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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas If W DECEMBER HERALD MNMMMMNMMMKMMM ALL FOR ADC 780 NQ1 1WW571 50UTHUEST HICWWBLIBHER8 2627 E DR EL PASO TX 7990 SPORTS ALL STATE Two Canyon football players join a New Braunfels star as honorable mention all state Page SA INSIDE LIP SAVERS i Two Comal County sheriffs detectives are honored for saving a man who was drow ing on Canyon Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 331 16 2 sections CK chance of rain High Low 53 42 Details 1B DEAR ABBY SB CLASSIFIEDS Si COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2i FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS Race for Casteels seat heats up quickly By Leigh Jones Staff Writer State Carter RNew is wiping small traces of mud off her face as the fight for her District 73 seat seems to be heating The mudslinging started earlier than Casteel espe cially since she doesnt even have an opponent The fight started this week when Casteel began getting calls from con stituents angry over a telephone poll being conducted to gauge voters reactions to their representatives voting Based on input from people who received the Casteel labeled the survey a push one designed to elicit specific answers from Casteel indicated she views the poll as the first shot in what could become a negative some thing to which she does not intend to I intend to run a clean cam she told the HeraldZeitung earlier this Ive never run a negative and I wont start Im too Even if she intended to send some mud Casteel would not know in which direction to aim her We know which firm conducted See Page 3A THE SOUND OF MUSIC Carolers ring in Christmas with joyous melodies By Winter Prosapio Correspondent New Braunfels was filled with the sound of music Thursday as close to 400 people gathered to celebrate the holiday season with melodies of celebration and Temperatures just under 50 degrees didnt discourage the crowd during the 24th rendition of Caroling on the Warmed by a combination of holiday hot chocolate and everyonefrom babies to greatgrandparents was drawn together by a love of Christ mas and After a warming performance by Gemischter Chor Harmonie and the Cathy Clark led the crowd in song after song as Griselda Median interpreted for the hearing Santa hats were everywhere in the but Jana Malishs addi tion of white braids worthy of a holiday party were a festive Her with her own snow Jomarie Mon has been caroling on the Waza for three years each year bringing another family member to the If I get my husband that will be the laughed Mon keeping a close eye on her 15monthold hus band is a but Im Christ massy enough for both of Samson is a veteran of many events in the With his ears dyed a cheery red and tail a festive the toy poodle leapt in rhythm as his Gayle sang Knowing he probably thinks everyone is singing for joked who estimated she has been caroling at the plaza for at least 10 Mario and Celia Barragan car oled for the first time Photos by DAVID Members oTtlie Kmderchor sing Ihr kinderlein kommet to the small crowd gathered around the Main Plaza Bandstand for Caroling on the Plaza onThursday Jo Marie and Jana Malish sing Silent Carolers sing Joy to the In New we still say Merry Bruce Boyer New Braunfels mayor joining the crowd in popular and unusual Our kids are so now its time for Celia This is Its like going back in Jim Lester was another first good He and his Linda Stel just moved to New Braunfels in Being new in town didnt slow Jim down a bit as he belted out the mens verses to the smiles of his wife and Theela a friend visiting from New We just love said as his eyes twinkled in the canopy of lights filling the Mayor Bruce Boyer opened the telling the In New we still say Merry For at least 400 people filled with the holiday theres clearly a fair bit of THANK YOU NZ READERS Garnet and Verna Calvin and Margaret and Samuel Wotipka and Ann Phelps 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 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 B Billboard ban moves to council By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Sign Ordinance Committee put the final touches on its proposed reg ulations paving the way for the document to go to New Braunfels City Council for approval Committee members thought they were finished with their 18month long work several weeks ago when they voted to ban billboards within city lim Despite protests from Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek and pleas for the committee to change its mind immediately after the the bill board issue never came up Earlier in the Meek told the Her aldZeitung he had other obligations that would prevent him from attending the meeting but also acknowledged the fight was probably over Weve said our and I have nothing further to I doubt if See Page 7A Turnout high as Iraqis vote for parliament By Robert Reid Associated Press Writer of from tribal sheiks to entire families with children in turned out Thursday to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election among the freest ever in the Arab So many Sunni Arabs voted that ballots ran out in some The strong partici pation by the backbone of the insur bolstered hopes that the election could produce a broadbased government capable of ending the daily suicide attacks and other violence that have ravaged the country since the fall of Saddam Difficult times lie The coalition of religious Shiite parties that dom inates the current government is expected to win the biggest portion of the 275 but will almost certainly need to compro mise withrival with widely differ ing to form a Up to 11 million of the nations 15 million See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Wedding bells Hope Macias realizes a lifelong dream when she gets married to her long time Homebuilders vow to appeal drainage ruling By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels probably has not fought its last court battle over its drainage Although he and several other plaintiffs lost their bid to have a district court judge throw out the ordinance and its controversial stormwater connection attorney David Pfeuffer said he would be suiprised if the group decided not to seek another We havent officially decided to but I would be shocked beyond belief if we he Admitting he was disappointed by visiting District Court Judge Weldon Kirks Pfeuffer said he was not completely a trial court is afraid to make a decision against a governmental We feel confident in our ability to win on he If the case does go on to the appellate Pfeuffer expects each side to get some heavyhitting The the Greater New Braunfels Home Builders Association David and Susan Pfeuffer Oak wood Estates Development and Lany Koehler could be joined by the Texas See Page 3A 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