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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas -/AY New 20332 MOD 9 10/22/00    74 SO-UEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL POSO, TX 79903-Herald-Zeitung  ........‘J’::' -A ■ : ■ - '    V'K    '    ' - -     LVol. 148, No. 213 14 pages in I section September 14, 1999    ServinE    Cornal    County    since    1852 50 cents New Braunfels Fire and Rescue battled a blaze at 2912 Morningside Drive Monday afternoon. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Fire damages vacant home By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer The home ravaged by a fire Monday afternoon on Morningside Drive had been vacant for three or four months, fire and rescue officials said. A Dustbuster left recharging in the kitchen at 2912 Morningside Drive had an internal short, sparking flames that engulfed nearby shelving and traveled to the attic of the wood house, Battalion Chief Don Zercher said. Initially, New Braunfels Fire and Res cue officials responded about 3:45 p.m. to a call for a brush fire behind the Department of Public Safety office, off Interstate 35. Upon arriving, fire and rescue officials quickly called for backup and went to work on the house with minimal equipment. When the brush truck arrived, the flames already had burst through two kitchen windows and were lapping onto the roof, Zercher said. The majority of the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes, he said. One firefighter was injured while battling the fire. He was taken away from the scene in an ambulance with possibly a fractured ankle, Chief Jack Collier said. While human injury was minimal, at least $20,000 to $30,000 damage to the house was estimated, Zercher said. A woman living at the house moved out three or four months ago, fire and rescue officials said. They declined to release her name. The owner, Aline Bading, lives in Elizabeth County. NBISD set for early voting By Heather Todd Staff Writer Beginning Wednesday, registered voters in New Braunfels Independent School District can cast their ballots on a $75 million plan to expand and renovate district campuses. Early votingEarly votlnq *or district s branch °cl 2 honcllocations - ^ec!lon/8in* p    Wednesday and a9e $ runs through - Sept. 28. Registered voters can participate in early voting at the district’s Education Center, 430 West Mill St., through Sept. 28 and at Lone Star Primary, 2343 West San Antonio St., on Wednesday only. Early voting hours at the Education Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lone Star Primary. Stephanie Ferguson, public information officer for NBISD, said registered voters should bring their voter registration cards, or their driver’s licenses if they do not have their registration cards available. District patrons also can take advantage of early voting branch locations during early voting this year. Ferguson said this was the first time district officials used school campuses as branch locations during early voting. Ferguson said branch locations were picked to coincide with parent organizational meetings and activities at the schools. “It’s more convenient for parents because if they are already going to the school for a PTASee NBISD/5 Expo prep WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Rosendo Flores, a decorator from Convention Decorating Service, Inc., of San Antonio, secures carpet for the Business Trade Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Sixty-six exhibitors gear up for annual trade show From staff reports “Beyond 2000.. .Navigating the Future” is the theme of this year’s annual Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Trade Show. The show kicks off today with a sneak preview from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The sneak preview will include 66 booths, an open bar, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and an opportunity for social/business networking, said chamber vice president Bonnie Tetrault. The daytime business trade show will be from IO a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and will include booths, entertainment, door prizes, a compli-This year’s sponsors— Page 5 mentary lunch at noon and a 4:30 p.m. Happy Hour. In addition, the day show will include a drawing for the grand door prize — a 10-day millennium cruise to the Caribbean. Visitors must register for the grand door prize Wednesday but do not have to be present for the 5:55 p.m. drawing, Tetrault said. Tickets will be available through today at the chamber of commerce for both the sneak prev iew and the day show. Tickets for the sneak preview are $ 15 and must be bought in advance. Day show tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door, Tetrault said. The trade show began 11 years ago to inform local businesses and consumers about the most up-to-date products and services and to provide an opportunity for business to business networking, said Donna Scheele, chair of the chamber’s Business Trade Show. “It is a great, fun time to come out and see the new businesses in town.” Scheele said. About 45 different kinds of businesses will display products and services at the show, Tetrault said. See EXPO/5 Search still on for man missing since FridayOfficers believe he might have gotten ride from area By Erin Magruder Staff Writer The whereabouts of a 55-year-old man reported missing Friday still are unknown. Comal County Sheriff’s officers and Texas Department of Public Safety spent the past weekend looking for Roger McCown, who disappeared from the Schumann Ranch, northwest of New Braunfels off Elm Creek Road. A search team with two bloodhounds and a Department of Public Safety helicopter extensively searched about a 200-acre area but turned up nothing, said Sgt. Rick Poindexter of Comal County Sheriff’s Department. “I feel pretty sure, had McCown been somewhere on the ranch, we would have found him,” Poindexter said. The man, who was living in a trailer at the ranch, allegedly was taking six different medications and might have been suffering from some psychological problems about the time he was reported missing, Poindexter said. Residents of Schumann Ranch reported McCown did not look well on Friday. Poindexter said McCown was going to be taken to a Veterans Administration hospital where he had been treated before. Reports indicated McCown might have been afraid of going to the hospital. He was nowhere to be found when residents arrived to take him to the hospital, Poindexter said. The last possible sighting of McCown was by a neighbor Friday afternoon in the Elm Creek Road area. “It is our feeling that McCow n might have gone up to the road and caught a ride,” Poindexter said. “He could be staying with some friends or somew here else, but we just don't know at this point. He is still listed as a missing person.” McCown s ex-wife and daughter w ill arrive in New Braunfels within the next few days to ofter help w ith the search, Poindexter said. McCown is about 5 feet, 4 inches tall. Anyone who has information in the case is asked to contact the Comal County Sheriff's Department at 620-3400. Inside Abby......................................7 Classifieds.....................11-14 Comics..................................8 Crossword............................7 Forum...................................6 Local/Metro...........................4 Movies..................................7 Obituaries.............................3 Sports..............................9-10 Today...................................2 Television.............................8 Key code 76Conservation society, mayor want more protection for cemeteries By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer New Braunfels needs to develop a plan of action to preserve local cemeteries, a resident told council Monday night. Benches have been stolen in the past two weeks at Comal Cemetery oft'Peace Avenue, and the grounds are a mess, said David Hartmann, vice-president of the New Braunfels Conservation Society. “We really need to do something,” he said. “And we need to do something quick.” Hartmann told council that Comal County Historical Commission and the Comal County Genealogy Society were sponsor-"(The cemetery cleanup) will be done, even if I have to go clean it up myself " — Mayor Stoney Williams ing a marker dedication and workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. “State officials will be coming in,” he said. Hartmann said the cemetery was littered with trash — some of which had been in the same spot for a month — and remnants of mowed flowers. “I would like to see some cleanup before Saturday,” he said. Before the meeting. Mayor Stoney Williams said the cleanup would be done before Saturday. “It’ll be done, even if I have to go clean it up myself,” he said. But dealing with the bench problem might not be such a quick fix. Hartmann told council that he was cleaning a family plot on Sunday w hen he noticed an iron bench missing. A resident called him this past week and reported that two family plots had been damaged and robbed, he said. In a walk through the grounds, Hartmann said he noticed missing more than five iron benches, more than 20 granite vases, eight marble vases and a wire bench. He also noticed an iron gate pried open. “There are practically no benches left,” Hartmann told council. “There’s one left, but its cemented in.” Williams said, “It makes me sick that someone would do that. What kind of person steals a bench from a cemetery?”See CEMETERIES^ ;