New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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With prices soaring, at least one resident thinks ifs time to ‘saddle up the donkey’
By Ron Malonoy
Rick Brauchle has a big old comfortable car — a 1980s Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. It gets the Spring Branch resident where he needs to be and virtually floats over the road.
And, as the old joke goes, its big-block V8 engine is fast enough to pass anything out there — except the gas station.
With gas prices at record levels and approaching $2 a gallon, that’s getting to be a problem.
“It’s high — actually, I’m going to have to saddle up my donkey if it gets any worse,” Brauchle said.
lie put $23.27 worth of Chevron gas — going over what he intended to
spend because he was talking— in the car Friday at Harry Patel’s Champ No. 4 store near New Braunfels High School off Loop 337. At $1.79.9 a gallon, that wasn’t much fuel for a big old land yacht.
The prices hurt Brauchle, who works renovating houses. So far, he’s been able to afford the gas he needs, but he doesn’t know where the prices will stop rising.
Perhaps no one else does, either. Economists, travel professionals, wholesalers and service station operators all say they don’t know how high fuel costs will go. But, with Memorial Day and the summer travel season approaching and demand for gasoline higher than ever,
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Pain at the pump
NEW BRAUNFELS REGULAR OAS PRICES (as of Saturday)
■ Pit Stop, Texaco. Loop 337 and River Road $1,839
8 Champ No 4. Chevron. Loop 337 near Texas 46 SI 799
m Murphy USA. Wal-Mart $ I 799
• Phillips 66. West San Antonio and Chestnut Avenue $1,799
■ Rudy's, Loop 337 and Common Street $1,759
$1,857 (up 4.5 cents over record
set one week ago)
■ South Ceroline
■ Now Jersey
■ Austin: $1,712 (up 5.1 cents over record set April 21)
■ Corpus Christi: $1 684 (up 2 7 cents over record set April 17)
9 Dallas: $1,733 (up 3.6 cents over record aet April 22)
ii Houston: $1,713 (up 4.1 cents oMer record set April 22)
■ San Antonio: $1,707 (up 5.0 cants over record set April 20)
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Texas Weekend Gas Witch
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Council will debate beer bongs again Monday when council considers a proposed ordinance prohibiting the use of “volume drinking devices.”
However, District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine, who first brought the beer bong issue up, may have difficulty getting the ordinance past the first reading.
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members feel the issue already has attracted loo much attention.
“It’s unfortunate the issue has gotten so much publicity because of one councilman,” said District 2 Councilman Larry Alexander. “It's been unnecessary publicity, and it needs to go away.”
Alexander said he wouldn’t support the proposed ordinance.
“Ail ordinance like that would be a burden to the policedepartment,” Alexander said. “Besides, we already have ordinances on the books that deal with disorderly behavior on the rivers and in the parks. And the police recognize disorderly and drunken behavior and have
See DRIMNIMMI, Page 7A
Braunfels City Council
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
I Where: Municipal Building, 424 Casted Ave.
Central Texas Technology Centers prepare to open tor sum mer classes.
Beer bong ban draft on tap for city debate
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Rick Brauchle fills the tank of his Oldsmobile Friday at the Champ No. 4 store off Loop 337, where prices were almost $1.80 per gallon.
Holiday brings mom no break from worry
By Loigh Jones
Part of a mother’s job description is to worry about her children, but mothers of servicemen and women have more to worry about than most.
Debbi I laecker is getting a good dose of worry for Mother’s Day.
In a few weeks, Debbi’s son, Travis, a Marine reservist, will leave for deployment in Iraq.
“When he was a senior at New Braunfels I Ugli School, he joined the Marines, and I talked him out of it,” I laecker said.
She could not talk ITavis out
of his desire to be a soldier, and after a few years playing football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, he joined the Marine Reserves.
Travis was in infantry school when the Sept. ll, 2001, attacks occurred. Several months later, his unit, based in Austin, was activated and sent to Cuba.
“I remember when I took him to the airport to leave for Cuba,” Haecker said. “I could hardly drive home aliter dropping him off.”
This time, the anxiety is much worse.
See MOTHERS, Page 7A
Debbi Haecker's son. Travis, a Marine reservist, will leave in a few weeks for deployment in Iraq. Haecker says she plans on sending lots of packages to her son.
NBISD trustees may ‘clear purchase of heart shockers
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent Sch(X)l District Board of Trustees will hear a “shocking” presentation Monday night when the Health Advisory Committee reports on efforts to acquire Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for all school campuses.
An AFD automatically analyzes the heart rhythm of someone in sudden cardiac arrest and advises the rescuer, through computerized voice instructions, when to push a button to deliver a potentially life-saving shock to the victim, according to the National ( enter for Early Deli (inflation.
Dean liiird, New Braunfels High School head athletic trainer and committee member, said heart attacks among young athletes have become more common, although none have occurred in New Braunfels.
“There have been some high-profile cardiac episodes in athletics over the last few years,” laird said. ‘ There were two liigh school ftxjtball players, one in I Ailing and one in Houston, who might have benefited from the use of an AED."
I aird said athletic sponsors, who are required to have first aid certification, should have
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