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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                V V JANUARY ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOCCER Area soccer teams begin seasons in tournaments at New Smithson Page SA NEWS SOPHIINBURG Group of youngsters tried to buy Coffee Pot only to learn it was Page 8A Serving Slew Braunfels and Comal County since 47 14 2 sections CLICK i Mostly cloudy High Low 68 61 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Dozens turn out to discuss quarry qualms By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Katie Stout is afraid that blasting from local quarries might do more than shake the foundation of her a resident of the Shadow Hills said her home is built over a situation that makes her especially wary of blasting Officials say blasting poses no threat to homes from three nearby Im in a situation where we can hear the echo from the caverns underneath when theres she Thats Stout was one of about 100 Comal County residents who packed Oak Run Sixth Grade Center on Wednes day for a public meeting called by county During the representatives from Chemical Lime and Martin Marietta quarries addressed resi dents concerns about blast ing noise and Darrell director of geol ogy at said there is no scien tific evidence or history of any quar ry operation causing caverns to cave He also said most residents were concerned about air or the sound that comes from Every shot that weve ever made has been he Air blasts have no effect on the only things above the which can cause dam age to are monitored by local quarries and by the Texas Com mission for Environmental See Page 7A Last run Bush to send more troops to Iraq George Bush Photos by DAVID New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher works on bills in his at Station 1 on Wednesday He retires 31 after more than 32 years at the Longtime firefighter prepares to hang up his hat on 31 By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer New Braunfels Fire Department Bat talion Chief Don Zercher wont deny that hes a lucky Im lucky to have a good Zercher said with a sly who is retiring said hes experienced many blessings dur ing his career with the New Braunfels Fire the fire fighters at Station 1 insist that their chiefs fortune is almost supernatu Never gamble or make a bet against the guy not that firemen said Robert an engineer with the New Braunfels Fire I think he actually owns a rabbits Though he would not disclose the specifics of Zerchers Stephen son said that he will not miss losing money to the after working with him for 10 he said he will miss Zercher around the fire Hes capable of being a boss and also a Stephenson Weve gone fishing but Ive also gotten written Firefighter Andy who has worked with Zercher for about a said he considers the chief a father I as a he looks out for all of he spent more than 32 years with the fire but said he hadnt planned on becoming a See Page 7A WASHINGTON AP President Bush acknowl edged for the first time Wednesday that he erred by not ordering a military buildup in Iraq last year and said he was increasing troops by to quell the countrys nearanar Where mistakes have been the responsibil ity rests with Bush The buildup puts Bush on a collision course with the new Democratic Congress and pushes the American troop presence in Iraq toward its highest It also runs counter to wide spread antiwar passions among Americans and the advice of some top In a primetime address to the Bush pushed back against the Democrats calls to end the unpopular He said that to step back now would force a col lapse of the Iraqi govern tear that country apart and result in mass killings on an unimaginable If we increase our support at this crucial moment and help the Iraqis break the cur rent cycle of we can hasten the day our troops begin coining Bush But he braced Ameri cans to expect more casualties for now and did not specify how long the additional troops would In addition to extra the plan envisions Iraqs committing to more troops to secure Baghdads neighborhoods and taking the lead in mili tary Even before Bushs the new Democrat ic leaders of Congress emphasized their opposition to a This is the third time we are going down this Two times this has not House Speaker Nancy said after meeting with the presi Why are they doing this now That question There was criticism from See Page 6A Tasty art The 27th annual Dinner with ing and a look back at a year of artistic Trial of man accused of indecency continues New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher retires House votes to raise minimum wage WASHINGTON AP The Democraticcontrolled House voted Wednesday to increase the federal minimum wage to an bringing Americas low estpaid workers a crucial step closer to their first raise in a The vote was with more than 80 Republicans join ing Democrats to pass You should not be relegated to poverty if you work hard and play by the said House Majority Leader Steny D The bill was the second meas ure passed since Democrats took control of the end ing more than a decade of Republican The which now goes to the would raise the federal wage floor by from its current Senate Democratic leaders already have signaled they will accept changes designed to shield small businesses from adverse consequences of higher labor See WAGE Page 6A How did area congressmen vote on HR the minimum wage which passed 315116 L Smith 21 Rodriguez Cuellar 28 Staff Reports Jury deliberation will con tinue today in the trial of a 64yearold Somerset man accused of indecency with local The jury retired at Wednesday to consider the charge Lawrence David Hernandez of indecency with a child by 207th District Court Judge Jack Robison allowed jurors to break at about 6 Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said that Hernan dez is accused of touching his granddaughter inappro priately on June The a New Braun fels was 8 at the Waldrip said the alleged incident occurred in New Hernandez has been reg istered as a sex offender since 2003 for two counts of attempting to commit an act of indecency with a THE SONIER GROUP Sum Sonter M Jany Santa   

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