New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Photos from the 35th annual county livestock show/1 C
NBAL show looks at the ‘Wonders of Watercolor’/lnside
Unicorn boys soccer team ties one on with Dripping Springs/1 B
SUNDAY March 2,?2003
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Vol. 152, No. 94Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Austin man found shot in ditch
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
A 46-year-old Austin man was found shot late Friday night on a road off Interstate 35.
A Brooke Army Medical Center official said Saturday morning that James M. Webber was in satisfactory condition at the hospital.
“He’s doing well,” the official said.
Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said Webber was found at 11:20 p.m. lying in a drainage ditch alongside his truck.
He had been shot, but Ward didn’t say where the wound was or how serious it had been.
Ward said Webber told deputies he had been attacked.
“All we know right now is at 11:20 p.m. we received a call of an individual lying on the ground beside the truck,” Ward said.
The location was on Conrads Lane just a few yards southeast of the Union Pacific rail road right-of-way behind the Rip Griffin Travel Center.
“The caller stopped, and the guy said he’d been shot by a hitchhiker,” Ward said. “He had at least one gunshot wound.”
The sheriff’s office dispatched deputies Dave Padula and Ryan Carpenter, who arrived and initiated first aid, Ward .said.
The deputies found a rifle on the ground at the shooting scene within a few feet of the victim.
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Grimm is anything but with Grand Champion Steer win
By Dylan Jimenez
After praising all five finalists, Dwight Sexton, steer and heifer judge of the Comal County Junior Livestock Show, stood in the middle of the main exhibit arena at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
Sexton had his hands by his side and was standing still, observing the few steer grand champion finalists.
He walked to a gray American steer, slapped the animal’s back and shook the hand of 12-year-old Lane Grimm.
The Grand Champion Steer is picked from the first-place winners of all the breeds in the show.
Grimm was pronounced
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Grand Champion late Friday afternoon. Outside the ring, everywhere he walked friends and competitors pulled aside Grimm and his father, Glenn, to smack their backs or shake their hands.
They were the center of attention and congratulations. It was Lane’s second year to show steer, though he has shown lambs for four years.
Lane has won showmanship awards in the past, but no honor as high as Grand Champion Steer, he said.
"We were not expecting this
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Lane Grimm and “Dude” walk away with the 2003 Comal County Livestock Show Grand Champion Steer award. Buyers paid $24,000
Meeting called to correct oversight
By Dylan Jimenez
City officials say they forgot to get public input on two economic development expenditures that total $660,000 of taxpayer money, j The Infrastructure/ Improvement Corporation Board of Directors (4B board) will conduct two public hearings during a special meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday at city hall, Conference Room A.
Jay Patrick, 4B board member, said the city has to conduct a public hearing when spending 4B funds. The city’s failure to conduct a public hearing for the two issues was an oversight as result of the excitement surrounding the economic prospects, Patrick said.
“We’re in a competitive situation here,” he said.
At the 4B meeting considering TIP Strategies, Chairman Monroe Miller repeatedly asked for public input and questions.
4B and city council executive sessions regarding Moll Industries did not allow for public comment until the loan was approved by city council after a public hearing early last month.
One of the hearings concerns a $600,000 three-year,
Auction of winners caps livestock show
By Dylan Jimenez
The Comal County Junior Livestock Show is one of the rare places where a hog in a pig pen can’t afford to be dirty.
Its all in the presentation, several exhibitors said at Saturday’s auction that lasted from IO a.m. late into the night.
Though the auction spanned several hours, there were hundreds of animals selfing to hundreds of buyers for hundreds and even thousands of dollars per animal. Exhibitors had just a few moments to make their animals stand out among stampede of others.
Behind the auction house is a race against time. Exhibitors who have placed in any category are able to auction their animals. They rush to prepare their animals for the auction block.
Fifteen minutes before her turn to enter the auction block, Taylor Walker, this year’s Pre-Junior Reserve Grand Champion, sprayed “show sheen” on her cross breed pig to make it shine. She scrubbed her animal, which stood almost as tall as she does, with a brush and water.
Over her head, on a platform above the pens, a young man calls the next exhibitor to get ready for the auction block.
Another boy chases a brown hog down an aisle in front of Taylor’s pig’s pen. Jerry Walker, her father, said he
Comal County youth supporters come together Saturday to bid on everything from the champion steer to the smallest pen of chickens. Observers said spending was down over last year’s show. Some said it was because the chance of war was looming, while others said this year’s rains took heavy tolls on all types of industries. Still, top buyers and individuals alike did their best to pay top dollar for local students’ projects.
Tie up the boats; Corps to increase river flow Monday
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
SEGUIN — The U.S. Army Corpn of Engineers has announced it will increase the release from Canyon Reservoir to approximately 3,500 cubic feet-per-second (cfs) beginning Monday.
The added flow will last for approximately eight days, when the release will gradually be reduced to approximately 200 cfs.
The US ACE feels this is necessary to reduce the elevation of Canyon Reservoir, currently at 912 feet aboveInside
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mean sea level (mal). The normal operating level of Canyon Reservoir is 909 feet above msl.
The flow rate downstream of New Braunfels will be approximately 4,000 cfs, due to contributions from the Comal Springs.
Areas further down in the watershed, including Gonzales, Cuero and Victoria, can experience total flows at approximately 6,000 cfs.
Local homeowners are advised to secure boats and personal equipment.
Daily updates will be available from GBRA at (830) 379-5822 or via www.gbra.org.
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By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
On this day in 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. The resulting Republic of Texas lasted less than IO years, before the area was annexed to the United States in 1845.
To commemorate this unique period of Texas history, the Sons of the Republic of Texas Hill Country chapter will conduct ceremonies to destroy unserviceable flags 2 p.m. Monday at the New Braunfels Middle School gymnasium and at 9 a.m. Friday at Carl Shurz Elementary School.
After the National Anthem is sung, New Braunfels highAt a glance
■ There will not be a Texas Independence Day ceremony on Main Plaza this year. Ceremonies at two public schools will include a flag dis posal and a reading of a letter from Ll. Col. William B. Travis to Sam Houston while the Alamo was under siege. The public is invited at 2 p.m. Monday to New Braunfels Middle School and 9 a m. Friday to Carl Shurz Elementary School.
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school color guard will help SRT perform the official flag burning ceremony.
Mayor Adam Cork and a representative for the Comal
County judge’s office will be in attendance. The schools are saving plenty of room for the public to attend.
NBMS Principal Demetria Cummins said only the seventh-grade class will attend the ceremony. She said it would make the most impression on the seventh-graders, since they have been studying the Battle at the Alamo and Texas Independence in their Texas history class.
The fourth- and fifth-grade classes will attend the ceremony at Carl Shurz, since they are studying Texas history as well. NBISD hopes