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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY SPORTS ZOOM ZOOM Kody Campbell likes to go fast so hes perfectly suited to racing in the National Hotrod Racing Association Page 3A COUPON BOUNCl BACK Pain Away footwear is offering a discount on a pair of ZCoil springdriven painrelief shoes before Dec 31 Pago SB Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 31 14 pages 2 sections ICK 500 WWW High 68 Details DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS Mfl COMICS FORUM APPLAUSE SPORTS TV GftlDS 2B 4A SB 56A 3B FRONTS nd CENTER Wounded in battle US Army Cpl Brian Easley Back FROM And he has tales to tell Army Cpl Brian Easley demonstrates Thursday how he is slow ly regaining use of his left arm after being shot in Iraq Easley visit ed Emily Kings thirdgrade class at Navarro Elementary Kings class Photos by DAVID adopted Easley while he was stationed in the Middle East Below Kings students share a questionandanswer session with Easley who told the students what life was like while stationed in Iraq Navarro 3rdgraders adopted New Braunfels soldier By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer There might be no more important question to an injured war hero than whether he watch es The Navarro Elementary third graders couldnt help but ask Army Cpl Brian Easley Thurs day when he visited their class Yes I watchThe he said If you were a character on The Simpsons who wouldyou be Easleys visit was educational for the students but his visit was also about kinship The class adopted Easley in August Easley spent three months in Iraq before being shot in the arm during a raid on suicide bombers The Canyon High School grad is recovering in San Aruonio His wound brought him back to Texas but his relationship with took him to the students In August the students adopted Easley for his duty in the Middle East Did you have TVs asked Ernest Garza Did you see The Simple Life Yes but I saw it Easley said Easley didnt mind answering questions from the group They supported him with letters dur ing his time in battle He sat in front of a Welcome home Brian banner which the 20 children in Emily Kings class had signed Many of the boys wanted to know about big machine ambushes and how hiany times he had to use grenades They took a lot of prisoners Easley said We dont just go out there and try to hurt he said Thats not what were there to Others wanted to know how he slept in the desert whether he saw snakes and camels and whether the bullet hurt when it hit his arm Easley said And the grenade shrapnel Easley was patrolling near Fal lujah Iraq when he was injured His unit got word suicide bombers were holed up inside a house Nearly an hour later Easley and a small group of sol diers raided the house These guys were just ready for he said They entered the house and were fired upon They were pulling back when Easley was shot He recounted seeing the bullet fly through his arm and the grenades roll out in front of him See IRAQ Page 3A Drought ignites a burn ban for Comal Fires nked for 90 days or until dry spell ends By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Comal County commissioners issued a burn ban Thursday that will last 90 days or until rain relieves the drought the county is suffering Winter officially begins Monday and officials fear the ban could last all season long Although local forecasters are predicting a wet winter season there will prob ably be little change in the dry conditions in the near future The National Weather Service is predicting a 40 percent chance of above average mois ture for the season Throughout the year a healthy dose of rain has pro educed a jQtofthick high grdssl Since late November there have beenelghtdaysoffreezingtem Lin peratures that have killed that grass The dead dry grass is tall in some areas of the county providing lots of fuel for a potential fire said Lin Manford Comal County fire marshal who recommended the ban Manford recommended a burn ban in May because of record hot dry weather This time its the cold dry weather that has made burning in the county potentially dangerous The Texas Forest Service has determined that drought conditions exist within the county Bans already have been imposed in Hays Guadalupe and Blanco counties The dry conditions pose the threat of large fast moving wildfires according to the ban resolution Weve had some cold weather and freezes which have produced a lot of combustible mate said Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson See BURN BAM Page 3A Tracking the news MOU INPUSTRliS UST WE KNEW Moll Industries applied for des ignation as an enterprise project offering 3 break op the states portipn of sales tax UTE5T Ciry approved the measure MoruJsy night in ths form of an onjirujnw NEXT Future applications will be approved by resolution not ordinance CISD INPISTRJCT TRANSFERS UTE5T trustees postponed action on the will be held before then Caroling at the Plaza rings up holiday cheer By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The bandstand on Main Plaza twin kled with Christmas lights Thursday night as the young and young at heart taWled together and enjoyed annu al Caroling on the Plaza 0gry and Cindy Weise were seated eomfortibly in their lawn chairs near the ppebQ ind it got them in the tog toy sij4 Its Jun and wf mjssed ygaj jn J7 The began wiito Cross an Churchs haAdbeli choir Grace Notes Pat Schroeder of Wichita said it was her first time to attend the event This is our ninth year to come to New she said Were winter ans and this is our first Janet Stanberry moved to feis from Antonio five years ago I come to this every she said I love it Its one of the things I love about a small yeai dignitaries attended the affair including Mayor Adam Cork ajnd Coun ty Judge Panny Cgthy cjark directed the mwsic3ai baii Roiyidji was German songs were sung and Rosie Thursday njght by GflsetoMedJAa stood to the side and r sjje also sjng The event is sponspjed each by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Councii
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