Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER ZEITUNG SPORTS TOUGH START The Smithson Valley boys basketball team struggles in its District 265A Page 8A FORUM SPEAK OUT Readers voice their opinions about banning fireworks and going vegetarian in Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 344 18 2 sections CLICK 5O0 WWW i a High Low 74 54 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 21 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 4B County declares bans fireworks By Jessica Sanders and Leigh Jones StaffWriters Comal County banned the use of all fireworks and combustibles Fri following the lead of other neighboring Texas Commissioner Jan Kennady declared the county a disaster area for seven allowing the ban to take Kennady acted as county judge in the absence of Danny who is on District Attorney Dib who worked all day on die declaration to make sure it offered protection with out limiting legitimate use of com said the lastminute action was necessitated by the imminent threat of We are facing a serious situation this with low humidity and the potential for high Our most important duty is to take all necessary steps to prevent loss of life or he The countys decision comes on the heals of a 24 grass fire on the outskirts of New Braunfels that destroyed one five outbuild ings and The firework ban covers sell transporting and dispensing the popular New Years entertainment Breaking the ban is a Class C misdemeanor punishable See Page 2A Droughts plagued all of Texas By Betsy Blaney Associated Press Writer LUBBOCK AP its West Texas that complains about the lack of This it was the rest of the Texas got only inches of rain in the first 11 months of down from a normal average of 26 prompt ing burn bans in about half of Texas 254 counties and water restrictions on everything from sprinkling lawns to washing The dry year follows one of the wettest years on record for In the state got more than 39 inches of and floods caused damage in North land Central Texaisr Last year was really phe nomenal as far as rainfall said Victor a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort This total Its feast or Drought conditions meteorologists categorize a drought as a 75 percent depar ture from normal rainfall been report ed regionally in Texas since This rain totals were down across Brownsville and San Antonio received only about half of their normal Despite Hurricane Houston fell about 9 inches short of its usu al 44 inches of and the DallasFort Worth area received only about 19 inches of its 32inch normal Twentyeight counties were declared disaster areas throughout the year due to The main ly in the eastern and south ern portions of the and those surrounding them are eligible for federal disaster Requests for drought designation in other Texas counties are Worst hit was East where hurricane damages and See Page 6A 2005 HI VIA THAT 26 The APs top 10 stories of the year TUESDAY Faces of suffering WEDNESDAY The year in Washington THURSDAY Energy prices loomed large FRIDAY Information Age in high gear TODAY Texas deals with drought SUNDAY The top 10 stories of the year in Comal County Now that its it helps tell all visitors that downtown New Braunfels is Brauntex Theatre Executive Director Janet Allen SIGN OF THE TIMES Commissioners to determine fate of rollback DAVID The Brauntex Theatres marquee lights up the night on West San Antonio Brauntex marquee highlights revitalization By Leigh Jones Staff Writer An icon of downtown New Braunfels is beginning 2006 with a new The Brauntex Theatres neon marquee was repaired just before heralding a promis ing year for the performing arts center and a new era in the histo ry of the downtown thorough The sign had read ntex on one side and tex on the thanks to broken bulbs and fix Theater Executive Director Janet Allen said the sign sent a negative message about the whole Because it is such a focal it was becoming an she It sent the the wrong that our down town area was run Now that its it helps tell all visi tors mat downtown New Braun fels is It speaks highly of the communitys commitment to preserve our The sign made possible by a grant from the citys Main Street comes at the cusp of several major devel opments on West San Antonio The muchanticipated McKen na HealthLink and Childrens Museum is almost with a scheduled April 1 grand open Krauses another local is scheduled to re open in early 2006 as Friesenhaus Restaurant and a tradi tional German And popular New Braunfels eatery Granzins BarBQ is preparing a major expansion on the site of an abandoned car deal The new across the street and closer to Main Plaza than the current will offer patrons sitdown a See Page 2A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer AT A GLANCE m What Comal County Commission it n When 2 day H Where Commis sioners 199 Main Plaza The signatures on Comal Countys tax roll back petition have been verified but not Commissioners will meet Tuesday to deter mine whether petition organizer Doug Kirk garn ered enough registered voters to call an election to roll back this years property tax rate by roughly one An outside attorney hired by the court 15 to advise them on the procedures leading up to the potential election will help provide third party verification of the Kirk and his volunteers collected signa He claimed he only needed to caU the Although his staff did not count the signatures as they verified Tax AssessorCollector Sherman Krause said his impression was that a majority of the signatures were from registered If the petition is adequate to require ballot See Page 3A COMING SUNDAY Looking bade The HeraldZeitung takes a look back at the stories that had the biggest impact Comal County in Retired airman makes it a threeway race for county judge By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The battle for the Comal County judges seat became a threeway race Friday when Pete Garcia filed his campaign paperwork at the local Repub lican Party who is making his first foray into the political said his sole purpose in seeking the countys highest elected office was to bring fis cal responsibility back to commissioners We can do a better job than weve been doing for the last eight Theres no point putting the same leadership back in place when we havent had a balanced budget in five he The 44yearold Canyon Lake area resident decided to run for office after working on the tax rollback effort organized by local business man Doug Garcias concern over the countys financial standing deepened after reviewing 10 years of See Page 3A Pete Garcia IRA Uef dwards Realty J FFvTWIWlTTft 4 s g R 9 M j f s Susan Sonier or Jerry Sonler