New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, JULY 2,2005
SPORTS SUMMER FUN
Whether basketball, baseball or swimming, summer is a time for exercise and fun with friends. Page 5A
Columnist Charley Reese says owning a gun is the best way to protect yourself and your family. Page 4A
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V'V~ ‘ iLteiLegislators vow to fight for property rights
By David Rupkalvis
AUSTIN — State Rep. Carter Casteel and Sen. Jeff Wentworth responded quickly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled governments can use eminent domain for eco
nomic development purposes.
Casteel, R-New Braunfels, signed on as a co-author to a constitutional amendment written by Rep. Frank Corte, R-San Antonio, that would limit eminent domain in the state.
At the same time, Wentworth, R-
San Antonio, was one of three authors of legislation filed in the Senate that would prohibit governments from taking property to be used for economic development.
Casteel said her response was in part due to requests from her con
stituents and in part due to personal experience.
Several years ago, Casteel experienced eminent domain firsthand when riverfront property her family owned was taken for the Canyon I^ke Dam.
“It’s painful,” Casteel said.
Her experience and repeated calls from her constituents led Casteel to act.
“People are very concerned about See RIGHTS, Page 8A
ROCKETS RED GLARE
Fireworks are a part of life on Independence Day
By Ron Maloney
Darla Bayliss made a $100 mistake Friday evening at Fireworks Warehouse north of New Braunfels.
She sat in the parking lot while her husband, Brian, and their son, Bryce, 4, went shopping for a few things for the Fourth of July.
While she sat outside, her husband and little boy roamed the roomy fireworks store in air-conditioned comfort, like a couple of kids on a shopping spree where they could do nothing but anticipate the rockets’ red glare to come on this holiday weekend.
She should have known better: Brian Bayliss, of Austin, is a licensed pyrotechnic technician — what people in the business of loud bangs and flashing lights call a “pyro guy."
And Bayliss knew his stuff— he had the vernacular down.
He could talk to salesman Joey Hernandez about how many grains of powder were in a particular item — and about how high it would fly and what it would do when it got up there.
They cruised around the store with the little boy hanging off the cart handle.
They looked at Roman candles. T hey checked out Saturn Rockets. They contemplated a roll of 16,(XX) firecrackers that would take 45 minutes to explode. They looked at missiles that were longer than Bryce was tall.
But first, before they bought anything else, they took care of Bryce.
“I’m trying to find your little stuff first, then we’ll go for daddy’s stuff,’’ Bayliss said.
I Ie looked at the walls stacked high with boxed sets of fireworks, and looked at the middle aisle with its individual items. I Ie knew what he liked, and he had a pretty good idea what the boy would like.
“ Well probably do this individually instead of getting that big
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$129.99 A boxed set with four "cakes," set up with fuses so they can be fired simultaneously or in sequence. A little something for everyone here.
pack,” he told the boy. “Look — Snakes.’ We have to have some ‘Snakes.’ You love ‘Snakes,’ right? Those are cool sparklers!”
While they walked around, outside a chainlink safety fence, Bayliss talked about his own past with fireworks.
“My uncle has always been a collector and a fireworks aficionado. I Ie used to take me out when I was really, really young,” Bayliss said, holding his hand at about the height of his boy’s head. “I grew up around them, I Vc always been around them and I ve always loved them.”
Bryce touched his father’s arm.
“Daddy, can we get ones that blow up?” the boy asked.
“T hey all blow up,” Bayliss said. “That’s the whole purpose of
See FIREWORKS, Page 10A
Photos by MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung
Joey Hernandez, a member of the PromiseLand Church working at the Fireworks Warehouse, helps Brian Bayliss and his son, Bryce, pick out the best fireworks Friday afternoon.
