New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS PLAYOFFS OPEN
Canyon opens the Class 4A football playoffs with tough game at Kerrville-Tivy tonight. Page 10A
VETERANS PAY THANK YOU
The Herald-Zeitung joins our readers in honoring the veterans who have proudly served. Pages 6,7,8A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 303 12 pages, 2 sections
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Some fire hydrants aren’t what they seem
By Ron Maloney
Things aren’t always what they seem to be. And that’s how it is with what appear to be fire hydrants in unincorporated areas of Comal County.
County commissioners Thursday were surprised to find that the metal objects that dot subdivisions in unincorporated county areas aren’t really fire hydrants — and the state doesn’t require rural water companies to provide them.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Million Thursday put photos of what appeared to be fire hydrants up on the screen in commissioners’ court, and asked his fellow commissioners in turn what each item was.
Each commissioner, in turn,
responded that they were fire hydrants.
And each was wrong.
Under state law, nonmunicipal water purveyors aren’t required to provide fire hydrants.
But each water system requires something called a “flush valve’’ to
clear sediment or remove trapped air from water lines.
And, you guessed it, most models of flush valves look exactly like tire hydrants.
See HYDRANTS, Page 5A
Trio takes advantage of money for nothing, food for free
TODAY'S EVENTS Wurst baile
5:30 p.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra 9 p.m. — Jimmy Sturr Orchestra Dee Grosse Zeb (The Big Tent)
5:30 p.m. — Die Frohliche Dorfmusik
6:45 p.m. — Die Schlauberger 7:45 p.m. — Die Frdhliche Dorfmusik
9 p.m. - Die Schlauberger 10:30 p.m. - Die Frdhliche Dorfmusik
Des Klelne Zeb (The Little Tent)
5:30 p.m. — Al MeixnerTrio 6:45 p.m. — LynnMarie 8t the Boxhounds
8 p.m. — Al MeixnerTrio 9:15 p.m. — LynnMarie 8i the Boxhounds
10:30 p.m. — Al MeixnerTrio Roaming Gator the Clown Other Events
9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Open House/Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Tour of Conservation Plaza 10a.m.-4p.m. —TheSee EVENTS, Page 9A
Editors note: Last week, the Herald-Zeitung asked its readers how they would spend it if we gave them $20 at Wurst fest. Celeste Salge, Mike Abernathy and Wanda Henk took us up on the offer.
By Jessica Sanders
Celeste Salge, Wanda Henk and Mike Abernethy didn’t know they’d be spending Thursday evening together.
However, when the Wurstfest gates opened, there they were — three people on a mission to see how they could fill their bellies without emptying their wallets.
A few minutes after 5 p.m., all three agents were armed with $20 and set off to the Market-platz, ready for dinner.
■ In 1982, Wurstfest acquired Jerome Nowotny's "World's Largest Beer Bottle Collection" consisting of over 10,000 bottles. Part of this collection is on display in the Spass Haus.
Salge, who later returned to her station at the Little League booth, planned to seek out a few favorites, such as wurst in tachen and pork chop on a stick. However, visiting friends and cashing in on some family discounts were also high on the list for Salge, a long-time Wurst-fester.
“My husband’s worked here 20 years,’’ she said. “Later, 1 11
See FREE, Page 9A
MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Before she can even put her money away, Wanda Henk takes a quick bite of her sausage on a stick, one of the many items she bought at Wurstfest.
Superintendent: Growth makes bond necessary
By Jessica Sanders
While there has been some opposition to Comal ISO’s proposed bond, most residents seem to realize it is inevitable, Superintendent Marc Walker said during a public meeting Thursday.
“When we are growing, there’s no
Remaining public bond meetings
■ 7 p.m., Monday at Specht Elementary, 25815 Overlook Parkway
• 7 p.m., Nov. 29 at Bill Brown Elementary, 20410 Hwy 46 West
■ 7 p.m., Nov 30 at Mt. Valley School, 1165 Sattler Rd.
other choice,’’ he said.
“There have been lots of tense questions and plenty of emotional exchanges, but a lot of that is due to rumor and innuendo.”
CISD officials are hoping to get information to voters during public meetings, like the one held Thursday. The proposed bond, which goes before voters Dec. 13, includes two packages totaling $189 million. Proposition I? for $155 million, includes technology updates, improvements and renovations to
See COMAL, Page 3A
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New Braunfels, Smithson Valley begin their quests for a state football title this weeker !.
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With an assist from local children, comics get a new look
By Jessica Sanders
SEE FOR YOURSELF
■ To see the Herald Zeitung's new cornier — "FoxTrot," "Cleats" and "Pooch Cafe," see Comics on Page 2B
The votes are in, and Comal County youth have si oken. Effective today, 1 nree new comic strij s will grace the pages of the Herald-Zeitu1 ig.
“FoxTrot,” “Cleats” and “Pooch Cafe” were chosen as the funniest options by students from Cornell and New Braunfels scil >ol district i.
“< leats” proved to be the most pi oular wit I 29 percent of the votes, follow* d by “F< xTrot” with 27 percent and “Pooch i ife” will 25 percent. They beat out two oiler new comics: “InkPen,” which garnered ll percent of vote, and “PreTeena,” which received 8 percent.
rile three new comics replace “Annie” ai I “Shennaii’s Lagoon,” which ended their rn is in the Herald-Zeitung with Thursday’s sui; is.
See COMICS, Page 3A
return to state
By Will Wright
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About 2,000 :
New Braunfelsers packed Alamo Convocation Center for the Class 4A-Region IV volleyball championship Thursday night, and half walked away happy with New Braunfels’ 25-20,25-18,25-17 victory over Canyon.
The game was testament to the strength of not only the sport here, but the community itself. Both teams have been kings of regional volleyball over the past 11 years, combining for eight state tournament appearances between 1995 and 2002.
Thursday, New Braunfels marked its eighth time to advance to state after an awesome display of power against Canyon’s usually unflinching defense. The Unicorns (31-10) led from start until finish, and supporters began waving brooms as the match concluded in the three-game minimum.
“It was a great atmosphere and a great game. The girls played awesome,” New Braunfels Athletic Director Chuck Caniford said. “They’ve played incredible this season, and now they’re going to the big dance.”
New Braunfels moves on to the University Interscholastic League
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
The New Braunfels volleyball team celebrates after beating Canyon in three games Thursday to advance to the Class 4A state tournament. Below, New Braunfels fans cheer on their team.
tournament, which begins Thursday at Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum. Hie Cougarettes (31-11) ended the season by not having their best game. Still, their effort and showing this season was remarkable.
“I couldn’t be more proud of a group of girls titan tonight," Canyon Athletic Director Les Davis said. “They fought every inch of tile way.” It was the third game between the teams, which finished tile regu-lar-season sharing the District 27-4A title after beating each other during district play.
See CHAMPS, Page 3A
KINGS OF THE HILL
New Braunfels fans celebrate as Unicorns
j niiM^i The uPtown Piano Bar is the place forBirthday Parties and Anniversaries
Downskms ir the ’Prince Solids Inn 295 L Scin Antonio 830 0207600