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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13,2005 „nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn rUAC.1/ "Vt fOl rn 1000571 12/50/05 SOUTHUEST HICROFIBLISHERS 2627 t YANDELL DR a PASO TX 79905 IlmililnlilnlluuillntMl ZiKITUNG SPORTS FOOTBALL Darren Billiot stands tall in the middle as tackle for the Canyon Cougars. Page 5A FORUM SOUND OFF Readers write on Halloween, Red Cross, helping sister paper and Hurricane Rita relief. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 279 12 pages, 2 sections 8    56825    00001' □P W Mostly cloudy High Low 82 65 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 38 Downtown to receive mini facelift FIGHTING THE BATTLE DID YOU KNOW? DOWNTOWN FACELIFT Downtown businesses set to receive Community Development Block Grant funding are: ® The Braun-tex Performing Arts Center ® Evans Vacuum Cleaner ** The Faust Hotel W Henne Hardware ® Landmark Square * The Schmitz Hotel By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Downtown New Braunfels is about to get six miniature facelifts thanks to the Main Street Facade Improvement Grant. The money, $29,900 funded by the Community Development Block Grant program, will enable The Brauntex Performing Arts Center, Evans Vacuum Cleaner, The Faust Hotel, Henne Hardware, Landmark Square and The Schmitz Hotel to make improvements to their historical buildings. Janet Allen from The Brauntex said she could not wait to restore a New Braunfels icon to its former glory. “We will be repairing the neon sign and marquee at the front of the building,” she said. “It’s something you see from almost every angle in downtown, which makes it an important landmark.” Because the sign is so visible, Allen said it reflected the image of the entire See DOWNTOWN, Page 3 Walkfest to offer fun for everyone By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer DD Ames thinks New Braunfels residents need to get off the couch and take a hike, and Saturday they’ll have a chance to do just that. More than IOO residents already have signed up to hit the streets Saturday for the first New BraunFit Walkfest. The Five-kilometer route will begin at Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 245 S. Hidalgo Ave. in New Braun- AT A GLANCE ■ What: New BraunFit Walkfest and Community Resource Health Fair B When: Walkfest registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with the event starting at 11:30. The health fair runs from 1 to 5 p.m. I Where: Both events are at Holy Family Catholic Church, 245 S. Hidalgo Aye.... fels, then weave through the historic downtown area and See WALKFEST, Page 2 Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Anita Bishop shows off some of the items that she had put together to send to her son's U.S. Marine Corps rifle squad for Christmas.Today Anita and husband, Ray, leave for Maryland to see their son, John Dale Bishop, a 2004 graduate of New Braunfels High School, who was critically wounded in Afghanistan over the weekend. Family to visit son who was wounded in action Cap and diploma in hand, then senior John Bishop celebrates as graduation for the NBHS Class of 2004 comes to an end at Strahan Coliseum. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The worst day of Anita Bishop’s life began at 10:10 a.m. Monday with a phone call from Afghanistan. The caller was the U.S. Marine Corps colonel who commands the battalion her son, Lance Cpl. John Dale Bishop, serves in. “He asked to speak to my husband, Ray, and I told him he wasn’t here,” Bishop said. “He asked if I was Mrs. Bishop, and I said, ‘Yes.’ He introduced himself, and I knew something was not right.” What wasn’t right was that John Bishop, 19, a member of the New Braunfels High School Class of 2004, was part of a convoy near Camp Blessing, a Marine base in northeast Afghanistan, that was ambushed over the weekend. He was shot in the arm and torso and was critically wounded, although he is expected to survive — minus a kidney and spleen, and a few other damaged internal organs. “He was real close to base, and he was riding in a Humvee with the medical corpsman and his squad-mate, Mario Anes, who lives in See MARINE, Page 3 Karzai warns drugs are fueling insurgency By Daniel Cooney Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan — Fighting erupted across Afghanistan ahead of a visit Wednesday by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with IO suspected rebels, six police and five medical workers killed and rockets slamming into the capital. President Hamid Karzai warned the militants were receiving support from drug traffickers and that his nation could fall back into the hands of terrorists if its booming heroin trade, which supplies nearly 90 percent of the world’s supply, isn t stamped out. It was the first time Karzai has directly linked the drug trade with the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Wash ington earlier this year criticized Karzai for not being tough enough on narcotics and U.S. officials have said they suspect the insurgency is being partially funded by drug money. Karzai’s comments Wednesday at a news conference with Rice came as his U.S.-backed government is struggling See AFGHANISTAN, Page 3 No one injured in construction area traffic accident By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Southbound Interstate 35 was closed at FM 306 for two hours Wednesday after a four vehicle traffic accident involving two semi-rigs. No one was seriously injured. New Braunfels police Sgt. Chris Snyder said officers and firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 8:30 a.m. after a report came in that two semis and two pickups were involved in a collision in the construction area. “We shut it down just north of FM 306 at the overpass,” Snyder said. The accident occurred when a semi in the slow lane rear-ended a pickup truck, spinning the truck out. To avoid a second collision with the truck, the semi driver attempted to change lanes, and his trailer wrecked the cab of a semi in the inside lane, Snyder said. DID YOU KNOW? Driving over a grass median to get from the interstate to a frontage road is a traffic violation punishable by fine of up to $500. The driver of that rig was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. The southbound interstate lanes were closed for about two hours, Snyder said, while the scene was cleaned up and the accident investigated. As traffic backed up, many drivers drove over the grass median down to the frontage road, which is a traffic violation punishable by fine of up to $500. “We usually get up there to tag those things, but we had six units tied up with the accident,” Snyder said. Cause of the accident remains under investigation and possible charges are pending, Snyder said._ HtaKh '■'suran^^'wittinS'nsurancC com Grand Champions The Comal County Fair winners are featured for winning tri-color ribbons for many events. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung A wrecker driver, left, picks up pieces of an 18-wheeler involved in a four-vehicle accident Wednesday morning while a New Braunfels police officer investigates the scene on southbound Interstate 35 south of FM 306. ;