New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tips To Guard Against Road Rage
• Follow all the laws of the road.
• Resist the urge to play traffic cop. Do not speed up, block lanes, slam or tap on the brakes.
• Do not offend drivers with hand gestures, verbal abuse or intimidating driving.
• Avoid eye contact to keep the situation from becoming personal.
• Do not provoke drivers by flashing your lights or honking your horn.
• Do not tailgate.NB man dead in 1-35 shootingThanksgiving weekend gets off to tragic start; traffic delayed for hours
By Erin Magruoer and Peri Stone-Palmquist
SCHERTZ—A New Braunfels man was shot to death late Wednesday morning in what might have been a case of road rage.
John Adkins was driving a convertible about noon in Schertz when someone in another car shot him, Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox said.
Two men fired three shots, one of which hit Adkins in the back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Adkins taught high school in San Antonio and lived in New Braunfels, Cox said.
The two men who police believe were the killers drove away from the scene.
Police were looking for a four-door gray or silver late-inodel Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Marquis with two men inside. Witnesses said the car was occupied by two Hispanic or Anglo men.
The car was last seen south of New Braunfels.
Police said they believed the weapon was a 9mm handgun. Police believe the killers remain
Law enforcement officials, above, help remove the body of John Adkins from his vehicle, found on the south side of the Farm-to-Market Road 1103 overpass at Interstate 35. Top left: Toe Drake’s overturned car was found on the north side of the overpass.
armed and should be considered dangerous.
Cox said the killers might have been racing with Adkins or chasing him. A motive for the shooting
was under investigation.
The shooting occurred at 11:30 a.m. while Adkins was driving southbound on 1-35 near the rest area and the Schwab Road exit,
said Lt. Beverly Todd of the Schertz Police Department.
Adkins’ car careened out of control and slammed into a minivan driven by Toe Drake, who was in
serious condition at Brooke Army Medical Center Wednesday night.
Drake’s vehicle flipped at least once.See SHOOTING/5A
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Pokemon craze could spark early shopping
By JAKOB Wesolick
The Friday after Thanksgiving likely will be the busiest day of Christmas shopping.
It’s the day when stores, such as KMart, have crowds waiting to get inside ... maybe because of the new shipment of Pokemon toys.
“Anything that has Pokemon is going,” KMart assistant Lupe Farias said. “We have the yellow-colored Gameboys, beanbags, cards, even the slippers. You only get so many (shipments are limited) and people demand, ‘Do you have Pokemon?”’
What started out as a Nintendo Game-boy game, Pokemon has grown to include trading cards, a TV series, toys, comic books and a movie.
Many customers at KMart have rainchecks to reserve a Pokemon items.
Target, as well, has the Pokemon madness; the store receives at least 30 phone requests per day.
Farias said people were doing a lot better with their shopping this year.
“At one time, we would really have to be prepared for people with returns and last-minute shoppers not finding what they were looking for. History shows that a lot of customers have learned to shop early,” Farias said.
But no matter how many people learn to shop early, there still will be a few last-See SHOPPING/5A
This man knows turkey
Family gives thanks for life
CYNTHIA CIELUCH/Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Daryl Huff holds one of his turkeys at his 120-acre turkey farm in Luling. Right: His 40,000 turkeys huddle in their pen.
By Christina Minor
The Roth family has a special reason to give thanks on this day of Thanksgiving — daughter Sarah is still alive.
“God has been so gracious to save the life of my Sarah,” mom Janice Roth said. “We came so close to losing her. I am grateful for the extra time God has allowed us to have with her.”
Sarah said she would be giving thanks also.
“I’m thankful I only have diabetes instead of cancer,” she said. “But I’m wishing for a cure every day.”
Seven months ago, Sarah, 12, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes or juvenile diabetes. Her
BY CYNTHIA ClELUCH
LULING — When you and your loved ones get ready to tear into the turkey this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to give thanks to people like Daryl Huff.
Huff deals with thousands of the turkeys year round to keep America supplied on Thanksgiving.
The 37-year-old Caldwell County fumier and his three farm hands provide the turkeys — as many as 40,000 of them — with plenty of feed and water, as well as medication and vitamins. They clean the enormous pens and make sure the turkeys stay at a comfortable temperature.
And they do all this while listening to the non-stop sound of 40,000 gobble, gobble, gobbles.
“They’re noisy, but I’ve gotten used to it,” Huff said as he walked around the 120 acres where his turkeys are raised. “It’s a weird noise they make, lf you
holler at them, they will yell back at you.”
Huff yelled, “Hey turkeys.” As if on cue, the turkeys erupted into a cacophony of gobbles.
When Huff opens the door to one of his numerous turkey houses, an observer can nearly be blown down not only by the overwhelming sound but also the smell. Turkeys in close confinement do not smell pleasant.
Huff would never dispute the popular stereotype that turkeys are dumb. He
said that throughout his entire farming career, he has never seen a smart turkey or an animal who was dumber than turkeys. Huff even has a calendar that states, “God put turkeys on the earth to make cattle look smart.”
Huff told a couple of stories to prove that turkeys are not the brightest creatures. “Back when they used to grow them outside on the range, they would have to gather them up when it rained,” Huff said. “If they didn’t, the turkeys would hold their heads up and drown themselves. That is the reason why we have them inside now.
“There is another dumb thing that they do. If a coyote comes around the turkey house at night, the turkeys will get scared and pile up on top of one another. They get smothered and several of them die.” Huff’s farm was started in the late 1940s by Huff’s grandfather, Horace Green “Chuckle” Huff. What began as aSee TUR KEYS/5 A
blood sugar level was 651, well above the normal level of IOO. Because it was so high, she had to spend several frightening nights in the intensive care unit at Chrisms Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio.
When Sarah was released, her family, including her twin, Jennifer, decided to alter their lifestyle to fit Sarah’s.
Dinner menus for the family now include Sarah’s strict, new diet. She had to learn how to prick her finger several times a day to check her blood sugar level and how to inject herself with insulin.
“This is not something you get used to right See DIABETES/5A
Sarah, right, joins her mother, Janice Roth (left), and her twin sister, Jennifer (middle) to cook a healthy, diabetes-friendly meal.