New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas INGRAM AMONG GRUENE HALL'S OCTOBER ACTS WEEKEND. 6 50o New Braunfels THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22,2011 herald-zeitung.com SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 18&2 Fans, foes of ban begin battling SupportTheBan kicks off campaign | Sides face off at Rotary meeting ByGrsgBowan The Herald-Zeitung Surrounded by a r(K)m-tul of supfjorters, re|K)rters anri TV cameras, former New Braunfels Mayor Pro-Tem Kathleen Krueger officially kicked off the grass roots effort aimed at winning voter approval of the city's ()ropost>fl ban on riis-posable containers. "Sfiread the word. Vote," Krueger said in announcing tne formation of the SupportTheBan.org politi- See CAMPAIGN, Page 12 cat action cfinrimittee. "This is one of the most important and most historic decisions New Braunfels has ever made." [luring the press event ByGregBowtn Herald-Zeitung To ban or not to ban? That question took centi'r stage Wednesday at Seekatz Opera Mouse when an opponent and a (iroponetit of the profK)sed ordinarKe that would ban disposable containers on the (ity's rivers m(‘t in the first head-to-h(‘,ul clash betwtH'n the two sides. In one (ornc'r was Mark M( (lonigal, owner ot NB M(‘dia, th(> print shop that has served as a hub for the ( an the Bar) movem(>nf. which ()etitioned to torce a See SIDES, Page 12 CREATING FAIR MEMORIES LAURA McKEN/IE I Hwaki /eituiiq Sofia Bendele, 5, right, and her partner dance during Wednesday evening's Kinder Tanzen performance at the Comal County Faif Lawmen keep grounds safe LAURA McKENZlE I Herald-Zeitung Sheriff's deputies Charlie Hines, left, and Tony Martin patrol the Comal County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. By Daiondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Attendees of this and every — year's Comal C^ounty Fair need not worry, their security is in good hands. In fact, it remains in the nands of those who [)roteci the county any other day Set urity for the annual event is provid-(‘d by off-duty members of the Comal ('ounty Sheriff's Office, New Braunfels Police Department and the Bexar (x)un-ty Sheriff's Office, said Sgt. Max Wom-mack, who works year-round in (he CCSO, and is st\:urity' c hief and an exec utive board member at the fair. Wommack said officers from eat h department submit their names and availal)ility and the ('omal ('t)unty Fair Assoc iation sc ht'dulc's patrols around that availability. He said patrols are scht'dulc'd in teams of two with as many as 12 law enforcement agents at a time OfaUME EXTRA: mm FAIR PHOTOS yP'J More fair photos can be viewed online at: I www.herald-7eitung.com protc'cting t'verything within the gate's at th(' fair, lht*y rarely stv t rinninal at tion, Wom-mac k said. "Normally it's ¡rretty cjuiet," he said. "This is more ot <i family tair. A lot ot [)CH)ple think of this as a family rc'union." VVommac k said thc're is the oc c asion-al drunken fair-goer who gets out ot hand. Sometimes lint's entering tlie fairgrounds get long, leaking into the' strc'et, and offic (Ts have to work to ket‘() pt'opk' safe. See SAFETY, Page 6 Drought dries out hay entries Stores, schools closed Friday for parade By Betty Taytor The Heraid-Zeitung It's definitt'ly a sign of the times. In the seven years that C'llenn Avriett, retired ('omal Ct)unty extension agent, has l^een working the Hay Show at the Comal County fiiir, this is a first. This year's show received all of four entries. "The lowest nuniber I've ever seen in the show is Avriett said. "And the highest numl)er was 46." He said the low number was directly related to this year's drought and resulting hay shcirtage. "Norma ly, we get st'veral entries of Bermuda grass, nut nobody cut it, because it didn't rain," he said. Avriett said other usual entries in the hay show include the summer annual of Sudan, but that didn't hapf)en either See HAY, Page 6 Friday will be a day off for school districts and most city and county government employees to observe or take part in the Comal County Fair Parade. Hundreds of students in the New Braunfels and Comal ISOs will be participating in Friday morning's parade and afternoon events at Comal County Fairgrounds. Employees from both districts'will have a holiday. The offices of the City of New Braunfels and Comal County will be closed for the holiday. New Braunfels Utilities offices (the f^ain Office and Service Center) will be closed from 9 a.m. to See CLOSED, Page 6 Christus ays off 9 atNB lospita By Dalondo Moultrie iht' Ht'iald Zeifunq ( hristus Sani.i Rosa Health Systc'ni laid ott a [hh-tfon of its vvorktori e at ross all ()l Its live hospitals, UK kiding the Nc*w Braun t(‘ls lacilitv, a hos)ital c)lti-( 1.1 said VV('(ln(‘stla\, I he vvork-torc (' redut -tion spans a( ross .ill of (iirisius' S.in-ta Rosa Rt’gion s.iici )iin VVi'sson, \i( (' [)re‘'i(l(nit and «idminist.r.Hor ot the New Br.uintels hospital. He sard th(‘ ('\(H iitiv(' te.un m.id(' fh(‘ "diftn ult, p.iintul dcH i Sion." "VVe looked at tlir issues, ('v.iluated our option-'," Wesson s.iid. "As part ot our (let ision-in.iking |)rot t'ss, w(' are .iKv.ivs pra\(‘rful." Wesson said nint' oi about 700 ('mployees <it ( hristus Santa Rosa Hospi tal-New BrcUinfeK lost then ¡obs. Fit' s.iid the e\etuti\t' tt\im whittled five otht'r jobs through attrition. Wesson said 80 pc'ople wert' laid ott trom ai)out 4,0(H) jobs at four aduit hos pit.ils and ont' ( hildren's hospital, t le said the num bc'rs add up to about 2 per regional work- Wesson tc'nt ot the tore e. See LAYOFFS. Page 12 WEATHER, 8 DESTINY MARTINEZ MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY 0, • '1* # ■'A I»;' \ Storm possible High: 94 L( m 68 Abby ..... . JO Classifieds 10 ComiiS. 9 Crosswords ............ Forum 4 Obituaaes _ .......... A Planner _ I SpQCte_......... 1 TV . 11 Vbl 158 I No. 270 1 sections, 12 pages 56825 00001 50 cents On .he u.,n., P R NT of Seguia«. Coll SI. 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