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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23,2004 ,8i S«n«ST «M0WU n FnbO »*    "    ii    iii Iii 11! 11 i *1 ^ Zeitung FOOTBALL Canyon Cougars prove that two quarterbacks are better than one with Henk, Kunz. Page 5A & ii FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on Kerry's Senate record, politicians, Clinton's surgery and build* ing roads. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 270 10 pages, 1 section CLICK www: 500 6* 30% chance of rain High Low 90 69 Details .... 2A DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 9A COMICS 7A CROSSWORD 7A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 8A Ferguson takes helm at Rollingwood By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels Assistant Manager Don Ferguson has accepted the city manager’s position in Rollingwood in the Austin area. Ferguson, who has been assistant city manager since December 2001, said he would submit his resignation today and begin his new position Oct. 18. Ferguson, 44, was raised in Austin and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication/journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1982. He was news director for KGNB radio from 1990-1996. “I loved my career in broad casting,” he said. “In fact, that's what brought me to New Braunfels. But I also love public service, and I appreciate what New Braunfels has meant to me and my family.” In 1989, Ferguson was hired as director of the safe city commission. In 1996, Ferguson was appointed assistant to the city manager by Mike Shands. See FERGUSON, Page 5A Don Ferguson 2004 Fair Parade Route End I I ^ Comal I 1/ 3> River re Bridge Ll San^AntonioStreet Start Begin at South Santa Clara Avenue and West San Antonio Street. Proceed down San Antonio to Main Plaza, turn right at the Plaza, circle half the Plaza. turn right down east San Antonio Street over die Comal River bridge ami end at South Liberty Avenue. Comal County Fair Parade to have 185 entries DID YOU KNOW? 2004 COMAL COUNTY FAIR PARADE R Date: Friday R Times: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. FINDING A GOOD SEAT H Go early, about 8 a.m. H Nearby parking will be difficult to find as parade time approaches. ■ Bring a chair and sunscreen ■ The best place to view the event is along San Antonio Street near the start of the parade. R On the plaza, a popular viewing spot, there will more shade on the Morgan Chase side of the street. By Roil Maloney Staff Writer As fair parades go, Friday’s Comal County Fair Parade is no small affair. Parade chairwoman Sue Bush Wednesday promised a good time would be had by all. “We have 185 entries,” she said. “It’s really going to be a big one.” That isn’t a difficult prediction to make for the "Fair Day” kickoff event for which the community — and certainly much of the downtown — closes down as it has since the 1920s when a group of merchants, businesspeople and civic leaders first circulated a petition agreeing to do so. New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wom-mack said downtown traffic was always an issue on Fair Day. “We want to remind everyone of the parking restrictions in effect Friday morning before and during the fair parade,” Wommack said. “Believe it or not, there’s an ordinance that pertains to the parade.” From 6 a.m. to noon Friday, no parking is allowed on San Antonio Street from the railroad tracks at Hill Avenue, through the Plaza and past Comal Avenue. At 9 a.m., San Antonio is closed to all but parade traffic along the entire length of the parade route. The bike and pet parade begins at 9:30 See PARADE, Page 3A CHICKEN LITTLE ADMISSION THURSDAY FREE FRIDAY Students FREE until 6 p.m. 11 a m. until 11 p.m. Adults (12 & Over) $3 Children (6-11 yrs) $1 Under 6 yrs. FREE SATURDAY 10 a m. until 11 p.m. Adults (12 & Over) $3 Children (6 - 11 yrs) $1 Under 6 yrs. FREE SUNDAY 11 a m. until 6 p.m. Adults (12 & Over) $3 Children (6-11 yrs) $1 Under 6 yrs. FREE After 6 p.m. FREE FAIRGROUNDS PARKING: $5 Free parking and shuttle is available Friday and Saturday night from Schlitterbahn 's Surfenburg on Union Avenue. Shuttle bus service schedule: Friday, 6 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 130 am. CARNIVAL TIME! Heart of America Shows 2004 Thursday Open 6 p.m. to midnight Arm Bands (6 to 11 p.m.)    $11 MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Kyndell Hubertus, 2, insisted on kissing every single one of the chicks in the Baby Barnyard Wednesday at the Comal County Fair. Baby Barnyard on fairgrounds lets young children learn about, pet farm animals By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Country fairs are about critters, and when it comes to critters, it’s best to get the kids started out young. And that’s what Tommy and Julie Hubertus have done with their daughters, Kyndell and Savannah. Wednesday afternoon, Julie and Kyndell, 2 checked out the fair’s "Little Red Chicken Barn” while Savan nah, 7, entered half a dozen toffee bit cookies in the baking contest. The fair continues through Sunday at the county fairgrounds off Common Street. For Kyndell, the barn visit meant rubbing beaks with every one of more than IOO cute, cuddly, fuzzy little yellow chicks. “She’s making her rounds,” said mom as Kyndell clutched and kissed chick after chick after chick. “We can’t leave until they all have their kisses for the night. Every one of them.” As Kyndell continued her labor of love, Savannah talked about the animals the Hubertus family keeps at their home outside New Braunfels — and the ones she hopes to have next year, when she will have pigs and goats to enter at the fair. At home now, Savannah said, were just Kyndell’s dogs, Kymber and Honey. “I had a rooster,” Savannah said. “But it was evil.” The rooster met an unfortunate end, Julie said, alter it cornered Kyndell and pecked her on the leg. For Kyndell, though, the chicks were different. "I like this one!" she said, holding one out that looked just like all the other ones — just as though everyone See FARM, Page 3A COMING FRIDAY County fair Coom! County residents visit, view the fair ami parriHpafa In aewerel activities on the futgrounds. Taste of the Town offers variety of food, fun MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Nancy Jones feeds her husband, Jim, a sampling of some of the food served at Taste of the Town Tuesday evening at Wursthalle. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Imagine being a brand-new restaurant open only a few months in a tough, competitive town and going to the annual local food showcase hoping to win. Imagine also, in a region famous for its barbecue, being brazen enough to take on the established locals with a rib recipe with roots in the South Pacific — and not in Texas. That’s exactly what Shasta Rus sell and a crew from Gruene River Grill did Tuesday night at the McKenna Children’s Museum's annual Taste of the Town fundraiser. And they took home the people’s choice prize as best overall restaurant. The Gruene River Grill is located in the 1200 block of Gruene Road, adjacent to the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music. It serves eclectic lunch and dinner menus seven days a week. Hours are ll a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to IO p.m. Friday and Saturday. “It was our first Taste of the Town, and we wanted to make an impression,’’ Russell said. “We brought Hawaiian-style ribs, our spinach artichoke dip, Caesar salad and strawberry shortcake. They’re all on our menu.” The idea, Russell said, was to choose an item from every course beginning with the appetizer, including an entree and dessert. See TASTE, Page 3A DID YOU KNOW? TASTE OF THE TOWN WINNERS H Best Taste of the Town: Gruene River Grill R Best Appetizer: Huisache Grill R Best Main Course, Best Decorated Booth: Myron's Steakhouse H Best Dessert: New Braunfels Smokehouse ;