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Vol. 148, No. 247 60 pages in 5 sections October 31, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
► Westlake rolls past Unicorns
For the second time in as many years, command of first place in District 14-5A went to Austin Westlake, as the No. 3 Chaps defeated New Braunfels 22-9 on Friday. /2B Smithson Valley pulled closer to a perfect season and Canyon Shut out Lockhart. AIB
► An extra hour
Time to fall back
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Did you remember to set clocks back one hour at 2:00 a.m.?
Running a bit early today? It could be that you forgot to set your clocks back an hour last night. /3A
Rain soaked much of the state on Saturday. Amounts between 1 and 2 inches were common across most of North and Central Texas. There also is a chance for rain today. For a complete look at the forecast, see Page 2A.
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Safe trick-or-treating options available today
By Erin Magruder
Parents looking for a safe place to take their ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating today will have several options to choose from.
The New Braunfels Marketplace, 651 Business 35 North, will offer its annual “Trick or Treat off the Street” from 4 to 6 p.m.
About 30 businesses in the marketplace will participate by handing out candy and dressing up in costumes,
administrative assistant Denise Nolte said.
Organizers expect 1,500 to 2,500 kids to attend.
The marketplace should provide a safe atmosphere for families because it is well-lit, the candy is safe and the kids will not have to cross from street to street, she said.
Wurstfest organizers said they also will joining in the Halloween fun.
Candy will be provided to trick-or-treaters at all of the booths and organiz
ers said they encourage families and children to stop by in their Halloween costumes.
Canyon High School’s Little Theatre company will present its sixth annual Halloween Safe Night from 4 to 6 p.m. at the school commons, 1510 Interstate 35 East.
Kids are invited to trick or treat in the safety of the commons and must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free, and all children elementary age and younger are invited.Trick or Treat
Safe places to mark Halloween today:
New Braunfels Marketplace, 651 Business 35 North, 4 to 6 p.m. Canyon High School, 1510 Interstate 35 East, 4 to 6 p.m.
Start your teeth
Wurstfest schedule — Page 12A
Wurstfest begins with sausage biting, music, dancing
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
What better way to kick off New Braunfels’ 10-day “Salute to Sausage” than watch the mayor and county judge each chomp half of a heart-shaped sausage?
New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams and Comal County Judge Danny Scheel joined J. Lynn Davis, chair of the board of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber
_ of Commerce,
Inc., and Wurstfest organizers Friday evening for the annual biting of the sausage.
“It’s like a ribbon cutting,” Williams said.
And the most appropriate and unique way, he said, to start the festival in Landa Park, featuring German music, dance, food and beer.
After a five-beat countdown, hundreds of people, many donning their lederhosen and dirndls, joined the Wurstfest dignitaries and took a big bite out of the sausage link.
For a brief moment, the park remained quiet except for the sound of sausage snapping.
Then the polka music erupted and the crowd dispersed, eager to find some strudel and bratwurst.
Some stayed on the lawn — like the extended Persyn family, which included members from New Braunfels, San Antonio, Converse and Rhode Island.
“We’re a bunch of chickens!” the family member from Rhode Island said.
She was wearing a peacock mask and a flowing white gown and was eager to pull her family
Wurstfest Association president Maurice Fischer (left) and his wife, Charlene, bite into a sausage Friday, marking the start of the 10-day German heritage festival in Landa Park.
members into a circle to dance.
Some were wearing Tweety Bird masks on the back of their heads and one man sported a cloth chicken hat.
The family has been coming to Wurstfest for 17 years.
Katy Boessling of Houston has been coming for at least 15 years.
“I always take off work to come to this,” she said. “It’s tradition! It’s German!”
She wasted no time after the biting of the sausage to find a potato pancake drenched in applesauce.
Boessling is only one of thousands of guests who will enjoy
Wurstfest activities in the coming week. Organizers expect about 100,000 people to attend before the festival ends on Nov. 7.
Wurstfest opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The festival closes at midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, I a.m. on Saturdays and at IO p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.
Festival admission is $6 and includes access to all entertainment areas, including the Wursthalle.
Children 12 and under are admitted free.
Low turnout expected for elections
By Heather Todd
Only about 2 percent of Comal County voters went to the polls during early voting to cast ballots for 17 propositions to amend the Texas constitution.
Voters statewide face a constitutional amendment election Tuesday that proposes, among other things, providing $400 million to finance education loans to students and exempting res-
- idents who lease cars for
personal use from ad valorem property taxes.
Linnell Hinojosa, Comal County election coordinator, said 926 voters cast their ballots during early voting. There are 50,220 registered voters in the county.
Hinojosa said voter turnout was “right on schedule.”
Sample ballots, list of Tuesday’s polling places — Page 11A
See ELECTIONS/11 A
Commissioners give approval to GBRA deal
By Erin Magruder Staff Writer
Comal County commissioners unanimously approved a contract with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority this past Fnday, representing the end of weeks of negotiations between GBRA, commissioners’ court and the Water Oriented Recreation District.
On Sept. 8, WORD board members voted to contest GBRA’s amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to divert more water from Canyon Lake.
The permit would allow GBRA to increase the amount of water it diverts from Canyon Reservoir from 50,000 acre-feet per year to an average of 90,000 per year.
In addition, GBRA was seeking authorization to use 11,000 acre-feet per year outside of the Guadalupe River Basin as part of a proposed pipeline
Hepatitis A vaccines administered to elementary students this week
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Parents have a shot at protecting their children from a highly contagious liver disease during a series of free vaccination clinics.
The Comal County Health Department is initiating a Hepatitis A vaccine project in all schools, both public and private, through November in an effort to curb an increasingly high incidence rate of the liver disease among local children.
Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss said children between the ages of 6 and 9 had a higher incidence rate than any other group.
Preiss said the county^ incidence rate was higher than 32 others near the Texas-Mexico border.
“Children in those areas are required to have a
Hepatitis A shot to get into school, and we have a higher incidence rate,” she said.
So far in 1999, Comal County had 6 reported cases of the liver disease, including five in October.
In 1998, Comal County had nine reported cases, and in 1997, the county had 70.
The Hepatitis A shots will be offered free to students in first through fourth grades beginning
The shots will be administered to students in New Braunfels Independent School District through Nov. 9. Students in Comal ISD will receive shots Nov. 9-15.
Students at Dayspring School, New Braunfels
Comal Elementary School first-grader Damon Midkiff receives a TB test from Joyce Ramsey, a county health nurse, on Thursday. Elementary students in Comal County will receive the first part of a Hepatitis A vaccine this week.