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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 4 can water before 9 ana after 7 today Well users cannot water today HERALDZEITUN Vol 149 No 191 18 pages in 2 sections August 5 2000 SATURDAY Serving Comal Countv K JESSSIE Steve Stigall holds up the shorts he was wearing when a shark he had caught turned around and bit him on the leg CLman sharkbit at coast BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE There are fishing stories and then there is Steve Stigalls fish ing story When he tells his children or his chil drens children about the one that got away a week or so ago in Galveston Bay taking his expensive Perm rod and reel with it they will probably believe him They should Stigall still may have the scars to prove his story The Canyon Lake resident was wade fish ing in the bay with a buddy at the west end of Galveston Island on July 28 when he snagged a shark and reeled the razor toothed little carnivore in Bear in mind here that Stigall was stand ing in water up to his chest on the third sandbar out from the island and that when one wade fishes one is usually tied to a shark buffet made up of a stringer of wounded fish already caught and a buck et of bait shrimp Who would stand in water and pull a shark to himself It is easy to ask But what Stigall did next was just incredi ble The shark which the fisherman points out was a little one a blacktip shark only 3 or feet long was all wrapped up in his line so he grabbed it by its tail thinking he would untangle it But the shark had other ideas While Sti gall held onto its tail the fish whipped its head around and sunk its jaws into his upper right leg through his swimming trunks clamped down and held on for three or four seconds Ouch It wasnt Jaws or anything but it hurt like Stigall said I Stigall shook the shark loose He does not remem ber it he said but he apparently dropped his rod because the shark took off with it See SH OA Residents keep vigil for trooper BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Trooper Randall Vetters home looks almost normal The lawn is perfectly manicured Two metal posts support a young tree in the front yard Flowers and bushes of many colors decorate the yard in front of the lightcolored brick home A green lawn hose is wrapped care fully around a rack on the wall and a For Sale sign sits in the front yard Everything is normal except that a trooper from the Texas Department of Public Safety sits in a patrol car in the driveway The trooper is waiting and watching out of love for a fallen comrade while Vetters family holds a vigil at the hospital hoping for his recovery Vetter a sixyear veteran of the DPS was shot in the head while on duty A 72yearold man Vetter stopped on a traffic violation near Kyle is suspected of shooting the troop er with a semiautomatic Ruger Mini 14 Authorities described the gun Thursday as a highpowered assault type Vetter remained in critical condition at Austins Brackenridge hospital Friday VETTER afternoon Until recently Vetter was stationed at the New Braunfels DPS office And now the troopers who worked with him are keeping a vigil at his house A trooper will be parked in the driveway 24 hours a day for the next several days This is a courtesy we provide to the said Trooper Robert Armstrong on Friday As Armstrong sat in his patrol car several of Vetters neighbors walked up to his car door They wanted to know Vetters condition and expressed their sympathy for Vetters family and the other troopers They often left food like the bag of See Tax holiday Shoppers hit local stores BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Jamie Smith a Wimberley resi dent and mother of two began her backtoschool shopping at KMart in New Braunfels Friday morning with one goal in mind to avoid the out let mall in San Marcos Smith of many parents trying to beat weekend crowds while staying away from busy malls during the first day of taxfree shopping Fri day morning Maria Williamson a San Marcos resident and mother of three said traffic along Interstate 35 near the outlet mall in San Marcos was heavy and the parking lots were packed And with construction at the 135 bridges she said it would be impos sible to get to the outlets from where she lives Theres no way to get to she said Its absolutely stop and go Rather than fight traffic Williamson decided drive to New Braunfels to make some exchanges at KMart 1050 Interstate 35 East I shopped earlier Im just making exchanges I dont think saving a tew dollars is worth the crowds you have to put up Williamson said Residents can take advantage of a threeday holiday on local and state sales tax on most clothing and shoes costing less than 100 The taxfree holiday ends Sunday night Smith said she took a day off work Friday to get a head start on her shop ping Its too busy on she said And most of its already picked Williamson added Smith said she shopped during the sales tax holiday last year and saved a lot of money buying clothes for CHRIS Stanley Slater takes advantage of a taxfree day Friday afternoon at KMart in New Braunfels People still have Saturday and Sunday to buy clothes shoes and other items without paying sales tax her two schoolaged children This year layaway purchases have I bought about worth of been added to the list of qualified taxexempt items Consumers can set aside eligible items during the tax holiday and reserve the tax break until the items are paid for in full clothes so whatever the sales tax on that would she said Last year Texans spent more than million on taxexempt clothes and shoes during the first threeday sales tax holiday saving more than million in sales tax Shoppers are expected to save million this year Smith said she planned to visit two or three stores to get her kids outfit ted in clothes and shoes for the next school year See 50 cents INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Gary P Nunn will entertain the crowds with his original country tunes at Gruene Hall tonight Judge allows Brookshire to continue BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels and Brookshire Homes both claimed victories Friday in a decision granting the developer a temporary restrain ing order against the city Judge Charles Ramsay the 22nd District Court judge telephoned attorneys represent ing the city and Brookshire Homes in a con ference call Friday both sides reported The restraining order he granted allows Brookshire Homes to continue work on 12 homes already under construction in the Meadow Creek subdivision off Pahmeyer Road in New Braunfels However work on 13 other homes Brook shire Homes has contracted to build but begun remains stalled Its a major victory for Brookshire Homes a major said Connolly a spokesman for Brookshire Homes What were so pleased about is finally this issue has been taken away from the city hall politics and a city attorney and a city manager acting way outside the bounds of their authority It was moved into the courtroom where an impartial judge looking at the facts made a decision based solely on those Brookshire Homes and the city are embroiled in a legal battle that began earlier this year when the city revoked building per mits and refused to grant additional building permits for the Meadow Creek subdivision City staff said the homes violate city ordi nance because they are not the same average value size and type as other homes in the area Brookshire Homes sued the city and appealed the citys actions to the New Braun fels zoning board of adjustments which sided with the city That led the developer to seek a restraining order against the city so it could continue building homes while the lawsuit continues Ramsay heard arguments about the restrain ing order from attorneys representing the two sides on Thursday and called them with his decision Friday Connolly said the judge is allowing the 12 homes already under construction to be built as they were sold In other words the judge See INSIDE Coming Sunday Key Code 76 Gruene Hall is the stage far weekly gospel brunches that have soared with popularity among local resi dents and tourists With a smaller of oldfash ioned harmonies and a lavish meal patrons are rarely Sophienburg finds well in parking lot BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Volunteers at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives uncovered a little bit of history Thursday right under their own feet As volunteers left at the archives 4 closing time a depression was noted in the parking lot behind the archive which is located in the old city hall building on Seguin Avenue John Rightmire an archive volunteer for several years investigated and found a softballsized hole in the asphalt I couldnt see Rightmire said He stuck a pipe into the hole and could not touch the bottom They cordoned the area off for safety covered the hole with plywood and went home When Rightmire returned Friday he brought a 100foot tape measure and a rock hammer and set to work opening up a hole he could peer into What he found was carefully laid stonework around an empty well a little more than a yard in diameter He put a weight on the end of the tape measure and dropped it into the hole The well is 32 feet deep We were all Rightmire said Its literally a hole back into the Workers at the archive checked old maps trying to find a reference to their historical hole but an 1885 map ends right in the middle of the archive building bisecting the reception desk said Becky L ombardo The well would have been just behind one of the two houses that sat where todays archive is A 1912 map places some structure about where the well is something that looks like it could have been an outhouse Lombardo said John Specht a Sophien burg board member and director of its facil ities and grounds called the city and New See
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