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Vol. 149 No. 155 ZZ pages in Z sections June 23, 2000
Home Depot’s Ingrid Dibrell (left) and Tammy Ireland sit out in the garden area with some of the mosquito repellents the store carries.
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Council to ponder newsletter
By Heather Todd
A city-wide taxpayer-funded newsletter sent to 22,000 local residents each month could cost the city about $12,000 a year, not including the staff time that would be required to produce it.
Based on those figures, New Braunfels City Council could decide Monday night whether to develop a city-wide newsletter, written by city staff, to inform local residents about city events and ongoing projects.
Council will discuss the newsletter when they meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at New Braunfels
Attack of the giant mosquito
■ A debate between District 4 city councilman Robert Kendrick and Southwest Texas State University journalism professor Fred Blevens about a proposed city-wide newsletter will air on KGNB 1420 AM at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Municipal Building, meeting room D, 424 S. Casten Avenue.
At a June 12 council meeting, District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick discussed the possibility of creating a monthly newsletter, saying he often heard complaints about the lack of information the average citizen
Kendrick said he wanted to create the newsletter because he believed the city’s biggest problem was a lack of communication with residents.
“With a newspaper with a relatively small circulation and one radio station, there are a lot of people the news doesn’t get out to,” he said.
“The radio station has a specific format and not all residents Uke it Every station has its own kind of format and some people like certain stations over another,” he said.
Kendrick said there was a lot of information not readily available to the public.
City Manager Mike Shands said it was not uncommon for cities to produce newsletters to inform residents about city activities, citing examples such as Web-
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Blood-sucking bugs on the rampage
By Betty Taylor Staff Writer
In Texas, we like things bigger and better — except when it comes to mosquitoes.
In the bug world, the recent rainy weather translates into one thing — mosquito heaven.
Most of the time, a mosquito sting results in a scratchy, itchy welt,
but the pesky bugs also can carry dengue, a viral disease in humans, and heartworm disease, which affects dogs.
Karen Preiss, R.N., with the Comal County Health Department, said while there were some cases of dengue fever reported along the border last year, there were no known cases reported in this area. But Preiss said area residents might notice an increase in mosquitoes a week or two after heavy rains.
To eliminate mosquitoes:
• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.
• Clean clogged roof gutters regularly. Roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
• Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t allow water to stagnate in bird
baths. The same holds true for wading pools.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
• Repair leaky pipes, outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently.
• Change water in flower vases, bird baths, planters and animal watering pans twice a week.
(Sources: Home Depot and Texas Department of Health)
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Participants rehearse Thursday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center for the “Red Stocking Revue,” a biennial fund-raiser for the New Braunfels Civic Center. The show opens tonight.
‘Red Stocking Revue’ opens
By Ron Maloney
The New Braunfels Civic Center isn’t on Broadway.
It isn’t exactly off-Broadway either. It’s way off-Broadway — by something like a couple thousand miles.
But tonight, Broadway comes to the Civic Center with the Red Stocking Revue, the New Braunfels Community Service Center’s biennial fund-raiser.
The theme of this year’s Revue is IOO years of music: a retrospective of the 20th century.
Performances are 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday.
General Admission tickets are available at the door for $10 adults and $5 children. Reserved tickets are available through the New
Braunfels Community Service Center at $12.50 for adults. Call 625-3439.
“The Community Service Center is Broadway-bound,” said CSC Director, Suzie Garcia. “For two hours of going back through the 1900s and being thoroughly entertained, come by and take in the Red Stocking Revue.”
Come by and take in Garcia, too: she’ll be one of many area folks who will clear their throats, put on the grease paint and pull on their dancing shoes to take part in the show.
“I’m in a couple of numbers,” Garcia acknowledged.
There are new faces in this year’s production and a number of old faces, as well, Garcia said.
“Two years go by, and you don’t see some of these people. Then, all of a sudden, you’re sitting there at rehearsals, you turn around and there they are ... the old feelings, the camaraderie you’ve shared all return
... It is just so very much fun.
“This is our big fund-raiser every other year since 1988. It involves a lot of people; it’s a major project and a lot of work.
“Everybody’s been working super, super hard — including the director,” Garcia said I’m deeply grateful to all these people who put in their time. They’re doing this because they believe in the cause of helping other people. We’re very fortunate we live in a community that is so caring,” Garcia said.
This year’s numbers include “Bill Bailey,” “Don’t Get Around Much any More,” “Bandstand Boogie,” “I Will Survive,” “Splish Splash,” “Hero,” “Spice Up Your Life” and others.
Beaumont native and Doylestown, Pa., resident Milburn Amy directs this year’s Red Stocking Revue.
Production coordinator for J.H. Cargill, Inc., Amy has directed productions in more than 25 states.
Contentious case ends in execution
By Michael Graczyk
Associated Press Writer
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Gary Graham, subject of the most contentious Texas death penalty case since Gov. George W. Bush began running for president, was executed Thursday night for a 1981 murder he said he did not commit.
Graham, 36, received a lethal injection for the killing of a man in a holdup outside a Houston supermarket. The state parole board and appeals courts rejected his arguments that he was convicted on shaky evidence from a single eyewitness and that his trial lawyer did a poor job.
Graham, who had vowed to “fight like hell” on the trip to the death chamber, put up a struggle. He was strapped to the gurney around his wrists and across his head — more restraints than are normally used in Texas executions.
He made a long, defiant final statement in which he reasserted his innocence, said he was being lynched and called the death penalty a holocaust for black Americans. He asked to be called Shaka Sankofa to reflect his African heritage.
“I die fighting for what I believed in,” Graham said. “The truth will come out.”
Bush said he supported the execution and pointed out that Graham’s case had been reviewed by 33 state and federal judges.
“After considering all of the facts I am convinced justice is being done,” Bush said after final appeals were denied. “May God bless the victim, the family of the victim, and may God bless Mr. Graham.”
Graham’s supporting witnesses included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Biana Jagger, representing Amnesty International. Witnesses said Jackson and Graham prayed and Graham looked at Jackson just before he died.
Also present were some of the victims of Graham’s other crimes, and Bobby Harmers, the grandson of Bobby Lambert, the man he was convicted of killing.
“My heart goes out to the Graham family as they begin the grieving process. I also pray Gary Graham made peace with God. But I truly believe justice has been served,” Harmers said.
Outside the Huntsville prison, hundreds of Graham supporters gathered in stifling heat and humidity near the brick building where 222 executions have now been carried out since capital punishment resumed in Texas in 1982. The total is by far the highest in the nation.
Committee keeps going and going
Drainage ordinance still in works
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council probably will not have a drainage ordinance in its hands until later next, month as the city’s Drainage Advisory Committee continues to work out kinks in the wording of two draft ordinances and decides how the city should use proposed fees.
The seven-member committee has been meeting since June of 1999
with a charge from New Braunfels City Council to come up with a drainage ordinance that provides the city with a mechanism to fund drainage projects.
Now, a year later, the committee and city staff have two ordinances to show for their work.
But, city engineer C.A. Bolner said there were still some issues and concerns that needed to be worked out before the ordinances were presented to council.
“We’re really not ready to go to
Turning back rime
Eleanor Coldeway shows campers Adam Chalupa and Lauren Hamilton how to make sausage the “good old-fashioned way” at Heritage Camp at Conservation Plaza on Thursday.
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