New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30,2004
NB 52, Dripping Springs 0. Canyon 35, Marble Falls 0 Poteet 34, Marion 20 Navarro 41, Comfort 27 Page 5A
Wurstfest is offering a free ticket with the purchase of a paid admission to the event. Page 2A
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Vol. 153, No. 301 16 pages, 2 sections
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ppmmmmmCounty, city report record early voting
By Ron Maloney and Scott Mahon
Early voting portends a barn-burner of an election this year in Comal County.
County, New Braunfels and New Braunfels Independent School District officials reported all-time record early voting turnout Friday night.
Comal County Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa
reported 2,152 cast ballots at the courthouse Friday.
“That’s the biggest turnout in one day that we’ve ever had,” Hinojosa said. “That brings our in-person early vot-ing at the courthouse to
15,514, which exceeds our previous record set in 2000 of 9,621 by about 6,000 votes.” Add the tallies for the three temporary branches and the 1,317 mail-in ballots received so far, Hinojosa said, and that
brings the early voting total to 21,583 — with three more days of mail-in votes coming.
Hinojosa said about 400 mail-in ballots were still to be received.
“Our drawing card is the
presidential election, the Commissioner 3 race and the city propositions,” Hinojosa said. “All have helped
See VOTING, Page 3A
I arrested on charges of heroin possession
By Ron Maloney
Local law enforcement officials who asked residents Thursday to turn in their local dope dealers made a heroin arrest shortly after the news hit the street.
Police Lt. Mike Rust said Diago Vidal Molina, 32, of New Braunfels, was arrested just after 5 p.m. Thursday for alleged violation of promise to appear; open container and possession of between 4 and 200 grams of a controlled substance, penalty group I.
If proven, the charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison or a $10,000 fine or both. Molina’s bail is $15,000.
Rust said police received a call from someone who alleged Molina was selling heroin out of a residence in the 1700
See ARREST, Page 3A
□SD notifies parents of video camera
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District administrators waited one week before notifying parents about a hidden video camera discovered in the Spring Branch Middle School girls locker room.
The incident occurred Oct. 22 when two eighth-grade girls were caught attempting to tape fellow students while they changed clothes.
A coach supervising the class found the camera before the students began removing any clothing. The camera was only on for about 60 seconds.
Principal linda Harlan said the tape was reviewed by three female staff members and none of the students on tape was identifiable.
“The only face you can see is the person doing the taping,” she said. “There was nothing inappropriate or
See CI8D, Page 3A
Firefighters place placards on doors reminding people to check alarms
By Ron Maloney
Everyone probably remembers the old saying that helps them know how to reset their clocks — “Fall back and spring ahead.’’
When residents set their clocks back an hour tonight for daylight -saving time, firelighters want them lo remember also to change the batteries on their smoke detectors.
This month, as part of the New Braunfels Fire Department's extended “Fire Prevention Week,” firefight
ers have been going door-to-door around the city leaving on doorknobs a hanging placard asking residents to change their batteries — and check their smoke detectors.
New Braunfels Fire Department Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said the campaign is called, “Put a Finger on It.”
“Smoke detectors are the most effective early wanting device available,” Brinkkoeter said. “They’ve cut fire fatalities in half since their introduction to consumers in the 1970s.”
Still, he said, 70 percent of home tire dei!ti is come in homes tliat either have no smoke detectors or smoke detectors that aren’t working.
“We’re trying to reduce the number of fire fatalities in New Braunfels,” Brinkkoeter said.
Firefighters for years have encouraged residents to change their batteries each spring and fall when they change their clocks.
Fire Lt. Greg “Scooter” Wilson said the batteries should be carelul-ly removed so as not to damage the
wires — and the detector should be tested when replaced on its mounting plate. All have a test light or test button, Wilson said.
“Most detectors manufactured today are ‘stationary females,’ meaning the batteries just slide in,” Wilson said. "I lowever, there are still some with wires or leads to them. You’ll want to grab those leads and hold pressure on them so you don’t pull them out and damage the detector.”
See DETECTOR, Page 3A
OPENING DAY WELCOME
WURSTFEST j SATURDAY ACTIVITIES
I B Live music throughout day in Wursthalle, Das Grosse Zelt (The Big Tent), and Das Kleine Zelt (The Little Tent
I B Gator the Clown will be roaming around the grounds
I B 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Open House/Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
j B 10 a.m. — Wurstfest Skat Tournament/ Landa Haus
I B 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Tour of Conservation Plaza
I B 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ARToberfest/New Braunfels Art League Gallery
I B 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Heritage Kunst und Gewerbe Markt /Civic Center
I ■ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — The Sophienburg — New Braunfels Archives and Museum of History
i B 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
— Wurst Craft Show/New Braunfels Utilities Parking Lot
I B 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Ulterior Motifs No. 8/ New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music
I B 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Kaffee Haus/ Conservation Plaza
j B 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Kunsthalle /Landa Recreation Center adjacent to Wurstfest
j Gate No. 2
j ■ 11:30 a m. to 4 p.m. — Annual Wurstfest Regatta ll — Keelboats and Multihulls/Canyon Lake
j B 1 to 4 p.m. —
Heritage Village/-Museum ofTexas Handmade Furniture
j ■ 2 to 5 p.m. — Tour of Ferdinand Lindheimer Home
I B 7:30 p.m. — OldTime Melodrama - “How the Grinch Stole Wurstfest"/ Circle Arts Theatre
Mayor Adam Cork, left, JoAnn Bedford, Grosse Opa Don Bedford, Wurstfest President Doug Miller, and his wife Anne kick off opening night of the 10-day German festival with the traditional 'biting of the sausage.'
Ceremony kicks off Wurstfest
A nod to sausage, Germany’s number one cold beverage and the heritage of the home country of thousands of Texans, Wurstfest is also this city’s largest annual charitable fund-raiser, attracting more than 100,000 from around to world to a small and proud South Texas town.
As Wurstfest president, Miller welcomed everyone into a warm Wursthalle, and introduced Scheel, who issued welcomes in German and English, welcoming as well the rest of commissioners’ court.
“Welcome to Wurstfest 2004!” Scheel exclaimed, switching to English. “I
See WURSTFEST, Page 3A
Lindsey Toney hugs on her bear ''Oma” during opening night of Wurstfest.
By Ron Maloney
Some people just seem to live in a world of Gemutlichkeit.
That’s how it was Friday for Dong Miller, Don Bedford, their wives, Anne and joAnn, and hundreds of their friends who launched this city’s signature sausage festival with calls of "Prosit!” and that decidedly not-solenm ceremony — "The Biting of the Sausage.”
With fanfare and the sharp snap of a couple dozen luminaries and a couple hundred of the volk biting through crisp and tangy New Braunfels Smokehouse links, Miller, Bedford, Mayor Adam Cork, County Judge Danny Scheel and the community launched the 44th
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