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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — Herald-Zeitijng — Friday, April ll, 2003Local/State Contact Features Editor Brian Grant, 625-9144 ext. 222 Dispatch GARDEN RIDGE — Bracken and Schertz firefighters washed down a fertilizer spill caused by a traffic accident Wednesday evening. Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said the accident occurred at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 3009 and EM 2252 about 6 p.m. when a motorist apparently ran a traffic light and struck a trailer carrying 900 lbs. of liquid ammonium nitrate. “A gentleman had bought about 900 gallons of ammonium nitrate concentrate in Marion and was on his way home,” Edgett said. The fertilizer, which mostly soaked into the ground, presents no environmental hazard, Edgett said. ‘The consistency is about like dishwashing detergent. It has fumes if you inhale it, but it didn’t put anybody at risk,” Edgett said. ►Warrant airest Lisa L. Mclx*an, 41, of New Braunfels, was arrested at ll a.m. Wednesday at the Comal County Sheriffs office on a class B misdemeanor theft warrant. ^Telephones taken A set of three telephones worth $500 were reported taken Wednesday. The theft from an Interstate 35 business occurred sometime during this past December or January. It is under investigation. ►Vehicle burglaries Police reported two burglaries from unlocked vehicles Thursday. The most recent occurred between midnight and 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the 500 block of Denise Drive. Someone let himself or herself into a four-door Mazda and took a cellular telephone worth $ I CH). In a second incident in the HHK) bhx-k of Larkspur that occurred overnight Tuesday or Wednesday, someone ransacked an unlocked car located in the driveway of a residence. Nothing was known missing. Chili cookoff benefit Saturday Special to the Herald-Zeitung The Texas Ladies State Chili Cookoff takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Standee Park East in Seguin. The event features a silent auction, a raffle, a live auction and chili from more than 200 competitors.. Funds raised will benefit The Rose, a nonprofit organization that provides breast cancer screening, diagnosis and support to women regardless of ability to pay. This year, more than 30,000 women will receive services at The Rose. Of this number, more than 5,000 will receive needed services at no charge through The Rose Sponsorship Prograrn. For information, log onto www. The- Rose. arg. Meetings — ALAMO AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS — public meeting on the early action compact and clean air plan, 9 a m. Saturday, Seguin City Council Chambers, 210 E. Gonzales, Seguin. MAIN STREET DESIGN/ SIDEWALK COMMITTEE — regular meeting, 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Conference Room A, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Phil Rogers, Jim McCombs and Norbert Gilles (from left), who all work at the Car Quest Auto Parts, have children in combat support units deployed in the Iraq war. Dads of the deployed Co-workers have children in Operation Iraqi Freedom By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Red, white, blue and yellow ribbons adorn a Carquest store on San Antonio Street. That’s because three working men there have children in combat support units deployed in the Iraq war. And as they took turns taking care of customers buying motor oil and masking tape, they talked about how it was affecting them, in the brief, truncated, to-the-point way of busy men. Norbert Gilles’son, Ryan, an Air Force aircraft mechanic from McConnell Air Force Base, is working on planes in Oman. Gilles said Ryan’s been there since mid-December. He’s talked to him once or twice. "Everything’s normal. But the only time I talked to him was before all of this took place,” Gilles said, referring to the war. ‘‘You just wonder what’s going on. I don’t know how you put it in words." (lilies said it’s kind of tough at times, but as far as he knows, Ryan’s not near the battlefield “like those people in the Army or Marines.’’ “I’m fairly lucky. I know he’s not there in the middle of it,” Gilles said. (lilies’ co-worker .Jim GUMBO COOKOFF CAJUN DANCE CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSN SAN ANTONIO CHAPTER McCombs has a stepson, T.J., in the Army. He’s a crewman of a mobile artillery piece, a “Paladin,” that resembles a tank and can shoot 30 miles. McCombs said he found it hard to articulate his feelings about T.»J. leaving for war. “Well, it’s kind of hard to explain it. I had him around for a lot of years, and I knew him through his mom before I married her, but he’s still part of my family. I’m very concerned,” McCombs said. “His mother’s very concerned.” He said T.J.’s mother is taking his deployment really hard. But she’s dealing with the pain, saying her prayers nightly. McCombs, who just saw T.J. at Fort Sill, Okla., a week-and-a-half ago before he deployed — this Saturday, he ll be gone two weeks — said he hopes the war ends quickly and T.J. will come home