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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas CL PflSfl ry TT IT AUGUST MWRALDZEITUNG SPORTS REFLECTIONS Area football coaches reflect on last weeks this weeks Page 5A OPINION TEAMWORK Sparked by actionoriented Milltown area neighbors band together for a common Page 4A KATRINA AFTERMATH Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 241 12 1 section CL High Low 101 70 Details7A DEAR ABBY 9A CLASSIFIEDS IDA COMICS 8A CROSSWORD 8A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 9A PICKING UP THE PIECES Khampha Worth StarTelegram Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina bar drivers from moving down Interstate 610 near Interstate 10 in New Flooded highways prevented many rescue person nel from getting into parts of the New Orleans avoids catastrophic hit Gulf Coast cities swamped by water By ALLEN BREED Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS AP itself with 145mph Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast just outside New Orleans on submerging entire neigh borhoods up to their swamping Mississip pis beachfront casinos and killing at least 55 Jim spokesman for the Harrison Coun ty emergency operations said 50 people were killed by Katrina in his with the bulk of the deaths at an apartment complex in Three other people were killed by falling trees in Mississippi and two died in a traffic acci dent in authorities For New Orleans a dangerously vulnerable city because it sits mostly below sea level in a See Page 6A READY TO MOBILIZE 8H The American Red Cross said it had thousands of volunteers mobilized for the organization set up operational headquarters in Baton The Red Cross said it expected to serve about meals a day to those dis placed by the Hi The EPA dispatched emergency crews to Loui siana because of concern about oil and chemical M More than 40 Coast Guard aircraft from units along the entire Eastern along with more than 30 small patrol boats and cut were positioned around the area to be ready to conduct search and rescue H The Agriculture Department said it will provide meals and other such as infant distilled water for babies and emer gency food About National Guard troops were avail able in about troops in Missis nearly in Alabama and about in MANDY Warren Motherland packed things Monday that he would need for at least the next week as a volunteer for the Red Cross being sent to aid in the after math of Hurricane He and his said they did not know how long theyll be or where exactly they will be Couple volunteers to help with Red Cross relief effort By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Nan and Warren Netherland took a quick break Monday from watching news coverage of Hurricane Katrina to finish some lastminute shopping before head ing out of Their basket was full of antibacterial hand baby wipes and bug spray essential items for a trip into the storm ravaged Gulf Coast The retired couple is half of a Red Cross volunteer deployment team preparing to leave New Braunfels and join relief efforts somewhere between New Orleans and Although he has no idea where they will end Warren said he was anxious to get to I feel very sorry for the people in that he Its often the most needy who end up in shelters because they did not have the means to get out of The Katrina relief efforts will be the first HOW CAN YOU HELP UTo donate money to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief visit or call 800HELP HITo get trained as a Red Cross volun teer to serve during future contact your local branch office at 830 HThe United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund has been activated to help affected Dona tions via check are being accepted at the following address United Way of America 630568 MD 212630568 Go to for national disaster response team the cou ple has volunteered but they have firsthand experience in recovering from a We were living in New Orleans in 1965 See Page 6A Gunman kills self after shooting 4 to death near church By ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press Writer SASH gunman killed four people near a smalltown then killed himself ear ly Monday after a ninehour standoff with authorities Police said witnesses told them that Fred die who lived across the street from the Sash Assembly of God exchanged words in the church parking lot Sunday night with church member Wes who asked Cranshaw to Cranshaw returned a short time later and shot at close and then shot the James witnesses Deputies found both men dead in a grassy area next to the church parking Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore He said it didnt appear that they were shot inside the as initially Cranshaw then drove to a nearby inter where he shot at a truck towing a horse uailer and then killed two women after they tried vainly to flee from the wit nesses told Police identified the women Ceri of Fannin County and 1 lolly Love See Page 6A NBISD sets tax rate per valuation By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees set next years tax rate exacting the same amount from patrons as last year per Although the rate will bring the district more money than it did last thanks to rising property it will not be enough to cover the 200506 school year Extra most ly for additional created a million budg et deficit for the beginning of the school At this time last the district had a Sandy executive di rector for business and sup port told trustees she was not uncomfortable with this years deficit because it was With our fund balance where it the bigger deficit doesnt bother she It would if we had this kind of deficit but for the last three we have had surpluses at the end of each budget Last the district closed out its budget cycle with a million Since the district has put million into its fund balance sav ings which holds roughly million Hill said she expected to end the 200506 school year with similar making up for the initial Trustee Ed who complains regularly about the districts increasing tried to get board members to lower mis years tax We have saved large amounts of money over the and I would like to give some of it back to the he It would cost us 1 mil lion from fund balance to lower the rate another 5 Trustee Rob Johnson accused Clark of trying to take die easy way out by offering voters a tax The easiest thing to do is to say Im for the See TAX Page 3A What it means for homeowners H in taxes on a home m in taxes on a home 13 in taxes on a home COMING FRIDAY Big game Pregame look at this weeks big gridiron contest between CHS 2lane feeder street eases drivers worries in front of CHS By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Canyon High School parking lot was almost empty by indicating the high way construction nightmare that plagued stu dents last year is all but Principal Bob Wiegand said a twolane feeder street in front of the school made all the True to their Hunter Industries got the lanes open before kids arrived back on he Now all three of our front gates anopen like normal and the bus and car trafllc dont hnvo to mix at the Compared to last its so much For the entire 200405 school the feeder street was reduced to one lane and only two of the schools front exits were Car traffic attempt ing to avoid the 135 snarl exited onto 1M 1101 See CHS Page 3A i I 1
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