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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WIIDAY 14 2004 ZEITUNG SWEET New Braunfets girls advance in playoffs after beating Uvalde in regional quar terfinal matchup Page SA LETTERS Readers sound off on protect i ing the downtown fountain NBU tree cutting methods and a new visitor center Page 4A ig New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 163 No 14 pages 2 sections CLICK i 500 WWW B 60 chance of storms High Low 82 62 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 44B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 66A TV GRIDS 4B IHl Mtta MANDY PAYING THROUGH THE HOSE A Department of Energy Economist said Thursday it isnt the retailers fault when gas prices rise How the price of gasoline breaks down Cost of crude oil 43 percent Taxes 29 percent Refining 15 percent Retailing costs including profit 13 percent Energy Information Administration Gas prices inching up to By Ron Maloney Staff Writer People are getting angry Thats what two truck drivers saidThursday when asked about gas prices which are creeping toward the pergallon and as high as in New Braunfels for premium grade gasoline Roy Butler and Melvin Brown are independent truckers out of Sullivan City who only haul in Texas Diesel at Rip Griffins Thursday was not much compared to gasoline prices around New Braunfels But the prices are strangling the trucking industry both men say which will have repercus sions throughout the economy Its pretty tough Butler said Weve only had this truck for a year but the price of fuel has gone up 75 cents in that Brown said The problem has been exac erbated because truckers are getting squeezed not only by fuel costs but also by the fees they collect Fire destroys Bulverde home By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE A fire of unknown origin destroyed a Barton Hill Drive residence Bulverde Fire Marshal Steve Simpson said Bulverde volunteer firefighters dis patched to the blaze in the 2800 block of Barton Hill at Wednesday arrived six minutes later to find a twostory home fully in flames Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Ivy said Spring Branch Bracken and Hollywood Eark firefighters were called to help extinguish the blaze We had it under control at Ivy said It took us about 40 minutes Fire fighters stayed much of the night and returned on Thursday to make sure the fire did not rekindle Ivy said the value of the loss had not been tabulated Thursday We did save some build ings on the back that were attached to it but it was Ivy said Simpson said the homes single occupant whom he did not name travels a lot and was out of town when the fire occurred As of right now we havent been able to locate him to tell him about the Simpson said So we dont have much to say about it right now We dont have anything on a cause at this DAVID Bulverde Jason Ellis looks over the stillsmoldering remains of a house Thursday afternoon in the 2800 block of Barton Hill School finance reform unlikely this session By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Texas representatives converge on Austin again today to await Senate action on school finance reform Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braun fels said she expected to wait sever al days I dont think well have anything from the she said It could be the Senate may get something to us by If senators approve their version of the finance reform legislation the bill would come back to the house for a vote If house members do not concur with the bill it would be given to a house conference com mittee made up of members from both parties selected by the lieutenant gover nor and the speaker of the house The committee would make changes and send the bill back to both chambers for a final vote The entire process would have to be completed by Wednesday night to Carter Casteel meet the deadline for this special session Casteel said she was skeptical it would happen that quickly I dont think were that she said If the senate doesnt come back with anything Gov Rick Perry may call another Another special session would give legislators 30 more days to hammer out a school finance solution both chambers could agree on Then we would start over again but it should not take as long as it did the first Casteel said Of See FINANCI Page 2A The brokers cant raise the Brown said What were paying out is going Butler said What were taking in aint Its taking money away from Both men have pulled in their lifestyle on the road to try to cut costs which they say a lot of See GAS Page 3A Wreck cleanup closes interstate By Ron Maloney Staff Writer An accident involving sev eral trucks on northbound Interstate 35 near York Creek Road Thursday morning caused only minor injuries but snarled traffic for several hours Comal County Sheriffs Office Public Information Officer Lt Mark Reynolds reported an apcident near mile marker 194 involving three semirigs a garbage truck and a pickup truck Sheriffs deputies and police closed 135 just south of the accident scene diverting traf fic to the frontage road Reynolds said New Braunfels Fire Depart ment Battalion Chief Don Zercher said the driver of one of the trucks was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital to be examined Other safety officials said his injuries were not life threatening Another driver was taken in by his trucking company to be checked out He too was believed to have escaped with only minor injuries officials said Zercher said the long road closure was forced by the time it took to right a tanker trailer See WRICK Page 2A FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH CANYON LAKE Pastor Gordon Hightower Denomination Southern Baptist Attendance 230 Meeting time am Sunday Address 13085 Phone 830 964 3457 I Worship style Blended I Web site I Mission state ment To lead everyone to a rela tionship with Jesus and a life like Jesus First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake helping needy worldwide By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON Baptist Church Pastor Gordon Hightower was up to his elbows in other peoples clothes Tuesday as he packed boxes for a mission trip to New Mexico Our church adopted a new vision statement last Hightower said One part of it was to provide help to the poor and needy in our community and throughout the The church receives 200 to 300 black trash bags full of used clothing every month at its processing center where members sort and repackage the items to send to areas in need We start by meeting physical needs and building relationships so that we can meet spiritual Hightower said This year the church will expand its ministry to include bulk food items Truckloads of food will be repackaged and dispersed to other churches as soon as Hightower and his staff can make room in the 40by40 foot garage they current ly use for processing clothing Another unique arm of the churchs ministry is its disaster relief team We just respond to people in need by providing hot meals when they are need said Alex Powell a disaster relief team member In 2001 the church purchased a 22 foot long enclosed trailer and team mem bers fitted it with kitchen equipment and cooking utensils The rest of the trailer is packed with food so it is ready to go at a moments notice Powell said a team of 12 volunteers could serve as many as meals using the trailer The team is called out by Texas Bap tist Men based in Dallas Relief efforts are usually joint efforts with the Red Cross or the Salvation Army In April the team was dispatched to See CHUBCH Page 3A MANPV First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake Pastor Gordon Hightower sorts clothes to be distributed to needy families
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