New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY June 22, 2003
30 pages in 4 sections
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Vol. 152, No. 189
Fire leaves NR family homeless
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
A family of four was left homeless Saturday after a fire severely damaged their mobile home.
The residents, a woman and three children ages 5, 6 and 8, were not home at the time of the fire.
Firefighters were called to Walnut Mobile Home Estates just after 7 a.rn Saturday when a neighbor from a nearby subdivision saw smoke wafting out of the mobile home, located off of Linde Avenue.
Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said the neighbor — who also ran to the home to try to evacuate its residents — prevented a lot of damage to the home and its contents.
‘They'certainly reduced the damage,” Brinkkoeter said.
Fire Battalion Chief Don Zercher said he could tell by the gray color of the smoke that the fire was still contained and wasn’t getting enough air to fully fuel it.
“It hadn’t busted through and wasn’t free burning,” Zercher said. “Flames popped
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Proposal gives city manager agenda control
By Dylan Jimenez
It could soon be harder for New Braunfels City Council members to get'unpopular ideas on the council’s agenda.
Monday night, District 2 Councilman l^ar-
ry Alexander will present an ordinance that would give the city manager discretion over all items on the agenda.
Currently, any council
member can put any topic on the agenda through the city manager, who has no say in the matter.
Under the proposed ordinance, any council member could suggest an item for the agenda, but final discretion would be given to the city manager. If the city manager denies an agenda item, it would have to be approved by a majority vote of the counc il at a public meeting to make it onto the regular council agenda.
At a glance
■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council regular meeting
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
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The party for the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association gets off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with an old-fashioned hay ride. Profits from the barbecue and boat show go to projects that help keep the lake clean.
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Herald-Zeitung wins statewide awards
From Staff Reports
The Herald-Zeitung won four statewide awards Saturday in the .Texas Press Association’s “Better Newspaper Contest.”
The paper won first-place for headline writing and fourth-place for overall design, column writing and feature writing.
TPA is a trade association for newspapers. The awards were announced Saturday at the TPA’s summer convention.
The Herald-Zeitung competed with daily newspapers with a circulation between
7,000 and 99,999.
“Tb compete with newspapers up to IO times our size and to have our work recognized as among the best is an accomplishment that the newsroom and its readers should be proud of,” Editor and Publisher Doug Toney said.
The newspaper was recognized for headlines that included “Come one, Comal" and “Landa opportunity."
"Your headlines are consistently clever and creative,” one judge noted.
'limey received fourth-place recognition for his column, “Versailles otters insights into
dangers of waiting,” which compared restrictions on Iraq and their violations to the restrictions placed on Germany by the treaty of Versailles and the results.
Staff’ Writer Ron Maloney received the fourth-place feature writing award for "Trail Mix,” a story about the band 'Hie Arbuckle Boys and “Date with destiny,” a story about the investigation that led to the first execution of a Comal County kiilei since 1932.
The contest received 1,497 entries from 202 newspapers and was judged by members of the Kansas lYess Association.
Bewitched children flock to store for latest ‘Potter’ book
By Dylan Jimenez
Books still available at local retailers
Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zertung
Hermione herself might have been just as stumped as 9-year-old Allyson Yannuzzi by some of the trivia questions asked of Harry Potter fans gathered at Hastings Book Music and Video late Friday night. Fans of all ages showed up with family and friends — some in costume — to await the release of the fifth in the J.K. Rowlings series of novels, each based on one year of the main character’s time at wizard school.
Some? of the 40-plus kids and parents who came to Hastings Books, Music and Movies in the New Braunfels Marketplace late Friday night*were just waiting for their reserved copies of the latest Harry Potter hook.
Others were worried as patrons began to whisper among themselves that only 50 or BO copies of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” might be available.
The book went on sale one at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and there wen* supposed to be about 260 books in stock. More than 200 had been reserved. Tension mounted until a new shipment of books swooped in unexpectedly.
It’s the adventure that sells Harry Potter b(X)ks, said parent and Potter fan .Joyce Yannuzzi.
“When the first one came out, we started reading them,” Joyce said.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" was printed in 1998.
She and her two girls, Jennifer, 12, and Allyson, IO, and their friends, Melanic Coyne, IO, and Leah Dunks, ll, have all become fans of the series. They collect Harry Potter trading cards — Joyce has several hundred herself — and quiz each other on Harry Potter trivia. They also discuss the books with each other.
“Its just one more thing that I can do with them," Joyce said
Like many of the children Friday night, Allyson and Leah wore Harry’s trademark black cape.
“It’s so difficult to put down,” Joyce agreed.
Nicholas Sparkman, 9, also was sporting the cape and even had a lightning stamp on his forehead resembling the scar Potter bares.
"He is a Harry’ Potter fanatic,” his mom,
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Those who didn’t brave the lines Saturday for a copy of the latest Harry Potter adventure can still find one today in New Braunfels.
Hastings Guest Service Manager Paul Padilla said employees who worked until 3 a.m. Saturday were nervous to find a new line outside the store when they returned to work at 9 a.m.
“At midnight Friday, we had over 250 people in the store. We had 230 reservations for the book.
As of I p.m. today, we had sold 200 more books,” Padilla said.
Hastings will get additional shipments and expects to still have the hook in stock Sunday.
At Wal-Mart, a store official said the book was selling very fast Saturday, and he didn’t know if the store would have copies today.
Target Manager Bea Flores said the store had sold many copies Saturday, but she has enough in stock, she said, that they’ll still be available today.
“They can find them at Target, on sale for $19.99,” she said.
After counting down the final 10 seconds of their wait, fans are all smiles as Hasting personnel prepare to hand out the first copies of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."