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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY January 2 2003 j0 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 45 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 185 50 cents First baby of new year a Godsend K JESSIE Eddie and Maria Ybarra welcomed their son Eddie Jacob at 2 Wednesday Eddie Jacob was the first baby bom at McKenna in 2003 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Grandfathers and great grandfathers go to great lengths in easing lifes pains and of setting things right for their grandchildren Thats what Angelino Men chacas grandchildren say he did for them Two of them were at McKenna Memorial Hospi tal Wednesday His granddaughter Eliza beth Saenz was there because her brother Eddie Ybarra and his wife Maria gave birth to Merrchacas greatgrandson Eddie Jacob Ybarra The infant was the first born at McKenna in 2003 He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces was 21 and onequar ter inches long and was born with his grandfathers big hands and feet The birth restored the joy of New Years Day to a fami ly that hasnt felt it for three years because Menchaca died on New Years Day 1999 Eddie Ybarra and his fam ily were ecstatic Were really Maria said Wednesday morning holding her first son Its a blessing of God that He sent us this child on New Years Marias sisterinlaw Eliz abeth Saenz was at McKen na offering Eddie and Maria help support and advice I told my grandmother that our grandfather having left us on New Years Day sent us an angel to replace Saenz said It is really special to all of Changing of the guard Countys elected officials sworn in BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The countys annual swearingin ceremony Wednesday morning was a solemn occasioii with a little homey comic relief followed by the annual photo opportuni ty Comal Countys first meeting of 2003 was much more heavily attended than most com missioners courts are with a standingroom only crowd on hand to welcome newly elected officials and the New Year County Judge Danny Scheel introduced the annual event with thanks to his staff and a moment of recognition for retiring county offi cials The Comal County officers who have been newly elected or reelect ed face many challenges during the next four years in a county that has grown by a rate of 51 percent over the last 10 Scheel said You confront those challenges by electing people you trust and feel confident can rise to the occasion when needed I have known most of these people for many years and I think you have made outstanding Scheel said The judge went on See K JESSIE Above Local photographer John Moler tries to keep things light but dignified as he sets up a group shot of Comal County elected officials Wednesday morning following an official swearingin ceremony at the Courthouse Annex Below Outgoing Precinct 4 County Commissioner Moe Schwab hugs his successor Jan Kennady after she is sworn in Wednesday Kennady replaces Schwab at court BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Former New Braunfels Mayor and incoming Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady stopped by the county courthouse Tuesday and paid a courtesy call on Moe Schwab Wednesday she was sworn in to take his place Moe has served us wisely and well and I know I can count on him any time I need to ask Ken nady said He told me hell be glad to help Todays weekly meeting wont be Kennadys first trip to commissioners court Kennady who has been in politics and public life for 25 years has done everything she can to prepare for her new post See us He is a Such gifts dont often come without considerable effort and Eddie Jacobs arrival was fraught with effort for Maria We came to the hospital at 9 at night on Dec Eddie said The doctor told me to go home and get some At 6 Tuesday Maria called Eddie and he rushed over to the hospital but still no baby The day was a long diffi cult one for mom who See Dam road should open later this month BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SATTLER County offi cials had hoped it would be a Christmas gift or at least a way of welcoming the New Year But Dam Access Road washed out in the July flood is expected to reconnect the north and south sides of Canyon Lake by the end of January The project which will bridge the breach in the road created when Canyon Lake crested over its spill way for the first time is expected to cost about It is being paid for by a percent state tolocal match which means that Comal Countys part of the project will cost around Under state and federal flood recovery guidelines that doesnt mean that Comal County will necessar ily have to ante up the entire amount said Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Dawson Well have a lot of inkind services It wont be like dip ping into the he said Commissioners and Coun ty Engineer Tom Hornseth have been pushing for com pletion of the bridge project but required federal approvals have delayed the job Dam Access Road was cut on land owned by the Army Corps of Engineers The county was forced to get approvals of the design an assessment of the projects environmental impact By my druthers were about a month behind sched Dawson said Id have See INSIDE Key Code 76 a Cow bulling its way through subdivision BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Law enforcement officers in two counties working to corral a suspect seen horn ing into new homes got the first break in their case Sat urday capturing the bovine marauder on film New Braunfels Police Sgt David Wilson said his depart ment has heard several com plaints about breakins in the North Ranch Estates subdi vision off County Lone Road since Nov 7 The problem is that each time officials investigate the suspect has mooved on often leaving a patty of pun gent evidence of its misdeed in the middle of the floor of homes that are under con struction Neighbors and contractors reported a wayward heifer in the area Wilson said but officials could not act with out better information Under the Estray laws of the Texas Agriculture Code a county sheriff is responsible for loose livestock As Nprth Ranch Estates is in Guadalupe County the NBPD contacted Lt Tom Meeley who is Sheriff s Estray officer They told us they could nt do anything unless we could get a picture of Wil son said I think they were worried about arresting the wrong New Braunfels Animal Control Officer Sean Franklin was put on the investigation Evidently it likes to get out of the weather at night and go into a few of the homes the builders are work ing Franklin said Other than going in the houses all its doing is tearing up the sod a little bit I believe theres some minor damage as far as fecal mat ter things of that nature inside the Franklin said As you can imagine the See Dancing the year away K JESSIE Members of the Candlelight Dance Club twirl the old year away Tuesday night at the civic center as midnight of 2003 approaches This was the second year the dub has conducted a New Years Eve dance at the center
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