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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TT TT OCTOBER HERALD SPORTS CLEAN SWEEP Smithson New Canyon roll to vic clinch playoff Page 8A DONT FORGET LEAP BACK Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 so turn your clocks back one hour Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 292 18 2 sections CK i Partly Cloudy High Low 76 58 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 41 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD M FORUM 2A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 31 Electric rates to climb even higher By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities and Peder nales Electric Cooperative announced Friday they will be raising electric rates beginning in NBU communications manager Gretchen Reuwer said customers on average would see a increase in their monthly PEC officials said customers monthly bills would jump about Both utilities attributed the rising electricity costs to the increase in nat ural gas prices in the wake of recent hurricanes in the Gulf of which damaged production processing plants and transportation NBU and PEC get their wholesale electricity from the Lower Colorado River which uses natural gas for fuel in four of its seven fossil fuel power Other plants are powered by wind and According to an LCRA press See HIGHER Page 3A SURVIVING A BUMPY RIDE Deposed rodeo queen looks to the future By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Jessica Bigbee has almost stopped dreaming about riding on floats and waving to crowds of paradegoers as the Comal County Rodeo One year she was looking for ward to a summer full of county fair parades in small Central Texas com but her reign did not begin or end like she hoped it This Jessica was abruptly stripped off her crown amid controversy over wearing a longsleeved black shirt in a It was very stressful and not at all what I thought it would she said Wednesday as she exercised heir after getting home from Jessica entered the rodeo queen competition as something fun she and Angel could do Theres not much you can do socially with your she said with a quick Its not like it was something I wanted to do my whole life or but I think Im cured from ever wanting to do anything like it While the Comal County Fair Asso ciation and Jessicas parents battled over rodeo queen court the 16yearold at the center of the dispute learned to practice patience instead of her royal I heard lots of comments about it around she None of her classmates made overtly rude state but she knew they were talking about the The which eventually ended up in the hands of prevented Jessica from riding in all but the first parade of the but it was not until two weeks before the new court was crowned that she learned she was officially The letter from the fair association was a disappointing especially Photos by MANDY She no longer dreams of being a rodeo but Jessica Bigbee still loves spending time with her Bigbee spends her time now practicing for barrel as it prevented her from helping this years contestants or crowning her I was really looking forward to she I wish I could have changed It was also hard for her Ron and Elaine who said they have yet to get a satisfactory response from the associations executive board as to how a fight over a longsleeved shirt could get so out of They even hired an attorney to han dle their in hopes the association might be more willing to Ron Bigbee insists the family never intended to After Jessica and her three court See QUEEN Page 5A Program links students to pals DAVID Smithson Valley PALS member Donald Birkener reads a book to Bill Brown Elementary thirdgrader Davon By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Tiffany Spaulding never thought she would become the lucky a junior at Smithson Valley High was tutored by a high school mentor in eighth and the experience was so wonderful she decided to be a mentor The little girl I her teacher tells the class she gets to see me because shes she When they see me the whole class tells Your lucky one is The Peer Assistant Leadership available at schools pairs high school mentors with younger Smithson Valley High School PAL teacher See PAL Page 2A Veteran firefighter honored as best paramedic By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The members of the New Braunfels Fire Department chose a veteran firefighter and paramedic as this citys Paramedic of the Paramedic Specialist James who works at Fire Station 3 on Hanz Drive near was recognized by his fellow firefighters for his initiative and job per Im very honored for this Pierce and very honored tnat theres that many people who feel Ive done that Fire Chief John Her ber pre s e n t e d the award and a plaque to Pierce on behalf of the fire department in a recent ceremony at New Braunfels City Council See BEST Page 5A James Pierce Tracking the news Updates is a weekly feature to give readers the latest infor mation on stories they have seen in the If you would like to see a story weve run call us at 830 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Basketball league moving forward LAST WE KNEW New Braun fels Junior Basketball League filled the position of president and was looking for more board members and LATEST All board positions have been NEXT Team signups will continue until 3 at Vivroux Sporting 651 Business Interstate 35 season will begin after Family moving into Habitat home LASTWE KNEW Comal County Habitat for Humanity con ducted a house blessing for the home of Esther Munoz and Emma Alejos on LATEST Munoz and Alejos closed on the propertyTues day and are moving NEXT Habitat has two more homes now under construc tion on Rosedale continuing the reconstruc tion of a formerly notorious ly substandard New Braun fels Volun teers will have a wallrais ing at one site Suspect remains in county jail LASTWE KNEW Irving Wayne shot by two sheriffs deputies at a Canyon Lake campground early was booked into Comal County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly LATEST West remains in His bail is NEXT West awaits arraign Marine recovering in Maryland LASTWE KNEW New Braunfels native Lance John Bishop was shot in an ambush in Afghanistan earlier this LATEST Bishop remains at the Naval Medical Center in where he continues to His is by his NEXT Bishops will return to Maryland in about a Donations to help the Bishops and other Marine families can be made on the Web Water group working on plan LAST WE KNEW The South CentralTexas Regional Water Planning Group met 13 at the Canyon Regional Water LATEST The SCTRWPG will meet at 9 in the board room of the San Antonio River 100 San to continue work on the 2005 rendition of its Region L which must be submit ted to the state in ERA 0 Ue Edwards Realty JK Unmatched Attention Far Your Red Estate Needs PRQUPIY SERVING NEW B R A U N F SURROUNDIN Q COMMUNITIES n ij Susan SonlerJflrrySonler
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