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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW- B'RAfcJNFELSHerald-Zeitung - - I • , ■ ... .....    1 ,J '—-    ———..........—— —  ■■■■- .............v........................ -...................if....xv...f.*.v.. ^ -..........—.......-......»'yv......i ■ 4 » «.w Vol. 149, No. 269    16    pages    in    2    sections    November    4,    2000 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents fjw?« Bw* . . J iran an a i jfftnilh is 'fifty rito aggressive r&lie reading. 3.1(5 fcfiliy dug the umf hf grinded -a 20*uatr rat! without getting hun. H? says a fun due would include riding1 th waves on surfboards, Meowed by a candiel!? pcn*< on the bf afb, jeremtab enjoyed bis IS minutes of game sbo* fame appearing on the HTV shew Singled Out1    im Photo submitted New Braunfels High School graduate Jeremiah (no last name provided) graces a trading card as he campaigns for the title of “Boy of the Year.” Girls go Boy Crazy! over NBHS grad By Betty Taylor Features Editor It started as a joke, but now Jeremiah’s face is on trading cards and a Web site seen by thousands of teen-age girls across the United States. As the presidential race heats up, Jeremiah, who grew up in New Braunfels, is campaigning in a race of his own. He is hoping to be voted “Boy of the Year” — entitling him to a $10,000 college scholarship, a one-year modeling contract and a brand new Volkswagen Beetle. Jeremiah, whose last name is not used to protect him from overzealous fans, said the whole thing started this past year when he and a friend visited a Boy Crazy! booth at North Star Mall. Boy Crazy! is a trading card system for girls which features real boys, ages 12 to 22, from across the United States. Jeremiah and his friend signed up with the company as possible candidates for the trading cards. “We thought it was a joke but figured we had nothing to lose,” Jeremiah said. Jeremiah was picked. He had to wait until he turned 18 in July to sign a contract because his mom was not too sure about the whole thing. “She was a little iffy about it,” the New Braunfels High School graduate said. This year, he was named Boy of the Week for Sept. 4-10. Fans of Jeremiah went to the Web site to vote for him. He now is featured as card number 272. Sean* a Southwest Texas University student from Boerne, was named Boy of the Week for March 6-12 and is card nufnber 28. Lisa Larson, public relations manager for Boy Crazy!, said the company introduced the system in February to attract girls into the trading card arena. “Boys — that is what girls are really interested in. This is real boys for real girls. It also gives girls the idea that there are hun- See BOY/1 OARainfall slower than 1998 flood From staff reports The Guadalupe River churned rapidly under the Gruene Road bridge Friday afternoon in New Braunfels. White caps crashed against the bridge, and were reported to have even leaped over the structure at one point. But Friday afternoon, the angry waters stayed under the bridge. The waves were still ominous, though, a reminder of what can happen when New Braunfels gets too much rain. The city was devastated by floodwaters in October 1998. Rockin’ R River Rides, located near the Gruene Road bridge, was among the many businesses and city residents that suffered in the 1998 flood. The company did not take any chances after several days of heavy rain this week. Rockin’ R moved its shuttle buses and some other equipment to higher ground in the middle of the night Thursday, Rockin’ R staff reported. They did not have to move the equipment, but did so as a precautionary measure. While the continuous rains must have frightened a community still recovering from the 1998 flood, the National Weather Service said this rain is different from 1998. “It does not compare to the 1998 flood,” Patrick McDonald, forecaster with the National Weather Service, said. “In the 1998 flood, we had 20 to 25 inches fall in 24 hours. This year we’re getting IO to 15 inches of rainfall in five days. That’s a much slower event. It’s causing flooding, but when you get 20 to See WEATHER/1 OA Love that Wurst! New Braunfels’ sausage fest takes bite out of fun K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Grosse Opa Tom Purdum and wife Bobbie (above) take the first official bite of Wurst at Friday evening’s opening ceremonies in Wursthalle. Ricky Currie (right) quickly caught on to the happenings in Wursthalle. