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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Irish orchid societies host annual shows next C Dinosaurs Days at the Heritage NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Lastminute pitching change doesnt hurt B SUNDAY April 6 2003 Z36 pages in 4 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 123 Serving New Braunfcls and Comal County since 1852 Kindermasken Parade Above fiveyearold Brittanyann Stewart couldnt help but shed a rnofterilary tear as she watched her morning during the Kindermasken Parade Fortunately for the fiveyear old big sister Alyssa 6 has a kind heart Alyssa happily went and got her sister a new balloon For most of those attending the parade there was nothing but smiles and good times The Kindertanzers below round the comer at the Plaza before dancing their way down Seguin Street For story photo on Folkfest see Page 4A K JESSIE HeraldZeitung wins FOI award From Staff Wire Reports SOUTH PADRE ISLAND The New Braunfels Her aldZeitung won one of four major awards given out Sat urday by the Associated Press Managing Editors at the groups annual meeting Reporters Ron Maloney Amy Clarkson and thenIn terim Managing Editor Brian Grant won the Freedom of Information Act award for coverage of problems at the New Braunfels Police De partment The HeraldZeitung staff won second place in the Team Effort category and an hon orable mention award for breaking news coverage of the July 2002 flood and its aftermath Maloney also won an hon orable mention award for deadline news writing Each year the APME rec ognizes journalistic achieve ment in a number of cate gories The four main categories are Community Service In vestigative Reporting Free dom of Information and Team Effort A sweepstakes award for the best newspaper in each circulation category will be announced today Because of growth in the circulation of the HeraldZei tung in 2002 the APME bumped the newspaper up one circulation category which meant that this year the HeraldZeitung was one of the smallest newspapers in its class which included publications with up to paid circulation Editor and Publisher Toug Toney accepted the awards on behalf of the HeraldZei tung staff In the circulation category for newspapers up to circulation the HeraldZei tungs sister newspaper the Seguin Gazette Enterprise also won the Freedom of In formation Act award for Bill QCpnneil who was also rec ognized with a firstplace award lor short feature writ ing INSIDE US plunges dagger into the heart of Baghdad BY CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press Writer troops dashed inside Baghdad on Saturday blasting targets nestled in palm trees to show they can move at will against Iraqs beleaguered defend ers Allies adapted their air campaign to prepare for a climactic ground assault on the capital Saddam Husseins blackclad militia his desperadoes suddenly sur faced in downtown Baghdad and Iraqi troops deployed at strategic city points at nightfall in preparation for a show down But tens of thousands of citizens fled no longer believing the assurances of raiIhf f the American ground campaign was being beaten back officials declared a near choke hold on the capital even while warning that many other parts of Iraq are not yet under allied control Theyre pretty much cut off in all di Air Force Capt Dani Bur rows speaking for Central Command See WAR ON Sophienburg board begins search for new executive director Details released on rescue of Jcssice Lynch Page 12A H Families mourn alien soldiers of 507th Maintenance Company Page 11A M Tributes to locals serving in the Middle East Page 12A I Vou can tie a yellow ribbon for free Page 12A U Follow late developments on the HeraldZoilung Web wwwlidiulcifattungcofn BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Sohienburg Muse um Board President Michael Spain said Saturday that the mu seums executive di rector Michelle Oat man was released from her position Fri day Oatman who started as a volunteer in 1995 had occu pied the position since 1996 It was not an easy deci sion but it was a unanimous decision made by the board of directors without a dissenting Spain said of Catalans release The board has decid ed shes not the person to car ry us Spain said the board would initiate a searck soon for Oat mans replacement He said the board would be looking for a director who can develop a broad range of archival projects that were trying to put We think at this point the organization needs to reach out in a different direction for a director who can do more for Spain said She wasnt able to give us the leadership in terms of devel oping thearchives and muse ums we just werent get ting where we wanted to In the meantime during the search the museum is going to be operated by a group of unpaid vol unteers who will share the responsi bilities for a number of different tasks archives planning museum operations volunteer develop OATMAN wrumrun services community outreach Sophies Shop and planning for the new facili ty Shes given a Spain said of Oatrnan We really appreciate it We certainly wish her the Oatman said she was re leased Friday afternoon She said Spain told her he was looking for someone with more educational contacts Theyre evidently wanti ng someone else for the posi Oatman said I just wish they would have dis cussed it with me instead of just firing Oatman said Spain met with her tp tell her of her release She was presented a disclaimer agreement saying she couldnt talk about her release to friends volunteers or Sophienburg members That disclaimer Oatman said is tied to a severance package of around roughly one months salary less taxes She said she is not signing the disclaimer or ac cepting the severance pay And shes contacting an attor ney