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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY NOVEMBER 13 2003 BIG HITTER Roger Mqlinet will partake in his first playoff football game Friday hight when Cariyon takes on Reagan Page 5A JUST CALL Guest columnist Jayne Morgan offers salient aoVide for victims of domestic violence in Coma County Page 4A 12 pages 2 sections CK i 500 VWWIF FRONT and CENTER g m a Christmas lights go up downtown By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Downtown New Braunfels is transforming into a Christ mas wonderland although if s still a little warm out New Braunfels ytilities elec tric division crews on Mon day started hanging more than white Christmas lights on the plaza trees and bandstand They were finishing the job Wednesday NBU has been hanging the lights for decades Crews used to hang them with stepladders said Gretchen NBU spokeswoman Weve watched the trees she said The trees have gotten so big the crewmen now use utility trucks to drape 500 lights over each tree on the plaza always Reuwer said Its 5e6ome a part of tradition and NBU Cathy McKinriey of The Quilt Haus in downtown said it has been a joy towork across the street from the bandstand for the last four years The Christmas lights and decorations create a small town holiday ambiance that lifts the spirits of people work pg and visiting downtown The hanging lights remind her of icicles she said It makes you eel like your walking in a TMcKinney gets a lot itiye feedback about the lights from tourists who frequent the j For visitors its really McKinney said It makes you feel Jikeyoure in the The lights are going up weeks before Thanksgiving but they help New Braunfels usher in the Holiday season Downtown will be lighted Nov 21 with a countdown cer emony that will include per fprmanqes by the community choir and band Santa Claus See LICHTS Page 3A REBECCA S New Braunfels Utilities employees from left Walter light on finding that one bulb that just wont shine They Sifford John Wilkms and Chad Schaeferkoeter shed helped put up Christmas lights around downtown Courthouse veteran Caldwell helps with project By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When New Braunfels turns on its holiday lights Noy 21 the county courthouse will be brightly lit as it has been in years in part to a little help from a recently retired employee Herb Caldwell who retired from county service in July to spend a Jit tie more time with the grandWds spent this past weekend helping to string the Christmas lights on the county courthouse Weve been putting those lights up for more than 10 Cald well over of Caldwelli on the couh courthouse restoration cqnv mittee said he has a standing offer to volunteer when needed Any time they need anything Ill come down and Caldwell said This is just typical of Herb and his dedication to Comal County said County Judge Danny Scheel Herbs so dedicated he not only did the courthouse lights but he also went over to IBulverde and put up the lijghtsatour the peace office he Scheel said Caldwell has done a lot to help thecountys new main tenance manager Anthony Saenz learn what must be done each year Herb told me before he retired hed help us with projects when we needed it and we appreciate Herb and what he Scheel said 62 Details Low 45 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 46B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A APPLAUSE 4B SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 3B Fugitive DeWalt parents indicted By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A grand jury Wednesday indicted three members of a San Antonio family for their alleged parts in fleeing with a boy rather than turn him over to his father Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane HI said Suzanne DeWalt 41 was indicted in absentia on charges of interfering with child custody and hindering apprehen sion She disappeared with her son Jeremy DeWalt 6 after a Comal County jury awarded custody of the boy to his father Michael DeWalt The whereabouts of DeWalt and her son are unknown Her father Edward R Kearns 71 and mother Margaret L Kearns 68 are in Comal County Jail Edward Kearns was indicted on a charge of hindering apprehension Mar garet Kearns was indicted on a charge of interfering wiffi child custody District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the charge of hindering apprehension is a thirddegree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine Interfering with child custody is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to Judge gives 20 years in assault case By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 35yearold Canyon Lake man drew 20 years in prison Wednesday after 207th Judicial District Judge Jack Robison adju dicated a previously deferred aggravated assault charge Assistant District Attorney Ed Springer said William Alexander would have to serve at least lOyears before he is eligfole for parole because Robison ruled the weapon used in the assault was a deadly weapon See ASSAULT Page 3A Wentworth Lines are legal white Dems upset By Ron Mtiloney Stiff Writer State Sen AjitPrto pre cfc t jjfif TWOFWr mere4 out this past summerwould the of the Pulverde sus for the past 30 years About WO attended the which included a light dinner in the mm Of gwadajupe Valley TeJephQoe Cooperative Wentwof th explained hpwreUistrictiiig occurred effect on the m one Pklain May and Democrats being alfront ed by the process because its how Republi cans felt after the last three Thl wejnpcrats are doing the same thing we 71 8i salA The Perrwejats Went Now the Democrats Wentworth said are alleging that the Repubii cans have weakened minority ing strength the same claim his own party made without success How can they successfully attack the rnap we drew saying it dilutes voting strength when wje created an mftwnjwHjspanjp district and m entirely new What theyre really upset afapuj is the newJinej make six white rats unelectabk But the Voting Rights 4dS does protect Dmtmts TTONTIPN YOU PISIRVI 78130
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