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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                SPORTS PLAYOFFS The New Braunfels girls soccer team loses to Lake Travis in double overtime at regional finals Page 5A ST TT SATURDAY APRIL 3 2004 w RDAY APRIL 3 2004 fjj IALDZEITUNG FORUM COLUMN JT Woodall discusses how the United States must recognize the internal threat footsoldiers of Islam present Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 voi iHNo 12 pages 2 sections K wvwr Chance of storms High Low 78 55 Details1B DEAR ABBY 6A CLASSIFIEDS 3flB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 6B Rain cause of multiple wrecks By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Intermittent hard rains Friday had safety crews busy and closed a section of Inter state 35 with a chain of minor accidents but caused no serious problems or injuries National Weather Service officials said most of the worst weather was expected to be behind New Braunfels by this although there would be potential for more Saturday night North of New Braunfels rainfall was believed a contributing factor in a multiple vehicle chain reaction accident that closed southbound Interstate 35 near the Hays Coun ty line for nearly three hours New Braunfels Station 3 firefighter Antho ny Pitzer said his engine arrived at the acci dent scene shortly after Hays County fire fighters to find multiple accidents spread over a mile of interstate I couldnt say how many vehicles were involved but it was at least Pitzer said Most were minor but we had one who ran into the back of a semi and we had to fly him out He was serious but he was still County Engineer Tom Hornseth report ed no problems on county roads although his crews were monitoring lowwater cross ings and were ready to go out if conditions warranted I think were through the worst of Hornseth said Friday afternoon The National Weather Service reported some weather could continue into today though The rain is still out there but the intensi ty is going Cristy Mitchell National Weather Service meteorologist said Fridav night Fridays rains were caused by spokes that broke off of a low pressure system centered over southern Arizona Mitchell said Another spoke will arrive late Saturday Mitchell said In the meantime the air is still fairly wet With daytime heating theres a 30 percent chance of rain Locally Mitchell said some lowwater crossings in Bexar and Guadalupe counties were closed Friday night with flood watches in effect but there were few problems reported FRONT and CENTER MANDY Carol Landry proudly shows off her long lasting bluebonnets Monday This single plant of bluebonnets have been blooming nonstop since last November without any help from her or her family Wildflower hunting season starting KNOW NUMBERS TO FIND BLUEBONNETS TxDOT hotline 800 4529292 WEBSITES TO FIND BLUEBONNETS Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail Web site Fredericksburg Wildseed Farms Web site Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Web site Wine and Wildflower Trail By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Springtime in Texas would not be the same without fields of bluebon nets The flowers only last four to six weeks but they are the subject of countless photographs paint ings and other Texiana Since 1965 the Texas Department of Transporta tion has participated in a project to beautify the states highways by sowing wild flower seeds each fall More than pounds of seed are dispersed each year along miles of statemain tained highways The 30 vari eties of seed ensure that flowers will bloom in the medians through the summer The driving force behind the seed ing project was the Highway Beauti fication Act championed by Lady Bird said TxDOT Public Information Officer Bill Powell As soon as flowers start popping up Texans take to the roads in search of the perfect blue bonnet patch Because bluebon nets bloom at dif ferent times in different areas throughout the state flower seek ers used to have difficulty deter mining which route to drive each weekend In 2000 TxDOT added a Wildflower blooming status report broken down by state region and road number to its road conditions hotline In 2002 the report was added to their Web site Reporting begins in early March and runs through early Powell said Blooming progress is updat ed every As of yesterdays report Comal County was not listed as experienc ing any significant blooming action Judy Young Convention and Visitors Bureau director is not surprised We havent started to get calls yet but we she said Our rule of thumb is that peak times are from the to the of Young often refers callers to TxDOTs Web site but cannot resist taking a drive herself We do some reconnaissance of our she said Youngs favorite route circumnavi gates the county She recommends drivers head out of town down EM 306 and take Purgatory Road to FM 32 Using 281 as a northern perimeter proceed back to New Braunfels on See FLOWIRS Page 3A Seasonal bluebonnets staying perennially in garden BvUiehJonw Staff Writer Carol Landry may not be a horticulturalist but she knows how to grow bluebonnets Last spring Landry planted several blue bonnets in her from yard They bloomed and Then it rained to July when it rained they Landry said She never expected them to bloom but when November rolled around clusters of dark blue flowers adorned renegade plants Landry was doubly amazed when one plant continued to bloom through the win ter She did not apply special fertilizer or bloom booster product and chalks up her unique vflldflower to a natural quirk When the plant finishes blooming this spring Landry plans to remove the seeds and save them for next year I have a greenhouse so Ill probably grow some in she said Nancy Craft president of the Comal Coun ty Master Gardeners was surprised to learn of Landrys botanical sideshow Bluebonnets are an annual she said Their purpose is to bloom produce seeds and Bwen though Landrys experience is unusu al Craft does not doubt its veracity MANDY Slick roads Friday made perfect conditions for col lisions as several drivers realized CISD looks at pros cons of Robin Hood By Dylan Jimenez Staff writer Comal Independent School District could save money if legislators end the Robin Hood plan when Gov Rick Perry calls a special session later this month Up for discussion is the states school funding plan called Chapter 41 or Robin which requires property rich school districts to share wealth with property poor districts estimate they would have to pay million to the state to be distributed to poorer districts We think the million is a conservative esti said CISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller Fuller who visited the Texas Education Agency this week said a special session was uncertain but that she would keep her fingers crossed for an end to Robin Hood and a new more equitable plan for education finance We would always like to keep our own tax mon ey at she said Under the current funding formula property values and student enrollment are used to deter mine if a school district is property rich School districts are Chapter 41 if the districts total property value when divided by the districts weight ed average daily attendance exceeds In summer 2003 the state projected CISD would See CISD Page 2A Vfjff Five museums receive HOT tax allocations By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Heritage Commission allo cated a portion the Hotel Occupancy Tax funds to the citys five museums Thursday Five organizations including the New Braunfels Conservation Society the Heritage Society of New Braunfels the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Society and the Sophienburg Museum and Archives made presentations to the commission The commission allocates percent of the citys HOT tax funds to local museums Last year the total allocation was said Michael Resendez commission secretary The commission recommended allocating 23 percent to the New Braunfels Conservation Soci ety 23 percent to the Heritage Society of New Braunfels 4 percent to the New Braunfels His Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society 3A   

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