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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER IALDZEITUNG SPORTS GAME TIME New Canyon foot ball gahies moved up to Thursday due to Hurricane Ritas Page 6A INSIDE AMAZING New invention lands local couple in finals of national reality television Page 3A 261 14 2 sections CLICK n Sunny High Low 101 74 Details1B County gets ready for Hurrican Braunfels and Comal County since DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 31 By Ron Maloney StaffWriter As Hurricane Rita hurtled across the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday toward a Friday night or Saturday Texas landfall that appears more and more local emergency planning officials prepared to receive They also worked to be ready if bands of tropical rains and high winds that could streak inland threaten the New Braunfels New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer said plans were well under way up and down the Interstate 35 corridor Wednesday to make way for up to 1 million evacuees who could come inland depend ing upon where the storm County Judge Danny Scheel said Emergency Management CHANGES IN STORE Due to Hurricane the Canyon and New Braunfels foot ball games scheduled Friday were moved to Smithson Valley is still planning to play For a complete see Sports on Page Coordinator Carol Edgett is con ducting four conference calls each day with officials at the Texas Department of Emergency Management who were moni toring Ritas I talked to Bexar County and told them if theres anything we can assist with to let us Scheel Were standing prepared to open shelters if called upon to do so for At the same Scheel the county was monitoring the potential for local and was working with encouraging them to be ready if there was a local Max who directs security for this weekends Comal County said the fair board was carefully monitoring the weather As of the National Weather Services forecast for Sat urday in New Braunfels called See Page 5A FALLING IN LOVE Photos by DAVID QI MUIWO uy bnaron is all smiles as she pets a pygmy goat and piglet at the Baby Barnyard at the Comal County Fair Wednesday ea gives Charlie the pygmy goat a hug while visiting the Baby viiMtwii if 10 an Oil MIC Courtnea Children flock to Baby Barnyard as county fair opens By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Courtnea Silkmans parents had better be ready when Christmas rolls tenderheart ed secondgrader already knows what she wants in her I wish I had a baby goat at she cuddling a brown and 9day old pygmy goat in her Silkman was one of 35 students from the Educational Network for Arts and Character the homeschooling cooperative at Tree of Life who visited the Baby Barnyard during the first day of the Comal County FAIR WEEK Highlights of Comal County Fair which will continue through Fair 10 Friday begins at 8 pm today H Antique Farm Friday through Sunday B KiddieTractor noon Sat urday and 3 69 JFriday KidRodeo Clown Best Western Dress 2 Sunday Charlie the goat was patient for his tender suffering the chil drens hugs and kisses without The baby cow was a different She ran between the chil dren and their teachers with a frantic look in her seemingly baffled by the their desire to treat her like a big By the end of the shell be used to said Mike the Baby Barnyard supervi Kropp kept a careful eye on both the children and the stooping down to rescue Charlie and his when they began to bleat too The goats were the most popu lar animal in the a source of satisfaction for their See Page 5A Local school districts receive superior financial ratings By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter The Texas Education Agency plans to make it more difficult for school districts to achieve superior financial ratings next Both Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD have received superior ratings every year since the School FIRST Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas was instituted in The School FIRST system ana lyzes 22 factors of a districts financial Factors include debt related expendi ratio of students to teach investments and total oper ating expenditures for instruc To receive the highest districts must reach approval on 20 of the 22 financial Debra CISD business said state legislation passed in August requires that 65 percent of a schools operating budget be used directly in the compared to a cur rent rule that requires more than 54 These rules will like ly carry over to FIRST require We dont plan any major but next year it may be more Smith business manager for said the district spent 58 percent on despite sending about million to the state as part of the Robin Hood CISD will hold a public hearing on the results at their next board See Page 3A Quote County Judge Danny Scheel Congressman says Texas is prepared for lurncane By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Lamar Smith has seen firsthand what hurricanes and floods can He said Wednes day he believed Texans from the coast to New Braunfels who are brac ing for a hit from Hurri cane Rita would be well During the July 2002 RSan came to New It was a per sonal trip and not an official and it cul minated with him wad ing into the flooded Guadalupe River with a rope tied around his waist so he wasnt washed try to help his sister whose home was flooded and x I hope I dont have to do it again this Smith If Rita strikes the right place on the say the Corpus Christi Smith and Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett say the biggest concern in New Braunfels would be tor rential high winds and You have to be Smith Its See Page 5A Congressman Lamar Smith Texas pre pares for Page 5 Plan now to be safe when storm Page 4A Homecoming The Canyon football team looks to remain perfect when Del Valle L TheTexas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Reduce unnecessary vehicle Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one Avoid use of drive through lanes or Dont refuel during Avoid use of gaspowered yard equip ON TNI WU Pollution levels are posted online at
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