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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2004 rw RLL FOR RDC 7£ MOI 1000571 05-'i6/05 SOUTHUEST WK'. RQPUBLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL OF EL RASO TX .'990$ 11 s 111! 1111111 u 1111111111111111 LUNG SPORTS END WITH A WIN New Braunfels girls basketball team wraps up last home game with a win against Lockhart, 66-49. Page 5A FORUM CAL THOMAS Super Bowl halftime show nothing more than soft porn; FCC expresses outrage a little bit late. Page 4A nerving New brauntels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 76 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK    500 WWW. imn DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4-«B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM    4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BMission Valley Fabrics lays off 48 more By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Mission Valley Fabrics textile mill Fired 48 New Braunfels workers Friday morning. Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, Mission Valley Fabric’s parent company, will consolidate its yam manufacturing jobs and equipment in Littlefield. “That leaves 24 jobs here at the mill," said spokesman John Johnson, who visited the New Braunfels plant Friday when the announcement was made. Those employees will continue to finish, store and ship denim. In October, PCCA transferred 45 denim-finishing jobs from New Braunfels to Littlefield and closed its retail store on McKenna Avenue. The mill has been here since 1921. PCCA has cut 600 New Braunfels jobs since 2001. Johnson blames oversees competition for all of the layoffs during the past three years. “We continue to face the same situation with the cheap import of Asian textiles and apparel," he said. Since 1997, U.S. textile manufacturers closed more than 300 plants and 228,000 textile workers were laid off, according to the American Textile Manufacturers Institute. “We certainly wish American consumers would look for the made in America label," Johnson said. PCCA officials say the manipulation of Asian currency has allowed China to take over the market. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County became the second government in the San Antonio area Thursday to sign on to a plan designed to clean up the regions air. Commissioners voted unanimously to support a three-tiered plan to reduce ozone air pollution during the summer months in an attempt to comply with the federal Clean Air Act — before the federal government steps in and orders a plan of its own. The three measures are requiring repair businesses and metal fabricators to use degreasers in closed parts-cleaning systems, reformulating gasoline so it burns more cleanly and requiring vapor recovery systems at gas stations that pump more than 25,000 gallons of gas per month. New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork and Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Mil-likin serve on the Alamo Area Council See AIR PLAN, Page 3A WHAT'S NEXT: ■ Wilson, Guadalupe and Bexar counties will decide whether to support the clean air plan. ■ New Braunfels City Council will vote Feb. 23. ■ lf approved in all four counties, the plan goes to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality March 31. ■ The plan will go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by January 2005 lf approved, it will be implemented with a goal of reducing ozone to acceptable levels by the end of 2007 Front and Center Commissioners ‘clear the air’ on region plan Man pleads guilty to killing 7-year-old By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 49-year-old Spring Branch man pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in connection with the July 2003 accident that killed a 7-year-old Fort Worth boy. Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said 274th Judicial District Judge Ciary Steel will sentence Joseph Mitchell Conrad in about a month after a presentence investigation. Conrad was arrested for intoxicated manslaughter, three counts of intoxicated assault and allegedly driving while intoxicated following the July 14,2003, accident on U.S. 281 in which his truck crossed the center line and struck a minivan driven by Gregory Cobble, 38, of Fort Worth. Cobble’s son, Matthew, was killed instantly in the accident. His wife and daughter recovered. Conrad bas been held ever since in Comal County Jail. I Us maximum possible sentence was 20 years in prison and a $10,(HJO fine. Under a plea agreement reached between Waldrip and defense attorney Tom Clark, Conrad was guaranteed he would spend no more than 14 years in prison. I Ie could serve half of that time or less, depending upon his behavior in prison and whether Steel rules that the way Conrad drove his truck made it a deadly weapon. “I certainly intend to seek the deadly weapon finding,’’ Waldrip said. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Suzan Casey receives a kiss from one of Gambler's kennel mates while playing with the dalmatian in her front yard. Champion Atlantis' Riverboat Gambler will participate Monday in the 128th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. See Spot win NB dalmatian to compete in prestigious Westminster show By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Gambler is on his way to New York, but he doesn’t need to come home with a wad of cash to be a winner. Monday, Champion Atlantis’ Riverboat Gambler will travel to the 128th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The New Braunfels Dalmatian, one of 18 from around the country entered in the show, hopes to come home as best of breed. At only 2 years old, that would be quite an accomplishment. “That’s very young for a show dog,” said Gambler’s owner, Suzan Casey. “Westminster is for dogs what the Kentucky Derby is for horses. We’re so excited to he going.” All dogs participating at Westminster are champions of record, meaning they are within the top 20 dogs in the nation in their breed. Gambler finished last year as number IO, but Casey believes he will be fourth or fifth by the end of this year. The dogs compete in three categories — breed, group See DALMATIAN. Page 3A Photo submitted Champion Atlantis' Riverboat Gambler receives a group first placement at the Meri-Mtss Kennel Club Dog Show. Gambler hopes to bring home a first from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Garden Ridge could see tax hike if county dumps ESD funding By Leigh Jones Staff Writer GARDIN RIDGE — The new issue facing this community might not be an emergency yet, but ambulances are definitely involved. In a presentation before city council, Bob Fleming, Comal County Emergency Services District 6 secretary, announced the possibility the county would no longer fund fire and first-response EMS services to the district encompassing Garden Ridge. On Sept. I, 2003, the Texas Legislature converted all rural fire prevention districts to emergency service districts. Garden Ridge frills within ESD 6. Along with the name sales taxes to pay for fire and emergency services. The county currently provides $30,000 to Bracken Volunteer I ire Department for fire protection and approximately $30,(KH) to Schertz FMS for a transportation con tract. Jay Minikin    County    Commissioner change, the new districts have the Jay Minikin, who represents (iar-ability to increase ad valorem or den Ridge, believes that is unfair. “The people who get the service ought to be paying for it,” he told Garden Ridge council members. “You are being supported by lovv-income folks in New Braunfels, and I don’t believe thats right.” Because the ESI) has authority to raise its own taxes to cover services, Minikin maintains taxes paid all over the county should not he used for services covering only one See ESD. Page 3A Top scorer Canyon High’s Kyle Kennedy is a good outside shooter and a bit of a computer junkie. Hi : * - > ■'it -o'?" - — ;