New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SPORTS SO CLOSE
The New Braunfels girls soccer team takes McKinney to a shootout before falling in the state semifinals. Page 5A
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BWHI IIHMinikin honored as Citizen of the Year
By Leigh Jones
Comal County Commissioner Jay Minikin was in the “hot seat” Thursday, and he did not look very comfortable.
Minikin turned bright red and laughed self-consciously as I ler-ald-Zeitung Publisher Doug Toney, who had seated him in a chair facing a crowd of friends and well-wishers, likened him to the Energizer Bunny.
“This guy puts the bunny to shame,” Toney told the people gathered to recognize Minikin as
Helicopter company could move to NB
By Scott Mahon
A Nevada-based helicopter company moved a step closer to moving its Texas operation to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport when the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (4B) board said it would consider helping fund a $17 mil-lion airport expansion plan.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development Rusty Brockman said after discussions for a $9 million expansion fell
through earlier this year, Silver State Helicopters might consider investing $35 million to upgrade its flight operations in New Braunfels.
“We had to regroup, but after talking to the people at Silver State Helicopters, they said they might commit $35 million to expand their operations in New Braunfels,” he said. “They want New Braunfels to become their main base for their Texas operations, and if they accomplish that, they'll bring about 150
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2005 UNSUNG HEROES
■ Dr. Wayne Rahe
■ Bernie Jensen
■ Bud Dallman
■ Liz Mooney
■ Tim Kolbe
■ Eugene and Laura Koenig
■ Helen Oppelt, Carmen Vargas and Barbara Cobb
the 2005 Citizen of the Year, an award acknowledging a public official for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Minikin likened the experience
to frosting on a cake.
“I’m just elated and appreciative to be receiving this,” he said. “Everyone likes to be recognized for what they do.”
The Citizen of the Year was joined at the reception by IO Unsung Heroes selected by the newspaper for their acts of selfless community service.
“I am touched by the fact that I am here with a bunch of people who love their community,” Mil-likin said. “I am blessed to be a
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Pinto says interest in League City job is over’
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto, who was the top candidate for the league City administrator’s position, said as far as he’s concerned, his interest in the job is "over.” But according to the Houston Chronicle, two League Qty councilmen asked Mayor Jeff Harrison this week to
reconsider his decision not to hired a new city administrator before the city’s May 7 election.
The Chronicle reported Wednesday that during a reg-ularly scheduled council meeting this week, council members Katie Benoit and Mike Hembree “implored Harrison to end the city’s
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Valiant effort falls just short for New Braunfels
By Will Wright
AUSTIN — There must’ve been a lot of empty seats in classrooms at New Braunfels High School Thursday morning, because many of the stu-dents were where they thought they should be — cheering their Unicorns girls soccer team on at the state tournament.
They came from all walks of student life, the jocks, non
jocks, the rank-and-file, and many stood the whole game directly behind the New Braunfels bench while the parents smartly took refuge a few levels up on the visitors side of the field at Round Rock ISD’s Athletic Complex.
Painted in blue and white, footballers spelled out the Unicorns on their chests. Some were masked, even caped, but all were hoarse
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NB Presbyterian celebrating 50 years
NEW BRAUNFELS PRESBYTERIAN
■ Pastor: Ken 8:30 and 10:30
■ Denomination: Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
* Attendance: 600
■ Meeting times:
I Location: 373 Howard St.
I Worship style: Traditional
By Leigh Jones
The little white church on the edge of Landa Park was not much to look at in 1955 when Herman Sabrsula and 33 other members received a charter for a new church.
“The church was in die middle of nowhere when we started, on the outskirts of the city,” he said. “But, we liked it because it was next to Landa Park where we had a lot of picnics and outings.”
Fifty years later, New
Braunfels Presbyterian Church is a thriving, 600-member congregation with reason to give thanks.
During a commemorative worship service Sunday, the church will celebrate its rich history with current and former members and pastors, neighbors and friends. A reception will follow the 9:30 a.m. service.
Sabrsula and his wife, Betty, are the only living charter members who still attend the church.
“We were privileged to be
a part of this,” he said. “Not many people get a chance to start a church. Its been a good trip for us.”
After the initial rush associated with starting the church, Sabrsula said the next few years were difficult.
“We grew by inches over the years,” he said. “It’s gratifying to see the amount of growth that has occurred."
The church built its first permanent structure — a 24- by 68-feet building —
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Jay Minikin accepts the award as Citizen of the Year.
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung
New Braunfels girls soccer players Caitlin Chrystal, left, and Amanda Mathews console each other after a 1-0 loss to McKinney in the UIL semifinals in Round Rock Thursday. Below, Lauren Davis, left, and Mollie Brawner cheer.
Photo courtesy of Suzy Wilkinson
The Kid’s Day Out kindergarten class enjoys the playground. under the supervision of teacher Nancy Reynolds.