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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, January 29, 2003 — Herald-Zeijung — Page 3A ObituariesBUSH/From 1A SPARKS Ann Sparks, 65, passed away on Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, in the presence of family. Ann made a life career of learning, teaching and loving, and in doing so, deeply touched and inspired a great many Eves. Ann was born on Feb. ll, 1937, in Amarillo, Texas. She met Larry Sparks as a child in Spearman, Tfexas, and they were married on June 22, 1956. They had two children, Robert and Lee Ann. Ann became a teacher — one of the very best. In 1975, Ann and Larry moved to Canyon Lake and took jobs with CISD, where she remained until her retirement. Memberships included Delta Kappa Gamma, St. Thomas Catholic Church,Canyon Lake Art Guild and the Canyon Lake Evening Lioness Club. She was also an Aura-Soma practitioner and teacher. Her devotion as wife, mother and grandmother was outstanding, and her “random acts of kindness” will always be remembered. She is survived by her hus-band, Larry Sparks; her brother, Robert E. Vaughn Jr., of Austin; her sister, Kas-sandra McLean, of Houston; her children, Robert Sparks, and wife, Jean, of Plano, and Lee Ann Steeves, and husband, Greg, of Canyon Lake, and her six grandchildren, Thomas, Sarah and Mary Sparks, of Bryan, Stuart and Erin Olsen, of Canyon Lake, and Karli Steeves, of Canada. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. I at 2 p.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in Sattler. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Saddam fails to adhere to the disarmament edict. “But we’ll have to see how it all plays out,” Reid said. Bush offered no new evidence to support his charges against Hussein, he said Secretary of State Colin Powell will go to the U.N. Security Council next Wednesday to present the U.S. case. “We will consult, but let there be no misunderstanding: If Saddam Hussein does not fully disarm for the safety of our people, and for the peace of the world, we will lead a coalition to disarm him,” the president said. Key allies, including France and Germany, oppose military action in Iraq and want Bush to give U.N. weapons inspectors more time. Hoping to sway reluctant allies, Bush presented a laundry list of Saddam’s alleged offenses, some of them newly revealed to the public. He said intelligence sources have reported that thousands of Iraqi personnel are at work hiding documents and materials from the U.N. weapons inspectors. “If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning,” Bush said. On the economy, New Braunfels resident Bart Bartholomew, a retired Air Force colonel who served in Afghanistan, Pakistan and in the Pentagon, said, “I think Bush made his case for immediate tax cuts — do it now.” The first half of Bush’s hour-long address was devoted to domestic policy, a reflection of his desire not to let Iraq overshadow a presidential agenda geared toward the 2004 re-election campaign. The heart of Bush’s package is his $674 billion plan to revive the economy and a $400 billion, 10-year propos al to overhaul Medicare, sprinkled with initiatives to combat AIDS, produce energy-efficient cars and give religious groups access to federal community service money. “Bush reiterated what Kennedy and Reagan said — it (tax cuts) stimulates the economy,” Bartholomew said. “And he was talking about doing things on a local level ... he was talking about energy, the homeless, the child credit, the married exemption, and he was saying the tax cut will create 23 million new businesses. And with no tax on dividends, I was right down the line with him on that.” The president described the nation as still recovering from recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals and stock market declines. “Our economy is recovering, yet it is not growing fast enough or strongly enough,” the president said. He proposed spending new money for research to develop hydrogen powered cars and to tutor children of prison inmates. He also called for a new $600 million drug treatment program in which federal money could go to religious community service programs. “And,” Bartholomew said, “during the prescription drug thing, he had standing ovations. He was good. And he got tremendous respect from both sides of the aisle when he said we have to pass laws against experimenting in cloning — everybody in unison stood up on that. “It was the George Bush as he was when he was governor of Texas.”■ ■■ Staff Writer Sean Bowlin and The Associated Press contributed to this report. HAYS Funeral arrangements are complete at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Jim Hays, age 73 years, who passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at his residence at Canyon Lake, Texas. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the FIRE/From 1A Zoeller Funeral Home and continue until 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Services will be Thursday at IO a.m. at the Tree of Life Church in New Braunfels, with interment to follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Zoeller Funeral Home TROUTFEST/From 1A Before the department attacked the blaze, firefighters Nick Weber and Clint Cooley ran to the side of the home and used a ladder to smash out the bedroom window, which was located about six feet above the ground. “We made forcible entry through the window,” Mabe said. Inside, Mabe said, Weber and Cooley found fire had not yet spread to the bedroom, although the room was full of hot smoke and gasses. They found Mitchell lying on her bed near the window. “She was right there. We brought her right back out through the window,” Mabe said. It was immediately apparent that Mitchell had died, Mabe said. Precinct I Justice of the Peace William Schroed-er pronounced her dead at 6:15 a.m. The fire was declared under control at 6:35 a.m. The center of the residence had been destroyed, while the bedrooms and garage received less damage, Brinkkoeter said. “The area of origin is in the kitchen/living room area near a stove,” Brinkkoeter said. He said Mitchell apparently slept with her bedroom door open, which facilitated the spread of smoke into the room. Battalion Chief Don Zercher, whose shift took over after 7 a.m., said only one smoke detector was found in the home — in Mitchell’s bedroom. “It wasn’t mounted properly, and its battery was disconnected,” Zercher said. “It was sitting on a dresser.” Smoke detectors must be properly installed and maintained, Zercher said. Additionally, the batteries should be changed every six months, he said. Brinkkoeter said a closed bedroom door and a working smoke detector might have made a very big difference in the outcome of Tuesday’s fire. “If she had had a smoke detector, she would have been able to wake up pretty quickly,” Brinkkoeter said. “It could have helped in this case.” “It’s a lot of fun for those really competitive types.” For the smallest children, a minnow pond is open Saturdays and Sundays from I to 5 p.m. “We’re trying to cater to all different ranges of family members. If you want to just sit back and watch, that’s fine. Theres no charge if you aren’t fishing. We’re just trying to have a good time and expose those who might be interested in fishing as a hobby” Neffendorf said. Participants are encouraged to bring their own refreshments — no alcohol — and bait. Both will be offered at a store set up onsite, Neffendorf said. Treble hooks are not allowed and live bait is discouraged, Neffendorf said. “We recommend corn, bread and artificial types of bait,” Neffendorf said. Staff rangers and aquatic staff will be onsite to offer advice or help, Neffendorf said. Call 625-9144 today to subscribe to the Herald-Zeitung. SECURITY FINANCE Sour I rit iuK NS hon Nim \ml SNN TAX SEASON IS HERE! WANT YOUR MONEY FAST? WE WILL PREPARE YOUR TAXES RIGHT HERE IN OUR OFFICE FAST AND ACCURATELY! “REFUND ANTICIPATION LOAN” “ELECTRONIC FILING” LET US MAKE YOUR TAX SEASON ENJOYABLE! 144 N. CASTELL AVE. (830)629-6044 Lifts & Fully Reclines Don’t let getting get you down. The leafy Provider at Hone Health Equpmt ti Texas Professional Medical 608-9577 386 A I anda • New Braunfels. Texas www profaastonalmedical com u p Lift Chair prices start at $550°° Introducing MONEY NOW! 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