New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BSearch continues for missing woman
By Ron Maloney and Bryan Kirk
Herald-Zeitung and the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
SAN ANTONIO — Nine
days after former New Braunfels teacher Diane Tilly was reported missing, detectives are looking for a woman they believe tried to use her
Ronnie Joe Neal, 33, and his 15-year-old daughter were arrested in east San Antonio the day after Tilly was report
ed missing — and hours after Tilly’s bumed-out 1998 Cadillac Fleetwood was discovered on the bank of Cibolo Creek in Guadalupe County. The
pair is being held on aggravated robbery allegations.
Tilly is a longtime New Braunfels resident and the former wife of Dr. Michael
Tilly, who declined lo be interviewed for this story She was reported missing
See TILLY, Page 2AIN GOOD HEALTH Pony Express’to ride to towns
in annual event
By Ron Maloney
In the bad old days on the frontier, carrying the mail was serious business.
The “want ad" for a Pony Express rider called for a special kind of young man, one “skinny, under 18 years old, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred.”
Started April 3, 1860, as a route to get mail from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Cd if., the Pony Express never came to Texas during its year and a half run through Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
But Saturday, those whose hearts hearken back to a
PONY EXPRESS' RIDERS B HeritageTrail Riders Association of New Braunfels, sponsors of the Heritage Ride from Indianola every five years, will participate in Saturday's annual holiday "Pony Express" ride to San Antonio. Local riders are Sandy Self, David Wiedenfeld, Gordon Geren, Don Johnson and Glenn Hover.
harder time and have a little nostalgia for the frontier days will be able to send their Christmas cards out with special “Pony Express" cancellations from Gruene and Bracken as part of the 16th annual “Christmas Along the Corridor" ride.
See EXPRESS. Page 2A
Randy Gray serves some of his prize-winning wassail to Fritz Welsch for the toast on the bandstand to kick off Wassailfest.
Businesses, residents celebrate Wassailfest
By Scott Mahon
Thousands of people strolled downtown T hursday night sipping wassail, chatting with friends and doing some (Christmas shopping.
The lith annual Wassailfest kicked off at Main Plaza at 5:30 p.m. with a toast of wassail led by Mayor Adam Cork.
“To your health,” proclaimed Cork, as he read a proclamation declaring Dec. 7 Wassailfest day.
Local attorney Randall Gray, who was last year’s
Wassailmeister, supplied the wassail for the kick off toast.
Main Plaza was lit up with holiday lights, the Comal Community Band played in front of First State Bank and merchants greeted people as they strolled in and out of downtown stores.
Beverlyn Voges, a native of New Braunfels, said it was a chance to find out what downtown merchants had in their stores.
“Plus, you see a lot of people you know,” she said, as she browsed in Color Express.
Conceived as a holiday open house by downtown merchants 11 years ago, Wassailfest has evolved into a community wide Christmastime reunion.
“It was a Main Street project intended to showcase downtown businesses,’’ said Carol Johnson.
Visitors enjoyed more titan 50 wassail stops up and down San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue.
“Its my favorite event of the year," said Cork.
Main Street Manager Jan Soechting said first, second
and third place wassail winners would be announced today at 3 p.m.
“People voted for the best wassail by filling out a ballot in front of the stores," she said.
Although there are thousands of recipes for wassail, Soechting said the traditional hot drink is made from apple juice or apple cider mixed with various spices and fruit juices.
Gray said he got his recipe from a friend.
See WASSAIL, Page 3A
2004 CHEER FUND
Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer Fund. To donate —
■ Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeituny to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18.
Thanks to the following for their support:
■ Richard and Isavel Schuetz
■ Frederick and Mary Budworth
■ Miss Lindin N Anderson
■ Roger and Patsy Vann
Freedom Fellowship helps people during hurtful times
FREEDOM FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
M Pastor: Dennis Gallaher
■ Denomination: Interdenominati onal
■ Attendance: 200
■ Meeting time: 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Location: 410 Timber Hollow
Phone: (830) 625-1288
Worship style: contemporary
Mission: To be intimate with God and others
By Leigh Jones
Every Saturday, hurting people gather at Freedom Fellowship Church, looking for healing.
They come to be prayed over and comforted by people who believe it is God's will to heal.
“We pray for anything — financial problems, depression, marriage problems,” said Pete Meckel. "We don’t turn anyone away."
Meckel founded the “I leafing Rooms" in New Braunfels after visiting a similar ministry in Spokane, Wash. Two years later, he and his wife, Nan, have trained 20 workers who serve as prayer warriors for anyone who walks through their doors.
Although Meckel and his staff have seen many physical healings, especially for bone and joint related problems, more often, they see spiritual renewal.
"What most people receive is encouragement, which is really needed these
days," he said.
T he I leafing Rooms are maintained by people from several different congregations, but the ministry fits perfectly into Freedom Fellowship’s philosophy
“We do relational ministry,” said Pastor Dennis Gallaher. “We want to come alongside of people and walk with them in their pain. People need to know someone else cares they are hurting."
An important part of building authentic relationships is acknowledging the truth about fife, something not all churches are known for.
“A lot of hurting people get trite answers, and we try not to do that. T here are no simple answers — fife just hurts," Gallaher said.
Congregation members minister to one another through small group meetings in homes, a format conducive to sharing on a personal level.
When sharing is not enough to “solve”
See CHURCH, Page 3A
DAVID INGRAM Horald Zeituny
Pastor Dennis Gallaher says missions are a big part of what they do at Freedom Fellowship Church.
17th annual Christmas Candlelight Tour to feature food, fun.
Fridays, the HeraidZeitung will feature a different house of worship.