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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY AUGUST 20 2004 SPORTS WORK TO DO After first round of scrimmages Marion Navarro and NB Christian try to work out some of the kinks in their games Page SA ZEITUNG FORUM FAIRGROUNDS Guest columnist and a letter writer sound off on the Comal County Fairgrounds land usage proposition Pago 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 12 pages 2 sections CLICK j www DEAR ABBY Partly cloudy High Low 98 73 Details1B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS Group leans toward restoring courthouse By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A county committee appointed to recommend whether to restore or renovate the courthouse reached an apparent consensus Thurs day before adjourning with out a recommendation to commissioners Courthouse Restoration Committee Chairman Ed Krai said the committee would meet again in one week to poll its members for a final rec ommendation That recom mendation would be given to commissioners at their Sept 9 meeting Thursday all but one com mittee member expressed some support for restoration The lone dissenter was Coun ty Engineer Tom Hornseth who said the numbers for both proposals came out so close he was on the Hornseth recommended throwing the question back to commissioners court so it could make tlrs call Connie Krause a member of the County Historic Com mission said that body would write a letter to commission ers in the next week support ing restoring the courthouse as opposed to renovating Commissioners have wres tled for more than a year with the question of whether to restore the historic 1898 courthouse or to replace its mechanical and climate con trol systems and perform oth er upgrades Tere OConnell an architect who formerly worked with the Texas Historic Commission who specializes in restoring courthouses said a complete See RESTORE Page 3A Schools draft new celTutions to phone issues By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School District admin istration is recommending a dont ask dont tell policy for cell phone use at school If a student has a cell phone we dont want to see it and we dont want to hear said Assistant Superin tendent Janet Patton The phone can be on campus but its not supposed to be turned Patton said she looked at how other districts handled cell phones before making her recommendation According to the Comal ISO student handbook cell phones are allowed but are not to be used on campus during school hours without approval from campus administration Rather than forcing stu dents to leave their phones at home as previous policy stated New Braunfels High School Principal Debbie Garinger said the district decided to change the policy to accommodate the num ber of phones already at school There were so many phones on campus she said So many parents want to be able to get in touch with their kids these Garinger said increased safety concerns around the country especially after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks prompted parents to send their children to school with cell phones Safely issues aside admin istrators will confiscate phones from students using them during the school day or on the bus Parents must come to school to reclaim the phone but they no longer have to pay the fine required in the old policy The only exception to usage restrictions are made for students who are active members of volunteer fire fighting organizations See CELLULAR Page 3A Average Texas teacher spends more DAVID Astrud Rodriguez 11 consoles herself on the shoulder of older brother Spc Steven Rodriguez during a farewell ceremony Thursday afternoon for National Guardsmen going to Iraq He is among almost three dozen Guardsmen who leave today Show of support for Iraqbound Guardsmen By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Families friends and local officials expressed support Thursday to soldiers with the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery unit who leave today for Fort Hood before being deployed to Iraq Almost 40 National Guard volunteers from the New Braunfels unit will join the 56th Brigade Combat Team of Fort Worth in Fort Hood to com plete more training Adjutant Gen Wayne Marty said National Guard sol diers were being mobilized in Texas There are Texas National Guard soldiers in Texas including Army soldiers airmen and state he said About are already on active duty but there are more than enough National Guard soldiers in Texas to cov er any national Staff Sgt Michael Gil of New Braunfels and his wife Rose Ann decided together whether he would volunteer for duty It took us a while to she said I know Ill cry a lot while hes gone but he said hed be able to come home for a twoweek leave after three Gil a 1984 New Braunfels High School graduate said he volunteered for his family and country Gabriel Cunnion of Lake McQueeney also volunteered for active duty His wife Isebell said she was proud of him I supported his decision and I know Ill worry but hes doing this because he loves what he she said Mayor Adam Cork who attended Thursdays ceremo ny said the volunteers had the support of city These are the best of the best and theyre going forward to protect the freedoms we he said Theyll leave behind the support of their families and the city of New Formerly the 49th Armored Division the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery units responsibility is to provide indi rect fire support jh in the iwood Wildwood expands on the concept of church camp CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD Pastor John Massey Denomination Assembly of God Attendance 75 Meeting time am Location 227 Charter Oak Drive Phone number 830 8992149 I Web site I Worship Style Charismatic I Mission Called caring and com mitted By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON in the Wild wood youths know their Bible stories They also know how to build campfires pitch tents and roast marshmallows Every Thursday night 40 girls and boys gather at the little church in the dell for Missionettes and Royal Rangers The Chrisuanthemed program is similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Missionettes coordinator Jan Maser said the group started three years ago with 11 children from the church and grew through wordofmouth advertis ing Now they work with many children who had never been to church before We reach out to the Maser said We have serious lessons but we have fun Maser is working with the girls on les sons about women in the Old Testament Through skits and roteplaying the girls get a feel for vvriat they are reading When they studied Esther Maser brought veils so they could see what it was like to cov er their faces Younger girls work on activities to earn badges for friendship caring and help fulness Junior high and high school girls talk about peer pressure and conflicts at school As the children get older they take field trips to theme parks and Christian concerts While the girls spend more time inside the boys roam around five acres sur rounding the church working on camp ing and outdoor survival skills Maser said she enjoyed watching chil dren experience new adventures We have some children who had never roasted hot she said We try to make it fun with activities including water balloon fights The kids leave Church in the Wildwood is uniquely See CWWCH Page 3A QAVtD Church of the WiJdwoods Pastor John Massey
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