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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23,2005 ll my I* WW .jG SPORTS VICTORY New Braunfels crushes Del Valle for first win, Canyon rolls to easy triumph. Page 6A IMH INSIDE HELPING OUT New Braunfels resident opens his home to 26 evacuees from Texas coast. Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 262 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK    500 www: I 8 b6825 000011 r 50% chance of rain High Low 96 75 Details .... 1B 5    -    ,    '    - DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B City, county get ready to help as Rita nears Two shelters opened to house evacuees from Texas coast By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels community leaders opened two shelters for Hurricane Rita evacuees Thursday, just in time to help road-weary travelers exiting the interstates and looking for a place to stay. Every hotel room in the city was hooked by Wednesday morning, making Rock 11 ill Gospel Church and Tree of Life the only options LEARN MORE County officials prepare just in case storm hits hard, Page 2A O Local family takes in 26 evacuees, Page 5A for evacuees not staying with family members. Both church facilities began taking temporary residents almost immediately. Rock I till Pastor Bubba Collins said he was not worried about the lack of help offered by the American Red Cross. “Cod s people have been helping others long before the Red Cross ever existed, and that’s the truth,” he said. As they did with Hurricane Katrina evacuees, the Red Cross is directing all stomi victims to head to shelters in Austin or San Antonio. Sharon McAllister, with the Comal County chapter, said she knew of no plans to open shelters in smaller communities. “We don’t have enough staff for that at this point,’’ she said. “If the city decides to open shelters, we cannot offer support.’’ McAllister did offer to help pay for food, the only thing she expected these evacuees to need for the short time they would be away from home. “This is a short-term situation, unlike the last storm. People should be bringing clothes and See READY, Page 5A DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boyer, left, speaks during a meeting about Hurricane Rita Thursday as county Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett looks on. County taking drastic steps to collect unpaid fines By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If you saw your name in a full-page ad in the I lerald-Zeitung three weeks ago dunning you for unpaid county court fines and fees, you hopefully found a way to pay them off. If you didn’t, your problems are about to mount. County court and law enforcement officials are preparing for a large — and so far unannounced — warrant roundup. Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Max Wom-mack acknowledged the preparations Friday, hut refused to say what day deputies would be making rounds looking to collect fines — or make arrests. He did say more than 30 officers from every law enforcement agency in the county will work in teams arresting scofflaws on warrants that go as far back as the late 1990s. “Some of these cases go back to 1996, '97, '98 or ’99,” Wommack said. “What we’re trying to do is get these people to pay these warrants.” The warrants, from the county’s courts and New Braunfels Municipal Court, are for all ranges of offenses from class C misdemeanors through felonies. But the emphasis will be on those fines and fees left unpaid for some years. See WARRANT, Page 3AFair parade has brought out the best in Comal County residents for decades By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Today’s Comal County Fair parade has been around so long it has its own holiday — Fair Day, first observed in the 1920s when a group of downtown business owners got together by petition and said they would close for the occasion. It also has its own city ordinance governing parking and traffic. New Braunfels police Cpl. Scott Ixinge wants to remind everyone of the parking restrictions in effect early today before and during the fair parade. “We have no parking on San Antonio Street from the railroad tracks at Hill Avenue to Comiil Avenue from 6 a.m. to noon,” lange said. The hike and pet parade begins at Handy Andy at 9:15 a.m., and the fair parade begins at Santa Clara Avenue at IO, Lange said. As for many years, San Antonio Street will be closed to all but parade traffic at 9 a.rn. along the entire length of the parade route. T he intersection of San Antonio Street and Walnut Avenue will be shut down at 8:45 a.m. Violations of the parking restriction could result in cita-tions or a vehicle being removed, Hinge said. “We can tow, but we try' not See PARADE, Page 3A I ; All city and county offices, I including the lobbies of the I New Braunfels Police i Department and Comal : County Sheriff's Office, are j closed today for Fair Day. The DPS Highway Patrol I office will be closed, but the ; driver's license office is open. State and federal offices and I the U.S. Post Office are open. Banks are open. First i Commercial Bank and First i State Bank will open their lobbies at 1 p.m. but their drive through windows will be : open all day.The Uptown Piano Bar is the Romantic place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-6207600 • Fair parade The Comal County Fair Parade brings out hundreds of participants, spectators. A WINNING COMBINATION Fair crowns winners in arts, crafts, cooking shows By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Winning ribbons is a piece of cake for Kathy Anderson — italian cream cheesecake, to be exact. “I enter it every year, and its won grand champion more than once.” Anderson, a San Marcos resident, said of her famous Italian cream cheese cake, “lf I don’t win, then someone else will win it with a cheesecake or chocolate cake.” Proud artisans, chefs, anises and craftsmen wandered the Conial County Fair exhibit halls Thursday, checking out the results of Wednesday night’s judging. Categories ranged from paintings and photography to live animals. Some entrants, like Anderson, made out pretty well. “I also won grand champion for my strawber-ry-llg preserves,” she said. “I entered a lot of other things, now I’m just trying to find them all.” Anderson said her recipe for suc-cess is a time-tested formula. “The Italian cream cheese cake is a good, tried and true Photos bv MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Cynthia, right, and Erin Seidel look closely at a painting on display in the Arts and Crafts exhibit the Comal County FairThursday afternoon. Below, Jackson Fath, 3, takes a big bite of cotton candy while perusing through the Arts and Crafts exhibits. recipe that I ve been making since high school," she said. “I make it and take it to work. My co-workers love it.” Lilianna Anjos, 5, may not have won a grand champion ribbon, but she was equally excited about her shoe box float entry displayed in the exhibit hall. Her princess-themed float included her favorite Barbie, dressed in a pink tissue paper gown. “I decorated it with confetti, streamers from party kazoos and two dolls,” she said. “It doesn’t have a theme, its just a pretty float.” I .ance Dietert said visual appeal is also key in the wildlife exhibits. This week, his exhibitis won grand champion in the wild hog and South Texas Whitetail competitions. “I ve been doing this since middle school," he said. "You usually pick the winners by just looking at them.” Hunters brought quarry of all shapes and sizes, including exotic deer, wild boars, an elk and even a flying squirrel. Dietert, who chaired the exhibit for several years, said the threat of a hurricane brought out a smaller crowd than usual. I lowever, he said, the sponsors, judges and entrants still worked See CRAFTS, Page 3A 2005 Fair Parade Route 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 the Comal River bridge and end at South Liberty Avenue ;