New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY March 30/ 2003
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Vol 152, No. 117Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
24-hour TV grids to be published each day
Beginning today the Herald-Zeitung is including as part of its daily package 24-hour television grids.
Each Sunday’s edition will include both the Sunday and Monday TV grids.
The decision comes after weeks of discussions held to determine how the newspaper can best serve the needs of its readers in coverage of television and entertainment news.
Moving the TV grids to the daily newspaper means the “Leisure” section will no longer appear in the Sunday newspaper.
“We realize that many of our loyal readers wiU miss the Leisure section,” said Managing Editor Gary E. Maitland. “But having the 24-hour TV grids run daily instead of once a week means readers no longer have to rely upon Leisure for that information.”
But Maitland stressed the non-TV content that appeared in Leisure has not been lost in the change.
“Take a look at today’s Lifestyle section, we think you’d be pleased,” said Maitland.
Glenn Dromgoole’s ‘Texas Reads” column, Dale Martin’s music column and the feature story that normaUy appears in Leisure have all been moved into the expanded Lifestyles section.
And Stammtisch can be found on Page SA.
“We were able to make the changes without sacrificing any of our regular features,” said Maitland.
County won’t budge on annual pet vaccinations
By Ron Maloney
The Texas Department of Health has relaxed requirements for rabies vaccinations to once every three years, but don’t look for any change in local regulations.
New Braunfels veterinarians Mike Dougherty of Creek View Veterinary Clinic and Mark Rowley of Loop 337 Veterinary Clinic, representing the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association, asking county commissioners to retain the former standard calling for yearly vaccination.
Commissioners took no action and are not likely to schedule the question'on a future agenda, meaning that Comal County’s more restrictive, one-year inoculation interval would stand.
In New Braunfels, Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson said Friday t he city is reviewing its ordinance.
“We’ve been on the one-year period for years and
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Iraq threatens to take war to soils of US
By CALVIN WOODWARD
Associated Press Writer
U.S. warplanes attacked Baghdad’s defenders with bombs and strafing fire Saturday in a thunderous prelude to a ground assault. Iraqis inflicted a new clanger on the allies — a deadly suicide attack — and threatened to kill Americans on U.S. soil.
In Baghdad, Washington and along the war’s many fronts, the talk was all of climactic battles to come.
We are now fighting the most des-
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Cecil Neuse (above, right) comforts Linda Soechting as she and her daughter-in-law, Kyla Lawrence, watch as New Braunfels firefighters extinguish a fire Saturday at her Cedar Grove home. The fire was believed to have started when aerosol spray from a silk plant cleaner came in contact with a candle flame. Below, New Braunfels Fire Department Engineer Leslie Wyatt helps Jason Wallace exchange his oxygen tank while they were battling the blaze. No one was injured.
ignites aerosol cleaner, catches house ablaze
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
An accidental fire heavily damaged a home Saturday in a subdivision off Farm-to-Market Road 1863.
Deputy Comal County Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington said the home of Linda Soechting, located in the 2200 block of Cedar Grove, was heavily damaged in the fire, which he ruled accidental.
“She was spraying silk flowers with an aerosol designed to clean the dust off of them,” Ellington said. “She had a candle by the flowers, and the aerosol was apparently flammable because it ignited and burned the flowers. She couldn’t put it out and the fire got out of control.
‘There was nothing suspicious. The house is probably an 85 percent loss.
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K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Shelly and Brian Culp are trying to keep things normal for their children Clay, 10, and Kelsey, 7, before Brian leaves for the Mideast. Shelly says the military has told her to expect Brian to be gone for six months to one year.
Emotions run gamut for wife, family of soldier bound for Iraq
By Sean Bowlin
Shelly Gulp tries not to watch too much TV. She prefers not to dwell on the war with Iraq. For her, it’s all too personal.
This week, Shelly’s Army husband is shipping out to Kuwait, eventually bound for the battlefields of Iraq.
‘When you’re an Army wife, you’re supposed to be strong. That’s what I’m doing,” she said. “But theres lots of emotions — I’m sad, scared, sick
and very proud and excited.” Shelly, a 1988 graduate of Canyon High School, said husband Brian, an 11-year soldier and sergeant who works in vehicle communications in the Fourth Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, is scheduled to fly to Kuwait as early as Monday. From there, he’ll deploy to Iraq.
The couple, who married in October 2001 and moved to New Braunfels on Feb. 15 from Ft. Hood, was just get-
Texas AG: Bulverde moves were legal
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
AUSTIN — Controversial moves this past September that would have enabled the City of Bulverde to avoid a special election to fill two council vacancies were legal, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled.
Abbott issued his opinion Wednesday.
On Aug. 28, 2002, amid factional council strife, Mayor Bev Lemes and Alderman Warren Alston resigned along with three other city officials, including Road Commissioner Philip Thomason.
Acting Mayor Mal Mc-Clinehie consulted with City
Attorney Mayo Galindo and then accepted the resignations individually, arguing that a resignation isn’t a resignation until it’s accepted.
That meant that technically and legally only one opening — the one involving the accepted resignation — existed at a time, the city argued.
The move would have enabled McCiinchie to avoid a special election because the law says a general law city can fill a single council vacancy bjrappointment, but must
fill two by election.
Charlie Baetz was appointed to fill Alston’s term, but McCiinchie took no immediate action on the mayors position while legal questions were reviewed.
The machinations in Bulverde attracted widespread attention. One faction submitted a petition to Comal County seeking to have commissioners’court force Bulverde to conduct the special election.
McCiinchie said he would — and did — call a special election in November without the county forcing one.
Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldnp, disagreeing with Galindo’s reading of the law, sought an attorney general’s opinion that both sides agreed to abide by.
In the end, it was a moot point because McCiinchie called the election that saw Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bill Cole elected mayor.
Baetz resigned his post because he said he wanted voters to have a voice in his selection. He won the election in November to finish Alston’s term and is now running for re-election in May.
Iraqi soldier posing as taxi driver sets off bomb killing 4 U.S. soldiers