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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 25, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25,2009 Zeitung SPORTS Football Friday Previews of this week's high school gridiron action. Pag«9A NEWS Blua Star Mothara Group honors family who lost son in Iraq. Pag« 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 156, No. 274 18 pages, 2 sections so« herald-zeitunq.comi 8 Mostly doudy High Low 82 65 Details____ IB Mostly doudy High Low 82 65 Details____ IB DEAR ABBY 31 CUSSIFIEDS 4Ê COMICS 2B CROSSWC^D 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 9A TV GRIDS » Superintendent topic of Monday meeting ByEric J.VIiaillMwli«r The Herald-Zeitung Superintendent of New Braunfels Independent School District Mike Smith's resignation will be discussed at a special meeting of the Board of Thistees Monday night. A public comment period is not scheduled for Monday s meeting, according to the agenda released Thursday evening. Monday's meeting will be both open and closed. During the open portion of the meeting, the board will discuss the "pmspective vacancy of NBISD Superintendent of Schools" and "Board Operating Procedures" according to the schedule. IXiring the closed executive session, the board will consult an attorney regarding the process of filling the superintendent position, and "duties of a public officer." Board members contacted by the Herald-Zeitung refusetl to comment on Smith's resig-natiim, saying detail would be available at Monday's meeting. "Something that is of high interest like this, rather than giving knee jerk responses we're meeting as a board to discuss this intelligently," said Sherry Harrison, who represents district five. Not all board members returned phone calls, but those who did said they desired to calm constituents' fears that Smith's resignation came in haste, and wanted to clarify that he was not "chased out." Board President (ireg See SMITH, Page 8A 116TH ANNUAL COMAL COUNTY FAIR HOOFIN' IT TO THE FAIR LAURA McKEPiZIE/Herald-Zeitung Michael Ratliffe helps bathe Fergie, his son's Hereford heifer, after arriving at the Comal County Fair on Thursday. Rain kept almost everyone but the animals away Thursday. Forecasters predict today will be cool, with clouds ByThoffon Brittain The Herald-Zeitung Wet weather kept attendance at the 116th Comal County Fair low Thursday afternoon, but did not dampen the spirits oHive-stock entrants. "I think we've got a good chance," said Nate Ratliffe, 8, of his team, which includes Ws father, Michael, and their one-year-old Hereford heifer, Fergie. Nate Ratliff raised Fergie from when she was a calf, calling it a "tough" experience. He spent Thursday afternoon combing down his prize pet with the help of his father. "I think his chances are pretty good," Michael Radiffe said of his son. "It's been a learning experience for both of us, and this won't be the last time we (participate)." Feigie will be judged with the other breeding cattle after the steer judging at 9 a.m. Saturday. Across the bam from the Ratliffes, Eddie Fullenwider, 16, was busy preparing four lambs for their 2 p.m. Friday judging. He is subniitting two fine-wool lambs, a Southdown, and a crossbreed. "I've been doing this for a long time," Fullenwider said. He has entered contests in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston. "Last week at the Blanco show I won breed champion, which means first place in its breed. I think I've got some good-looking lambs." See FAIR, Page SA TODAY AT THE FAIR The 116th Annual Comal County Fair Parade begins at 10 a.m. Roat judging begins at 8:30 a.m. The parade route runs down San Antonio Street from Santa Clara Street to Liberty Street City officials have suspended 1 p.m.-4pm Performances by high schools • Smithson Valley High School • Canyon Lake High School • New Braunfels High School • Canyon High School • Saints Peter & Paul Pantherettes Pep Squad 7:15 pjn. Kids Rodeo Clown Contest Spjn. Dale Burch $8 the two-hour parking spaces downtown for Friday, Sept 25th because of the Comal County Fair Parade. Cars parked in those spaces could be towed before or during the parade. The Pet Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. \ \ ♦ « « ♦ \ i « ♦ \ ** « 6? t \ J-\ \ tí \ \\ nrad« Roult ■ ■ ■ StrMttOoMd ^ 2009 FAIR PARADE ROUTE NBU to ease water limits on Saturday From staff reports The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Utilities announced I hurs-day that it would rehix watering restrictions in response to the recent rain. NBIJ will downgrade from Stage II to vStage 1 water restrictions on Saturday, meaning residents will be allowed to water their lawns twice a week. " The Hdwards Aquifer has recovered by several feet, " said C.hief Hxecutive Officer Paula I. DiFon/x). (Of course, the recent wet weather made this change possible. "We have received more rain than expected over the past several days and it looks as though a wetter weather pattern has set in that will keep us above the trigger level for Stage II for the time being," said NUIJ (>)in munications Manager (iretchen Reiiwer in a T hursday news release. NBUs Stage II restrictions are triggered See WATER, Page 8A AirLife program could help defray transport costs By Chris Cobb The Herald-Zeitung Comal County residents now could save money on the high cost of being flown by helicopter for emergency medical care. San Antonio AirLife is offering annual memberships that would cover all or part of the cost of transport to a hospital not paid for by insurance providers — an investment of less than $50 that could potentially save victims thousands. "A lot of people don't realize the cost of medical transport," Stephen Soliz, a business development representative for AirLife told Comal County Commissioners Thursday "We bill by the mile, so a Uip from Comal County to San Antonio could cost around $14,000. Some insurance providers will cover it, but some pay for as little as 60 percent." The difference, Soliz said, can mean thousands of dollars that have to come out of the pockets of someone who needed an emergency medical flight. And since Chrisms Santa Rosa Hospital — New Braunfels doesn't offer some of the services emergency patients need, they're often flown to University Hospital or another facility in San Antonio. "Chrisms is a great hospital, but it's not See AIRUFE, Page 8A \ When ilt Omes to Qoa^ Out, It's a Rare Thing it Right Upstairs Is the Uptown Courtyard, Downstairs Is tlio Uptown Piano Bar. 295 E. San Antonio 830-7084I4U
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