New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEARABBY 11 CLASSIREDS 14 COMICS 10 CROSSWOm) 10 FORUM 4 osrruARiES s SPORTS S TV GRIDS 11Comal ISD gets 3 new poolsCanyon, Smithson W^ey and Canyon Lalce high schools get new outdoor pods for swim teams
By Brio «la WlaNlMMlMf
It is hard to get respect Olì campus as a 8pora team if you clonft have any^iieie to l^actice.
At least that's what senior Sofia Schmidt, one of the captains of the Canyon Hi^ School swim team, said Mondaywhfleatpfactke in Canyon High
Schoolls new 25-yard practice swimming pool.
"Now that weYe (at our own pooD> we have more of a presence on campus. It^ really nice," Schmidt said. 'T4ow we have a full-time coach here instead of the coach from the middle school, and not worrying about transportation is nice."
By transportation, she means getting up early enough to caravan over to the
New Braunfels YMCA to use three lanes of their pool every morning, crowding each other out for practice laps.
Thinsportation used to be an Issue for die Smithson Valley High School swim team as well. They would travel down Highway 46 to Boeme at 5:50 a.m. every morning to use facilities there.
Both schools now have new outdoor pools of their own.
Construction was finally completed this semester and the kinks were worked out for the teams at Canyon and Smith-Boycotting WassailfestLongtime wassail stop shuts sates in protest of coo^ r^;iilations
By Chris Cobb
The lights will be dim at 361 W. San Antojo St, during
^^^ Santa and Mrs.
C3au8 won't be greet-^ j^g visitors, pissing
out wassail aiKl freshly baked homemade cookies, as they have for the past 15 years.
Instead, one of the most ornately decorated homes in New Braunfels each Christmas will sit dark on Thursday, as one family protests an event they've been a part of since it began in 1993.
Ken and Caren Lowery said there's a good reason for thdr boy^tt the dty won't let th«n serve homemade cookies if they aren't prepared in a commercial kitchen.
"Its just sad," said Caren Lowery."Wfe do this for Am, and the dty is taking all ofthefimoutofit"
When Wassailfest started, Lowery donned a Santa costume to hear children's Qiristmas wishes; Caren brewed wassail and Mrs. daus, Rosalie Brandt, baked 100 dozen cookies to p^s out to visitors stopping by on their tasty tour of downtown New Braunfels.
Its now an annual tradition, one that iiK:Iudes the Edelweiss Kinder Chor singing carols on their lawn. This past yw&andt gave out 225 dozen cookies
„ Sofia Schmidt, 17, swims the butterfly stroke during
See POOLS, Page 13 Monday's practice at Canyon High School.
Two-hour parking enforcement begins
By Chris Cobb
The City of New Braunfels will begin enforcing its two-hour parking restrictions in downtown today. The New Braunfels City Council voted in July to set a time limit for designated parking spaces on and around Main Plaza.
The green stripes along each space downtown have just been for show until today.
Now, violators will be ticketed if they leave their car
parked in a marked space for more than two hours.
First-time offenders will receive a warning, followed by a $50 fine for the second offense, $200 for a third violation and $500 for each citation after that.
The council stipulated this summer that the new parking program will be implemented on a trial basis, and the program will be reviewed in January or February to gauge its success, accordi^ to Plannihg Director Shannon Matting.
Jury selected Monday for armed robbery case
Ken and Caren Lowery stand outside their home with Rosalie Brandt on Monday. The Lowerys and Brandt will not be participating in Wassailfest this year.
"It's incredibly popular," Caren said, "^m just cant ima^ne the volume of peoi^ we have here every year."
The dty; however, is clamping down OD Ihefar hoiidi^ leilinira by choosing to enloioe a loiig-stimng rute that ho b#aed goods cannm be gh^ out to the
Joe Lara, the city's environmental health manager, said treats baked in an uncontroUed ind unsanctioned environment pose a potentially serious health risk, particularly at an event expected to have between 10,000 and 15,000 people in attendance.
He said home-baked goods have been prohibited at events for several yeanbybodithedty and county heaUh officials, particiilaily because of the risk of spreading of hes>atitis.
''This has been in effect for a number of years, for a number of good reasons," Lara said. "Some people have just chosen not to follow it."
This is the first year the city's parks department is running Wassailfest, and he sakl that might be the reason that the dty is just now enforcing the rule.
But for the Lower/s, the new requirement means the end of a long and well-liked tradition of passing out cookies
See WASSAIL, Page 13
The jury was selected Monday in the trial of Harold Lee Lloyd of New Braunfels, wiiich opens today in the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
Lloyd, 27, is charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery in the armed robbery of the Rodeway Inn off 1-35 in New Braunfels on May 30,2008.
If convicted, Lloyd could face anywhere from five to 99 years in prison.
David Lee Murphy was a night derk at the hotel when a man held a black .45 caliber handgun in his face and threatened his life, then took more than $3,000 in cash from the register, according to a June 5,2008 artide in the Herald-Zeitung.
The suspect fied the scene
before New Braunfels Police arrived. In the article, Murphy described the robber as a black male wearing a dark skullcap on his head and a blue bandana covering his face.
Police received a tip that Lloyd had been bragging about robbing a hotel and was considering robbing a truck stop.
Police arrested Lloyd after pulling over a Mitsubishi Gallant for a broken taillight. Lloyd was a passenger in the vehicle.
In his backpack, police found a black .45 caliber Ruger, blue bandana, mask and cloth glove. Uoyd was initially charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Assistant District Attorney Steve DeLemos is prosecut-
See TRIAL, Page 13
Online video series takes comedic look at 'NBisms'
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Tired of hearing New Braunfels called New "Braunsfels" or Gruene pronounced with more than one syllable? New Web videos fi^ the Gieat«'N^ Braunfels Chamber of Commerce are helping to straighten things out
Visit YlDutulM.com and type "How to say New Braunfels" in the search field. Visit www.niHumpin.com for more details and watch the river rules video at www.rivefTulesandyou.coni.
Since June, when they commissioned a short video to eiplain new rules for mbing on area rivers, chamber offi-dab are udng vkieo more and more, according to Judy Young, dir^or of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Young contracted with local ad agency. Ammo Advertising, and hired local vlisbgra-pher Craig Kneuper of Tip Jar Productions to produce the first piece, a six-minute short about river rules.
The video chalked up 5,835
views on YouTUbe and more than 21,000 people visited the video page on the chamber Web site in the first month the video was posted.
Now Young is using video to give visitors and newcomers a better sense of local heritage, starting with the recent "How to say New Braunfels."
"Part of die uniqueness of
See VIDEO, Page 13