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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas THE JANUARY 14, 2007 Newspaper of the Year Herald - Zeitung SPORTS SOCCER Comal County's soccer primer includes looks at each of the six area teams. Page IB NEWS OATH OF OFFICE Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will take their official oaths of office on Tuesday. Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 147, No. 50 32 pages, 5 sections www; $1.00 70% chance of rain i High Low I 40 33 a i Details ____3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS 1D COMICS 5C CROSSWORD 5C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2-3E congressman to discuss immigration By D. Ashley Verrill StaffWriter U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith and San Antonio immigration attorney Nancy Taylor Shivers will speak and answer questions on immigration issues Monday at an "Immigration 101" public forum hosted by die Comal County League of Women Voters. Local women's group to host Lamar Smith "Immigration is a real hot button issue, and it is time we talked about it," said Comal area LWV president Anne Eaton. "We did the forum because we thought it'd be a great way to get the community involved." The question and answer panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the New Braunfels Library. Each speaker will give a 25-minute statement on immigration, followed by questions from the audience. Eaton described the two speakers as having converse views on immigration reform. Shivers said she and Smith differ on many issues, but "there are some we agree on." The league invited Smith not only because Comal County is in his district, but also because he is known nationally for pushing immigration reform through Congress, Eaton said. "Congressman Smith has been in Congress for 20 years and an immigration sub committee member and chairman," Smith's District Director See FORUM, Page 10A Wild, wintry weather Officials survey wind damage in San Marcos By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter The city of San Marcos is cleaning up after damaging winds swept across southern parts San Marcos early Saturday morning. The winds blew through a section of Interstate 35 and Wonder World Drive at 7:08 a.m., leaving behind damaged homes and businesses. The winds, which officials at the National Weather Service office in New Braunfels had not confirmed as being a tornado as of Saturday night, Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung caused no injuries, police said, a. worker waits for a crane to pick up a portion of the roof fromThermon Manufacturing that lies crumpled atop several San Marcos Police Department vehicles after straight-line winds raced through See WIND, Page 7a parts of the city about 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Residents stock up in preparation of icy temperatures By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter The last time New Braunfels residents saw snow was Feb. 14,2004, but that could change overnight. The National Weather Service forecast calls for winter storms in Comal County with a 90 percent chance of snow and sleet today though Tuesday, said Pat McDonald, spokesperson for the National Weather Service's office in New Braunfels. "We have winter storm warnings for Comal County on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday," he said. Saturday afternoon, some New Braunfels residents were preparing for the wintry weather by stocking up on supplies. Anjelica Olvera, who works in Albertsons' customer service department, said she saw a lot of people buying supply items. "There's been lots of customers in today," she said. "They are mainly buying water, canned goods and firewood, but mainly water." Area residents were also lined up at H-E-B to stock up for the . WINTER WEATHER , � A winter storm watch means snow and ice is possible in the area. : � A winter storm warning -.;�'� * * means such weather is headed for the area. B When a warning is issued, stay indoors and NOAA weather radio'or other broadcasts for . weather updates.___^ � Avoid unnecessary travel and If you must drive, make sure .you carry a'kit with supplies, such as a blanket, flashlight, food, water arid a first-aid kit._._ � Drivers also should alert others to their destination  arid route in case ottrouble. B Gas tanks always should be kept full in case the vehicle is needed for emergency use, and tp avoid having the fuel lines" freeze'.__ SOURCE:The American Red Cross winter weather. "Customers are buying a lot of food, firewood and propane," said Teri Zepeta, H-E-B business office specialist. Automobiles lie underneath a portion of the roof that blew off an apartment complex in San Marcos after high winds ripped through the city Saturday morning. High winds aren't the only foul weather the area will deal with. Forecasters expect as much as an inch of ice to fall by Monday. McDonald advised staying home and enjoying the cold weather, if possible, rather than driving on possibly icy roads. "Relax and stay inside if you can," he said. Local workers happy to see wage increase By Mauri Elbel StaffWriter Minimum wage earners across the nation might soon be get( ing a raise. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 315-116 on Wednesday to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour - potentially giving the lowest paid workers in the nation $2.10 more an hour. If passed by the Senate and signed by President Bush, the bill would raise the minimum wage by about 40 percent in three steps over a 26-month period. The current minimum wage of $5.15 would increase to $5.85 an hour 60 days after the bill is signed into law, to $6.55 one year later, and to $7.25 one year after that. The possible increase is good news for many of the country's lowest paid workers. "I think it should be raised because everything else has raised like (he price of cigarettes, gas, taxes and groceries," said Jennifer Adams, a hostess at Bamboo Asian Buffet in New Braunfels. "You are working to try to make money to pay for the tilings that are raising in price, but you are See WAGE, Page 10A Dozens of young thespians brave cold for audition By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter The rain and cold weather didn't keep theatre hopefuls from auditioning to become the next Disney princess. Auditions were held at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre on West San Antonio Street on Saturday for Walt Disney's "The Cinderella Kids." About 70 children, ranging in age from 8 to 13, auditioned for the New Braunfels Theatre Company's production. "I just thought the children would love it," said Anne Hair, treasurer of the New Braunfels Theatre Company. "And 1 knew the music would be beautiful." Kathleen Kinlin, a 12-year-old Canyon Middle School student, said she auditioned because she hadn't been in a play for a while. "I love theater," she said. "And I have always loved Cinderella." Mason Lord was one of several young men who auditioned Saturday. The 12-year-old student at OakRun Sixth Grade Center said he was excited to get a chance to perform in an all-youth show. See THESPIANS, Page 3a Turbo Tax for the web is back! First Commercial Bank, N.flL. As ��Independent- As Texas Nothing could be faster or easier to use when filing your taxes. You don't have to be a customer to use our service! 1656 Slate Highway 46 * New Braunfels, TX * (830)625 2661 * * Member FD1C 0856825000028 ;