Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas FEBRUARY rj ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOCCER New Canyon soccer teams record rarity ties in both girls games on same Page 8A NEWS BULVERDE City mayor agree to call a truce after months of Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 78 20 2 sections www j Patchy fog High Low 52 45 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B City sees big jump in sales tax revenue By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor Sales tax revenue announced Fri day by the Texas Comptrollers Office shows the city of New Braunfels got a larger present than usual this past The city saw an percent jump in sales tax revenues distrib uted this month compared with Feb ruary reflecting larger retail sales in December compared with Numbers show more retail sales in December the previous The city received million this onethird of which is allocated to the Industri al Development Corporation 4B board sales tax Total collections for the year have risen past that with the citys collec tions up percent to million over the first two months Thats a reflection of the increased retail weve been able to bring to the said Rusty director of economic development of the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of People who move here see there are things to do New Braunfels has more than just the tourist A portion of the increased sales tax revenues can be attributed to the Ash ley Furniture and Home Depot Sup ply centers that have opened in New But retailers success selling to local customers also contributed to the sales tax The chambers been working very See Page 10A The following shows the yearto date sales tax revenues and their percentage increase over 2006 Comal County percent H New Braunfels percent HBulverde Garden Ridge percent Never genug Dedicated players still trying their hands at traditional card game By Beth Bond Copy Editor For 72yearold Elisabeth the traditional German card game Skat is like time she plays because it some times fills her with so much ener gy that she has trouble Im getting to the age where my nerves cant take she said widi a soft who traveled to New Braunfels from British and about 70 others from farflung places will compete today and Sunday at the 15th annual Inter national Skat Players Association Texas Winter Skat Tournament held at the Elks Lodge in New On Thursday practice rounds filled the Freiheit Coun try Store with voices racing to call out cards slapping a then a German word or About 33 peo ple had gathered at the beer joints wooden and most admit ted to being somewhat addicted to pronounced The more you the more you want to said Frank Kuh nen of the Canadian town of Red Often likened to Skat is played with 32 cards only sev ens through aces by four peo With each three peo ple play and dealer duty rotates to the Of the two team up against the The cards point values total 120 and the object of each hand is to score at least 61 just Photos by MIRANDA TOP LEFT Vernon Schultz of New Braunfels spreads out his hand of cards during a game of ABOVE George Maxwell of Central Iowa Joe Rohrer of Alberta Russ Bouffiou from and Heinz currently living in gather around the table to play the traditional German card game of Skat at Freiheit Country Store on Its like chess compared to Heidi Frank of Ontario Its very complicated and The tricktaking game of bid quick multiplica tion and pointtracking takes a good while to learn and even longer to And nobody really plays for the Frank laughed when recalling that her who taught her how to knew how compelling the game can He refused to teach her until her son was an age he deemed selfsufficient in case Skat cast its spell on the boys Skat was first brought to the area by German immigrants who See Page 10A Doug Webb of New Braunfels watches fellow Skat players at his card table during Thursday nights practice games at Freiheit Country In the traditional German card an opponents hand can easily be determined good or bad based on a facial Permit upsets residents near new housing Some say developer might build Section 8 apartments By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer meetings with New Braunfels City Council and public hearings didnt stop a developer from getting a permit from the city to build an apartment complex on Coun ty Line Braunfels planning tech said a building permit was issued 20 to developer John Condit and AOH Comal Garden for the apartment Everyone suspects they are Section 8 but we cant say for Sarske See Page 10A Local minister to be ordained By Betty Taylor Correspondent For Phil Brown and the congregation of First Protestant it is a blessing that everything that was supposed to happen in his life In the associate minister of youth and children who was supposed to be an engi neer soon will be called the Brown after he is ordained at Sunday in the Sanctuary at First Protestant This is what we call a high holy occa said the Daryl senior minister at First Protestant Its a real honor to host a service of We dont have these We had one sever al years ago for Anni the wife of our teaching Tim Before we had one in the See Page 7A Area students pour their hearts into works of art By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Becky McDavitt saw plenty of familiar faces sketched in graphite Thursday I dont even have to look at the names to know who the kids said an art teacher at Memorial Intermediate Many of those recognizable renderings were created by McDavitts former now sixth graders at OakRun for the Kids Have a Heart for Art exhibit at the New Braunfels Art League Im almost more excited to see their work to see how theyve McDavitt The exhibit opened Thursday with 341 entries from students representing seven Comal County Show chairwoman Linda Jacobson said categories include 3D and mixed We invite all fifthand sixthgraders from both public and private schools to partici Jacobson Rosemary Mitchan said the show opened her eyes to her daughters artistic Mitchans 11yearold won best in show for the mixed media cat She always doodles and but now I think its getting more the proud mom a fifthgrader at Memorial Inter mediate said she was surprised to find that her pastel drawing of a rain forest scene won the coveted See Page 10A DAVID Emily looks over artwork that she and other fifthand sixthgrade students created at the Kids Have a Heart for Art W T SUBRQUNDIN6COM y f 8 Susan Sonler or Jerry Sonier u