New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS ON A ROLL
New Braunfels, Canyon volleyball teams continue to improve as district season looms. Page 6A
TIME TO EAT
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to head outdoors and fire up the grill. Page 1B
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Ufo*Massive rescue effort begins on Gulf Coast
By Brett Martel
Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS — Rescuers along the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast pushed aside the dead to reach the living Tuesday in a race against time and rising floodwater, while New Orleans sank deeper into crisis, with Louisiana’s governor ordering storm refugees out of this drowning city.
Two levees broke and sent water coursing into the streets of the Big Easy a full day after New Orleans appeared to have escaped widespread destruction from I luri icane Katrina.
An estimated 80 percent of
■ Comal County has a tradition of helping others in need. Hurricane Katrina gives residents another chance, see Page 4A.
the below-sea-level city was under water, up to 20 feet deep in places, with miles and miles of homes swamped.
“The situation is untenable,” Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. “It s just heartbreaking.”
The number of dead was still unclear, a day after Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast with 145-mph winds. But one Mississippi county alone was believed to have lost as many as 80 people — 30 of them
from a beachfront apartment house that collapsed under a 25-foot wall of water. And Louisiana said many were feared dead there, too, making Katrina one of the most punishing storms to hit the United States in decades.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said hundreds, if not thousands, of people may still be stuck on roofs and in attics, and so rescue boats were bypassing the dead.
“We’re not even dealing with dead bodies,” Nagin said. “They’re just pushing them on the side.”
The flooding in New Orleans grew worse by the minute,
prompting the evacuation of hotels and hospitals and an audacious plan to drop huge sandbags from helicopters to close up one of the breached levees. At the same time, looting broke out in some neighborhoods, the sweltering city of 480,000 had no drinkable water, and the electricity could be out for weeks.
With water rising perilously inside the Superdome, Blanco said the tens of thousands of refugees now huddled there and other shelters in New Orleans would have to be evacuated.
See RESCUE, Page 8A
The price of gas at Rudy's Bar-B-Q jumped 47 centsTuesdayGas prices on the rise again
From staff reports
The price of a gallon of gas headed higher Tuesday as the effects of Hurricane Katrina reached New Braunfels one day after the deadly storm devastated the Gulf Coast.
At Rudy’s Bar-B-Q on the comer of Loop 337 and Common Street, gas jumped from $2.43 a gallon at midday to $2.90 by 5 p.m..
Most gas stations saw a smaller jump as prices ranged from $2.56 per gallon to $2.66.
Katrina played a large role in the rapid rise as oil rigs, pipelines and refineries along the Gulf Coast were destroyed.
The price of oil jumped to a record high of $69.35 a barrel Tuesday.
Memorial Primary is growing so fast, the school already needs more space.
NO TIME TO PLAY
Sisters spend their summer on traveling drum corps
By David Rupkalvis
Most high school and college students spent their summers relaxing and enjoying the break from school. But not Danielle and Deidra Littleton.
The two young ladies spent their summers practicing 12 hours a day, traveling the country and performing in front a large crowds as members of traveling drum corps.
Danielle, 20, traveled with the Cadets corps based out of Allentown, Pa., while Deidra was part of the Blue Knights based out of Denver.
While their friends in New Braunfels were visiting Schlitter-bahn and relaxing, the I jttletons were traveling between 28,000 and 30,000 miles to put on shows in dozens of states.
The girls met up just two times, first at a regional in San Antonio and then at the world championships in Roxboro, Mass.
Danielle started the family legacy when she joined tile color guard and winter guard at New Braunfels I ligh School. When she graduated, she decided to continue in the field and tried out for the Blue Knights.
This year, she moved to the
Cadets because she fell in love with the group when watching them compete in earlier years.
little did Danielle know that she would become the centerpiece of the corps’ performance. In the show, the corps marches around playing music. In the middle of tile field was a white door. A young girl in the center of the show transfonned by moving in and out of the door as the music played.
“I was the soloist,” Danielle
explained. “The show was about j this girl who was in a dream. I was I the girl. It was really filii. I guess I the most nerv e-wracking part was before the show."
For the Littleton sisters, drum corps season began the day they got out of school. Danielle flew to I Pennsylvania while Deidra, 17, I Hew to Colorado. What followed I was three weeks of hard work. The
ai A drum corps resembles a marching band except the corps contains only brass instruments, percussion and a color guard.
■ There are three divisions of traveling drum corps, separated by size. Both Danielle and Deidra Littleton spent the summer with Division 1 corps. Division 1 corps have 135 members.
See CORPS, Page 2A
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day.
■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving.
■ Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip.
■ Avoid use of "drive through" lanes or services.
■ Don't refuel during daylight.
■ Avoid use of gas-powered yard equipment.
CLICK ON IU* WSB:
Pollution levels are posted online at: ww.tnrcc.state.tx.us/
Smith joins fray for Bulverde mayor s race
By Leigh Jones
The Bulverde mayoral race has not exactly been hotly contested during early voting.
Only 59 registered voters had cast ballots during the first five days of the special election to fill former Mayor Bill Cole’s unexpired term. Cole stepped down this past spring, just one month before his death.
Voters have three candidates to choose from—current Mayor Pro Tem Sarah Stevick, former Alderman Charlie Baetz and Kevin Smith, a political neophyte.
Smith said he decided to run at the last minute after listening
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Bulverde mayoral election
■ When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Sept. 6.
■ Where: Bulverde City Hall, 30360 Cougar Bend
to the platforms of the other two candidates.
“The mayor needs to be able to communicate with the people and let them know tilings are being done,” he said. “I don’t believe either of them are able to get the job done.” Smith, a real estate broker and 10-year Bulverde resident, said he was motivated to get involved in the political scene
after the highly contentious I tome Depot debate made him realize current politicians did not have the city’s best interests as their highest priorities.
“I would encourage city leadership to have the foresight to see beyond ardent corporate courtships and recognize the importance of responding to the wishes of our city’s residents,” he wrote in his campaign platform statement, “lf the people of Bulverde do support the establishment of certain developments within our city, those projects must be made to conform to principles of responsible development.’’
See MAYOR, Page 3A
Tax rate in Bulverde likely to remain the same
By Leigh Jones
Bulverde residents will get their first look at next year’s tax rate Thursday during the first of two public hearings required before council members can vote to adopt the budget.
Mayor Pro Tem Sirrah Stevick has proposed the tax rate remain the same as last year’s rate — 18.76 cents per $100 valuation.
Thanks to rising property values, the rate will bring in $560,666 to the city's coffers,
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Bulverde tax rate public hearing
■ When: 6:30 p.m.Thursday
■ Where: City Hall, 30360 Cougar Bend
$18,660 more than last year.
The maximum rate tile city could set is 19.6 cents, w liich would raise $604,871.
The majority of the funds will be used for maintenance and operations, with $110,289 used for debt serv ice payments.
See TAX, Page 2A
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Christopher Collins, left, grabs a line from New Orleans Police officers Rickey Jackson, right, and Dave Lemoine as they try to rescue Collins from his rooftop in New OrleansTuesday.
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Deidre, right, and Danielle Littleton look over pictures from when they together in the Unicorn band in Danielle's room, which is covered in DCI colorguard flags, pictures and medals.