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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15,2005rn no Leu l/xJG SPORTS TOP STARS Smithson Valley places 15 players on the top two District 27-4A football teams. Page 7 A INSIDE SING A SONG New Braunfels residents are invited to join together for a night of singing carols around the Plaza. Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 330 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK 50$ WWW? j 00001' H WPartly Cloudy High Low High 63 Details 39 ... 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM BA OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4B rn rn rn warn rnTax rollback election a step closer to reality By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners reluctantly accepted a tax rollback petition Wednesday from Canyon Lake-area newspaper Publisher Douglas Kirk. The petition, split between two sets of documents, contains 5,894 signatures. If at least 4,533 are from registered Comal County voters, the county will be forced to ask voters to approve paying an extra penny on their tax rate. Tax Assessor-Collector Sherman Krause collected the documents after they were officially accepted, shaking his head as he flipped hack the cover of the biggest one. The first page said, ‘“A Lesson in Representative Government,’ by Douglas Kirk, co-authored by 5,758 registered voters.” Krause has 20 days to verify that the signatures are from valid registered voters. The daunting task likely will put a damper on the Christ mas spirit in his office. “I don’t know how long it’s going to take,” he said. “There were a lot less signatures involved with the senior tax freeze, and that took us a week.” See ROLLBACK, Page 3A‘I just knew I wanted to marry her.’ Roland Rangel Fire marshal: Rash of firesThe big day approaches llk!l.!r2!n A J    ^    Staff    Writer Comal County investigators think arson may be the cause of three recent fires. County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said no accidental ignition sources were found in any of the fires, and investigators could not identify any other accidental causes. “Because no sources of accidental ignition were found, it makes me suspicious that it was intentionally set," he said. The most recent fire occurred Monday when the Spring Branch Fire Department responded to a storage building fire on Oak See FIRES, Page 4A HELP OUT lf you have any information on fires in the county, please call: * Comal County Sheriff's Department/Fire Marshal — 620-3420 ■ Comal County Crime Stoppers — 1-800-640-8422 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Hope Macias, left, and her daughter, Kristie, joke about Hope's upcoming wedding, while Anna Villanueva trims Kristie's hair in preparation for the big day. Couple prepares to celebrate their long-awaited wedding DAY FOR HOPE By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Roland Rangel never thought much about weddings. He considers the flowers, rings and decorations to be odds and ends. They’re just details to a man who has spent nine years waiting to be married to the woman he loves. “I just knew I wanted to marry her,” said Roland, 33. Roland and Hope Macias, 35, will stand before family and friends Saturday at Living Waters Worship Center in Seguin. Dressed in their wedding-day finest, they will vow to love each other until death — no matter how quickly it comes. See CELEBRATE, Page 3A A FIVE-FART SERIES ■ DEC. 11: Wish of a lifetime ■ TUESDAY: The help of Hospice ■ WEDNESDAY: Faith in trying times ■ TODAY: Getting ready for the big day ■ SUNDAY: Wedding bells FUNDS RAISED $6,080.05 THANK YOU H-Z READERS! Richard and Isavel Schuetz, Alan and Betty Bartlett. Mr and Mrs. Walter L.nhart and Ramon Chapa Jr. have contributed to help bring food to 250 needy families this Christmas. To donate to the Cheer Fund, stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 [anda 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 rn Saturday Tree of Life opens pantries to those in need By Winter Prosapio Correspondent Gubernatorial candidate: State misguided in approach to abortion DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Texas gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell addresses the Hill Country Democratic Women on Wednesday. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Local Democrats got their first look Wednesday at their party’s front-runner in the attempt to unseat Gov. Rick Periy this November, and they liked what they saw. Chris Bell spent more than an hour with the Hill Country Democratic Women, shaking hands, sharing his vision for the state and posing for pictures with his newest group of fans. The women let out a hearty cheer when event organizer Saudi Root introduced him as the state’s next governor. “Getting to talk to folks like this is my favorite part of running for governor,” the I louston resident told the Comal County residents in need of food will not have to go far, thanks to the Tree of Life Church. free of Life Church, in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, the Salvation Army and Grocery Relief, is hosting three separate food distribu-tion programs for hundreds of Comal County area residents A GIFT OF FOOD Tree of Life Church will be hosting three food distribution programs for those in need. ■ 1 to 4 p.m. today — Food from San Antonio Food Bank ■ 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday — Food gift boxes from the Salvation Army. ■ 9 a.m. to noon Saturday — Angel Food card grocery pickup Wow; ( BLUEBONNET 1®> S; Jeep ' See BELL, Page 2A ^ IS TRK mrrKRKHCKf Ijttp://www bbmotors.cOm at the church’s 54-acre campus off the Angle Road exit at 5513 Interstate 35 in New Braunfels. From I to 4 p.m. today, the San Antonio See FOOD, Page 4A WncR.nTown cTr IRTn New Braunfels, I X MN ;