New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY "v 14, 2004
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New Braunfels girls advance in playoffs after beating Uvalde 4-1 in regional quarterfinal matchup. Page SA
Readers sound off on protecting the downtown fountain, NBU tree cutting methods and a new visitor center. Page 4A
ig New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
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A U.S. Department of Energy Economist said Thursday it isn t the retailer s fault when gas prices rise. How the price of gasoline breaks down:
B Cost of crude oil: 43 percent
R Taxes: 29 percent
B Refining: 15 percent
B Retailing costs, including profit: 13 percent _______
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Gas prices inching up to $2
By Ron Maloney
People are getting angry.
That’s what two truck drivers said Thursday when asked about gas prices, which are creeping toward the $2 per-gallon mark— and as high as $2.15 in New Braunfels for premium grade gasoline.
Roy Butler and Melvin Brown are independent truckers out of Sullivan City who only haul in Texas. Diesel at Rip Griffin’s Thursday was $1.65 — not much compared to gasoline prices around New Braunfels.
But the prices are strangling the trucking industry, both men say which will have repercussions throughout the economy.
“It’s pretty tough, man,” Buder said.
“We’ve only had this truck for a year, but the price of fuel has gone up 75 cents in that time,” Brown said.
The problem has been exacerbated because truckers are getting squeezed not only by fuel costs but also by the fees they collect.
“The brokers can’t raise the rates,” Brown said.
“What we’re paying out is going up,” Butler said. “What we’re talcing in ain’t. It’s taking money away from us.”
Both men have pulled in their lifestyle on the road to try to cut costs, which they say a lot of
See GAS. Page 3A
Fire destroys Bulverde home
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a Barton Hill Drive residence.
Bulverde Fire Marshal Steve Simpson said Bulverde volunteer firefighters dispatched to the blaze in the 2800 block of Bar ton Hill at 8:46 p.m. Wednesday arrived six minutes later to find a two-story home fully in flames.
Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Ivy said Spring Branch, Bracken and Hollywood Park firefighters were called to help extinguish the blaze.
“We had it under control at 9:26 p.m.,” Ivy said. “It took us about 40 minutes. Fire
fighters stayed much of the night and returned on Thursday to make sure the fire did not rekindle.
Ivy said the value of the loss had not been tabulated Thursday.
“We did save some buildings on the back that were attached to it, but it was destroyed,” Ivy said.
Simpson said the home’s single occupant, whom he did not name, travels a lot and was out of town when the fire occurred.
“As of right now, we haven’t been able to locate him to tell him about the fire,” Simpson said. "So we don’t have much to say about it right now. We don’t have anything on a cause at this point.”
Bulverde Firefighter/EMT Jason Ellis looks over the still-smoldering remains of a house Thursday afternoon in the 2800 block of Barton Hill.
School finance reform unlikely this session
By Loigh Jones
Texas representatives converge on Austin again today to await Senate action on school finance reform.
Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, said she expected to wait several days.
“I don’t think we ll have anything from the Senate,” she said. “It could be the Senate may get something to us by Sunday.”
If senators approve their version of the finance reform legislation, the bill would come back to the house for a vote. If house members do not
concur with the bill, it would be given to a house conference committee made up of members from both parties selected by the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house.
The committee would make changes and send the bill back to both chambers for a final vote.
The entire process would have to be completed by Wednesday night to
meet the deadline for this special session.
Casteel said she was skeptical it would happen that quickly
“I don’t think we’re that close,” she said. “If the senate doesn’t come back with anything, (Gov. Rick Perry) may call another session."
Another special session would give legislators 30 more days to hammer out a school finance solution both chambers could agree on.
“Then we would start over again, but it should not take as long as it did the first time,” Casteel said. “Of
See FINANCE, Page 2A
By Ron Maloney
An accident involving several trucks on northbound Interstate 35 near York Creek Road Thursday morning caused only minor injuries but snarled traffic for several hours.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lt. Mark Reynolds reported an accident near mile marker 194 involving three semi-rigs, a garbage truck and a pickup truck.
Sheriff’s deputies and police closed 1-35 just south of the accident scene, diverting traffic to the frontage road, Reynolds said.
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher said the driver of one of the trucks was taken to McKenna Memorial I lospital to be examined. Other safety officials said his injuries were not life threatening. Another driver was taken in by his trucking company to be checked out. He too was believed to have escaped with only minor injuries, officials said.
Zercher said the long road closure was forced by the time it took to right a tanker trailer
See WRECK. Page 2A
First Baptist Church, Canyon lake
Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH - CANYON LAKE
■ Pastor Gordon Hightower
Bl Denomination: Southern Baptist
■ Attendance 230
■ Meeting time: 10:45 a rn Sunday
■ Address 13085 F.M. 306
Bl Phone (830) 964-
■ Worship style Blended
■ Web site:
www lifewaylink.c om/fbccanyonlake
■ Mission statement: To lead everyone to a relationship with Jesus and a life like Jesus.
First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake helping needy worldwide
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — First Baptist Church Pastor Gordon Hightower was up to his elbows in other people's clothes Tuesday as he packed boxes for a mission trip to New Mexico.
“Our church adopted a new vision statement last year,” I lightower said. “One part of it was to provide help to the poor and needy in our community and throughout the world.”
The church receives 200 to 300 black trash bags full of used clothing every month at its processing center where members sort and repackage the items to send to areas in need.
“We start by meeting physical needs and building relationships so that we can meet spiritual needs,” Hightower said.
This year, the church will expand its ministry to include bulk food items. Truckloads of food will be repackaged and dispersed to other churches as soon
as I lightower and his staff can make room in the 40-by-40 foot garage they currently use for processing clothing.
Another unique arm of the church’s ministry is its disaster relief team.
“We just respond to people in need by providing hot meals when they are needed,” said Alex Powell, a disaster relief team member.
In 2001, the church purchased a 22-foot long enclosed trailer, and team members fitted it with kitchen equipment and cooking utensils. The rest of the trailer is packed with food so it is ready to go at a moment ’s notice.
Powell said a team of 12 volunteers could serve as many as 10,000 meals using the trailer.
The team is called out by Texas Baptist Men, based in Dallas. Relief efforts are usually joint efforts with the Red Cross or the Salvation Army.
In April, the team was dispatched to
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First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake Pastor Gordon Hightower sorts clothes to be distributed to needy families
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Nancy Ney Charter School students work on outdoor mural