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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, AUGUST 11,2005 SPORTS TOUGH NIGHT The New Braunfels volleyball team struggles against highly-ranked San Antonio Churchill. Page 5A FORUM SPEAK OUT j Readers talk about lewd | behavior, crosswalks on i Common Street and loud I music. Page 4A ALL FOR AOF 780 ani 1000571 12/50/05 SOUTHWEST mCROPUBLISHERS 2627 E YANDELL DR EL FASO TX 79903 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 226 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW? j 8 '56825 00001' n High 94 Details tartly Cloudy Low 73 .. 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 38Record gas prices hitting pocketbooks hard By Ron Maloney Staff Writer like many others, Robin Taylor shops around now when she buys gas. "I was going to stop down the street at Walnut and banda, but I said, uh-oh ... I’m going to H-E-B,” she said while gassing up Wednesday afternoon for $2.29.9 cents per gallon. Taylor said she checks at H-E-B these days because it’s often cheaper to buy gas there than at other places in town. “You have to make that extra effort today because if you don’t watch out, it can be IO to 20 cents higher,” she said. As prices creep ever north of the $2 per gallon that staggered residents more than a year ago, locals like Taylor say it is beginning to cut into their driving. But it doesn’t seem to be cutting into tourism — at least not yet. Locally, Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said he didn’t believe local tourism was being adversely affected by price hikes. See GAS, Page 2A RISING HIGH A look at gas prices at some local stations. ■ Shell Jexas 46: $2.31.9 ■ H-E-B: $2.29.9 • Diamond Shamrock, Texas 46: $2.35.9 Burn ban lifted after rain eases worries By Ron Maloney Staff Writer PLAY IT SAFE * lf you plan to burn, call county dispatch at 885-4883 or 620-3400 to log the burns so firefighters are aware of them. ■^Anyone with questions can call Fire Marshall Lin Manford at 620-3417. A little bit of rain can be a good thing in a hot, dry Texas summer. Comal County Judge Danny Scheel lifted a week-old burn ban Wednesday in response to rains that dropped anywhere from an inch to five inches around the county. “With all the rain we’ve had, we’re receiving a lot of calls from people who need to bum,” Scheel said. “So we’re going to lift it for now. Be prepared to monitor the weather — they’re predicting more heavy rain throughout the day—and we’ll have the question back on the commissioner’s court agenda next Thursday." Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said he hoped the county’s recent rains have made it safe to bum outside. “I talked to the Bulverde fire chief, and he said they've had a sufficient amount,” Manford said. “I talked to the road department, See RAIN, Page 3A Rezonings open Cotton Crossing to commercial development By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Planning and Zoning Commission members approved commercial zoning for two parcels of the Cotton Crossing development Tuesday, despite opposition from residential neighbors. The first piece of property, 12.629 acres, was rezoned as C-1A with restrictions. Whoever buys die property will not be able to build a “fix-it” shop, cleaning, pressing or dyeing pickup station, convenience stores with motor vehicle sales, laundromats or radio and television shops. The second parcel of land, 5.078 acres fronting Gruene Road, was rezoned as C-lBr-47 with enough restrictions to ensure a restaurant would be the only C-IB use permitted on the property. While they said they wouldn’t mind having another restaurant nearby, several local See REZONE, Page 3A A WORLD’S-EYE VIEW NB National Guardsmen train, help out in Romania By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels National Guardsmen were deployed to Romania for two weeks of training in July — the first mandatory international trip for the group since World WarIL The experience, said battalion Personnel Staff Noncommissioned Officer Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Allen, was priceless. “The guys loved it, the training, the people, everything,” he said. “Theres a chance we might get to go back. We sure would like to.” Traditionally, the Texas National Guard soldiers have attended summer training at Fort I iood, but this year they were selected to join troops from the German-based 1st Armored Division and 7th Army Training Command in Romania for joint exercises with 400 Romanian soldiers. The troops conducted military operations in urban terrain, convoy live fire, convoy force on force and small marksmanship exercises. As much as the New Braunfels soldiers enjoyed their military training, Allen said the cultural exercises made more of an impression. “Seeing the local villages makes you sick,” he said. “They need so much help.” The troops did what they could to improve living conditions in the Romanian villages, renovating four schools. Donning construction “aprons” over their fatigues, the troops con- Photos courtesy of Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Allen Members of theTexas National Guard paint a fence with German and Romanian troops during a joint exercise in Romania recently. Below, from left, Master Sgt. Reggie Gilliam, Sgt. Daryl Davis, Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Allen, Spc. Andrew Creasman and Sgt. 1st Class Gary Davis in front of their makeshift camp. structed a new roof on one of the buildings, installed indoor plumbing with flushing toilets, built playground facilities, poured a concrete floor in one classroom and painted fences. “The people met us with open arms, and they were so grateful," Allen said. “I wish we could have brought more to them.” The Texas soldiers arrived in Romania bearing gifts of T-shirts, Texas flag pins and American flag patches, earning them the devotion of the villages’ children. “We also took and distributed children’s books, in English, to the schools,” Allen said. “The kids really loved that." See ROMANIA, Page 3A Valentine announces repeat bid for city council u^p! By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Ken Valentine announced Wednesday he is going to run to reclaim the District 6 council seat he lost to Lynn Limmer in May. In front of an audience of 50 supporters, the “councilman in exile,” as he likes to call himself, said he was ready to fire on all eight cylinders. “I will run,” he said. “We’ve had a tremendous turnout here tonight. Thank you for your support.’’ Valentine had stated his intention to run in two e-mail newsletters sent out in the last five days, although he expressed hesitancy to make the announcement AT A GLANCE * Candidates can begin filing Sept. 7 and continue through Oct. 7. ■ The last day to register to vote is Oct. 7. ■ The order of names on the ballot will be determined Oct. 12. ■ Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4 ■ The election is scheduled for Nov. 8 formal until he had heard from his constituents. By the end of the town hall meeting, all hesitance was gone. Spurred on by local activist Hd Mc Hire, who called for people to back up their support See BID, Page 2A Tracking the news No charges coming LAST WE KNEW: A 22-year-old man was rescuedTues-day night after spending three hours stuck on a cliff overlooking the Guadalupe River. Witnesses said the man was trying to show off when he climbed the rock wall and got stuck. LATEST: Comal County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Reynolds said the office did not know the man's name and no laws were broken. "He's just a person who hiked up a little too far and could not get down," Reynolds said. "There are no charges pending." MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Clarence Zinkgraf, left, congratulates Ken Valentine on announcing his intentions to run for city council. 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