New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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was disappointed with this year’s animal. But he hopes Taylor can make up for it in presentation. Cute little girl with a big hog, he said, might make the difference with the buyers.
Patrick Runge, 14, won a white ribbon for his goat. He said showmanship is just as important in judging as buying.
“If you show up looking like you don’t want to be there, they’re gonna think you aren’t doing what you’re supposed to be doing,” Runge said. “You’re supposed to be having fun."
He said he was going to start preparing his animal 30 minutes before goats were called to the auction.
“Its not hard, but it takes a lot of time," Runge said.
Jove Wuest, who is a buyer and has been involved in the livestock show for several
to have similar ceremonies at all campuses in the future.
School officials said they wanted to get the children more involved with Texas Independence Day celebrations, which usually take place on weekdays on Main Plaza, where students cannot attend.
Din Gruwell, NBISD social studies specialist, taught history for 15 years in the public school system. She helped organize the events.
Gruwell said the traditional ceremony is important as a model for students, showing them the type of respect for the flag that should be shown.
at the scene and took him to BAMC by ambulance, Ward said, because the fog and light rain had grounded the AirLife medical transport helicopters in San Anto-
years, said emphasizing presentation on the auction block teaches the children to follow through with the raising of their animal from the buying to the selling.
Once an exhibitor’s number is called, the animals are corralled, carried or lead to the auction block. The sound changes from the rush of preparation to the rambling call for bids. The children turn fierce inspecting faces into smiles as they lead their animals up a ramp to a raised, railed platform in front of about a hundred buyers. The crowd is boisterous and excited. Most of the pigs, goats and cattle go for several hundred dollars. Last year the livestock show made more than $800,000 total, though officials said the number might be lower this year.
The total made from the
Gruwell also said it would give educators the opportunity to personalize Texas history for the children. She said fostering patriotism is something the schools need now more than ever.
“It s important, especially now when the country is faced with such important challenges," she said. “Its important to know where we’ve come from and to understand the struggles in the past.”
She said in order to do that children and adults must understand both U.S. and TVxas history.
She said it is important to celebrate Texas Indepen-
New Braunfels Police Department canine officers Cpl. Spencer Gremmer, Bill Spence and John Sullivan were dispatched to the area
auction is divided among the exhibitors by category. All the swine money is divided among swine exhibitors, etc. Those who place are given * points scaled to their rank. Grand champions earn 30 points, reserve grand champion earns 25, etc.
The money Taylor wins through the point system will pay for next year’s hog. Her parents pay for the feed and supplies, that way she is involved in financing her participation in the show. Jerry said.
“That way it teaches them about making money," he said.
Runge said he will use his share to buy next year’s animals and to fix his barn.
Many of the children use part of the money for the next year’s supplies and save a portion for college.
deuce Day with the children
because Texas is sometimes "forgone" in the classroom. And that can lead to a lack of knowledge or even patriotism in adults.
A look at history books and at online sources shows the fight for Texas independence was partly in response to European colonization.
In 1823 Stephen F. Austin received permission from the Mexican government to colonize the area surrounding the Brazos River in Texas. Conflict between the Anglo settlers and Mexican government over issues such as slavery resulted in an uprising and declaration of inde-
and initiated a search for the hitchhiker. Ward said.
No one was found.
Detective Ronnie Womack investigated the crime scene, and detective Wayne
Wuest said some children will be able to attend better, more expensive schools because of their earnings.
Wuest, of Natural Bridge Boer Goats Ranch, said her husband and sons were involved in raising animals, and it’s her way of giving back to the culture that gave her family so much.
Wuest said many of the buyers are people involved in raising animals or had children who raise them. Others just want to help because they know the value of agricultural programs, she said. She said she is passionate about buying because she understands first-hand how much time and money goes into raising animals and how much the experience is worth.
"We’ve been on the other side of the fence,” Wuest said.
pendence by the Texans starting in 1835.
The Texas constitution was drafted as General Santa Ana, then-political leader of Mexico, marched on the Alamo, where two volunteers of German decent have been documented to have lost their lives. The constitution, which also declared the independence of Texas, outlined atrocities committed by the Mexican government against Agio settlers. While the ink on the constitution was still drying, Texans won their independence as a republic in April 1836 with a key battle at San Jacinto.
Lehman was sent to BAMC to interview Webber.
The incident remained under investigation Saturday, when Ward said there was nothing more to report.
no-interest loan to Moll Industries to assist with expenses of relocating two operations to the former Flextronics building in New Braunfels.
Moll, a plastics injection molder, wrote a letter to the city asking for assistance so that it could consolidate its Austin and San Antonio loca-tions. The city responded with the loan and a $150,OCX) loan forgiveness.
Chamber of commerce officials expect Moll to create more than 200 highly paid manufacturing jobs and $11 million of investment. Moll only needs to create 75 jobs to earn the loan forgiveness.
Rusty Brockman, director of economic development for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc., said Moll Industries is in the process of working out a lease agreement for the former Flextronics building.
Moll officials have accepted both the city tax abatement and 4b loan.
Brockman said Moll might move into the building within the month, though operations probably won’t begin until it closes down and consolidates its San Antonio and
at all," Glenn said. “The competition is unbelievable — a lot of good animals.”
He said he thought chances were "not much of nothing" for their steer, Dude, who got his name from a John Wayne movie.
Glenn Grimm has been an agriculture teacher at Canyon High School for 15 years. He said he has seen a lot of champions come out of the school’s program but that there was no better feeling than how he felt after his son won grand champion.
"We’re happy as could be,” Glenn said.
At the time Moll was being considered, the projected startup date was some time before end of May.
A public hearing also will be conducted to consider hiring of TIP Strategies Inc. for $60,000. The 4B board decided last month to advise city council at its next regular meeting to hire the consultant company to develop an initiative that would both identify Tbyota suppliers and outline a strategy for the city to attract suppliers.
The initiative has been in the works since October of last year, when it became clear to city officials San Antonio was going to win a bid for the newest North American Toyota plant.
TIP Strategies is an Austin-based firm that has worked in several states. The company has a history of bringing commerce to Texas and helping Texas-based commerce expand to other parts of the country and world.
TIP Strategies would study whether New Braunfels could provide a profitable and manageable location for Toyota plant suppliers.
Lane, a shy boy his father said, was all smiles Friday.
Lane participates in the Canyon chapter of FFA. He and his father spend a few hours every night tending to their animals in their own facilities on their six-acre ranch.
Saturday afternoon Lane’s steer sold for $24,(XX).
Grimm said the money Lane takes home after the money is divide among the exhibitors will go to next year’s animals and a college fund for Lane.
Lane will take his other calf, Stompy, to Houston this year.
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