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Guest columnist and a letter writer sound off on the Comal County Fairgrounds land usage proposition. Page AA
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Vol. 153, No. 241 12 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 44B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 54A TV GRIDS 3BGroup leans toward restoring courthouse
By Ron Maloney
A county committee appointed to recommend whether to restore or renovate the courthouse reached an apparent consensus Thursday before adjourning with
out a recommendation to commissioners.
Courthouse Restoration Committee Chairman Ed Krai said the committee would meet again in one week to poll its members for a final recommendation. That recommendation would be given to
commissioners at their Sept. 9 meeting.
Thursday, all but one committee member expressed some support for restoration. The lone dissenter was County Engineer Tom Hornseth, who said the numbers for both proposals came out so
close he was “on the fence.”
Hornseth recommended throwing the question back to commissioners’ court so it could make th'; call.
Connie Krause, a member of the County Historic Commission, said that body would write a letter to commission
ers in the next week supporting restoring the courthouse as opposed to renovating.
Commissioners have wrestled for more than a year with the question of whether to restore the historic 1898 courthouse or to replace its mechanical and climate con
trol systems and perform other upgrades.
Tere O’Connell, an architect who formerly worked with the Texas Historic Commission who specializes in restoring courthouses, said a complete
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COMING SATURDAY '
Schools draft new cell utions to phone issues
Average Texas teacher spends mort than $400 of his or her own money on supplies for classrooms.
Astrud Rodriguez, 11, consoles herself on the shoulder of older brother. Spc. Steven Rodriguez, during a farewell ceremony Thursday afternoon for National Guardsmen going to Iraq. He is among almost three dozen Guardsmen who leave today.
Show of support for Iraq-bound Guardsmen
By Scott Mahon
Families, friends and local officials expressed support Thursday to soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery unit who leave today for Fort Hood before being deployed to Iraq.
Almost 40 National Guard volunteers from the New Braunfels unit will join the 56th Brigade Combat Team of Fort Worth in Fort Hood to complete more training.
Adjutant Gen. Wayne Marty
said 3,000 National Guard soldiers were being mobilized in Texas.
“There are 21,000 Texas National Guard soldiers in Texas, including 16,000 Army soldiers, 3,500 airmen and 1,200 state guardsmen,” he said. “About 2,300 are already on active duty, but there are more than enough National Guard soldiers in Texas to cover any national emergency. ”
Staff Sgt. Michael Gil of New Braunfels and his wife, Rose Ann, decided together whether he would volunteer for duty.
“It took us a while to agree,” she said. “I know I’ll cry a lot while he’s gone, but he said he’d be able to come home for a two-week leave after three months."
Gil, a 1984 New Braunfels High School graduate, said he volunteered for his family and country.
Gabriel Cunnion of Lake McQueeney also volunteered for active duty. His wife, Isebell, said she was proud of him.
“I supported his decision, and I know I’ll worry, but he's doing this because he loves
what he does,” she said.
Mayor Adam Cork, who attended Thursday’s ceremony, said the volunteers had the support of city.
“These are the best of the best, and they’re going forward to protect the freedoms we enjoy,” he said. “They’ll leave behind the support of their families and the city of New Braunfels."
Formerly the 49th Armored Division, the 4th Battalion 133rd Field Artillery unit’s responsibility is to provide indirect fire support.
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District administration is recommending a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for cell phone use at school.
“If a student has a cell phone, we don’t want to see it, and we don’t want to hear it,” said Assistant Superintendent Janet Patton. “The phone can be on campus, but it’s not supposed to be turned on.”
Patton said she looked at how other districts handled cell phones before making her recommendation.
According to the Comal ISD student handbook, cell phones are allowed but are not to be used on campus during school hours without approval from campus administration.
Rather than forcing students to leave their phones at home, as previous policy stated, New Braunfels High School Principal Debbie Garinger said the district
decided to change the policy to accommodate the number of phones already at school.
“There were so many phones on campus anyway,” she said. “So many parents want to be able to get in touch with their kids these days.”
Garinger said increased safety concerns around the country, especially after the Sept. ll terrorist attacks, prompted parents to send their children to school with cell phones.
Safety issues aside, admin-istrators will confiscate phones from students using them during the school day or on the bus. Parents must come to school to reclaim the phone, but they no longer have to pay the $15 fine required in the old policy.
The only exception to usage restrictions are made for students who are active members of volunteer firefighting organizations.
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On their backs
Church in the Wildwood
Fridays, the Hendd-Zeitung uHU feature a different house of worship.
CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD
B Pastor: John Massey
■ Denomination: Assembly of God
■ Attendance 75
■ Meeting time: 10:30 a m.
I Location: 227 Charter Oak Drive
■ Phone number:
B Web site: www.wild-woodag org
■ Worship Style: Pentecostal/ Charismatic
■ Mission: Called, caring and committed.
Wildwood expands on the concept of church camp
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — Church in the Wildwood youths know their Bible stories. They also know how to build campfires, pitch tents and roast marshmallows.
Every Thursday night, 40 girls and boys gather at the little church in the dell for Missionettes and Royal Rangers. The Christian-themed program is similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Missionettes coordinator Jan Maser said the group started three years ago with 11 children from the church and grew through word-of-mouth advertising. Now they work with many children who had never been to church before.
“We reach out to the community,” Maser said. “We have serious lessons, but we have fun too.”
Maser is working with the girls on lessons about women in the Old Testament. Through skits and role-playing, the girls get a feel for what they are reading. When
they studied Esther, Maser brought veils so they could see what it was like to cover their faces.
Younger girls work on activities to earn badges for friendship, caring and helpfulness. Junior high and high school girls talk about peer pressure and conflicts at school.
As the children get older, they take “field” trips to theme parks and Christian concerts.
While the girls spend more time inside, the boys roam around five acres surrounding the church working on camping and outdoor survival skills.
Maser said she enjoyed watching children experience new adventures.
“We have some children who had never roasted hot dogs,” she said. “We try to make it fun with activities, including water balloon fights. The kids leave excited.”
Church in the Wildwood is uniquely
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Church of the Wildwood's Pastor John Massey