New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6,2005
wi urn*?****1!;!]Sp 781
/I f/|SP 799fH
Houston's 10-5 victory over Atlanta gives Astros 1-0 lead in NL Division Series.
-■ft- -Ss " 'ii -H ; : ^
FORUM SOUND OFF
Readers sound off on last year's fair queen, and supporting New Braunfels High School football. Page 4
| Serving New Braunfels and Comal County
W Mostly cloudy
Details .... 1B
Vol. 154, No. 273 12 pages, 2 sections
since 1852.HOME SWEET HOME Cold front
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Sgt. 1st Class Eusebio Perez loads his gear into the trunk of his car after arriving back at theTexas National Guard Armory in New Braunfels Wednesday.
after 33-day tour of storm epicenters
might end summer heat
By Ron Maloney
One of the bad things about the air conditioning business is that the air conditioning doesnt cut on until the works done — too late for the workers toiling in the heat to enjoy the chilling results of their labor.
Beginning today, that probably isn t going to matter to Jesse Gonzales, who installs and repairs air conditioning equipment for Guada-Coma Mechanical of New Braunfels.
That s because this year’s first Canadian cold front, set to arrive here this morning, will drop high temperatures from the 90s down into the very comfortable 70s.
National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Eblen said the weather through this weekend will be what Texans look forward to every fall —
AT A GLANCE * What will the weather be for the rest of the week?
A five-day forecast for the area is on Page 1B.
and what Yankees can only dream of.
“Its not going to he icy cold or anything like that,” Eblen said. “It s going to make things very pleasant and comfortable.”
Low temperatures tonight through Sunday will be in the upper 50s — excellent sleeping weather, Eblen said.
Gonzales said air conditioning guys have a saying, “Always on it, never in it.” That means they work on the equipment, get it running, but never get to enjoy the cool air their work provides a customer.
So cooler air to work in will be welcome in one sense,
See WEATHER, Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
The white chalk lettering on the side of the truck said it all — “Going home! Finally!!!”
At 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, the New Braunfels Army National Guard unit rolled back into town, 33 days after leaving to rescue New Orleans from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Beaumont from I Iurri-cane Rita’s devastation.
Most of the troops retained their military reserve as the convoy rolled into the parking lot of the armory on Interstate 35, but every few vehicles one of the men would crack a wide smile or raise his hand to wave.
Sgt. 1st Class Eusebio Perez practically was hanging out the passenger’s side window of his truck when it shuddered to a stop. TYue to the end, the unit’s unofficial photographer was taking pictures.
“Finally, we are home,” he said, accompanying his loud
Local brightens refugee kids’ day
By Jessica Sanders
Its not just the smell of new crayons that keeps Iordan Wimberly in the school supply aisle.
Six weeks after the first day of school, she was back-to-school shopping for hurricane evacuees.
Jordan, an eighth-grader at Spring Branch Middle School, finished a service project last week with Specht Elementary, collec ting school supplies and donations for students who
wen* displaced by I lur-ricanes Katrina and Rita.
“I think kids enjoy bringing school supplies more than money because they know how much fun it is to do their own back-to-school shopping,” site said. “This way, we know that die evacuees will start oft with all the supplies they need.”
Jordan and Specht Counselor Kristine Burch collected 90 backpacks full of supplies, more than $500 in donations and a
See HELP Page 2A
exclamation with his characteristic laugh.
While he waited for his vehicle to get checked out and put away in its usual parking spot, he considered what he needed to do to celebrate his return to civilian life.
“Eat lots of Mexican food,” he said with another laugh. “Thats what I plan to do.”
Perez was not alone in his evening chow request.
Sgt. Tatum Deleon almost could taste his trip to Maniac -itas.
“Yep, and I’m going to get a strawberry margarita, too,” he said.
Deleon, who was so disappointed to miss the annual rivalry matchup between his New Braunfels Unicorns and the Seguin Matadors, also planned to catch Friday’s football game.
While a few hours in the stands might help recuperate from the monthlong
See GUARD, Page 2A
Members of the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery National Guard unit arrive back at theTexas National Guard Armory in New Braunfels.
Members of the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery Army National Guard unit from New Braunfels enjoy a catered barbecue dinner at the armory.
NBPD veteran promoted to patrol lieutenant
By Ron Maloney
A 20-year veteran and New Braunfels native has been named patrol lieutenant of his hometown police department.
Chief of Police Russ Johnson on Wednesday announced the promotion of Sgt. Mike Rutherford to the rank of lieutenant.
In his new post, Rutherford will oversee one-half of the NBPD's uniformed officers. Lt. Joe Vargas, who made lieutenant earlier this year upon the promotion of patrol Capt. John VUlarreal, supervises the
“Patrol is our largest division, and we needed to split it to where we had two lieutenants overseeing the shifts,” Johnson said. “Mike’s a person who will do extremely well. He and Lt. Vargas will complement one another.”
Johnson said he was “extremely proud” of Rutherford and his accomplishments during his career.
“He’s earned this opportunity,” Johnson said. “I applaud all his hard work.” Villarreal said when it came time to pro
mote a second patrol division lieutenant, a couple of things about Rutherford stood out.
“First, if I had to pick one person in the uniformed service who has the respect of the troops, it’s Mike Rutherford,” Villarreal said. “I know because the troops say so.”
The second thing Villarreal said he has always admired about Rutherford was his willingness to pitch in and just plain work.
“He doesn’t mind getting dirty if he needs
See PROMOTION, Page 2A
JO? FORD TAURO^Sl^
Locks, CD, Factory Warranty
New H taunt el
New Braunfels, Smithson Valley, Canyon high schools continue in their quest for district, playoffs.
The newest New Braunfels Police Department Patrol Lieutenant, Mike Rutherford, sits at his desk Wednesday.
' T A1 Si ^ *
* IS THE DIFFERENCE!