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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAY Illllll Illll JUNE 2005 HERALDZEITUNG SPORTS STILL CHAMPS Smithson Valley may have lost its final but the Rangers should hold their heads Page IB LIFE ITS SHOWTIME The New BraunfelsTheatre Company presents Annie Get Your Page 1C Serving New Braunfels and ComalCountysince 1852 177 30 5 sections WWW 8 Partly Cloudy High Low 93 74 Details3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS Council could condemn land for fire station By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Residents of the Stonegate Subdivision could have a new fire station in their front yards within a few years if Fire Chief John Herber has his Herber has identified five lots at the front of the development he believes would serve as an ideal location for the citys next proposed fire Station city council will con sider Herbers request to begin a condemnation process on the a step he hopes will get the attention of the current We have called and sent let but so we have had no luck getting in touch with Herber Although its name makes the process sound City Manager Chuck Pinto in this it was merely being ini tiated to get the owners atten Beginning the condemnation process will allow Herber to con sider acquiring the services of a firm that could send a represen tative to the owners physical in to verify whether he had received the citys attempts at Once we do get in touch with its likely he will want to negotiate a deal with Her ber If the city will request a threeperson organ ized by Comal to hear the case and settle on a fair com pensation amount for the prop acquired as part of a munic ipalitys right of eminent If either party does not like the committees the case can be appealed within the countys court Despite the early obstacles to obtaining this particular piece See STATION Page 6A John Herber Dru abusers can find help By Ron Maloney StaffWriter When he was a Nathan used to walk past the 24 Hour Club on Eikel Street on his way to the tube I had no idea what the place he said Friday sit ting on a couch in the smoking a ciga rette and talking to a few He does The 24 Hour located just off Walnut Avenue at 1142 is host to many of the communitys Alcoholics Nar cotics Anonymous and AlAnon It is also a place where people with drinking or drug problems can meet in a neutral envi ronment and offer one another Its been around for many years and its a busy with three AA meetings a day and NA and AlAnon meetings thrown in around the What is remarkable is quite a few people quietly attend meetings in this See HELP Page 8A BANE OF THE COUNTY This is the fifth part of a continuing series looking at the impact of drug use on New eratinfets and Comal A GARDENERS DELIGHT COMINGTHURSDAY Great ride i Local man joins his sailor soninlaw onamenw rable cruise aboard a TxDOT to present new proposals for Landa Street By Leigh Jonas StaffWriter New Braunfelsers will have one more chance to voice their opinions on the Landa Street improvement project before construction crews open up the road way for two additional lanes of The Texas Depart ment of Transportation will host a meeting AT A GLANCE What TxDOT Landa Street Improvement project public meeting When 6 V Where New Braunfels council 424 South Castell Tuesday to gather more public input and offer three alternative proposals for the At the last meeting in citizens See LANDA Page 5A Green thumbs on display at garden show By David Rupkalvis News Editor Clifton Fleming admits he does nt spend enough time in his gar But the master gar dener learned even a little time is good enough to grow some of the best fruit and vegetables in New beat outdozens of competitors to walk away with the top prize in the fruit category at the Mens Garden Clubs Spring Garden Horticulturist Lynn Rawe chose Flemings Kiowa blackberries over peaches grown by Liz Laroe and her You cant get any better than These are Rawe said while picking the Fleming bought the Kiowa blackberries in 2000 and has been working with them Kiowas are known worldwide for their size and productivity and Fleming said his were no The berries easily dwarfed the other blackberries in the competi some measuring more than an inch in They also make more fruit than Fleming can My wife has been picking eight or nine quarts every two Fleming We preserve them and give a lot In most of the winning batch Saturday were eaten shortly after Fleming got the grand cham pion To grow good Fleming said the key is having good soil and good Its got to be in fertile he I use compost and organic Photos by DAVID Horticulturist Lynn Rawe judges the cut flowers at the Mens Garden Clubs Spring Garden Show Saturday Below tomatoes were some of the most popular items on display at tne show Below Raspberries grown by Clifton Fleming earned a second place fertilizer and a drip which I use on Its been so dry this Ive had to water three times a Fleming also won a first place ribbon for his cherry toma toes and a second place award for rasp He said he grows only fruits and leaving the flowers to his his favorite vegetable wasnt on display I really like good sweet he I put water on to boil and go outside and shuck the corn right on the By the time I get inside the water is boiling and put it It doesnt get much fresher than Wayne Triesch was also a big winner Sat taking the reserve grand cham pion in vegetables for his gypsy pep Carrots grown by Lonnie Isgit were named grand Triesch is not a master but still spends an hour a day tending to his In addition to his Triesch took a sec ond place ribbon for his black cherry Triesch said the secret to a good garden is simple My thing is he I use oak Where I theres about 200 oak and I can get bags of See GARDEN Page 10A Smith Patent reform a top goal By David Rupkalvis News Editor While the war in the future of Social Security and approving judicial nominees are important to Congressman Lamar his top priority in Congress right now is to protect American people and businesses from hav ing their ideas Smith visited New Braunfels Saturday for a town hall meeting and told the small crowd at OakRun School that he is working diligently to change patent laws to protect intellectual Patent law is a personal interest that is going to help a lot of people and Smith Stealing someones intel lectual property is no dif ferent than throwing rocks through a window and walking off with their Smith explained that in todays high tech intellectual property is of growing importance due to software used on com Software is consid ered a persons or compa nys but with the Internet it is difficult to stop software from being shared or He also said there is growing prob lem with patents and ideas being stolen and used to create merchandise in oth er Patent law is the 1 issue for high tech compa nies across the congressman Every Congressman Lamar Smith addresses a small See SMITH Page 3A group gathered at OakRun School American Born Breweti tor uiew
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