New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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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
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Vol. 154, No. 330 14 pages, 2 sections
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rn rn rn warn rnTax rollback election a step closer to reality
By Leigh Jones
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.”
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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
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
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
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
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.
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Tree of Life opens pantries to those in need
By Winter Prosapio
Gubernatorial candidate: State misguided in approach to abortion
Texas gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell addresses the Hill Country Democratic Women on Wednesday.
By Leigh Jones
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
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Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.
From I to 4 p.m. today, the San Antonio
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