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Vol. 152, No. 121
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Lights out in Baghdad as troops roll closer
By David Espo
AP Special Correspondent
Army forces launched a nighttime attack on Saddam International Airport just outside Baghdad on Thursday and fought running battles with Iraqis along the city’s southern fringes.
“A vise is closing on the
regime,” President Bush told cheering Marines stateside.
Some front-line units went on heightened alert against the threat of chemical weapons, ordered to wear rubber boots and suits despite temperatures
that soared into the 90s.
There was fierce fighting in Rut, to the south, where desperate Iraqis armed with rifles charged tanks in a suicide raid. “We mowed down” the attackers, said Lt. Col. B.P. McCoy.
Tracer rounds lit the night sky and artillery boomed near the airport a few miles from the heart of Saddam Hussein’s capital. Army units encountered little resistance along the airport road, their convoy passing dead Iraqi soldiers and piles of discarded military uniforms.
Along the city’s southern
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edge, Army tanks and Bradley vehicles destroyed more than seven Iraqi armored personnel carriers and more than 15 Iraqi tanks in fighting that went on for more than four hours.
Two weeks into the war, American commanders reported a string of successes — on the battlefield and
within an Iraqi population initially reticent about embracing invading troops. Kurdish fighters in the north chipped in, when a top leader suggested they may agree not to seek control of the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite declarations that
By Ron Maloney
As in the 2002 New Braunfels municipal elections, a political action committee is the big spender so far in campaign finance reports filed with the city secretary’s office Thursday.
Thursday was the second filing deadline set by the state for campaign finance reports. When the first passed in January, only one candidate — District 3 City Council hopeful Gale O’Hara Pospisil — had filed. She raised $1,000 before the first of the year.
The Citizens for Community Improvements, 2405 Interstate 35 South, has raised $14,595 — $2,895 in contributions of $50 or less.
The PAC on the other side of the political fence. Citizens for New Braunfels First, has raised $740.
Pospisil is the second-largest fund-raiser in this election so far. She has raised $9,080.
Her opponent, incumbent Debbie Flume, has raised $1,681.
Valerie Hull, who seeks to unseat incumbent Robert Kendrick in District 4, has raised $3,825. Kendrick trails all other candidates for fundraising in this election. So far, he has raised $700.
C. Ray Schoch is the treasurer for the Citizens for Community Improvements, which states its purpose as opposing propositions 2 and 3 on the May 3 ballot — “Oppose reducing the economic development sales tax.”
The list of contributors to the Citizens for Community Improvements reads like a
Five teens indicted on felony burglary charges
By Ron Maloney
The Comal County Grand Jury Friday indicted five New Braunfels men on burglary charges in connection with a March break-in at First Protestant Church.
Joshua Doerr, 19; Roy Miller, 19; Andy Smith, 19; Johnny Marin, 18; and Joseph Adam, 18, were each indicted on burglary charges.
New Braunfels police booked the five March IO for allegedly engaging in organized crime/burglary of a nonhabitation.
The charge is a state jail
felony punishable by two years in a state jail and a $10,CMK) fine.
Doerr, who faces other drug charges not connected to the March 3 burglary, posted $50,000 bail in March to be released from Comal County Jail.
Bail was set on the other four suspects at $5,000.
A computer, other office equipment and cash and checks totaling more than $10,000 were taken in the theft.
New Braunfels Police Detective Bob Parchman said most of the stolen property had been recovered.
Area's heritage on parade
Kindermasken, Folkfest set for this weekend
By Sean Bowlin
If this Saturday morning you see costumed kids walking through downtown New Braunfels, hear muskets going off as the Civil War is re-enacted and eat beans from a chuck wagon, it means something.
It means you have experienced the Kindermasken Parade and Folkfest.
The Heritage Society of New Braunfels is sponsoring both of this year’s events.
Saturday at IO a.m., the fun begins with the Kindermasken Parade. Parade participants will line up at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre starting at 9 a.m.
The parade grand marshals are Mike and Linda Dietert, who have a long history of working with efforts to preserve the historic integrity of New Braunfels and Comal County. Linda Dietert was Folkfest’s first chairperson.
“So, we thought it was very fitting that they be our grand marshals this year,” said Chere Stratemann, director of the Heritage Society of New Braunfels.
The parade’s route is a New Braunfels tradition. After participants form up at the Brauntex, the parade winds down San Antonio Street around the Main Plaza. The parade ends at First Protestant Church.
‘This is a historic parade that dates back to the founding of New Braunfels. It was designed to celebrate children and youth and history and was started by Hermann Seele, the first school teacher in New Braunfels,” Stratemann said.
When the children are finished marching, they will
(Above) Gayle Hampel (left) and Connie Green take a break from setting up Folkfest at Heritage Village Thursday afternoon. The two are standing around the newest exhibit at Folkfest, an 1853 summer kitchen complete with a sink carved from rock and a smokehouse. (Right) Jackie Heitkamp, Linda Dietert and Allison Dietert (from left) look over some of the antiques and collectibles that will be for sale at Folkfest this weekend.
come to Heritage Village at 1370 Church Hill Drive — that’s the location of Folkfest. There at I p.m. a costume judging will be held with prizes for various levels and categories.
As Kindermasken winds down, Folkfest gets under way.
Unlike Kindermasken, Folkfest, which was modeled after San Antonio’s “Folklife Festival,” has been a New Braunfels cultural staple since 1986. Kindermasken later became a part of the overall weekend of entertainment.
At IO a.m. Saturday, the grounds of Heritage Village open.
“It’s a heritage celebration, and we’re focusing on promoting the unique heritage of New Braunfels,” Stratemann said. “It includes the German, the Hispanic, and then the ‘cowboy and Indian’ culture and all the things that helped establish the history of our community.” Unique living history exhibitions that can be viewed at Heritage Village include ‘The Texan Encampment” from the Institute of Tbxan Cultures; an Indian tepee with Indian dancers; a Confederate-centered Civil War battle re-enactment performed by the Sons of