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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels TUESDAY July '29, 2003 12 pages in 2 sections mmmmm    pages    in    L    sectKHerald-Zeitung ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■I ~ "ifs?* ! * *v ^ U '' * '* * 1 *v Vol. 152, No. 217 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 * 50 cents Senate Democrats AWOL for start of new session | SPECIAL SESSION Ak On the Web Texas Legislative Council: From Staff and Wire Reports AUSTIN (AP)—Eleven rf 12 Senate Democrats boycotted the chamber Monday in a protest over a second special session on congressional redistricting. The ll headed to Albuquerque in a move reminiscent of a walkout over the issue in May by House Democrats. The Senate and House adjourned their first special legislative session without a new congressional redistricting plan, and Republican Gov. Rick Perry immediately called a new session on the same topic. Dewhurst started the new session by ordering the ll senators who left to return to the chamber. Tm asking our Senate Democrats to come back and to work with us,” Dewhurst said. “I would say that Tm very, very disappointed.” He said he expects the Senate will pass a redistricting plan. “If I read the tea leaves correctly, we will pass a fair redistricting plan now or later,” Dewhurst said. District 25 Senator Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, agreed. ‘We will pass a congressional redis tricting plan,” Wentworth said Monday. ‘It’s just taking a long time to get there.” Like Dewhurst, Wentworth called on his colleagues across the aisle to get back to work ‘When we (Republicans) were in the minority, we always came. We never broke and ran,” Wentworth said. ‘They ff w See SESSIONS WENTWORTH Officials laud look, feel and money-saving benefits By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The stadium at Smithson VaUey High School has a bright new look it is likely to keep for years, and the football field at Canyon High School is not far behind. San Antonio-based contractor Ten X Turf hopes to have artificial turf surfaces now being applied to both fields ready for two-a-day drills in August. SVHS is nearly ready. At CHS, Tfen X is roiling the turf out — much Uke installing a giant carpet. That’s only the visible part. Contractor Don Stephens says what’s even more important is all the work that goes under the turf: drainage and two different types of gravel. ‘These fields will handle a 30 inch-es-per-hour rain before you see water puddle on the field,” Stephens said. The fields will be much more durable than previous types of artificial turf — and much softer, Stephens said. “It’s a lot of fun to walk on. It makes you want to run when you walk on it,” Stephens said. SVHS Athletic Director Larry Hill said Monday that players are pumped about the new surface. ‘We’re excited, our kids are excited and the community’s Turf terms Artificial turf cost: About $1 mutton for bott! Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools. Half was paid by Comal Independent School District out of interest on bond money. The Canyon and Smithson Valley athletic booster dubs paid the other half. I DAVID INGRAM/Heraid-Zeitung TenX Turf employees Ryan Hmcir, left, Stephen Baird, Matt Bellows and Thomas Bellows glue down the “R” in the SVHS end zone while Almon Pichon supervises. excited. It’s a big deal for us,” Hill said. “This isn t just a nice-looking field. ’There are a lot of benefits.” From a monetary standpoint, Hill said no longer having to water, fertilize, top dress, overseed and mow the field is a tremendous cost savings. More important to the school as a whole, though, is the field’s durability. “You have unlimited use. We’ve never been able to let anyone practice at our stadium,” Hill said. See TURF/3A Rural residents speak out against annexation plans By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Pam Timmerman brought her children before New Braunfels City Council Monday to plead a second time for the city to halt its annexation efforts. “This is what it’s all about,” she said, putting her arms around her five children. She said her children hoped to participate in 4-H and raise animals for livestock shows. “That’s the only way they’re going to go to college,” she said. Timmerman lives on Saur Lane near the airport, in one of several areas under consideration for annexation. She and more than a dozen residents addressed council at a second public hearing on the issue. Most of them lived near the airport and spoke out against the annexation because it would change their lifestyles. “It’s not the city we are opposed to, its the limits,” Charles Saur, said. Saur lives on five acres on 60 acres of property that has been in his family since 1864. “The needs of a working farm are different from in a subdivision,” he said. Farmers need to be able to replace their animals, do small construction cheaply and keep their taxes low to survive, residents said. Precinct 4 Guadalupe County Commissioner Judy Cope said farmers would not be able to afford annexation and could lose land that has been in their families for generations. She represents many areas to the southwest of the city that would be annexed. “This is more than land to these people. It is their legacy,” Cope said. She said the expansion would burden residents with taxation, without providing sufficient services. She submitted a petition against annexation signed by 63 residents. Many of the residents cited or read a letter from New Braunfels Fire Chief John Herber to Planning Director Frank Robbins questioning the ability of the city to provide similar services to the proposed areas of annexation. See ANNEX/3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung 3am Timmerman, surrounded by her children, addresses he New Braunfels City Council at Monday night’s annexa-ion hearing. She said the future of her family’s farm belongs o her five children. Rolling out the turf DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Brothers Thomas and Matt Bellows apply white turf trim around Smithson Valley High School initials in the center of the football field at Ranger Stadium. Once glued Into place, trim Is held down by cinder blocks to keep it flat until dry.American comedy legend dies at IOO From Staff and Wire Reports LOS ANGELES — Bob Hope’s one-liners gently poked fun at presidents, blunted the sting of combat for American soldiers from World War II to the Gulf War and ultimately made him the most revered of American comics. Hope, who turned IOO May 29, rode a genial wave of success in movies, radio and television to a position unique among entertainers. He died Sunday of pneumonia at his Tbluca J .ake home. His family was at his bedside. As the 20th century’s good humor delivery man for U.S. troops, Hope took his show on the road to bases, field hospitals, jungles and aircraft carriers around the world, peppering audiences with a fusillade of brief, topical gags. Manuel Camarera, a retired U.S. Army master sergeant who lives in New Braunfels, remembers the day he met Hope, who was on tour in Korea. BOB HOPE 1903-2003 Camarera met Hope in 1963 when the entertainer stopped for a coffee break before one USO show. “He shook hands with me,” Camareno said. “He said, ‘How’s the coffee? I said, ‘It’s fine,’ so he had some. “We talked for a little bit, and he rehearsed a joke while he was standing there,” Camareno said. “I kept calling him ‘Mr. Hope’ and he said, ‘My name is Bob.’ I said, Th us, you’re really something.’ He just laughed. “I was one of the luckiest guys around that day,”See HOPE/3A Inside Dear Abby....... .......4A Classifieds....... ......4-6B Comics........ .......2B Crossword...... ....... 2B Forum ______ .......5A Obituaries...... .......3A Sports......... .......1B Today......... .......2A TV............ .......38 8    56825    00001    i Man injured in train accident By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 26-year-old New Braunfels man suffered critical injuries early Saturday when he was struck by a Union Pacific freight train. Timothy Daughtery was flown to University Hospital with major injuries after the 12:06 a.m. incident.    , A hospital official said Daughtery was in critical condition Monday. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis said the crew on a train en route from Laredo to Houston saw Daughtery lying between the rails north of the Rock Street crossing, just outside Loop 337 near Gruene Road. According to a New Braunfels police report, the man looked as if he was sleeping on the tracks. The crew sounded the warning horn and engaged the brakes, but by the time che train stopped, it was 300 feet past Daughtery. New Braunfels police and paramedics found Daughtery semiconscious, lying between the rails. Davis said Union Pacific officials strongly discourage people from trespassing on railroad tracks or using them as a route for walking. OH BHI SHI ;