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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas $1.50 Siinrim New Braunfels SEPTEMBER 4,2011 herald-zeitung.com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 GREAT DEAL: TODAY’S HERALD-ZEITUNG HAS $252 IN COUPONS Man dies in FM 306/1101 crash From staff reports A 47-yoar-()lcl Kingsbury man has (iipfl as a result of injuries sus-taini'fj in a late Friday wrec k at the intersec lion of Farm’to-Market 1101 and FM 306. N('w Braunfels Police say )ohn ( onlin was found roadside^ about 10:10 f).m. with serious injuries ► FLYING R TIFF Neighbors at odds over bus service Family: Man blocked bus, posted offensive sign; man denies allegations By Will Wright 'rieHerald-Zeitung A hetwtH'R neighbors in the \ lying K subdivision has escalated into a fullblown w.ir i)f words, as one family's .if t usafioiiN of rac iai harassment have been (k'nied by the other. ( aught in the middle are s[KH iahneeds (omal Inde-(K'tidrnt S(h(K)l Distric t students, whose bus servic e was interru()ted on at least two c)c( asions last week. ('omal (bounty Sheriff's Office IS investigating whether a man intentionally impc'dc'd the |)rogress of the bus, which recently bc'gan trans|)orting two spe-(ial-ntM;'ds c hildrc'n on a private' road. Investigators also are k)oking into whethc*r a sign rec cnifly removed from th e man s tamed rac )roperty con-epithets. Both incidents were reported Monclay near the children's residence in the ‘H)0 blo< k of Flying R Ranch Road, just north of Kestrc‘l Airport off U.S. 281. I )c'puties were called to the location twice Monday, at 8: U) a.m. and around 3 [).m., ( (,'S() It. Mark Reynolds said Wc*dnesday. "The first call that carne info the' dis|)atc her involved an offensive sign," Reynolds said. "Besides the sign, the deputy was advised of a man on a tractor on Flying R Ranch Road who was blocking the school bus and wouldn't move. He called for a supervisor, and they got the man to move." The parents of the c hildren have lived in the area for more than two years and have ninc‘ adopted children, eight of whom are African^ American, and two of their own. See BUS, Page 7A outside a ('iMC Yukon th.it had been involvc'd in a roll-over (rash. He was flown liy Airl ife to University Fiospital in San Antonio, where' he was later pronounccM:] dewd. His wife, 47, and FO-year-old son werp still insick' the v(*hic le. They were taken to (;hristus Santa Rosa - New Braunfels Hospital for treatmcnit of minor injuries. ih(' drivc'r of a sfn:ond vehicle, a 17-year ()ld New Braunfels gid, driving Honda C iyit, sustainc'd only minor injurit*s and wastreat-('d at the scene. Ac cording to ,i nc‘ws release: Fix* initi.il investigation indicates the (iM( Yukon was traveling northl)Ound on FM 1101, with the Honda (jvic traveling eastl)ound on FM 30f). The ( ivic stof)fKH'i at the stop sign at the interscxtion and then fircK t'edcH l into the' intersection, striking the Yukon (which did not have a stof) sign), causing the' S[X)(t utility vt'hicle to lose» control and roll over. John ( onlin, who not wearing a sealbc'lt, was eje'cte*d from the* Yukon. File' in< idcnt remains undnr investigation. New liraunfcis Police l)e'|),)rf ment Fraffic Division was c ailed to the scene» to assist. New Br<iiinf<'ls Fire nef)arfnie*nt and I MS .tKo re'S|X)nde*d. DROUGHT COSTLIEST IN STATE’S HISTORY '-Hi ; ‘T'.v*. '»K'^ílíA, \ A-- \nV', LaU^.