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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 26, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2004 ALD Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. DEAR ABBY    8 CLASSIFIEDS 8-10 COMICS    7 CROSSWORD    7 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES    3 SPORTS    5 TV GRIDS    8 Vol. 153, No. 92 10 pages, 1 section CLICK 500 WWW. 56825 00001' n Mostly sunny High Low 63 35 Details 6 SPORTS FORUM PLAYOFF BOUND IVINS Unicorns boys soccer team stuns Boerne to clinch third place in district and a spot in the playoff race. Page 5 Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins says the No Child Left Behind Act was a Bush bait-and-switch routine. Page 4Sewer problems prompted eviction notice By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE — The physician who wrote the order that mobile home park next month said concerns about disease prompted the action. Comal County Public Health Authority Dr. Dorothy could close Tamiga Acres Overman said District Attor- Developer promises affordable housing By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A Houston developer who plans to build an affordable apartment complex in Gruene already is facing local opposition. Representatives of Kilday Realty Corporation held a public hearing on the project Wednesday at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center. Two people attended — local developer Jerry Ford, and New Braunfels 4B Chairman Matt Harrison. Kilday Realty Corporation, which has developed affordable apartment complexes for the elderly in Dallas, Houston, Odessa, Kingsland and Fredericksburg, operates under special federal tax laws, Richard Kilday said. The proposed $5.3 million apartment complex will be located at the northeast corner of Common Street and Gruene Road. The project will be built under guidelines of a federal housing program administered by the State of Texas, with support from local communities. It is not a HUD project, the developers said. “We operate under a federal Treasury tax credit program, and its one of the See HOUSING. Page 2A ney Dib Waldrip did the right thing when his Environmental Enforcement Unit told tenants at the park off Texas 46 they would have to move in 30 days if the property could not be cleaned up. “Definitely this action needed to be taken,” Overman said Wednesday. “It’s a horrible situation, but letting the people live in the situation they were in is a danger to their health.” Overman said her concerns were raw sewage flowing onto the ground right where the tenants live. “We worry about hepatitis and other bacteriological infections. Also, we’re concerned about their own water supply, which comes from wells directly under them,” See SEWER, Page 3A DAVID INGRANI/Herald-Zeitung Peyton Waldrip, 10, will show Sparky" this week at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show. Waldrip won Champion Limousin at the San Antonio Stock Show last week. After SA show, Waldrip hopes for local win Only 15 Although she was born in 1944, Vicki Langham will celebrate her 15th birthday Sunday, Feb. 29, a Leap Year. By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer When steers are shown Friday at the annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show, Peyton Waldrip will not be nervous while she awaits the judge’s decision on “Sparky,” her Maine Anjou Cross. That’s because, win or lose in her hometown, she’s still floating on cloud nine from lier win at tile San Antonio livestock show, where one week ago her Limousin steer, “Smokey,” was named breed champion in Waldrip’s first-ever major livestock show. Her father, David, and mother, Molly, are doubly proud of their oldest, who is just IO, and her brothers, Jake, Chase and Cade. “I told them all they should pat themselves on the back," Molly said. “There were a lot of movies they didn t get to go to and things they didn t get to do with their friends because they were taking care of their animals.” David said raising steers to show is a constant, year-around effort. “Smokey’s” gone, hut theres still “Sparky" and two calves being raised for next year. Molly said the most important aspect in raising livestock is what it teaches a child. “It s not so much to learn about cattle as it is to understand responsibility," she said. “This is a year-around thing, and there are no breaks in between. When summer conies and its time to take off, tilt* animals still have to eat. You rely on your family." Each day, there are feedings, pens to he cleaned, walks to bt* taken and brushing, bathing and grooming to be done — till iii addi lion to school and the other things children everywhere have to do. “It s a family thing," Peyton acknowledged, taking time out from grooming “Sparky" for his turn in the arena and backhandedly acknowledging the help of her three younger brothers. “Its a time when my brothers don’t annoy me,” she said, smiling broadly, "rill also glad for the lime I get to spend with my dad." David, who happens to be president of the Comal County junior Livestock Association, knows a thing or two about beef. “I knew a little hit about the breeding behind the calf, what to feed it and how and when to feed it," he said. "My brothers and I were See LIVESTOCK Page 3A Couple relies on rain for water supply DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Edie Britton changes out one of three filters on the water holding tanks that are part of her home s rainwater collection system. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer When it rains in Bulverde, Edie and Bloyce Britton have hundreds of gallons of water gush into their garage. Fortunately, it only comes into the house when they turn on a tap. The Brittons are part of a group of people swearing off reliance on groundwater and installing sophisticated collection systems to catch rain that falls from their roofs. In rural areas of central Texas where city-supplied water is not an option, homeowners have two choices. Edie Britton thinks only one is viable. “When your options are rainwater collection or a well, I would take this any day,” she said. Unlike many rainwater converts, the Brittons were not sure they wanted a collection system. They were shopping for a home outside tin* city limits and fell in love with the view of the house perched on the hillside. Its only drawbacks, in their minds, were the two 8,000 gallon water tanks in the garage. “We were hesitant without knowing anything about harvest ing," Edie admitted. “My husband's issue was quantity, and mine was quality." After doing some research, they bought tile house. It did not take long to realize neither quantity nor quality would be a problem. The harvesting system installed by the home’s previous owner has 21,000 gallons of storage space. in addition to the tanks in the* garage, which collect water from the home’s standing seam metal roof, there is also one 5,(HK) gallon tank under a carport-like “rain barn.’’ See RAIN. Page 2A For information on rainwater harvesting, visit the following Web sites mTNRCC -tnrcc state tx us ■ TWDB -twdb state tx us ■ American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assoc. — arcsa-usa org ■ Texas Water Resources Institute — twri tamu edu ■ Green Building Program — greenbuilder com /sourcebook ■ Building Green — buildinggreen com mn MILLER & MILLER Insurance Agency Check us out on the web at: 625-3000 186 S. Casten Ave. - Downtown New Braunfels FRONTandCENTER DID YOU I KNOW? j Other Comal County i winners at the j annual San Antonio I Stock Show and j Rodeo include: ■ Carrie Wiemers, grand champion. Southdown sheep j ■ Kaitlin O'Brien, champion, intermediate heifer I I Bridget 0 Brien, reserve junior calf champion ■ Kevin Hoegen-auer, winner. Lamb skill-a-thon ■ Zane Schwartz-lose, winner, public speaking ■ Elise Schaefer, third place, broilers ■ Michael Cleary, third place, medium wool lamb ■ Zane Schwartz-lose, third place lamb ■ Kasey Day. third place, Limousin steer ■ Kelly Madison, fifth place, market goat B Tori Schwartz-lose, fifth place, lamb ;