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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas VIV FELSWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 3,4 or 5 can water today before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. For information, call 608-8925 Zeitung Vol. 149 No. 254    16    pages    in    2    sections    October    18,    2000 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Police arrest anchorman on child porn charges SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A San Antonio TV anchorman has been arrested on accusations of buying photos of nude children. Gerry Grant, the weekend anchorman at ABC affiliate KSAT-TV, was released from jail Tuesday after posting $100,000 bond. He was arrested Monday night at a motel and charged with possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony. According to an affidavit, investigators watched the 41-year-old Grant buy four    Express-News photos of children between the ages of 6 and 12. KSAT vice president and general manager Jim Joslyn said that Grant was on a temporary leave of absence. Wednesday Bush, Gore go toe-to-toe in Round 3 STLOUIS (AP) — Vice President Al Gore attacked George W. Bush as an ally of the rich and powerful Tuesday night, but the Texas governor rebutted in climactic campaign debate that his rival was a “big spender” in the mold of Democratic liberals who once sought the White House and lost. “He proposed more than Walter Mon-dale and Michael Dukakis combined,” Bush said of two Democratic presidential candidates rejected by the voters in 1984 and 1988. The Texas governor and the vice president, locked in a close race for the White House, argued domestic and foreign policy issues for 90 minutes in a town hall-style format. It was their third encounter in two weeks, and their last before they face judgment at the polls on Nov. 7. In their final summations, the two men stripped their appeals to their essentials. “I have kept my word,” said Gore, who has served as Bill Clinton’s vice president for two terms. He mentioned his service in Vietnam, a strong marriage of 30 years. He said the nation has experienced record prosperity and reduced crime in recent years, and pledged to build on it. “I’ll make you one promise here. You ain’t seen nothing yet and I will keep that promise.” Under the rules, Republican Bush got the last word. “I think after three debates the good people of this country understand there is a difference,” he said. “The difference between a big federal government and someone who is coming from outside Washington who will trust individuals.” See DEBATE/3A Missouri governor killed in airplane crash./3A Flooding forces Abilene residents to evacuate ABILENE (AP) — Dozens of people had to be rescued from their cars, and the city set up two emergency shelters after more than 6 inches of rain fell in about an hour Tuesday. Officials were still trying to determine how many people were displaced, said Mark Whitten with the city’s emergency management office. No injuries were immediately reported. “Usually we can handle 4- to 6 inches of rain in a day in Abilene, but when it comes within a couple of hours, it’s too much for the drainage system to handle,” said Phil Baker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Angelo. Two thunderstorm systems, one moving from the West and the other from the South, merged over Abilene on Tuesday morning, causing heavy rain and some hail, Baker said. Fire Department stations across the city reported from 4- to 6.5 inches of rain before noon. Most flooding was in the northern and eastern parts of the city near Cedar and Cat Claw creeks, Baker said. Up to IO feet of water covered Treadway Boulevard in the eastern part of town, some residents reported. Tuesday rain nothin’ like ’98 Thunderstorms strike south central Texas on second anniversary of flood By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer As the skies over Comal County opened up Tuesday afternoon, worried residents battled against a disturbing bout of deja vu and inundated the New Braunfels weather office with phone calls. “We’re getting phone calls about every 18 seconds,” forecaster Pat McDonald said during the mid-afternoon rainfall. The weather was an eerie reminder of the day two years ago when the rain would not stop, and more than 18 inches of rain dropped on New Braunfels. “We’re not going to get that,” McDonald said. All flash flood warnings ended by early afternoon. “Most of the heavy stuff fell to the east and west of us in Bandera and Kerr County.” A pressure system hit warm, tropical air and dumped about .26 inches of rain by 9 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., the New Braunfels Main Fire Station reported .24 inches of rain, and the Spring Branch Fire Department measured about .76 inches. After stalling over the Hill Country, the rain system moved toward central and east central Texas. Meanwhile, northwest Bexar County took in about 2-1/2 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes and Bandera received about 7 inches. “So there are some heavier showers out there,” McDonald said. “We had the one system go through; we have a second system coming. “We are expecting more rain...