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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas CV m ISI I TUESDAY, MAY 1,2007 Zeitung SPORTS PLAYOFFS Find out when and where area baseball, softball teams are in action this week. Page 6 FORUM SOPHIENBURG With underground tunnels as their secret, Boy Scouts in New Braunfels had a place to hide out. Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 146 12 pages, 1 section WWW7 I 56825 00001 th Possible storms High Low 81 67 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY    9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS    8 CROSSWORD    8 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES    3 SPORTS    6 TV GRIDS    9 K ■' r \^y i -rn Perry: Concealed handguns should be allowed anywhere AUSTIN (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry, pondering how to stop the kind of mass killing that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech, said Monday he believes Texans should be allowed to carry their concealed handguns anywhere. Under current law, secured airport areas, hospitals, courthouses, bars, churches and schools are among the places where weapons can be banned, even if someone has a state license to carry a concealed handgun, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Perry said he opposes any restrictions. “The last time I checked, putting a sign up that says ’Dont bring your weapons in here,’ someone who has ill intent on their mind — they could care less,” Perry said. “I think it makes sense for Texans to be able to protect themselves from deranged individuals, whether they’re in church or whether on a college See PERRY, Page 3 Gov. Rick Perry Early voting under way By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung Weather may have dampened the spirits of many Monday, but it did not prevent several hundred people from casting early votes for this month’s elections that will take place May 12. Comal County Elections Coordinator Linnell I linojosa said 200 people voted in the county’s special constitutional amendment election at Comal County Courthouse. “These figures don’t include the outlying poll stations,” Hinojosa said. “I won’t get those until Tliesday morning." Hinojosa said 125 people cast votes in the New Braunfels city elections. That number includes votes cast for District 2 council place and the District 6 recall election. Bulverde City Secretary Tiffany Littlepage said 35 people voted early in the city’s council and home rule charter elections. Kari Hutchison, spokeswoman for the Comal Independent School district, said only I voter cast an early ballot on the first day of District 6 trustee voting in Bulverde. In Garden Ridge, 40 votes were cast in the District 7 eleciton. Early voting is scheduled to continue until May 8. Man injured, 1-35 shut down by wreck Driver was ejected from pickup truck Area dries out after heavy rain, more forecast for today Forcasters caution drivers during latest flood warning An upper level low pressure continued to track its way from the panhandle region toward South Texas, officials with the National Weather Service said Monday afternoon. Monday’s bad weather produced scattered showers and thunderstorms over the area, but that is not unusual for this time of the year, said NWS spokesman, Pat McDonald, in New Braunfels. “The (current) situation is bringing waves of energy with it and will produce more rainfall periodically,” McDonald said. “However, if there is another storm system, we’re not expecting it to have the same severity as the one on Monday.” With rain amounts likely to average from one half to I inch, with scattered two inch totals and isolated amounts close to four and five inches possible, flash flooding is a concern for local meteorologists for the next 24 to 48 hours. “We could see additional scattered showers and thunderstorms Thursday and Friday. We’re stressing to drivers not to drive through low water crossings,” McDonald said. “Be aware of your surroundings. TXtrn around, don't drown.” — Mark Koopmans By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung A 42-year-old San Antonio man was airlifted to University Hospital after he was ejected from his car on Interstate 35 Monday. Traffic was diverted from the northbound lanes of 1-35 while an AirLife helicopter landed to transport the man. According to the New Braunfels Police Department, the man's Chevrolet pickup apparently struck the concrete divider. Police did not release his name, pending notice to his family, however, Sgt. Fred Pfeil with NBPD said the injuries “did not appear to be life threatening.” Pfeil said the department is “still investigating the cause See WRECK, Page 3 DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung AirLife flight nurses and a New Braunfels firefighter load the driver of a pickup truck aboard an air ambulance after the driver's vehicle struck the center concrete divider, throwing him from the truck onto a rain slicked northbound Interstate 35 near theTree of Life Church Monday afternoon.Local emergency preparedness plan recognized by state FIND IT IN OUR MORE IN IT FOR YOO www.Herald-Zeitung.Com WEATHER Check Out Your Local Radar ■ Emergency management officials encourage residents and business owners to have at least one all hazard emergency alert NCAA radio on hand. ■ Brochures and pamphlets with educational information regarding emergency alert systems and the significance of emergency preparedness plans for families and businesses.      '_ 8 Emergency preparedness videos on the topics of shelter-in-place, evacuations, emergency supply kit needs and emergency alert systems.    ___ ■ Educational emergency preparedness activity books, starring "Tex" the Shelter-ln-Place Turtle, for children, parents and educators. ■ The program also has information from related organizations to assess the emergency needs of people with disabilities. _ ■ Brochures are available at city libraries, fire stations and police substations. They are videos are available in both English and Spanish, according to information from the Ready South Texas Web site. The demonstration videos can be accessed on-line at, or at city libraries. Source: Ready South Texas By Mark Koopmans The Herald-Zeitung Ready South Texas, the emergency preparedness campaign coordinated by officials from Bexar and Comal counties and the City of San Antonio, was recognized by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management, which is part of the Texas Department of Public Safety, as a “Model Preparedness Campaign” recently. The tri-agency effort was funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, through its Office of Domestic Preparedness. “The mission of Ready South Texas is to educate residents who live within our three communities,” said Carol Edgett, director of Comal County’s Emergency Operations Center. “We do this through public outreach, and by taking appropriate actions prior Community Emergency Response Team members Sande Hervelin, left, and Sherry Walker, right, demonstrate some of what the have learned about first aid with fellow CERT member Jimaleah Boyers Monday afternoon. DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung to, during and after critical incidents like a possible act of terrorism.” The communities involved are not under any type of immediate terrorist threat at this time, she said. However, the program is a proactive approach to emergency preparedness in the event of such a threat. “We all know life is very busy, but people should take at least a few minutes to help prepare themselves,” Edgett said Monday. While putting together a preparedness kit is important, one of the most necessary aspects of a preparedness plan is developing See EMERGENCY, Page 2 ;