New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 23, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 23, 2004

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Issue date: Thursday, December 23, 2004

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER fjf ERALDZEITUNG SPORTS ALL DISTRICT Smithson Valley has 16 play ers named to the AllDistrict 265A football Page 7A COUPONS SAVE JC Penney offers coupons for savings and discounts in its Inside Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 33 14 2 sections CLICK j 8IIII56825II00001 cloudy High Low 43 25 Details 1B DEARABBY M CLASSIFIEDS H COMICS 2B CROSSWORD n FORUM 6A OBITUARIES M SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS m Program notifies crime victims By Ron Maloney Staff Writer when they are released has come on line in Comal Coun ty to New A special program that Commissioners this week allows crime victims to keep signed on to the Victims Infor tabs on jail inmates and know mation Notification Everyday VINE a comput status of a jail erized database that monitors the comings and goings at jails and prisons statewide Officer Tim Kolbe has on Commissioners and will notify anyone within been working for more than 15 minutes of the change of a year to bring the program Comal County Sheriffs Tliesday he informed corn Office Crime Prevention missioners that the system is See Page 3A VINE REGISTRATION I To register to know the status of anyone incar cerated in Comal County Jail and be notified of any log on to or call 877 Click on the map of Texas and enter the offender and contact information DOWN TO THE WIRE DID YOU KNOW CHRISTMAS CLOSINGS I Comal County offices will be closed and will open Monday I City offices will be closed from through Mon and will reopen I The city sanita tion department will not collect garbage Christ mas but will collect resi dential garbage as usual and I New Braunfels Utilities will be closed from through For assis tance with any utility problems during the holi call NBU dispatch at 629 Payments can be left in the night depository located at the main office or in the drop boxes located at Wal or Handy Andy Target will close at 6 and will be closed Christmas Day WalMart will dose at 6 and will be closed Christ mas Handy Andy will dose at 7 24 and will be closed Christ mas HEB will dose at 8 24 and will be dosed Christmas Day Albertsons will dose at 11 24 and is the only grocery story open Christmas 8 to 4 Most banks will dose early and remain First State Bank will dose Friday at and will reopen Frost Bank will aiao dose at noon on Chase Bank will dose at on and VMM resume normal hours on 2 Leissner honored for 32 years of service By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County honored one of its longestserving lawmen Wednesday on the eve of his retire ment after more than 32 years of Constable Lester former New Braunfels sheriffs deputy and now Precinct 1 retires at the end of next Leissner was hon ored at the countys annual holiday lunch eon Wednesday along with outgoing Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamo ra and Precinct 2 Constable Jim I dont have any Leissner said just before accepting an appreciation See Page 4A Lester Leissner Photos by DAVID Valerie Maxwell looks for last minute gift ideas at Country Faire in downtown New Braunfels Wednesday after Last minute shoppers dash for presents TOUT of Faith By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Target parking lot was full Wednesday as people braved the arctic gusts to finish their last minute Christmas With a good three days John Lovett said he would not accept being labeled a last minute Its not last minute until Fri he Lovetts basket was full of stock ing mostly for his Pat browsing through stacks of said she always waited until a few days before the big day to finish getting her last Its but I just seem to run out of she Some thing always gets put Target Store Manager Kirk Kve ton said the store had been very busy this Weve had three to four times our normal volume of he Were staffed and ready to so the lines wont be We also have some good sales for these last few Christy Johnson and her 3year old had no trou ble finding things to put in their I think I have all my shopping done and then at the last I realize I forgot Christy who did not seem to mind spending the afternoon traveling around a store in a big red basket on had a toy in her lap and was pushing buttons to make it sing to She usually picks out her gifts without realizing Christy lowering her voice just She forgets we bought it and CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES A list of churches that will hold Christmas Eve services is on Page 5A then when she unwraps it Christ mas its a surprise all over Mark Lorine and his 16year old also were braving the crowds to get some last but very Were trying to find something for the Mark reaching out to test the softness of a plush pet We were thinking about one of Meko and Mayflower get pres ents every Theyre like Mark In downtown New last minute shoppers were find ing unique gifts to put under the Norma and Bryan Boehm drove over from Marion to find they should have done all their shopping at Country Were 90 percent Bryan Were just wrapping it up for a few people we remembered at the last Valerie coowner of ValMark said she always waited until the last few days before Christmas to make her Im the epitome of last minute she claiming a habit normally exhibited by I take after my Country Faire owner Sue Groff said many of this weeks cus tomers were we just have a lot of people coming in for stocking sh Lori Johnson looks over a travel mug set while Christmas shopping with at Target Wednesday Christy Johnson toads up her shopping cart with toys for Christmas at Target Wednesday Faith Harvest is the next church to be fea tured In the weekly series of Comal County unemployment rate stable in November By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Comal Countys unemployment rate in November remained stable at while the statewide unemploy ment rate rose to percent from percent in Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn reported that the state economy is finally rebounding after the sharp decline that began during reflect ing a national After falling by or per from March 2001 through Sep tember statewide nonfarm employment increased in 10 of the next 11 From September 2003 through August the Texas job count increased by or and as statewide jobs the jobless rate slowly Although still less favorable than its low point of percent in December the statewide unemployment rate has declined from a high of percent in April and May of 2003 to percent See Page 6A ;