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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas ' Ll *’? fc'a ** \ ■ mi rn:, . . ■■,■... -.-  .1. '.  . .. ■■:■'.■ ....... concerts, dinner, wine By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer There was no question that Brad Wuest was going to bid on an autographed guitar. The problem was that he couldn’t decide which one. “I’m thinking of maybe the Pat Green one or George Strait,” said Wuest. “I don’t know how to play, but I ’rn hoping if I buy one, I’ll just naturally learn to play.” A table of shiny autographed guitars greeted guests Friday at the kickoff of the 19th Annual Gruene Music and Wine Fest. The instruments, along with an assortment of other prizes, were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Jennifer Lopez, marketing manager for Gruene, said all proceeds from the three-day festival go to the local chapters of United Way and Hope Hospice. The guitars are usually the featured auction item. “They go for anywhere from $800 to $1,000 each,” she said. “It all depends on who’s in the audience and what kind of fans they are.” Wuest said he would purchase a guitar, not only as a collectors’ item, but also to enhance his own musical repertoire. Friday’s dinner and auction was sold out with a crowd of325. Some came for a sampling of Texas wines or the prime rib and butterfly shrimp served by Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Others, like Barry Brittian, came to hear the rocking country stylings of Joe Ely. Brittian said he came with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday party. “We’re all Joe Ely fans,” he said. “He’s amazing, he plays some great country-rock.” Ely performed a solo acoustic concert for diners, followed by the Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung igned auitars, including signatures from jene Music and Wine fest Fr evening at Gruene Hall. Below, Rosie Perez tries a taste of Wichita Falls wine. David Welsch and Meredith Ford look over some of the si Robert Earl Keen, George Strait and Pat Green, at the Gruene Music and Wine Fest Triday WINE, MUSIC FEST Today ■ Noon-6 p.m. — Bret Graham and Brian Keane at The Grapevine ■ 1-5 p.m. — Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones at Gruene Hall ■ 9 p.m. — Junior Brown at Gruene Hall Sunday ■ 10:30 a.m. — The Bells of Joy, Bret Graham and Selina Affram at Gruene Hall ■ 2-10 p.m. —Texas Style Music Fest, Gruene Hall including performances by Wade Bowen and west 84, Stoney Larue, Two Tons of Steel, Houston Marchman, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cooder Graw, Micky and the Motorcars, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Randy Rogers. ■ For tickets and information call (830) 629-5077. auction and a concert with the Joe Ely Reunion Band. Diners were also offered a sampling from three Texas wineries: Llano Estacado, Texas Hills and See FEST, Page 2A New Braunfels Fire Department eyes National Guard armory By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Fire Chief John Herber has his sights set on the National Guard Armory for the fire department’s future administration and training facility. The armory, located on seven acres at 2253 Interstate 35 South between Spur Street and Morningside Drive, is included on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure list and is scheduled to be vacated between 2008 and 2010. When the National Guard moves out, Herber would like to move in his administrative offices and training equipment, as well as bring plans for a new training facility building in the future. “The facility is perfect for our needs now,” he said. “It has so many places we could use now with room for expansion. It’s visible and easily accessible. Finding a facility with those amenities is rare.” Herber will ask city council members to approve a resolution Monday saying they support his plans. The document will help show the Army that the city is unified behind a plan for the facility’s future use, he said. While Herber hopes unity will give the city a better shot at acquiring Fire Chief    the facility, Texas Nation- John Herber    a1 Guard Deputy Direc tor for Facilities John Wells said state law would dictate how the Army disposed of the property. “We used to be able to deed AT A GLANCE ■ What: New Braunfels City Council meeting ■ When: 6:30 p.m. Monday ■ Where: City council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave. back property that was deeded to us by a governmental entity,” he said. “Now we’re required to negotiate for fair market value.” All of the features that would make the property a valuable asset to the fire department also have See FIRE, Page 2A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Former city Councilman Ken Valentine regained his seat Friday after no one stepped forward to challenge his District 6 special election bid. By 5 p.m., Valentine was celebrating quietly at home and eagerly awaiting his first council Ken Valentine meeting. “I plan to be a kinder, gentler council member,” he said. “My goal will be compromise and balance.” Valentine, who was known as something of a firebrand during his first three-year term, will not be able to take office until the election canvassing period is complete, according to state law. City Secretary Michael Resendez said he likely would schedule Valentine’s swearing in ceremony for the Nov. 28 city council meeting. The election will not be canceled officially until Oct. 24, after the deadline for See VALENTINE, Page 3A P. COMING SU INDA? Cheer on Canyon High School cheerleaders invite youngsters to participate in | camp, football game. I I ’JI wa Commission turns down request for overnight rental By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Wilton Wamecke’s parents never dreamed they would end up living across the street from a waterpark when they built their house on Union Avenue in 1948. Before Schlitterbahn came to town, their neighborhood was strictly residential. Now, the town has changed, and their son must constantly fight the ei lcroachment of commercial rezoning that would place their former home in the middle of a rental resort area. Wamecke drew liis battle lines again Tuesday when Planning and Zoning commissioners entertained a request for a special-use permit that would have allowed a residential property on Gill Street to be used for overnight rentals. Although the house is nowhere near Union Avenue, Wamecke and several other concerned citizens vehemently spoke against the zone change for fear it would encourage homeowners in their neighborhoods to make similar requests. “I know these homeowners say they will See RENTALS, Page 3A SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8,2005 XXXKXXXXXXXKXXXX NIXED ADC 781 KOI 1000571 12/30/115 SOUTHWEST MCROFmiSHERS 2621 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79m LtiiiuNG By Michael Weissenstein Associated Press Writer NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his police chief insisted Friday they did the right thing by going public with a terrorist threat to bomb the New York subway, brushing aside suggestions that they overreacted to information of dubious credibility. While the mayor and federal officials weighed the threat’s severity, the investigation into the alleged plot advanced as a third suspect was arrested and authorities looked into whether a fourth person took part in the scheme. A law enforcement official in New York, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the tightening of security was prompted by an informant’s report of a plot to attack the subway system with bombs hidden in bags and possibly baby strollers. “If I’m going to make a mistake, you can rest assured it is on the side of being cautious,” Bloomberg said. The dispute came as thousands of extra police officers poured into the city’s subway system, pulling commuters out of rush-hour crowds and rifling through their bags or briefcases See THREAT, Page 4ANew York reeling after terrorism threat MUSIC AND A DRINK Festival kicks off with Valentine headed back to city council ■■■■■■■■■■■NMI mmmmmmmmsmmmmm wmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm COUPON SAVE BIG Clip tickets for free admission to the Alzafar Shrine Circus, which will visit NS Tuesday. Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Partly Cloudy High Low I 75 54 1 i Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 7A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B FOOTBALL Smithson Valley rolls over MacArthur, New Braunfels plays well but falters against Lake Travis. Page 8A Vol. 154, No. 275 18 pages, 2 sections ;