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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas RIVER CITY, CANYON LAKE HOOP TOURNEY RESULTS SPORTS, 1B 50cNew Brailnfels SATURDAY DECEMBER TO, 2011 he ra Id-2e i t u ng. CDm SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852High court halts redistrictingSupreme Court blocks redrawn Texas election maps; move certain to delay March primary WASHINGTON (AP) The Suf)rt*mo (>)urt has blocked the use of Texas state legislative anil congressional Histrict maps that were drawn by federal judges to lKK)st minorities' voting fX)wer The court issued a brief order Friilay that applies tt) electoral Related maps drawn by federal judges in San Antonio for the Texas Legislature and Congress. The justices said they will hear arguments in the case on )an. 9. ■ Local filings could be put on tiold. Page 2A Texas says the federal judges oversteppi'd their authority and shoulfl have taken into account the electoral maps that were drawn by the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature. The order brings to a halt filing for legislative and congressional primary eliKlions that hc' Nov. 28. The primaries had been st h(‘duled to take in March but with th(‘ Sufireme ( ourt's intervention, those elections almost certainly will be delayc^d. The ma|)s issuc'd by the judges appeared to giv(' Oemoirats a greater t hance of winning seats in the state House and Senate than (lid the plans ajxprovecl by ihosc' bodies ,ind signed into law l)y Gov. Kic k Perry'. In afldilion, the < ourt-drawn See MAPS, Page 5A ‘SEARCHING FOR THE KING’ LAURA McKENZIE I The Herald-Zeitunq Wally Black pauses for a photo while programming stage lights on Friday in preparation ior two upcoming performances of his Christmas musical, ‘‘Searching tor the King," at First Baptist Church. GOING NATIONWIDE ;^ocal minister of music pens popular Christian-themed musica By Betty Taytor The Herald-Zeltung Walter 1. "Wally" Blac k, minister of music, has Ix'en writing (' hristian music al dramas for First Baptist ( hurch for the past 18 years. This year, however, his Christian musical "Searching for the King" will resonate not just thrcHJgn church walls locally but through at lc>ast iOO churc hes nationwide. "I have no way of knowing how many ( hurches are presenting the drama for sure, but that numli('r is based on the production manual sales," lllack said. "I have had some churchc's contac t me to tell me that they are presenting the play. I know two churches in San Antonio, one in Kingsville and one in (jeorgetown are produc ing it." In New Braunfels, "Sc'arcning for the King," IF YOU GO “Searching lor the King” When: 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday Where: First Baptist Church, 733 (joss St. Tickets: Free admission. Call (803) 625-9124 or visit with music arranged and orchestrated by David T. Clydc'sdafe, will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church. Admission is free. The story is about one of the M<»gi (Mordc*-cai) as he follows the Star of Bethlehem. The script also presents a parallel story, taking place 2,000 years later, with an American soldier in Irac] kx)king up at tht> same stars. "I knew if I ()ut anyone tliere 2,000 yt'ars latc'r, it had to be an Ameru an soldier," BLu k said. "Ancj ('very story has conflitt. I namc'd this soldier Benjamin. Ftis conflict is that he has lost his best friend, who ste|)ped on an Improvisen! Fx[)losiv(> [)evic e. Now, he tinds himself in the kit( hen ot his bc'st friend's mom. It is a very moving drama," Black recalled when th(' demo (T) was being recordc'd in Hollywood. "There was a [professional actr<‘ss pla\ ing the part ot the mother. Th(*\ told me» she started crying after re'ading the part. She told thc'm, 'I ho[)e you got that, bc'cause I (k>n't think I can do it again.'" See PLAY, Page 5A Volunteers, gifts needed for fund Suspect gets away foUowii^ high-speed chase in Comal By Betty Taytor The Herald Zeitung The Salvation Army's annual Christmas "Chc*er fund" delivers so much more than just a box of food in time for the holidays. For some families, volunteers and contributors are }iutting together boxes of hope. "We deliver these