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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas I t rwwtLL DR P- MSO IX 79903 • •■,,,!,)) SPORTS GAME TIME Smithson Valley, New Braunfels, Canyon hit the road for gridiron clashes. Page 6A .......  _    ....    .    'ji    K.y    -J? FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Chuck Engler says NBISD administrators should support, encourage teachers. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 244 16 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW7 00001 Partly Cloudy High 96 Details Low 72 ... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B llUpMiJpMPolice recover body floating in Guadalupe By Leigh Jones Staff Writer An elderly San Antonio woman was found floating face down in the Guadalupe River Thursday morning by motorists driving over the Com mon Street Bridge. New Braunfels Police Department and Fire and Rescue officers pulled the woman’s body from the water next to the Common Street Dam around 9:30 a.m. using swift water rescue equipment. Wyngie Strait, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero. Cpl. Scott Lange said investigators were trying to find out what Strait was doing in New Braunfels and why she might have been near the river. Lange would not say where the woman was staying or how officers were able to discover her identity. “The investigation is ongoing, and until we know more, we cannot release any information,” he said. Because the body showed no signs of trauma or foul play, l.ange said lie believed the woman’s death was an accident. “We think she might have been walking by the river and possibly See BODY, Page 5A Despite gas prices, tourists expected to flock into NB By Leigh Jones Staff Writer HERE THEY COME ■ Law enforcement officers gear up to handle the tourists visiting over the Labor Day weekend, see Page 2A. Parks and Recreation Department maintenance workers were busy power washing picnic tables and putting out trash cans Thursday afternoon in preparation for summer’s last three-day weekend. River Manager Nathan Pence said he expected the Labor Day holiday to be the perfect end to a fantastic tourist season for New Braunfels. “The weather should be beautiful and the Rows on both rivers will be perfect,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for anything better.” Although Pence acknowledged gas prices were high. he said he was not convinced they would keep visitors away. “The high gas prices can work both ways. They could keep some people from farther away at home, but they could also bring us more visitors who live close by and don’t See TOURISTS Page 2A By David Rupkalvis News Editor Lorenz I SHAME YOUR Bading and \ MHWCwees? Beldon Peters I ■ What are your were half a I memories of the world apart i S?A!,f!VJrldWar ,    * .. i ll? What do you when World j think our nation War ll came j learned from the to an official j sacrifices made end 60 years I ye*J.r? , 3 ,    : How did the war ago today, j shape today's But they rel- j world? Send ished in the • your thoughts same joy. I to:War Memor- O s ies< 707 Landa On Sept. 2, { St New 1945, Peters j Braunfels 78130 was in France, I or send e-mail to celebrating I "[email protected] his fel I zeitun9 c°m low soldiers after learning Japan had surrendered. Bading was in the United States recovering at a military hospital from a parasite he received while serving in Africa. They joined others throughout the world who celebrated die end of one of the world’s deadliest wars, a conflict that spanned six years and left more than I million people dead. The United States alone lost more than 291,000 ser-vicemembers, according to the Department of Defense. The end of the war was just as sudden as America’s entry. Under orders from President Harry Truman, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Iiiroshima and Nagasaki in early August 1945. A few days later, on Aug. 14, 1945, Japan agreed to surrender. The war officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when a Japanese contingent signed the terms of surrender on the battleship USS Missouri. The declaration could not come soon enough for Bading. Peters and the thousands of American servicemembers who participated in the war. As a member of the 36th Infantry Division Band, Bading spent World War II primarily in the European Theater, traveling from country to country to entertain the troops. He joined the service with 28 other musicians from the New Braunfels area. Thursday, he said only two were still alive — Lewis Coldeway and himself. When the Japanese officially surrendered, Bading was scheduled to take a trip he never wanted to — a trip to the Pacific Theater. “I was happy as heck that the thing was over,” Bading said. “I didn’t want to go back. I had a wife and a young daughter at home.” Peters had the same feeling See MEMORIES, Page 5A Commissioners crack down on long distance phone calls By David Rupkalvis News Editor Comal County commissioners cracked down on unauthorized long distance calls Thursday, saying employees need to repay the county when making personal calls. By a 4-1 vote, commissioners changed the wording of the personnel guidance handbook to say that employees “shall be required” to reimburse the county for all personal long distance calls. Before the vote, the handbook read that employees “may be required” to pay for the calls. Commissioner jack Dawson voted against the change, saying some employees are forced to make long distance calls because their homes are not within local calling range of the office. “I will not vote for this motion. I think its ludicrous to have it on the agenda,” Dawson said. “In Comal County, it’s long distance to call home and say they’re going to be late.” Commissioner Jay Minikin said he supported die move because taxpayers should never subsidize personal calls. “We cannot expect die taxpayer to pay for my personal phone calls,” Millikin said. “It’s crystal clear in my mind. We’re wringing our hands over our budget, and I don’t want any taxpayer thinking diey’re subsidizing my phone calls.” County Judge Danny Scheel said the problem in Comal County is compounded because calling from city to city is often long distance. One way to resolve the problem would be to see if the county could get metro lines to ofter free calling between the cities, Scheel said. “The problem we have here is if Jay Millikin wants to call home from the courthouse, its long distance,” Scheel said. “If anyone from JP2 wants to call the courthouse, it s long See CALLS, Page 5A “The problem we P1 have here is if Jay Millikin wants to call home from the courthouse, it’s long distance, lf anyone from JP2 wants to call the courthouse, it’s long distance. Id like to see us get a metro line to Bulverde and Garden Ridge.” — Danny Scheel Comal County Judge DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Fights break out as New Orleans slips into anarchy By Adam Nossiter Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS — j HELP OUT Stonn victims were raped ■ if you want to and beaten, Fights and I lend a helping fires broke out, corpses i hf 10 v,ctims .    ,    '    .    i    of Hurricane lay out in tile open, and ; Katrina, see rescue helicopters and j Page 3A law enforcement officers were shot at as flooded-out New Orleans descended into anarchy Thursday. “This is a desperate SOS,” the mayor said. Anger mounted across the ruined city, with thousands of storm victims increasingly hungry, desperate and tired of waiting for buses to take them out. "We aa1 out here like pun* animals. We don’t haw helix” die Rev. Issac Clark. 68. said muskie the New Orleans Convention Center, where corpses lay in the open and he and other evacuees complained that they were dropped off and given nothing—no tom! no water, no medicine. About 15.1XX) to 20,(XX) people who had taken shelter at the convention center to See ANARCHY, Page 3A SOLDIERS NEVER FORGET 60 years after WWII ended, vets cling to memories Worldwar ll veteran Beldon Peters looks over some letters and pictures he sent home to his dad during his six-month tour as a combat soldier. Six decades after the war ended, Peters still remembers the men he fought with, many who did not make it home. Below, New Braunfels Worldwar ll veteran Lorenz Bading holds up a photo of himself taken January 1943, when he was stationed at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts. Here they come Tourists return to New Braunfels for the final holiday weekend of the summer. \ MllMlllUUJU The Uptown Piano Bar is the Romantic place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 8306207600 V ;