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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2004 iald-Zeitung SPORTS BLUE VS. GRAY NB Gray beats Seguin 25-7 to face NB Blue in the 9-year-old Little League championship finals. Page SA FORUM GUEST COLUMNS Writers discuss letting tourists fund added police costs, other solutions to Schlitterbahn's parking proposal. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 192 12 pages, 2 sections CL 500 WWW 40% chance of storms High Low 94 72 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3BFamily of IO saved from raging Guadalupe By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In a dramatic rescue Sunday, police and firefighters pulled IO members of a Houston family from the Guadalupe — after they went over the falls in tubes at Faust Street Bridge. Police officer Dan Vera said the family, which was on its second river outing, was staying at a River Road campground. Because of recent rain, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had increased river flow to 5,500 cubic feet-per-second, Vera said, and outfitters weren’t putting tubers in the Guadalupe. Like thousands of others this past weekend, the family tubed the Comal instead, Vera said. "They missed the last tuber exit, either because they couldn’t get out or they just went past it,” Vera said. “We’re not sure.” The family, which consisted of three adults and seven children of ages 4 to 14, was Hispanic. The children spoke English and Spanish, while the adults spoke only Spanish. Signs at the last exit warning tubers to leave the water are written in both languages. Officers went into the water below the falls to rescue several family members, according to Vera and police officer Heath Purvis. Safety officials were dispatched to the river below the Faust Street Bridge and at Grand Cypress Apartments at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Purvis said, after witnesses reported several people apparently in danger of drowning in the river. NBPD’s river officers are trained and equipped for swift -water rescue efforts. “In swift water operations training, your last resort is to go See RESCUE, Page 3A Dan Vera Comal River overflows with tuber traffic By Ron Maloney Staff Writer High flows that closed the Guadalupe River to tubing over the weekend caused one of the busiest Saturdays in memory on the Comal River. Police Saturday afternoon made Garden Street one-way from Union to Comal Avenue to move river shuttles and other traffic past the last public exit — and requested aid from Sheriff Bob Holder’s river teams to cope with the crowds. River outfitters were asked to dose down early Saturday to get tubers off the river before dark. J. Felger said his business, FelgerTUbe Rentals, stopped putting tubers on the river about 5 p.m. “You hate to turn down any money, especially after having rain for nine months,” Felger said. “But the police were asking us to do that.” The crowd Saturday, he said, was large. Sunday, things slowed down, possibly because of Father’s Day. “Saturday we were packed. Sunday we were just regular. For the crowd as big as it was, I was very surprised,” Felger said. “Usually it gets a little rowdy, but not this weekend.” Police officer Dan Vera agreed it wasn’t rowdy — but See RIVER, Page 3A ANNEXATION SCHEDULE ■ June 14: council approved areas to be annexed and directed planning commission to begin annexation process ■ July 1: provide written notice to property owners of each exempt area to be annexed B July 25: publish notice of first hearing B July 28: complete service plan ■ Aug. 4: last day for 10 percent written opposition to have public hearing on site B Aug. 5: post notice of first public hearing B Aug. 8: publish notice of second public hearing ■ Aug. 13: post notice of second public hearing E Aug. 18: last day for 10 percent written oppostion to have public hearing on site B Sept. 13: institute annexation proceedings; first reading of annexation ordinance ■ Sept. 27: second reading of annexation ordinance ■ Oct. 11. third reading of annexation ordinance and adopt ordinance ■ Oct. 12; post notice of annexation adoption ordinance Rep. hopes city, farmers make a deal tVlvr By Scott Mahon Staff Writer State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said she’s still optimistic tile New Braunfels City Council and local farmers can reach an agreement over annexation. Landowners near the airport tried to negotiate a nonannexation agreement with the planning commission, but the commission finally deferred the issue to council. lune I, the planning commission voted 7-2 to annex 2,500 acres of unincorporated tracts adjacent to the airport rather than attempting to work out the legalities of a nonannexation agreement. And last week, council voted to proceed with the annexation schedule, including the farm land. Mayor Adam Cork said council would not change its position regarding nonannexation agreements. “The only way to protect the airport from residential development is by annexation," Cork said. “But it will not affect farmers who want to continue making a living by farming, and council See ANNEXATION, Page 3A Carter Casteel Sophienburg, city gearing up for July Fourth events By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels will celebrate the 228th anniversary of U.S. independence with an "old-fashioned” parade and patriotic program, sponsored by the Sophienburg. The festivities will happen one day earlier than normal, July 3, to prevent conflicts with Sunday church activities. Sophienburg Director Sarah Reaves said she wanted to make sure everyone could join in the fun. “We invite everyone in town to come down and help us celebrate flow great it is to live in New Braunfels and the United States,” she said. According to Sophienburg research, New Braunfels July Fourth celebrations COMING WEDNESDAY AT A GLANCE ■ What: Patriotism...So Proudly We Hail G Whan: 9 a m July 3 ■ Where: New Braunfels Plaza Bandstand go back to 1846. The only recorded break in the tradition came during the Civil War years, when Independence Day observances declined around the country, and in 2002, during the July floods. This year’s party begins at 9 a.m. when the Plaza will close, and parade watchers will be entertained by the Comal Community Band. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Seguin and Bridge streets. Museum Secretary I ii Peters said she hoped all parade entrants would call the museum before July 3 so they could be recognized during the program. “We would like to know how many people are going to participate,” she said. “We also want to encourage people to wear patriotic colors or carry flags.” Several groups, including die Republican women and the Uncle Sam Gang, have already entered the procession. Families with Dives Ones At War will walk in honor of American troops serving overseas. "Our purpose is to celebrate patriotism,” Reaves said. “We want to honor veterans from the past and the present.’ Reaves said children were asked to come dressed in costume to compete for the children’s parade prize. Winners also will be announced for the most See JULY FOURTH Page 3A H-Z second in state newspaper contest Picnic advice aplenty JI % a nfOMr planning g MT rn    P By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung won second place in the “General Excellence” category of the Texas Press Association’s 2004 Better Newspaper Contest. T he Herald-Zeitung competed against larger papers in its division, daily newspapers with a circulation between 7,(HK) and 99,000. “It s extraordinary that the Herald-Zeitung was recognized as being the second best newspaper in Texas under 100,000 circulation,” said Publisher Doug Toney. “When you consider that the majority of daily newspapers in Texas are in this category, it provides a perspective on just how special this award is.” In their comments, judges praised the newspaper's photography, saying the photos offered an excellent visual insight into New Braunfels. They also See CONTEST. Page 3A July Fourth    j Parade has been a town staple for more than a century. (Above left) A float by the Post Office, year unknown. (Above) A float circa 1895 proceeds down Seguin Avenue. (Left) Megan Jankowski portrayed the Statue of Liberty at last year's parade around Main Plaza.TUNNELL INSURANCE]I ' ' HOMB & AUTO_J ;