Friday, September 10, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas EL FASO TX 79903 nmn J FRIDAY SEPTEMBER SPORTS RIVALRY New Braunfels football team seeks its 24th straight win against rival Seguin Page 5A ZEITUNG FORUM GUEST COLUMN Former NBHS Principal Rickey Williams writes how former principals shouldnt criticize their successors Page 4A since 1852 Vol 153 No 12 pages 2 sections CLICK i www I DEAR ABBY 38 Mostly sunny High Low 93 67 Details1B COMICS 28 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES M SPORTS 58A TV GRIDS 3B Alcohol poisoning possible cause of death By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH The Spring Branch teenager who died Tuesday after being found unconscious in front of her home likely died of alco hol poisoning an investiga tor said Sheriffs Sgt Tommy Ward said preliminary autopsy results show Elizabeth Autumn Perry 18 likely had a lethal amount of alcohol in her system when she was found in front of her Line Camp Loop home early Thursday Investigators are working to trace Perrys activities in the hours before she was found San Antonio media have reported sexual assault alle gations in connection with Perrys death Ward assailed the reports connected to Per ry as neighborhood rumor A lot of the stuff being put out in the TV media theyre getting it from kids in that Ward said Im not going to confirm or deny anything right now because were still looking into this case and the seriousness of this case Its hard to say what went on that night and who was there Its early in the See CASE Page 3A Under old management Comal courthouse to be restored cost about million By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Comal County Commissioners voted 4 1 Thursday to restore the county court house rather than renovate it County Judge Danny Scheel cast the lone vote against restoration after offering ideas that would more than replace office space lost in the project and facilitate mov ing employees out for the twoyear duration of the project which could begin in the fall of2006 The countys population Scheel said is i expected to more than triple in the coming i 20 years to well over County govi ernment will need much more space as i time moves on he said i I would recommend as part of this that i we hire an architect bite the bullet and put a third floor on this Scheel said Then we can move the district attorney See COUNTY Page 3A COURTHOUSE RENOVATION The county courthouse restoration proj ect which would cost about million would restore the exte rior of the build ing to its 1930 The public areas of the interior would be restored to their original 1898 construction with its second floor district courtroom and commissioners courtroom on the The facilitys orig inal thircHatory balcony over looking the court room would be replaced as well DAVID Bob Abbey is once again running the historic Faust Hotel Faust Hotel returns to owners after brief closure We If you carft stand fkhting the crowds at the grocery stores have do your shopping for you By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The sign out front of the Faust Hotel pretty much says it Bob Abbey Now hiring all positions A New Braunfels icon closed briefly this past week and has reopened under its old management The Faust Hotel has returned to its owners Bob and Judy Abbey Richard Bolte who leased the hotel from the Abbeys and operated it since Octo ber 2003 as the Hotel Faust could not be reached for comment His attorney Michael Morris did not return calls for this story Thursday But New Braunfels police have received several reports from people who say they paid Bolte deposits for future events at the hotel and have not been repaid their money Detective Lt Mike Rust said investigators were looking into the situation and that Abbey was not involved Abbey didnt comment on what had happened to Bolte except to say mat he and his wife had retaken operation of this citys most prominent and historic hotel open since 1929 I received a phone call that the hotel was locked and closed for business at 6 Sept Abbey said Richard Bolte doing business as the Hotel Faust surrendered pos session of the hotel through his attorney to myself Sept The Faust could have been closed for a day or two Abbey said but he wasnt sure He opened it for business Sept 2 and is moving ahead with reactivating his licenses for alcoholic beverages the brewery and the restaurant Abbey said anyone who made reservations with Bolte or his staff should contact him at 6257791 to confirm the arrangements There were numerous advance reservations here Many guests were not aware of the change of ownership They should call and make See FAUST Page 3A School teaches safely around strange animals By Leigh Jones StaffWriter SATTLER Two Mountain Valley Elementary School fifth graders learned a valuable les son Tuesday in the importance of avoiding wild animals after having a runin with a rabid bat The boys were standing out side the school after class when the bat swooped down and landed on one of them When the other boy tried to help his friend by shooing the bat away it bit him After seeking medical atten tion and undaunted by their brush with danger both boys were back in school the next day They dont seem to be trau said Principal Denise Kern They are kind of Kern is taking the opportu nity to remind all 780 Moun tain Valley students about the dangers of interacting with See BATS Page 3A Fridays the willfeatwa ST PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH Pastor Charles DeHaven Denomination Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Attendance 625 Meeting time 8 and Sunday Location 181 S Santa Clara Ave Phone r Web site www Worship style blended Mission SPLC is a Christcentered gospeldriven community of faith called to worship witness team and serve in the name and far the sake of our Lord and savior Puppets help bring Bible to life at St Paul Lutherans By Leigh Jones StaffWriter If Jim Hensons Muppets joined the 700 Becky Voges from St Paul Lutheran Church could give them a tip or two Voges who works with the childrens choir also manages a team of puppet performers who regularly regale the con gregation with their animated antics When Voges decided to start the team in 1998 she worried more tradition minded congregation members would not appreciate the puppets appeal I was tentative about the church response but everyone loves she said We started with one puppet and now we have Voges troupe operated by children from fourth through 12th grade per forms Christian songs from a specially built stage at the front of the sanctuary They have a puppet with a guitar and one with a piano And of course they have a Jesus puppet At Christmastime the performers don wings and golden crowns Theyre as cute as can be but its the song that makes it Voges said We have that have brought people to tears and some that leave the congregation in In addition to livening up Sunday morning worship the puppets perform at local nursing homes and community functions Voges is trying to help other congregations start their own puppet ministries Maybe I dont have to grow up since I have the she said laughing Pastor Charles DeHaven said the chil dren were not the only ones to benefit from Voges efforts The puppet ministry is an opportu nity for children to use music to com he said But people of all ages love See CHURCH Page 3A QAMD St Pay Lutheran Churchs Rev Charles DeHaven