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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas WAI Ll/Herakj-Zeitung Above, Ashley Huitron (left) was named 1999 Comal County Fair Rodeo queen on Thursday night. Also pictured are duchess Kelly Caven (center) and princess April Wiedenfeld (right). Left, A group of students get better acquainted with some young chickens during a visit to the fair exhibits on Thursday. The fun continues today with the annual pet parade at 8:30 a.m., followed by the county fair parade at 10 a.m. For more on the fair, see pages 4A and 12 A.Cox brothers carry on family tradition By Christina Minor Staff Writer Before Dustin and Blaze Cox can call it a day, they have to deliver the groceries. Three steers and one heifer will accept no excuses when it comes to vittles. No matter what the boys are up to, they have to serve gourmet feed to their finicky eaters. Tending to the animals is more than a hobby for these New Braunfels boys. Sixteen-year-old Dustin and brother, Blaze, 8, compete in several steer competitions across Texas throughout the year. The brothers, w ith the help of their parents, John and Terri, and uncle, Keith Wiley, not only show the steers and take care of them but also breed and sell them. “We feed, water, comb and brush them,” Blaze said. “We also clean their pens. We work together.” The brothers are involved in the Comal Coun ty 4-H Club, and Dustin is a member of the Canyon Future Farmers of America organization and the agriculture club. He has served as a judge in several agriculture contests. Blaze has only shown steers for two years. He is still a beginner in this arena, but is quickly learning, thanks to his big brother and relatives. Dustin started show ing steers eight years ago, after his uncle got him interested. “I used to show steers, and Dustin would help me with them,” Wiley said. “When I got out, I gave him the equipment. You could say I passed the torch ” Dustin said he enjoyed show ing the steers and hoped to keep passing the torch, but it was a big responsibility. “There is a lot to know and a bunch to do,” he said. His dad said raising steers was a lot of work and responsibility, but left little time for the boys to stir up mischief. CHRISTINA MINOR/Herald-Zeitung Blaze (left) and Dustin Cox tend to one of their steers in preparation for the county fair. “They know that whatever time we get home, the cattle need to be fed,” John Cox said. “Dustin knows what needs to be done. With school, work, extracurricular activities and theSee BROTHERS/5A Today’s Schedule 8:30 a.m. — Registration and judging for the pet parade begins at Wuesfs parking lot on San Antonio St. 9:30 a.m. — Pet parade begins downtown 10 a.m. — Comal County Fair Parade begins. The parade will traverse San Antonio Street between Sycamore and Union streets. The parade will be replayed at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Time Warner Cable channel 16 in New Braunfels. The parade also will air on Time Warner Cable in Garden Ridge. Parking will not be allowed on San Antonio Street before or during the parade. 1 p.m. — Local high school bands perform at the Comal Corral. Admission is free. 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. — Texas Hill Country Gunfighters perform. Admission is free. 8 p.m. — Rhythm of the Road takes the Comal Corral stage. Admission is $6. Cotton Crossing developers waiting for street workExtension of Hanz Drive needed to get project going By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Nothing has been built on the future site of Cotton Crossing, but land has been cleared and plans are under way for the 101-acre “neo-traditional neighborhood development” offGruene Road. New Braunfels City Council approved the zoning change from residential and commercial zones to a “planned develop ment district” in February after hearing pros and cons on the proposed $30 million real estate development. The proposal includes 128 garden and custom homes, a Main Street area with shops and apartments, a hotel, convention center, a retirement village, six-acre park, winery, restaurant and office park. Architect Peter Brown said he thought Cotton Crossing would be a “landmark development,” but some local residents were not as optimistic, particularly about a hotel on the Guadalupe River. Sleepy Hollow resident C.D. Smith said. “Rivers and commercialism do not mix.” Several residents said they were concerned any commercial development on the river would bring more litter to the area and disrupt their privacy. Despite these concerns, off icials involved w ith the project have proceeded and expect to sell their first homes in April 21XX). The first step, however, is to extend Hanz Drive from Gruene Road to Common Street. “Once we get this road out, everything else w ill branch off off that,” ow ner Jerry Ford said. Ford said he was waiting on the engineering draw ings, but construction on the road should start in late November or early December. Residents likely will have to wait until spnng before any actual structures go up. he said. Spring is the target date for a I tXl.tXX)-square-foot off ice campus to be built on Common Street. And the first homes should be sold in April, Ford said. Cotton Crossing has a tentative agreement w ith builders in San Antonio for 128 WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung A large sign spells out the Cotton Crossing project plan. The $30-million development will be built near Gruene. garden homes, each in the 1,800- to 3,000-square-footage range and costing between $150,000 to $225,000. Fly fishing, kayak day helps Friends for Rivers By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer Locals can learn how to tie their fly Saturday at the third annual Fly-Fishing and Kayak Day on the Guadalupe River. The biggest Friends For Rivers fund-raiser of the year begins tonight with a banquet at the Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar, 1287 Gruene Road. The event is hosted by Friends for Rivers member Ray Box, owner of Gruene Outfitters, a retail fly-fishing and outdoor clothing store at 1629 Hunter Road. “Ray puts this on every year and donates all of the proceeds to Friends for Rivers,” FFR member David Davenport said. The banquet starts at 6 p.m. and includes an open bar, wineSee FLY FISHINGS L — Inside Abby............................ ......7A Classifieds................... 4-10B Comics........................ .....8A Crossword................... ......7 A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies......................7A. 13A Religion....................... .9-11A Sports........................... ...1-3B Today........................... ......2A Television..................... .....8A www.herald-zeitung com Key code 76 Gas leak forces evacuation of Comal Elementary; no injuries reported among 500 students, staff By Heather Todd Staff Writer Dry conditions were blamed for a natural gas leak at Comal Elementary School that forced some students and staff to be evacuated around noon Thursday, school off icials said. Roy Linnartz, maintenance director for Comal Independent School District, said some students and staff were evacuated from the schools front wing when fumes from a gas leak entered through an open w indow. No injuries were reported. About 500 students attend Comal Elementary at 6720 Farm-to-Market Road 482. Personnel from die Bracken Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and helped to set up fans to extract the gas fumes from the building, Linnaitz said. “The school staff and personnel handled the situation very safely and efficiently with minimum dis ruption," Linnartz said. “They got the kids out of the building and back into the classrooms as soon as possible.” School operations were back to normal by I p.m., he said. Linnartz told C1SD trustees Thursday night the leak was from a broken valve that serviced an external furnace from an underground supply line. Recent dry conditions caused theSee GAS LEAK/5A hsu 2° 3 3 2 c °^R0PUBLI SH ING N EW (fliBU^IFELS    rHerald-Zeitung .................... Vol. 148, No. 221    24    pages    in    2    sections    September    24,    1999    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents FridayCounty fair struts its stuffAnnual parade highlights first full day of activities t ;