New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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With its exhibit space renovated, the New Braunfels Art League Gallery opens its annual Wonders of Watercolor Show. Page IB
Cougarettes hold off Billies, 5-3; Unicorns edge Bastrop in nondistrict game; SV boys beat SA Highlands. Page SA
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By Ron Maloney
A task force of counselors, law enforcement, court and medical officials will examine
how Comal County gathers evidence in sexual assault cases and decide whether the system needs to be changed.
They will meet March 17 at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
When a person is sexually assaulted, there are medical, spiritual and emotional needs that must be immediately addressed, as well as legal requirements for gathering
evidence and preparing a criminal prosecution.
McKenna treats an average of 15 rape victims each year rn its emergency room but has not participated in the evi
dence-gathering process for several years. It partners with the Methodist Health System in San Antonio, which employs nursing staff trained in the Sexual Assault Nurse
Examiners (SANE) program.
Local law enforcement officials would like to see the program come to McKenna to
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Tax hike to fund more cops unlikely
By Scott Mahon
Staff Wr iter
City officials worry New Braunfels’ appeal as a bedroom community to San Antonio and Austin is affecting the city's ability to provide basic services.
At Monday’s budget workshop, city council was reluctant to discuss increasing the city’s tax rate to fund increases in fire and police services after passing a $26 million bond issue last month for street improvements.
The proposed $23 million budget for fiscal year 2005 does not include a tax increase. It provides a 3 percent salary increase for city employees and an increase in the city’s contribution to the employee retirement plan.
Council agreed the city’s financial resources were already strained, while some basic services, like police and fire protection, were in need of additional funding.
“I’d love to see us put more money into police protection too. but I don’t know where the money would come from," Mayor Adam Cork said.
New Braunfels Police Chief Russ Johnson said he intentionally did not request funding for more police officers and that
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Rush Enterprises CEO Marvin Rush stands in front of the 1965 Peterbilt truck on display at his corporate headquarters in New Braunfels. Reflected in the chrome bumper are the three mechanics who rebuilt the truck from the ground up. James Edner. left, Ed Polasek Sr. and Joseph Gross.
Not Rush-ing into things: dealer marks 39 years
By Ron Malonoy
Almost 40 years ago, Peterbilt tractor — model 351 A, serial number 18922 — rolled off the assembly line.
Now, the newly restored truck is parked on a concrete pedestal in front of Rush Enterprises’ national headquarters off Interstate 35 in New Braunfels to mark the busi
ness’s 39th birthday.
Marvin Rush began the company in 1965 and moved it to New Braunfels in 1999. It s now the largest truck dealership in the country with sales topping $750 million last year. It employs 2,000 people — more than IOO in New Braunfels.
'Plucking industry luminaries and Peterbilt officials, Rush Enterprises management, along with
New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork and Greater New Braunfels Cham-ber of Commerce President Michael Meek, joined Rush in marking the event.
“This 1965 Peterbilt symbolizes the durability and class of Peter-bilt’s product line to the industry and of our commitment to our customers across the country," Rush said. "Peterbilt and Rush’s shared commitment to quality
and customer service have sustained us for 39 years in a very competitive marketplace, and together we will continue to pros-per."
The red Peterbilt semi tractor that now sits in front of Rush Enterprises began its life on March 3, 1965, and looks like a showroom-new truck today.
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■ Joan Friesen-hahn s Grand Champion Turkey
■ Jordan Krause s Reserve Grand Champion Turkey
■ Zack Croft s Grand Champion Broilers — $4,200
■ Thomas Chalk-ley's Reserve Grand Champion Broilers — $3,500
■ Meagan Ashby s Grand Champion Hog - $10,450
■ Garrett Dove s Reserve Grand Champion Hog — $5,350
Other results were in Sunday s paper
Livestock auction grosses $684,000
By Loigh Jones
If the Comal County Junior livestock Show and Auction had been a cash-only sale, an armored truck would I lave been necessary to haul away the proceeds.
The live auction, which concluded the show, raised a total of $684,000.
“We’re thrilled," said Comal County Junior livestock Association Secretary Liz Mooney.
As in past years, the top 25 buyers contributed rouglily half of auction proceeds. This year’s big-spenders, led by Rush Enterprises Inc., raised $357,356.90. When the
amounts raised by the concession stands and other venues are counted, M(x>ney estimates die total will exceed $700,(KH).
Concession profits fund eight scholarships, split between the county’s FFA clubs and 4-11.
The majority of auction proceeds, 90 percent, goes back to the students based on winning ribbon point values.The remaining IO percent is used for association operating expenses.
One of the largest expenses is the annual buyers’ gala. On display this year was an artist’s rendering of tile new 80,000 squaie-foot livestock facility.
“We now have the full work-up by the architects,’’ Mooney said.
The next step in the building project is a feasibility study. Association officials have talked to a firm in San Antonio that would analyze maintenance costs and potential for renting the facility.
Mooney plans to seek funding through federal gi ants anti private foundations. She has also received unofficial assurances from supporters that in-kind donations from local businesses would greatly reduce building costs.There is no timeline for tile facility’s completion, but Mooney hopes it will be in operation by 2006.
Auctioneer C. Jason Spence works the crowd bidding Saturday morning at the Comal County Livestock Show<?oft ti(lt| cs — Oatiiiii v Cum B'S aa* L«iw ##1?
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On the line
Local soccer teams battle for district playoff berths.