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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas tY SEPTEMBER RALDZEITUNG SPORTS FOOTBALL The Smithson Valley football team tries to keep its district win streak alive as it plays San Antonio Churchill Page 6A FORUM GUEST COLUMN Joy Streater writes to set the record straight on mail bal lots and voting machines Page 4A CL New Briaunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 271 14 pages 2 sections CK www I uuuiu DP 30 chance of rain High Low 89 68 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 38 FUN ALL AROUND River group calls for fewer tubers ADMISSION FRIDAY Students FREE until 6 11 until 11 Adults 12 Over Children 611 yrs Under 6 yrs FREE 10 until 11 Adults 12 Over Children 6 11 yrs Under 6 yrs FREE SUNDAY 11 until 6 Adults 12 Over Children 611 yrs Under 6 yrs FREE After 6 FREE FAIRGROUNDS PARKING Free parking and shuttle is available Friday and Saturday night from Schlitterbahns Surfenburg on Union Avenue Shuttle bus service schedule Friday 6 to Saturday 130am CARNIVAL TIME Heart of America Shows 2004 Friday Open 6 to midnight Arm Bands 6 to 11 By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The River Task Force wants to prohibit large flotation devices and restrict the num ber of tubers outfitters can put on the Comal River Heavy rains in June caused the Guadalupe River to flow too fast for tubing shutting down the river Outfitters were allowed to shuttle tubers to the Comal River But a mass of tubers on the Comal River caused a human logjam at the last public exit raising con cerns about public safety The New Braunfels City Council appointed a river task force to recommend solu tions Wednesday committee members agreed to ask City Attorney Charlie Zech if the city could legally prohibit tubers from carrying large coolers kegs rafts and other flotation devices that slowed their ability to get out of the river at the last public exit Also committee members plan to ask if the city could legally restrict the number of tubers outfitters put on the Comal River when the Guadalupe River is closed Panel members said one way to limit the number of tubers would be to use a city permit to restrict the number of seats on shuttles Another way would be to use a wristband system where outfitters would be allowed to rent a limited amount of tubes when the Guadalupe River is closed The task force seems to be going in two said Mayor Adam Cork a mem ber Tubers with large coolers and attached floats slow down the number of tubers that can get out of the river at the last public exit Plus they want to See RIVER Page 5A Photos by DAVID INGRAM and MANDY The Century Ferris wheel takes passengers for a ride at the Comal County Fair carnival kids enjoy sever al of the rides available at the fair Big Ferris wheel brought back after absence COMING SUNDAY Courtside Cafe Courtside Cafe located in the basement of old dry a bit of Tuscany and New Orleans flavor By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Andrea Garrett her daughter Grace and Whitney Williams all got a view of New Braunfels Thursday evening that hasnt been seen in a couple of years Thats because Heart of America Shows which has brought its carnival to the fair for decades was able to bring back its Century Ferris wheel which didnt make it to New Braunfels in 2003 It didnt make it anywhere after a severe storm up in Kansas blew it over in June 2003 Butch Cory one of the owners of Heart of America said Thursday 40 rides and attractions came to the fair this year including the wheel a bungee jump attraction called Gravity Storm and a Whitney Williams 6 left Andrea Garrett and Grace Garrett 2 enjoy a birds eye view of the Comal County Fair from the Ferris wheel Thursday Porky the Pig ride for the little ones Every year we look forward to coming to New Cory said We love the community and its hospitality and we try to bring something special for Heart of America Safety Coordinator Dick Pagnac said the wheel had to go back to its Wichita Kan manufacturer to be rebuilt from the ground up Listen to he said standing just off Common Street beside the quietly whirring ride Hear how smoothly it runs Its better than Kenny Hart Heart of America ride supervisor said everywhere its been set up this year people have commented on the new wheel not realizing that in reality its the one Heart of America had right up to last year Its much larger than the one we See WHEEL Page 5A School speed limits to become uniform By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE Comal County Thursday adopted new rules that will make spe cial speed limits in school zones more uniform and make them apply only on school days In a related action commis sioners ordered three yield signs on Spanish Moss Drive intersections in Spring Branch converted to stop signs Under Texas laws areas adjacent to schools are posted as school zones with low ered speed limits during the hours children travel to and from school County Engineer Tom Homseth told commissioners the county reviewed its school zones after Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Susan Dvorak raised questions about the clarity of the rules near Rahe See COUNTY Page 5A Seascapes other visual aids help bring sermons to life TREE OF UFE CHURCH I Pastor Mike Fehlauer I Phone 625 6375 Denomination nondenominational Attendance Meeting time 9 and 11 Sunday Location 652 Loop Web site Worship style contemporary To empower people to find their place of ministry By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Attending church at Tree of Life is a unique experience When congregation members arrived last Sunday they were greeted by an aquatic theme for Pastor Mike Fehlauers sermon series How You Sea Your The front of the sanc tuary was covered with waves fish dolphins and a whale with a working blowhole We are into visual Fehlauer said If he is talking about it Fehlauer wants the congregation to see it He was even willing to jump out of a perfectly good plane to make a point During a sermon about taking leaps of faith Fehlauer showed a videoclip of his first skydiving experience taken specially for the occasion Church Administrator Tony Bruhak er said the congregation loved it Peoples jaws were he said There was quite a bit of laughter They couldnt believe he did By the end of the year die funloving congregation will have a new adven turefilled home We have some great ideas for chil Fehlauer said We have a sand volleyball court and have proposed a gocart track and a train running around the parking lot With a cafe on site we hope people will stick around for family time after The 54acre site on Interstate 35 for mer home of Roam OpenAir Market will give the church room to grow Phase one includes square feet with an auditorium and a tentlike structure for the childrens space Future plans call for a seat sanctuary Brubaker former assistant athletic director for Texas State University is See CHURCH Page 3A Tree of Life Pastor Mike Fehlauers sermon series How You Saa Your World includes many aquaticthemed pieces decorating the church
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