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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas 1 3 2000 NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today with a sprinkler Use of a handheld hose bucket drip irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed on any day at any hour HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 250 20 pages in 2 sections October 13 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Austin woman 19 injured in bombing of Cole AUSTIN AP The Poston family calls the photo of their injured daughter a miraculous answer to prayer Navy officials called Marc and Michelle Poston of Austin Thursday afternoon with news that their daughter 19yearold Keisha Stidham had been injured in the deadly bombing of the USS Cole in a Yemeni harbor on the Arabian peninsula Thats all the Pentagon knew And Stid hams mother and stepfather panicked not knowing the extent Then a photographer with the Austin AmericanStatesman showed the couple a photo of an injured female in a Yemen hos pital The woman in the photo which was broadcast over Yemeni television and picked up wire services happened to be Stidham whose face was covered with bandages but was very recognizable fam ily members said I just burst into tears again because of the Michelle Poston said Mark Poston Stidhams stepfather said its fantastic news just to be able to see this Holly Bara a friend of the family said the photographer had no indication that the woman in the photo was the Postons daughter We think its the power of Bara told The Associated Press It was very comforting all we knew was that she was Bara said the photo shows Stidhams face which is partially bandaged and her right arm and shoulders Stidhams most distinctive features lips eyes and nose were exposed making identifica tion positive she said Theres no one in the world who looks like said Bara 36 Stidham who has been in the service for a year and a half has been stationed on the USS Cole for 10 months October bad luck for black felines BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer If it is bad luck to cross a black cats path then it should be easy to avoid them in October Celebrations of the supernatural fill the month and the supersti tion surrounding the dark felines makes them a hot commodity Today dishes out a double whammy of bad luck for black cats for some Friday the 13th in October heightens the supernatur al significance of the day which also features a full moon tonight The New Braunfels Animal Shelter and most pet stores in the area do not sell or adopt black cats for the entire month of October because they fear the animals will be sacrificed or tortured in a Hal loween prank White cats are becoming a hot item too Cheryl Krueger director of the New Braunfels Humane Society Animal Shelter said her organi zation has refused to adopt black cats for more than a decade They commit sadistic acts toward them They use them for See INSIDE Key Code 76 More smoke than fire K JESSIE New Braunfels firemen Shane Jones left and Donny Obuch mount the initial attack on a small structure fire at 197 Rusch Thursday evening Small blaze draws big attention FROM STAFF REPORTS A family received a warning from the Comal County Fire Marshal Thurs day for burning building material Three engines and two ambulances from the New Braunfels Fire Depart ment responded to the fire in the 100 block of Rusch Lane Thursday after noon No one was injured and the fire did not spread to surrounding homes Local fire officials said the family had dismantled a part of their home to rebuild The family first was burning the pieces of the dismantled building little by little However the family then decided to set the entire pile on fire The fire caused a large black cloud of smoke to billow into the sky The county bum ban has been lifted However Assistant Comal County Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission rules prohibit burning building materials The family was warned because this was their first offense Brinkkoeter said Burn ban lifted rules still apply BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer If county landowners plan on burning brush the Comal County Sheriffs Office wants to be the first to know about it Comal County Judge Danny Scheel lifted the ban on outdoor burning Saturday amidst rain showers that dumped three to six inches of rain by Tuesday The burn ban first was implemented on July 17 Fire Marshal Lin Manford said people who want to burn debris on their property need to alert dis patchers at 6203400 or 8854883 in the Canyon Lake area County officials said Wednesday dispatch had been getting a number of calls from residents reporting that they had seen smoke When people see smoke they call and say we have a Manford said If a dispatcher has information they can immediately know its a controlled burn without toning everybody Despite the rainfall Manford warned residents to be careful The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission has adopted burn requirements Violation of those requirements can result in fines ranging from to confine ment in county jail A copy of the full regulations can be found at In New Braunfels burning is permitted only under very rare conditions and only with a per mit from city Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn For information in the city call Friesenhahn at 6082120 Bat finds leave NB on alert BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A New Braunfels couple who might have been exposed to rabies has begun a series of precautionary injections Cheryl Krueger Humane Society director said a young Willow Avenue couple began taking rabies inoculations after their pet dog bit the husband The dog had been seen Sunday play ing with a dead bat that was too badly decomposed by Tuesday for rabies test ing The dog is now in quarantine Rabies is a disease of the central ner vous system of humans and other mammals It is caused by a virus transmitted by bites from infected animals or in rare cases by contact withjohe saliva of an infected animal It is almost universally fatal This latest incident involving the possible exposure to rabies comes behind four discoveries of rabid bats in New Braunfels in a little less than three weeks Public health officials say that this time of year is a big season for batborne rabies as the migratory mammals fly See What to do if you find a OA Sept 14 Garage Cardinal Lane Sept 26 Parking lot Walnut and Interstate 35 Sept 28 Playground 100 block S Santa Clara Oct 4 Outside school library Seele Elementary 500 block of Howard Oct 8 500 block of Willow Test results not conclusive CHRIS Grapevine uncorks Hospice fundraiser Fredee Carr manager of The Grape Vine shows off a red wine K SLATENTHefaMZeMung Saturday wine tasting also marks Texas Wine Month BY MARGARET EOMONSON Managing Editor If you like your touch of the grape with a Texas twang saddle up for the Gruene Texas Wine Tasting Saturday in Gruene The Grapevine in Gruene will pour on 15 of Texas finest wines in this celebration of Texas Wine Month and fundraiser for Hospice New Braunfels The wine will flow from noon to 6 For the 13 admission wine lovers will get goody bags each containing a souvenir wine glass cork screw and wine mulling spices Musical enter tainment by Dusty Britches will be complimentary as will the three sam ples inside the Grapevine Grapevine coowner Mary Jane Nalley and manager Fredee Carr are keeping a close eye on the skies as they prepare to host about 500 people Were praying it doesnt Carr said Wednesday morning Organizers are planning to have tents set up behind the store where winery representatives will be on hand to answer questions Nalley and Carr are not the only ones hoping for a big turnout Hospice New Braunfejs which mobilized to spread the word about the wine tasting with posters and mailouts also has its collective fingers crossed Nalley said Were hoping it works out Its an opportunity to build a rela tionship with Hospice and grow this event into something that may be an annual fundraiser for them They real ly helped with a lot of Hospice New Braunfels spokes woman Dana Overstreet said We really were honored to be asked to par The Grapevine is using the Gruene Texas Wine Tasting to build other rela tionships with Texas wineries Among those on the table Saturday will be selections from Dry Comal Creek of Comal County K JESSIE This Texas Chardonnay and other wines are ready for tast ing at Saturdays benefit at The Grapevine in Gruene Representatives from Texas wineries will be on hand
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