New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
APRIL 1, 2007
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Storm cleanup begins in Texas
■ Dozens of homes damaged
By Linda Franklin
The Associated Press
DALI AS (AP) — Residents of several North and Central Texas communities began the cleanup Saturday after a strong line of storms and possible tornadoes pushed through the region and into Southeast Texas.
More than 100,000 customers were without power at the height of the storms.
Evacuations were reported overnight in I laltom City.
Tornadoes hit in two communities near Waco and in Lavaca County and straight-line winds or a tornado tore through a residential area of Wylie.
“We’re lucky," Kim Ray, an administrative assistant for the McGregor Police Department, said Saturday, after a tornado hit the small town west of Waco on Friday. While there was extensive damage, there were no
■ Recent heavy rains fill up Canyon Lake
See STORM, Page 9AHerald wins eight conference honors
From staff reports
Photos by MIRANDA LAINE/Herald-Zeitung
Katelynn Reiman, 2, reaches down to snag an Easter egg with some flashlight help from her dad, Joey, during the flashlight Easter egg hunt at Cypress Bend Park sponsored by the New Braunfels parks department on Saturday evening.■ Dozens of flashlight-armed children turn out for egg hunt
By Jessica Sanders
Dozens of flashlight beams wriggled through the grasses of Cypress Bend Park on Saturday night in search of colored eggs.
More than 150 children and their families descended upon the park as the sun set for the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department’s third annual flashlight Faster egg hunt.
“The key to finding them is I use my flashlight and I’m careful where I step," explained 9-year-old Zachary I Iarrison, a New Braunfels res
ident. “I just want to know how many there are.”
More than 3,000 plastic eggs containing toys and candy were hidden in the park, said recreation manager Robin Kunkel. She said the event is held after dark to make it more challenging to find the eggs-
“There aren’t a lot of trees and hiding places at Cypress Bend, but we wanted to find a way to promote one of our under-used parks," she said. “The darkness adds a new challenge.”
Although Saturday’s event
See HUNT, Page 7 A
Eager kids and families wait with flashlights and Easter baskets in hand for the signal from parks department employee, Sherri Reinhold to begin the 3-year-old and under flashlight Easter egg hunt at Cypress Bend Park on Saturday.
Herald-Zeitung staffers took two first-place honors at the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors conference in San Antonio this weekend.
Former city reporter Leigh Jones took first place in the feature series category for her series focusing on the Ai DS crisis in Africa.
Another first place was garnered for information graphics as part of a feature series on the Texas property appraisal system. A frontpage graphic created by Jones and former Managing Editor Jeremy Pafford was singled out for this award.
The I lerald-Zeitung scored well in other categories with Sports Editor Will Wright earning second place for sports column writing. In the business reporting category, Editor and Publisher Doug Toney earned second place and Jones received an honorable mention.
Jones also took the second-place award for specialty reporting for her work on the state’s property appraisal system.
former staff writer Ron Maloney received an honorable mention in this category.
Coverage of the New Braunfels Unicom state championship in baseball earned Pafford, Wright and photographer David Ingram honorable mention for team page design.
The I lerald-Zeitung competed against papers across Texas in the Class A category for daily newspapers with a circulation of less than 10,000.
Runners lace up for fundraiser
By Jessica Sanders
Running 5 kilometers was an exercise in arithmetic for Adrian Bielberg.
“I’d like to know why they have mile-markers for a 5K run," said the Brisbane, Australia, resident, adding that he is accustomed to the metric system. “I had to do math to figure out how many meters were left."
Athletes came from all over to participate in the New Braunfels Utilities SAFEhaven Kinderschuhe 5K run/walk Saturday.
The event raises money for Communities in Schools, a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk children in public schools. The organization will use the funds to buy
shoes for local children from low-income families.
NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said the event had been held as a Volks-march in the past, but organizers hoped to reach a wider audience with a 5K.
“Runners know this course and love it," Reuwer said of the Landa Park runners’ route. “And people from New Braunfels love to come to Landa Park."
Reuwer said more than 150 runners took part in the 5K or the children’s IK and half-K races. Between entry fees and T-shirt sales, the event raised more than $1,000 for the nonprofit group, she said.
A few runners came from other states,
See RACE, Page 10A
Matthew Hitchcock, 7, gives his mom, Debra, a big high five as he is the first to cross the finish line during the kids' 1K race that took place after the SAFEhaven Kinderschuhe 5K run/walk Saturday morning in Landa Park. The fundraiser benefitted Community in Schools in an effort to will raise money to help donate shoes to local underprivileged youth.
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