-. Photos by LAURA McKENZIE ' Herald Zeituiig Heifers feed on fiay Friday morniny a! Zipp f arrr), Hnfichers across ffie slate are struggling to find fiay for tfieir eatfie. EPIC DROUGHT Ranchers struggling to find hay for cattle By Betty Toyk>r itie Herald-Zeifung Most farmc»rs and raiuhc*rs ar(> familiar with the old ant proverb abc)uf gathe»ring food in the sumnic'r to prc'|)are foi winter. But what hapfiens when a drought comc»s «ilong so big and so widespread tnat any amount ot pre'|)aration made now seems futile? "I don't know how anyone' c ould signifi cantly plan for a drought like we've had," said Don F)avis, who raisc's grass-fed Ix'C'f on his ranch about 7S milc's norfhwc'sf of San Antonio. According to theTc'xas AgriFife Fxfension Service, agriculture losses l)c»cause of the 2011 drought havealre>acly rc'ac hc'd $').2 bil lion, and are now the costlic'st in state histo ry for Texas farmers and ranc hers. Dr)' land has re^sulted in a widc'spread liay slioitage. Flirts of Texas haven't rcH(»ived rain since» last fall. Forecasters are predic ting fh(* drought will last until at least Novc'ml)e'r See HAY, Page 7A Drougfit and fieaf can easily stress frees, like these young bald cypress trees at Prince Solms Park in New Braunfels. Trees are distressed, too By Betty Taylor Tlie Herald-Zeitiing Fvidence of just how bad this yc'aKs drought has IxKome is showing up in yards and [)arks as lawns and fiekis get s|)arser and browiie»r Williani "Bill" and Dolores Scluimann, longtime com-nninity ac tivists with garden clubs, are concerned the landscape of New Braunfels could be c hanged foreve»r. "Normally, mature trcvs can shut down and survive a drought, Ixit not now," F)olore*s wrote in ó lette»r of concc»rn al)out area trees. See TREES, Page 9A THE INSIDE HAPPY lOOTH BIRTHDAY At 100 years young, Alta Foster celebrated her birthday with family and friends Friday afternoon at Rio Terra Retirement Community on Common Street. "Alta is one of a kind," said Mary Durham, sales director at Rio Terra. — NEWS.2A L ^ For breaking news, sports ancJ traffic i^”!f fotlbvv us on Twitter ONewBraunfelsHZ CHEF REVAIVIPS SOUP KITCHEN The first time Chef Gus De La Garza Jr stepped into Westside Community Center to help serve food, volunteers were preparing to serve cold sandwiches to hungry diners. Chef Gus peered into the pantry "I told them, 'I can fix this,' he said. — LIFE. 10 Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan at facebook-conV ROAD RUNNERS WIN OPENER SAN ANTONIO — A crowd of 56,743 people — the largest ever to watch a season opener by a first-year Division I football program — turned out to the Alamodome to watch the Roadrunners christen their football team on Saturday And they were loud — SPORTS. TB Sign up for daily e-newsletter by visiting the Herald-Zeiting online: harald-zeitung.com ► m COUNCIL Underpass on agenda 'or Tuesday Officials offered S9.3M to widen Seguin St. fixture By Greg Bowen The Herald Zeitunq New BraunfeK (if\ <mm-cil is sc he'duk'd to mc'cl <it S p.m. Tuesday to c otisider a[)proving the- i million widetiing ot tli(> Scgmn Avenue' iinderp.vss. If the widcninu is ,i[)prov('(l, the' me»nt ot iransporta I('\,is 1 )('|),irt- Related ■ Doug Toney column: Now's not the time to stand up a date witti Seyuin Street underpass' destiny 4A tion would replace the t vv e) - I.) n e» s t r u ( fur t)uilf in l‘Hf, with a ne'U I o u r 1.1 n t' r a i 1 r n a d urule*rp<iss brlicr able to handle the ( it\'s c. I'l -incrc'iising traitic c oiini Historic and (IowhIiami groups in the ( it\ have i)pposc'(l the r('in()v<il ()f ilie old underpass. lUit lejders ot the ( itv's ( hamhi'r ot ( ()iTHT’'t'rc e and i it hers See COUNCIL. 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