boxes of food to senior citizens and to |)eople with disabilities living in the Nc'W Braunfels commun ity," said judy Baker, m^iniVgt'r of the Salvation Army's service center. There are many stories of recipients who qualify for the boxes of food, but B a k e r immedi* a t e I y t h o ug h t of one family that came to mind. "The husband has been in the hospital in San Antonio for about a month. Fie has be^'n diagnosed with the advanced stages of leukemia/' Baker said. "Fiis wife is struggling to keep her job, yet See FUND. Page 5A By Dalondo Moultrie Ttie Herald-Zeitung After his attempt to make* a traffic sto() for spc't'ding, a Texas Department of I’ublic Safely trooper found him-sc'lf in a car chase through several municipalities on WcHlnesday, reac hing triplc'-digit spec‘ds and crossing into oncoming traffic. Trooper Brett Peters said Friday the chase began alx)ut 7 p.m. nearTc'xas 4(> and FM 1 B()3, and lasted about 32 miles l)etbre he had to call off the pursuit l>ec ause it got tcx) dangerous and traffic waf too thick. "I lost sight of him around U.S. 281 and (LcM)p) 1604," Peters said. "Traftic on 281 in San Antonio at that time of day was too heavy for the way he was driving. We had to back off a bit." Tlie fk^'ing vehic le drove* several times into oncoming traffic, he said. I\‘ters said the risky driver also drove over a concrete island in an area of Hwy. 46 that's currently under heavy construction. "On 46, there are |)arts of it there where it's clown to one laoe east ahdone lane> vvc'st with a concrete barrier. Traffic's not moving ove*r," Peters said. "At times like that he had to slow (k)wn. But on the' straightaways It was ()V(>r 100 mf)h." Peters said he didn't know it at the time, but San Antonio pe)lice had rexeivc'd a report earlie'r of a stolcMi blae k Ford Mustang similar to the one he chasc'd. Peters said he is unsure' if it was the same vehic le Ix'cwuse' the license plate was ol)sc urc'd on the vehie le'. Oftie ers in cruisers trom Bulverde Police Depart-rne'nt, C'omal C’ounty Sheriff's Office and maylx' Ciar-den Kidge joined in the chase, Peters said; ► COURTS Crimes vs. dds among pnajury indictments By Oalondo Moultrie 1 he Herald Zeitunq A ( (Ounty gr.jnd |ury handed up indictments .igainst two do/e'n [)e*ople re'centK. <ind among the'm we're the' usual <ontrolle'd-substatK (> iM)sse'ssions, thc'ft iUid ass.iLilt cases, Som(' notable* (<ise's, how-('ver, ine luck'd indictme'nts tor conlinuoLo sexual iibuse ol a young child, failure' to ( omply with se>x otte'iider registr.ition, and one’ lor abandoning a c hild. Angeii Maria t\idilla, 28, is a( cusenl ot going out to (kink and leaving her 8-ye'.irold (laughte'r alone' in a N'evv Braunti'K hole*!. Padill.i is (harge*d with al)anck)ning the* g.rl, 1 aura Bates, ( ( oun-tv assist,int (riminal district attornev', s,iid slie* could e<)m-ment litlie on the fx'nding ease but did confirm tliaf it h<ip|K'ncd ove'r the summc'r. In |uly, New Brauniels Police I)e'|:)artment otlue'rs arrc'ste'd Padilta atter they arnve'd at the (^ualitv Inn Suites hotel, t 0 M N. Interstate i'r fc)r a re'port o' an See CASES, Pane 3A TODAY’S PARADE DAY AT CANYON LAKE The 33rd Annual Canyon Lake Christmas Parade takes place beginning at 11 a.m. today in Sattler The parade route begins at Kanz Feed Store in Sattler at Farm-to-Market Road 2673 and Sattler Road The Hill Country Yacht Club will present the Christmas Parade of Lights, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Marina, on the north side of Canyon Lake. WEATHER, 3B APRIL MENDOZA MORNINGSIDE ELEMENTARY ; ■ ; . ■ i M h di. Cloudy early, sfiowers late High: 55 Low; 39 Abbv________ Clflssifì&jts-Còmics ____ Crosswords Forum QbiluaiLftSL, _ Elanoer_____ Sflfiits___________ TV 46 4fi M 8Ä 4Ä M M IB 5B Vbl. 159 I No. 26 2 sections, 16 pages 8 56825 00001 50 cents For breaking news, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid-day updates, follow us on Twitter ONewBraunfalsHZ II Learn what's in tomorrow's paper, Offer news tips, receive alerts, Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebook fan. Receive the Herald-Zettung e-newsletter in your e-mail box each • morning: Click 'Herald-Zeitunfl Mailing List' ;