New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2005
After more than 50 years, Eberhard Lumber Co. still strong in family traditions. Page 1C
Evacuation picks up steam, but help is too late for many
By Allen G. Breed
Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS — Thousands more bedraggled refugees were bused and airlifted to salvation Saturday, leaving the heart of New Orleans to the dead and dying, the elderly and frail stranded too many days without food, water or medical care.
No one knows how many were
■ Mississippi residents have to decide whether to rebuild or move on, Page 3A.
■ Publisher Doug Toney says evacuees need jobs at the same time New Orleans and other areas need work, making a perfect match, Page 4A
■ Refugees continue to arrive in Texas, Page 8A.
® Evacuees have stories of heroism, hope, Page 8A.
killed by Hurricane Katrina’s floods and how many more succumbed waiting to be rescued. But the bodies are everywhere: hidden in attics, floating among die ruined city, crumpled on wheelchairs, abandoned on highways.
And the dying goes on — at the convention center and an airport triage center, where bodies were kept in a refrigerated truck.
Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Saturday that she expected the death toll to reach the thousands. And Craig Vanderwagen, rear admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service, said one morgue alone, at a St. Gabriel prison, expected 1,000 to 2,000 bodies.
Touring the airport triage center, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a physician, said “a lot more than eight to IO people are dying a day.”
Most were those too sick or weak to survive. But not all.
Charles Womack, a 30-year-old roofer, said he saw one man beaten to death and another commit suicide at the Superdome. Womack was beaten with a pipe and being
See LATE, Page 3A
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Reaching out to those in need
City opens its arms to help; mayor voices concerns
By Leigh Jones
Kaiyou Hankton sat quietly in his mothers lap Saturday, happily tasting various spoonfuls of her lunch, unaware of the serious discussion going on around him.
The 2-year-old probably was the only member of the family not subdued by the destruction of their old life and the thought of beginning all over again in another state.
Weldon and Angelita I lankton arrived in New Braunfels Sunday with their sister-in-law, Rochelle, and four children. The family was prepared to wait out what they thought would be several days of bad weather in New Orleans.
“We knew the hurricane was coming, so we decided to come here to spend a few days at Schlit-terbahn^ftjpce we foadn’t had a vacation all summer,” Weldon said.
The vacation quickly turned into a nightmare as they watched news coverage from home on their hotel room television.
By the end of the week, they were convinced they would never go home.
Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger listened to Weldon’s story at the Westside Community Center Soup Kitchen Saturday while the family ate lunch.
When he was done, she put her hand on Angelita’s arm.
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Some labor to make sure others enjoy holiday weekend
By Leigh Jones
Justin Malone worked the desk at Comer Tubes Saturday, sending people off for a fun day on the river and wishing he could join them.
Malone is one of hundreds of people all over New Braunfels who will spend the Labor Day “holiday” laboring.
It’s tough, the Texas State University student admitted.
“I do get a hit jealous of my friends when they all head off to float without me,” he said.
Malone’s one consolation is knowing he is not the only one on the job.
“It’s fun hanging out here on weekends,” he said. “The people here are my friends, too. Plus, I get to float on my days off.”
Despite his rose-colored sunglasses, Malone said he was glad it was Labor Day weekend, the summer’s last mad rush to the rivers.
His boss loe Breads, who runs Corner Tubes with his wife, Teri Wilks, agreed.
“At least we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
Breads, Wilks, Malone and the
LABOR DAY ■ New Braunfels may celebrate the holiday weekend with food, fun and water, but the real reason to celebrate is the American worker, See Page 4A
rest of their staff work IO hours per day, seven days a week during the summer. The long hours and hot working conditions wear thin after three months.
“I’m tired by the end of the summer,” Breads said, laughing.
The one benefit to working summer seasonal work is not having to work during the fall and winter big family holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Local locksmith Brett Boyer, another New Braunfelser working during the three-day weekend, takes all of his vacations during cold weather.
Boyer, who operates as Key Pro 2, started his day Saturday with his friends at Corner Tubes, waiting for someone to call saying they lost their keys during the trip down the river.
“Today is just another day to me,” he said. “It’s just like every other summer weekend, just longer.”
And slighdy more profitable.
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CornerTube employee Jason Richardson, left, and bus driver BrandonTanous unload tourists' tubes after dropping them back at Prince Solms Park for another trip down the Comal River Saturday afternoon.
Boyer expects to respond to an average of 20 calls per day this weekend, almost twice as many as a regular weekend.
Unlike his river outfitter friends,
Boyer also works nights. See LABOR, Page 12A
“I got two calls last night at 1:30 a.m.,” he said. “So I’m a little tired this morning.’’
Wliile the group at Comer Tubes
Area businesses being targeted by scam artist
By David Rupkalvis
The Comal County Sheriff ’s Office has a bit of advice for business owners — know for sure who you are advertising with.
The sheriff s office received a a call Wednesday from a Canyon Lake business in reference to a possible scam.
The business owner reported that an individual, who offers to sell advertising space in a special groups magazine called State Crime Officers, contacted his business. The salesman wanted $100 for the ad but eventually settled on $60.
After agreeing to buy the ad, the business
See SCAM, Page 12A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels District 5 City Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger asks Hurricane Katrina refugee Angelita Hankton what supplies her family needs Saturday while 2-year-old Kaiyou eats during lunch at the Westside Community Center. Below, Isabel Compos cooks up meat while other volunteers assemble sandwiches and finish plates at the community center.
A HELPING HAND
■ To find out how to help local evacuees or to find out where
help is available, see Page 11A
and I know this community will,
Krueger quickly made lists of the children’s names, ages and clothes sizes. She made notes to contact New Braunfels Independent School District administrators to help get them registered for school. She made sure the family had gas money.
And she did not forget that the lunch provided so recently by local volunteers would not last forever.
“Do you have plans for supper?”
Krueger’s response to a stranded family has been repeated
See HELP, Page 11A
Still at work
Not everyone gets a three-day weekend for Labor Day. In fact, many work right through.