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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27,2005 SPORTS : ON THE LINE The Canyon volleyball team opens a key week in District 27-4A when Burnet visits tonight. Page 5 FORUM COLUMN Bubba Collins says attacking the mayor makes no sense when community needs to unite. Page 4 NIXED ADC ?81 KOI 1000571 12/50/05 SOUTHWEST HICROPUOLISHERS 2627 E VANDELL DR J a PASO TX 79901 z^tnuNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 265 10 pages, 1 section 500 i e 56825 00001' Partly Cloudy High Low 101 75 DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDSCost of civic center expansion adding up By Leigh Jones Staff Writer City council approved spending $ 11,741 for geotechnical services for the Civic Center expansion project Monday, but not without expressing concern about the additional cost. Councilwoman Kathleen Krueger could hardly wait for Mayor Bruce Boyer to open discussion on the agenda item before jumping in. “I have a problem with this not being a part of the $10.5 million we already approved for this project,” she said. “I’m concerned that by the end of the day this could be a $12 million or $13 million civic center, and that would be dishonest." Council approved spending up to $10.5 million for the expansion project Aug. 8. TWo weeks later, they were asked to approve spending an additional $21,860 for surveying services. Although former city manager Chuck Pinto warned at the time additional items would come up before the project was put out for a final bid, council members seemed surprised Monday at the new expenses. Boyer told the city’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Hinson he wanted to see a bottom line number at some point. “Everyone wants to know how much this is actually going to cost,” he said. “We owe it to the public to tell them how much we’re spending.” See COST, Page 2A By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Tristan Drake is armed and dangerous. The shiny spurs, sheriff’s badge and two trusty plastic guns are nice, but the 6-year-old said his smile is what will really knock ‘em dead. “My dimples are my secret weapon,” Tristan said with a grin. Wranglers, outlaws, Indian princesses and rodeo queens strut ted their stuff before judges during the Comal County Fair’s Best Dressed Western Contest Sunday. Entrants ranged from toddlers in covered wagons to a 9-year-old in vintage lace. Eleven-month-old Charles Smith was one of the youngest entrants, dressed as a rodeo clown with backflap long johns, grease paint and a cowbell. His mother, Joy Smith, said her family has been participating in the contest for about six years. "We just do this to have fun and give the kids a chance to dress up,” she said. Makayla Drake, Tristan’s 7-year-old sister, said she has also entered for die last few years, widt great success. Makayla placed first and second in the last two contests. Dressed in a fringed dress with a shiny pink cowboy hat, she said great threads are the secret to success. “You win by doing the best and having the best outfit,” she said. Louisa Hurter said her daughter Harleigh’s outfit was part of a family tradition. Harleigh, I, wore a sequined mariachi dress from Mexico and a matching sombrero from Spain. “This outfit has been in the family for a long time," Louisa Turner said. “I wore it in this contest when I was a baby and won second place.” In die end, however, die duds that really wowed the judges belonged to 2-year-old Kara Acker. I ler grandmother, Darlene Acker, created an Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Rodeo clown Dawson Lucas, 2, sizes up the competition during the Best Western Dress Contest at the Comal County Fair Sunday afternoon. replica Dale Evans cowgirl outfit for Kara. Darlene Acker said it took her about two weeks to create the outfit from pictures off the Internet. The most difficult part was cutting out die stars that decorated the vest and skirt. The work paid off, however, when Kara was awarded “Best Overall." “I was really upset at first," Acker said. “They didn’t announce it until the end, so we diouglit she didn’t win anything." Bull riders lay it all on the line for 8-second adrenaline rush By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer The temperature was high Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to cool down James Mac. Mac, a bullrider from Houston, held on for two rough rides to win the Comal County Fair Bull Riders Extravaganza with a score of 164. “The heat didn’t make a difference,” he said, wiping sweat from under his black cowboy hat. Some of the bulls and riders stayed tough, while others fell flat during the fair’s 11th annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event. Mac said bullriding is especially challenging because it’s a mixture of luck and skill. Riders draw their bulls at random before the competition. “You’ve got to draw real good, but you’ve got to ride real good, too," he said. Mac, an 11-year-veteran of the bullriding circuit, said his family’s love of rodeo helped lead him to his career as a cowboy. “My dad rode bulls and my sister ran barrels,” he said. “Most people go camping on the week end, but we did rodeo.” Sherry Heinmeyer said rodeo has also become a way of life for her family. Her boyfriend, Fair Director Russell Urban, has worked behind the scenes at the fair’s rodeo for more than IO years. “It’s a family tradition,” Heinmeyer said. “I don’t want to see the cowboys get hurt, but I enjoy the thrill of watching.” Fair Drover Nathan Dolle said he is finished with his bull-riding career, but working behind the scenes keeps life from getting dull. He puts the flank ropes on the bulls before the ride, and then removes ropes after they are returned to die corral. “The bulls buck up sometimes, they aren’t very happy when they get back in there," he said. “I’m done with bull riding, but this keeps me in it.” Evan Schmidt, a bull fighter from Morse, said he also gave up a career in bullriding to focus on protecting the cowboys. Bull fighters, often known as rodeo clowns, dress in bright colors and run in See BULLS, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Cowboy Matt Keith from Wimberly takes a ride aboard a bull during the Bull Riders Extravaganza Sunday afternoon at the Comal County Fair.Record heat to stick around a few more days By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County dodged Hurricane Rita-related rainfall over the weekend, but residents parched by hot dry winds and record three-digit high temperatures might have appreciated some. Saturday, the National Weather Service in New Braunfels recorded a high temperature of 105 degrees. Sunday, it was 106. Monday hit 105 and today’s expected high is near IOO. Some relief is anticipated Wednesday through the weekend when the fall’s first cold front rolls through, bringing high temperatures late this week down into the 80s. While the weather service doesn’t have statistics for New Braunfels, the weekend’s highs in San Antonio of 105 easily eclipsed that city’s record of 97 degrees set in 1993. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dennis Cook said Saturday’s high was caused by hot. dry southwest winds spun off by Rita. “Sunday, it was just dry . high pressure over South Central Texas,” Cook said Monday. See HEAT, Page 2ARita continues to claim victims in Beaumont By April Castro Associated Press Writer BEAU MON T — A family dead, billions in damages and desperate calls for fuel and ice echoed Monday through communities savaged by Hurricane Rita. A storm of record strength as it whipped through the Gulf. Rita weakened and turned from evacuated metropolitan areas. The toll along tile mostly rural gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana mounted. The number of deaths rose to eight in Texas when the bodies of five people were discovered in a Beaumont apartment, and a couple was confirmed dead in Liberty' County. A man, his girlfriend’s three children and their aunt apparently were overcome by carbon monoxide from a generator they used to power fans to cool their home as temperatures rose into the 90s Monday and the heat index was near 106 degrees. The hurricane knocked out electricity' to the region over the weekend. Bertha Costello, 56. mid Thomas Lucero, See RITA, Page 3A The Sonier Group ERA - D. Lee Edwards Realty w “Unmatched Attention For Your Real Estate Needs” www nawbtminWsproperties.cofTi PROUDLY SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Susan Sonier Qr Jerry Sonier 830.832.8815    210.885.6188 Email: [email protected] Kara Acker, 2, shows off her finest western duds at the Best Western Dress Contest Sunday afternoon at the Comal County Fair. ALL DRESSED UP Youngsters show off their best duds as fair comes to an end Staying humble Humble Time radio program celebrates more man a decade of promoting Texas music. ;