(it) probably won’t be that heavy, but we are getting some.” National Weather Service forecasters expected the second pressure system to unleash at least another inch of rain Tuesday night. The meteorologists expect more rain this afternoon. The Associated Press reported about 50 people in West Texas had to be rescued from their flooded cars and hous- Adam Fellows and his son Mitchell, 3, during the rain. es after as much as 6-1/2 inches of rain fell in about an hour. (See related story) The flood damaged Seele Elementary during Cris Vasquez’s first year as principal. While extended periods of rain can send shivers down some flood survivors’ spines, Vasquez said yesterday’s rain did not worry her. “I do remember that (day in 1998) because it was so traumatic for the kids and teachers who lost so much,” Vasquez said. Resident Joseph Garcia said he welcomed the rain — as long as it continued falling at a reasonable rate. “I don’t mind the rain, because we need it,” Garcia said. Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy with highs in the upper 70s to near 80, with northeast winds IO mph. Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the 50s. And Thursday and Friday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung visiting New Braunfels from .Texarkana, eat lunch in Landa Park Tuesday Man, 102, advises doing best you can By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In 1898, American composer Scott Joplin wrote “Ragtime.” Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie offered to buy the Philippines for $20 million. Cuban partisans allegedly blew up the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana Bay, propelling the United States into the Spanish American War. A gallon of milk cost 27 cents and a gallon of gasoline — the fuel for the state-of- the-art in transportation, the “horseless carriage” — cost 20 cents. And in Gaffney, S.C., future US. Army Chef Hiram Eugene Harris was bom on Oct. 17. Tuesday, Gene Harris celebrated his 102nd birthday at Vista Village Retirement Community in New Braunfels. In 1916, Harris followed U.S. Army General John “Black Jack” Pershing into Mexico, chasing Pancho See MAN/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakl-Zeitung Vista Village Director Diane Overeynder presents Hiram Harris with his birthday cake Tuesday afternoon. Harris, who plans on being around for at least four more years, rose to meet each of his guests as they arrived at the celebration. Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.....................5-8B Comics..............................2B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports  .....................7-8A Today.................................2A Television..............................8A (Key Code 76) TABC takes up city’s alcohol ban ordinance By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The debate over New Braunfels’ proposed alcohol ban on the rivers centers around a single definition in the state’s alcohol laws. The three-member Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will vote Monday on the city’s proposal to ban alcohol consumption and open alcoholic beverage containers in a “central river business district.” The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin. The meeting includes an opportunity for public comment. The proposed district would include the Guadalupe River between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and the Comal River between the Landa Park Drive Bridge and the Comal’s confluence with the Guadalupe. The city council approved an ordinance establishing die central river business district and alcohol ban after a petition of local residents called for the ban. The ban cannot be implemented without TABC approval. General counsel Lou Bright, who has been with TABC for six years, said the commission had considered about IO similar requests. The requests are generally non-controversial and historically have generated little public comment, he said. “This is the first time a central business district petition has gotten this much interest,” he said. Bright said many who contacted him about the pending vote focused on whether the area targeted as the “central river business district” meets the stated definition of a central business district. “That is, in my mind, kind of where the focus of this debate is,” he said. Bright will make a recommendation to the commission on whether to approve the city’s request. “I have not reached a final determination as to exactly what my advice is going to be to my clients,” he said. However, Bright said he would finalize his recommendation later this week. The commission does not have to follow his recommendation. Bright said he received some letters and calls on the issue but had not been inundated. The input has been “pretty balanced” on both sides of the issue, he said. “Based on the character of what we’ve gotten, I couldn’t tell you the community of New Braunfels is overwhelmingly opposed to this or overwhelming supportive of this based on what my voice messages and file look like,” Bright said. The proposed ban falls under a law that allows cities to petition the TABC for an order prohibiting the possession of open containers and public consumption of alcohol in the central business district. The law does not leave the commission much choice when it comes to establishing the district. The law states that if a city petitions the TABC for See TABC/5A TABC Meeting The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday at 5806 Mesa Drive in Austin. The meeting includes an opportunity for public comment. ;