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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                U A Photos from the 35th annual county livestock C Leisure NBAL show looks at the Wonders of NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Unicom boys soccer team ties one on with Dripping B SUNDAY March Z40 pages in 5 sections EITUNG No 94 Serving New Braunfels and Carnal County since 1852 New Braunfels Police Detective Ronnie Wommack picks up the rifle officials believe was used to shoot James M Webber late Friday night off Conrads Lane K JESSIE Zeltuhg Austin man found shot in ditch BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 46yearold Austin man was found shot late Friday night on a road off Interstate 35 A Brooke Army Medical Center official said Saturday morning that James M Webber was in satisfactory condition at the hospital Hes doing the official said Sheriffs detective Sgt Tommy Ward said Webber was found at lying in a drainage ditch alongside his truck He had been shot but Ward didnt say where the wound was or how serious it had been Ward said Webber told deputies he had been attacked All we know right now is at we received a call of an individual lying on the ground beside the Ward said The location was on Conrads Lane just a few yards southeast of the Union Pacific rail road rightofway behind the Rip Grif fin Travel Center The caller stopped and the guy said hed been shot by a Ward said He had at least one gunshot The sheriffs office dispatched deputies Dave Padula and Ryan Carpenter who arrived and initiated first aid Ward said The deputies found a rifle on the ground at the shooting scene within a few feet of the victim The New Braunfels Fire Department was called and paramedics treated Webber See Top dollar Auction of winners caps livestock show BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The ComalCounty Show is one of the fare places a hog in a pig pen cant afford to be dirty Its all in the presentation several exhibitors said at Saturdays auction that lasted from 10 late into the night Though the auction spanned sev eral hours there were hundreds of animals selling to hundreds of buyers for hundreds and even thousands of dollars per animal Exhibitors had just a few moments to make their animals stand out among stampede of others Behind the auction house is a race against time Exhibitors who have placed in any category are able to auction their animals They rush to prepare their animals for the auction block Fifteen minutes before her turn to enter the auction block Taylor Walk er this years PreJunior Reserve Grand Champion sprayed show sheen on her cross breed pig to make it shine She scrubbed her animal which stood almost as tall as she does with a brush and water Over her head on a platform above the pens a young man calls the next exhibitor to get ready for the auction block Another boy chases a brown hog down an aisle in front of Taylors pigs pen Jerry Walker her father said he X iL Photos by K JESSIE Comal County youth supporters come together Saturday to bid on everything from the champion steer to the smallest pen of chickens Observers said spending was down over last years show Some said it was because the chance of war was looming while others said this years rains took heavy tolls on all types of industries Still top buyers and individuals alike did their best to pay top dollar for local students projects lythinj BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer After praising all five final ists Dwight Sexton steer and heifer judge of the Comal County Junior Livestock Show stood in the middle of the main exhibit arena at the Comal County Fairgrounds Sexton had his hands by his side and was standing still observing the few steer grand champion finalists He walked to a gray Amer ican steer slapped the ani mals back and shook the hand of 12yearold Lane Grimm The Grand Champion Steer is picked from the firstplace winners of all the breeds in the show Grimm was pronounced Livestock Show Grand Champion late Friday afternoon Outside the ring everywhere he walked friends and competitors pulled aside Grimm and his father Glenn to smack their backs or shake their hands They were the center of attention and congratula tions It was Lanes second year to show steer though he has shown lambs for four years Lane has won showman ship awards in the past but no honor as high as Grand Champion Steer he said We were not expecting this Lane Grimm and Dude walk away with the 2003 Comal County Livestock Show Grand Champion Steer award Buyers paid See for the cow Board forgot public hearings Meeting called to correct oversight BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer City officials say they forgot to get public input on two eco nomic development expendi tures that total of money The Improvement Corporation Board of Directors 4B board will conduct two public hear ings during a special meet ing 7 Wednesday at city hall Conference Room A Jay Patrick 4B board member said the city has to conduct a public hearing when spending 4B funds The citys failure to conduct a pub lic hearing for the two issues was an oversight as result of the excitement surrounding the economic prospects Patrick said Were in a competitive sit uation he said At the 4B meeting consid ering TIP Strategies Chair man Monroe Miller repeat edly asked for public input and questions 4B and city council execu tive sessions regarding Moll Industries did not allow for public comment until the loan was approved by city council after a public hearing early last month One of the hearings con cerns a threeyear See Tie up the boats Corps to increase river flow Monday SPECIAL TO THE HERALD ZEITUNG SEGUIN The Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will increase the release from Canyon Reservoir to approx imately cubic feetper second cfs beginning Mon day The added flow will last for approximately eight days when the release will gradu ally be reduced to approxi mately 2QQ cfs The 1USACE feels this necessary to reduce the ele vation of Canyon Reservoir currently at 912 feet above mean sea level The normal operating level of Canyon Reservoir is 909 feet above msl The flow rate downstream of New Braunfels will be approximately cfe due to contributions from the Comal Springs Areas further down in the watershed including Gonza ies Cuero and Victoria can experience total flows at approximately cfs Local homeowners are advised to secure boats and personal equipment Daily up4ates will be avail able from GBRA at 830 379 582 or via INSIDE Texas Independence celebration set BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer On this day in 1836 Texas declared its independence from Mexico The resulting Republic of Texas lasted less than 10 years before the area was annexed to the United States in 1845 To commemorate this unique periodof Texas his tory the Sons of the Republic of Texas Hill Country chapter will conduct ceremonies to destroy unserviceable flags 2 Monday at the New Braunfels Middle School gymnasium and at 9 Friday at Carl Shurz Ele mentary School After the National Anthem is sung New Braunfels high At a glance There will not be a Texas Independence Day ceremony on Main Plaza thfe year Ceremonies at two public schools wi include a flag ote from Lt Col 8 Travffi to SwHwston white the Alamo was under siege The pubte is invited at 2 Monday to Mew Braunfete Mkldte School and 9 Friday to Cart Shure Elementary School See related school color guard will help SRT perform the official flag burning ceremony Mayor Adam Cork and a representative for the Comal County judges office will be in attendance The schools are saving plenty of room for the public to attend NBMS Principal Demetria Cummins said only the sev enthgrade class will attend the ceremony She said it would make the most impression on the seventh graders since they have been studying the Battle at the Alamo and Texas Indepen dence in their Texas history class The fourthand fifthgrade classes will attend the cere mony at Carl Shurz since they are studying Texas his tory as well NBISD hopes See INDEPENDENCES   

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