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Prosit! The 40th edition of Wurstfest jumped off Friday afternoon with lederhosen, polka music and the nose-tickling smell of sauerkraut. There were bands — local and imported — there was beer, there were kartofrel puffers, and oh yes ... there was sausage. Lots and lots of sausage, the signature local food around which Wurstfest was built. Wurstfest began at 4 p.m. with performances of the Comal Community Band of New Braunfels and this year’s special guests, the Blasorcheter der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr of namesake Braunfels, Gemiany. Wurstfest Association President David Lamon and Grosse Opa Tom Purdum made it official at 5 p.m. with the traditional biting of the sausage. “It’s not your regular ribbon-cutting, summed up Opa Michael Meek, who ut Va, Wa A- W ¥i A ! Jl 9 «•** • m rn K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Wurstfest president David Lamon (center) announces the official first bite of Wurstfest Friday night. Despite inclement weather, Wursthalle was packed with oompah fans. worked the outside information booth with Opa Mike Shands and others. It’s not your regular festival, either. Wurstfest began in 1961 as a one-day sausage festival and went through a decades-long metamorphosis to become the family-oriented festival of New Braunfels heritage it is today. Wurstfest is similar to Germany’s Oktoberfest with an added Texas twang and traditional foods and a Chicken Dance. Purdum has been involved with Wurstfest since the beginning. After he donned his badge, he admonished rev- See WURSTFEST/10A Inside Gridiron roundup Smithson Valley Rangers take district championship/1 B Canyon Cougars upset Boerne/1 B NEWCOMBE Newcombe in car when Bush tagged By Laurie Kellmann Associated Press Writer According to reports surrounding George W. Bush’s 1976 arrest for driving under the influence in Maine, New Braunfels’ resident tennis celebrity John Newcombe was a passenger when the governor was arrested. Newcombe owns the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, 325 Mission Valley Road. The Australian tennis player was in Sydney, Australia, yesterday, and could not be reached for comment. Nancy Alfaro, who is in chaige of marketing at the Newcombe ranch, said phones were ringing off their hooks since the new s broke. She could not comment on the incident, because she had not been in touch with Newcombe. Newcombe, his wife and Bush’s sister Dorothy were in the car when a police officer arrested Bush, his spokeswoman Karen Hughes said. George W. Bush said he regrets driving under the influence of alcohol 24 years ago, but does not think the revelation of his arrest so close to Tuesday’s presidential election will do anything to change voters’ minds about him. At a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, Bush drew thunderous applause when he said “I made mistakes in my life, but I’m proud to tell you I’ve learned from those mistakes.” Bush earlier said he had been open about his alcohol use. “I have been very candid about my past. I’ve said I’ve made mistakes in the past. People know that. They’ve thought about that. They’re making their minds up now,” he said. Former First Lady Barbara Bush called the matter “Much ado about nothing,” while Bush campaign spokeswoman Karen Hughes said Friday at a brief airport news conference that Bush has not hidden his record. She said the only time Bush was asked whether he had been arrested for drinking and driving, he See DUI/10A Inside Abby........................ .......5A Classifieds................... .....5-8B Comics....................... ........5A Crossword.................. ........5A Forum......................... ........6A Local/Metro................ ........4A Movies......................... ........5A Obituaries................... ........3A Sports....................... ....1-3B Today........................ 2A www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 Coming Sunday JI! Bi ye Heritage Society of New Braunfels invites everyone to New Braunfels Civic Center for a step back in time./Lifestyle IC Downtown arson suspect acquitted By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A jury acquitted a 37-year-old man Friday of setting a February 1999 blaze that damaged several downtown New Braunfels businesses. Andrew Ortiz, of New Braunfels, was found not guilty of charges of arson and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the Feb. 3, 1999, fire, Ed Jendrzey, assistant district attorney, said. The decision followed a weeklong trial in district court that began Monday with jury selection. Testimony ended Thursday and closing arguments were Friday morning. The 12-member jury began deliberating around noon Friday and returned with its decision at about 7:45 p.m. Friday, Jendrzey said. “I’m disappointed,” Jendrzey said. The fire began at about 3 a.m. Feb. 3 at what was then First Plaza Finance at 140 N. Casten Ave. The fire caused $100,000 to $150,000 damage to the business, reports from that time said. The business has since moved to a new location. Off icials said in 1999 that the fire began in the manager’s office at First Plaza Finance and spread to three other businesses through a common attic. At one point Friday afternoon, the jury sent a message to the court that it was locked in a 7-5 decision. The message did not indicate if the majority of the jury believed Ortiz was guilty or not guilty. The judge instructed the jury to continue deliberations. Ortiz was originally indicted on three charges, arson, tampering with physical evidence and theft. However, Jendrzey said Ortiz was taken to trial on only the charges of arson and tampering with physical evidence. Ortiz has been in jail since Sept. 20, 1999. ;