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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Council could condemn land for fire station By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Residents of the Stonegate Subdivision could have a new fire station in their front yards within a few years if Fire Chief John Herber has his way. Berber has identified five lots at the front of the development he believes would serve as an ideal location for the city’s next proposed fire hub, Station 6. Monday, city council will consider Berber’s request to begin a condemnation process on the property, a step he hopes will get the attention of the current owner. “We have called and sent letters, but so far, we have had no luck getting in touch with him,” Berber said. Although its name makes the process sound ominous, City Manager Chuck Pinto said, in this case, it was merely being initiated to get the owner’s attention. Beginning the condemnation process will allow I Ierber to consider acquiring the services of a firm that could send a representative to the owner’s physical address, in California, to verify whether he had received the city’s attempts at contact. “Once we do get in touch with him, it’s likely he will want to negotiate a deal with us," Berber said. lf not, the city will request a three-person committee, organized by Comal County, to hear the case and settle on a fair com pensation amount for the property, acquired as part of a municipality’s right of eminent domain. If either party does not like the committee’s decision, the case can be appealed within the county’s court system. Despite the early obstacles to obtaining this particular piece See STATION Page 6A Drug abusers can find help By Bon Maloney Staff Writer When he was a kid, “Nathan” used to walk past the 24 Bour Club on Eikel Street on his way to the tube chute. “I had no idea what the place was,” he said Friday afternoon, sitting on a couch in the club, smoking a cigarette and talking to a few friends. Be does now. The 24 Bour Club, located just odWalnut Avenue at 1142 Eikel, is host to many of the community’s Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings. It is also a place where people with drinking or drug problems can meet in a neutral environment and offer one another support. It’s been around for many years and it’s a busy place, with three AA meetings a day and NA and Al-Anon meetings thrown in around the edges. What is remarkable is quite a few people quietly attend meetings in this area, See HELP Page 8A BANE OF THE COUNTY ■ This is the fifth part of a continuing series looking at the impact of drug use on New Braunfels and Comal County. (SBAY I Great ride Local man joins his sailor son-in-law on a memorable cruise aboard a US. Navy vessel. i Ij# * • J irZ_J TxDOT to present new proposals for Landa Street A GARDENER’S DELIGHT Green thumbs on display at garden show By David Rupkalvis News Editor Clifton Fleming admits he doesn’t spend enough time in his garden. But Saturday, the master gardener learned even a little time is good enough to grow some of the best fruit and vegetables in New Braunfels. Fleming beat out dozens of competitors to walk away with die top prize in the fruit category at the Men’s Garden Club’s Spring Garden Show. Horticulturist Lynn Rawe chose Fleming's Kiowa blackberries over peaches grown by Liz Laroe and her son, Dan. “You can’t get any better than this. These are gorgeous," Rawe said while picking the winner. Fleming bought the Kiowa blackberries in 2000 and has been working with them since. Kiowa’s are known worldwide for their size and productivity and Fleming said his were no different. The berries easily dwarfed the other blackberries in the competition, some measuring more than an inch in length. They also make more fruit than Fleming can handle. “My wife has been picking eight or nine quarts every two days,” Fleming said. “We preserve them and give a lot away." In fact, most of the winning batch Saturday were eaten shortly after Fleming got the grand champion ribbon. To grow good blackberries, Fleming said the key is having good soil and good care. "It’s got to be in fertile soil,” he said. “I use compost and organic fertilizer and a drip sprinkler, which I use on everything. It’s been so dry this year, I’ve had to water three times a week.” Fleming also won a first place ribbon for his cherry tomatoes and a second place award for raspberries. Be said he grows only fruits and vegetables, leaving the flowers to his wife. Surprisingly, his favorite vegetable wasn’t on display Saturday. “I really like good sweet com,” he said. “I put water on to boil and go outside and shuck the corn right on the plant. By the time I get inside the water is boiling and put it in. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.” Wayne Triesch was also a big winner Sat-urday, taking the reserve grand champion in vegetables for his gypsy peppers. Carrots grown by I connie Isgit were named grand champion. Triesch is not a master gardener, but still spends an hour a day tending to his garden. In addition to his peppers, Triesch took a second place ribbon for his black cherry tomatoes. Triesch said the secret to a good / i garden is simple — mulch. “My thing is mulch,” he said. “Mostly, I use oak leaves. Where I work, theres about 200 oak trees, and I can get bags of leaves.” See GARDEN Page 10A HSISP* ,L n ? THE SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2005 Herald-Zeitung SPORTS STILL CHAMPS Smithson Valley may have lost its final game, but the Rangers should hold their heads high. Page 1B LIFE IT'S SHOWTIME The New BraunfelsTheatre Company presents "Annie Get Your Gun" Page IC Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 177 30 pages, 5 sections $1.00 High I 93 74 56825 00002 e i Details 3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3E John Herber Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Horticulturist Lynn Rawe judges the cut flowers at the Men's Garden Club's Spring Garden Show Saturday morning. Below right, tomatoes were some of the most popular items on display at the show. Below left, Raspberries grown by Clifton Fleming earned a second place ribbon. american Owned. Born Here. Brewed Here. Ss/i/ia/if / -    The    only major brewer that's still American Owned. Smith: Patent reform a top goal New Braunfelsers will have one more chance to voice their opinions on the Landa Street improvement project before construction crews open up the roadway for two additional lanes of traffic. The Texas Department ofTransportation will host a meeting Tuesday to gather more public input and offer three alternative proposals for the project. At the last meeting in February, citizens AT A GLANCE ■ What: TxDOT Landa Street Improvement project public meeting ■ When: 6 p.m. Tuesday ■ Where: New Braunfels council chambers, 424 South Casten Ave. See LANDA Page 5A By David Rupkalvis News Editor While the war in Iraq, the future of Social Security and approving judicial nominees are important to Congressman Lamar Smith, his top priority in Congress right now is to protect American people and businesses from having their ideas stolen. Smith visited New Braunfels Saturday for a town hall meeting and told the small crowd at OakRun School that he is working diligently to change patent laws to protect intellectual property. “Patent law is a personal interest that is going to help a lot of people and companies,” Smith said. “Stealing someone’s intellectual property is no different than throwing rocks through a window and walking off with their TV” Smith explained that in today’s high tech world, intellectual property is of growing importance due to software used on computers. Software is consid ered a person’s or company’s property, but with the Internet it is difficult to stop software from being shared or stolen. Be also said there is growing problem with patents and ideas being stolen and used to create merchandise in other countries. “Patent law is the No. I issue for high tech companies across America,” the congressman said. “Every high tech company has endorsed the bill I See SMITH Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Congressman Lamar Smith addresses a small group gathered at OakRun School Saturday. < ;