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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas IT V NOVEMBER HERALD FOR flDC 7fiH 1WO 7l SOUTHWEST IJICROPUBLiSHERS OR PrtSO TX 799D fl SPORTS BALL CONTROL Turnovers hurt Canyon in Cougarettes hoop loss to Page 5 FORUM ROAD OF LIFE Its much better to enjoy the trees than to gawk at all the Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 312 10 1 sections CLICK i Sunny High Low 76 37 DEARABBY 7A CLASSIFIEDS 8A COMICS 8A CROSSWORD 6A FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 7A CenterPoint in fight over gas rate hike By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfelsers opening this months CenterPoint Energy bills are in for a shock rates an average of 13 percent higher than last The average monthly increase comes at a bad time the beginning of the holiday shopping season when many families already are stretched thin But the extra expense could be doubly unwelcome because it was completely Novembers bills will be the first notice most people have of the rate increase unlike other local energy CenterPoint did not advertise its intentions in the the newspaper of general circulation for the The company did take out an advertisement in the San Antonio an announcement the city of New Braunfels deemed insufficient in meeting the state requirements for providing public CenterPoint District Manager Scott Doyle said the company met its obli gation when it notified the city on June 30 of its intent to raise He blamed the current fight on the citys lack of a proper response to Center Points By the city has three actions it can reject or do noth he The city of New Braun fels did not do one of those three and so we put the rate into The city indefinitely suspend ed and that is not one of the options under the Despite Doyles claims the compa ny complied with the New Braunfels City Council members unanimously voted to prevent the company from enforcing the new charges by suspending the rates effective date indefinitely or until the council feels CenterPoint has met its obligation for proper On city council will con sider a resolution ordering Center Point to cease and desist charging and collecting the higher New Braunfels is not the only city doing battle with the gas San Marcos and Bastrop offi cials also claim their citizens have not received adequate notice of the rate Seguin will consider its See Page 3A Science and life lessons have gone to the birds at Canyon Middle LEARNING TAKES FLIGHT Kids learn life lessons on the wings of pigeons By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Pig the pigeon is a Cuddled in the hands of Canyon Middle School stu Pig finds his way home to Seguin every week without getting picked off by a Pig is the best said seventhgrader Gigi Pig has a lot of competition for best Stef Paramoures seventhgrade science class currently has a studentto pigeon ratio of about The birds visit once a week to be weighed and tested with magnetic sex indi The students graph the pigeons growth before releas ing them to find their own way Paramoure said she came up with the project idea while visiting the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center two years I why dont we try to graph the birds she The learning center donates space and and employee Tom Bouquet brings the See Page 2A Photos by DAVID Ashley McKeller gives her pigeon a kiss goodbye before taking the bird outside and releasing it last week at Canyon Middle Wurstfesfs tally million worth of good times By Ron Maloney StaffWriter All in 2005 was far from the Wurst year possible for this citys signature sausage festi According to figures released attendance at the 45th annual Wurstfest in New Braunfels was well over with sales of over Most of that money went into the coffers of local non profits that operate conces sion stands at the annual 10 day which was con ceived in 1961 as a way to raise money during what had been the slow part of the year in New Weve had a very good said Wurstfest Executive Director Suzanne Admissions and concessions were both up 15 percent over last Paid admissions were about Taken with promotion al band crews and var ious free admission Wurstfest enjoyed a banner she We know we surpassed the attendance average of Herbelin adding that the event pumped BY THE I Over million Total sales at this years Wurstfest I Over Attendance at this years event I sions Paid admis an estimated million into the local The while was not as high as in festivals said Director of Wurst Relations Herb Thats largely by he A few years the Wurst Association made a decision to emphasize the cultural and historic aspects of the festival and not the beer What Skoog was a more familyfriendly atmosphere and a better behaved Its a place to come with your children and have a good Herbelin Theres room for but a controlled growth is what were going See Page 3A READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL A Thanksgiving tradition Tte HeraldZeitung is looking for Comal County families who have a tradition of playing backyard football on If your tamify does and would like to be part of a future email us your contact information to Storms effects expected to flatten big travel season By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The lingering effect of two major Gulf Coast hurricanes and their resultant high gaso line prices are expected to keep travel flat this week often the biggest one for trav el in this country when compared to Thanksgiving Rose spokes woman for said million people nationwide are expected to take trips of 50 miles or more this com pared to 37 million who did so last In that number will be just down from million in 2004 a drop of less than 1 Of or 85 are See Page 3A TRAVEL HELP In case of remember these numbers The Texas Department of Public Safety Motorist Helpline num ber for roadside emer gencies is The Comal County Sheriffs Office can be reached at 830620 32001 or II The New Braunfels Police Department can be reached at For dial Trustees OK plan for Oak Run By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Oak Run Sixth Grade Cen ter may become the New Braunfels Independent School Districts second middle school after a million expansion project was approved NBISD board members vot ed 50 to approve the most extensive and costly option for Oak Board President Jorge Mal donado and Trustee Paul Fish er were Renovations to Oak Run were included in the districts 1995 bond but the cost and scope of the project increased after a study found that the districts growth would require a larger The price also increased with infla The approved expansions include a 14class room addition totaling more than square Facilities Director Daryl Stoker said the construction budget will cover mil with the remaining million coining from bond and reserve The board also considered less expensive but found that the price would be higher in the long school officials The original plans included four classrooms and renova tions to the band gym See Page 3A
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