New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 22 16 pages, 2 sections
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Residents, Realtors discuss mills project
By Ron Maloney
About IOO residents attended a meeting Thursday to
learn about the Mission Val- leis and Ron Thomas of Dallas center here.
ley Mills project from two of conducted the meeting in the The meeting was attended
the Realtors who want to old mill to answer questions by Mayor Pro Tem Lee convention center. riverside outdoor amphithe-
make it happen. about the project that could Rodriguez, who Monday night lf the $50 million project
Lee Edwards of New Braun- bring a hotel and convention was one of four council mem- comes to fruition, it would
hers who voted to name the include shops, a theater, a per-site the city’s choice for a new forming arts center and a
See PROJECT, Page 3A
Scheel: RMA could double tax burden
By Ron Maloney
A new layer of government called a Regional Mobility Authority six months ago looked like the silver bullet that would relieve the highway funding shortfall facing Texas.
Thursday, County Judge Danny Sc heel said it just won’t work.
The problem — at least in counties outside urban areas — is that county tax dollars will have to make up the difference between what the state spends on projects and what can be raised through tolls to pay for them.
In essence, Scheel said, county taxpayers would be asked to pay taxes for roads that could double the coun
ty’s tax burden — and then have to pay tolls besides.
The county has put its efforts toward creating an RMA on hold, Scheel said.
Texas Department of Transportation District Engineer for San Antonio David Casteel said his agency would continue to work with local officials toward finding a transportation solution.
“We respect the county’s decision and will continue to do cill we can to help meet the needs of the area," Casteel said. “We will be partners with Judge Scheel and the court on many issues for many years. There are a myriad of financing and partnership options for us to continue explore.’’
See RMA, Page 3A
Photos by MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung
After waiting outside of the store through the opening ceremonies, customers pour through the open doors to Circuit City Thursday evening.
Circuit City holds grand opening
By Leigh Jones
Amanda Casey was the first person to receive a $50 gift card when Circuit (Tty, New Braunfels’ newest retailer, invited shoppers through the doors for its grand opening Thursday.
She earned it.
Casey arrived at the store at 9:30 a.m. to get in line.
“My mom called me at 7:11 a.m. this morning and told me they were giving away free money,’’ she said. "So, after I took my final, I
headed over here.”
Casey and her mom, Carol, are self-described gift card professionals.
“We keep our chairs in tin* trunk because you never know when a call for free money is going to come in,” Carol said. "When I opened the newspaper (and saw the advertisement) this morning, it was like a $50 bill fell
While she wailed, the Texas Lutheran University student studied for her chemistry final anil bonded
with her mom.
As soon as the doors opened, Casey headed for (hi* DVD racks.
“I’ve done all my Christmas shopping, so tonight I’m buying for myself,’’ she said.
Behind Casey and her mom, the line stretched down the side and around the back of the building.
As the minutes ticked on toward 6 p.m., crowds began to gather in the parking lot, which was completely full.
See OPENING Page 3A
After finishing a college final Thursday morning, Amanda Casey went straight to Circuit City at 9:30 a.m. to wait for its grand opening.
Christmas ornaments are steeped in traditions, legends.
2004 CHEER FUND
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H 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-Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18.
Thanks to the following for their support:
■ Gene and Deanie Chollett
■ Arthur and Betty Richter
■ Thomas and Nancy Call
Church reminds people they are made in God’s image
Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship.
UNITY CHURCH Of PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY
■ Pastor: Karen Tudor
■ Denomination: Unity Movement
■ Attendance: 70
■ Meeting time: 11 a m. Sunday
■ Location: 408 Gruene Road
■ Phone: (830) 608 9515
■ Web site:
■ Worship style, traditional
■ Mission: We are an open-minded, Christ-centered church of Light, Love and Truth dedicated to learning, spiritually growing and serving our community.
By Leigh Jones
As (Christmas approaches, Karen Tudor and the congregation of Unity Church of Practical Christianity prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus (Christ — a good man but not a savior.
A beautiful tree stands at the front of the sanctuary and a nativity scene decorates the front of the pulpit, hut Tudor will not he giving any talks about a baby born to save mankind from Satan’s grasp.
The teachings of Unity Church are Bible-based, hut its members do not believe in the doctrine of original sin, a cornerstone of traditional Christianity.
Rather than view mankind as basically bad, in need of redemption, Tudor teaches people are good, divine even, anil just need to he reminded they are made in Clod’s image.
“Evil is not a power unto itself— it is all human contrived," she said, "jesus was the perfect human who came to demon
strate the perfection we can all attain. We believe that (ill humanity has a Christ-con-sciousness available. Our goal is to express it more perfectly.”
Tudor said she believes human perfection is possible, in part because humanity is evolving toward that goal.
"We’re not trying to get to heaven — we’re trying to be heaven here on earth,” she said.
The Unity Church in New Braunfels was founded in 1995 when a minister from Austin placed an advertisement in the I ler-ald-Zeitung announcing a Unity meeting.
Myma Deady was one of the 35 people who came, saying they wanted to start a new church.
The group was led by several pastors before the congregation funned a governing board.
Three years ago, they decided it was time for their own church building. Members helped wit! i every aspect of the project, from
See CHURCH, Page 3A
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KarenTudor teaches her congregation at Unity Church of Practical Christianity that people are good and just need to be reminded they are made in God's image.
• Don and Valerie Meyer
■ Fred Butler
■ Michael and Dixie Lovay
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■ D'Ellen J. Klein