New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Canyon downs Smithson Valley 48-34 in the girls basketball season opener for the schools. Page 5A
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Downtown merchants will host a "Harvest Happening' Saturday to help the SOS Food Bank. Page 4B
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NBISD board nears decision on drug testing
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees are one step closer to implementing a program of random drug testing at the high school and possibly the middle school.
After learning about programs in other districts and being assured by Trustee Rob Johnson, a lawyer, that
no legal obstacles existed, trustees seemed poised to make a decision.
Several parents spoke in favor of testing during the meeting, but no one was more supportive than high school Assistant Principal Mike Reimer.
“It will give recreational users a reason to say ‘no,’” he said. “We don’t have to test too many. If we can afford it, why not do it?”
Reimer told trustees the high school did not have a drug problem, although occasionally students were busted for being in possession or under the influence of drugs.
Last school year, district administrators busted 18 students between sixth and 12th grades for drug violations. This year, the number is sure to be higher — 18 students already have been caught since school start
ed in August.
Johnson said no program could prevent every student from using drugs.
“We have good kids who will do the right thing no matter what. Some, we will never be able to help. But then there are those in the middle. We need something for those kids,” he said.
High school senior Lauren Cov
City sets date of final reading for annexation
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels City Council postponed annexing over 3,000 acres of land outside the city limits until Nov. 22 to give landowners time to sign nonannexation agreements.
Monday, council members were scheduled to approve the third and final reading of annexation ordinances. But Planning Director Frank Robbins recommended postponing the third reading for two weeks, when it is expected that landowners will submit signed nonannexation agreements.
Called restrictive covenants, the agreements would postpone annexation of land whose owners who sign the agreement for almost three years, or until the Texas Legislature could find a permanent solution for protecting ranch and farmland from annexation. The agreements would require landowners to maintain the current use of their land, while die city would agree not to annex the land.
Council did approve the third and final reading of ordinances in October to annex almost 250 acres of land on State Hwy. 46 known as areas 1,2,3 and 4.
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■ Council postponed the second reading of an ordinance that would designate a maximum weight limit for East County Line Road that runs adjacent to the Owens Corning plant. Residents along the road had complained to District 3 Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk that truck traffic was damaging the road. Sokolyk said Monday that she had met with Owens Corning representatives. She requested the postponement to give Owens Corning and residents time to work out a solution.
■ Council voted 4-3 against installing stop signs at the intersection of County Line Road and Pah-meyer Road. District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine, Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez and Sokolyk voted for the ordinance. Mayor Adam Cork, who voted against the ordinance, said the city should develop a policy for stop signs as part of the development process.
■ Council approved a $338,910 contract for economic development between the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the New Braunfels Industrial Development (4B) Corporation.
‘Fun master5 found new sense of joy during Wurstfest reign
By Ron Maloney
Don Bedford’s time in the limelight came to a close Sunday night.
He will still be a respected dentist and a pillar of the community he and his wife, JoAnn, have called home for 40 years, but he will never, ever again be Wurstfest “Grosse Opa.”
“I’m just on cloud nine,” Bedford said Monday. “ This has been the best experience of my life. On top of that, it was a very successful Wurstfest.”
Wurstfest, this city’s version of Oktoberfest, is an annual “salute to sausage” that Sunday completed its 44th annual rendition. Each year, 100,000-plus visitors pump millions of dollars into the local economy and hundreds of thousands more to the 40-plus service clubs and charitable organizations for which the event is an important fund-raiser.
“He’s enjoyed this so much, his hat almost got stuck on his head,” JoAnn Bedford exclaimed, laughing.
Bedford said his job as “big grandpa,” or “fun master,” of Wurstfest and its representative to the world was a unique opportunity to meet people — and still learn about Wurstfest, New Braunfels and its traditions.
2004 Grosse Opa Don Bedford, left, and Wurstfest President Doug Miller.
"I’ve just got a new sense of the joy people have and the good time it is,” Bedford said. “I just happen to believe the Ixird wants us to have fun. The beautiful thing is all the good it does for all those organizations — and all the fun it is.”
Sunday, Bedford said, was special when Wurstfest President Doug Miller declared the day “Patrick Flores
See WURSTFEST, Page 3A
Benjamin Limoges, left, tries out a frozen drink while his mother, Jessica, finishes off a sausage on a stick, and friend Amanda Lamkin munches on roasted corn and Linda Lamkin enjoys a wurst taco. The group traveled from Cedar Park to enjoy the final weekend of Wurstfest.
ington said she liked what she heard from trustees.
“I think there will be students this does help. I like the idea of a deterrent, but my only concern is that it would not be effective without a punishment,” she said.
Reimer told trustees he would support a random drug testing program,
See NBISD, Page 2A
Cuellar: I will not overlook New Braunfels
By Ron Maloney
Henry Cuellar never had any intention of slowing down once elected to represent the 28th U.S. Congressional District, which includes parts of New Braunfels.
“The election’s over, now let me know what I can do,” Cuellar, D-Laredo, said in an interview Monday. “I want to hit the ground running.”
District 28 stretches from Cuellar’s hometown along the Interstate 35 corridor through San Antonio up to San Marcos.
Cuellar carried the district over Seguin Republican Jim I lopson by about 37,000 votes — a landslide compared to his 58-vote primary win over incumbent Giro Rodriguez. He also carried Comal County— winning in precincts that elected a Republican county commissioner.
Cuellar attributed the local showing to work by County Democrat Chairman Larry I lotion and supporter Ramon Chapa Jr.
“Ramon was very instrumental in getting the word out, talking to folks and setting up phone banks,” Cuellar said. “Larry Horton and others worked very hard, and we won this county well.” lf five voting precincts in New Braunfels seems like a
See CUELLAR, Page 2A
Congressman Henry Cuellar
Utility line ruptures, shooting water above rooftops
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By Ron Maloney
A water line in front of Commissioners’ Court ruptured Sunday, sending a geyser of water into the air — and showering gravel on vehicles parked nearby.
County purchaser Ed Krai saw the gusher as he and his wife, Nancy, returned home from Austin at around 5 p.m.
“It was quite something to see,” Krai said. “It squirted above the flagpoles and over to the wall.”
County Buildings Superintendent Anthony Saenz said he went down to see if he could help when he was told about it.
“I got a call from one of my workers telling me there was a water break,” Saenz said. “I assumed it was a sprinkler head kicked off by a skateboarder or some
thing like that.”
When Saenz arrived, he saw New Braunfels police had cordoned off the area, and New Braunfels Utilities workers were trying to shut down the water, which was gushing well above the roof of the building.
"It was a six-inch line about six feet underground that serves the fire sprinkler system in the Commissioners’ Court Building," Saenz said.
NBU got the water shut off at around 7:30 p.m., and a county road department crew was sent to repair the problem Monday he said.
“It’s fixed,’’ Saenz said. “ IWO spaces in the parking lot were damaged.”
Saenz said he wasn’t sure what had caused the break.
“When they dug it out, they found two holes in the pipe,” he said.
A water line ruptured Sunday afternoon in front of Commissioner's Court, sending a geyser of water into the air — higher than the nearby flagpole.
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