catch the Blitz Sale which offered special prices from 6 to 11 It was very very said WalMart assistant manager Katie Sibbernsen We are just trying to make sure we have every thing in stock for our Items that all retailers will want to keep in stock this holiday season include popular childrens toys such as Millennium Barbie Furby Rock N Roll Ernie Walk N Wag Pluto and ultra terrain bicycles And of course no one can forget Poke mon Any products featuring the little pocket monsters are in great demand this season said Chris Justice manager of Hastings in the New Braunfels Marketplace 651 Busi ness 35 One of the problems with keeping every thing Pokemon in stock is that some of the products such as the Pokemon trading cards are in limited supply Justice said On the literary end a series of three Har ry Potter adventure books have been bought up by adults and kids alike he said Retailers also are stocking up on Year 2000 memorabilia such as official Y2K shirts blankets and Class of 2000 stadium seat cushions The Guinness Book of World Records also has released a special millennium edi tion Among the hot items on everyones list for Christmas are electronics such as digital cameras electronic dartboards DVD play ers and seethrough colored 35mm cam eras My kids are asking mainly for electron See Family takes body of 135 victim to Nebraska for burial BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A griefstricken family prepares to say goodbye to a beloved son and brother as lawmen continue their search for two men suspected of killing the New Braunfels man Wednesday on Interstate John Adkins 28 a health and physical education teacher at Center School in San Antonio was shot to death about noon as he traveled southbound on 135 in what The slaying of Adkins is not the first might have been a case of road rage tragedy the family has endured Trip said Adkins grandparents and his mother Adkins father was killed in an automobile Cheryl 51 a school teacher in Korea trav accident in 1980 eled to New Braunfels Thursday night John and his two brothers were just after receiving word of the tragedy said young kids when it she said Mary Trip a close friend and neighbor of Adkins will be buried next to his father Adkins in his hometown of Blair where his Cheryl is doing pretty well and then family returned Friday evening she doesnt do too well Trip said It Funeral services will take place some has been really tough for the time early this next week Trip said John has relatives from all over that will be attending the she said His family has received a lot of support People have been so Trip said she was shocked when she heard Adkins was targeted for such a vio lent crime I cant imagine anyone who would get angry and shoot she said He was See