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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle CHS students learn art of jewelry Leisure Guest harpist per forms with MidTexas NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Smithson Valley kicks off baseball season SUNDAY February 2003 m w j 42 pages in 5 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 82 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 The happy dance Photos by K JESSIE Couples take a spin on the dance floor Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall during the Eighth Annual Polka Fest The hall opens at 11 today featuring Oma and the Oompahs Littl Fisherman the Cloverieaf Orchestra and others Goupleskeep polka tradition alive and well BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer It was happy music the beat said so And hundreds of mostly seniors were happily hop ping shuffling twirling and stepping to an oompah oompah oompahpah beat celebrating the German and Czech heritage of the Hill Country as they grinned ate barbecue and bought Polka CDs They were enjoying the New Braunfels Polka Fest and the music that made them smile And as they heard a suc cession of Polka bands the seniors talked danced and remembered a time when life was a lot simpler when there were country dance halls a happy beat in the background and when they were young and in love One of the seniors was Polka Fest organizer Gor don Zunker Zunker said it was important to promote and keep the Polka alive Above Alfred and Mary Ann Till of San Marcos twist and twirl the day away at Polka Fest Saturday This was the couples fourth year to attend Left Terry Cavanagh stepped in after the first act bowed out because of illness The last few years its been dropping Zunker said Hes a New Braunfels native and Bergheim resi dent who started playing Polka music as a high school sophomore in 1949 Zunkers seen the ebb and flow of the music come with births and funerals his band the Cloverieaf Orchestra has turned over 100 percent in 50 years But the beat was alive and loud in the Knights of Columbus Hall and it was plain to see that last night Polka music wasnt on a downtrend as couples bobbed hopped and waltzed until Pat Mollenhauer 65 who was planning to waltz with his wife Doris said the Pol ka was locally historical Its part of our heritage in New Mollen hauer said Mollenhauer said Polka dances were held at the old Echo Hall and other dance halls Thats where a lot of us met our wives The parents would take the children along to the dance and if you were real small and you didnt know how to dance yet theyd fix a pallet for you and you crashed out Mollenhauer and Doris were members of a Polka dance club The Good Time Polka Waltz Mollenhauer said the club unites a lot of people that rarely get to see each other See State swimming champ K JESSIE Canyon senior Justin Ashby checks the Scoreboard to find he is the winner of the state gold medal in the boys 50yard freestyle swim Saturday during the Swimming and Diving State Championships at the University of Texas at Austin For complete coverage see Page 1B ELECTION 2003 Filing begins for local races 2 seats on city council open BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The official filing period for the municipal election in New Braunfels opens Tues day morning and runs through 5 March 19 A writein candidate can declare candidacy through Monday March 24 Election Day is Saturday May 3 Liz Ladshaw who works in the city secretarys office said filing would open Tuesday because Monday is the Pres idents Day holiday We have the packets here ready at our office for any candidates who are interest ed in applying They can just come by and pick them Ladshaw said So far two candidates have announced their intentions to run for seats on the New Braunfels City Council Gale OHara Pospisil See 4 CISD spots up for grabs BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer The annual board of trustees election in the Comal Independent School District is Saturday May 3 Candidates interested in filing for one of the four seats up for election can do so between Monday and March 19 The school district is divid ed into seven singlemem ber districts For 2003 only patrons in districts and 7 will vote in the CISD school board election Trustees currently repre senting those districts arc Dora Gonzales District 1 secretary Dan K Krueger District 2 president Derald LaRue District 5 and Randy Pawelek District 7 All are completing their threeyear terms on the school board except Pawelek Pawelek was appointed to the board in November See Seguin man dies after car slams into bridge abutment BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 26yearold Seguin man died early Saturday when the car he was riding in slammed into a Seguin Avenue Abridge abutment Comal County Judge Dan ny Scheel pronounced David Neal Prophet 26 dead in the McKenna Memorial Hospi tal emergency room minutes after the accident Prophet was the right rear passenger in a 1976 Oldsmo bile driven by Jay Lee Bene field 33 of Seguin New Braunfels Police Sgt Mike Rutherford reported police firefighters and para medics who went to the 700 block of South Seguin found Benefields southbound car had slammed into the stone and concrete railroad over pass bridge abutment at high speed The vehicle was heavily damaged Benefield and two other passengers a man and a woman who were not iden tified were all flown to Uni versity Hospital with major injuries A hospital official Saturday night said Bene field was in stable condition The conditions of the pas sengers were not known INSIDE Edgett County not a likely target BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said the public should make the prepara tions recommended with the nations weekold level orange terrorism threat but shouldnt be overly alarmed Were monitoring the sit uation but I understand San Antonio is not one of the cities where were expecting Edgett said Terrorism bulletins have stated New York City and Washington as likely targets A third unnamed city also could be a target Edgett said Bush Leave worrying to But that city is not believed to be in Texas A report earlier this week from a purported former associate of Osama bin Laden that a dirty nuclear device would be used in an attack in the United States has been debunked accord ing to the Associated Press We dont want panic We dont want people td be high ly alarmed If we do have an incident in San Antonio our emergency management office would be one of first to know and we would be able to respond accordingly to get the message Edgett said I work closely with San Antonio and Bexar County emergency management I really dont foresee any great impact for our community If there was it would probably be people evacuating the San Antonio area We dont have any facilities in New Braun fels that would be priority terrorist Comal County Judge Dan ny Scheel told commission ers Thursday the county is monitoring the threat on a continual basis Understand that we have See
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