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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas W W DECEMBER TV Ji llERALDZjfil 1UNG SPORTS GAME TIME After taking a break for local basketball teams head back to the courts Page 5 FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Laina Mayo says learning to accept yourself is the first step to Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 340 10 1 section C K 5OO 1 Sunny High Low 80 50 DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS Fire threat in Comal County at critical stage blaze that hit Saturday likely started by electric fence By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A fastmoving fire that black ened more than acres of farm and brush land Saturday was believed caused by dry conditions and an electric A power outage Saturday evening that cut electrical service to an unknown number of cus tomers was connected to the New Braunfels Fire Marshal Dar ren Brinkkoeter said he believed the fire started at an electric fence on the Krause My preliminary unless proven is it was a farm fence dividing off the Krause ranch in the area of the natural gas substation at Brinkkoeter The windwhipped flames leapfrogged roads and threatening a number of structures and destroying a few No farm equipment or livestock were believed lost in the It was a Ipng four hours of inten sively fought Brinkkoeter We did lose several outbuild ings off including a fairly large structure at Klein A building at Ron Road and Morningside Drive was threatened and equipment was removed from it before the fire was Close calls were reported at some homes in the he There was a quadplex on FM where fire burned through a window in two lower units and burned the blinds and a wood seal around the Brinkkoeter A trailer house suffered some exterior and heat but it didnt go Truck 5 was mere and knocked that fire The power interruption was caused on the Lower Colorado River See Page 3 DAVID A grass fire but did not homes near New CHOOSEJORYQURSELF For gifts come a day after Christmas By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If Lindsay Bueche gets back to Lamar Primary SchoOlnext week and sings with more confidence than she had it might be because of the karaoke machine her brothers bought her for But the karaoke wasnt under the family tree Sunday morning Lindsay got it Monday at the where Bueche fam ily joined thousands of shop pers who were either ex changing or returning spending gift cards or shop ping for afterChristmas bar Bueches Ani ta Sanders of her Betty and her were all out at Im just Betty Im here so Lindsay can spend her Christmas Anita was she because she likes going shop ping with her she likes the local We love coming Ani ta When you want the employees here are won derful dont hide from we were looking for a few dishes we saw the other She pointed proudly to col orful ceramic bowls sitting near the top of her shopping DAVID Lindsay and her shop for a karaoke machine during the post Christmas sale at Target on Monday Belowjarget sales floor team mem ber Chris Richardson restocks quickly emptying and said she was glad to see them marked down sub Were always happy Anita An aisle or two sales floor executive team leader Kirk Kveton was pretty hap Were extremely which is great he We love it See Page 6 Police Be careful not to publicize big gifts By Ron Maloney Staff Writer you got through Christ Santa delivered the the children loved them and you managed to avoid becoming a holiday crime Dont get complacent just because the big day has passed and you havent been hit at least not The Grinch isnt the only one out thpre stealing Christ mas Local law enforce ment officials say most home burglaries occur during the and drug abusers look ing for their next score might just view your new plasma television as their They could conduct a holiday clearance of their own and come pick it up while youre at work this Did you do anything to help them find it Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Tim Kolbe said crooks and criminals do much of their holiday shop ping after Christmas and they could well be doing it in your An important thing to remember in the days and weeks after the holidays is that criminals know all the bigticket gifts they saw in stores had to go They know all these the big screen home theater the XBox are in your Kolbe You cant hide a new but you dont need to advertise you have all these other In the days after when were on we see the boxes these tilings came See Page 6 COMING WEDNESDAY School taking shape Despite numerous Comal ISDs newest school Canyon Lake High School is beginning to take 20O5 THE YEAR THAT The APs top 10 stories of the year Faces of suffer ing The year in Washington Energy prices loomed large Information Age in high gear Texas deals with drought 1 The top 10 stories of the year in Comal County Year of suffering touched all the world By Erin McClam AP National Writer The story of 2005 was told in the faces of human suffering people touched by tragedy at the hands of natures vicious winds and or by the design of terrorists who set their sights on hotels and simple morning com You can mark the days and months of the year by tracing the grief and loss and horror that reached across the from faroff Pakistan to in the capitals of Amman and in remote tornado ravaged towns in And New the suffering that 2005 brought to so many places was captured by the American catastrophe that devastated Louisiana and Mississippi over one wrench ing latesummer week and for years to Beneath it all was the steady drip of mili tary deaths in leaving behind grieving families and a nation increasingly souring on the The conflict marked its day this and its fallen sol There were moments when the suffering was reverent In Archibishop Stanis law Dziwisz wept as he placed See Page 2 Disaster derails Christmas services at local church By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Fellowship Bible Church congregation was unable to conduct Christmas services Sunday in the wake of a fire believed caused by an electrical New Braunfels Fire Mar shal Darren Brinkkoeter said the fire heavily damaged the masonry struc ture and its metal but no one was injured in the blaze or while fighting the Our first report was from the that there was smoke from the Brinkkoeter When Engine 2 there was heavy smoke and flames from the roof at the back of the Firefighters believe the blaze began in a room above the churchs sanctuary that DAVID Fellowship Bible Church suffered heavy housed the facilitys sound We believe it was acciden Brinkkoeter No one was in the build ing at the time of the Brinkkoeter estimated damage to the the attached classrooms and its roof at more than Both the sanctuary and the classrooms were heavily he GREAT TASTE GREAT TIMES
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