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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY April 11 2003 Z16 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 152 No 127 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Bush addresses Iraqis Kurds lend a hand BY DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Opposition forces crumbled in north ern Iraq on Thursday as and Kur dish troOps seized oilrich Kirkuk with out a fight and held a second city with in their grasp commanders said signs pointed to a last stand by Iraqis in Saddam Husseins birthplace of Tikrit Despite the gains one Marine was 22 injured in a sevenhour battle in the Iraqi capital Four more were wounded in a suicide bombing Baghdads still an ugly said Maj Gen Gene Renuart Widespread looting persisted 24 hours after the city celebrated the regimes fall Striking anew at the regime leader ship coalition warplanes dropped six satelliteguided bombs on a building where Saddams half brother Barzan Ibrahim Hasan alTikriti a close advis er was believed to be AlTikriti once headed the Iraqi intel ligence service and the building in Ar Ramadi 60 miles west of Baghdad had as an intelligence service opera tions site said Marine Maj Brad Bartelt a spokesman for the Cen tral Command in the Persian Gulf It was not known immediately whether al Tikriti was hit Increasingly the military focus was away from the capital Kurdish troops set off celebrations in Kirkuk when they moved in and there were hopes that Iraqis would surrender in Mosul another northern city on Fri day Nearly 100 miles to the north of Baghdad commanders said Tikrit See Coworkers all have children deployed In Iraq war Page 4A I Officials urge residents to remem ber flag etiquette Page 7A Wake u arid smell the wildftowers 1C JESSIE Enjoy Hill along with A Wimp Wildfrowefs Fifteen are par ticipating In this weekends Wlrje ftrjd Wlppiyer TiiJP celebration food new vintage i H where you travel your own i For Information or dlreo tlons call 8308082321 Of check the The wineries Include Noah Gillis and his mom Cerise enjoy the mild weather and the bluebonnets Wednesday time out from their schedule to do one of Noahs favorite things have his picture taken Hil1 Counts in bloom go enjoy scenery Comfort Cellars 830 V Driftwood yirjdyard v DryComalCreaK Vineyard 210824J5497 Fall Creek Vineyards Flat Creek Estate 512 FrederjcHsbwrg Winery 83Q9908747 Grape Creek Vineyards 8306642710 Pillar Bluff Vineyards Splcewood Vineyard 8300936328 Texas Hills Vineyard 8308682321 BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Natural carpets of color are spring ing up across central Texas luring visitors to favorite spots for a chance to capture the beauty on film Wildflowers are blooming through put the Hill Country and this week end is a great time for nature lovers to take a road trip and enjoy the views Patches of wildflowers can be found alongside most major high ways in the area Or you can partic ipate in one of the annual public cel ebrations that take place in the region One locale is Wildseed Farms Mar ket Center where the Texas blue bonnet fields are at 100 percent bloom Under the auspices of the National Garden Bureau the cen ter is celebrating 2003 as Year of the The trip in itself to see the build ing and the fields is well worth said Gary Grasshoff who was man ning the call center Grasshoff said the public could view huge displays of poppies during the centers annual wildflower cele bration More than 200 acres of wildflower varieties are in bloom Forty percent of the flowers on the Walking Trail are in bloom 10 percent of the red poppies are in bloom and 60 per cent of the Drummond phlox are in bloom Plus at Wildseed Farms chuck wagon cooks prepare biscuits That would continue through the end of April And the farms will be open Good Friday Saturday and Easter Sunday April Wildseed Farms Market is located seven miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290 Thats a 90 minute drive from New Braunfels Its open daily from to 6 In Austin you can visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center where theres a native botanical pho tographic exhibit on display until Aug 15 On May 31 and June 1 an Arti sans Festival is scheduled Pleinair artists will paint wildscape pictures and Hill Country artisans come to sell their wares Food and live music are provided Its all part of Wild flower which celebrates the peak bloom season of the bluebon nots which is happening right now Tho color palette at the Lady Bird See Reality TV hits home for NB woman Photo submitted Rachel Shipley 21 of New Braunfels was a contestant on the ABC reality show The in which women vie for a husband BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer A New Braunfels woman who was a participant on ABCs reality show The Bachelor said she really didnt go looking to get married and the Lakers game she went to on a group date was the best experience of being on the show I wouldnt say I specifically went look ing for a husband I thought it was just a unique and interesting opportunity And who knows where youre going to find true lover said Rachel Shipley I thought why not Shipley said she lucked out that other participants were wonderful and the atmosphere was like the ideal sorority house I was a Chi Omega at Southwest and I dont think it was this the New Braunfels Independent School District substitute teacher said Everyone was wonderful ABC treated us with the utmost respect and care Anything we wanted or needed they got for us Theyre Shipley got interested in the show when her mother maneuvered her into attending an open call for the show last December at South Park Mall in San Antonio Her mother Carla said she told Rachel there was a new mall in San Antonio and would she like to see it Once there she told her daughter about the open call for The Rachel was very comfortable in front of the Carla said And her inter view was 100 percent it always Rachel never thought in a million years that she would get culled back But after she was they took her tape and mailed it to shows managers in Los Angeles Five days later Shipley was called and told she had to fly up for an inperson inter view which lasted two or three days Five See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Homestead exemption forms due by April 30 BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Homeowners in Comal County can save at least in prop erty taxes by applying for a home stead exemption with the Comal Appraisal District One free form needs to be filled out for applicants to receive tax exemptions from several different taxing units such as the county cities and school districts List of exemptions available in Comal Texas law provides several types of exemptions for homeowners For school tax purposes all homeowners may receive a general homestead exemp tion and homeowners disabled or over 65 years of age receive an additional exemption Other taxing units may also offer a local option exemption based on a percentage of a homes appraisal value For many years Comal County has offered tax exemptions on 20 percent of homestead appraisal values or a minimum of Homestead exemptions vary from one taxing district to another But only one application needs to be filled out If a homestead is located in a taxing unit that overlaps into two or more counties the homeowner must apply at each countys appraisal district Curtis Koehlor deputy chief appraiser for the Comal Appraisal District said the process is easy In most cases the only documenta tion required is the form itself and proof of age for the over 65 exemp tions Most people that do it are here less than five Koehlor said Homeowners can apply in per son or by mail The appraisal values of quali fied homes stay the same but a percentage or certain amount is exempted Any homeowner quali fies and all are encouraged to apply Chief Appraiser Lynn Kodgers said in a press release that a prop erty must moot four tests to qual ify for homestead exemption The applicant must own the property on Jan 1 2003 unless the homeowner is applying for the over 65 homestead exemption The property must be desig nated or adapted for human resi dence The owner must use the prop erty as a residence The property must be the principal residence of the owner applying for the exemption A homestead includes a home owners principal residence and yard up to 20 acres of land and improvements A property can qualify for the homestead exemption if part of it See   

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