New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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1161H ANNUAL COMIAL COUNTY FAIRMARCHING INTO FALL
ikBy Chris Cobb j The Herald-Zeitung
The final decoratioiis are being pasted onto floats and residents and local officials are practicing their best parade wave, as the signature event of the 116th Comal County Fair is only a day away. \
The fiEdr parade will kick offat 10 a.m. Friday and the annual turnout \ \ of thousands is again expected. Through downtown New Braunfels will be a line of cars, floats and marching bands making its way down San Antonio Street.
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"It's just a great community event," said New Braunfels Mayor Bruce Boy-er. "It's a long-standing tradition that goes back over 100 years, and it serves as a reminder to all of us not only what our community is all about, but what
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makes small-town America so special."
As usual, residents are encouraged to come early to stake out their favorite viewing spots along the parade route, which will run down San Antonio Street from Santa Clara
Avenue to Liberty Avenue.
"1 was always partial to being close to the bandstand," said 2009 F air l*res-ident MaxWommack.
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Photos by LAURA MeKTCK/Herald-Zeitung
A group of children gather around an incubator to see chicks hatch at the Comal County Fair on Wednesday.
Rain could change today s schedule
Opening ceremonies were cancelled WednesdayByTlMron Brittsiii
Opening events for the 116th annual Comal County Fair were cancelled Wednesday evening as rain showers made an untimely appearance.
Fair organizers aimounced at 4:30 p.m. that the opening ceremony and march, Rodeo Court, and dahce contest scheduled for Wednesday night had been cancelled because of the weaker. Carnival rides remained open.
Fair President Max Wommack said the turnout Wednesday was "pretty good" despite the rain.
"We had several school groups and day cares come through with the children," he said. "We were off a litde bit in attendance (compared with previous years) because of the rain, but we had a lot of people show up and we're hoping forgood weather ahead of us."
The Rodeo Court is rescheduled for 6 p.m. today and the dance contest will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Nadoiud Weather Service is predicting a 60 percent chance of showers today, with Newi
Ashley Slate and her daughter, Krista, 8, arrive Wednesday canying their entries for the baking division.
Braunfels receiving up to a quarter of an inch, according to radar estimates.
Wommack said fair organizers would keep a close eye on the weather and that fiuther cancellations were possible.
"We don't want anybody to come out here and get muddy and wet or hurt," he said." We'U have to wait until noon or 1 p.m. until we can (decide)."
The cool weather is expected to continue, with rainfall tapering off tonight and temperatures climbing into the 90s by Saturday
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By Eric J. Weilbachar
In a unanimous vote, the Cotnal Independent School District Board of Irustees agreed to keep the district's ( urrent tax rate. It had been considering a three-cent increase.
Board members struggled with the language of the motion, because property tax revenue will be increasing 2.4 percent.
riie board worried that this would look to constituents like taxes hail been raised.
I lowever, the 2.4 percent difference will not go to the schools, but directly to the state.
"What we wanted to be clear about is the rate is not increasing, but because of the increase in the value of homes has gone up," Board member Bill Swint said.
I he tax rate is $ 11 to every $ 100 f)f assessed property value. I hat means for a home valued at $100,000, the tiix will be $871.94. Of that, $20.07 accounts for the property-value increase.
Although a 2.4 percent increase in property values is unusual during a recession — the national trend has been a loss — it is in stark contrast to the 19 percent the district experienced last year.
Also on the agenda was discussion of submitting class-si/e waivers to the lexas Education Agency.
I he I HA caps class sizes in kindergarten through fourth grade at 22 students per classroom. Sewn classes in 14 of the district's elementary schools have more than 22 students.
"We hired 11 new teachers and had no growth. We're over budget," said superintendent Marc Wadker, indicating that while a few of the classes are over capacity, it is not enough to create new classes at any grade level.
Ihe board anticipates approval of the class size waivers.
A firefighter surveys the scene of the fire that destroyed Stephanie's Jewelry on Wednesday.
Early-morning fire destroys jewelry shop
A hollowed-out shell is all that remains of Stephanie's Jewelry shop at 2320 S. Highway 46 on the New Braunfels city limits after a fire gutted the office early Wednesday morning.
New Braunfels firefighters arrived to find the shop, which is part of a larger structure, engulfed in flames around 3 a.m. After a brief attempt to save the shop, firefighters took a defensive approach, hosing down the rest of the building and nearby structures.
Firefighters from three stations extinguished the fire after a two-hour battie. They saved the rest of the building.
The jewelry shop was considered a total loss, said Captain Patrick O'Connell of New Braunfels Fire Department.
"That building was totally destroyed, but there were three other offices that weren't and a couple of buildings that were close did not receive damage," he said.
Shop owner Stephanie Caterinicchio arrived soon after firefighters and witnessed the attempt to save her business. She was stoic about the loss.
"I'm going to assess the condition that we're in after this and just continue on," Caterinicchio said "I'm a designer by passion and I love what I do for a living -1 don't know if that can ever be taken from me. I won't let this get me down."
O'Connell said investigators determined the fire started in the shop's hallway but had not arrived at a cause. An investigation is ongoing.