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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas KM(X*XKN«MK*XX AL!. TUR ADC 78rt WI 1000571 05/16/05 ASHERS 262/ I VANDELL DR El. RASO TX 79905 H i f 11)i}I«} ,) ,())(|((J() | SPORTS HONORS Several area volleyball players are named to all-district teams. Page 7 A THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2,2004rald-Zeitung FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Pierre Schmitz writes how Reaves' dual language push should be commended. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 15 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 www: ; 8 000011 Partly cloudy High Low 62 39 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3BNBU prepares pretrial documents in suit By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Attorneys for New Braunfels Utilities are preparing pretrial documents to oppose tile Low er Colorado River Authority’s purchase of the Lost Pines No. I Power Plant near Bastrop. NBU tiled a lawsuit in February in Kerr County over the interpretation of its con tract with LCRA, which provides 90 percent of NBU’s electric power. It was filed in conjunction with the Kerrville Public Utility Board. NBH officials said this week a trial date would be set following pretrial depositions. “Hie attorneys are exchanging documents for discovery,” said Gretchen Reuwer, communications director. “ The next step would be to take depositions, and as soon as the depositions are completed, a trail date will be set." T he lawsuit was filed in the 198th Judicial District Court in Kerr County. District court officials said no court dates were pending at this time. According to the Kerrville See LAWSUIT, Page 3A KICKING IT UP Elderly man bilked in scam By Bon Maloney Staff Writer A New Braunfels police detective reported a local man was victimized Tuesday for a sizable amount of cash in a confidence game. The victim, who detective Sgt. Bob Parchman did not identify, was approached in a parking lot oil Walnut Avenue by a man who set him up for what police call a ‘Tottery” scam. Hie ‘Tottery” scam is a con game in which someone approaches a potential victim saying he or she has won a lottery, but cannot cash the winning ticket for whatever reason. The victim is offered an opportunity to buy the bogus ticket at a dramatically reduced rate and then is stuck when he or she tries to collect the winnings from lottery officials. In other variants, such as the one Tuesday, the victim is led through a process in which he ends up with a “wad” of cash that turns out to include almost no real money. "It’s a variant of the “pigeon drop,” Parchman said. In a “pigeon drop,’’ a con man leads his victim — the See SCAM, Page 3A CONTACT INFO ■ lf someone approaches you or you see someone attempting to take advantage of another person, call New Braunfels police at 608-2179. In Comal County, call the Sheriff's Office at 620-3400 or 885 4883 In an emergency, call 911. Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Heralri Zeiturig The New Braunfels High School Monoceras practice in the school cafeteria Tuesday afternoon for their featured spot in Saturday's Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children's Parade in Dallas. Monoceras to perform in parade in Dallas By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Members of the New Braunfels I Ugh School dance team rushed around their studio Tuesday, digging through costume storage bins and preparing to pack their bags. The team had not planned to travel this month, but several weeks ago, they got an offer too got Kl to pass up — a featured spot in Saturday’s Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Parade in downtown Dallas. The parade organizers called sponsor Kellie Jackson-jandt after another team canceled at the last minute. But instead of feeling likeUPDATES V I nn king the news Wares listed in stable condition after explosion LAST WE KNEW: Britton Ware Jr. and his wife, Susie, were critically burned Sunday in an explosion at their home outside New Braunfels. LATEST: A Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman said Wednesday both were in critical but stable condition. NEXT: Treatment for second-and third-degree burns will continue at BAMC. The New Braunfels High School Monoceras practice the splits in the school cafeteria Tuesday afternoon. second fiddles, the Monoceras are thrilled at the opportunity. Although the team has performed in the parade before, iii 2002, they were not in die coveted featured spot, which places them in the opening number and on tel evision screens all over T exas. "I remember wishing we could be the featured team two years ago," said Col. Tasha Crumpler, 18, who has been on the team for three years. “Its a huge thing.” T he Monoceras will get a lot of attention during the parade, but the junior varsity Mystics, a squad of 21 girls, also will perform further back in the parade. Jackson-jandt said the varsity team was selected for the special spot because of its sharp talent with high kick routines. “Its one of the harder tilings to master, hut (the girls) take See PARADE, Page 3A City to get boost from new stores By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Its been a good year for economic development in New Braunfels. Home Depot Supply will complete its new call center in June; Kohl’s Department store opened a new store in October; Circuit City will open a new store next week; and Family Dollar Store is opening a new store today. "T his year was a very good year for new wealth creation in New Braunfels,” said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. "The Home Depot Supply call center was the top prize of the year, but all the new businesses mean that the economy is recovering and people in New Braunfels will have more opportunities to shop here at home.” A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for I louie Depot Supply’s new 63,000 square-foot call center at Common Street and Gruene Road. It will be the company’s third call center located in the United States. It will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will be completed in June 2005, officials said. A division of I louie Depot, I louie Depot Supply call centers serve homebuilders, construction contractors and facility maintenance professionals who own and operate hotels, apartment complexes and schools. See DEPOT, Page 5A Blue Santa program seeking donations, help By Bon Maloney StaffWriter Comal County's two law enforcen tent -spcinst ired hoi -iday relief efforts are still seeking help providing (Christinas gilts for needy local children. Chiel of Police Russ Johnson said Wednesday that so far, just over 20 percent of the “Blue Santa’ gilt cards had been turned in. “Blue Santa” is a program when* someone who wishes lo help a needy family can [tick a card shaped like Santa Claus off a Christmas tree 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer Fund. To donate- ■ Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 banda St, between 8 a m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18. Thanks to the following for their support: ■ Richard Bull ■ Lawrence and Maria Roy and buy tile gift. Police officers and volunteers will deliver the gifts Dec. 18. This year, “Blue Santa,” sponsored by the police department, the Citizens Police Academy alumni and Communities in Schools, will help more than 300 children in more than IOO families, johnson said. “We are really apprec iative* of the public’s support for ‘Blue Santa’ and our needy families.’ Johnson said. But so far, no gifts have See SANTA, Page 3A ■ Dolores Barbiers ■ Alan and Betty Bartlett ■ Dr. Steven Slagle ■ J.B. and Marie MooreOak Restaurant and Private Evant FacilityNOW OPEN SUNDAY * Bam - 3pm Serving a Lorn Star Brandi Sat. & Sun.626-8878 • 1440 N. UM Ave. Monday-Thursday • Ham-9pm Friday & Saturday • Ham - 10pm Now Open Sunday « tem -3{ JC Driving in style Don Maxwell Chevrolet changes ownership, now called Vaimark CnevroleL ;