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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas JUNE SPORTS GAME TIME The Smithson Valley baseball team begins UIL state tourna ment against Rockwall Page 6A FORUM SPEAK OUT Readers voice their opinions on a lost pet and healthy eating Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 175 16 2 sections CLICK 8 prtly Cloudy High Low 94 74 Details16 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B Bulverde police recover counterfeit bills By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE A Bulverde police official Thursday warned local mer chants to watch for counterfeit cur rency after a pair of bogus bills were passed in that Police Donna OConnor said two counterfeit bills had been accepted at area businesses this week and a third unsuccessful attempt to pass one had been reported as Weve had three attempts just this week that we know OConnor Theres no telling how many have gone on to the banks and we dont know One of the bills turned in to police wouldnt have stood out in a pile of OConnor It was detected by a marking pen designed to show counterfeit The oth er was visibly Both appeared to have been manufactured with an inkjet One of I could see how it could have been OConnor But theyre not anything spe The Bulverde PD called in the Secret Service and has suspects in the passing of the OConnor We dont know whether theyre the ones printing but we believe they knew they were See BILLS Page 2A Challenge to congressional districts rejected by federal panel By Brand Grissom Associated Press Writer AUSTIN threejudge federal panel on Thursday rejected legal challenges to the 2003 congressional redistricting plan that resulted in a Republican majority in the Texas delegation in Democrats and minority interests chal lenged the arguing that it was overly politically motivated and diluted minority As the federal panel today concluded once the Texas redistricting plan is entirely consistent with federal law and the United States said Texas Attorney General Greg He defend ed the redrawn map in Last the District Court panel for the Eastern District of Texas said the map redrawing congressional voting dis tricts was That decision was appealed to the Supreme See REJECT Page 3A COMINGSUNDAY Showtime i f I The New Braunfels Theatre j Bulverde man faces life in prison after drug arrest By Ron Maloney StaffWriter BULVERDE A 19yearold Bulverde man was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his Scott Lowrey was booked for the alleged possession of between 4 and 400 grams of a controlled penalty group The substance was reportedly a pound of mushrooms that are illegal under the Texas Penal Code because they con tain the psychoactive chemical a compound similar to If the offense is a firstdegree felony punishable by five to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to Lowrey posted a bail and was released from custody Lowrey was parked at a service station at Texas 46 and 281 at when Bulverde police officer Daniel Vera stopped to investigate his vehicle because it had been there for an extended period of Weve been having beer runs and ciga rette and theyve been hitting our See ARREST Page 3A A HOME RUN FOR THE CITY Softball fans flock to New Braunfels By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter AT A GLANCE World Fastpitch Con nection State Tournament kicks off with the parade of teams The under10 tournament will take place in San Marcos begin ning The under12 tournament will take place at Camp Gorrtdlirr New Braunfels beginning at 7 The under14 tournament will take place in New Braunfels tonight and Seguin Saturday and New Braun fels will be the center of the softball world this weekend when more than 90 teams of girls come to The New Braunfels Bombers will play host to the Fifth annual World Fastpitch Con nection State Tournament beginning The tournament is the largest in with more than 90 teams and three age divisions and qual ifying teams moving on to the WFC World Teams come from all New Braunfels Bombers President Scott Smith We have teams from Corpus Christi and the Valley all four corners of FJevenyearold Bombers cen terfielder Taylor Woodall says she looks forward to the tournament every My favorite part is playing all the new teams we havent played Woodall I say were gonna make it to the top While the tournament has always been growth in the sport has led to an amazing upturn in recent In the past few the tournament has exceed ed the capacity of the Bombers home ballpark at Camp Photos by MANDY Hundreds of softball fans filled Camp ComalThursday to watch a high school allstar game that kicked off the World Fastpitch Connection State Abigail Kester smooths the dirt around first base in preparation for the softball games to be played at Camp Map to softball tournament Were m ax e d out by the number of fields so much so that weve had to utilize fields in Seguin and San Smith There are so many kids getting better at the Six to seven years we wouldnt have had a turnout this Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Laird said the turnout and enthusiasm that will be on display this weekend is just an example of the impact youth sports has on New Braunfels and society in You pick a sport and theres a group of people fanatical about she This shows you that girls soft ball is very pop ular right But its not just softball its basket baseball and Par ents are looking for positive things to get their kids involved Its a great experience for kids to be part of a Smith said that the success of local players has furthered fast pitchs growing See SOFTBALL Page 3A Some aerial fireworks banned in county By Ron Maloney StaffWriter County officials banned some aerial fireworks for the Fourth of July holiday Thursday because of concerns about how hot and dry it could be in two The ban applies only to sky rockets on sticks and missiles with It takes effect A violation of the ban is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to Banned are igniting or in any way using the Possessing the fireworks is not illegal under the but Coun ty Fire Marshal Lin Manford rec ommended against buying the banned fireworks elsewhere and bringing them into the You cant buy them in Bexar or Travis County and bring them said The order prohibits them from using or sell ing them in this Commissioners took the action because of a state law requiring them to notify fireworks vendors three weeks before the holiday to allow them to adjust invento Notice of the ban will be posted at all fireworks stands in the Manford said he sought the ban for safety reasons in spite of the recent A weatherman sometimes cant tell you what the weather will be but the law expects us to predict it three weeks in Manford Its prob ably better at this point to be ready for the worstcase My recommendation is to approve a ban on restricted fire works in the unincorporated areas of the county until such time as that threat Manford said recent rain has See BAN Page 5A KEEP IT SAFE Officials recommend the following safety tips when handling fireworks ffl Do not point fireworks or throw them aLpeopLe BS Never ignite fireworks while holding them and never put them in containers such as cans or SB Always wear safety M Do otvear loose SArTadulf should always be If Use a punk to ignite fire Most dealers B Light only one device at a IB Have a clear landing zone for aerial 86 Have a fire extinguisher or water on Never ignite fireworks in or on a vehicle and never throw them Keep spectators especially children a safe distance away at least 35 feet for ground
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