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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ¥▼ TUP® »•# AUGUST 31,2004 ald-Zeitung FOOTBALL Despite loss, New Braunfels football coach Rick Rhoades sees positives in Saturday night's game. Page 5A COUPON SAVE 10% Bamboo Asian Buffet offering 10 percent off coupon for next meal at its restaurant. Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 250 10 pages, 1 section CLICK    500 WWW. ■56825 00001 Mostly sunny High Low 92 65 Details 6A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFY DS 8-10A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8A‘Most Wanted’ breaks 200 arrests barrier By Bon Maloney Staff Writer A Seguin man wanted for assault of a public servant and several lesser violations turned himself in Friday at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. lf he could have pretended he didn’t know he was wanted, that ended Tuesday when the man was listed — with a mug shot — in the Herald-Zeitung as one of “Comal County’s Most Wanted.’’ He became the 200th criminal to be jailed after being listed in the Herald- Zeitung feature since the fall of 2001. “Comal County’s Most Wanted” is a partnership between the newspaper, the sheriff’s office and New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers designed to raise public awareness about wanted criminals who might be in its midst — and to get them behind bars. Crime Stoppers President Teresa Nitschke, who also works in the sheriff’s Warrants Division, said the program had been a valuable tool. “Sometimes, once their picture's been in the news paper, they turn themselves in,” Nitschke said. “They know everyone’s looking for them." For those not interested in turning themselves in, Nitschke said the “Most Wanted” telephone number rings on a phone located in the Warrants Division. When atip comes in, officers are dispatched directly. “We send out warrants officers or patrol officers quickly. We don’t want any delays while die information is still good,” Nitschke said. "We make arrangements for See LIST, Page 2A Man sought in stabbing incident By Bon Maloney StaffWriter SAN ANTONIO — As sheriff s deputies searched Monday for the man they believed stabbed a local woman, no information was available on her condition. A Comal County Sheriffs Office official said Monday deputies were searching for a 36-year-old man believed to have stabbed Katherine Nash. Nash, 37, was driven to University Hospital with three stab wounds — two to the chest and one to the upper abdomen. Monday, hospital officials refused even to confirm Nash had been treated there. "I don’t have any information on her,” an official said. Thowormn was stabbed at 6 p.m. Saturday in a home located in the 5100 chance to learn about Morris released from hospital; to face charges By Bon Maloney StaffWriter The Colorado man wounded in a July shoot-out with a sheriff’s deputy has been released from the hospital — and taken to the Comal County Jail. Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds said John Edward Moms, 42, was booked into the jail this weekend on an attempted capital murder charge. If proved, the charge is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 95 years in state prison. Bail on Morris, who is also being held on assault charges from an incident in See SHOOTING, Page 3A Gaye Slomka picks out the best vegetable plants at the Plant Haus.The Kids in Bloom program, which begins in the fall, teaches students lessons such as gardening, nutrition, and selfesteem.Smith receives unexpected surprise in New York on opening dayrn nil i ES Bucky ■HR SmithREPUBUCAN NATIONAL CONVENTION | Look for more of Smitift : observation! of New York j ■od the convention in Wednesday’* Herald, j 7#frung. By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Ask anyone who knows Bucky Smith, and they’ll tell you she stands out in a crowd. Smith learned just how much after she arrived in New York City for the Republican National Convention, which began Monday. A year ago, Smith visited a relative who lives near New York. Waiting to depart for home from Newark (N.J.) International Airport, she asked a young couple to point out where the World Trade Center had been in the New York skyline. The young man did. Then he told her how his father had been a police officer who was killed in the trade center attack — promising he would become an officer himself in honor of the sacrifice his father had made. Monday, rushing past a police cordon, Smith heard someone call her name — even though, she thought, she didn’t know anyone in New York. “You don’t remember me, do you,” a proud young police officer said. It just took a moment for Smith to remember him from the airport a year before — even though he hadn’t been a New York policeman then. “He just made it about two months ago,” Smith said. “We all say its a small world. That just gave me goosebumps.” So begins Smith’s first-ever trip to New York City. Sunday, after flying in, she and other delegates emerged from Penn Station with tens of thousands of anti-George W. Bush demonstrators surrounding the exit. It appeared peaceful, she said. “You don’t have to worry about feeling safe here,” Smith said. “Everywhere we go, there s a policeman, either on foot, in a car or on a motorcycle, every IO, 15 or 20 feet. You have to give your whole life story to go anywhere.” The delegates, whose hotel, Hilton New York, was only live blocks from the station, were herded in the other direction to avoid the demonstrators. “ They wouldn’t let us stop and talk to anyone. We went See SMITH, Page 2A < gardening, other benefits By Scott Mahon StaffWriter Its the end of summer, hut for some school children, it s just the beginning of a 12-week fall gardening program. Designed to meet state curriculum standards, the 12-week Kids in Bloom program kicked off Saturday when 11 area teachers attended gardening classes sponsored by Comal County Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners Bonnie Leitch, Mary Salmon and Sara Bruner conducted the three-hour class at the Texas Cooperative Extension Comal County office on Hwy. 46. “This was one of the largest turnouts for fall training," Salmon said. “Some people think gardening is only for the spring, so it was exciting to have 11 teachers attend the class." Participating were teachers from I loffinann lane I Jemen-tary, Montessori County Day School, Comal Elementary. Schertz Elementary, Trinity Charter at Canyon Lake and Memorial Primary. “I think children are disconnected from knowing where their food conies from,” said Gaye Slomka, a first grade teacher at Memorial Primary. “Our goal is to teach them that food is connected to our environment, but we can also integrate math, science and language arts.” Salmon said kids also learn teamwork. “Some kids have probably never grown a garden,” she said “But there are a lot of benefits in the school program, like learning interpersonal skills, lius, I think gardening teaches selfesteem, and there are all kinds of nutrition benefits. I doubt some children have ever eaten homegrown vegetables.” Salmon said other area schools participating in the school gardening program include Cooper Country Day Care, Rebecca Creek Elementary and Memorial Elementary. “Schools that want to participate in the spring gardening program should register for the january class,” she said. Plants and seeds for Saturday’s training class were donated by Plant I laos Nurseries, New' Braunfeis Feed and Supply and Schumacher’s I till Country Gardens. “The teachers had everything they needed in way of plants to start their fall garden.” Salmon said. “Without the sponsors, the Kids in Bloom program couldn’t exist.” Weston Pach at the Plant I laus said fail gardens could include carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, cabbage, lettuce and spinach. “It s too late for tomatoes and peppers," he said. Garden-Ville founder Malcolm Beck, after becoming aware of the program and seeing the curriculum, donated copies of one of his books, “The Bug Book," to every participating school louden-Ville along with Maldonado Nursery and the I Inching Post Feed, will give discounts to teachers who participate in the Kids in Bloom program. “Master gardeners are available any time for consultation and visits to die schools during the entire gardening season,” Salmon said. “Spring training for new gardens will be followed by a spring tour of the area schools that have gardens. That’s when the students get to show oil the fruits of their labor. Salmon said teachers only need lo attend garden training class once to be enrolled in the Kids in Bloom program. “To remain in the program and to receive free plants and be included in die garden tours, teachers must re-register each semester," she said. COMING FRIDAY See STABBING, Page 3A Tour of Faith Another church is profiled in our weekly series. Getting a green thumb Kids in Bloom offers Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung David Duhan, a Plant Haus nursery salesman, helps teacher Gaye Slomka pick out the best vegetables. ;