New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
AUGUST 2, 2009
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New Braunfels man dies in single-car crash
ABOVE: Bluebonnet Motors at 1875 South Interstate 35 shows extensive damage after a fire at the auto dealership early Saturday morning. BEIOW: Caution tape surrounds a Ford Shelby GT 500.Bluebonnet blaze blamed on faulty plugFrom stsfff r#ports
An early moming blaze blackened the building of a local car dealership and charred at least one car Saturday.
joe DeLeon, sales manager at Bluebonnet Motors at 1875 South Interstate 35, was awakened about 4:45 a.m. Saturday by an urgent phone call.
"Someone called and told me, 'Come quick and bring your keys. Your buildUng is on fire,'" DeLeon said. "I told them, 'Break the gate down; break the doors down!'"
A faulty plug in the attic above the dealership's porch is believed to have sparked the large fire, New Braunfels Fire Marshal Patrick O'Connellsaid.
The blaze scorched the inside of the building and a 2008 N^istang parked in the front The loss is estimated at $100,000,0'Connell said.
DeLeon got to the property about 5 a.m., he said.
"By that time the fire was pretty much controlled," he said. "They said I was lucky that there was a metal roof. It kept the fire contained inside, so most of the damage is from the smoke."
The fire was out by 5:40 a.niL and investigators stayed on the scene until after 8 a.m., O'Connell said. He said the fire was determined to be accidental.
DeLeon said, "I don't even know where we're going to go from here. I just have no due yet."By Scott Sticker
A 21-year-old New Braunfels man died in a one-car crash early Saturday moming.
joshua Scott Meurin struck a tree in the 1600 block of Gruene Road about 5:15 a.m., authorities said.
He was found dead when New Braunfels police arrived at the scene.
Police closed Gruene Road for more than three hours to investigate the scene.
The wreck is still under investigation, and no cause had been determined Samrday aftemoon.
Meurin was studying manufacturing technology at Texas State University in San Marcos. He was scheduled for a 2010 graduation.
He played soccer at New Braunfels High School, where he graduated in 2006.
His mother's domestic partner, Ed Perry, said Meurin was "one of the sweetest people
you'd ever meet."
"He had a great sense of humor," Perry said. "Joshua was one of those kids that people just naturally followed. He was a leader. He had this aura around him that people naturally gravitated to.
"He was too young. He really was."
Jennifer Moreno, a manager at Ix)s Cucos, where Meurin worked for more than five years, said Meurin brightened everyone's days.
"Josh was a great person," Moreno said. "He was a good employee and was always a good guy to be around."
His Myspacp.com account painted him as carefree.
"I have a great group of friends that are always there for me no matter what dumb decisions I make," his profile read. "I like to live by every day could be the last'... And no matter what, don't let anyone get you down.
His nioni iirul dad were listed as his highest heroes.No relief in sight
Ranchers struggle amidst record-setting drought
Keep animals safe in triple-digit temperatures. Page 7A
Fred Dreibrodt stands Wednesday near a barn providing shade for cattle at his ranch in Zorn. In 48 years of ranching, Dreibrodt said this year's hot, dry conditions were the worst he had ever seen.By Scott Stickm-
Comal County is on the way to entering its driest two-year period in History, weather officials said.
The record-setting drought is parching crops and livestock, drying up lakes and rivers, and creating hazardous burning conditions.
"We're now in the driest 23-month period in history on record," National Weather Service forecaster Chris Morris said. "The
chance for rain coming up is very slim. You might see some in the westem counties and the extreme east, but not over New Braunfels soon."
Light rains fell on parts of the county diis weelL Less than .1 inch was recorded this weekend in New Braunfels. Officials say it's not enough to bring the area out of these desolate conditions.
"Basically as far as production goes, we didn't make any crops this year," Comal County Extension ^ent Glenn Avriett said. "The com and grain sorghum isn't even
harvestable. I've heard of one guy in the county that harvested corn, but he only got 20 bushels to the acre. On an average year, a farmer could produce 65 to 70 bushels to an acre."
Nearly every crop planted since fall of this past year has failed, Avriett said.
"The oats and wheat planted in the fiill are all gone," he said. " They sprang up a lit-tie with the bit of rain we had, but with no moisture they all just failed."
See DROUGHT, Page 7AHealth care debate shifts from Congress back to Main Street
WASHINGTON (AP)—The health care debate is hea^g back to Main Street, to dttes and towns where people are worried about medical costs but increasingly concerned that overhauling the system might do more harm dian good.
Some say thafs exactly where the discussion belongs.
House members have redimed to
their districts for their August break, and senators are going home soon. Health care will be Topic A during town-hall meetings, visits to hospitals and small businesses and conversations with constituents.
The White House will go to great lengths to shape the disoi^ion. The political parties and interest groups of every stripe will spend n^ons
on advertising and grass-roots efforts.
£>emocrats, on the defensive, need to show how their plans would help working people who have health insurance but are paying more for it every year, and who worry about what would happen if they lose their jobs.
Republicans have succeeded in
raising doubts about President Barack Obama's ambitious goal of providing coverage to nearly 50 million uninsured people while simultaneously trying to restrain runaway costs that no president, Congress or corporate CEO has figured out how to tame.
But after a GOP senator said health care could "break" Obama, Republi
cans risk being seen as putting political gain ahead of solutions that could work if given a chance.
August may be a defining month when public opinion solidifies. September is at stake. Obama, buoyed by a House committee's passage of a health care bill, said it's time to "build upon the historic consensus that has
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