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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas *0.1 ,******, WTJ^OSTi*! QU rn T- i •>' O'hi/n.'j- ti*;,-,{ *Oft tWb9&+' k&/, *Y. APRIL 9, 2004 << w SPORTS EYES ON THE BALL Canyon girls and boys lose matchups; New Braunfels' Quinn Koelfgen pitches perfect game against Bastrop. Pago SA Zeitung forum LETTERS Readers write about the importance of librarians, vegetarian diets and an election loser's criticisms. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 ............................. cT1 Vol. 153. No. 129 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW. I a ■■■HK Partly cloudy High Low 83 62 Details .... 16 DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B . mamaOMmemIAirport growth would handle SA overflow By Scott Mahon Staff Writer An expected increase in air traffic at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport is one rea son the city wants to protect adjacent land from development through annexation. The airport already is operating as a relief airport for San Antonio, although it hasn’t offi cially been designated as such, and is planning an expansion to accommodate larger jets, airport Manager Andy Spinks told farmers and planning commissioners Tuesday. Commissioner Jerry Ford said Thursday he didn’t know the airport was operating as a relief airport. “It was the first time I’d heard it,” he said. While the planning commission and city council try to protect the airport through annexation, the airport is already planning improvements, Spinks said. “I don’t think most of the planning commission members knew we have as much air traffic as we have,” he said. See AIRPORT. Page 2A FRONTand Center DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Citizen of the Year Carter Casteel, center, is surrounded by Unsung Heroes William and Joyce Kolodzie. left, Parri Sypersma, Darrel Solanik, Jan Kotylo, Lee Hester Ellis and Linda Soechting. They were honored in a ceremony Thursday evening at the civic center. ‘Singing' theirPRAISESUnsung Heroes get the recognition they deserve By Dylan JimSnoz Staff Writer New Braunfels’ greatest heroes rarely see the spotlight. That was evident as the Herald-Zeitung honored the 2004 Unsung Hero award recipients Thursday Most of the heroes in attendance received their plaques with big smiles and humble shuffles to and from the stage of the New Braunfels Civic Center. State Rep. Carter Casteel received the greatest honor — Citizen of the Year. She could not keep from choking back tears as she thanked the community she serves for the opportunity to live and work in New Braunfels. SPECIAL SECTION B Read more about the 2004 Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year Carter Casteel/INSIDE A number of pictures were displayed that depicted Casteel throughout her life. “If you look at some of these pictures, I forgot how cute I was,” Casteel said. Each year, the paper solicits nominations for community members who make considerable contributions to Comal County. They do not ask for recognition and are often overlooked for such honors, said Gary Maitland, Her-ald-Zeitung managing editor. Casteel was celebrated for her contributions as a teacher, volunteer and public servant to the people of New Braunfels. Casteel was humble about how Publisher Doug Toney introduced her as a long-overdue recipient. “My aunt I lelen reminds me at least once a week that I’m no different from anybody else," she said. See HEROES. Page 2A Road work might speed up if drivers have to pay By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County will explore financing an outer loop around New Braunfels by asking the people who use it to pay for it. The loop proposed by County judge Danny Scheel is only a concept now — although the Texas Department of Transportation is studying it. It would provide a bypass to Texas 46 between Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 2722 and Loop 337 allowing Canyon Lake traffic access to Interstate 35 _    _ .    .    without coming to Danny Scheel New Braunfels The project has been listed in a series of annual county requests to be included in TxDOT’s regional “Transportation improvement Plan," but so far no money has been found to begin planning the road. Scheel said Thursday he thought tolls could pay for the road — and move the project funding timeline forward a number of years. “This could be a viable project,” Scheel 'A w?- -immp LteJ See ROADS. Page 2A K CT ING EL. - MIY Runoff races The campaigns are winding down. It’s time to cast ballots and decide primary runoff winners. 2004 villi' First Baptist Church t Cross Street San Antonio Street Santa Clara Ave Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pastor: Regan Miller Mission statement: To exalt God s greatness, evangelize God s world, encourage and equip God s people and express God s love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Denomination: Southern Baptist • Attendance: 700 ■ Meeting times: 8:15 and 10:45 am and 6 p m. Sunday B Location: 733 Cross St. B Phone: 626-9124 ■ Web site: B Worship style: tran ditional, blended Upward bound: Church takes ministry to the gym By Leigh Jones Staff Writer First Baptist Church is looking outward and upward. “We just want to let New Braunfels know that Christ is out there and th^t he’s alive," said member Mark Carpenter. Carpenter wanted to reach out to his community, but it was one of the church’s buildings that finally inspired him to get something started. “I saw that big gym sitting there and I wanted to see it put to use,” he said. Gymnasiums tend to go with sports and children, so Carpenter selected a national program combining both. The Upward Basketball league, founded in South Carolina in 1986, forms teams of elementary school children that play each other once a week. The first year there were enough participants for eight teams. This year, the league’s fifth, there are 42 teams. “Next year, we are trying to partner with another church that has a gym,” Carpenter said. “We have outgrown ours.” Age and gender divide children up, and their skills are assessed through weekly practices. About a month before the games start, teams are created with balanced skill levels so that no one team has all the good players. All of the adults involved are volunteers, including coaches and referees. “Its not a church league," Carpenter said. “Anyone is invited to join. Only about six coaches are from First Baptist” The league ministers to children and families. Each practice includes a short devotional time, and each child receives a booklet with memory verses to take home. The crowd at each game also hears words of encouragement. “At halftime of eveiy game, we have a See CHURCN Page 2A W New Braunfels, TX MANDY REARY/Herald-Zettuog Pastor Regan Miller of the First Baptist Church speaks with Minister of Music Wally Black. Look in tho ^classifieds Fri. A Sun lot our pro-ownod Special*! ;