INDEPENDENCE DAY FUN
9 a.m. — American Bandstand Century Celebration parade sponsored by Sophienburg, downtown New Braunfels
10 a.m. — Independence Day celebration sponsored by Sophienburg, will include 100th birthday party for Main Plaza bandstand with Comal Community Band leading crowd in "Happy Birthday"
9:15 p.m. — Fireworks Gala at Lan-da Park
Garden Ridge 11:15 a.m. — Community lunch at Paul Davis Park
12:20 p.m. — Fourth of July Parade beginning at Paul Davis Park 9 p.m. — Fireworks Show
Seguin 10 a.m. — Independence Day Parade, downtown. 11:30 a.m. — Mayor's lunch
9 p.m. — Fireworks show
10 a.m. — Town parade Noon - Fourth of July Jubilee at Pickrell Park 9 p.m. — Fireworks show at Pickrell Park
San Marcos 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Summerfest in Sewell Park
9 p.m. — Fireworks Show at Sewell Park
Randolph Air Force Base 5 to 9:45 p.m. — Independence Day celebration, all visitors should enter through west gate on FM 78 9:20 p.m. — Fireworks display
Fireworks can be fun if proper safety measures followed
By Ron Maloney
In 2003 across the United States, more than 20 people died and more than 9,600 were injured in 25,OCX) accidents involving fireworks — which caused more than 3,000 fires, totaling $29 million in damage.
In New Braunfels last Independence Day, three people had fireworks-relat-ed injuries that resulted in visits to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
With the Fourth of July approaching and local fireworks stands open for tile holiday, public safety officials warn fireworks are illegal within the limits of the county’s incorporated cities —
including New Braunfels — and that when used elsewhere, it should be with caution and supervision.
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter and Comal County Fire Marshal Un Manford warned Friday that the public should be aware of fireworks safety and of the laws pertaining to fireworks.
“The possession or discharge of fireworks are prohibited in the city limits,” Brinkkix‘ter said. ‘This is a health safety issue and it’s straight out of the fire code.”
Violation of the city’s fireworks ordinance is a class C misdemeanor, hut the fines can escalate to $2,000,
Fireworks injuries in New Braunfels are rare, Brinkkoeter said, although three were reported last July.
Property damage is more common.
“We’ve seen our share of that,” Brinkkoeter said. “We had a boathouse and personal watercraft burned on Lake Dunlap, for example.
“It s extremely dry. The city, with help from H-E-B, puts on a fireworks display Monday night at luanda Park. We encourage people to attend and get the fireworks out of their systems.”
Over the coming three days, six See SAFETY, Page 9A
KNOW THE LAW
■ Fireworks — firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets, skyrockets or shells — are illegal within the city limits of New Braunfels.
■ A county order is in effect banning "missiles with fins" and "rockets on sticks" in unincorporated county areas. All fireworks are banned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks at Canyon Lake. Otherwise, fire works are not regulated in unincorporated county areas.
O’Connor retires, opening door for shift at top court
By David Espo
AP Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON — Sandra Day O’Connor stepped down unexpectedly from the Supreme Court Friday, closing out a career as the first woman justice and the anchor of a shaky majority for abortion rights. President Bush pledged to name a successor quickly as the costliest confirmation battle in history took shape.
O’Connor’s decision to retire created the first vacancy at the high court in 11 years, and marked the departure of the justice who had become the majority maker in a stream of 5-4 cases covering abortion, affirmative action, the death penalty and more over a quarter-century.
Bush, under pressure from some conservatives to name an outright foe of aboi -tion, said he would appoint a successor who “will faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our country.” He said he
See COURT, Page 9A
DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Southbound I-35 traffic comes to a slow crawl as tourists leave the interstate at the FM 306 exit Friday.
Police ready for holiday crowds
By Ron Maloney
This weekend will be much hotter and drier than the holiday washed out by flooding in 21X12, but it might not pass without at least some isolated rainfall today.
As the tourists rolled into town Friday, local law enforcement officials were milking their final preparations for the big holiday weekend that marks the middle of summer.
At the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. Patrol Ft. Brent Paulltis oversees the county’s summer recreation program.
‘ We ll have our increased presence on
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