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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER DECEMBER IALDZEITUNG SPORTS ON SO C1OSII Smlthson Valley should have several veterans to stage another shot at a state title in SA COUPON STILL SHOPPING JC Penney offers some special bargains for those lastminute See Insert inside Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 31 12 2 sections CLICK DEARABBY COMICS 2t Mostly sunny High Low 76 44 i Details 18 FORUM 4A OBfTUAWfiS M I SPORTS M i TV GRIDS m Suspect charged in Seguin murder case By Bryan Kirk warrant for a 46yearold man Miguel Angel is serving a yard by family members who tightlipped on the cause of death wanted ta connection with the sentence for burglary at the Fabi became concerned when they early in the said SEGUIN Investigators with August 2003 death of 79year an Dominguez Unit in San Anto saw her lights on in the early Monday Solis died as a result of the Seguin Police Department old Evarista morning hours have issued a capital murder The identified as Solis was found in her back Authorities who had remained See Page 3A Miguel Nunez and Nidia Garcia DAVID INQRAM Herald Zeitung TWINKLES in their eyes Blue Santa volunteers bring joy to 400 kids By Scott Mahon and Ron Maloney StaffWriters When Santa Claus arrived at Bavarian Apartments Saturday he drew quite a crowd at the play Santas coming San tas coming The kids shouted as they sur rounded him and he handed out But this Santa looked a little Instead of the redandwhite costume the jolly big guy is known this one wore blue and was surrounded by New Braunfels Police detective Jesse Villarreal was one of He and his worked with dozens of other volun teers to deliver toys to impoverished local It was so Villarreal As soon as the kids saw you could see the twinkles in their The kids really loved Anyone familiar with Bavarian Apart ments knows theres a lot of need Blue Santa couldnt vis it all of the He was talking to the kids and hand ing out mostly to the kids who werent getting Villarreal We wish wed had something for all of The Villarreals would visit 12 homes in two The first was to mobile homes out in the FM 482 It would be the second trip that took them to three or four homes in Bavarian Apartments and then to neighborhoods not far from New Braunfels High In New Braunfels Police Depart DAVID Top fouryearold twins Nadia and Nidia Garcia rush out the front door as soon as they saw several New Braunfels Police Department vehicles pull up outside their Westside homes Saturday girls had been up since 6 anxiously awaiting the arrival pass out Christmas presents to Alex ana Nadia as their looks Christmas presents to more than 400 children in 100 needy families Called the Blue Santa the annu al event is cosponsored by the Citizens Police Academy Alumni The program was begun by now retired Chief of Police Ray Douglas and his Cissy chair of this years Blue Santa said community donations helped purchase almost 80 percent of the more than Christmas gifts this The community really helped us Jankowski Some families would not be able to have a Christmas for their children without The Blue Santa program is the only way some children would see their wishes met this holiday i wivww WiiiWf W9WIW 9 dlHIVP wIlOl mem citizens police academy a laugh with threeyearold Kevin Segura and his See BLUE Page 2A Holiday blues can discolor Christmas season By LeJQh JMHM StaffWriter Steve Leavitts business is booming this time of which is not necessarily a good a counselor with Rxnmarinqs Counseling Cen deals with Christmas real a contrast to the sticky sweetness peddled in adver and holiday greet ing Fr ly a reality during the boli be IM bet the hol uiflv k HMiiM nf a KIIMJOIJ tfaan a MBMing to around 70 pec of already have The most common prob lems Leavitt hears from his counseling couch deal with family food related guilt and financial Almost all of the problems can be lumped together under the heading of stress assnriarad with responsibili We feel a responsibility to be connected to our family even if we dont like Leavitt Every family has secrets and its share of ple feel fee need to resolve those issues so they experi ence Christmas Leavitts advice Do not try no matter how tempting it Just set your mind on avoiding those Try to enjoy the good parts of the holiday and find another time to resolve those he Of the good parts of Christmas always include another emotional A lot of people obsess about food infakiPi and the holidays arent conducive for itfirWfl with those Leavitt I think more people are affected by this than we People who are concerned about their weight structure their lives to carefully control food but a Christmas buffet line can ruin the best Low healthy food can he bard to find among the pecan cheese bails and idays feeling like failures because they are nnt meeting tbeir Leavitt Theres a reason all of the Record traffic could snarl holiday plans By Ron Maloney StaffWriter As gasoline prices continue to drop from record highs reached over the travel industry officials ex pect a record number of Tex ans to drive or cruise to holiday destinations for AAATexas spokeswoman Rose Rougeau said mil lion Texans will go away for vacation this week an increase of nearly 2 percent over one year Taken the Christ mas and New Years holidays are the biggest travel time of the year surpassing even Thanksgiving And this while gaso line prices are 30 to 35 cents million Texans will take vacation trips on highways Texas residents are expected to fly to their About will take a train or cruise to their higher than one year Rougeau said theyre going in the right which is expected to fuel travel Weve seen a 10cent to 15cent decrease over the last See Page 2A HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS Mow AwtiiiiBfof thote holiday meals New center to address mental health needs By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Don Guenther knows how hard it can be to suffer with a mental For he struggled to hide his bipolar afraid of what people would say if they the former police officer is putting his experi ence to working as exec utive director of the River City Mental Health Consu mers of New His goal is to help people help each other a dream closer to reality with the opening of the RCMHC com munity center in Thanks to a grant from the Texas Mental Health the center will be able to stay open eventually offering access to a computer arts and crafts and life skills For mental health con it will be a great way to have social said RCMHC board Vice OiaiiTnan Dona Peo ple with a mental illness have more of a tendency to with The more they inter act with the the more likely they are to stay Although class offerings and computer lab access witt start me center sup port currently being belli at riw New Braunfels Public Library will be avafl What River City Mental Health Consumers Com munity Center Open House Whan today ill 7 Walnut behind Docs Guns The River City Mental Health Consumers is a nonprofit organization supported by the Texas Mental Health Consum ers and the United Way of Comal They are looking for dona tions to help furnish the new community Used office tables and chairs are welcome and tax County desperately needed another way to meet mental healthcare With our theres no avoiding an increase in mental health he We only provide serv ice to severe but theres nothing in the com munity for people who have less serious Whittaker s center hflc 500 regular and be esti mates more people walked through the doors asking for assistance this Guenther said he was ex cited about the progress be center will makf first part of sldtts foe of charge by TY4HC wtt include direc tor oHiH Country Men id Coma Success wife
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