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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER ZEITUNG SPORTS ROLLING ON The Canyon boys basketball team holds on to reach cham pionship game in Houston Page 5 INSIDE TRY AGAIN Victor Morales will challenge Henry Cuellar in the congressional pri Page 3 and Comal County since 343 12 1 section CLICK Sunny High Low 73 41 Details DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 8 CROSSWORD 8 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6 TV GRIDS 9 Casteel to face challenge in March primary By Leigh Jones StaffWriter State Carter RNew will have an opponent in the March primary Bulverde resident Nathan Macias confirmed Thursday he would be running against Cas teel for the District 73 House of Representatives Macias would not comment further on his prefer ring to wait until he files his for mal paperwork with the Repub lican The filing deadline is 6 Although Casteel said she expected the campaign would take on a negative she does not believe the statewide GOP is out to get as some recent news reports have A Christmas Day story in the Fort Worth StarTelegram named 14 Republicans who earlier this year supported a Democratic sponsored amendment to the school finance proposal as possi ble targets for political annihila tion by their own The report listed Casteel and Seguin Republi can Edmund Kuempel in the group the state GOP maybe work ing behind the scenes to Several of the targeted Repub licans said they voted with Democrats because the amend ment benefited their constituents with items such as higher home stead the Star Telegram The House adopted the but the overall school finance bill I dont think the party is out to oust she There may be Republicans who do not agree with some of my but Im not a robot or someone whos going to be told what to While some of Casteels beliefs on taxation and stem cell research might fall slightly left of the typical party the lifelong conservative bristled at the suggestion she might be a Republican in name Thats she See Page 3 State Carter Casteel A CHILD FOR LIFE McKenna museum almost ready for visitors By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The sheet rock dust that perme ated the McKenna Healthlink and Childrens Museum facility Thurs day seemed to stick to everything except the brightly colored walls and Lime earthy yellow and aqua blue shone through the haze with the promise of playful days in the very near In just three the sounds of banging hammers and whirring drills will be replaced with laugh ing children and interactive which will be music to Jennifer Covingtons Were so excited to see it all coming said the McKen na Healthcare Foundations exec utive This facility is going to have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of this com The New Braunfels museum is scheduled to open April 1 with a huge but Covington hopes to open the exhibits to local children at least a few weeks ear The main building will contain the museum and classroom space for the Healthlink wellness programs cur rently scattered around McKen nas other A squarefoot gymnasium will pro vide muchneeded court space for local basketball and volleyball as well as an indoor walk ing But the facilitys primary focus will be the 11 kidfriendly exhibits designed by Jack Rouse and Asso The wonder will begin as soon Photos by DAVID Jaime Garza works on the uppermost row of colorful tiles in one of the restrqoms located inside the McKenna Childrens Museum a painter masks off a wall inside the as the young patrons walk in the to the museums interior on the floor of the Comal Were going to have designed and created by local chil hanging from the and the floor will be painted Covington waving her hand above her An aquarium at the end of the river will help make the experience even more Longtime Childrens Museum patrons will recognize several of their favorite exhibits in the new spruced up to be even more appealing to adults and youngsters The Grocery Store will teach chil dren to make healthy eating choic es as they learn how to sort and count their The Hos pital will offer make believe phys ical and dental checkups and everyones the See Page 6 2005 THIYIAR THAT 25 TheAPstop 10 stories of the year Faces of suffering WEDNESDAY The year in Washington Energy prices loomed large Information Age in high gear SATURDAY Texas deals with drought SUNDAY The top 10 stories of the year in Comal County Technology boon can be stressful By Anick Jesdanun AP Internet Writer Books are being scanned to make them searchable on the Television broadcasts are being recorded and archived for online Radio shows are getting their digital conversion to With a few well soon be able to tap much of the worlds And well do it from nearly anywhere newer iPods can carry all your dig ital photos and such TV classics as Alfred Hitchcock Presents along with more contemporary prime time Will all this instantly accessible information make us much or simply more stressed When can we to absorb and pon der all this data People are already struggling and feeling like they need to keep up with the variety of information sources they already said David a psychologist who wrote Virtual There are upper limits to how much we can It may take better technology to cope with the problems better tech nology Of if used the new resources have vast potential to shape how we study and Consider Nicole is a typical The New York University grad student in education does most of See Page There is still time left to find a few tax breaks By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A steady stream of Comal County proper ty owners have been heading into the tax office to get one last tax break for Sherman Comal County tax asses said the crowds have not been overwhelming and no seasonal staff will be hired at the tax At the end of January is when we expect the real Then there will be actual Krause This is just something we expect at this time of Though property taxes arent due until the end of Krause if property taxes are paid before 31 the deduc tion can be counted toward residents 2005 tax Forrest a New Braunfels cer tified public said paying prop erty taxes early is only one of the ways to lessen your tax Take out the maximum on your employ erprovided he The mon ey taken out of your paycheck for a 401K is not subject to federal See Page 2 Say mean it When making New Years pick ones that are reasonable and can be Republican begins bid to oust Scheel as county judge By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Bemus Glenn Jackson announced Thursday his candidacy for Comal County running as a hopes to unseat incumbent Dan ny Scheel in the March The retired security guard classifies himself as a true in the mold of former President Reagan and current President but claims he is not a I will be an elected not a politi Theres a big he Im running this campaign on one prom ise to uphold my oath of office and enforce the laws to protect taxpaying See Page 3 Bemus Glenn Jackson NOW FOR NEW YEARS Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 San Antonio 8307085411
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