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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas NNNKNNNMNNNKXN ALL FOR AOf 7flrt V W DECEMBER SPORTS TIP OFF New Braunfels host Smithson Valley and others in River City Page 8A INSIDE Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since After narrowing the list of New Braunfels City Council is close to hiring a city Page 7 A 325 18 2 sections CK i Partly Cloudy High Low 47 32 Details1B DEAR ABBY M CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 2t FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SPORTS 8A County to subsidize fire service for 76 homes By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The countys taxpayers are going to have to ante up more than a month beginning 1 to provide fire and emer gency medical service to 76 homes west of New The homes are located in an area west of Krueger Canyon Road between the city of New Braunfels and the boundaries of cNo mans land residents likely to face tax election Emergency Service District which provides fire and emer gency medical response to Bracken and Garden Ridge through contracts with the Bracken Volunteer Fire Depart ment and Schertz Most of the homes fall in the district of Precinct 3 Commis sioner Greg The remain der are in Precinct 2 Commis sioner Jay Millikins Millikin refers to the area as no mans land while outside the city of New Braun fels in that citys Extraterritorial it also isnt part of BSD 6 because when its bound aries were they did not include any of the In the Legislature passed a law creating the states rural fire protection giving them authority to set a property tax of 3 cents per to pay for fire In the state converted all rural fire protec tion Residents of the area voted in June 1989 not to become part of the fire but the district still provided emergency response in the area because Comal County paid the fire districts a Over the the county has gradually phased out those subsi dies because the districts had tax ing and commissioners See Page 10A Commissioner Jay Millikin CHILLED TO THE BONE For its business as usual after arctic front By Jessica Sanders and Ron Maloney StaffWriters Schools were open for business Thursday but plenty of seats were Freezing rain Wednesday night and Thursday morning coated some Comal County roads and but the winter weather event wasnt enough to grind Thursdays activities to a Betsy principal at Frazier Elementary and Goodwin Prima said she saw an 86 percent attendance She assumed the cold weather and the possibility of icy roads were keeping kids at though all area schools started at their regular Some of our buses from the Hill Country area were running but Im really proud of how well the districts handled the whole weather she Though students were trans ported some drivers ran into Several accidents were reported throughout Central Texas on Wednesday night and Thursday Mark Reynolds of the Comal County Sheriffs Department said impatience and not icecovered roadways caused quite a few fend erbenders Thursday People need to take time to let their cars he Even though your windshield is you still need to see out of the side and back Reynolds said none of Thurs days accidents was New Braunfels police Heath Purvis said the city saw only a handful of minor accidents relat ed to the The Texas Department of Trans Photos by DAVID Water freezes as it cascades off of the fountain in Main Plaza on Thursday Freezing temperatures are expected to hit Comal County again this morning and portation got out there really quickly and was putting sand on the Purvis I think that prevented a lot of County Engineer Tom Hornseth reported road crews were out all night dealing with icing on the countys Four trucks carrying gravel were put out on the roads to provide traction on bridges and areas where the roadways were most likely to ice he We were but it was a little more intense than we expect Hornseth We had some See Page 3A Man left homeless after house burns down By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A man was left homeless early Thursday just a week after mov ing into a Flaming Oak New Braunfels firefighters were called to the located off FM just after 6 Carnal County Deputy Fife Marshal Wayne Ellington said they arrived to find the rented by Don in We were lucky here that no one was Ellington The neighbor noticed this banged on the door and told the guy his house was on Ellington estimated the loss at The home is about 75 per cent It could be but it would take a lot of Ellington who had just moved to the area and is set to start a job in San lost Ellington He didnt have renters insur Ellington He hoped to get it sometime this The fire started outside the res spreading to the bed room and closet Ellington It started on the exterior elec trical The neighbor said the pipe leading up to the attic from the panel was glowing bright red when he first saw Ellington Right now the cause is but its related to the electrical Ellington said the American Red Cross has been contacted and asked to help Ihe HeraldZeitung was unable to reach Ennis HZ READERS Steven Comer and Barbara George and Cheryl Guidroz and Joyce Barker have contributed to help bring food to 250 needy families this To donate to the Cheer stop by the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa between 8 and 5 Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung to Cheer New Braunfels 707 Landa New To volunteer to deliver for the Cheer call or show up at the HeraldZeitung printing plant on Industrial Drive at 8 Christmas giving slower than usual By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The New Braunfels Police Depart ments Blue Santa program is not the only local charity suffering from a lack of donations this holiday The Community Service which also gives Christmas gifts to needy families during the holiday sea is scrambling to find enough gen erous locals to provide for the 400 fam ilies on this years A lot of local groups that usually adopt more than one family have cut MAKING A DIFFERENCE B Sevenyearold Tommy Solito gives to help a family in see Page 7A back this said CSC Director Suzie Were just going to try and help as many as we Garcia attributed this years dona tion slow down to extremely high lev els of giving earlier this year in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and I definitely think thats going to have See Page 7A Board decides not to fund development By Leigh Jones Staff Writer San Antonio developer Koontz McCombs will not be getting any city money for its proposed development on the old Sun dance Golf The city of New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation 4B board declined the companys request Thursday for million for infrastructure improve ments surrounding the property between Common Street and FM Koontz McCombs submitted their request in response to 4Bs offer of funding for mixeduse development that would bring new jobs to We think its a great and were glad youre in said 4B Chairman Matt Harrison after the board met to discuss the request behind closed But we were hoping to get proposals for an industrial park This wasnt quite what we were looking See Page 2A COMING SATURDAY TWo games to go The Smithson Valley football team prepares for its biggest of the mge coaches from NB lead Texas State toward title game By Rick Breland Correspondent SAN j IIP YOU GO year no one I State thought the Texas Northern Iowa H A nitiininn State football team in NCAA Division 1AA semfinal would still be m ing in i today not even the j H where Texas coaches or players j state University expected to make it j in San Marcos this But a breakout season will continue at 7 today when the Bobcats host North ern Iowa in the Division 1AA semifinals at Bobcat The winner will meet either Appalachian State or Furman for the national title A pleasant surprise in the Bobcats recent success has been the key roles several for mer Comal County coaches and players are playing in helping the Texas State football See Page 3A
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