New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Young football players learn tips from coaches at Canyon High School during summer camp. Page 5A
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The Garden Ridge municipal building will offer help for police, admin and the public. Page 2A
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mmJunior Miss program shutting its doors
By Leigh Jones
Rachel Roberts was honored to be New Braunfels’ 44th Junior Miss — she had no idea she would be its last.
Last month, the America’s Junior Miss board of directors decided to end the program due to recent
unsuccessful attempts to recruit national sponsors.
Roberts read the announcement on the organization’s Web site while she was preparing information for her trip to the state-level competition in San Antonio.
“I was shocked,’’ she said. “I had no
idea they were having such problems.” Mindee Engler, chairman of the New Braunfels Junior Miss board of directors, said she received similar feedback from almost everyone she talked to.
“ People were so surprised because our local program is so successful,
the biggest and best in the state,” she said.
While the local crowd is content watching tile city’s young ladies showcase their education, talent and moral character, national audiences wanted to see something more in line with current entertainment trends, a sug
gestion abhorrent to Engler.
“People wanted to see more skin, basically, which is really sad,” Engler said. “Today’s amusement centers around reality-based things, a ‘Fear Factor’ style of entertainment.”
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Cemex USA cancels expansion announcement
By Leigh Jones
The much anticipated announcement of a local company’s major expansion, expected to be made Monday, was suddenly canceled late Thursday.
Although speculation ran rampant as to the company’s identity, it was not officially verified as Cemex USA until the cancellation was announced.
Details are sketchy and company officials did not return four phone calls made by the Herald-Zeitung Friday, but Economic Development Chairman Rusty Brockman said he suspected media attention caused Cemex to change its plans.
“Whoever leaked this is responsible for killing this event,” he said. “It would have been a wonderful deal for us.”
Although he lamented the loss of Monday’s shindig, Brockman said he had no reason to believe the expansion plan would not go forward.
“As far as we know, they have no intention of rescheduling the announcement, but we ll keep our fingers crossed that this is not the end of the whole project,” he said.
See CEMEX Page 3A
After teaching students for more than three decades, couple retires to spend time together.
By Ron Maloney
Guilty: Stevens sentenced to life for killing 2-year-old child
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels will soon have a new firesta-tion — now the city needs new firefighters to staff it.
That was the message city council heard from Fire Chief John Herber Thursday during the second of two budget workshops. John Herber
Station No. 6, located near I Iwy. 46 East and the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, was approved by council as part of a master plan and is being paid for with capital reserve funds. It is expected to open in early 2008, giving I ler-ber only a few years to get new personnel trained and ready to go.
A second proposed station, No. 4, located near I Iwy. 46 West and OakRun Sixth Grade Center, also was part of the master plan. Herbert $304,700, six-man staffing
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Cushman scooters still a favorite
Mars Bonfire, john Kay and Steppenwolf knew a thing or two about the call of the open road. “Getyour motor running,
Head out on the highway Lookin'for adventure, in whatever conies our way..." But Mike Johnson and Brooks McKenzie know the true feel and spirit of the “heavy metal thunder” of Steppenwolf s motorcycle anthem, “Born to be Wild.”
They rode Into Gruene Friday in their two-abreast biker parade formation with 60 other riders — turning plenty of heads, including those of groups of other bikers on I larley Davidsons.
Johnson, too, owns a I larley, but he and McKenzie weren’t riding the two-wheeled, V-twin behemoths.
Instead of the trademark I larley rumble, “potato-potato-potato,” the exhausts of their rides pumped out the steady and throaty “whuinp-whump-whump” that is the hallmark of one-lunger power and axle-twisting low-end torque.
They were riding Cushman scooters through Gruene on an outing up River Road to Canyon Lake as part of this year’s 23rd annual meeting of the Texas (bushman Club, which continues today at the Coliseum in Seguin. T he event and flea market are open to the public.
Remember the Cushman Scooter?
Probably not, if you’re younger than 55 or so.
Built from 1937 to 1965, the Cushman Scooter with its five- to
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Mike Johnson sits atop his 1965 Cushman Eagle during a gathering of Cushman fans in Gruene Friday. Below, Johnson, left, and Brooks McKenzie ride their Cushman scooters past Gruene Hall.
eight-horsepower engine and breathtaking speeds of up to 50 or so mph brought mobility to generations of American teens who were too young for driver’s licenses — but too cool for Schwinns.
T hey also had to be somewhat well-heeled — a Cushman cost about $435, a pretty good hunk of change in an era when a new Ford Fairlane could be had for well less than two grand.
If you have one that’s being used as a perch in your chicken coop or maybe laid up in a pile of junk
See SCOOTERS Page 8A
Photo courtesy of Gainesville Daily Register
Police escort Kim Stevens out of court after she was convicted of capital murderThursday.
By Jennifer Sicking
Gainesville Daily Register
IWo women found justice for their daughters Thursday afternoon with just one word: Guilty.
A Cooke County jury found Kim Stevens, 39, formerly of (Canyon Lake, guilty of capital murder for killing 2-year-old Jorden Saager after deliberating three and a halfhours. She automatically received a life sentence in prison since the state did not seek the death penalty in the case.
The blonde-headed, brown-eyed child died on Jan. 4, 2000, after sustaining major internal injuries in
which her small intestine was sepal ated from her stomach. She also had a four to five-inch fracture in her skull and major bruising throughout her body.
After visiting Judge Jerry Woodlock read the verdict, Yolanda and Lloyd Saager collapsed back in theii chairs crying. Stevens did not react to the verdict.
Outside of the courtroom, Yolanda hugged each of the jurors and thanked them, while Lloyd shook their hands. One of the female jurors
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