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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 5 can water today before 9 and after 7 For Information call 6088925 ZEITUNG Vol 149 No 254 16 pages in 2 sections October 18 2000 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Police arrest anchorman on child porn charges SAN ANTONIO AP A San Antonio TV anchorman has been arrested on accusations of buying pho tos of nude children Gerry Grant the weekend anchor mail at ABC affiliate KSATTV was released from jail Tuesday after post ing bond He was arrested Monday night at a motel and charged with possession of child pornography a thirddegree felony According to an affidavit investigators watched the 41yearold Grant buy four ExpressNews photos of children between the ages of 6 and 12 KSAT vice president and general manager Jim said that Grant was on a temporary leave of absence WEDNESDAY Bush Gore go toetotoe in Round 3 AP Vice President Al Gore attacked George W Bush as an airy of the rich and powerful Tuesday night but the Texas governor rebutted in climactic campaign debate that his rival was a big spender in the mold of Democratic liberals who once sought the White House and lost He proposed more than Walter Mon dale and Michael Dukakis Bush said of two Democratic presidential candi dates rejected by the voters in 1984 and 1988 The Texas governor and the vice presi dent locked in a close race for the White House argued domestic and foreign policy issues for 90 minutes in a town hallstyle format It was their third encounter in two weeks and their last before they face judg ment at the polls on Nov 7 In their final summations the two men stripped their appeals to their essentials I have kept my said Gore who has served as Bill Clintons vice president for two terms He mentioned his service in Vietnam a strong marriage of 30 years He said the nation has experienced record pros perity and reduced crime in recent years and pledged to build on it Ill make you one promise here You aint seen nothing yet and I will keep that Under the rules Republican Bush got the last word I think after three debates the good people of this country understand there is a he said The differ ence between a big federal government and someone who is coming from outside Wash ington who will trust See Missouri governor killed in air plane Tuesday rain nothin like 98 Thunderstorms strike south central Texas on second anniversary of flood BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer As the skies over Comal County opened up Tuesday afternoon worried residents battled against a disturbing bout of deja vu and inundated the New Braunfels weather office with phone calls Were getting phone calls about every 18 forecaster Pat McDonald said during the midafter noon rainfall The weather was an eerie reminder of the day two years ago when the rain would not stop and more than 18 inch es of rain dropped on New Braunfels Were not going to get McDon ald said All flash flood warnings end ed by early afternoon Most of the heavy stuff fell to the east and west of us in Handera and Kerr A pressure system hit warm tropical air and dumped about 26 inches of rain by 9 At the New Braunfels Main Fire Station reported 24 inches of rain and the Spring Branch Fire Depart ment measured about 76 inches After stalling over the Hill Country the rain system moved toward central and east central Texas Meanwhile northwest Bexar County took in about inches of rain in less than 30 minutes and Bandera received about 7 inches So there are some heavier showers out McDonald said We had the one system go through we have a second system coming We are expecting more probably wont be that heavy but we are getting National Weather Service forecast ers expected the second pressure system to unleash at least another inch of rain Tuesday night The meteorologists expect more rain this afternoon The Associated Press reported about 50 people in West Texas had to be res cued from their flooded cars and hous CHRIS Adam Fellows and his son Mitchell 3 visiting New Braunfels eat lunch in Landa Park Tuesday during the rain es after as much as inches of rain fell in about an hour See related story The flood damaged Seele Elemen tary during Cris Vasquezs first year as principal While extended periods of rain can send shivers down some flood survivors spines Vasquez said yester days rain did not worry her I do remember that day in 1998 because it was so traumatic for the kids and teachers who lost so Vasquez said Resident Joseph Garcia said he wel comed the rain as long as it contin ued falling at a reasonable rate I dont mind the rain because we need Garcia said Todays forecast calls for partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 with northeast winds 10 mph Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the 50s And Thursday and Fri day is forecast to be mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s Flooding forces Abilene residents to evacuate ABILENE AP Dozens of peo ple had to be rescued from their cars and the city set up two emergency shelters after more than 6 inches of rain fell in about an hour Tuesday Officials were still trying to deter mine how many people were dis placed said Mark Whitten with the citys emergency management office No injuries were immediately report ed Usually we can handle 4to 6 inches of rain in a day in Abilene but when it comes within a couple of hours its too much for the drainage system to said Phil Baker a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Angelo Two thunderstorm systems one moving from the West and the other from the South merged over Abi lene on Tuesday morning causing heavy rain and some hail Baker said Fire Department stations across the city reported from 4to inches of rain before noon Most flooding was in the northern and eastern parts of the city near Cedar and Cat Claw creeks Baker said Up to 10 feet of water covered Treadway Boulevard in the eastern part of town some residents reported Man 102 advises doing best you can BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In 1898 American compos er Scott Joplin wrote Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie offered to buy the Philippines for million Cuban partisans allegedly blew up the battleship Maine in Havana Bay pro pelling the United States into the Spanish American War A gallon of milk cost 27 cents and a gallon of gasoline the fuel for the stateof theart in transportation the horseless carriage cost 20 cents And in Gaffhey future Army Chef Hiram Eugene Harris was born on Oct 17 Tuesday Gene Harris cele brated his 102nd birthday at Vista Village Retirement Community in New Braunfels In 1916 Harris followed US Army General John Black Jack Pershing into Mexico chasing Pancho See K JESSIE Vista Village Director Diane Overeynder presents Hiram Harris with his birthday cake Tuesday afternoon Harris who plans on being around for at least four more years rose to meet each of his guests as they arrived at the celebration INSIDE Key Code 76 TABC MEETING The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission meets at Monday at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin The meeting includes an opportunity for public comment TABC takes up citys alcohol ban ordinance BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The debate over New Braunfels proposed alcohol ban on the rivers centers around a single definition in the states alcohol laws The threemember Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will vote Monday on the citys proposal to ban alcohol consumption and open alcoholic beverage containers in a central river business dis The commis sion meets at Mon day at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin The meeting includes an opportunity for public com ment The proposed district would include the Guadalupe Riv er between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and the Comal River between the Landa Park Drive Bridge and the Comals confluence with the Guadalupe The city council approved an ordinance estab lishing the central river business district and alcohol ban after a petition of local residents called for the ban The ban cannot be implemented without TABC approval General counsel Lou Bright who has been with TABC for six years said the commission had con sidered about 10 similar requests The requests are generally noncontroversial and historically have generated little public comment he said This is the first time a central business district petition has gotten this much he said Bright said many who contacted him about the pending vote focused on whether the area targeted as the central river business district meets the states definition of a central business district That is in my mind kind of where the focus of this debate he said Bright will make a recommendation to the com mission on whether to approve the citys request I have not reached a final determination as to exactly what my advice is going to be to my he said However Bright said he would finalize his rec ommendation later this week The commission does not have to follow his recommendation Bright said he received some letters and calls on the issue but had not been inundated The input has been pretty balanced on both sides of the issue he said Based on the character of what weve gotten I couldnt tell you the community of New Braunfels is overwhelmingly opposed to this or overwhelming supportive of this based on what my voice mes sages and file look Bright said The proposed ban falls under a law that allows cities to petition the TABC for an order prohibiting the possession of open containers and public con sumption of alcohol in the central business district The law does not leave the commission much choice when it conies to establishing the district The law states that if a city petitions the TABC for   

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