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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas cnUTMUV'SI WLtRW UltlorH- sJVt V»at w - EL FMO TF wws . ,, w/ ■ V/IV I 3 FOOTBALL Smithson Valley returns to the Alamodome to play Houston Clear Lake for a berth in state championship game. Page 7A SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11,2004 ’RALD-ZeITUNG FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Connie Worley writes how shopping downtown is not meant to be a sterile experience. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 23 18 pages, 2 sections CLICK herald* 500 ■56825 00001 Mostly sunny High Low 72 44 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 3B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM BA OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3BSearch continues for third stabbing suspect By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Documents revealed Friday that the suspect police still seek in the Nov. 19 stabbing Leroy Suarez, 21, is still at death of Diego Saenz is the large and wanted for mur-one they believe actually der in connection with the wielded the murder killing, which documents weapon.    reveal occurred after a late- night dispute erupted at River Park Apartments involving the victim’s younger brother. TVvo other suspects are in custody charged with murder and attempted murder in the stabbing of Saenz and his younger brother, 16. They are Adrian Guerrero, 17, arrested the night after the incident, and Christopher A. Ortiz, 19, who See CASE, Page 3A Woman bilked in ‘Nigeria’ scam By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The “Nigeria” Internet scam is still around and is getting more and more elaborate — as a Marion woman just learned at a cost of $5,000. New Braunfels Police detective Mike Penshom said a Marion woman this week was bilked by a person she met over the Internet. “She was communicating mostly by e-mail but also in Instant Messages with an individual who claimed he was in England,” Penshorn said. “During their conversations, he requested some money be sent to Nigeria.” The man — who even sent the woman a photo the detective is sure wasn’t really him — told her a tale of See SCAM, Page 3A ‘Cheer Fund’ to benefit 250 families From Staff Reports What a difference a week makes. For the first time in its 15-year history, the llerald-Zeitung’s “Cheer Fund” holiday food drive will be opened to 250 families. Organizer Rosie Willingham said she was able to do that because of the response to an appeal a week ago that donations were running short of previous levels. Each year, “Cheer Fund” families receive “baskets” of food that provide all See CHEER, Page 3A 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer Fund. To donate— ■ Stop by the Herald-Zeitungi 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: ■ Lonnie and Anna Marie Isgitt ■ Larry and Joan Crowell B Virginia and Kent Kottler ■ Doug and Patricia Toney Pair paints murals at St. John’s Episcopal Church By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Children in Sunday school at St. John’s Episcopal Church might have a hard time concentrating on their lessons. They are surrounded by wild animals, shining stars and colorful marine life — everything a child needs to float away on imagination’s wings. Even an adult could be transported to magical places while gazing at the murals covering the walls in the hallway and classrooms of the Sunday School wing. Starting with creation in the building's stairwell, visitors are greeted by scenes from an underwater world, leading up to land and sunshine on the second floor. The story of the flood is told in the first five feet of the hallway. “The kids really love this painting of the animals after the One of the many murals painted by McCarthy and Martin. flood,” said Children’s Ministry Director Kate McCarthy, pointing to a mountain scene with pairs of animals peeking out from behind bushes, presumably on their way out of the ark. “T his one took a while to finish, and every week they would come look at it to see what had been added.” Four steps past the ark, the manger scene stretches between two classroom doors. The next section of wall is covered in the crucifixion and empty tomb, and across the hall, the tree of life and the new city of Jerusalem fills the rest of what was once blank white space. The murals were inspired by the drab walls the building used to contain. “Cod is so much fun and has created so much beauty,” McCarthy said. “We thought the building didn’t reflect that.” McCarthy took her dream of color and magical scenes to her husband, Brent, a talented artist with a vivid imagination. All of the murals were painted with latex house paint, a difficult medium for someone used to oils and acrylics. See MURALS, Page 10A Agreement falls apart between GBRA, recreation district By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — The principals involved aren’t saying much, but an agreement between the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and a local recreation district to develop the canyon gorge fell apart this week. In a one-paragraph press release, Water-Oriented Recreation District Public Relations Director Kay Cote reported trustees voted to drop out of a joint development agreement with OBRA to create a recreation and educational resource out of the gorge created when water flooded over Canyon Dam in the July 2002 flood. The two agencies had been working on an agreement since 2003 when both submitted competing visions for a project to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “The (WORD) board believes the gorge project is very important to Comal County and Texas as a geological, historical and recreational wonder and hopes the development... will continue with CBRA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with support from the community.” What happened? No one who answered telephones or returned calls Friday would say. WORD Board Chair John Davis, WORD attorney I lolly Gilman and board member Karen Vordenbaum did not return calls for this story. 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