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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas EL MO 09 ST MCRQPUBLISHiCNG E YONDELL TX 79903 NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 86 30 pages in 2 sections March 17 2000 FRIDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Church makes plans to build Westside Community Center BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A weedy acre of land in an area some describe as Third World likely has never had so much potential The acre owned by the First Presbyterian Church in West End is the future site of the Westside Community Center a place where kids will play ball and be tutored and the community will take class es and attend cultural events I think this will change the church elder Carlos Campos said And the change will be thanks in part to the Kro nkosky Charitable Foundation of San Antonio The Help build the Westside Community Center Donations can be mailed to the First Presbyterian Church 2910 Interstate 35 New Braunfels TX 78130 foundation announced this month that the church will get a grant specifically for the project By the end of the summer the church hopes to raise another and start construction of the See First Presbyterian Church elder Carlos Campos studies the plans for a new communi ty center in the West End while the Rev Thomas Martinez looks on The church recently applied and was given a grant for the pro ject K JESSIE Livestock lessons Youths reap lifelong skills earn money through show BY K JESSIE SLATEN BY K JESSIE SLATEN Staff photographer Wesley Mevrins mom worries what her son and others are learning at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale is a dying art Its not an art Mevrin believes can See more afford to be lost stock show The show and pictures and sale began Wednes goat show day and runs results on through Saturday at page 11 A the Comal County Fangrounds At Smithson Valley High School Grace Preiss is studying animal science or as her Agriculture teacher Tom Womble puts it learning to feed the At the youth show Preiss is showing the younger students who look up to her what her years of show experience are worth As he prepared to announce the winner of the Reggie Wuest Memorial Show manship Award Thursday Judge Joe Raff reminded the audience Were raising kids out here not A message not lost on the parents and volunteers lined around the show arena as they nodded their heads in agreement Preiss said she was genuinely surprised when her goat took a blue ribbon in its class She appeared happy but maybe not surprised when Raff congratulated her on winning the Wuest Memorial award Experience thats what counts in the show Preiss said Shes had plenty of that The first year you forget everything youve been taught when you go to the Priess said The second year you forget a few things By the third year you learn to have your tack box together with double everything you need harnesses grooming tools hoof trim mers Priess was prepared and han dled her goat with confidence in the ring See K JESSIE Smithson Valley 4H FFA student Grace Preiss took reserve allaround champion in goats Thursday morning with Scott Schneider of Canyon FFA winning allaround grand cham pion Tornado hits northwest of Austin LEANDER Texas AP A small tornado hit northwest of Austin Thursday afternoon tearing roofs and breaking windows at about a dozen homes No injuries were reported said Leander police Sgt Greg Minton Residents of this town of people about 22 miles northwest of Austin milled in the streets after ward hugging each other and taking pictures of the damage Shingles scattered front yards and patio furniture and jungle gyms were strewn about A fence post punctured the back wall of Larry Gregorys house entering a closet Gregory said no one was home at the time but the closet was his fami lys tornado shelter We never planned it like that he said Its pretty Marcie Dixon lost the roof off her garage This is the fifth tornado shes experienced in vari ous parts of the coun try Dixon said as clouds swirled the windows in her house flexed like they were When she and her mother ran into a bathroom thats when we heard Boom The win dows Peggy McKenzie moved to Leander from Oklahoma City shortly before last years devastating tornado there Thursdays storm tore down her WEATHER WATCH Today Mostly cloudy Highs mid 50s N wind 1525mph Tonight Mostly cloudy Lows mid 40s N wind 1015 mph For a complete forecast for the New Braunfels area see page 2A K JESSIE These hail stones were collect ed from the storm which blew into the New Braunfels area early Thursday evening fence and blew off some shingles Who knows where my patio table she said Her husband Steve McKenzie added The bad thing is the tornado alarm didnt go off until the storm was past The tornado that hit around was just miles from where an F5 tornado killed 29 people in May 1997 National Weather Service meteorologist Clay Anderson said he didnt know how large the tornado was adding it is not a Jar rell Texas Large hail and rain fell Thursday through out the region and angry skies darkened Central Texas As thunderstorms moved through the area pea to marblesize hail was reported in See INSIDE Key Code 76 Steve Earle opens South by Southwest music festival AUSTIN AP The annual South by Southwest music conference began Thurs day with defiant words from keynote speak er and countryrock songwriter Steve Earle who criticized the event as becoming too commercial Earle cohead of an independent record label who himself will be playing Friday night at an Austin night club said he ed the speaking invitation only because a friend asked him to I mean when Im playing tomorrow some band some really really good going to be playing and not get heard because everybodys going to be at my gig and I still have a problem with Earle said The South by Southwest film and multi media conferences opened last week but the music festival considered the heart of the event began Thursday and runs through March 19 About people are expected to attend the festival that showcases more than 800 150 film screenings multimedia trade shows and educational panels What began 14 years ago as a platform for struggling musicians hoping to be discov ered has grown into one of the industrys most popular festivals Major labels no longer just look for new talent they bring it Rap group Cypress Hill was scheduled to perform this week South by Southwest cofounder Roland Swenson shrugged off Earles comments and said the festival has always been about showcasing new talent Its growth and rep utation is something organizers cant always control Swenson said I have no doubt that in a few years peo ple will say Well theyve gotten so com mercial This kind of goes in Swenson said The music event has gone through two or three cycles at least One year were hip and now were not and then were hip again and now were not All those things you cant really take them too seriously you cant really think about them too he said Earle whose 1997 El Corazon is among the most criticallyacclaimed albums of the past decade wore a red Tshirt and blue jeans as he addressed a crowd of about
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