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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY JUNE 22 2004 JUNE 22 2004 IALDZEITUNG SPORTS BLUE VS GRAY NB Gray beats Seguin to face NB Blue in the 9yearold Little League championship finals SA FORUM GUEST COLUMNS Writers discuss letting tourists fund added police costs other solutions to Schlitterbahns parking proposal Page 4A Serving Braunfels and Comai County since 1852 Vol 1B3 No 192 12 pages 2 sections CK WWW DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 2B 40 chance of storms High Low 94 72 Details 18 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS MA TV GRIDS 30 Family of 10 saved from raging Guadalupe By Ron Malonay Staff Writer In a dramatic rescue Sunday police and firefighters pulled 10 members of a Houston family from the they went over the falls in tubes at Faust Street Bridge Police officer Dan Vera said the family which was on its second river outing was staying at a Riv er Road campground Because of recent rain the Army Corps of Engineers had increased river flow to cubic feetpersecond Vera said and outfitters werent putting tubers in the Guadalupe Like thousands of others this past weekend the family tubed the Comal instead Vera said They missed the last tuber exit either because they couldnt get out or they just went past Vera said Were not The family which Consisted of three adults and seven children of ages 4 to 14 was Hispanic The children spoke English and Spanish while the adults spoke only Spanish Signs at the last exit warning tubers to leave the water are written in both lan guages Officers went into the water below the falls to rescue several family members according to Vera and police officer Heath Purvis Safety officials were dis patched to the river below the Faust Street Bridge and at Grand Cypress Apartments at Sunday Purvis said after witnesses reported several peo ple apparently in danger of drowning in the river NBPDs river officers are trained and equipped for swift water rescue efforts In swift water operations training your last resort is to go See RESCUE Page 3A Dan Vera Comal River overflows with tuber traffic By Ron Maloney Staff Writer High flows that closed the Guadalupe River to tubing over the weekend caused one of the busiest Saturdays in memory on the Comal River Police Saturday afternoon made Garden Street oneway from Union to Comal Avenue to move river shuttles and other traffic past the last pub lic requested aid fromShenff Bob er teams to cope with the crowds River outfitters were asked to close down early Saturday to get tubers off the river before dark J Felger said his business FelgerTube Rentals stopped putting tubers on the river about 5 You hate to turn down any money especially after hav ing rain for nine Felger said But the police were asking us to do The crowd Saturday he said was large Sunday things slowed down possi bly because of Fathers Day Saturday we were packed Sunday we were just regular For the crowd as big as it was I was very surprised Felger said Usually it gets a little rowdy but not this weekend Police officer Dan Vera agreed it wasnt See RIVER Page 3A ANNEXATION SCHEDULE June 14 council approved areas to be annexed and directed planning commission to begin annexation process July 1 provide written notice to property owners of each exempt area to be annexed July 25 publish notice of first hearing July 28 complete service plan Aug 4 last day for 10 percent written opposition to have public hearing on site Aug 5 post notice of first pub lic hearing Aug 8 publish notice of second public hearing El Aug 13 post notice of second public hearing Aug 18 last day for 10 percent written oppostion to have public Sept 13 institute annexation pro ceedings first reading of annex ation oTdjnance Sept 27 second reading of annex ation wdinance Oct 11 third reading of annex ation ordinance nance Oct 12 post notice of annexa tion adoption ordi nance Rep hopes city farmers make a deal By Scott Mahon Staff Writer State Rep Carter Casteel RNew Braunfels said shes still optimistic the New Braunfels City Council and local farmers cart reach an agreement over annexation Landowners near the airport tried to negotiate a nonannexation agreement with the planning commission but the commission finally deferred the issue to council June 1 the plan ning commission voted 72 to annex acres of unin corporated tracts adjacent to the air port rather than attempting to work out the legalities of a nonannexation agreement And last week council voted to pro ceed with the annexation schedule including the farm land Mayor Adam Cork said council would not change its position regarding nonannexation agreements The only way to protect the airport from residential development is by Cork said But it will not affect fanners who want to continue Carter Casteel See Page 3A Patriotism 0 h Parade The July Fourth Parade has been a town staple for more than a century Above left A float by the Post Office year unknown Above A float circa 1895 proceeds down Seguin Avenue Left Megan Jankowski por trayed the Statue of Liberty at last years parade around Main Plaza Sophienburg city gearing up for July Fourth events By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels will celebrate the 228th anniversary of independence with an oldfashioned parade and patriotic program sponsored by the Sophienburg The festivities will happen one day ear lier than normal July 3 to prevent con flicts with Sunday church activities Sophienburg Director Sarah Reaves said she wanted to make sure everyone could join in the fun We invite everyone in town to come down and help us celebrate how great it is to live in New Braunfels and the Unit ed she said According to Sophienburg research New Braunfels July Fourth celebrations AT A GLANCE I What Patriot Proudly We Hail I When 9 July 3 I Where New Braunfels Plaza Bandstand go back to 1846 The only recorded break in the tradir tion came during the Civil War years when Indepen dence Day obser vances declined around the country the July floods egins at 9 when the Plaza will close and parade watchers will be entertained by the Comal Com munity Band The parade begins at at the corner of Seguin and Bridge streets Museum Secretary Lil Peters said she hoped all parade entrants would call the museum before July 3 so they could be recognized during the program and in 2002 during This years party 1 We would like to know how many people are going to she said We also want to encourage people to wear patriotic colors or carry Several groups including the Republi can women and the Uncle Sam Gang have already entered the procession Families with Loves Ones At War will walk in honor of American troops serving overseas Our purpose is to celebrate patriot Reaves said We want to honor veterans from the past and the Reaves said children were asked to come dressed in costume to compete for the childrens parade prize Winners also will be announced for the most See JULY FOURTH Page 3A HZ second in state newspaper contest By Uigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung won second place in the General Excel lence category of the Texas Press Asso ciations 2004 Better Newspaper Contest The HeraldZeitung competed against larger papers in its division dai ly newspapers with a circulation between and Its extraordinary that the Herald Zeitung was recognized as being the second best newspaper in Texas under said Publisher Doug Toney When you consider that the majority of daily newspapers in Texas are in this category it provides a perspective on just how special this award In their comments judges praised the newspapers photography saying the photos offered an excellent visual insight into New Braunfels They also See COMTftT Page 3A TUNNELL INSURANCE HOME A U T O