New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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ELECTION 2005 ONE VOTE
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 151 14 pages, 1 section
DEAR ABBY 10
CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 9
CROSSWORD 9 FORUM 4
TV GRIDS IOJuvenile incarceration costs soar in county
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners Thursday voted to spend $200,000 in reserves to cover projected shortfalls in funding for locking up juvenile offenders.
The county’s district and county court-at-law judges who serve on the Child Welfare Board approached commissioners asking for the additional funding in part because last year commissioners cut $100,000 out of the Juvenile Probation Depart
ment’s budgetary requests — and partly because of the increased need in this county to lock up juvenile offenders.
In 2004, cases were up sharply. County Auditor David Renken said juvenile probation budgeted and
spent approximately $250,000 for incarceration. About $150,000 of that money comes from the county’s general fund, while the rest comes from several grant funds.
Believing the 2004 caseload to be an anomaly and faced with stark
budget choices, commissioners slashed the incarceration budget to $53,000 — telling probation officials to come hack for funds during this year if they needed to.
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BULLISH ON RODEO
Longer stares down monster bulls, lives to talk about it
By Ron Maloney
Ryan Longer laughs when he hears someone joke about some job or other being tough — “but someone has to do it.”
That’s because he has the grand-daddy of all those kinds of jobs — one that, make no mistake about it, can kill you.
Longer is a bullfighter—not the dapper, dandy, Spanish-style bullfighter with the dainty hat, bright-colored cape and the big bull stickers that make it somewhat less than an even fight.
“They cheat,” Longer said dismissively. “They don’t let the bull eat or drink for days.”
Longer, of New Braunfels, is an American-style bullfighter who works the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and American Professional Bullfighting Association circuits. He lives out of the camper in the back of his pickup, traveling from show to show, and doing odd construction jobs here at home to fill in what down time he has.
There are two types of bullfighting in the United States — and the animal emerges from the contest little worse for the wear, and a whole lot smarter for next time — unlike the bullfighting known in Spain, where the animal gives his all — including his life — for the benefit of the show.
One is “freestyle,” where the bull-tighter confronts the animal, man to bull, and a team of judges scores his moves. In that sport, Longer has been ranked 12th internationally during his short career.
The other is for “rider protection” — protection of rodeo bull-riders who fall off the animal.
Those bullfighters don’t compete with one another and so
NB police to train recruits
By Ron Maloney
T\vo prospective New Braunfels police officers began their training in San Antonio this week to learn the skills required for their jobs and get the basic certification required to be a peace officer.
What is different about these two officers from others hired by the NBPD in recent years is they are not yet certified peace officers — and New Braunfels is paying them an hourly wage plus the cost of their training.
The move brings hack a practice common in New Braunfels in the 1970s and common to many urban and suburban police departments — paying a prospective
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Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Ryan Longer, left, a professional bullfighter, attracts a bull's attention away from it's fallen rider at Vic's Arena in Marion. Below, Longer walks away from the gate after diverting a bull's attention.
aren’t ranked. Their job is solely to protect the bullrider when he falls off.
Most people know that kind of bullfighter as a rodeo clown. But make no mistake about it, it’s serious business. Rodeo bullfighters have an ironic and even fatalistic sense of humor.
That comes from the risks. Over the course of a career, bullfighters are bound to get hurt.
A bumper sticker on the back of Longers truck reads, "If it can’t kill you, it ain’t a sport.”
“You’re going to get popped. A bullrider is on one bull for eight seconds at a time. We fight 40 bulls for two to three minutes each. On an average per week, I’m in front of 180 bulls,” Longer said. “On a summer week, that can be 200 to 250 bulls. That’s the fun part for me because I get to ‘play’ with every single bull.”
Longer isn t the main rodeo clown — the person who runs the skits, tells the one-liners and entertains the crowd in much the same
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Wine and Saengerfest promises fun for all
By Scott Mahon
A blend of familiar traditions, new experiences and German heritage, the second annual Wein and Saengerfest will be an allday festivity Saturday in downtown New Braunfels.
“The festival has something for everyone,” said Main Street Manager Jan Soechting. “Wineries from
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WINE AND SAENGERFEST
■ 10 a.m. — Ethnic pet parade
■ 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Grape stomp
■ Noon — Grape Bake judging and prizes
■ 3 to 8 p.m. — Wine tasting featuring Texas wineries
■ Noon to 8 p.m. — Wine market open
■ 7 p.m. — Street dance featuring Two Tons of Steel
■ Noon to 8 p.m. — Weinstein University
Evangel reaches out to those in need
By Leigh Jones
The love at Evangel Assembly of God cannot be contained within the walls of its clubhouse turned church.
It spills out into the surrounding neighborhoods, bringing hope to people who have given up on life.
Walking down the streets, Pastor Sam Atwell said he was amazed at how many people he encountered who were without hope.
"I meet a lot of people who are victims of life, rather
than heirs of it,” he said.
Far from being discouraged by what he saw, Atwell viewed the church’s location as an opportunity to meet some of the city’s unique needs.
“We try to meet one need at a time and often discover the needs are communal,” he said.
The first outreach the church started in the neighborhood was “Fusion,” a sidewalk ministry for children.
Every other week, members converge on a neigh
bor’s front yard to set up games. They play with the children and get to know them before diving into music and a devotional.
“Everything is aimed at the kids, to teach them right where they’re at,” Atwell said.
Member Liz McCraw said the outreach was working for neighborhood children as well as the church member’s children.
“It’s great seeing the children getting involved and
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The Top Hat Dance Cub fills the night with music, formal dancing and filii for everyone.
EVANGEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD
■ Pastor: Sam Atwell
■ Denomination: Assembly of God
■ Meeting time: 10:30 a.m.
■ Location: 104 Melody Lane
■ Phone: 608-1133
■ Worship style: Blended
Evangel Assembly of God pastor Sam Atwell stands near the front of his church.