New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Canyon volleyball teams continue to roll through District 27-4A.
INSIDE GRASS FIRES
County officials looking for possible serial arsonist after 14 fires break out in two days. Page 7A
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By Leigh Jones
Sandra Cooper was shocked when her son came home from New Braunfels Middle School Thursday looking like he had barely survived a bar fight.
She had heard about bullying problems on the campus last year, but she never thought it would happen to her son.
"He’s a big kid. I thought he would be safe from all that,” she said. “I
guess I was wrong.”
Friday, the Coopers pressed charges against the eighth-grader who left her son with several bruises and some carpet burn.
They are considering filing suit
against the district for failing to protect him.
“This all happened after their teacher stepped out of the classroom, leaving them unsupervised,” she said. "That should not happen.”
While the teacher was making a quick trip to the bathroom, one of the students began to threaten a smaller classmate. Cooper’s son
See BULLY, Page 3A
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Mandatory evacuations ordered as Rita approaches
By Juan A. Lozano
Associated Press Writer
GALVESTON — Detennined not to repeat the mistakes of Katrina, Texas prepared for I lurricane Rita on Tuesday by ordering the state’s first mandatory evacuation, declaring the state a disaster area and moving supplies to inland cities in anticipation of evacuees.
Using a law passed this year, Galveston County officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of its coastal communities beginning Wednesday night. Elderly residents living in nursing homes and assisted living centers were to be evacuated by bus before dawn to shelters about IOO miles north in Huntsville.
I lurricane Rita was upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane Tuesday as it lashed the Florida Keys with flooding rain and strong wind. It was expected to be a Category 4 storm — the same size as Katrina — by mid-afternoon Wednesday. It was expected to make
See HURRICANE Page 6A
Casteel: Expect another special session soon
By Leigh Jones
State Rep. Carter Casteel. R-New Braunfels, is preparing for Gov. Rick Perry to call another special session to address the unsolved school finance problem.
Casteel told members of the Greater New Braunfels Manufacturing Association Tuesday she did not know when legislators would be called back to Austin, but she expected the Texas Supreme Court to announce this week it would not fix the problem for them.
"The governor may call us in October, or he may wait until April, alter die primaries," she said. "Unfortunately, we still have no consensus from the leadership on what to do with school finance."
In 2004, a state district court ruled the current system of school finance, commonly known as “Robin Hood." was
See CASTEEL, Page 3A
State Rep. Carter Casteel
RIDE UKE THE WIND
Taste of Home Cooking School makes life in the kitchen easier
By Jessica Sanders
Tantra Duncan was cooking for a crowd Tuesday night as she prepared quick and easy dishes before hundreds of hungry audience members.
“Whoever wins the food tonight is going to have an armed guard so they can get it all to their car," she laughed.
Duncan, a professional home economist, was the featured cooking instructor at the Paste of Home Cooking School which was sponsored by the Herald-Zeitung.
Crowds packed New Braunfels Civic
Center to get a taste of new recipes and cooking ideas at the culinary exhibition.
“For those of us who haven’t figured out homemade pie crusts, heres a really good pre-made pie crust,” Duncan said to a laughing audience. “I like to roll it a few times extra, that makes me feel like it is homemade."
The audience received tips and tricks for expedient cooking, such as crumbling sausage with a potato masher and cutting down on clean up with a one-dish meal.
See COOKING, Page 6A
Comal County Fair opens with a bang — ‘suicide night’
By Ron Maloney
Highlights of Comal County Fair. Students will be admitted free Friday.
10 a.m. Friday
■ PR CA Rodeo, Thursday through Saturday
* Antique Farm Show, Friday through Sunday
* Kiddie Tractor Pull, noon Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
* Pet Parade, 9:30 a.m., Friday
H Kid Rodeo Clown Contest, 7:30 p.m. Friday
4 Best Western Dress Contest, 2 p.m. Sunday ’ Antique Tractor Pull, 9 a.m. Saturday
Some hardy souls who live for the feel of the wind in their hair and their hearts wait the year for “suicide night.”
No, it’s not end — its die beginning, the opening night of the Comal County Fair when Heart of America Shows, the largest traveling carnival midway in Texas, cranks up more than 40 of its rides at one of its favorite stops.
Kayla Abernethy, 18, and twins, Jennifer and Stephanie Westbrook, 15, were first in line for the wristbands that would put them on their favorite rides — the Zipper, the Kamikaze and the Sizzler.
“I like the Zipper," Kayla said.
“I like the Kamikaze,” the twins said in unison.
“It goes up and stops,” Stephanie said. “You really feel it. It’s like... you have such a rush!”
For as long as there have been traveling carnivals, children everywhere have referred to opening night as “suicide night." Only those with real hair — only the toughest, bravest souls — need apply, particularly when it comes to the aerial rides.
“The myth is they don’t test the rides, and if you ride them, you die,” Stephanie said.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Stephanie Abernethy, left, and Jennifer Westbrook scream as the Para Trooper turns them sideways during the Comal County Fair's opening night — "suicide night" — Tuesday evening.
Below, perched high atop one of the many rides at the fair, Stephanie Westbrook and Mandie Erben locate friends on the ground.
“That’s tile reason we come out,” Kayla said.
“It’s a tradition,” the twins said, again in unison.
Hailey Hartman of New Braunfels was also out for suicide night with her siblings and a couple of friends.
“I like the games,” she said. “But we also like the Tilt-a- Whirl.” Heart of America Shows President Butch Cory laughs when he hears about "suicide night.” “Safety is paramount,” Cory said. “Any carnival is the people who work there, and we’re very fortunate to have very good people.”
A custom at I leart of America is the employees — and often their families who travel with them — test their rides after setting them up and before they’re opened to
See FAIR, Page 7A
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Taste of theTown Home Economist Tamra Duncan shows a packed house how to make one of several recipes Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The Comal County Fair kicks off with tun, games and plenty of animals.