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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas RlltU im 1000571 W TT JULY HERALD EL PASO TX 79903 UNG SPORTS SUMMER FUN Whether baseball or summer is a time for exercise and fun with Page 5A Ia FORUM COLUMN Columnist Charley Reese says owning a gun is the best way to protect yourself and your Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 194 18 2 sections CLICK I Partly Cloudy High Low 10075 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 38 CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 2B CROSSWORD M FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 38 Legislators vow to fight for property rights By David Rupkalvis News Editor AUSTIN State Carter Cas teel and Jeff Wentworth responded quickly after the Supreme Court ruled governments can use eminent domain for eco nomic development RNew signed on as a coauthor to a constitution al amendment written by Frank RSan that would limit eminent domain in the At the same R San was one of three authors of legislation filed in the Sen ate that would prohibit governments from taking property to be used for economic Casteel said her response was in part due to requests from her con stituents and in part due to person al Several years Casteel experi enced eminent domain firsthand when riverfront property her family owned was taken for the Canyon Lake Its Casteel Her experience and repeated calls from her constituents led Casteel to People are very concerned about See Page 8A ROCKETS RED GLARE Fireworks are a part of life on Independence Day By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Darla Bayliss made a mis take Friday evening at Fireworks Warehouse north of New Braun She sat in die parking lot while her and their went shopping for a few things for the Fourth of While she sat her hus band and little boy roamed the roomy fireworks store in aircondi tioned like a couple of kids on a shopping spree where they could do nothing but antici pate the rockets red glare to come on this holiday She should have known better Brian of is a licensed pyrotechnic technician what people in the business of loud bangs and flashing lights call And Bayliss knew his he had the vernacular He could talk to salesman Joey Hernandez about how many grains of powder were in a partic ular item and about how high it would fly and what it would do when it got up They cruised around the store with the little boy hanging off the cart They looked at Roman They checked out Saturn They contemplated a roll of firecrackers that would take 45 minutes to They looked at missiles that were longer than Bryce was But before they bought any thing they took care of Im trying to find your little stuff then well go for daddys Bayliss He looked at the walls stacked high with boxed sets of and looked at the middle aisle with its individual He knew what he and he had a pretty good idea what the boy would Well probably do this individ ually instead of getting that big TOP SELLERS Pyro City Everything one needs to put on the biggest aerial show possible without a pyrotechnic Includes own Pro 4Series The big sha banglThis one has everything for the complete home pyro Includes double and triple shells Finale Display A boxed set with four set up with fuses so they can be fired simultaneously or in A lit tle something for everyone he told the Look We have to have some You love right Those are cool sparklers While they walked out side a chainlink safety Bayliss talked about his own past with My uncle has always been a collector and a fireworks aficiona He used to take me out when I was really Bayliss holding his hand at about the height of his boys I grew up around Ive always been around them and Ive always loved Bryce touched his fathers can we get ones that blow up the boy Daddy They all blow Thats the whole purpose of See Page 10A Photos by MANDY Joey a member of the PromiseLand Church work ing at the Fireworks helps Brian Bayliss and his pick out the best fireworks Friday INDEPENDENCE DAY FUN New Braunfels 9 American Bandstand Century Cele bration parade spon sored by downtown New Braun fels 10 Independence Day celebration spon sored by will include 100th birth day party for Main Plaza bandstand with Comal Community Band lead ing crowd in Happy Birthday Fireworks Gala at Lan da Park Garden Ridge Community lunch at Paul Davis Park Fourth of July Parade beginning at Paul Davis Park 9 Fireworks Show Seguin 10 Independence Day Mayors lunch 9 Fireworks show Schertz 10 parade Noon Fourth of July Jubilee at Pickrell Park 9 Fireworks show at Pickrell Park San Marcos 11 to 11 Summerfest in Sewell Park 9 Fireworks Show at Sewell Park Randolph Air Force Base 5 to Independence Day all visitors should enter through west gate on FM 78 Fireworks display Fireworks can be fun if proper safety measures followed By Ron Maloney StaffWriter In 2003 across the United more than 20 people died and more than were injured in acci dents involving fireworks which caused more than totaling million in In New Braunfels last Independence three people had fireworksrelat ed injuries that resulted in visits to McKenna Memorial With the Fourth of July approaching and local fireworks stands open for the public safety officials warn fireworks are illegal within the limits of the countys incorporated cities including New Braunfels and that when used it should be with caution and New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter and Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford warned Friday that the public should be aware of fireworks safety and of the laws per taining to The possession or discharge of fire works are prohibited in the city Brinkkoeter This is a health safe ty issue and its straight out of the fire Violation of the citys fireworks ordi nance is a class C but the fines can escalate to Brinkkoeter Fireworks injuries in New Braunfels are Brinkkoeter although three were reported last Property damage is more Weve seen our share of Brinkkoeter We had a boathouse and personal watercraft burned on Lake for Its extremely The with help from puts on a fireworks display Monday night at Landa We encourage people to attend and get the fireworks out of their sys Over the coming three six See Page 9A KNOW THE LAW m Fireworks fire bot tle skyrockets or shells are illegal within the city limits of New IB A county order is in effect banning mis siles with fins and rockets on sticks in unincorporated coun ty All fireworks are banned in the Army Corps of Engi neers parks at Canyon fire works are not regulat ed in unincorporated county OConnor opening door for shift at top court By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON Sandra Day OCon nor stepped down unexpectedly from the Supreme Court closing out a career as the first woman justice and the anchor of a shaky majority for abortion Presi dent Bush pledged to name a successor quickly as the costliest confirmation battle in history took OConnors decision to retire created the first vacancy at the high court in 11 and marked the departure of the justice who had become the majority maker in a stream of 54 cases covering affir mative the death penalty and more over a under pressure from some con servatives to name an outright foe of abor said he would appoint a successor who will faithfully interpret the Constitu tion and laws of our He said he See Page 9A Holiday fun Toursists from around the state visit New Braunfels for fun in the DAVID Southbound I35 traffic comes to a slow crawl as tourists leave the inter state at the FM 306 exit Police ready for holiday crowds By Ron Maloney StaffWriter This weekend will be much hotter and drier than the holiday washed out by flood ing in but it might not pass without at least some isolated rainfall As the tourists rolled into town local law enforcement officials were making their final preparations for the big holiday weekend that marks the middle of sum At the Comal County Sheriffs Patrol Brent Paullus oversees the coun tys summer recreation Well have our increased presence on See Page 3A THE SONIER GROUP ERA Lee Edwards Realty Unmatched Attention Far 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