New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 2, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 02, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY January 2, 2003 IO pages in 2 sections ■MHP* ■■■■■a**    it;    pages    in    c    secHerald-Zeitung i :______ HH ............""U"'1" ................. ■« MWW ■ ii liftw i >r„ .Sf.’.i „ Vol. 152, No. 45Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents First baby of new year ‘a Godsend’ K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Eddie and Maria Ybarra welcomed their son. Eddie Jacob, at 2 a.m. Wednesday. Eddie Jacob was the first baby bom at McKenna in 2003. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Grandfathers — and greatgrandfathers — go to great lengths in easing life’s pains and of setting things right for their grandchildren. That’s what Angeline Men-chaca’s grandchildren say he did for them. Two of them were at McKenna Memorial Hospital Wednesday. His granddaughter, Elizabeth Saenz, was there because her brother, Eddie Ybarra, and his wife, Maria, gave birth to Merrchaca’s great-grandson, Eddie Jacob Ybarra. The infant was the first born at McKenna in 2003. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, was 21 and one-quarter inches long and was bom with his grandfather’s big hands and feet. The birth restored the joy of New Year’s Day to a family that hasn’t felt it for three years because Menchaca died on New Year’s Day, 1999. Eddie Ybarra and his fam-Inside Abby....................................5A Classifieds...........................3-4B Comics................................2B Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................6A Movies................................5A Obituaries...................  3A Sports........................  1B Today..................................2Awww.herald-zeitung.com Key Code 76 8 ' 56825 00001    1 Cow bulling its way through subdivision By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Law enforcement officers in two counties working to corral a suspect seen horning 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 department has heard several complaints about, break-ins in the North Ranch Estates subdivision off County Line Road since Nov. 7. The problem is that each time officials investigate the suspect has “mooved” on — often leaving a patty of pungent evidence of its misdeed in the middle of the floor of homes that are under construction. Neighbors and contractors reported a w ayward heifer in the area, Wilson said, but officials could not act without better information. Under the Estray laws of the Tfexas Agriculture Code, a county sheriff is responsible for loose livestock. As North Ranch Estates is in Guadalupe County, the NBPD contacted Lt. Tom Meeley, who is Sheriff ‘s Estray officer. “They told us they couldn’t do anything unless we could get a picture of it,” Wilson said. “I think they were ily were ecstatic. “We’re really happy,” Maria said Wednesday morning, holding her first son. “It’s a blessing of God that He sent us this child on New Year’s Day.” Maria’s sister-in-law, Elizabeth Saenz, was at McKenna, offering Eddie and Maria help, support and advice. “I told my grandmother that our grandfather, having left us on New Year’s Day, sent us an angel to replace him,” Saenz said. “It is really special to all of us. He is a Godsend.” Such gifts don’t often come without considerable effort, and Eddie Jacob’s arrival was fraught with effort for Maria. “We came to the hospital at 9 at night on Dec. 30,” Eddie said. “The doctor told me to go home and get some sleep.” At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Maria called Eddie and he lushed over to the hospital, but still, no baby. The day was a long, difficult one for mom, who See BABY/5A Dam road should open later this month By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SATTLER — County officials had hoped it would bt* 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 spillway for the first time, is expected to cost about $500,000. It is being paid for by a 75/25 percent state-to-local match, which means that Comal County’s part of the project will cost around $125,000. Under state and federal flood recovery guidelines, that doesn’t mean that Comal County will necessarily have to ante up the entire amount, said Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Dawson. “We’ll have a lot of in-kind services. It won’t be like dipping into the checkbook,” he said. Commissioners and County Engineer Tom Hornseth have been pushing for completion of the bridge project, but required federal approvals have delayed the job. Dam Access Road was cut on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The county was forced to get approvals of the design, an assessment of the project’s environmental impact. “By my druthers, we’re about a month behind schedule,” Dawson said. “I’d have See ROAD/5A worried about arresting the wrong cow.” New Braunfels Animal Control Officer Scan 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 working on,” Franklin said. “Other than going in the houses all it’s doing is tearing up the sod a little bit. I believe there’s some minor damage as far as fecal matter, things of that nature inside the homes,” Franklin said. “As you can imagine, the See COW/5ADancing the year away K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung 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 Year’s Eve dance at the center. Changing of the guard County’s elected officials sworn in By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The county’s annual swearing-in ceremony Wednesday morning was a solemn occasion with a little homey comic relief followed by the annual photo opportunity. Comal County’s first meeting of 2003 was much more heavily attended than most commissioner’s courts are, with a standing-room-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 officials. “The Comal County officers who have been newly elected or re-elected face many challenges during the next four years in a county that has grown by a rate of 51 percent over the last IO years,” 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 choices,” Scheel said. The judge went on, See SWORN/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung (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 swearing-in 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 anything,” Kennady said. “He told me hell be glad to help me.” Today’s weekly meeting won’t be Kennady’s 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 KENNADY/3A ;

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