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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas To donate to the Cheer Fund, 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. To volunteer to deliver for the Cheer Fund, call 625-9144, ext. 203, or show up at the Herald-Zeitung printing plant on Industrial Drive at 8 a m. Saturday, Dec. 17. FUNDS RAISED $4,817.05 THANK YOU H-Z READERS! Joseph and Geraldine Fiore, James and Loretta Goldsmith and David and Charlme Johnson have contributed to help bring food to 250 needy families this Christmas. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10,2005 snssry&s* 780 a mo TX 79903 '' 1 11i 11111 i 1111 III 11! J 11,J11(I} I UlTVJ SPORTS OT THRILLER The Texas State football team was eliminated after a back-and-forth classic against Northern Iowa. Page 8A INSIDE OUT OF TIME People flock to the post office to mail Christmas cards and packages as deadlines near. Page 7A City’s proposed sign ordinance sent back to committee By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels j AT A GLANCE City Council will have i ■ What: New ,0 ri! f feW Tre I Ordinance CoS," weeks before weighing j mittee meeting in on the new pro- i a When: 6:30 p.m. posed sign ordinance, j Dec. 15 Council was sched- I ■ Where: City Hall, moline ii was st nea ; 424 s Caste|, Ave uled to vote on the first • reading of the ordinance Monday, hut City Attorney and Deputy City Manager Charles Zech discovered a problem during his review of the document. In the section dealing with temporary informational signs, the proposed ordinance says temporary signs for public events, like Wurstfest or the Comal County Fair, shall be allowed at the discretion of the city’s planning director. Zech wants the Sign Ordinance Committee to develop an objective criteria for determining when, where and for what purpose temporary signs will be allowed. The temporary informational sign section was the only part of the proposed ordinance Zech flagged for further review. Although the committee is being recalled only to discuss the problematic section of their recommendations, it is sure to receive an earful from members of the business community angry about last weeks vote to ban billboards within city limits. Unless committee members decide they need to hold another meeting to discuss the ordinance further, the new regulations will be back on city council’s agenda in January. Children dance with Christmas shoes By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Fie may be 6 years old, but Ben Lopanec already knows how to shop like a man. When he walked into Pay-less Shoes Friday, he headed straight to the Shaq sneakers. “I knew right away what I wanted,’’ he said, displaying his shiny white shoes. “I had Shaq shoes that were blue with zippers, but they don’t fit me anymore.” Ben was one of about 150 children who received free shoes for Christmas from an annual Salvation Army program. The children are identified by schools and then brought to Payless to select the shoes of their choice. Stan and Debora Cunningham have co-sponsored the program for the last few years. Stan Cunningham said he volunteered with the Salvation Army in many capacities, but seems to have found his niche with the shoe program. See SHOES, Page 3A Merry Christmas Canyon Lake celebrates Christmas in style during the annual parade in Sattler. Officers recover man’s body at Canyon Lake By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — A mans body was reported found Friday afternoon washed ashore on the island off Comal Park. Comal County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Mark Reynolds said Fishermen reported finding the body at 2:57 p.m. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder conducted an inquest at the scene and ordered an autopsy. The body was to be taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for the autopsy and identification. Reynolds offered no other information pending identification, but the body was found IO days after a Nov. 30 boating accident in which Gerard John Celitan, 68, went missing a short time after leaving the Canyon Lake Yacht Club. Celitan and his wife, Barbara, were on a sailing outing when, according to searchers, they decided to turn back due to choppy, whitecapped, three-foot waves. Celitan was struck by his sailboat’s boom and knocked into die water. When last seen, he was swimming toward shore. If drowned, Celitan would be the Fifth downing victim in Comal County this year. Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. A tradition of winning continues Success on the gridiron never gets old for Rangers By Will Wright Sports Editor DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Johnny Hernandez has his head shaven in front of the student body by Smithson Valley wide receiver Melvin Echard during a pep rally Friday. Hernandez is the father of Ranger defensive back Aaron Hernandez. Students, parents line up to cheer Smithson Valley to victory By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLE {—Victory never gets old for the Smithson Valley High School football team. Another chance for a state championship has students flipping, dancing and shaving their heads. Assistant Principal Susan Jones explained that varsity players have started a tradition of shaving their heads before games. Though hard to explain, it’s just another way for students to express their school spirit. “These are some of the Finest individuals I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with,” Jones said of the varsity team. “I’m so glad to see such a wonderful group succeed.” Students, faculty and staff crowded the school’s gym Friday to send the football team off in style to the state semifinals. Smithson Valley will play Katy at AT A GLANCE ■ What: Class 5A-II state semifinals, Smithson Valley vs. Katy ■ When: 2 p.m. today ■ Where: Darrell Tully Stadium, Houston ■ Tickets: $10 at gate ■ For more information, see Sports, Page 8A 2 p.m. today at Tully Stadium in Houston. If they win this afternoon’s game, the Rangers will play for the state championship. Senior Gabby Eichholtz said she has friends on the team and can’t wait to see them play Katy. “I think it stays interesting for us because we have a lot of seniors this year,” she said. “I’m sure we’ll win this weekend, and I’m really excited.’’ Principal Chris Trotter said student support is what helps make the football See FANS, Page 7A |    DEAR ABBY    3B I    CLASSIFIEDS    4B j    COMICS    2B !    CROSSWORD    2B Cloudy    I F0RUM    4A I    High    Low    j    OBITUARIES    3A |    BJ 7    30    |    SPORTS    8A 1 I Details .... 1B I TV GRIDS    3B SMITHSON VALLEY — The Smithson Valley Rangers are in a familiar place — playing in the state football semifinals. Today’s 2 p.m. game against Katy (13-0) marks the third appearance for the Rangers (13-1) in the Class 5A-Division II semiFinals in the past four seasons. Their fans have become so accustomed to seeing the team in December, it’s no longer a novelty. That’s not to say they don’t care. Make no mistake about it, they do. However, Rangers fans take an almost casual approach to their support of the team, which has made the playoffs IO straight seasons and advanced to the state semifinals in five of them, including twice in Class 4A. It’s not that they’re getting bored with the success. Coach Larry Hill says Rangers fans are and always have been very loyal and supportive. It’s just that they have adopted the approach Hill has instilled in his team, which is to never put one game on a 'pedestal — until it’s the last one. “We like December football — that’s when it gets fun,” Hill said. “Our kids are not tired of the grind. They’re not tired of practicing. One of the coaches watching our prac- Vol. 154, No. 326 18 pages, 2 sections 500 Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Members of the Smithson Valley Ranger football team are all smiles during a pep rally at the school Friday afternoon. Below, Ryan Moczygemba and Mykal Kovar celebrate a Rangers victory. tice the other day commented about how our kids were flying around. Our kids aren’t burned out. They’re excited to be there and are practicing hard.” Why the players aren’t burned out is simple — they don’t get too high for any particular game. Smithson Valley coaches have never circled one game on the schedule and singled it out as THE big game of the season. To them, they’re all big. And that’s why Smithson Valley usually plays I -112 seasons every year. “We try not to get up too emotionally for any game," the coach See RANGERS, Page 7A 00001 MMMMMHMHMMMMMHHMMHHHUNMNMHNHNHHUNNHMNNMHHMHNMi MHNUHHHUNHNNMMM ;