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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NewHerald 20332 HOO9 10/22/00    62 SO"OE ST M1CROPUBLI SHING 262? E VONDELL DR EL P0S0, TX ?9903- — ..... Vol. 149, No. 87 50 pages in 5 sections March 19, 2000 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside ► Showing off Find out who came away with ribbons and trophies at this year’s Comal County youth stock show — and which ones didn’t eat the ribbons!/6B ► Wedded hiss So what do you do after being married to the same person for 60 years? You get married, that’s what! Find out how Marvin and Della Kendrick keep the home fires burning./*! C ^ Inside Horizons New Braunfels in the 21st Century Water — Texas Gold K Canyon IM cuutd get The Herald-Zeitung’s annual Horizons continues this week with a look at critical water issues facing Comal County/Inside today’s Herald-Zeitung Weather Clouds are expected to move out of the area today, but don’t put those rain slickers away just yet. For the complete forecast, see 2A. Index Abby.................... .........................2C Business.......... .....................5B Classified............ ....................MOD Crossword........... .........................2C Forum................. .........................6A Local Metro......... .........................4A Movies................. .........................2C Obituaries.......... .......................3A Sports................ ....................1-3B Today................... .........................2A Television............ ..............TV Week www.herald • Key code 77 A hail of a storm Thursday storm closes store for day, kills birds By Erin Magruder Staff Writer All hail broke loose in Thursday night’s freakish winter storm, whose 40-mile-per hour wind gusts and marble-sized ice pellets forced H-E-B to close and beat to death more than I OO birds near the Courtyard Shopping Center. H-E-B, 651 S. Walnut Avenue, was closed all day Friday after hail damage created several Suffer hail damage? Find out what you need to do/5A leaks in the roof and caused rainwater to puddle in the aisles of the store, officials said. “The water caused minimal product damage, so we don’t expect to have any problems that way,” said Greg Flores, H-E-B manager of public affairs. The grocery store re-opened for business about 8:30 a.m. Saturday while repair work to the roof continued, officials said. An H-E-B employee said the store would remain open today during normal hours, unless another storm hit the area. The employee said the store could close if there was rain. Managers at the nearby Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1209 S. See STORM/5A A little higher now Above: Auctioneers invited Saturday’s crowd to bid high and often during the sale Saturday for t the Comal County junior livestock show. Brad Wuest, pictured, and other volunteers goaded, cajoled, begged and pleaded bidders for the best prices they could get. Individuals and businesses formed mini-mergers throughout the day to help buy animals to support local youth. Left: Smithson Valley FFA students prodded Sean Unger into playing his guitar Friday afternoon during the livestock show. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Shoppers were turned away from H-E-B in New Braunfels Friday after a hailstorm damaged the roof and caused some leaking. The store re-opened Saturday and was expected to remain open today while repairs are being made. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung Council to start crunching numbers By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council will take its first stab Monday at discussing how to spend taxpayers’ money in 2000-2001. City staff will present the preliminary budget, which totals $20 million and projects a tax rate slightly less than property owners pay now — $.30783 per $100 valuation as opposed to $.31312. Last year’s budget was $18,394 million, but an increase in property values allowed the city to generate similar revenue with a decreased tax rate. New7 construction will allow the city to generate more money than this past year. The total taxable value for the city is $1.36 billion, a 7 percent increase from this past year. Staff always presents a budget that requires no tax rate increase, and this year council might keep it that way, Mayor Stoney Williams said. “Especially with the bond coming up, I wouldn't w ant to increase it for general fund purposes,” he said. Council won’t make any formal decisions about the tax rate or budget, however. Monday’s meeting is a workshop. The first reading of the budget, which becomes effective July I, is scheduled for April IO; council typically adopts the tax rate on the third reading, scheduled for May 8. Although no decisions can be made, Monday’s meeting will give city staff a chance to brief council on the budget it has worked on since January, director of finance Chet Lewis said. “This is a forum for them to ask questions and to get some dialogue between council and staff,” he said. See COUNCILL Workshop WHAT: New Braunfels City Council budget workshop WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. WWII crash victims, including NB man, honored in England Photo submitted Jerome Pfullman and wife Francis were a just young couple when he enlisted in the Air Force during World War ll.Memorial brings Pfullman family, friends together By Heather Todd Staff Writer A World War ll B-24 Liberator crashed into an orchard in Aston Clinton, near Oxford, England, shortly after takeoff'on Jan. 3, 1945. For nine of the IO crewmen on board - including New Braunfels native 2nd Lieutenant and co-pilot Jerome Pfullman — it was their first and last mission as part of the 406th Squadron in the 8th U.S. Air Force. Twenty-two year-old Jerome and the other nine Americans were killed. In June, residents of Aston Clinton, who never met the IO Americans and only know their identities through an Air Force accident report, will hang a brass plaque engraved with the Americans’ names on the wall inside the village church. Among those honoring the Americans will be Jerome’s closest living relatives, his former wife — previously Francis Rinser Pfullman and now Francis Staley — and his nephew, Mike Fields. Jack Disbrey of Aston Clinton spearheaded the drive to honor the American crew and has spent a year trying to find relatives of the crewmen to take part in the memorial service. Francis, who re-married after Jerome’s death and now lives in Arizona, only learned of the memorial a few weeks ago. “I was absolutely startled,” Francis said from Tucson, Ariz. “I just feel great joy. To think that these people are doing this after all these years. I think it’s really admirable of them. It’s just exciting.” Fields, who was bom and raised in New Braunfels and now lives in Houston, plans to bring his w ife and daughter to the memorial service. “I think it’s a great thing. A lot of that generation paid a price for what we have, and we need to remember how we got what we have today,” he said. So far, Jerome’s nephew and former w ife are the only relatives of the IO crewmen that have been contacted. But, Disbrey, speaking by phone from Aston Clinton, England said he hoped more would attend. And he hoped the monument would ensure the sacrifices made by the IOSee PFULLMAN/8A _•    iii    III    IMI    ...... &_ ;