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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY March 4 2003 ipppMBBjMpj pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 95 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Jammin for Jesus DAVID Above Milee Ray joins in singing hymns of worship and praise at Sundays Jesus Jam Fest held at Judah Christian Center Originally the concert was to take place outside in the parking lot of the center located next to Bealls but rain forced most activities inside Top photo Lisa Allen clasps her hands in prayer during the singing Above Judah Christian Center pastor Adam Haley At right Jessa and Zachariah Lussier listen to the Christian group Seven Blessings perform Rain fails to dampen their spirits BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Sponsors of Sundays Jesus Jam Fest were elated about the outcome in spite of the rainy weather Were just really excit ed about said Pastor Adam Haley weather was a lit tle bit of a deterrent but we wouldnt be stopped It was very successful We had a lot of churches from different cities come around and support he said An estimated 500 people attended the event which had to be moved inside because of the weather The Judah Christian Center and the Sould Out 4 Jesus Youth Group sponsored the event Youth pastors Fer nando and Mary Jane Gonzalez were essential in making the thing hap pen They were a tremendous Haley said Lives were touched and changed hurting people were helped and a lot of salvations took place especially dur ing the last act Seventh Day Haley said FUMC 150th a good dayfor church BY RON MALONEY Staff writer Sunday was a high mo ment for the pastor and con gregation of First United Methodist Church More than 600 attended services for the churchs 150th anniversary and 340 DAVID Above from Bishop Joel Martinez First United Methodist Senior Pastor Jon Lowry and District Superintendent Virgilio VazquezGarza look over a photo of the Karbach Memorial Church that was built in 1913 at 572 West San Antonio Street attended the church lun cheon Included were visits by several previous pastors and Bishop Joel Martinez who preached during services We had a wonderful said Senior Pastor Jon Low ry It was a good Lowry said those who made the luncheon con ducted at the New Braun fels Civic Center enjoyed birthday cakes and a won derful lunch It was a real special he said Several former pastors who offered reminisces were honored during the event It was good to see old friends and new friends and have a good time Lowry said It was a good celebration and a real good day in the Livestock show nets BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The Comal County Junior Livestock Show brought in more than this year Were real Liz Mooney treasurer of the Comal County Junior Live stock Show Association said Monday She said it would take a week to tally everything for an official count which could be or more Though money collected by specialty clubs and the silent auction have not been added the number is low compared to last years and the made in 2001 Going into this we knew we would be David Waldrip president of the live stock show association said He said a number of factors including the threat of war and bad weather might have contributed to the lower sum Mooney is not sure why the show made less this year especially since buyer par ticipation was similar We had as many buyers At a glance Preliminary figures indicate that the raised in this years Junior Livestock Show would be distributed by points as follows Steers per point earned Hogs per point earned Goats per point earned Lambs per point earned Rabbits per point earned Turkeys per point earned Broilers per point earned as ever and a good number of new she said The community showed strong support on every level she said The top buyers will be somewhere around half and the rest are the people who spent or Mooney said Weve been so appre ciative of how many people See LIVESTOCK County considers credit option for fines fees BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County might soon be able to bring a new level of convenience to people who must pay fines fees or mon ey for other county services County commissioners will consider a contract with Wells Fargo Bank Thursday that would enable the county to accept credit cards for the first time Commissioners Court is conducted at in the commissioners courtroom of the Commissioners Court building 199 Main Plaza Weve been talking with the auditors office the tax and some of the justices of the peace over the past couple of years trying to come up with a pro gram where we could have people use their credit cards to do county said County Judge Danny Scheel County Treasurer Susan Patterson and Auditor David Renken have been meeting with Wells Fargo officials hammering out the details of how the system would work Were looking most at fines and fees People get a ticket on the weekend on the INSIDE Key Code 76 Students learn value of states history BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Five hundred seventhgraders filed into the New Braunfels Middle School gymnasium Mon day to hear a different kind of history lesson The Sons of the Republic of Texas conducted an assembly to celebrate Texas Independence Day It was SRTs seventh year to commemorate the day Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 Guest speakers from the city and county gov ernments and the New Braun fels High School color guard were on hand NBMS Principal Demetria Cummins told the crowd Tex ans should study not only history but also the history of the only state to be able to boast its independence as a republic After introductions the crowd quietly listened to the story Cummins said it is important to understand the hard work and resilience of the founding Texans Those settlers loved this land we call Texas just as we love Cummins said Tom Green district represen tative of SRT told the assembly that its important for students to understand the Texas history that surrounds them in historic sites like the Alamo Youre a part of he said After the assembly Green said that he tries to get the students attention by interacting with them and asking them ques tions Our objective is to get them interested in Texas he said Green said assembly went well and the students seemed to be listening Mayor Adam Cork and Com missioner Jan Kennady also addressed the assembly Cork pointed out that without the states founders Texans alive today would have nothing to believe in Kennady said the future is tied to the past Pay attention to what hap pened before she said It means a lot about what happens in our Eighthgraders Brenda Olmos 13 and Courtney Ray 14 of See river and they go back to Houston We just feel we would have a better chance of collecting that fine if we had credit card collection avail Scheel said Weve worked on it for quite some time and I think weve come up with a solu tion that will enable us to do The system would also be available for payment of tax es although Scheel is less comfortable with that idea Thats a twoedged sword I want to be sure thats of fered only as a convenience and not as a method for pro longing the agony of paying your he said When you take your tax bill and then add the interest rates credit card companies charge on top of that it can make it pretty expensive You can be in a real bind if you havent completed paying that by the time your next taxes come due But officials think the main benefit would be the collec tion of fines from outoftown violators I think it would be a con venience and probably a good collection tool for the coun the county judge said A member of the New Braunfels High School JRROTC program stands at attention prior to presenting the colors at a Texas Indepen dence Day assembly Monday at New Braunfels Middle School DAVID   

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