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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 20332 11009 I SO WE ST IIIC RO PU I SI 11NG 2627 E YflMnf I I h I X HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 21 24 pages in 2 sections December 17 1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Canyon coach resigns BY BILL OCONNELL News Editor Les Goad resigned from his duties as athletic director and head football coach at Canyon High School on Thursday signaling the start of the schools fourth search to fill that position in the past four years I really appreciated my time at Goad said Thursday The only disappointment I have in com ing to Canyon was that I hoped it Convention center idea gets nod BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer If we build it they will come New Braunfels could become home to a million convention center that could have as much as a million per year impact on the local economy Preliminary reports from a fea sibility study commissioned by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in September showed that New Braunfels could support at squarefoot facility that would allow the city to ben efit from a yearround tourism market Chamber president Michael Meek said The preliminary reports are very Meek said The occupancy tax paid by visi tors is growing every year and we feel like the convention cen ter could be paid for entirely by room and not by the local The results of the fea sibility study which was con ducted by Houstonbased PKF Consulting will be announced today Meek said The study looked at multiple sites in the New Braunfels area as potential locations for the con vention center including Cotton Crossing and the Comal Power Plant and will probably recom mend a preferred site for the meetings facility in the report Meek said The Chamber will provide the members of city council with the results of the study Meek said Whether or not the city will pursue the project or how it See would have been a long term situ It remained unclear Thursday why Goads wish to stay at Canyon went unfulfilled Comal ISD superintendent Dr Jerry Major placed Goad on administrative leave Dec 3 but declined to say why The school district board of trustees were GOAD scheduled to decide whether to fire Goad at Thursdays regularly sched uled meeting but the firstyear coach quit before trustees could meet Major said on Thursday that Goad was not placed on leave ear lier this month because of any wrongdoing Goad who came to Canyon after coaching at San Anto nio Southwest said he was not aware of why he was placed on leave hi the first place Nothing was shared with me he said A Canyon player who requested anonymity said players and parents were displeased with Goads abra sive coaching style When asked about that on Thursday Goad said he wasnt sure if his dismissal was tied to his handling of the team or simply a result of this past seasons 64 record Canyon was scheduled to start looking for a new coach starting today Several inquiries had already been received Thursday Major said Sign of the times Signs New Braunfels owner Lydell Toye left installs the new sign of WestPoint Stevens Mill Store for merly known as WestPoint Pepperell with the help of his father Harry and employee Alfred Pineda The store was renamed six years ago and a new sign was put up on Thursday WAI MEEK Caroling on the Plaza WAI Comal Community Bands Brass Quartet members above from right Ken Frazer Jack Miscoe Joe Rogers and Steve Evans lead the crowd to sing different Christmas carols at the 18th annual Caroling On The Plaza sponsored by the Arts Council on Thursday It was the quartets third year performance in the event Right New Braunfels residents Ashley Yalch 3 left and her sister Tamara 6 listen to the music downtown Their father Terry said it was the familys fourth year attending the event Candidates file for spots on primary ballots BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Seven Comal County residents offi cially added their names to the list of candidates running for office in 2000 Candidates for precincts 1 and 3 county commissioners precincts 2 and 4 county constables Comal County sheriff and Comal County taxassessor collector officially filed to run in the March 2000 primary Filing for the 2000 primaries ends 6 Jan 3 The 2000 primaries will be March 14 The general election is Nov 7 Positions up for election in 2000 include all four Comal County con stables Precincts 1 and 3 county com missioners Comal County tax asses sorcollector sheriff and the state dis trict bench in the 22nd Judicial District Don Hensz Comal County Repub lican chairman said Wiley Queen a retired Canyon Lake resident filed Dec 9 for the Pet 4 constable position Republican incumbent Ed Mullins who was elected in 1992 has not announced his intention to run for re election The Pet 4 position serves the Canyon Lake area Jack Dawson Pet 1 Comal County Commissioner was the first official See United Way campaign short of goal Residents still have time to give help local agencies BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer United Way of Comal County needs the communitys help to reach this years fundraising goal United Way already has committed to reach its mone tary goal by Dec 31 to fund 29 local agencies next year executive director Joe Rogers said Those agencies are depending on our Rogers said If we do not reach our goal we will have to dip into our reserve funds that are set aside for emergencies and we dont want to do For residents who might have forgotten to give at the office it is not too late to make a donation that could change the life of someone forever Giving to United Way is important because the agen cies that receive this money are helping the most needy people in the United Way of Comal Coun ty president James Dunks said Residents who extend their generosity by making a donation to United Way get a lot of bang for their buck Dunks said Ninetyeight cents of every dollar raised by United Way of Comal County stays in the Dunks said There are about residents in the county If each res ident gave 10 imagine how much money we could Local agencies that benefit from the support of Comal County United Way include Boy Scouts Girl Scouts Connections Comal County 4H Communities in Schools Red Cross Salvation Army Hill Country Mental Health Mental Retardation Comal County Senior Citizens Foun dation Canyon Lake Action Center YMCA Womens Center Comal County Child Welfare Board Adult Lit eracy Council and the Emergency Childrens Shelter Rogers said he did not think many residents realized the magnitude of the need in the county People who need assistance call our office every Rogers said Many residents work and strive on minimum wage and there is a maximum need at home such as an elderly relative or a sick Rogers said all of the agencies involved with United Way checked to make sure those who asked for assistance truly were in need of help If someone wants to make a donation I will even come to their house to pick it Rogers said Residents can make donations to United Way of Comal County by calling 6207760 or stopping by the local office at 421 S Seguin Ave Religious leaders taking spiritual angle on Y2K BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Most local churches arent pre dicting the end of the world when the clock strikes midnight Dec 31 But with or without Christs return the eve of the new millen nium remains a time of spiritual reflection they say And a time to recognize that Jesus could return at anytime said the Rev Phillip Vaseur pas tor of the Seventh Day Adventist church a denomination found ed by a man predicting the end of the world William Miller the founder of the Seventh Day Adventists and several other denominations actually set a date March 22 1884 as the day Christ would return According to the book Mid night and by Clyde E Hewitt Christs return had become spiritualized by the 1800s Jn the 1830s Miller a New York state farmer initiated what is called the Adventist Awaken ing or the MUlerite movement and emphasized the reality of Christs physical return to earth Although Christ did not return when Miller predicted people did not desert the movement or the teaching that the Lords return was near The local Seventh Day Adven tists arent setting dates anymore but maintain Millers focus Jesus could come Vaseur said And if you die the next thing you effectively know is Jesus Thats why you always need to be Debbie Edmiston the churchs clerk said she believed the time was coming closer People growing more selfish kids killing kids and an increase of natural disasters are just a few of the signs She said The Bible says wateh and be Several local pastors agreed Larry Soape minister of edu cation at New Hope Baptist Church said his church wasnt planning on going atop a moun tain Dec 31 Were not expecting it to be the end of the world that could be any he said Although Dec 31 might not be the last day in time the Rev Daryl Higgins of First Protestant Church said Christians still should consider it a spiritual time Christians should be awe inspired on New Years Eve as they ponder opportunities that might lie ahead to spread the good news of their faith he said INSIDE Key code 76
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