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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NFELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 269 16 pages in 2 sections November 4 2000 SATURDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Photo submitted New Braunfels High School graduate Jeremiah no last name provided graces a trading card as he campaigns for the title of Boy of the Girls go Boy Crazy over NBHS grad BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor It started as a joke but now Jeremiahs face is on trading cards and a Web site seen by thousands of teenage girls across the United States As the presidential race heats up Jeremiah who grew up in New Braunfels is campaigning in a race of his own He is hoping to be voted Boy of the Year entitling him to a college scholar ship a oneyear modeling contract and a brand new Volkswagen Beetle Jeremiah whose last name is not used to protect him from pverzealous fans said the whole thing started this past year when he and a friend visited a Boy Crazy booth at North Star Mall Boy Crazy is a trading card system for girls which features real boys ages 12 to 22 from across the United States Jeremiah and his friend signed up with the company as possible candidates for the trading cards We thought it was a joke but figured we had nothing to Jeremiah said Jeremiah was picked He had to wait until he turned 18 in July to sign a contract because his mom was not too sure about the whole thing She was a little iffy about the New Braunfels High School graduate said This year he was named Boy of the Week for Sept 410 Fans of Jeremiah went to the Web site to vote for him He now is featured as card number 272 Sean a Southwest Texas University student from Boerne was named Boy of the Week for March 612 and is card number 28 Lisa Larson public relations manager for Boy Crazy said the company introduced the system in February to attract girls into the trading card arena Boys that is what girls are really inter ested in This is real boys for real girls It also gives girls the idea that there are hun See Rainfall slower than 1998 flood FROM STAFF REPORTS The Guadalupe River churned rapidly under the Gruene Road bridge Friday afternoon in New Braunfels White caps crashed against the bridge and were reported to have even leaped over the structure at one point But Fri day afternoon the angry waters stayed under the bridge The waves were still ominous though a reminder of what can happen when New Braunfels gets too much rain The city was devastated by floodwaters in October 1998 Rockin R River Rides located near the Gruene Road bridge was among the many businesses and city residents that suffered in the 1998 flood The company did not take any chances after several days of heavy rain this week Rockin R moved its shuttle buses and some other equipment to higher ground in the middle of the night Thursday Rockin R staff reported They did not have to move the equipment but did so as a precautionary measure While the continuous rains must have frightened a community still recovering from the 1998 flood the National Weather Service said this rain is differ ent from 1998 It does not compare to the 1998 Patrick McDonald forecaster with the National Weather Service said In the 1998 flood we had 20 to 25 inches fall in 24 hours This year were getting 10 to 15 inches of rainfall in five days Thats a much slower event Its causing flooding but when you get 20 to See OA Love that Wurst New Braunfels sausage fest takes bite out of fun K JESSIE Grosse Opa Tom Purdum and wife Bobbie above take the first official bite of Wurst at Friday evenings open ing ceremonies in Wursthalle Ricky Currie right quickly caught on to the happenings in Wursthalle BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Prosit The 40th edition of Wurstfest jumped off Friday afternoon with lederhosen polka music and the nose tickling smell of sauerkraut There were bands local and imported there was beer there were kartoffel puffers and oh yes there was sausage Lots and lots of sausage the signa ture local food around which Wurstfest was built Wurstfest began at 4 with per formances of the Comal Community Band of New Braunfels and this years special guests the Blasorcheter der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr of namesake Braunfels Germany Wurstfest Association President David Lamon and Grosse Opa Tom Purdum made it official at 5 with the traditional biting of the sausage Its not your regular ribboncutting summed up Opa Michael Meek who K JESSIE Wurstfest president David Lamon center announces the official first bite of Wurstfest Friday night Despite inclement weather Wursthalle was packed with oompah fans worked the outside information booth with Opa Mike Shands and others Its not your regular festival either Wurstfest began in 1961 as a one day sausage festival and went through a decadeslong metamorphosis to become the familyoriented festival of New Braunfels heritage it is today Wurstfest is similar to Germanys Oktoberfest with an added Texas twang and traditional foods and a Chicken Dance Purdum has been involved with Wurstfest since the beginning After he donned his badge he admonished rev See INSIDE Gridiron roundup Smithson Valley Rangers take district champi B Canyon Cougars upset Newcombe in car when Bush tagged BY LAURIE KELLMANN Associated Press Writer According to reports surrounding George W Bushs 1976 arrest for driving under the influ ence in Maine New Braunfels resident tennis celebrity John Newcombe was a passenger when the governor was arrested Newcombe owns the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch 325 Mission Valley Road The Australian tennis player was in Sydney Aus tralia yesterday and could not be reached for comNEWCOMBE ment Nancy Alfaro who is in charge of marketing at the Newcombe ranch said phones were ringing off their hooks since the news broke She could not comment on the incident because she had not been in touch with New combe Newcombe his wife and Bushs sister Dorothy were in the car when a police officer arrested Bush his spokeswoman Karen Hugh es said George W Bush said he regrets driving under the influence of alcohol 24 years ago but does not think the revelation of his arrest so close to Tuesdays presidential election will do anything to change voters minds about him At a rally in Grand Rapids on Friday Bush drew thunderous applause when he said I made mistakes in my life but Im proud to tell you Ive learned from those Bush earlier said he had been open about his alcohol use I have been very candid about my past Ive said Ive made mistakes in the past Peo ple know that Theyve thought about that Theyre making their minds up he said Former First Lady Barbara Bush called the matter Much ado about while Bush campaign spokeswoman Karen Hughes said Friday at a brief airport news conference that Bush has not hidden his record She said the only time Bush was asked whether he had been arrested for drinking and driving he See Abby Classifieds 58B Comics 5A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 13B Today 2A Key Code 76 Coming Sunday Heritage Society of New Braunfels invites everyone to New Braunfels Civic Center for a step back in 1C Downtown arson suspect acquitted BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A jury acquitted a 37yearold man Friday of setting a February 1999 blaze that damaged several downtown New Braunfels businesses Andrew Ortiz of New Braunfels was found not guilty of charges of arson and tampering with physical evidence in con nection with the Feb 3 1999 fire Ed Jendrzey assistant district attorney said The decision followed a weeklong tri al in district court that began Monday with jury selection Testimony ended Thursday and closing arguments were Friday morning The 12member jury began deliberating around noon Friday and returned with its decision at about Friday Jendrzey said Im Jendrzey said The fire began at about 3 Feb 3 at what was then First Plaza Finance at 140 N Castell Ave The fire caused to damage to the business reports from that time said The business has since moved to a new location Officials said in 1999 that the fire began in the managers office at First Plaza Finance and spread to three other businesses through a common attic At one point Friday afternoon the jury sent a message to the court that it was locked in a 75 decision The message did not indicate if the majority of the jury believed Ortiz was guilty or not guilty The judge instructed the jury to con tinue deliberations Ortiz was originally indicted on three charges arson tampering with physical evidence and theft However Jendrzey said Ortiz was taken to trial on only the charges of arson and tampering with physical evidence Ortiz has been in jail since Sept 20 1999   

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