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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas He "RL Zeitung COUPON BOUNCE BACK Pain Away Footwear is offering a $10 discount on a pair of Z-Coil spring-driven pain-relief shoes before Dec. 31. Page SB SPORTS ZOOM, ZOOM Kody Campbell likes to go fast, so he's perfectly suited to racing in the National Hotrod Racing Association. Page SA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 31 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK a 56825 00001 High Low I 68 34 1 I Details .... 1B I DEAR ABBY 3B I CLASSIFIEDS 5-8B I COMICS 2B j CROSSWORD 2B I FORUM    4A I APPLAUSE 5B I SPORTS 5-BA I TV GRIDS 3BU ROOTES Tracking the newsMOLL INDUSTRIES LAST BE KNEW: Moll Industries applied for designation as an enterprise project, offering a break on the state's portion of sales tax. LATEST: Ciiy Council approved the measure Monday night in the form of an ordinance. NEXT: Future applications will be approved by resolution, not ordinance.CISD IN-DISTRICT TRANSFERS LAST WE KNEW: A committee recommended eliminating in-district transfers for Comal Independent School District. LATEST: CISD trustees postponed action on the measure Thursday in a 6-1 vote. NEXT: Trustees plan to make a decision no later than March. Meetings will be held before then. Caroling at the Plaza rings up holiday cheer• • • • • A REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung Four-year-old Kelsey Kistner and her mom Laura celebrate the Christmas season Thursday night by lighting candles at Caroling on the Plaza. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The bandstand on Main Plaza twinkled with Christmas lights Thursday night as the young and young at heart huddled together and enjoyed the annual Caroling on the Plaza. Gary and Cindy Weise were seated comfortably in their lawn chairs near the gazebo and said it got them in the spirit of Christmas. “We love it,” they said. “It’s fun and we only missed one year in 17 years." The evening began with Cross Lutheran Church’s handbell choir, Grace Notes and Glory Notes, which played a selection of Christmas songs, including “Coventry Carol” and “How Great our Joy.” Griselda Medina stood to the side and signed for the hearing impaired. Pat Schroeder of Wichita, Kan., said it was her first time to attend the event. “This Is our ninth year to come to New Braunfels," she said. “We're winter Texans, and this is our first time." lanet Stanberry moved to New Braunfels from San Antonio five years ago. “I come to tliis every year," she said. “I love it. It’s one of the things I love about a small town.” Local dignitaries attended the affair, including Mayor Adam Cork and County Judge Danny Scheel. Cathy Clark directed the music. Barbara Houde was accompanist. German songs were sung, and Rosie Gallegos performed as soloist and sang “Para pedir Posada.” Site also sang “Eeliz Navidad” and “Noche de Paz." The event is sponsored each year by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council. U.S. Army Cpl. Brian Easley demonstrates Thursday how he is slowly regaining use of his left arm after being shot in Iraq. Easley visited Emily King's third-grade class at Navarro Elementary. King's class “adopted" Easley while he was stationed in the Middle East. Below, King's students share a question-and-answer session with Easley, who told the students what life was like while stationed in Iraq. Navarro 3rd-graders adopted New Braunfels soldier By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer There might be no more important question to an injured war hero than whether he watches “The Simpsons.” Navarro Elementary third-graders couldn’t help but ask U.S. Army Cpl. Brian Easley Thursday when he visited their tiass. “Yes, I watch Tire Simpsons,” he said, “lf you were a character on The Simpsons who would you be?" Easley’s visit was educational for the students, but his visit was also about kinship: The class adopted Easley in August. Easley spent three months in Iraq before being shot in the arm during a raid on suicide bombers. The Canyon High School grad is recovering in San Antonio. His wound brought him back to Texas, but his relationship with Navarro third-graders took him to the students: In August, the students “adopted” Easley for his duty in the Middle East. "Did you have TVs?” asked Ernest Garza. “Did you see The Simple Life’?” “Yes, but I saw it here,” Easley said. Easley didn’t mind answering questions from the group. They supported him with letters during his time in battle. He sat in front of a “Welcome home, Brian" banner, which the 20 children in Emily King’s class had signed. Many of the boys wanted to know about “big machine guns,” ambushes and how many times he had to use grenades. T hey took a lot of prisoners, Easley said. “We don’t just go out there and try to hurt people,” he said. “That’s not what we’re there to do.” Others wanted to know how he slept in the desert, whether he saw snakes and camels and whether the bullet hurt when it hit his arm. “Yes,” Easley said. “And the grenade shrapnel hurt.” Easley was patrolling near Eal-lujah, Iraq, when he was injured. His unit got word suicide bombers were holed up inside a house. Nearly an hour later, Easley and a small group of soldiers raided the house. “These guys were just ready for us,” he said. They entered the house and were fired upon. They were pulling back when Easley was shot. He recounted seeing the bullet fly through his arm and the grenades roll out in front of him. See INAO. Page 3A Lin Manford Comal County commissioners issued a burn ban T hursday that will last 90 days or until rain relieves the drought the county is suffering. Winter officially begins Monday, and officials fear the ban could last all season long. Although, local forecasters are predicting a wet winter season, there will probably be little change in the dry conditions in the near future. The National Weather Service is predicting a 40 percent chance of above average moisture for the season. Throughout the year, a healthy dose of rain has produced a lot of thick, high grass. Since late November, there have been eight days of freezing temperatures that have killed that grass. The dead, dry grass is tall in some areas of the county, providing lots of fuel for a potential fire, said Un Manford, Comal County fire marshal, who recommended the ban. Manford recommended a burn ban in May because of record hot, dry weather. This time its the cold, dry weather that has made burning in the county potentially dangerous. The Texas Forest Service has determined that drought conditions exist within the county. Bans already have been imposed in Hays, Guadalupe and Blanco counties. Hie dry conditions pose the threat of large, fast-moving wildfires, according to the ban resolution. “We’ve had some cold weather and freezes, which have produced a lot of combustible material,” said Precinct I (Commissioner Jack Dawson. See BURN BAN. Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Story hour New Braunfels Public Library Bible story hour re-enacts birth of Jesus Christ, tfnrhff meaning of Christmas. By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Drought ignites a burn ban for Comal Fires nixed for 90 days or until dry spell ends FRONTand Center Wounded in battle, U.S. Army Cpl. Brian Easley is.. Back F R O M And he has tales to tell. on a o □ a HH ;