New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
SEPTEMBER 27, 2009Herald-Zeitung
SPORTSReturning hom«Bobcats hostTSU after tough road loss. PlHI« IB116TH ANNUAL COMAL COUNTY FAIRS«nlIn politiesOlder voters against Dems' health care plan. Pag« 13A
Serving N^ and Comal County since 1852.Vol. 156, No. 276 34 pages, 4 sectionsherald-zeitung.com
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Stevie Sanchez, 4, pedals a miniature tractor Kiddie Tractor Pull at the Comal County Fair.TODAY AT THE FAIR
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PRCA Extreme Bull Riding
Scott Wiggins Band
A group of kids react to a steep drop Saturday while riding tne Super Shot at the Comal County Fair.
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Saturday while being helped by volunteer Vincent Schwab during the 13th annual
By Chris Cobb
Within earshot of the monstrous roar of rumbiing tractors dragging tons of steel down a dirt track, Stevie Sanchez was pedaling like crazy on his own miniature john Deere.
The Comal County Fair's 13th annual Kiddie factor \\i\\ was Siitur-day, and Stevie and his fellow competitors were straining to tow their own freight less than 100 yards away from the fair's heavy-duty tractor pull.
Unlike the grown-up event, though, with huge engines doing the work, Stevie had to power his tractor with his 4-year-old legs.
"1 just wish it didn't have that thing on the back," Stevie told his mom Holly Sanchez, pointing to the heavy load of weights competitors try and drag to the finish line.
Tliis year about 80 children turned out to take their turn pedaling tiu* tricycle-tunied-tractor, all seeing who can tow the heavy load the furthest.
Although some petered out early, and others pulled the haul the length of the track, everyone was treated to cheers from parents and onl(M)kers at one of the fair's most popular events for youngsters.
"It's just so much fun," said Janice Schwab, who was «nceeing the tractor pull, announcing the names and towing distances of each participanL "The kids are all so determined and everybody always has such a good time."
The free event annually draws a good crowd for children, and unlike some of the fair's attractions, is free of charge. The top two competitors in five weight classes, ranging from children weighing 40 to 90 pounds, receive trophies, although everyone gets a ribbon.
"It's something fun, and it doesn't cost $20 to do," said Holly Sanchez. "I also like that everyone gets ribbons for participating, even if they don't get a trophy."
Although it began Saturday, another kids tractor pull will begin today at the fair, beginning at 1 p.m.
"The kids always really enjoy it," said Janice's husbarKl Vincent Schwab, v\^o was running the event. "Everyone really does a great job, but I thirik the adults enjoy as much as they do."
Gov. Rick Perry's wealth fueled by land deals
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry never had much money growing up» and he has spent most of his adult life in public office, drawing a part-time salary as a legislator and relatively modest earnings in statewide office for the last quarter century.
But thanks to his investments and a series of private land deals, some that took advantage of his political connections, Perry has squeaked over the millionaire line, records examined by The Associated Press ^ow.
Perry's Democratic opponents have suggested that Perry traded on his power and
Gov. Rick Perry
influence to turn a buck. Now that he is in a tough primary for a third full term, Perry's Republican opponent. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, is raising the same accusations.
"Rick Perry should do an infomercial on how to become a mfllkmaire as a professional politician," said Hutchison campaign manager l^ny Sullivan. "Rom abusing his power over appointments to getting sweetheart real estate (teals from supporters, he's a regular get-rich-
Perry aides say the governor has benefited from nothing more than strong business acumen and good timing. He has also lost some dough along the way, most notably last year, when a trust fund he owns took a huge hit during the Wall Street meltdown and shed more than a half million dollars in short and long-term losses, tax records show. Aides note that he has one home and is putting a kid through college, like many Texans.
The West Texas ranch boy won a state House seat in 1984 and has never yet tost an election. A former l^xas A&M yell leader and Air Force pikit, Per-
See PERRY, Page 2A
City council to consider changes to term limits at Monday meeting
By Chris Cobb
The New Braunfels City Council will consider exploring some changes to the city's charter on Monday—specif-ically whether it might extend term limits for elected officials.
New Braunfels City Councilman Richard Zapata said he asked city stafi" if the charter could be reviewed for any possible changes, and potentially be amended to allow a resident to serve a total of four terms as both a city councilor and as mayor.
"While you can get a lot accomplished in three years, it really takes a lot longer than that to have a lasting impact."
— Richard Zapata
Currently, a person can sit out one election cycle after serving two terms on city council and then run for mayor.
However, should he win,
that person could only serve as mayor for a single term, which is another three years.
"It's pretty hard for someone to come in for one term and be able to truly build momentum and do the best job possible for our citizens," Zapata said. "While you can get a lot accomplished in three years, it really takes a lot longer than that to have a lasting impact."
By staying longer in office, he said, a fumre sitting mayor would be able to see more projects to their fniition.
See COUNCIL, Page 2A
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