Friday, April 9, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS EYES OM THI BALL Canyon girls and boys lose matchups New Braunfels Quinn Koelfgen pitches perfect game against Bastrop BA 2004 FOKUM LETTERS Readers write about the impor tance of librarians vegetarian diets and an election losers criticisms Page 4A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 129 12 pages 2 sections CLICK 500 P Partly cloudy High Low 83 62 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 44B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBFTUARIES 3A SPORTS B6A TV GRIDS SB Airport growth would handle S A overflow By Scott Mahon Staff Writer An expected increase in air traffic at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport is one rea son the city wants to protect adjacent land from develop ment through annexation The airport already is oper ating as a relief airport for San Antonio although it hasnt offi cially been designated as such and is planning an expansion to accommodate larger jets airport Manager Andy Spinks told farmers and planning commissioners Tuesday Commissioner Jerry Ford said Thursday he didnt know the airport was operating as a relief airport It was the first time Id heard he said FRONT and CENTER DAVID Citizen of the Year Carter Casteel center is surrounded by Unsung Heroes William and Joyce Kolodzie left Parri Sypersma Darrel Solanik Jan Kotylo Lee Hester Ellis and Linda Soechting They were honored in a ceremony Thursday evening at the civic center Singing their Unsung Heroes get the recognition they deserve By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer NewBraunfels greatest heroes rarely see the spotlight That was evident as the Herald Zeitung honored the 2004 Unsung Hero award recipi ents Thursday Most of the heroes in atten dance received their plaques with big smiles and humble shuffles to and from the stage of the New Braunfels Civic Center State Rep Carter Casteel received the greatest honor Citizen of the Year She could not keep from choking back tears as she thanked the community she serves for the opportunity to Jive and work in New Braunfels While the planning com I dont think most of the mission and city council try planning commission mem to protect the airport through bers knew we have as much annexation the airport is air traffic as we he said already planning improve ments Spinks said See AIRPORT Page 2A Road work might speed up if drivers have to pay By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County will explore financing an outer loop around New Braunfels by ask ing the people who use it to pay for it The loop proposed by County Judge Danny Scheel is only a concept now although the Texas Department of Trans portation is studying it It would provide a bypass to Texas 46 between FarrntoMar ket Road 2722 and Loop 337 allowing Canyon Lake traffic access to Interstate 35 r P u i without coming to Danny Scheel NewBraunfels The project has been listed in a series of annual county requests to be included in TxDOTs regional Transportation Improvement but so far no money has been found to begin planning the road Scheel said Thursday he thought tolls could pay for the road and move the project funding timeline forward a num ber of years This could be a viable Scheel See ROADS Page 2A SPf CIAL SECTION I Read more about the 2004 Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year Carter A number of pictures were dis played that depicted Casteel throughout her life If you look at some of these pictures I forgot how cute I Casteel said Each year the paper solicits nominations for community members who make considerable contributions to Comal County They do not ask for recognition and are often overlooked for such honors said Gary Maitland Her aldZeitung managing editor Casteel was celebrated for her contributions as a teacher vol unteer and public servant to the people of New Braunfels Casteel was humble about how Publisher Doug Toney intro duced her as a longoverdue recipient My aunt Helen reminds me at least once a week that Im no different from anybody she said See HEROES Page 2A and decide prwwy runoff COMING SUNDAY races 2004 r SUeet FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor Regan Milter Mission statement To exalt Gods greatness evangel ize Gods world encourage and equip Gods peo ple and express Gods owe through Jesus Christ our lord Denomination Southern Baptist Attendance 700 Meeting times and and 6 Sunday Location 733 Cross Phone 6259124 Website Worship style tra ditional blended Upward bound Church takes ministry to the gym By Leigh Jonea Staff Writer First Baptist Church is looking outward and upward We just want to let New Braunfels know that Christ is out tijiere and that hes said member Mark Carpenter Carpenter wanted to reach out to his community but it was one of the churchs buildings that finally inspired him to get something started I saw that big gym sitting there and I wanted to see it put to he said Gymnasiums tend to go with sports and children so Carpenter selected a national program combining both The Upward Basketball league founded in South Carolina in 1986 forms teams of elementary school children that play each other once a week The first year there wen enough par ticipants for eight teams This year the Next year we are trying to partner with another church that has a Carpenter said We have outgrown Age and gender divide children up and their skills are assessed through weekly practices About a month before the games start teams are created with bal anced skill levels so that no one team has all the good players All of the adults involved are volunteers including coach es and referees Its not a church Carpenter said Anyone is invited to join Only about six coaches are from First The league ministers to children and families Each practice includes a short devotional time and each child receives a booklet with memory verses to take home The crowd at each game also hears words of encouragement At halftime of every game we have a See CHURCH Page 2A MUVNOV Pastor Regan Miller of the First Baptist Church speaks with Minister of Music WaJly Black Uektatto Fri ft for our