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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas V Tf DECEMBER HERALD INSIDE LIMING UP Republicans line up to file paperwork to run in the March primary Page 4A SPORTS ALAMO BOWL Michigan and Nebraska visit San Antonio in matchup of two of the nations moststo ried Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 342 12 2 sections CLICK Sunny High Low 76 55 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 3B riiira Fireworks threat has local officials wary By Ron Maloney StaffWriter With wildfires taking four lives and a critical drought condition across local fire officials are bracing for the fireworks danger they anticipate with this weekends New Year In New the citys fire and police departments worked Wednesday to assemble a task force to enforce a no tolerance stance on which are prohibited within the city Police officers and fire inspectors who are also licensed as peace officers in the state of Texas will be patrolling streets and neighborhoods trying to dis courage illegal use of fireworks and ticketing those they In unincorporated county where all fireworks are allowable except missiles with fins and rockets on a burn ban has been in effect since Several local res idents have recently been cited for violations of the Officials tried Wednesday to set up safety zones at county facilities where people could use their fire works under the supervision of local fire but the idea was scrapped when officials with the countys fire departments said they See Page 2A NEVER TOO EARLY TO RACE 6yearold tastes victory in first year on the track By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Some folks go Others go But Russell and Julie Hand and their Elijah and go more goes racing and the Goodwin Primary student doesnt mess He races quarter I like Elijah Its pretty except it makes you pfetty hot wearing all the fire He also likes to and Hand has won a bunch of races this past year including a couple of championships in Austin and San Its But I flipped over and scratched Hand pointing to damaged paint on his The good thing is that holds you up so you dont hit your The Hands went racing because they love because it was a hobby they could pursue as a who is still south of 5 years will begin practicing next sea which begins in To watch 5yearolds race and to watch them play Tball is just two different Russell He does the mechanical work while Julie and Katy help out with the club concession When kids arent they play at the This is something we can all do together on the Russell It isnt A used car with a little something on the order of to A brand new one can cost to Russell said he didnt know if that figure included an engine because the price of a new car has been just out of the Photos by DAVID Veteran Quarter Midget driver Elijah shows off his car with a recently added Halloween paint Elijah gives his a hand with the maintenance on the race WANT TO GO RACING B Log on to Parts arent cheap and a set of the tiny slick tires the midgets run on costs Youll buy at least two a in the upper A sponsor would be a big Russell Quarter midget racing began in Southern California in the early 1930s and for decades has been the entry level for auto racing as it is practiced in the heartland of this country the openwheeled variety known for its groundpounding horsepow high speeds and wild crashes on paved or dirt fairgrounds Johnny Tony Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman among many oth ers all got their start in more than a dozen quarter midget classes of cars racing on 1 and 1 10th mile In this it can be seen in Austin at the River City Quarter See Page 2A 2QOB TNI YEAR THAT SUNDAY The APs top 10 stories of the year Faces of suffering WEDNESDAY The year in Washington Energy prices loomed large FRIDAY Information Age in high gear Texas deals with drought 1 The top 19 stories of the year in Comal County High energy prices likely to stick around By Brad FOM AP Business Writer WASHINGTON Terry Grand champs Virginia homeremodeling business is booked through spring and hes planning to bump up his prices to help cover the high cost of gasoline and building But when it comes to his own finances there is no passing the so Grandchamp is doing his best to conserve fuel at home and on the Chemical maker TomahS Prod ucts of Wisconsin is somewhat less confident customers will con tinue to absorb the soaring price of natural gas in Thats forced company president Steve King to shrink his work force through attri tion and hire a commodity broker to manage his fuel At North Carolinabased Family Dollar Stores the biggest worry these days is that the already tight budgets of lowincome shoppers will be nearly busted by the expect ed surge in homeheating costs this The company aims to stabi lize itself by selling fewer discre tionary goods and more essentials such as food and health Such is life for consumers and companies grappling with the prospect that todays high energy prices may stick around for a Crudeoil while sharply below the 2005 peak of almost a barrel in are expected to average more than a barrel See Page 3A I Grass fires across Texas claim four lives By Sheila Flynn Associated Press Writer CROSS Teresa Kennedys mother died six years she and her sev en siblings left their childhood home untouched to preserve the but in just minutes flames destroyed that history along with 50 other homes in this small Theres a tearful Kennedy said Wednesday as she stood with her two chil dren outside the situated on two city blocks destroyed a day earlier by a grass fire that grew out of More than 70 fires swept across parts of droughtstricken north and central Texas over the past two killing at least four destroying nearly 100 buildings and scorching more than Two of those killed in Cross Plains were elderly women trapped in their homes by the said Sparky state Depart ment of Public Safety Another woman died in her Cooke County home near the TexasOklahoma border after she See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Best of the best The HeraldZeitung unveils its AllComal County football Flu virus strikes Comal County By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter The flu is back in town with a This the Comal County Health Department has documented 42 cases of and director Gwen Mills said that num ber is expected to increase during the next two We usually see the number of cas es rise in December and peak in January and she In a total of 622 cases of influen HELP YOURSELF H Wash your hands frequently espe cially before before touching your face and after using the rest BB Dont share uten towels or drinks with H Avoid touching or visiting people who may be Eat a healthy get plenty of sleep and stay home from work if you are feeling under the For call the health depart ment at 6205595 or visit the Web site or za were About 84 percent of this years flu cases occurred between Janu ary and Mills said it is too late to get a flu shot from the health but some area doctors still may have See 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