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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Inside Sports It Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following Alice Robblns MerryBrinkkoeter Christina Guerrero Lorri Anderson Victoria Garcia Anna Zientek Chuck Donohoe Ida Wenzeli Raul C Espinosa Monday and Christine Venegas 14 Happy anniversary to Jenny and Joe Bradley 50 years Sean and Teresa Preuss 1 year and Fred and Mary Jane Zavala 32 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Sunny Sunday turns to dreary Monday Today Sunny Highs in the lower 70s upper 60s Tonight increasing clouds Lows in the mid 40s near 40 Monday Mostly cloudy Highs in the mid 60s Monday night cloudy with a slight chance of rain or drizzle Lows in the upper 40s Tuesday through Thurs day Mostly cloudy with a chance a rain or showers Lows in the 40s to near 50 Highs in the 50s to near 60 VFWPost7110 shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organiza tion chosen for Monday is Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 71 TO This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to help staff the light display from 6 to Monday and hand out information about it In return the organi zation receive 50 cents per vehicle that through Cypress Send Park Monday evening Advent Vespers performance is today Advent Vespers with more than 100 voices will be per formed today at 4 at First Baptist Church 733 Cross Cheer Fund continues to grow The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund Every penny donated goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa St during reg ular business hours Checks also can be mailed to the HeraldZeitung Make checks payable to the Her aldZeitung Cheer Fund Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made by contacting circula tion director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 ext 228 Recent contributions include Irene Miller The Jensen Family Alan and Betty Bartlett New total Tell us where the lights are Thanksgiving is over and many of you already have started stringing lights around your home and yard If you have a mustsee resi dential or commercial dis play or if you know of one let us know so we can share the information with the rest of our readers Call us at 625 9144 New Braunfels 811 HeraMZe SUNDAY EL TX 79903 32 pages in four sections Sunday November Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Merry Brinkkoeter Vol 146 No 12 Unicorns9 playoff road goes on New Braunfels faces MacArthur Saturday From staff reports CORPUS CHRISTI Sweet revenge Thats what the Unicorns can focus on this week after a dramatic 3121 victory over Harlingen in front of more than fans Friday at Buccaneer Stadium in the Region IV5A semifi nals New Braunfels 121 will face MacArthur 112 in the IV5A finals at 2 Saturday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio The Brahmas handed the Unicorns their only defeat of the sea son 1714 on Oct 24 NBHS coach Tim Kingsbury said Friday he wouldnt be choosy about the Unicorns opponent for the regional final but a rematch with MacArthur was appealing As far as Saturdays regional final conflicting with the Big 12 Champi onship game in the Alamodome Kingsbury said Whos going to want to go watch Nebraska and Its likely not many folks in New Braunfels will feel the urge For Rangers party ends in final seconds From staff reports HeraldZeitung photo by Tom Erickson A New Braunfels High School fan displays her supportduring a sendoff pep rally Friday at the high school ALICE The memories of Smithson Valleys 1997 season will be brought to life in the years to come but none more than the final four minutes of Saturdays Region FV4A semi final game with No 3 Corpus Christi Calallen The Rangers got a field goal from Ian Flores and a touch down from Jeff Shinn for a 10 0 lead before the Wildcats Game summaries Page 1B scored twice in the fourth quar ter for a 1410 victory The Wildcats 130 will play EdcouchElsa 130 in the IV 4A final Smithson Valley 112 drove into scoring range numerous times all afternoon but Calallens defense allowed only the field goal and touchdown Let there be light Above The Comal County Courthouse lights up the night sky during Friday nights New Braunfels Downtown Associations annual Christmas Tree Lighting A crowd gathered at the Main Plaza to ooh and aah at the lights which were turned on at 6 Right New Braunfels Marten Mosis and his wife Cathy with their children Kalle age 4 Reid age 6 and Lauren age 4 applaud as the lights on the plaza came on HeraldZeitung photos by John Thomas Shoppers keep local merchants registers ringing Crowds fill stores on busiest shopping day BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Thunderstorms outoftown com pany and heavy meals couldnt keep shoppers down Friday as local resi dents and visitors began whittling down holiday gift lists at area stores and shop ping centers Natalie Shade manager of Target in New Braunfels said more than 100 people were waiting to enter the store at 7 a downpour We let them in early up at the front of the store since it was said Schade A snack area sold coffee and cookies to the early birds and handed out free shopping bags while they lasted until about 10 she said Its going said Schade Were extremely Larry C Bottenfield manager of WestPoint Stevens Bed Bath and Linens in New Braunfels Marketplace said shoppers were entering the store by Comforters sheets and tow els were selling well he said Cus tomers there included Debbie Paul of Houston who said she was shopping in New Braunfels again because of fewer elbows and carts in the aisles I came here a long time said Paul Its not as Her daughter Amy Urban of Austin said she was shopping in New Braun fels because of the selection You can find things here you cant find other said Urban Brother and sister Phil Francis of Dallas and Cynthia Lyde of Houston were shopping for him when they took an unexpected detour I saw the 50 percent off sign and had to come in to the Dress Barn at New Braunfels Marketplace said Lyde Kirk and Annas Medley of New Braunfels began shopping about 10 Friday with their uncle Steve Medley visiting from Albuquerque Well start here go to Garden Ridge and head back to San said Kirk Medley ComingRevere Factory Store man ager Jennifer Mills said although the doors were open at 8 the influx of shoppers didnt occur until about 10 Many are shopping for gifts for Christmas and picking up other gifts said Mills New Braunfels WalMart manager Turn to Shoppers Page 6A How to shop smart this yule season Consumer Credit Counseling Service offers the following advice to shoppers this holiday season Stay within spending limits Set limits for each person on the list to fit within a personal budget Disciplining oneself to not exceed these limits is key to avoiding unmanageable bills Be efficient Call stores to see if they have items to avoid wasting time Shop where there is a variety of stores Read newspaper ads and fliers for sales and comparison shop Beware of buy now pay later offers It sounds appealing but if it cant be afforded in December will it be paid for in March Pay cash wherever possible Take a predetermined amount of cash when shopping to keep from overspending If using credit cards limit card purchases to one or two cards with the lowest interest rates City taking hard look at rules to address dilapidated structures BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Boarded windows dilapidated buildings and other eyesores in local neighborhoods might see facelifts in the near future if New Braunfels city council members proceed with a local Building Standards Commission and Housing Code Council members approved Monday the first reading of an ordinance that would empower the city to reduce substandard structures that pose a threat to the health safety and welfare of the public As proposed a fivemember Building and Standards Commission would be given the responsibility of enforcing laws relating to the improvement or abatement of dangerous struc tures The ordinance would allow commission mem bers to order repair within a fixed time period of buildings found to be in violation of the ordi nance and the immediate removal of persons or property therein The commission would be empowered to determine the amount and duration of any civil penalty assessed against the proper ty owner Councilman Randy Vanstory said the ordi nance had been in the works for a long time Council members have had calls about rundown buildings in several areas of town hi any part of town there can be a house thats boarded and invites vagrants and said Vanstory If a building violates the minimum standards set Turn to City Page 2A Hospice coordinator gets topnotch Page 14A   

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