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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas sourer5!1 lAUf m MJ £ ll nSP fX 799,)* l"lll'l"l‘L ll..... SPORTS REFLECTIONS Area football coaches reflect on last week's performances, this week's foes. Page 5A ▼ ▼ TUESDAY, AUGUST 30,2005 Mx?eald-Zeitung OPINION TEAMWORK Sparked by action-oriented newcomer, Milltown area neighbors band together for a common cause. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 241 12 pages, 1 section i a ■56825 00001 High Low 101 70 Details .... 7A DEAR ABBY 9A CLASSIFIEDS 10A COMICS 8A CROSSWORD 8A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 9A■■MMI KATRINA AFTERMATH NBISD sets tax PICKING UP THE PIECES rate: $1.82 per $ I OO valuation Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina bar drivers from moving down Interstate 610 near Interstate 10 in New Orleans. Flooded highways prevented many rescue personal from ne getting into parts of the city. New Orleans avoids catastrophic hit; Gulf Coast cities swamped by water By ALLEN G. BREED Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) —Announcing itself with shrieking, 145-mph winds, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast just outside New Orleans on Monday, submerging entire neighborhoods up to their roofs, swamping Mississippi’s beachfront casinos and killing at least 55 people. lim Pollard, spokesman for the I larrison Coun-ty emergency operations center, said 50 people were killed by Katrina in his county, with the bulk of the deaths at an apartment complex in Biloxi. Three other people were killed by billing trees in Mississippi and two died in a traffic accident in Alabama, authorities said. For New Orleans — a dangerously vulnerable city because it sits mostly below sea level in a See HURRICANE, Page 6A READY TO MOBILIZE ■ The American Red Cross said it had thousands of volunteers mobilized for the hurricane.The organization set up operational headquarters in Baton Rouge. The Red Cross said it expected to serve about 500,000 meals a day to those displaced by the hurricane. ■ The EPA dispatched emergency crews to Louisiana and Texas, because of concern about oil and chemical spills. ■ More than 40 Coast Guard aircraft from units along the entire Eastern Seaboard, along with more than 30 small boats, patrol boats and cutters, were positioned around the area to be ready to conduct search and rescue operations. ■ The Agriculture Department said it will provide meals and other commodities, such as infant formula, distilled water for babies and emergency food stamps. ■ About 6,500 National Guard troops were available in Louisiana, about 7,000 troops in Mississippi, nearly 10,000 in Alabama and about 8,200 in Florida. MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Warren Netherland packed things Monday that he would need for at least the next week as a volunteer for the Red Cross being sent to aid in the after-math of Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Nan, said they did not know how long they'll be gone, or where exactly they will be sent. Couple volunteers to help with Red Cross relief effort By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Nan and Warren Netherland took a quick break Monday from watching news coverage of Hurricane Katrina to finish some last-minute shopping before heading out of town. Their basket was full of antibacterial hand gel, baby wipes and bug spray — essential items for a trip into the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast states. Lhe retired couple is half of a Red Cross volunteer deployment team preparing to leave New Braunfels and join relief efforts somewhere between New Orleans and Alabama. Although he has no idea where they will end up, Warren said he was anxious to get to work. “I feel very sorry for the people in that area,” he said. “It s often the most needy who end up in shelters because they did not have the means to get out of town." I’he Katrina relief efforts will be the first HOW CAN YOU HELP? ITO donate money to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, visit or call 800-HELP NOW. ITo get trained as a Red Cross volunteer to serve during future disasters, contact your local branch office at (830) 608-9876. iThe United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund has been activated to help affected communities. Donations via check are being accepted at the following address: United Way of America P.O. Box 630568 Baltimore, MD 21263-0568 Go to for information. national disaster response team the couple has volunteered for, but they have first-hand experience in recovering from a hurricane. “We were living in New Orleans in 1965 See COUPLE, Page 6A Gunman kills self after shooting 4 to death near church By ANABELLE GARAY Associated Press Writer SASH—A gunman killed four people near a small-town church, then killed himself early Monday after a nine-hour standoff with police, authorities said. Police said witnesses told them that Freddie L. Cranshaw, who lived across the street from the Sash Assembly of God church, exchanged words in the church parking lot Sunday night with church member Wes Brown, who asked Cranshaw to leave. Cranshaw returned a short time later and shot Brown, 61, at close range, and then shot the pastor, James Armstrong, 42, witnesses said. Deputies found both men dead in a grassy area next to the church parking lot, Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore said. He said it didn’t appear that they were shot inside the church, as initially reported. Cranshaw then drove to a nearby intersection. where he shot at a truck towing a horse trailer and then killed two women after they tried vainly to flee from the truck, witnesses told police. Police identified the women Cen Utterio, 46. of Fannin County and I lolly Love Brown. See SHOOTING, Page 6A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees set next year’s tax rate Monday, exacting the same amount from patrons as last year $1.82 per $100 valuation. Although the rate will bring the district more money than it did last year, thanks to rising property I values, it will not be enough I to cover the 2005-06 school j year expenses. Extra expenditures, most- j What it means ly for additional teachers, I *°r Homeowners created a $1.5 million budg- i >$1,82011113x68 et deficit for the beginning I on a $100,000 of the school year. At this I    ome time last year, the district j > $2,730 in taxes had a $300,000 surplus.    °n a $1 $0,000 Sandy Hill, executive di- j    ome rector for business and sup- i ■ $3,640 in taxes port services, told trustees I hom^2°° °°° she was not uncomfortable with this year’s deficit because it was unusual. “With our fund balance where it is, the bigger deficit doesn’t bother me,” she said. “It would if we had this kind of deficit regularly, but for the last three years, we have had surpluses at the end of each budget year.” Last year, the district closed out its budget cycle with a $2.1 million savings. Since 2002, the district has put $6,965 million into its fund balance “savings account," which holds roughly $14 million now. I fill said she expected to end the 2005-06 school year with similar savings, making up for the initial deficit. Trustee Ed Clark, who complains regularly about the district’s increasing savings, tried to get board members to lower this year’s tax rate. “We have saved large amounts of money over the years, and I would like to give some of it back to the taxpayer," he said. “It would cost us $ I million from fund balance to lower the rate another 5 cents.” Trustee Rob Johnson accused Claik of trying to take die “easy way out” by offering voters a tax cut. “The easiest thing to do is to say I’m for the See TAX RATE Page 3A Big game zame look at this weeks big gridiron contest between CHS and Seguin. 2-lane feeder street eases drivers worries in front of CHS By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Canyon I ligli School parking lot was almost empty by 3:45 p.m. Monday, indicating the highway construction nightmare that plagued students last year is iii! but over. Principal Bob Wiegand said a two-lane feeder street in front of die school made all die difference. “ Rue to their word, Hunter Industries got the lanes open before kids arrived back on campus," he said. “Now all diree of our front gates are open like normal and the bus and car traffic don t have to mix at the exits. Compared to last year, it s so much better.” For the entire 2004-05 school year, the feeder street was reduced to one lane and only two of the school’s front exits were open. Car traffic attempting to avoid the 1-35 snarl exited onto LM HOI See CHS TRAFFIC Page ;