New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tracking the news
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LAST WE KNEW: Ryan's Family Steakhouse at 481 Highway 81 East had closed.
LATEST: The restaurant will be changed to Fire Mountain.
Both Ryan's and Fire Mountain are owned by the same company. Fire Mountain will continue to be a food buffet. Repeated calls to the corporate office for Ryan's and Fire Mountain were not returned.
NEXT: Fire Mountain is in the process of renovating the building and is accepting employment applications.
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District attorney wants bank records
LAST WE KNEW: First Commercial Bank was finalizing its internal investigation of several instances of alleged embezzlement involving former branch manager and city Councilwoman Lynn Limmer.
LATEST: District Attorney Dib Waldrip has submitted a formal request to bank officials for the evidence gathered during their investigation.
NEXT: Waldrip and his staff will read through the documents and decide how to proceed with a criminal investigation.
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Slashing suspect returns to Texas
LAST WE KNEW: Robert McClure was being held in Anchorage, Alaska, in connection with a New Braunfels slashing and had refused to waive extradition. A governor's warrant had been sent to Alaska calling for McClure's extradition.
LATEST: Extradition proceedings were completed last week. McClure was flown back to Texas and bookedTuesday into the Comal County Jail.
NEXT: McClure will remain in jail unless he posts a $275,000 bond.
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National Night Out winners named
LAST WE KNEW: New Braunfels and Comal County celebrated National Night Out with dozens of block parties.
LATEST: The New Braunfels Police Department announced winners during the annual competition.The overall winner was the Willow Street party with Beth Bizer as hostess. The best new party was at 531 Sycamore with Joe and Valen Miller as hosts.
INSIDE MORE MONEY
The 4B Board approves its budget which is heavy on economic development funds. Page 4A
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School attendance keeps growing
By Leigh Jones
Comal County schools were a lot more crowded on the first day of school than they were a year ago.
Comal ISD showed the big
gest increase — 804 students — with 12,883 students arriving for class Tuesday. The numbers grew even more Wednesday with an additional 82 students showing up for the second day.
New Braunfels ISD showed a 341 student increase, with 6,565 students coming to school for the first day of class. In New Braunfels, the numbers also grew the second day as 95 additional stu
dents made it to class.
The largest amount of growth in NBISD came at one of the district’s newest campuses.
See GROWING, Page 10A
* Comal ISD jumped 804 students, climbing from 12,079 in 2004 to 12,883 Tuesday.
* New Braunfels ISD had 341 more students, climbing from 6,224 to 6,565.
A NATION PAYS HOMAGE
World War II vet returns to Czechoslovakia as a hero
By Leigh Jones
Gene Eike j stands out in a I crowd.
VETERANS NEVER FORGET
11 Worldwar ll vet-Thn tall lardn/ : eran Gene Eike
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meets. and even j m The men will at 80 years old, • spend time remi-his winning I niscing and seeing smile leaves a I some of the local lasting impres- I s,9hts. sion.
When hike’s picture appeared in Czechoslovakian newspapers this summer as pan of the 60th anniversary celebration of the country’s liberation from German occupation at the end of World War ll, two women recognized him immediately.
Marie Proksova and Jana Kejhova were only IO years old when the United States 16th Armored Division rolled through their country, but they remembered the young soldier’s smile.
Eike was one of nine men from the division who traveled to what is now tile Czech Republic in May to celebrate the Allied victory in Europe.
The men were treated like royalty, a stark contrast to the treatment Americans receive today in many European countries, Eike said.
“Its one of the few places you can go as an American and be welcomed,’’ he said. “They have not forgotten the liberation.’’
Every five years, the country celebrates its moment of freedom, but this anniversary was special.
“This was our swansong,” the aging veteran said. “Everyone in our group is over 80 now. I don’t know how many will be left for the next one."
Perhaps knowing it might be their last opportunity to honor their liberators, the town of Pilsen pulled out all the stops for its celebration.
The men were distinguished at parties, vetted by the local media and addressed by the country’s president.
But the highlight of the trip was a 2-hour-long parade through the city that wound through many of the
See VET, Page 3A
Kinky Friedman to visit NB
Kinky Friedman, the independent gubernatorial candidate for governor, will visit New Braunfels for fun and fund raising today.
Friedman will be at the Freiheit Country Store at 2157 EM HOI from I to 5 p.m. to tape an appearance on the Humble Time radio show.
Seating at Freiheit will be free, but seats are limited.
After the radio show, Friedman will head to the Faust I lotel, 240 S. Seguin, for a fund-raiser from 5 to 7 p.m.
Opening night victors
Many detention ponds have become a drain on the city
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A qrouD of fans cheer on the Smithson igh
win over Westwood. For story, see Page 7A.
Valley High School Rangers on to a 37-15
By Leigh Jones
The detention pond at the back ofVoss banns subdivision is full of waist-high weeds and debris, rendering it practically useless during the city’s next heavy rain.
If the pond cannot hold the water it was designed to detain, neighborhood homes, yards and streets face a higher risk for flooding.
The situation at Voss Farms might have stood out on the virtual tour city council members took Monday night, if it had been the only bad detention pond example.
Guided by City Engineer Mike Short, council members “visit
ed’’ several detention ponds around the city. Few received good marks for doing what they were designed to do — prevent flooding.
Short showed a few examples of good drainage structures in Crown Ridge and Dove Crossing. but most of his photographs showed ponds that would not do their job alter only 6 inches of rain.
The tour, conducted at the request of Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk, illustrated the city’s lack of standards for proper detention.
“Our standards are haphazard at best throughout the city,”
See DRAIN Page 3A
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Photos courtesy of Gene Eike
Gene Eike waves to the crowd during a parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of Czechoslovakia liberation during World War ll. Eike joined several other American veterans during the celebration during which more than 100,000 people thanked American soldiers for liberating the country. Below, a Czech soldier places a wreath during the celebration.
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