New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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LEANDER, Texas (AP) — A small tornado hit northwest of Austin Thursday afternoon, tearing roofs and breaking windows at about a dozen homes.
No injuries were reported, said Leander police Sgt. Greg Minton.
Residents of this town of 6,000 people, about 22 miles northwest of Austin, milled in the streets afterward, hugging each other and taking pictures of the damage.
Shingles scattered front yards and patio furniture and jungle gyms were strewn about.
A fence post punctured the back wall of Larry Gregory’s house, entering a closet. Gregory said no one was home at the time, but the closet was his family’s tornado shelter.
“We never planned it like that, though,” he said. “It’s pretty chilling.”
Marcie Dixon lost the roof off her garage. This is the fifth tornado shes experienced in various parts of the country.
Dixon said as clouds swirled, the windows in her house flexed, “like they were breathing.”
When she and her mother ran into a bathroom, “that’s when we heard ’Boom!’ The windows exploded.”
Peggy McKenzie moved to Leander from Oklahoma City shortly before last year’s devastating tornado there. Thursday’s storm tore down her
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These hail stones were collected from the storm which blew into the New Braunfels area early Thursday evening.
fence and blew off some shingles.
“Who knows where my patio table is,” she said.
Her husband, Steve McKenzie, added: “The bad thing is, the tornado alarm didn’t go off until the storm was past us.”
The tornado that hit around 4:20 p.m. was just miles from Jarrell, where an F-5 tornado killed 29 people in May 1997.
National Weather Service meteorologist Clay Anderson said he didn’t know how large the tornado was, adding, “it is not a Jarrell, Texas thing.” Large hail and rain fell Thursday throughout the region and angry skies darkened Central Texas. As thunderstorms moved through the area, pea-to marble-size hail was reported in
Mostly cloudy Highs mid 50s N wind,
15-25 mph Tonight Mostly cloudy Lows mid 40s N wind, 10-15 mph
For a complete forecast for the New Braunfels area see page 2A.
Youths reap lifelong skills, earn money through show
Church makes plans to build Westside Community Center
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
A weedy acre of land in an area some describe as Third World likely has never had so much potential.
The 1.3 acre, owned by the First Presbyterian Church in West End, is the future site of the Westside Community Center — a place where kids will play ball and be tutored and the community will take classes and attend cultural events.
“I think this will change the community,” church elder Carlos Campos said.
And the change will be thanks, in part, to the Kro-nkosky Charitable Foundation of San Antonio. The
Help build the Westside Community Center
Donations can be mailed to the First Presbyterian Church, 2910 Interstate 35, New Braunfels, TX 78130
foundation announced this month that the church will get a $250,000 grant specifically for the project.
By the end of the summer, the church hopes to raise another $450,000 and start construction of the
First Presbyterian Church elder Carlos Campos studies the plans for a new community center in the West End, while the Rev. Thomas Martinez looks on. The church recently applied and was given a $250,000 grant for the project.
BY K. JESSIE SLATEN Staff photographer
Wesley Mevrin’s mom worries what her son and others are learning at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale is a dying art.
It’s not an art Mevrin believes can See more afford to be lost. stock show
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the Comal County Fairgrounds.
At Smithson Valley High School, Grace Preiss is studying animal science, or, as her Agriculture teacher Tom Womble puts it, “learning to feed the world.”
At the youth show, Preiss is showing the younger students who look up to her what her years of show experience are worth.
As he prepared to announce the winner of the Reggie Wuest Memorial Showmanship Award Thursday, Judge Joe Raff reminded the audience, “We’re raising kids out here, not goats.” A message not lost on the parents and volunteers lined around the show arena as they nodded their heads in agreement.
Preiss said she was genuinely surprised when her goat took a blue ribbon in its class. She appeared happy, but maybe not surprised when Raff congratulated her on winning the Wuest Memorial award. “Experience, that’s what counts in the show ring,” Preiss said. She’s had plenty of that.
“The first year, you forget everything you’ve been taught when you go to the show,” Priess said. “The second year, you forget a few things. By the third year, you learn to have your tack box together with double everything you need — harnesses, grooming tools, hoof trimmers ...” Priess was prepared and handled her goat with confidence in the ring.
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Smithson Valley 4H FFA student Grace Preiss took reserve all-around champion in goats Thursday morning, with Scott Schneider of Canyon FFA winning all-around grand champion.
Tornado hits northwest of Austin
Key Code 76Steve Earle opens South by Southwest music festival
AUSTIN (AP) — The annual South by Southwest music conference began Thursday with defiant words from keynote speaker and country-rock songwriter Steve Earle, who criticized the event as becoming too commercial.
Earle, co-head of an independent record label who himself will be playing Friday night at an Austin night club, said he accepted the speaking invitation only because a friend asked him to.
“I mean when I’m playing tomorrow night ... some band — some really, really good band — is going to be playing and not
get heard because everybody’s going to be at my gig and I still have a problem with that,” Earle said.
The South by Southwest film and multi-media conferences opened hast week, but the music festival — considered the heart of the event — began Thursday and runs through March 19.
About 12,000 people are expected to attend the festival that showcases more than 800 bands, 150 film screenings, multimedia trade shows and educational panels.
What began 14 years ago as a platform for struggling musicians hoping to be discov
ered has grown into one of the industry’s most popular festivals. Major labels no longer just look for new talent, they bring it. Rap group Cypress Hill was scheduled to perform this week.
South by Southwest co-founder Roland Swenson shrugged off Earle’s comments and said the festival has always been about showcasing new talent. Its growth and reputation is something organizers can’t always control, Swenson said.
“I have no doubt that in a few years people will say, ‘Well, they’ve gotten so commercial now.’ This kind of goes in cycles,”
“The music event has gone through two or three cycles at least. One year we’re hip and now we’re not and then we’re hip again and now we’re not. All those things, you can’t really take them too seriously, you can’t really think about them too much,” he said.
Earle, whose 1997 “El Corazon” is among the most critically-acclaimed albums of the past decade, wore a red T-shirt and blue jeans as he addressed a crow d of about