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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Mi J OOT I 3 2000 y New ELS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today with a sprinkler. Use of a hand-held hose, bucket, drip irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed on any day at any hour. T THerald-Zeitung ' ... " ' ' ■" : ■ -    .----- Vol. 149 No. 250    20    pages    in    2    sections    October    13,    2000 F RI DAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Austin woman, 19, injured in bombing of U.S.S. Cole AUSTIN (AP) — The Poston family calls the photo of their injured daughter a miraculous answer to prayer. Navy officials called Marc and Michelle Poston of Austin Thursday afternoon with news that their daughter — 19-year-old Keisha Stidham — had been injured in the deadly bombing of the USS Cole in a Yemeni harbor on the Arabian peninsula. That’s all the Pentagon knew. And Stidham’s mother and stepfather panicked, not knowing the extent. Then, a photographer with the Austin American-Statesman showed the couple a photo of an injured female in a Yemen hospital. The woman in the photo — which was broadcast over Yemeni television and picked up wire services — happened to be Stidham, whose face was covered with bandages but was very recognizable, family members said. “I just burst into tears again because of the joy,” Michelle Poston said. Mark Poston, Stidham’s stepfather, said it’s “fantastic news just to be able to see this picture.” Holly Bara, a friend of the family, said the photographer had no indication that the woman in the photo was the Poston’s daughter. “We think it’s the power of prayer,” Bara told The Associated Press. “It was very comforting — all we knew was that she was injured.” Bara said the photo shows Stidham’s face, which is partially bandaged, and her right arm and shoulders. Stidham’s most distinctive features — her lips, eyes and nose — were exposed, making identification positive, she said. “There’s no one in the world who looks like Keisha,” said Bara, 36. Stidham, who has been in the service for a year and a half, has been stationed on the USS Cole for IO months. October bad luck for black felines By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer t If it is bad luck to cross a black cat’s path, then it should be easy to avoid them in October. Celebrations of the supernatural fill the month, and the superstition surrounding the dark felines makes them a hot commodity. Today dishes out a doublewhammy of bad luck for black cats: for some, Friday the 13th in October heightens the supernatural significance of the day — which also features a full moon tonight. The New Braunfels Animal Shelter and most pet stores in the area do not sell or adopt black cats for the entire month of October, because they fear the animals will be sacrificed or tortured in a Halloween prank. White cats are becoming a hot item, too. Cheryl Krueger, director of the New Braunfels Humane Society Animal Shelter, said her organization has refused to adopt black cats for more than a decade. “They commit sadistic acts toward them. They use them for See KITTIES/1 OA Inside Abby......................... .......5A Classifieds.................... ..6-1 OB Comics....................... .......8A Crossword................. .......5A Forum.......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ...1-3B Today.......................... .......2A Stocks............................. 5A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 More smoke than fire K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels firemen Shane Jones (left) and Donny Obuch mount the initial attack on a small structure fire at 197 Rusch Thursday evening. Small blaze draws big attention From Staff Reports A family received a warning from the Comal County Fire Marshal Thursday for burning building material. Three engines and two ambulances from the New Braunfels Fire Department responded to the fire in the IOO block of Rusch Lane Thursday afternoon. No one was injured and the fire did not spread to surrounding homes. Local fire officials said the family had dismantled a part of their home to rebuild. The family first was burning the pieces of the dismantled building little by little. However, the family then decided to set the entire pile on fire. The fire caused a large black cloud of smoke to billow into the sky. The county bum ban has been lifted. However, Assistant Comal County Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission rules prohibit burning building materials. The family was warned because this was their first offense, Brinkkoeter said. Burn ban lifted; rules still apply By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If county landowners plan on burning brush, the Comal County Sheriffs Office wants to be the first to know about it. Comal County Judge Danny Scheel lifted the ban on outdoor burning Saturday amidst rain showers that dumped three to six inches of rain by Tuesday. The bum ban first was implemented on July 17. Fire Marshal Lin Manford said people who want to bum debris on their property need to alert dispatchers at 620-3400 or 885-4883 in the Canyon Lake area. County officials said Wednesday dispatch had been getting a number of calls from residents reporting that they had seen smoke. “When people see smoke, they call and say we have a fire,” Manford said. “If a dispatcher has information, they can immediately know it’s a controlled bum without toning everybody out.” Despite the rainfall, Manford warned residents to be careful. The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission has adopted bum requirements. Violation of those requirements can result in fines ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 and/or confinement in county jail. A copy of the full regulations can be found at In New Braunfels, burning is permitted only under very rare conditions — and only with a permit from city Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn. For information in the city, call Friesenhahn at 608-2120. Grapevine uncorks Hospice fund-raiser Fredee Carr, manager of The Grape Vine, shows off a red wine. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Saturday wine tasting also marks Texas Wine Month By Margaret Edmonson Managing Editor If you like your touch of the grape with a Texas twang, saddle up for the Gruene Texas Wine Tasting Saturday in Gruene. The Grapevine in Gruene will pour on 15 of Texas’ finest wines in this celebration of Texas Wine Month and fund-raiser for Hospice New Braunfels. The wine will flow from noon to 6 p.m. For the $15 admission, wine lovers will get goody bags, each containing a souvenir wine glass, cork screw and wine mulling spices. Musical entertainment by Dusty Britches will be complimentary, as will the three samples inside the Grapevine. Grapevine co-owner Mary Jane Nalley and manager Fredee Carr are keeping a close eye on the skies as they prepare to host about 500 people. “We’re praying it doesn’t rain,” Carr said Wednesday morning. Organizers are planning to have tents set up behind the store, where winery representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Nalley and Carr are not the only ones hoping for a big turnout. Hospice New Braunfels, which mobilized to spread the word about the wine tasting with posters and mailouts, also has its collective fingers crossed. Nalley said, “We’re hoping it works out. It’s an opportunity to build a relationship with Hospice and grow this event into something that may be an annual fund-raiser for them They really helped with a lot of pre-planning.” Hospice New Braunfels spokeswoman Dana Overstreet said, "We really were honored to be asked to participate." The Grapevine is using the Gruene Texas Wine Tasting to build other relationships w ith Texas wineries. Among those on the table Saturday w ill be selections from Dry Comal Creek of Comal County. Bat finds leave NB on alert By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A New Braunfels couple who might have been exposed to rabies has begun a series of precautionary injections. Cheryl Krueger, Humane Society director, said a young Willow Avenue couple began taking rabies inoculations after their pet dog bit the husband. - The dog had been seen Sunday playing with a dead bat that was too badly decomposed by Tuesday for rabies testing. The dog is now in quarantine. Rabies is a disease of die central ner- - vous    system of humans and other mammals. It is caused by a virus transmitted by bites from infected animals or in rare cases by contact witfythe saliva of an infected animal. It is almost universally fatal. This latest incident involving the possible exposure to rabies comes behind four discoveries of rabid bats in New Braunfels in a little less than three weeks. Public health officials say that this time of year is a big season for bat-borne rabies, as the migratory mammals fly See BAT/10A What to do if you find a bat/10A MIMM. Sept. 14, Garage, Cardinal Lane Sept. 26, Parking lot. Walnut and Interstate 35 Sept 28,    Playground, IOO block    S. Santa Clara Oct. 4,    Outside school library,    Seale Elementary, 500 block of Howard Oct. 8.    500 block of Willow, T    (Test results not conclusive) CHRIS KOURl/Herald-Zeitung K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung This Texas Chardonnay and other wines are ready for tasting at Saturday's benefit at The Grapevine in Gruene. Representatives from Texas wineries will be on hand. ;