New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 2E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2ECISD trustees discuss issue time limits
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District trustees are trying to forget the money they almost
saved and focus on the hope of saving more money in the future.
Two weeks ago, trustees missed an opportunity to save
$960,000 by refinancing a portion of the 1999 bonds at a lower interest rate.
Between September, when administrators and financial
advisor Duane Westerman presented the board with refinancing options, and November, when trustees were asked to authorize tile sale, the inter
est rate climbed, erasing any potential savings.
The district might get another shot at a lower rate, depending on bond market
fluctuations over the next few months, but trustees learned a valuable lesson from this experience — three-month
See CISD, Page 12A
Parents, children build their dream house at ‘Great Gingerbread Event’
Council to approve restrictive covenant agreements
AT A GLANCE
I What: New Braunfels City Council
• When: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 6
R Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
By Scott Mahon
After cancelling its regular meeting two weeks ago because of severe flooding, the New Braunfels City Council is scheduled to give final approval Monday to landowners who have signed restrictive covenant agreements that would postpone the annexation of their land
for three years.
The agreements would require landowners to maintain the current use of their land, and the city would agree not to annex the land.
Mayor Adam Cork said the intent of the agreement was to give relief to landowners involved in agriculture until the Texas Legislature could find a permanent solution tor protecting ranch and
farmland against annexation.
State Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, has said she would work to support legislation that would protect ranch and farmland from annexation.
Areas scheduled for annexation this year have been labeled numerically, as areas I through 17, and include 312 acres
See CITY, Page 3A
SVHS team creates lore with win over SA Taft
By Will Wright
SAN ANTONIO — Larry Hill recalled how his Smithson Valley football team felt in early September, when the Rangers lost their first home game since 1997.
“This streak was a tribute to the 1997 team, the 1998 team, the 1999 team and 2000 teams, the 2002 team and the 2003 team,” I fill said following a 23-17 loss to Pflugerville on Sept. 3.
Hill s statement that night, after a 32-game home win streak was snapped at Ranger Stadium, served as the prelude to a unique prediction.
“This team, the 2004 team,” he added, “will have its rightful place alongside all the rest of them."
Smithson Valley’s 2(X)4 team cemented its place in Rangers football lore Saturday, defeating San Antonio Taft 42-24 at Farris Stadium to advance to the state semifinals for the fourth time since 1998.
The Rangers (12-2) will face League City Clear Lake (13-1) in a Class 5A-Division ll state semifinal at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Alamodome. They now stand one game away from playing for a state
See SVHS, Page 3A
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April McKean, left, adds icing to the roofline of the gingerbread house she and her daughter Madison, 6, built during the McKenna Children's Museum “Great Gingerbread Event" Saturday morning.
By Bon Maloney
GRUENE — Madison and Makayla McKean were in the construction business Saturday widi their mom, April.
T hey were among the 50 families who built gingerbread houses at the Gruene River Grill as part of the McKenna Children’s Museum’s second “Great Gingerbread Event. ’
The fund-raiser, in collaboration with the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music, also included an “open mic" afternoon for those who wished to try out their musical talents.
The Children’s Museum is closed until early 2006 while McKenna builds its new home on West San Antonio Street.
Debbie Voorhees of the Museum of Art and Music said the collaboration between two museums was a natural idea.
Lxjcals remembers events during the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
"Peggy Maxwell approached us to collaborate and we were happy to do it," Voorhees said.
“This is just a great setting,’’ Maxwell said of the room overlooking tile Guadalupe River.
A gingerbread house isn t quite like any other project a mom and daughters can delight in.
Madison, 6, a Hoffman Lane Elementary School student, explained the construction techniques involved.
“We put some icing there, and then some chocolate chips, then some gumdrops on the roof,” Madison said. She pointed to windows and a doorway, outlined in red licorice strings.
“I don’t know what these are,” she said.
I ler mother smiled and turned to Makayla, 4, who was sampling some of the construction material.
“I like playing with candy and making a See GINGERBREAD, Page 2A
Natalie Seidel, 5, positions a gumdrop in just the right place on the roof of her icing covered gingerbread house that she built with the help of her mother.
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