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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ?!& ■ FOOD, 6 Grilled treats for the big game * SPORTS, 7 Lady Rangers claim District 27-4A crown WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 ■ CRIB NOTES, 9 Change not easy for one Prosapio Texas ^|p Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 50$Girl testifies about alleged sexual advanceProsecution rests case to end first day in trial of New Braunfels attorney Mark Clark ra***nitv» L Clark By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Editor's note: The contents of thus story, which deals with testimony in an aggravated sexual assault trial, may offend some readers. The state rested its case against New Braunfels attorney Mark Clark on Tuesday afternoon, just over three hours after the trial opened before a jury of 12 under visiting district Judge Doug Shaver. The alleged victim took the stand in the case that charges Clark with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted sexual performance of a child. The girl, now 13, said that on June 4, 2010, she made him chocolate chip cookies, French-braided her hair, and she dressed in her “Alice in Wonderland” dress to meet him at his office, where she expected to help him with paperwork. In halting sentences responding to questions, sometimes fragmented and punctuated with sobs, the girl described a bizarre meeting. ‘He offered me $1,000’ “He gave me a drink, he said it was lemonade ... it tasted like alcohol,” she testified, telling ITos-ecutor Sammy McCrary she had tasted alcohol before. See TRIAL, Page 2 ► COLD BUT NOT WHITE Slim to no chance of significant snowfall By Will Wright The Herald-Zeitung It’s feeling a lot like winter, but it’s not going to look like winter in the New Braunfels area later this week. National Weather Service forecasters have all but ruled out chances of measurable snow here Thursday and Friday, though the area will remain in a deep freeze until Saturday afternoon. Clear, cold and windy conditions prevailed early Tuesday afternoon following the passage of an arctic cold front, which dropped temperatures from the 50s into the 30s within two hours earlier in the morning. A line of storms brought brief but heavy rains to the area, and wind gusts up to 40 mph dropped wind chill readings into the 20s in New Braunfels and into the teens in the Hill Country. Temperatures were expected to drop into the upper teens Tuesday night, rise into the mid-30s today, and then retreat into the midteens by Thursday morning. The NWS forecast calls for wind chill values to range between zero and 5 degrees—from zero to minus-5 degrees in the Hill Country—on Tliesday night and tonight. A 30 percent chance of snow is forecast for Thursday night, with lows in the 20s. A 20 percent chance of snow is forecast for Friday morning, with highs in the upper 30s. “The snow is going to mostly be flurries,” NWS meteorologist Mark Lenz said, adding he expects accumulations of less than a quarter of an inch. NEW BRAUNFELS WELCOMES YOCUM FREEZE IS ON Predicted overnight lows for the next three days are 15 degrees (tonight), 20 (Thursday) and 26 (Friday). Weather, Page 9 See WEATHER, Page 5 Vol. 158, No. 71 12 pages, 1 section Inside CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID 11 10 10 4 3, 5 9 7 12 Brrrrrrrr! High    Low 36 15 Details    9 8 ",,56825 00001    1 50 cents LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Troy Yocum talks with supporters during a ceremony welcoming him to New Braunfels onTuesday at Marketplace shopping center. Yocum is walking across the country to raise money for veterans. Unable to walk through New Braunfels, veteran pledges stay the course By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung For the very first time on his 10-month walk across America to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by veterans and their families, Troy Yocum was unable to hoof it into a city for a ceremony in his honor. Battling a severe foot infection, the 31-year-old Kentucky native had to be driven from San Marcos to New Braunfels on Tuesday afternoon, where he limped up the sidewalk at Marketplace shopping center. Awaiting him was a crowd of some 60 supporters who braved 38-degree temperatures and a cold wind to greet the man they'd seen featured on Yahoo News, CNN and FOX. See YOCUM, Page 5 Submitted photo Yocum talks wth visually impaired student Wyatt Rose at Church Hill Middle onTuesday, after addressing the student body as parapro-fessional Angela Namba looks on. Mubarak ► EGYPT IN TURMOIL Mubarak won’t seek re-election Pledges he will‘die on Egyptian soil’ ByThe Associated Press CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak defied a quarter-million protesters demanding he step down immediately, announcing Tuesday he would serve out the last months of his term and “die on Egyptian soil.” He promised not to seek re-election, but that did not calm public fury as clashes erupted between his opponents and supporters. The protesters, whose numbers multiplied more than tenfold in a single day Tuesday for their biggest rally yet, have insisted they will not end their unprecedented week-old wave of unrest until their ruler for nearly three decades goes. Mubarak’s halfway concession — an end to his rule seven months down the road — threatened to inflame frustration and anger among protesters, who have been peaceful in recent days. In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, clashes erupted between several hundred protesters and government supporters soon afterward, according to footage by Al-Jazeera television. T he protesters threw stones at their rivals, who wielded knives and sticks, until soldiers fired in the air and stepped in between them, a local journalist said. T he speech was derided by protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Watching on a giant TV, protesters booed and waved their shoes over their heads in a sign of contempt. “Go, go, go! We are not leaving until he leaves," they chanted. Parks board OKs new bridge for Landa Park By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung The city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board put its stamp of approval Tuesday night on a new Landa Park pedestrian bridge to replace one that was washed away in the June 9 flood. The new bridge, expected to be in place by May if there’s no delay with its custom railings designed to mimic cedar handrails used in the park in years past, will be located near the Wading Pool at approximately the same spot on Landa Lake as the old bridge that washed away, said Stacey Laird Dicke, director of Parks and Recreation. Dicke Dicke said the new bridge, which is being designed by a city engineer, will cost an estimated $100,000 to $150,000, including the $20,000 price tag for its custom handrails. The handrails will be made of steel and covered with an epoxy coating that will be hand carved to look like old cedar handrails. It also will feature Oklahoma stone that has an aged look to it, and will blend in with the retaining walls that line the lake, Dicke said. The new bridge is a being designed with features to prevent flood damage. It will be higher than the old bridge, Dicke said, so it will be less likely to be damaged in flooding. See BRIDGE, Page 5LADIES, QO UPTOWNon Wednesday Nights! Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411 ;