soon. And McCombs and Gilles’ other co-worker, Phil Rogers, has a daughter, Sarah, an Army Transportation Corps reservist and Houston Baptist University student, who is probably in Kuwait. Rogers said Sarah is unloading ships that carry humanitarian supplies to the Iraqi people. Rogers said she’s heard from her several times — she’s been there for about a week. There have been a couple of e-mails and a couple of phone calls. And he talked about how her deployment is affecting his family. "My wife and I are basically pretty comfortable,” Rogers said. “Shes got two older sisters and an older brother — in the beginning, there was a little anxiety.” Rogers said Sarah, who was in Army basic training on Sept. ll, 2001, has had an “extensive” year. And shes not even 22 yet — her birthday is April 19. COMING TO THE NEW BRAUNFELS* CIVIC CENTER New Braunfels, Texas Grammy Rward Winner LITTLE JOE y La Familia FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2003 8:00 pm - 12:00 Midnight Pre-Saie Presale: $12 - At Door: $15 (per person) Tickets    f——  -       Lu-,      .....B    YOB { |»KI SALI I It Kl IS AVAILABLE AT: 1- MAKK LLAMAS <830)832-3266 New Braunfels J.P. MUSIC STORE (830)372-4041 Seguin FOR MORF: INFORMATION CALL: MARK (830)832-3266 8AT, APR 12    11    AM-11 PM UHggS IO UMI pig na—i amal aam THREE CAJUN BANDS SWAMP ANGELS 11 Al - I PM ItOOIir TMMOEAUXI TOUT til SOM J-7 Pl GMT RN THAM) A TOUCH Of CAJUN 7-11 PM FRB IR KULB? CRAWfHfl moo GUMBO Eg) SODA ANHALT HALL - ANHALT, TX St.OO - Under 12 Free From Sin Antonio Hwy 281 N to Hwy 48, Turn Left, 4.1 Mi. to Anhalt Rd. A See Signs (830) 609-3038 )it ti //nom sa ri rh O O C= 3C— 3C —3€ — 3C— 3C Comal County Veterinary Medical Association D Ct n ll n Saturday April 12 I :30pm - 4pm Comal County Fairgrounds Canyon Lake Fire Station I Canyon Lake Animal Shelter O Rabies Vacc. $6.00 County or City License Letter, resolution oppose water bill By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners voted Thursday to send a letter and a resolution to members of the Texas Legislature. The letter was to ask members of the Senate and House Natural Resources Committee not to send a recommendation to the full Legislature to increase pumping from the Edwards Aquifer by 50,000 acre-feet each year. The resolution, number 2003-32, was to the entire 78th Legislature asking that it not cut its already partial funding of state-mandated programs, such as indigent health care, mental health care and adult probation. County officials fear that a cash-strapped Legislature looking to find more than $10 billion to balance its budget would dump its budgetary problems on cities and counties. That could force local authorities to raise taxes that should rightly be the responsibility of the state, they said. County commissioners considered the resolution with several others two weeks ago at a special meeting, but deadlocked 4-1 with Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin voting against it. Minikins concern was that a while Comal County was asking the state to deal with its budget problems on its own, local officials were offering no solutions. County Judge Danny Scheel did not want to send a resolution to Austin that had not been unanimously passed, so it was tabled. Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip and County Counsel Goofing Ba reworked on the resolution in the ensuing two weeks to find language that Minikin would accept. Barr presented that language Thursday. “While Comal County will do its utmost to raise productivity, reduce costs and pro vide accountability, Comal County does oppose any legislation that would directly shift that burden to local taxpayers through increased, taxes levied by local taxing entities,” Barr said. Waldrip said the new resolution would show legislators that local officials would try to do their part to deal with the budget shortfall. “We won’t be going up there just saying, This is what we want,”' Waldrip said. Minikin was pleased with the new resolution. “I appreciate the effort by our attorneys to craft this in a way that Is more palatable in my mind,” Minikin said. The resolution passed unanimously. Commissioners also voted unanimously to send the letter opposing increased pumping from the Edwards Aquifer. The authority that oversees the aquifer voted 13-2 earlier this year in favor of increasing annual pumping for permitted water users from 450,(XX) acre-feet to 5(X),(XX) acre-feet. An acre-foot of water, 325,851 gallons, is regarded as the amount of water necessary to sustain a family of four for one year. Comal County, the City of New Braunfels and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. are among the members of a lobbying group calling itself the Guadalupe Basic Coalition. The group, which stretches from New Braunfels to Victoria, opposes any change in the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s enabling legislation, which was passed in 1993. Another group of small cities in and near Bexar County supports the proposed pumpage increase — and could benefit. 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