New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
rURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24,2005
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B
COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3BGas prices feel force of Hurricane Rita
By Ron Maloney
If you haven’t filled your fuel tank, you might want to.
News reports of the Texas coast evacuations ahead of Hurricane Rita were replete with video of out-of-gas
vehicles stranded along interstates.
Added to the sharp jump in gasoline prices in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, concerns over fuel availability and possible future higher prices have caused reports of runs on some
service stations and closures as they reportedly ran out of fuel.
Around the Schertz and New Braunfels area Friday, prices were seen to rise by a dime or more per gallon over the previous day.
Now, industry sources
report that regardless of what happens in Rita’s wake, still higher gasoline prices are likely.
AAA-Texas, which monitors gasoline prices around the state and publishes a report on them each week, was evacuated from its
Houston headquarters as a result of the storm.
Jeff Spring, public relations manager for the American Automobile Association of Southern California, was taking calls Friday for Rose Rougeau, spokeswoman for AAA-Texas.
He reported prices had been dropping for more than a week some 15 cents to a statewide average of $2.67 per gallon, but had begun to tick back upward Thursday as evacuations
See PRICES, Page 3A
STRIKE UP THE BAND
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Clockwise from left, members of the New Braunfels High School Band colorguard march down West San Antonio Street Friday during the Comal County Fair Parade Friday. Nick Guillen, left, and his sister, Mercy, enjoy the passing floats. A brightly decorated Selina Rodriguez walks up and down the parade route pulling a wagon loaded down with cold water and balloons.
County fair parade offers something for all ages
By Leigh Jones
Jillian Wold spent the first part of the Comal County Fair Parade with her little hands pressed tightly over her ears.
By the time the Unicorn Band marched past, the toddler had worked up the courage to listen to the noise without impediment, but she was not happy about it.
“I like the trumpets, but they’re too loud,” she said, raising her voice to be heard over the drum line.
Her mother, Joanna, smUed and gave the toddler a quick squeeze.
Friday ’s parade was their first together, but it would not be their last. Waving to the floats and cheering the local high school bands is a family tradition.
“I used to come to the parade every
year as a kid,’’ Joanna said. “Then I played in the band, so this is all very familiar.”
Julian was so busy watching the band move down the street she did not notice the next group in line until her cousin gasped with excitement.
“Here come the princesses,’’ Malori Oldham said with a big grin.
The girls on the float waved back majestically, leaving the 8-year-old with dreams of ballgowns and tiaras.
Will she be fair queen one day? Maybe, she said shyly.
Oldham quickly lost interest in the troop marching down San Antonio Street when the fair royalty gave way to local politicians.
The youngster might not have appreciated the sight of her state representative riding in the back of a pick-up
truck, but the adults around her gave Carter Casteel enough of a cheer to make up for her lack of enthusiasm.
Oldham had to wait through the Comal County Commissioners Court on a flatbed and the New Braunfels City Council driving golf carts before she had another opportunity to admire a young woman with a regal wave — Junior Miss Rachel Roberts.
I lalf a block farther down San Antonio Street, a family of evacuees from I louston was watching the parade for the first time.
“It s a good distraction from the worry," said Baytown resident Rhoda KeUey. She and her husband, Mike, spent 20 hours on the road Thursday to take shelter with her sister, Pam Brandt, in
See PARADE, Page 10A
AT A GLANCE
■ What:112th Comal County Fair
• When: Through Sunday
W Where: Comal County Fairgrounds
5' Saturday — 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Adults 12 and older $3; Children 6 to 11 $1, children younger than 6 free
Sunday — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Adults 12 and older $3; Children 6 to 11 $1, children younger than 6 free; admission is free after 6 p.m.
Graduates Kaliegh King and pet goat Snowflake make their way down West San Antonio Street while participating in Friday morning's pet parade.
Pet parade features variety of animals, matching costumes
By Leigh Jones
Rocky the ferret peered warily around the pet parade staging area Friday morning in the San Antonio Street Handy Andy parking lot.
It was hard to take his competition seriously, since most of them were dressed in ridiculous human-style outfits, but their sharp teeth and long pink tongues still looked menacing
to the wiry rodent.
He did not take his beady black eyes off the dogs for a minute.
Rocky’s “pet,” 12-year-old Kareece Sacco, noticed his concern and scooped him up off the hot pavement.
“He’s a little nervous,” she said with a smile. “This is his first time in the parade."
See PET, Page 3A
Leach brings his brand of rope wizardry to fair
By Jessica Sanders
A horse is a horse, except when he’s a media hound.
Bravo is a mustang owned and trained by trick roper Nolan Leach, 17. Though his young rider’s stunts have wowed audiences worldwide, Bravo refuses to stand in the shadows.
“The horse is a ham," said Nolan’s mother, Teri Leach. “After a show in Sweden, Nolan was talking to reporters and Bravo kept nudging a cameraman until he was petting him with one hand and holding the camera with the other.” Nolan and Bravo will take a break from life on the road by performing at the halftime show of the Comal CJounty Fair's Bull Riders Extravaganza Sunday. Nolan said de -spite an international career, this will be his first rodeo in his hometown of New Braunfels.
“Growing up. I always went to the Comal County Lair,” said Nolan, a hoineschooled student. “When I was little, I always wondered if I would be as neat a cowboy one day as the ones I saw at the fair."
Audiences at the International Horse Show in Sweden seemed to think Nolan was a pretty neat cowboy indeed. I Ie and Bravo performed for a crowd of 3 million and were greeted by fans and reporters afterward.
“It s funny because you go over there and everyone thinks you’re John Wayne," he said. "They think you’re the authority on being a cowboy."
Nolan’s love affair with Western performing began at age 12, when he started trick roping. At 14, he trained his first horse, a wild mustang purchased at auction.
“I got Bravo as a 3-year-old stud colt for $170,” he said. “I Ie was pretty rough when I got him. I ie used to think he had to fight me for his feed."
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Trucking the flexes
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Womack delivers second load to Gulfport, Miss.
LAST WE KNEW: First Baptist Church sent supplies to Gulfport, Miss., to help Hurricane Katrina survivors.
LATEST: Bill Womack reported the aid arrived Wednesday morning.
NEXT: The food, cleaning supplies and other items are being distributed as the church makes preparations for another trip in coming days.rn*tV*. GREAT TASTE
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