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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Annual Hill Country Doll Show returns to civic Leisure Say It with flowers Florists gear up for Valentines NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Canyon NB swimmers compete at regional B SUNDAY February 2 2003 j pages in 5 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 70 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 MICHAEL ANDERSON DAVID BROWN KALPANA CHAWLA LAUREL CLARK RICK HUSBAND WILLIAM MCCOOL I LAN RAMON Space shuttle vaporized Nation picking up pieces after catastrophe BY MARCIA DUNN AND RAM EASTON Associated Press Writers High over Texas and just short of home space shuttle Colum bia fell to pieces Saturday raining debris over hundreds of miles of countryside Seven astronauts perished a gut wrenching loss for a country and world already staggered by tragedy Columbia disaster The catastrophe occurred 39 miles above the Earth in the last 16 minutes of the 16 day mission as the spaceship reentered the atmosphere and glided in for a landing in Florida In its horror and in its backdrop of a crystal blue sky the day echoed one almost exactly 17 years before when the Challenger exploded The Columbiais said President Bush after he tele phoned the families of the astronauts to console them The same creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn Bush said his eyes glistening The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth but we can pray they are safely o AXIAI ii r i SHANE Press Scott Walker Palestine Volunteer Fire Department chief checks a piece of debris with a Geiger counter off Highway 155 10 miles north of Palestine Texas The metal is believed to be from the space shuttle Columbia explosion that happened Saturday morning The search for the cause began immediately One focus possible damage to Colum bias protective thermal tiles on the left wing from a flying piece of debris during liftoff on Jan 16 The loss of seven explorers of spaces dark reaches shuttle commander Rick Hus band Michael Anderson David Brown Kalpana Chawla Laurel Clark William McCool and Ilan Ramon brought a new round of grief to a nation still in mourning after the terrorist See At Landa Park Golf Course golfer Armando Granado watches the news unfold Saturday mom ing as NASA continues to call Columbias disas ter a contingency not yet willing to admit to her crews demise K JESSIE Zeitung 16 years later residents remember Challenger BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Asa child in January 1986 Marlynn Mead jL JLwatched coverage of the shuttle Challenger tragedy We were watching it at our she said Saturday morning she was driving from San Antonio into New Braunfels where her husband and sister work to do fun things with her daughter she said She heard on the radio that space shuttle Columbia exploded She tried to explain the tragedy to her daughter Shalynn Sprague 8 who has been studying astronomy and visiting the planetarium in school I told our daughter they would probably be talking about it in Mead said Shalynn said the event made her sad and asked her mom if the shuttle crew was going to crash into the sun Her mother said though Shalynn is trying to make sense of the event itself she understands the tragedy of it Right away she Mead said She watched the stuff and she under Mead said she sees the deaths of the seven crew members as honorable She said she thinks of the astro nauts as fireman putting their lives at risk for the field See Town meeting focuses on street repair civic center BY SEAN BOWLJN Staff Writer When Mayor Adam Cork ran for office one thing he wanted to do was conduct town meetings from time to time in an effort to make the mayor and city government more accessible Thursday evening Cork conducted his first town meeting at city hall which about 75 residents attended They talked with the may or and asked questions about a range of issues from the civic center proposals to how tax money is raised and spent and how the citys streets might be repaired The answers or some of them came first in the form of architectural draw ings Cork pointed to resi dents watched and listened to him talk The drawings showed cur rent civic center expansion plan the new civic center plans and what a city munic ipal campus could look like if it included the present civic center But they were proposals not set in stone Then Cork pointed to aer ial photographs of how the See INSIDE NBU warns against scam artists BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilitiesjoffi cials have issued a warning about scam artists who prey on their victims by posing as utility employees NBU Communications Manager Gretchen Reuwer said the utility had received a report of two people steal ing cash and credit cards from a local resident by posing as utility employees While one of the suspects lured the resident from her home the other apparently slipped in through a back door and emptied the victims purse Reuwer said You hear about this sort of thing and its just so Reuwer said Its just human nature to trust people But nowadays you have to watch whats going Other con artists Reuwer said have used scams such as telling an older customer that their breaker box needs to be replaced and offering to take a blank check to the utility to pay for the work One residents entire check ing account was emptied in this type of scam Reuwer said There is only one circum stance under which an NBU employee will ever seek cash at a home Reuwer said During a disconnect situa tion a meter reader will phone back to the main office and verify how much money to Reuwer said Its a situation where the customer is trying to main tain their service We work with them in that Reuwer said Only extremely rarely will an NBU employee need to go into a customers home Reuw er said and they never do it without being asked If you have any doubt get the license plate number or truck number off the truck and call our dispatch center any time of the day or night at Reuwer said All NBU employees Reuw er said will be in uniform
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