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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY February 13, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections •"mam"    mm—mmmmmm    14    pages    in    2    secHerald-Zeitung % Vol. 152, No. 79 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents - “She delivered, I just caught. — NB paramedic specialist Larry EvansLabor-intensiveNBISD reviews alegal options on construction New Braunfels firefighters deliver babies twice in week Dad tried flagging cars before ambulance arrived By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Saying it wants to review legal options before moving ahead with renovation projects at Memorial Primary, Memorial Elementary and Memorial Intermediate, the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees conducts a special meeting today at 5:30 p.m. “We’re looking at options, trying to ensure and review all of our options to make sure the Memorial projects are completed in a timely, professional and accurate manner,” NBISD Board of Trustees President D. Lee Edwards said. Edwards said he would not rule out a lawsuit or criminal action, but he hopes it doesn’t come to that. NBISD Superintendent Dr. Ron Reaves expressed frustration at construction delays. “While activity at all three schools is continuing at a slow pace, the district has been negotiating with the bonding company to have a new general contractor hired to move the projects to completion," Reaves said. “The bonding company has been dragging its feet on the issue because it has tried to handle the projects themselves. They are not in the construction business; they are in the See CONSTRUCTION/3A Economy forces Giovani’s to close By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Tanya and Mark Garrison were about a week past due for their second child early Wednesday morning. Her first, Grant, had been born after a very long and difficult labor, so Tanya said she felt no sense of urgency at about 4:30 a.m. when her water broke. “I started labor about 30 minutes later. I was taking my time, and congratulated myself on making it through three hours of labor,” she said, As it turned out, Tanya — who had decided on a natural childbirth — barely made it to four hours. Brooke Hailey Garrison, 8 pounds, 12 ounces, was bom at 8:42 a.m. while en route to McKenna Memorial Hospital in a New Braunfels Fire Department ambulance. Paramedic specialist Larry Evans attended the birth while firefighter/paramedic Hank Shear drove. The birth was the second in a New Braunfels ambulance in one week. (See related story.) Tanya said she had told her husband, a San Marcos teacher, to go to school, wrap everything up at work and See BABESIA Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung With a little more confidence than their first meeting, paramedic specialist Larry Evans holds newborn Brooke Garrison Wednesday afternoon in her McKenna Hospital room where mom, Tanya, and the rest of family visit with the two who helped Brooke into the world. ered a baby girl for a La Vernia couple just after midnight Feb. 6. Officials did not release the names of the couple because of patient confidentiality rules. Johnson and Garcia operate the NBFD ambulance, EMS 5 for the “A” shift headed by Battalion Chief Steve Mabe. “It was about 30 minutes after midnight,” Garcia See AMBULANCED By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Amid ringing phones and former customers stopping by Wednesday to find out about Valent ine’s Day dinner, Jaime Joaquin announced Giovani’s Ristorante Italiano in downtown New Braunfels closed this past Saturday. Joaquin explained why. He said 9/11 really hurt him. “After that, we had the flood," Joaquin said. “And just when I thought it was coming along again, it wasn’t coming along as it should have been, so I had to say it was time to quit now and not take it any further.” He said in today’s economy, every time he read the paper, he heard about unsteadiness in the economy and it made him conservative about taking a risk. “I’m going to start looking for a secure paycheck,” Joaquin said. Just then a man walked in and asked him if the restaurant would be open for Valentine’s Day. “No sir," Joaquin smiled. “We’re closed.” Joaquin then reminded him of the River’s Edge and that it would be handling his reservations for See GIOVANNA K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Owner Jaime Joaquin sits in the middle of the now-empty Giovani’s restaurant, which closed this past Saturday. New Braunfels paramedics Hank Shear (left) and Larry Evans (right) talk with Grant, Mark and Tanya Garrison about Brooke Hailey’s unusual birth, which occurred Wednesday morning in an ambulance. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It only happens about once in the career of most firefighters, and it happened to Robert Garcia and Robert Johnson about a week ago. The two firefighters work at the New Braunfels Fire Department’s Station 5 on County Line Road. Garcia, a paramedk*, and Johnson, an emergency medical technician, deliv- Inside Abby................................ Classifieds......................... 5A 4-6B Comics............................ ...3B Crossword...................... ...5A Forum............................. Local/State.................... 6A .. ..4A Movies................................5A Sports...........................1-2.4B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 e""56825 00001 1 Hear us roar — Students push for water tower logo change K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Ryan Flowers (left) and Tyler Schuetz are “way cool" with how things turned out with the water tower near Canyon middle and high schools since New Braunfels Utilities repainted the “Cougar Country" logo on it. The two helped lead a “protest" after NBU painted its logo over the original cougar. By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Thanks to a combined effort, Canyon High School athletic boosters put a “ferocious” new logo atop the New Braunfels Utilities water tower near CHS. Here’s why. About a month ago, scaffolding rose on the tower, which is on Freiheit Road near CHS and Canyon Middle School, said Sherri Flowers. Flowers is the mother of CMS student Ryan Flowers. ‘Then a huge white curtain encircling the tower went up — it was like a piece of art,” Flowers said. Flowers said Ryan and his friend, Tyler Schuetz, while traveling to school daily were anticipating the unveiling of a brand new cougar logo. Every day for two weeks they watched. Two weeks later, the curtain came down. The “Cougar Country” logo was gone, replaced by a blue, white and green NBU Logo. Flowers said that’s when Ryan and Tyler protested to her. Flowers called Gretchen Reuwer of NBU’s Communication Department. “We had a communication glitch about what was happening,” Reuwer said about why the NBU logo replaced the Cougar Country logo. NBU officials met with CHS boosters. Flowers said NBU officials admitted that they should have contacted boosters before painting the NBU logo. So a deal was worked out. NBU painted over their logo. “I was shocked at how wonderful NBU was to offer what they did,” Flowers said. "Right now, we’re all in kind of Umbo. NBU is taking the scaffolding down and the tank is white. We’re waiting to see what will go up,” Flowers said before the new logo was unveiled. What went up, CHS principal Bob Wiegand said, was a roaring head of a cougar — with no body — that will show a lot more teeth than the previous cougar did. ;