New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 25, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SEPTEMBER 25, 2005
New Braunfels celebrates first win of season while Smithson Valley suffers first loss. Page 1B
Comal County Fair concludes 112th year with bull riding, other activities.
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 264 36 pages, 6 sections
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Martinez won’t be charged in case
By Ron Maloney
One year after a dozen men — most of the city’s street department workers — were dismissed in a series of firings, the only one inves
tigated for possibly committing a crime has not been arrested or charged and will not be.
Defense attorney Glen Peterson said formal charges have never been filed against former city street superintendent Roland Martinez
and that none will be forthcoming-
Martinez, a 21 -year city employee, was fired Aug. 16,2004, by City Engineer Mike Short. In a termination letter Short wrote to Martinez, he listed three city policies
he said Martinez violated — pertaining to working hours, use of city equipment and personal ase of city resources. In tile letter, Short didn’t specify what the violations were.
Those policies pertained to
working hours, use of city vehicles, equipment and facilities and personal use of city resources. Short did not write what the
See CASE, Page 6A
Herald-Zeitung Staff Writer Leigh Jones and Photographer David Ingram spent six days in New Orleans with 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery Army National Guard unit from New Braunfels. Their report on the devastation in New Orleans and the work the local guardsmen did to repair the city can be seen in a special section today.
ReportA STORM’S FURY
Photo by DAVID SWANSON Philadelphia Inquirer
Andrew Rourke of the Galveston Fire Department surveys the damage from a wall collapse atYaga's bar in Galveston after Hurricane Rita passed by the area Saturday.
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Austin John, right, shows off his Grand Champion Black Angus heifer, Lady, at the Comal County Fair saturday afternoon. Pictured with John, holding the awards is Jonathan Deeley.
John receives top prize for ‘prettiest’ heifer at fair livestock show
By Leigh Jones
Austin john had the prettiest date at the Comal County Fair, and he has the trophy to prove it.
Lady, a 16-year-old showman’s Black Angus heifer, won the Fair’s biggest honor Saturday — Grand Champion.
John said the judge picked her purely for her looks.
“He said she walked real good and was the most feminine cow out there,” Austin said.
John’s father, Leonard, nodded enthusiastically.
“You really can tell which cows are hot and which ones aren’t,” he said. “The ones that aren’t are more stocky, and just look more like bulls.”
Lady seemed unperturbed by all of the attention surrounding her, a good sign considering she is going to get a lot more of it.
The Johns and their prize-
TRACTOR FUN 1 Adults, children give their ail during the annual kids, antique tractor pull. See story on Page 10A.
winning cow are getting ready to travel the country to show her off and hopefully collect a few more trophies. Lady will make her debut on the national show circuit scene in Kansas City next month.
Although Austin is used to competing at much larger shows, Leonard said the Comal County win was nice to have in front of their hometown crowd.
“We’ve had a lot of success, but each win is always exciting and a blessing. Its never a guarantee," he said.
But good genes help.
The family expects good things from Lady, whose mother also was a champion.
“She sold for $570,000, and tliis calf is on the same track, ” Leonard said, raising his
See HEIFER, Page 10A
Government mobilizes as Rita pounds coast
Photo by ERICH SCHLEGELDallas Morning News
Eugene Henry, 61, walks by a neighbor’s fallen garage Saturday after Hurricane Rita struck Port Arthur early Saturday. Henry rode out the storm in his house.
By Tom Raum
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, eager to avoid repeating the error-prone response to Hurricane Katrina, mounted a broad mobilization of government assistance Saturday to areas of Texas and Louisiana slammed by Hurricane Rita.
“The damage is not as serious as we had expected it to be,” R. David Pattison, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told reporters in Washington. “The evacuations worked.”
Some 3 million people fled ahead of the storm.
As the military quickly moved troops, amphibious vehicles and equipment into the stricken area, PEMA field-
HURRICANF RITA NEWS K The Herald-Zeitung recently helped out sister papers The Galveston County Daily News and The Brazosport Facts. See story on Page 8A.
New Braunfels High School opens shelter for Rita evacuees. See story on Page 9A.
ed more than 1,000 rescue workers. President Bush cau-tioned residents against returning home too quickly.
“People who are safe now ought to remain in safe conditions,” said Bush, who monitored the storm from an Air Force command post in Colorado and then Hew to Austin, Texas, for more briefings.
See RITA, Page 9A
Houston spared hurricane s wrath, evacuees return
By Kristen Hays
Associated Press Writer
HOUSTON — Houstonians woke up in their hurricane destinations feeling lucky and giddy. They ’d dodged a monster storm that posed as big a threat as the region had seen in 20 years. They were ready to come home.
But the giddiness quickly turned to frustration Saturday, as thousands who endured gridlocked freeways to flee the storm were ignoring officials’ pleas to stay put and jumping right back
“Do not come back imtil won! is given by local authorities," Mayor Bill White said.
“We want to avoid traffic gridlock, so again, we can’t say enough times to those I know are ready to go back to their homes, please stay where you are,” Gov. Rick Perry said.
Authorities wanted to first restore power, restock gas stations, and clear debris and fallen trees. But White said the grim expectations
didn’t come to pass.
“The city of Houston has gotten through the storm quite well. The flood risk has subsided, he said Saturday afternoon.
Hie state homeland security director devised a staggered repopulation plan. The northwest parts of die city could come home Sunday, the central city and southwest neighborhoods and suburbs on Monday, and the eastern part of the city — closest to where Rita See HOUSTON, Page 9AAll U Can Eat BAR-!
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