New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, MAY 31,2005
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Cuellar holds town meeting on veteran benefits, issues
By Ron Maloney
Congressman Henry Cuellar spent Memorial Day in a series of “town meeting” discussions of issues pertaining to Texas veterans and their benefits.
Cuellar, whose 28th U.S. Congressional District stretches from his hometown of Laredo through San Antonio to San Marcos, brought an entourage of specialists on various aspects of veterans affairs to the Walton F. Hoffmann Memorial Post 179 of the American Legion in New Braunfels for an hour and half meeting.
Cuellar made similar presentations in Seguin and San Marcos, ending his day well after 7:30 p.m.
Joining Cuellar at Post 179 were Comal County Veterans Service Officer Michelle Davis, VA Military Services Coordinator Juan F. Rivera, VA Audie Murphy Enrollment Coordinator Michael Weiner, Fort Sam Houston Cemetery Director William A. Trower and his staff assistant, Jose Armijo.
Cuellar welcomed attendees and then opened a panel discussion of veterans benefits.
“This is a very important day when we honor our veterans,” Cuellar said. “We have to remember them any time we vote, any time we go to church, any time we assemble like we have today, it’s a time to praise, remember and thank our veterans for what they have done for us in protecting this country.”
Cuellar said Monday’s meeting in New
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Nancy Fuller finishes last day as superintendent of Comal Independent School District.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Cecil Konkel removes a flag from Welton Brasuell's, U.S. Army, plot Monday afternoon at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Konkel and other members of Post 35 placed all 1,081 flags around the park to honor veterans.
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Leon Hein ike walk around
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earlier during the afternoon Memorial Day. Even though Leon suffered a stroke two years ago, he still makes the trek to honor those who served.
Locals gather to honor those who fought, died for freedom
By Ron Maloney
The light, warm breeze that caressed Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park was just strong enough to stretch the United States flag to its full length at half staff at midmorning Monday.
About I OO people — including veterans, citizens, soldiers, Boy Scouts and cadets of local Junior ROTC programs — attended solemn ceremonies to honor those who have given their lives while wearing the uniforms of the United States military.
loan Helmke and members . of American Legion Post 35 and its auxiliary organized the remembrance, which was the centerpiece of Memorial Day recognitions conducted in New Braunfels Monday.
Post 35 Commander Cecil Konkel gave opening remarks.
“We gather here today to honor our veterans and those who lie beneath us and beneath these small American flags, and all who have given their lives under the flag of our country,” Konkel said.
The little flags he referred to were the more than 1,000 that fluttered over the graves of fallen veterans who lie in Memorial Park. Those flags were put out Sunday and removed late Monday.
“We owe our greatest homage to those who gave their lives," j Konkel said, adding that none would go forgotten.
“Because of their patriotism, their light burns brightly in the heart of every American,” Konkel said. “Dowers, flags and ceremonies can never repay this debt of ours.”
Konkel said the sacrifice of American military men and women going back more than 200 years reminds us today that each new generation must be prepared to shed its blood to protect liberty.
“It now falls to us and our children to preserve this noble faith undiminished; faith in God who has helped our cause on a thousand battlefields,” Konkel said. “We ensure that faith will be preserved for countless generations unborn. God bless us all, and God bless America.”
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I 1,081 flags were placed by graves of veterans who gave lives serving the United States.
I Flags were placed in cemetery Sunday.
I Memorial wreath was placed at base of cemetery flagpole, and "Taps" was played.
City to not be affected by bill amendment
By Ron Maloney
District 73 State Rep. Carter Casteel was able Sunday to have language added to a bill that would
require some cities—but not New Braunfels—to offer farmers nondevelopment agreements before annexing their property The changes were made in a bill filed by Rep. Sid Miller of
Stephenville, BB 1772, which adds limits in the way general law cities annex adjacent land. As New Braunfels is a home rule city under the provisions of the Texas Local Government Code, the bill would
not apply to it, although it would apply to cities such as Garden Ridge or Bulverde.
Casteel had filed an annexation bill of her own, BB 2305, which was borne out of a pro
tracted and controversial annexation fight in 2004 in which New Braunfels sought to annex property owned by farmers to the
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Traffic stacks up along Texas 46 East as tourists leave for home.
Memorial Day weekend busy despite early rains
By Ron Maloney
When outfitter J. ledger celebrates his birthday later this summer, he ll also do it with a big bash to celebrate the 30th year for his business, Felger Tube Rentals.
But with overnight and early morning spring deluges and a forecast for even more rain, the opening of ledger s 30th year was somewhat less than a blowout.
“I d say we were probably off30 percent or 40 percent,” Felger said, blaming die downturn on weather in Austin and elsewhere and a forecast that suggested worse for New Braunfels.
Sunday, the National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm and tornado watches for areas of South Texas that included Comal County. While thunderstorms were reported locally, no tornadoes were noted.
“Friday night and Saturday
night, I saw people pulling out of River Road left and right.” Felger said. “I think people got scared.”
Monday, he said, was a travel day for most tourists — and not a had day for New Braunfelsers to enjoy their rivers.
“Today’s the day the locals float,” he said.
Felger said he and other New Braunfels outfitters weren’t sure that they hadn’t been hurt by a permit parking program insti
tuted by the city in river area neighborhoods.
“I don’t know what all the variables are, but we were down,” Felger said. “At least it wasn’t like last year! We’re open, and we’re having fun. God willing and Mother Nature willing, maybe we ll have a better year than last year.”
As Felger spoke, outbound vehicles were backed up for
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