New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS JUST SHORT
The Canyon baseball team lets several good opportunities slip by in a stinging 2-1 loss. Page 6A
CANYON LAKE WRITING
Author MillieThornton overcame her fear of writing and is now a published author. Page 8A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 125 16 pages, 2 sections
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* rn wstSoaring gas prices frustrate area drivers
By Ron Maloney
Frank Fikac is a retiree who drives a Jeep and mows lawns to stay fit and make a lithe extra cash.
Fikac, who stopped by Harry Patel’s Champs No. 4 convenience store late Tuesday afternoon, isn’t especially happy about the price of gas, which has now hit an all-time high in New Braunfels, running $2.15 per gallon or a Little more in some places.
“People expect me to operate my
business for the prices I charged 20 years ago,’’ Fikac said. “I raised prices a while ago. Right now, I’m just eating the costs.”
His Jeep gets about 18 miles per gallon. But Fikac says the price hasn’t cut into his driving, because he didn’t drive any more than he had to before prices climbed over $2 a gallon last year.
“I think its ridiculous,’’ Fikac said. "Why don’t they offer people contracts to drill here in America so we don’t have to depend on somebody
else? The problem is nobody in this country can get a contract to drill. We need to clean our own house first — I think that’s about enough said.” Sunnye Churchill, a purchaser for a major business in New Braunfels, said she didn’t believe the price hikes were necessary.
“I think it needs to stop,” Churchill said. “I think theres got to be a stopping point somewhere, somehow. It needs to stop.”
Gas for her Ford Explorer, Churchill said, is costing her $15
more a week. At work, she’s finding her suppliers are tacking on price increases because of the cost of fuel, which so far shes been able to largely resist by demanding price breaks — with the threat of going to another vendor.
“If we all demand it stops, we’ll get a reaction,” Churchill said.
Patel, who commiserates with his customers about the price of fuel, said he’s starting to see other prices
See GAS Page 3A
Robbins pleads guilty to injuring grandson
By Ron Maloney
A New Braunfels man pleaded guilty Tuesday to recklessly causing injuries to his grandson, injuries found after the boy died under mysterious circumstances in late 2003.
Gregory Robbins, 53, pleaded guilty
before 274th judicial District Judge Gary Steel to one count of causing injury to his 15-month-old grandson, Brandon l.ee Robbins II.
Brandon Lee Robbins was found unresponsive in bed Dec. 2, 2003 and was rushed to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Traces of the drugs methadone and cocaine were found in his system.
Robbins faces between two and 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. I Ie will be sentenced after a pre-sentencing investigation is completed, which will be in about 45 days.
Robbins has been held in Comal County
See GUILTY Page 3A
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Three women join forces to help a man in need, turfy earning the title of hero.
Confederate display showcases city’s history
By Ron Maloney
German immigrants in the state of Texas played important — if often forgotten — roles in the American Civil War.
In 1999, then acting Gov. Rick Perry named April Texas Confederate History Month.
In recognition of that, the Gustav Hoffmann Camp 1838, Sons of Confederate Veterans, has put together a display at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives that runs throughout the month.
Featured are translated copies of dispatches from the war published in the Neu
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Adoption gives children a chance for love, support
By Leigh Jones
Sammy weighed a little more than 2 pounds when he entered the world prematurely two years ago.
While his mother battled a cocaine habit that prevented her from caring for her child, the infant lay in the hospital under the watchful care of Child Protective Services.
At the same time, Chris-lyn and Kevin Morris were completing their 20-hour foster parent training.
Two weeks after their last class, they received a call from their caseworker.
Sammy was 6 weeks old at the time.
The Morrises took Sammy home from the hospi
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time within the first year, if she could get her act together.
“We prepared ourselves for that, and we made a commitment to each other to work through it together if it happened, but his parents never got straight,” Chrislyn said.
Three months later, the couple took in another child, 2-year-old Conner.
“It was only supposed to be for two weeks, but his mother just disappeared,” Chrislyn said. “His adoption should be final this month. ’
next best thing to having their own children.
“It’s such a rewarding experience. I don’t understand why more people don’t do it,” Chrislyn said.
Last year, CPS facilitated IOO adoptions in the regional area that includes New Braunfels, but local Adoption Supervisor De’Ana Williford said they definitely could do more.
“I think there is a misconception about what it takes to be a foster family,” Williford said. “You don’t have to own your own home, and
you don’t have to make a specific amount of money. Those are the two biggest questions I get.”
You also do not have to be married. CPS accepts single parent and same sex families.
While many people, like the Morris family, want infants, Williford said the agency only sent babies home with people willing to give them up.
“By law, we have to give birth parents a year to get their lives together, which can be hard on the foster families,” she said. “But many older children need homes as well."
The biggest need in Comal County is for
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Chrislyn Morris plays in the sand box in her backyard with adopted 2-year-old son Sammy. Chrislyn and her husband, Kevin, are trying to adopt their second child through Child Protective Services.