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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas JUNE ZEITUNG SPORTS Playoffs Little League teams from New Canyon Lake continue battle to win playoff Page 5A FORUM SPEAK OUT Readers discuss individ ual the Austin City Limits exhibition and public Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 187 14 2 sections CLICK I www j o Sunny unny High Low 70 1B 97 Details 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B County bans outdoor burning for 90 days By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Commission ers Thursday banned outdoor burning because of dry weather The the first in the county in about 18 took effect It remains in place for 90 days unless lifted by Com missioners Court or determina tion of the Texas Forest Under the burn ban all outdoor fires except those with in an enclosure that contains all flames and and camp fires no larger than three feet in diameter are Violation would be a class C misdemeanor punishable by a the county fire marshals office will issue burn permits on a casebycase basis in cases of emergency or financial County Fire Marshal Lin Man ford sought the ban because weather projections forecast scant chance of rain in coming weeks leading to heightened probabili ty of fire danger by July I know its not Weve dodged this issue for a long Manford told Right I know San Antonio is about five and a half inches below their average annual rain Its my recommendation we enact a burn ban for the protec tion of the lives and property of the citizens of Comal As of Comal County just tipped 533 on the Keetch Byram Drought a mathe matical system for predicting the likelihood of fire based on drought The KBDI runs from 0 to 800 with 0 meaning no moisture defi ciency exists and 800 denoting the maximum drought On the a score of 500 comes right in the middle of the high fire danger Lin Manford A LIFETIME OF SERVICE Weston Fields could house sports complex Photos by DAVID Monsignor Eugene OCallaghan plays with his three grandnephews Sean and Ciaran on the playground of Peter and Paul School Thursday A large number of OCallaghans relatives from Ireland are arriving this week to help him celebrate 50 years as a OCallaghan celebrates mass recently at the OCallaghan celebrates 50 years as a priest Sunday By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Weston Fields might look like grassy pasture land but the New Braunfels Youth Sports organization is determined to turn it into a premiere sports With the help of a recent Kronkosky match ing the group plans to add a bathroom and concession facilities to the four fullsized soccer fields already spread out on a cor ner of the propertys 100 The current setup only accommodates but NBYS President Jonathan Hull said the facility could be a place to unite all of the citys youth sports A recently drawn master plan calls for two additional soccer seven small soccer 12 softball and baseball a gym and enough parking for at least Recent renewed interest in SPORTS COMPLEXES H This the final part of a four part series looking at what is being done and needs to be done to create sports complex es in New the benefits a universal sports complex could bring to New Braunfels has Hull once again thinking Weston Fields could become the cen ter of all local youth NBYS was formed in the mid 1990s as a nonprofit specifically lo receive the land lease offered by Grainger Weston to pro mote youth sports and ben efit the Hull said the organization contained representatives See SPORTS Page 2A By Melissa Johnson StaffWriter When Monsignor Eugene OCallaghan of Peter and Paul Parish of New Braunfels first entered the President Dwight Eisenhower was serving his first term and the minimum wage had just been raised to an Fifty years OCallaghan is celebrating half a centurys worth of service to God and The church will cele brate a special commemora tive Mass in the monsignors honor at 5 fol lowed by OCallagahans lifes work has taken him around the from the plush green hills of his native Ireland to remote missions in He made stops in Bethlehem and Calvary and visited devotion al shrines in France and Peters in But perhaps the monsignors strangest adventure was moving to the Lone Star Following theology studies at Patricks College in Ire a San Antonio bishop asked OCallaghan to move to The 22yearold OCallaghan complied and began his service at Mary Magdalene in San more than miles from A few things surprised him when he moved to Texas in August No one could describe to me the intense See SERVICE Page 2A Supreme Court Cities can seize homes for developers Drainage woes Even as local governments continue to debate the citizens fight to improve drainage in their neighbor County reaches agreement with CL water company By Hope Yen Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON may bulldoze peoples homes to make way for shopping malls or other private a divided Supreme Court ruled giving local govern ments broad power to seize pri vate property to generate tax In a scathing Jus tice Sandra Day OConnor said the decision bowed to the rich and powerful at the expense of middleclass The 54 decision means that homeowners will have more limited legal experts said they didnt expect a rush to claim CLICK WHAT DOES THE CITY THINK For a local see Saturdays HeraldZeitung The message of the case to cities is you can use emi nent but you better be careful and conduct hear said Thomas a Columbia law professor spe cializing in property The closely watched case involving New homeowners was one of six decisions issued Thurs day as the court neared the end of its The justices See TAKING Page 3A By Ron Maloney StaffWriter CANYON LAKE To a cup of water is half full to others its Comal County commissioners and the Canyon Lake Water Supply reached a compromise in which the county agreed that most of its system has adequate quality water to serve its Broken out from that was a single Crystal that is served by wells and is not yet connect ed to the rest of the CLWSC Residents of that subdivision have water that has too much fluoride in it a problem that will be rec tified when CLWSC runs a pipeline to the The made with a commitment from CLWSC to run the pipeline this is important because with out the approvals would slop in the north and western portion of the county served by One year commis sioners granted the company a oneyear extension of its certification with a stern warning that the problem at Ciystal just north of Canyon be Earlier this com missioners refused to extend it again when CLWSC Gener al Manager Dale Yates went before the court to report delays in permitting the The move meant plat approvals and develop ment would stop in he utilitys service Over the past two developers have expressed concerns to commissioners about the costs of such a See WATER Page 3A The Uptown Piano Bar is the place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries f