New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6,2005
SPORTS HITTING HARD
The New Braunfels football team puts on the pads as practice gets serious.
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INSIDE THANK YOU
Outdoorsman Keith Warren hosts barbecue to honor soldiers hurt in Iraq, Afghanistan. Page 8A
Vol. 154, No. 223 16 pages, 2 sections
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.Commissioners reinstate county bum ban
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners ordered a ban on outdoor burning to take effect this morning.
The ban, which took effect at 6 a.m., was enacted at the request
of County Fire Marshal Un Manford, who told commissioners the 14-day drought outlook published by the Texas Forest Service shows a high fire danger in coming days due to dry conditions — in spite of July rains.
Manford cited the Keetch-Byran
Drought Index, which assesses fire risk. The index, distributed daily by the Texas A&M University-based Texas Interagency Coordination Center, is updated daily for each of the states 254 counties.
The index assesses soil conditions
on a scale of 0 to 800. Conditions in Comal County currently mn in the 500s, Manford told commissioners, but a KBDI between 600 and 700 is anticipated in coming days.
“We’ve had some rain in the eastern part of the county, but the west
ern part is extremely dry again,” Manford told commissioners. “It’s getting really dry out there. It’s my recommendation that we initiate a burn ban again.”
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Husband, wife indicted for defrauding senior center
By David Rupkalvis
The Comal County Grand jury indicted the former executive director of the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Tuesday for allegedly transferring a car gifted to the Senior Citizens Foundation to her husband.
Detective Mike Penshorn with the New Braunfels Police Department said Geraldine Webb was indicted on a count of misapplication of Fiduciary property. Bryan Webb was indicted on the same charge as well as charges of putting false information on a government document and tampering with government records. All the crimes are felonies.
Penshorn said the investigation into the alleged crimes began in November 2004, after Bryan Webb registered the vehicle in his name.
Penshorn said the vehicle was donated to the foundation and Geraldine Webb made
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Students in Comal County get ready for a new school year.
Astronauts pack up space station trash in shuttle
By Pam Easton
Associated Press Writer
SPACE CENTER, Houston — Discovery’s astronauts lowered a huge container filled with a 2-1/2-year backlog of space station trash and old broken equipment into the shuttle Friday for return to Earth next week.
It was their biggest task of the day, coming just one day alter NASA cleared Discovery to come home and one day before their departure from the international space station. The contents of the cargo container, which was slowly anchored into the shuttle’s payload bay by a robot arm, will either be junked once its back on Earth or returned to engineers for analysis.
Their other task Friday was to put away die inspection boom that they used to survey their spaceship.
Much of the packing work was tedious and time-consuming. At one point, astronauts asked Mission Control what they should do with a piece of white foam that wouldn’t fit into a bag.
“We see it well, and we concur. It is not tiny,” Mission Control’s Steve Frick said after looking at the material over a video
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Garden Ridge council tries to appease drainage concerns
By Melissa Johnson
GARDEN RIDGE — A lithe spice was thrown into the mix of the usually tame Garden Ridge City Council meeting Wednesday night.
Four citizens decrying the master plan for a 42-acre tract located on the comer of EM 3009 and Schoen-thal Road gathered at the front of the Municipal Courtroom to share their concerns with council.
The group claimed that housing built in the area, to be known as The Enclave of Garden Ridge, would worsen existing drainage problems for houses on Osage TYail and Fairview Circle.
One female resident was adamant about preserving die current state of her property, repeating the phrase, “I don’t want my pool touched” at intervals during the conversation.
Anodier shared concerns about the monetary effect of possible drainage solutions, saying she currently has no drainage problems but was concerned die new houses would cause problems. All four agreed that the council’s responsibility was to first look after existing residents before being concerned with potential newcomers.
The council assured the residents they would address their
concerns, saving a drainage study would be conducted and adjustments made to the plan if necessary.
Councilman Russ Sanders said an analysis of the area prompted by the master plan could actually help existing drainage problems, which had previously been managed by residents in the form of
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LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
Back-to-school shopping picks up during state tax holiday
By Leigh Jones
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Lisa Chumchal and her daughter, Chelsey, shop for back to school clothes at Kohl's Friday afternoon. Chumchal was planning to spend about $800 on clothes for her four children. Below left, Leigh Ferguson and her daughter, Lexie, see what an outfit would look like.
Lexie, Ava and Marleigh Ferguson enjoyed the first day of the sales tax-free “holiday” — they entertained themselves in the Frilly Frog’s playroom while their mom shopped for back-to-school outfits.
Although she planned her shopping excursion on the first day of the highly advertised tax holiday, Leigh Ferguson was unaware she was about to save 8.25 percent at the cash register.
“I hadn’t thought about it at all, but ifs a good thing because every little bit you can save helps, especially with three kids,” she said.
While looking forward to her savings, Ferguson said the amount was not enough to entice her to venture out of town to neighboring shopping meccas, like the outlet stores in San Marcos.
“It’s just not worth Fighting the crowds,” she said.
Crowdaversion was a common theme among shoppers who ventured out before noon Friday.
“My mom usually says we should hibernate through the taxfree weekend because the stores are usually so busy," said Christina Parker, a New Braunfels Christian Academy junior. “Right now, it s not too bad.”
Parker, who wears uniforms at school, was not doing back-to-school shopping, strictly speaking, but she could not resist a trip to Kohl’s to peruse the sales racks.
Taking their cue from Comptroller Carole Keyton Strayhorn, Texas retailers capitalize on the tax savings publicity by enticing shoppers with even deeper discounts.
SHOP AND SAVE
The sales tax holiday for clothing and footwear began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Sunday. Below is a selected list of items and their exemption status this weekend. TAX-FREE
■ Baby clothes _
■ Beits with attached buckles
■ Boots — cowboy, hiking
■Capshats — baseball, fishing, golf, knitted
■ Coats and wraps
■ Diapers — adult and baby
■ Gloves (generally)
■ Gym suits and uniforms
■ Hooded shirts and sweatshirts
■ Jerseys — baseball and football
■ Jogging apparel
■ Neckwear and ties
■ Pants and trousers
■ Raincoats and ponchos
■ Shoes — sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking
■ Socks (including athletic)
• Shorts _
■ Suits, slacks and jackets
■ Sweat suits
* Sweaters » Swimsuits
■ Work clothes and uniforms
■ Accessories - barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches
• Baseball cleats and pants
■ Belt buckles (without belt)
■ Boots — climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski, waders
» Buttons and zippers
■ Football pants
■ Golf gloves
■ Handbags, purses
■ Hard hats
■Helmets — bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports
■ Ice skates
■ Leather goods
■ Roller blades and skates M Safety clothing, glasses
■ Shoes — bicycle (cleated), bowling, golf
Rya Fauch, shopping at Kohl’s with Gavin, 4, and Austin. 8, said the holiday by itself was not much of an incentive.
“The tax discount is not worth the hassle of the crowds, but 8.25 percent on top of whatever is already on sale is a good deal,” she said.
Fauch, like Ferguson, planned to do her shopping in New Braunfels.
“Last year, we went to the outlet mall. It was crazy,” she said. "We wont be doing that again.”
While Fauch and her children were browsing through the racks, Lisa Chumchal was on a mission with 11-year-old twins Wesley and Chelsey in tow.
“I’m going to get all my back-to-school shopping done today,” she said with determination.
Her half-full cart indicated she
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