New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY February 28, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 92Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsFormer resident wanted on murder charge caught
The Associated Press
FORT WORTH — A former New Braunfels resident who skipped bond after he was charged in the February 2000 stabbing death of a Hurst construction manager
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has been caught in upstate New York, near the Canadian border.
Authorities say Curtis Wayne Pope was stopped Monday for driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Watertown, NY.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in Wednesday’s editions that the 40-year-old man told the Watertown, N.Y., police officer that he was going hunting. A check of his driver’s license and registration plate
with state and national crime databases turned up no warrants, and Pope drove away with only a warning.
But not before he told the officer the motel where he would be staying.
By Tuesday morning,
Watertown authorities learned that Pope was wanted in Tbxas and arrested him. Pope is now in the Jefferson County Jail in Watertown, awaiting extradition to Tbxas.
“The Lord just intervened in this,” said Judy North, the
victim’s widow. “If he had gotten into Canada, they might never had caught him, and my family would have lived in limbo like we have for the past three years.”See MURDER/3A
Charro perfoms for kids at Career Day
By Sean Bowlin
Charro (cha-ro) — A skilled Mexican horseman whose origins date to the 17th century. The charro, who developed customs, dress, music and equestrian skills later borrowed by the American cowboy, dresses in traditional costume and is skilled in horsemanship, bullriding, horse and steer roping and trick roping;
Champion charro rider Gerardo “Jerry” Diaz, known as the “charro de corazon,” or cowboy from the heart, and his rider-stunt-woman wife, Staci, showed students at Memorial Intermediate Thursday what ifs like to be a modern-day version of an ancient Mexican
Diaz performed at Memorial as part of a “Career Day” sponsored by Communities in Schools of Comal County Inc. and shared his specialty roping, and videos of he and his wife’s riding.
A native of San Antonio, Diaz traces his performing roots back four generations.
He spins a special maguey rope with ease while riding or standing on a horse at full gallop, sometimes accompanied by mariachi music or surrounded by dancers.
And Staci traces her performing roots back three generations.
She has ridden horses in movies like “North and South,” straddling two horses while she drives a team of
six white horses around a show ring as they run and jump — kind of a “Roman” style, sans chariot.
The couple was even married on horseback.
They live in New Braunfels at Three Mile Creek Ranch.
Diaz described their lifestyle.
“In the mornings, we get up and we’re with the animals all of the time. If we’re not with the animals, we’re performing,” he said.
Diaz will do a halftime show March 15 with George Strait in San Antonio at a worldwide roping event.
“Whim he called, I thought it was a joke,” Diaz said. “We feel very honored.”
State funds promote courthouse restoration
By Ron Maloney
Comal County is exploring whether the state would help it with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of courthouse repairs.
Sharon Fleming, assistant director of the Texas Courthouse Preservation Program, made a presentation to commissioners Thursday about what help could be available for renovation or repair of the historic courthouse built in 1898.
Commissioners learned that the state might be more willing to help a county restore a courthouse to its original design rather than preserve what has been added in subsequent renovations.
The issue is an important one in Comal County because renowned architect J. Riely Gordon originally designed its $36,600 historic courthouse with a soaring, three-story high center atrium that created presence — and aided ventilation in the days before air conditioning.
It also included a two-story district court with a balcony for spectators.
The courtroom is now a single-story structure, the building has had upper floors built into it for added office and courtroom space and the former county jail — now office space — was added on in 1931.
The more than 200 county courthouses in Texas, Fleming said, are known nationally as a unique historic resource.
“I would like you to consider that you have an extremely important courthouse here in Comal County and that there is a benefit in returning it to a more historic appearance,” Fleming said.
The state, she said, would participate in such a program in an 85 percent/15 percent state to local match.
“It’s extremely financially beneficial,” she said.
Th apply for a grant, the county would first have to prepare what Fleming called a “historic master plan” with the help of an architect.
County Judge Danny Scheel said such a plan would cost about $25,000 to prepare.
He wanted to know what assurance See COURTHOUSE/3A
“Charro de corazon," or cowboy from the heart, Gerardo “Jerry” Diaz performs trick roping for classes at Memorial Intermediate School Thursday as part of Career Day activities.
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Volunteers at heart of show
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Julian and Jannalyn Welch (right) check in some of the first arrivals in the poulty division Thursday afternoon. Canyon High School students Justin and Jason Loehmar, Kyle Cameron and Brett Walker brought in pen after pen (each student is allowed one pen of three chickens) for Friday’s judging.
Hundreds help to pull off event
At a glance
Comal County Junior Livestock Show
■ 8 a.m. — market lambs and showmanship judged
■ 12:30 p.m. — market steers, breeding cattle and showmanship judged
■ 8 a.m. — broilers judged
■ 8 a m. — turkeys judged
■ 5 to 8 p.m. —nonsale swine, goats, sheep and cattle depart. Nonsale broilers and turkeys depart after judging.
By Dylan Jimenez
As the sky cleared Thursday afternoon at the county fairgrounds, volunteers were busy feeding the hungry crowds.
Julie Asher and her husband own TJ’s Burgers and More on South Seguin Avenue. Asher and five others worked the concession stand at the Comal County Livestock Show Thursday.
It was her first year as a stock show volunteer for 4-H, but she recognized the value of county residents who give of their time.
“Without volunteers, none of
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Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip (left) is one of more than 300 volunteers — from organizers and planners to judges and concession booth workers — who donate their time to an event that last year raised more than $800,000 for local children.